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Volume 48 - Issue 15

January 28, 2015
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On Jan. 25, police responded to multiple stabbings at Church and Carlton streets. Ryerson security wouldn’t even confirm it happened.

Three injured in random stabbing spree
By Eyeopener Staff
One man is facing 20 charges after a random multiple stabbing
near the Mattamy Athletic Centre
(MAC) the morning of Jan. 25 sent
three people to hospital, Toronto
police said.
Police received a call about a
man with a knife in the Church
and Carlton streets area around
8:30 a.m. The man allegedly
stabbed an 18-year-old man in the
chest, a 45-year-old man — who
was jogging — above the kidney,
a 19-year-old woman in the rib
area and a 28-year-old woman in
the chest.
Det. Phil Hibbeln, who is in
charge of the investigation, said
the 28-year-old woman was not
injured because she had a phone
in her pocket that deflected the
knife. The 19-year-old woman
went into the MAC after she was
stabbed to get help.
The man also attempted to stab
two other people but they escaped.
The attacks were random and
happened “for some unknown reason,” Hibbeln told members of the
media on Jan. 25.
Paramedics responded to a call
about the stabbings at 8:35 a.m.
and transported the two men and
injured woman to hospital with
non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect was arrested shortly
after on Carlton Street near a College Station entrance.
Carlton Street was blocked off
between Church and Yonge streets
as well as several doors at the MAC
and Loblaws while police investigated. The College Station entrance
was also blocked off.
Police have not been able to
identify the two people who escaped and are asking them to
come forward.
Despite multiple media reports
and official confirmation from

PHOTO: JACKIE HONG

Forensic Identification Services investigating the stabbing near the MAC on Jan. 25.

police, Ryerson security remained it was a police investigation.
Ryerson did not directly aclargely silent on the incident until
knowledge the attacks until 11:59
the evening of Jan. 26.
a.m. A Twitter user wrote that there
hadn’t been a security incident
email about the stabbing, to which
the @RyersonU account responded, “We’re waiting for more facts
to be known. MAC is open and
operating as usual.” The account
then retweeted messages from the
The Eyeopener called security @ryersonrams account originally
services approximately an hour sent out at 10:06 a.m. and 11:04
after the attacks, but they would a.m. that thanked everyone who
not confirm that the attacks had “reached out following this mornhappened despite police and para- ing’s incident near the MAC” and
medics having done so already. The another that said the Rams were
person on the phone said he could sending their best to “community
not comment on anything because members affected by this morning’s

The attacks were random
and happened ‘for some
unknown reason’

events.”
Ryerson security frequently publishes alerts about incidents on
campus but did not release one on
the stabbing until the evening of
Jan. 26. The alert states that Toronto police published a news release
about “a series of assaults with a
weapon” and provided a link to it.
Ryerson Security and Emergency
Services Manager Tanya Poppleton
said security “received confirmation from Toronto police of their
activity ... shortly after 9:15 a.m.”
on Jan. 25. However, an alert was
not sent out earlier because there
was no threat to Ryerson students
or staff.
“It is very important to note

that Toronto Police Services advised Ryerson that ... there was no
threat to the community,” Poppleton said in an email. She added
that Ryerson’s communications
department was monitoring social
media for questions or concerns
and only received two questions
about the attacks on Twitter.
“To put that in perspective, an
average snowfall generates 50+
inquiries to Ryerson social media channels; a blizzard generates
hundreds of social media interactions,” she said.
Poppleton noted that security
has “multiple channels” that it
could use to inform the Ryerson
community about an ongoing issue, including Twitter, Facebook,
an automated message on Ryerson’s main phone line, email and
alerts on the front page of Ryerson’s website.
“As [police] advised that the incident was over and that there was
no threat to the community, these
channels were not engaged,” she
said.
During Ryerson’s Board of Governors meeting on Jan. 26, President Sheldon Levy said the school
was taking the incident “very seriously” and would co-operate with
the ongoing police investigation.
Shawn O’Neill, 62, is facing 20
charges including multiple accounts
of aggravated assault, possessing a
dangerous weapon, assault with a
weapon and attempted murder. He
appeared in court on Jan. 26.
This is the second stabbing
to happen near the MAC in a
month. On Jan. 10, a man was
found with multiple stab and
slash wounds in an apartment
near Carlton and Jarvis streets.
He was rushed to hospital, where
he was pronounced dead. Another man later identified as the alleged attacker was found nearby
with a samurai sword.

Students weigh in on security’s role on campus
Want to let us know what
you think about security’s
role on campus? We would
like to hear it!
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Austin Yee, 1st-year business
I find the main way to hear
things ... is through word of
mouth. I see security around
campus, they’re always there
to escort people.

Ivan Hang, 4th-year engineer
We get emails, but it’s too
late because you hear about
it after the incident. They
should be more proactive.
Get on the Ryerson app.

Raisa Henry, 4th-year engineer
Security usually informs you
pretty quickly via email and
I can see them whenever I’m
on campus [at] night.

Victoria Corrado, 2nd-year
business
I unsubscribed to the emails
because it felt like spam. If I
want ... I can watch the news
or check out Twitter.

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By Dylan
FreemanGrist
On the weekend of Jan. 17, a
menswear store named Stollery’s
just north of campus was demolished suddenly. Well, not completely demolished — yet — but
a work crew took crowbars to the
storefront, which dates back to
the ‘20s.
The store was the creation of
Montreal defector Frank Stollery,
who went off on his own in 1901
after finding himself fed up with
the lack of care and quality at his
old job.
When the shop opened its doors,
the intersection of Yonge and
Bloor was suburban, and Frank’s
was the first shop to find success
in the now-ritzy Yorkville.
Now to be clear, I never went
into Stollery’s. It had zero impact
on my life. Yet I can’t help but
feel a bit sick seeing a work crew
literally crowbar a piece of history onto the sidewalk below.
In a few weeks our new Student
Learning Centre, the crown jewel
of Sheldon Levy’s presidency, is
going to open up. The great city
builder that he’s known to be gets
to cut one more ribbon before go-

ing off to lead a new school or to
be the prime minister or wherever
his path leads him.
As excited as I am to maybe have
a place to study in the claustrophobic confine that is our campus, I
can’t help but feel a sort of bittersweetness as our impressive new
cathedral is unveiled.
When Ryerson purchased the
lot that the SLC now occupies,
they bought a bit of history in
Sam the Record Man, a record
shop with long standing ties to
our neighbourhood.
The flagship store that roared
to 347 Yonge in 1961 became a
Toronto landmark and served as
square one for almost two generations of music lovers.
When Rye bought it they promised to somehow preserve and
display the iconic Sam the Record
Man sign, a neon artifact that
served as the trademark of Yonge
Street for decades.
But alas, Ryerson managed to
pull a fast one, submitting architectural plans to City Hall that
would end up breaking the promise and then somehow having
those plans approved.
The shit show made the news
for a few days.
People got offended. Councillor
Josh Matlow busted out his Sam

the Record Man Shirt. It was all
very emotional.
Then we all just forgot, because
really at the end of the day no one
gives a shit about history.
But as I watch Stollery’s slowly
get grinded down to a foundation
for a massive condo no one can afford, it hit me.
Maybe history is worth keeping
around.
I imagined what it would be
like if someone was to build million-dollar condos over Pitman
Hall, a place where I met some
of my closest friends, or the Student Campus Centre, home of
The Eyeopener’s office, where I
learned and grew with a group of
writers who I’ll admire forever.
How shitty would that be?
Sam the Record Man meant
something to a lot of people. Stollery’s meant something to a lot of
people.
So yeah, I’m going to step into
our new castle and brag to no end
about it to all the dweebs from my
high school who went to U of T.
But maybe city building doesn’t
have to mean erasing history.
After all, if we’re a generation
that doesn’t give a shit about the
history we inherited, who’s going
to give a shit about the legacy we
leave behind?

NEWS

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Get your butts out of here
New jobs have been created to enforce new provincial smoking laws
By Keith Capstick
With a new municipal bylaw prohibiting smoking within nine metres of the doors of public buildings, Ryerson students can now
be fined by a new Toronto Public
Health enforcement unit created
to crack down on smoking.
The new unit has opened up
20 new jobs that will see officers
specifically targeting high-density
smoking areas and handing out
fines. This new unit, not yet mobilized, could be patrolling the
city as early as this summer. Chris
White, Ryerson’s assistant director
of risk management and prevention, predicts they’ll be bringing
their patrol to Ryerson’s campus
in September.
“They’re going to start doing
targeted enforcement of the bylaw and will be issuing tickets,”
White said.
According to David Jensen, a
media representative from the
Ministry of Public Health and
Long-Term Care, the fine for
smoking in restricted areas is
$250.
Even with Toronto Public
Health clamping down, Ryerson
security still won’t be able to en-

force the new policy. According
to White, only this health unit
will be able to hand out fines, and
Ryerson security will merely suggest that students stay away from
doors to avoid getting fined. Ryerson will also be putting up stickers on doors all over campus to
inform students and warn them of
this new legislation.
“Nothing in terms of security
is going to change,” said White.
“They have bigger fish to fry.”
White said that these new inspectors will be cracking down
hard all over the city.
“No one hires 20 inspectors,
whether it be the Ministry of Labour or Toronto Public Health,
without some expectation of recouping the costs of their salaries,” said White.
In addition to the provincial bylaw, the province has also implemented a bylaw that bans smoking
on patios. So if you’re a smoker
and a regular at the Ram in the
Rye, you’ll have to walk up to
Church Street to light up.
The issue of smoking on campus
was brought up in the Ryerson
Students’ Union’s (RSU) semi-annual general meeting in November, and since then amendments

have been made by the RSU to petition the school to make Ryerson
a “smoke-free campus.”
“We’re working to build a culture of support on campus. Like
outlining where the nine metres
is in comparison to the entrances
and exits on campus,” said RSU
President Rajean Hoilett.
Juannittah Kamera, Ryerson’s
health promotions program coordinator, is working with White
to implement an official smoking
policy on campus, which currently
doesn’t exist.
“On the website we have the
statement from the city that prohibits students from smoking
within the nine metre boundaries.
[With the bylaw changing, we are]
creating a draft smoking plan,”
said Kamera.
Ryerson smokers are mostly
worried about these new bylaws
affecting their bar experience.
“Overall it’s a good thing, but
the bar experience is totally different,” said Mackenzie Mclean, a
fourth-year image arts student.
“It’s annoying because obviously
drinking and smoking on the patio
is a favourite pastime of many,”
said Elizabeth Glassen, a fourthyear journalism student.

Registrar’s office relocating
By Devin Jones
Various sections of Ryerson’s Office of the Registrar (RO) will be
moving from the Podium Building
(POD) to the Hub, starting late
February or early March.
The RO, which encompasses
everything from student financial assistance to university planning, and handles services such as
OSAP administration and scholarship applications, will be making the move to provide a central
location for staff and students
alike.
“Integrating multiple registrar’s
office services in a common location in the Hub will allow for
cross-training of staff teams for
better and comprehensive service
to students,” said Ryerson University Registrar Charmaine Hack.
The university has allocated
funding for the move and any
necessary renovations to space affected by construction, which will
be taking place during the move.
The new One Stop philosophy
will be integrated into the space,
something Hack describes as a service that “will connect students to
the people and answers they need
without having to visit multiple
offices.”

The Hub will be home to food and administration alike.

“To enhance the student experience and to pull things together, it’s
going to be called One Stop and it’s
going to bring all of the registrar’s
front-facing student services under
one roof,” said Ryerson President
Sheldon Levy. “[This] eliminates
the need for students to go back
and forth to different areas across
campus.”
The move was originally pro-

PHOTO: ROB FOREMAN

posed by various students, the university registrar and the vice provost, and approved by the provost,
vice-president academic and the
senior executive of the university.
All staff currently working in a
front-line service role within the
RO will undertake the physical
act of moving to the Hub. Updates
about the move and the Hub can
be found at ryerson.ca.

Smoking regulations are about to get a lot heavier.

PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

NEWS

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News Bites

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

One student’s seat is another’s cash
Selling your spot in a full class could make you as much as $100

Election dates mismatched
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) website banner currently lists
election dates as Feb. 9, 10 and 11, as does a page on the website about
elections and an RSU Members’ Bulletin email sent out on Jan. 19. The
website and email also say two positions are available for Faculty of Science representatives.
However, posters around Ryerson advertising the election list the
dates as Feb. 10, 11 and 12 and also say only one position is available
for Faculty of Science. A digital copy of the poster was included in the
RSU’s newsletter, emailed to members on Jan. 20. It is also included on
a Jan. 12 blog post on the RSU’s website.
RSU President Rajean Hoilett said that the Feb. 9, 10 and 11 dates
are correct and that two Faculty of Science representative positions are
available. He referred The Eyeopener to the election’s chief returning
officer for any further questions.

Student Action Committee steps
up the action
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) Student Action Committee is
switching from monthly to biweekly meetings in anticipation of increase in demonstrations against tuition fee increases and departmental
budget cuts. Open to all students on campus, the meetings are intended
to be mass brainstorming sessions.
One of its ongoing initiatives since last semester has been the drafting
and implementation of an alternative budget — one designed to lower
tuition fees while ensuring that Ryerson does not continue annual departmental budget cuts. Visit theeyeopener.com for more.

Paying tuition and paying for a class spot can be completely unrelated to one another if you’re desperate.

By Laura Woodward
The rush of early wakeups and
RAMSS anxiety over course selection is over: for a price.
Rojin Shahba, a first-year computer science student, paid $100
to Harold Ariyaratnam for his
spot in professor Eric Harley’s
computer science (CPS) 209 class.
Shahba planned to wake up early the morning of course selection
— New Year’s Day — to ensure
her spot in Harley’s section but
she woke up 20 minutes late, leaving her stuck in the other course
section.
“His class was full and I had
four 8 a.m. classes. It was pretty
hectic and I commute from Richmond Hill so it’s like a two-hour
ride. So it’s pretty hard for me to
wake up for 8 a.m. classes,” Shahba said.

“I honestly couldn’t accept the
fact that I had to wake up at 5:30
a.m. every morning. So I posted
a status on a computer science
group on Facebook and I said if
anyone wants to sell their spot in
Harley’s class, I’m going to pay
them $100.”
Shahba got two replies. One
student’s lab didn’t match her
schedule but the second offer,
from Harold Ariyaratnam, was a
match.
“We switched at Tim Hortons,
we both had our laptops there,”
Ariyaratnam said.
After the successful switch,
Shahba earned her spot in the later class and Ariyaratnam earned
$100 cash.
“I think anyone would take
$100 for a spot,” he said.
But Lucia Flaim, administrative
assistant of the computer science

PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

department, said Shahba could
have saved her money by turning
to the department.
“If [the desired class] is not
available, we would ask the student why the switch is required,”
Flaim said.
“And according to what this
student says, we would try to accommodate her. But the rationale
behind it has to be a sound one.”
The course did not have an option to wait list Shahba for a spot.
“Sometimes we have ways to
know whether or not it is possible
to squeeze a student in even if it
looks like it’s full,” Flaim said.
But the lack of a wait list made
Shahba take the situation into her
own hands.
“As far as we know, no such request [for a wait list] was brought
forward because students had
been accommodated,” Flaim said.

Student Affairs moving to SLC
By Devin Jones
The Ryerson Student Learning
Centre (SLC) will open with a soft
launch Feb. 23 and sections of the
Student Affairs department (SA)
and Digital Media Zone (DMZ)
will have allocated space across
various floors.
The DMZ will debut a new
program called the Launch Zone,
which will provide space and resources to students looking to
start their own company. The
Launch Zone will occupy a portion of the third floor. DMZ Executive Director Valerie Fox says
the expansion will serve as an addition to the various services the
DMZ already offers.
While the DMZ has no estimated cost of the expansion as of
yet, it plans on being functional in
time for the opening of the SLC.
The SA will occupy the entire
fourth floor and will be comprised
of five key departments: Hous-

ing, student life, health and wellness, the career centre and student
learning support. Everything will
be operational and open to students upon launch.
“There will be classrooms dedicated to various programming,
including math support and writing groups,” said John Austin, director of student affairs. “All the
central academic support that students need, will be available at the
Student Learning Centre.”
The move will be of no cost to
the SA as it’s already been factored
into the $112-million budget. A
“central resources desk” will be
the new addition to the department, and while Austin said it
won’t cost them extra, it will be
a matter of “combining resources
that we spend all around campus
into one spot.”
Due to a lack of space, various
aspects of the SA were originally
spread out across campus. The
move to the SLC will bring every-

thing to a central location, something Austin said is “necessary for
both faculty and students.”
A central booking system will
also be put into place, allowing
students to go online and book
whatever services they need, be it a
tutoring session or a specific room
within the SLC itself. When it’s
running, the booking system will
let students swipe their OneCards,
allowing the secretary to know
which appointments are booked
and who the students are meeting
with. Austin said he hopes this
will allow for a more “streamlined” effect.
According to Austin, everything
will be running normally upon the
centre’s opening. As things progress, he said the staff will evaluate
the space and opportunities they
have to create new programming
for students.
An opening celebration for the
SLC is tentatively set for May, Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said.

Arts & Life

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Cold-blooded justice

Toronto’s Pitiful Human-Lizard makes a daring escape.

By Justin Chandler
Local cartoonist Jason Loo has
created Toronto’s first masked vigilante, The Pitiful Human-Lizard.
Loo’s comic book series follows
Lucas Barrett, a Parkdale resident
who struggles to be a superhero
outside of his corporate day job.
“I made [The Pitiful HumanLizard] because I love this city.
It’s a great way for me to pay
homage to some of my favourite
places in Toronto,” said Loo, 32.
“I think Toronto is a great enough
city [to] deserve to have a comic

PHOTO COURTESY JASON LOO

set in [it].”
Before creating The Pitiful
Human-Lizard, Loo — a 2004
Sheridan College interpretive illustration graduate — did freelance
artistic work for newspapers,
magazines, children’s books and
web comics.
However, Loo became inspired
to create a Torontonian superhero
after reading Marvel comics set in
real places. He wanted to create
an underdog superhero “experiencing a series of bad days.” Loo
eventually created a draft of The
Pitiful Human-Lizard and shared

it on social media.
“I had some friends and followers who wanted to see more previews of [it],” Loo said.
In March, Loo started a Kickstarter campaign for the comic’s
first 52-page issue, providing more
preview pages for viewers.
“There was no risk for the backers. They knew a product [would]
be out,” Loo said.
About 233 people contributed
to the campaign. Loo’s goal to
raise $4,500 was met in approximately two weeks, eventually
scoring a higher goal of $6,000.
“It was very relieving at that
point. I didn’t have to put too
much effort into the campaign. I
just focused on the production of
the comics,” said Loo, who gave a
free print to each contributor.
Loo used funds to produce the
book and ship to domestic and
international backers. He said he
could not have funded the book
without financial and moral support from fans of the comic.
“After a fan would read an issue they would ask me: ‘When’s
the next issue out?’ They’re keeping me busy. Since the Kickstarter,
it’s been a huge responsibility to
please the fans,” he said.
Loo said he used Kickstarter, as
opposed to a publisher, to retain
creative control over the series.
He even went to assorted stores
himself and met with owners to
build business relationships “the
old-fashioned way.” Once he’s
completed more issues, Loo plans
to contact publishers about distributing the series.
Since the initial Kickstarter,
more than 1,200 copies of The
Pitiful Human-Lizard have been

Student wins big at Danier awards
By Hayley Adam
Ryerson held the sixth annual Danier Design Challenge on Jan. 23,
a competition between third-year
school of fashion students showcasing self-made women’s leather
garments.
Contest judges chose Joobo
Shim as the best fashion designer among 10 other students.
As the winner, Shim will recieve $5,000 from Danier and
will have his jacket sold at their
stores.
“Honestly this whole event I’m
just grateful for,” said Shim.
The contest — organized by
the university and worldwide retailer Danier — seeks to promote
“emerging talent” by displaying
the top 10 designs by fashion students.
Robert Ott, chair of the school
of fashion and panel judge,
said Shim’s piece had “great illustration,
well-thought
out
muslin [the first garment pro-

totype]. He articulated his inspiration, had beautiful execution on the final garment and
really embodied his design
philosophy.”
Judges on the panel included
Ally Dean, fashion and beauty
editor at HELLO! Canada, Danier merchandising director Jessica
Butters and others.
According to the school of fashion’s website, winners that “thoroughly impress” judges can be
given career opportunities.
“Competitions are an early
training ground for students to
see what life is like in the working
world,” said Ott.
The challenge begins early first
semester as third-year fashion
students hand in illustrations of
jacket designs to Danier. Based
solely off of these sketches, Danier staff narrow down the designs to the top 15. This is furthermore narrowed down to 10
designers who begin constructing
their jackets for the final

competition.
At the event, Ott announced
the top three winners. Dimitar
Dangov placed third and Mickelli Orbe second. Initially, Shim
was concerned about how his
first leather garment would turn
out.
“I had no confidence at the beginning of doing this event and it’s
also my first time working with
leather,” said Shim. “I put a lot
of thought into the design and I’m
glad there was a happy medium
between Danier’s brand aesthetic
and my own.”
His winning design focuses
on being gender-neutral and has
an emphasis towards geometric principles that he said are
influenced by his interest in fine
arts.
“Obviously, all of the finalists
did an outstanding job and had
their individual approaches in
interacting with the judges,” said
Ott. “[However] Joobo hit the
right notes.”

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sold. Nine stores sell the comic,
two of which are outside Toronto.
Barbara Postema, a comic expert and professor at Ryerson’s
English department, said Loo’s
project is different from DC or
Marvel Comics in stores because it
has new, Canadian characters. She
said big comic publishers usually
print American work featuring
characters they already own.
Postema said campaigns such as
Loo’s are popular because people
like seeing where they live represented in entertainment.
Andrew Lesk, a lecturer from
the University of Toronto’s English department, put The Pitiful
Human-Lizard in his course syllabus. Lesk said via email that he included Loo’s comic in his syllabus
as a local piece of “excellent and

interesting work.”
Loo even spoke at one of Lesk’s
lectures.
“[For] me to go in and talk
about my comics in front of all
these university students is just
amazing,” Loo said.
During the lecture, Loo mentioned that the Human-Lizard
might team up with Canadian superhero Captain Canuck.
Through The Pitiful HumanLizard’s success thus far, Loo said
staying focused is the key to making comics.
“Just keep working on it,” he
said. “That’s the only way you’ll
get better.”
A launch party for The Pitiful
Human-Lizard’s third issue will be
held Feb. 4 at Silver Snail on Yonge
Street.

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After a November 2014 Toronto Star article reported that only nine of Canada’s 78 universities have a
single, specific policy dealing with sexual assault, many schools scrambled to act.
Ryerson has multiple policies — but it’s still figuring out whether they work

By Dylan Freeman-Grist

D

uring Frosh and the
first week of the Fall
2012
semester,
a
string of sexual assaults were reported
on Ryerson campus, with several
occurring at the Ram in the Rye.
In response, a group of about 50
people — which included Ward
27 Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam —
gathered in front of Pitman Hall
for “Take Back the Block,” an
event meant to rally against the
recent assaults and encourage a
more aware community.
In January of that year, a
woman reported being abducted
at the corner of Yonge and Gerrard and put in a van by a group
of six men before being taken to
a separate location and sexually
assaulted.
“There was a real sense of frustration,” says Stephanie Guthrie,
founder of Women in TO Politics
and organizer of the Sept. 15,
2012, gathering.
“Women are usually pretty
cognizant of their surroundings
— [we’re] trained from birth to
be very careful when we’re walking by ourselves, but at this par-

community, it couldn’t guarantee
it, as students could easily opt out
from receiving the alerts.
Guthrie, a 2010 master’s of
communication grad, says that
September 2012 did not necessarily mark a spike in sexual assaults, but more likely just a spike
in awareness of the sexual violence that she says was commonplace on campus.
According to a 2013 resource
guide put out by the Ontario
Women’s Directorate (in conjunction with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) 15
to 25 per cent of university aged
women will experience some
form of sexual assault during
their period of study. Fewer than
one in 10 of those women report
it to the police.
On Nov. 20, 2014, the Toronto Star published a report
titled “Canadian post-secondary
schools failing sex assault victims,” profiling students such as
Jenny*, who was raped while living in a University of Saskatchewan residence building. Jenny’s
account told of how inconsistant
policy on cawmpus led to a desta-

publicly funded colleges opted
for a unified province-wide policy
— a move supported by activist
groups such as the Metropolitan
Action Committee on Violence
Against Women and Children
(METRAC).
“When a report comes out,
unless it gets media coverage, a

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bilization of her life after being
sexually assaulted. In a constant
struggle to have her claims heard,
her academic career was derailed
when she eventually dropped out
of school due to stress.
Presently, only four Ontario
universities — Guelph, Brock,
Lakehead and Western — have
adopted a single policy to address
sexual assault.
In response to the article, which
reported just nine of more than
100 colleges and universities surveyed had a single policy to address sexual assault, Ontario’s

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them as well.”
etere says her consultations started with frontline response at Ryerson
— those who “handle,
access and support survivors who come forward with a
complaint,” and had spiraled from
there, putting her in meetings with

Women with disabilities, racialized women, trans women ... are
[disproportionately] affected by sexual assault and sexual violence
lot of people don’t read it. … I
think that the reason most schools
care now is for PR reasons,”
says Guthrie, who believes that
institutional motivation was
sparked by the
“blockbuster
Toronto Star investigation” as
opposed to altruistic reasons.
n Nov. 26, Ryerson
President Sheldon Levy
addressed a message to
students, faculty and
staff stating that the
university “does not have a single,
specified policy on sexual assault
– it has several. More importantly,

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... because of all these highly publicized sexual assaults
there was an augmented sense of fear and self-monitoring
ticular time because of all these
highly publicized sexual assaults
there was an augmented sense of
fear and self-monitoring.”
wo weeks after Take
Back the Block —
and four weeks after
the initial assaults —
emergency town hall
meetings were held, which led
to Ryerson Security and Emergency Services launching an email
service to notify students of security incidents on campus.
But while the new feature encouraged a more aware campus

Mohamed Lachemi, Ryerson’s
provost, put out a letter informing the public that the university
was officially reviewing its policy
and that consultation would be
headed by Heather Lane Vetere,
Ryerson vice-provost students.
But in contrast to the colleges,
Ryerson, like most universities,

the absence of a single policy is not
the absence of a coordinated, supportive, response.”
n the letter, posted to Ryerson Today, Levy provided
links to several Torontobased crisis centres. Ryerson-specific information included details on how to contact
security, counselling, and the RSU
sexual assault survivor hotline.
However, Levy acknowledged
that Ryerson would be reviewing
its existing framework on sexual
assault as well as the policies of
some of its peers. A week later,

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has opted to pursue individual
policies on a per campus basis.
Vetere says that the different approach is because of the individual
culture of universities, which are
more effective operating independently as opposed to the publicly
funded colleges in Ontario, which
are more centralized and united by
one faculty union.
“There is almost nothing that
universities have unified policies
on — from grading scales to appeal processes,” says Vetere.
espite Ryerson’s pursuit
of a unique Ryersonfocused policy, Vetere
noted that her research
draws on the work of
f e l l o w administrators at other
schools and that the close working
relationship between her and them
will ensure “similarities” in the
policies across the board.
The university’s approach is
supported by Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) executives, with
Pascale Diverlus, vice-president
equity, noting that each campus
demands a unique set of policies.
“Beyond having just two student
representatives from RSU and CESAR I think it’s important to include
women of different backgrounds,”
says Diverlus. “Women with disabilities, racialized women, trans
women — who are [disproportionately] affected by sexual assault and
sexual violence — so when we are
creating policies, we are thinking of

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faculty, counselors, security, student
housing and others.
However, at the time of The
Eyeopener’s interview, Vetere said
that her consultations with students were limited to a meeting
with CESAR and a future meeting with the RSU, noting that on
issues of further student representation she was going to take advice and direction from the RSU.
Guthrie says that meetings solely with student government could
be problematic, particularly in
the formation of policy that can
be made better by casting a large
net across the student body.
“[Student governments] are
maybe students who would have a
better sense of the [complex] range
of school services, so they wouldn’t
necessarily have the same confusion that the average student coming to try and report or seek support for one of these things might
experience,” says Guthrie.
Wong-Tam says that in order for
universities to prove they’ve taken
appropriate measures, there needs
to be a system of public accountability, almost like a report card.
But most importantly, she says
policies need to have input from
victims themselves.
“It’s crucial,” she says. “That the
actual voices of those who have
gone through a complaint process
at Ryerson, those who have actually had to report the sexual assault
[are] brought to the table.”

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Taking it back

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After a string of sexual Assaults on campus in 2012, several Ryerson community members
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Top Photo: Charles Vanegas
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Sports

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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Rams row boats on land
By Ben Waldman
They train as a team at least three
times a week. Their days are defined by post-workout fatigue and
muscle aches. This is a part of who
they are. Ryerson’s Dragon Boat
Club has been around since 2002
and it’s about time everybody got
acquainted with them.
“We’re not looking for natural
athletes,” the club states on its
website. “Just ordinary people who
want to do extraordinary things.”
On Jan. 24, the Ryerson team
attended the third-annual Ontario
University Indoor Dragon Boat

Championships at George Brown
College’s new waterfront campus,
competing against students from
several schools across Canada.
“We want to test how far we can
go,” said Loc Ho, 27, the group’s
supervisor. “In my first year, we
could barely field a team. Now we
have over 100 members.”
With the water outside frozen,
the event utilized devices which attempt to replicate outdoor rowing
conditions — a computerized oar
on a stationary machine to measure the distance traveled.
According to Ho, who gradutaed from Ryerson with a degree

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in industrial engineering, dragon
boat racing is the fastest-growing
water sport in Canada, largely due
to its inclusive nature. “Anyone
can do it,” he said.
Jason Chan is a rookie rower
who lists himself at five-foot-four
and 110 pounds. Though athletically capable, Chan is often overlooked because of his stature or
supposed lack thereof. When he
learned about the club’s existence,
Chan jumped at the opportunity
to become a member.
“I’ve become stronger emotionally and physically,” he said. “This
club is different. We’re more like a
family than anything else.”
What sets this sport apart from
others is the support and spirit
present at all times — even between opposing teams. That’s exactly what happened toward the
end of Chan’s first race, a 250-metre heat. Each of the seven other
racers finished relatively quickly,
but Chan lagged behind.
“Come on, Jason,” a competi-

Ryerson rowers competing at George Brown on Jan. 24.

tor from George Brown screamed.
“You got this man!” Soon, everyone was shouting, encouraging
Chan to finish the race.
“It just feels amazing,” Chan
said of the supportive nature of
the sport. “I think I did pretty well
today, too.”
Ryerson collected a handful of
medals, although dragon boat racing is more about personal and

PHOTO: Dylan Freeman-Grist

collective growth than the recognition endemic to other sports.
Peter Mozuratis, a 25-year-old
rower from Guelph, says that
while the stationary machines test
power and technique, the water
is where the heart of the sport’s
team-focused ideals lie.
“Perfect synchronicity. I move,
you move,” said Mozuratis. “That’s
what it’s all about, man.”

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If you’ve attended a Rams game
at the Mattamy Athletic Centre
(MAC) in the past four years,
you’ve probably heard his voice.
Alex Bloomfield is in his fourth
year of the radio and television
arts program. He’s been announcing at hockey, basketball and volleyball games since his first year.
Bloomfield began public address
announcing his brother’s hockey
games in his hometown of Ilderton, Ont. (just north of London,
Ont.) when he was 12 years old.
“I wanted to be in sports broadcasting since [I was] eight,” he
says. “I used to have hockey cards
and I’d be commentating them to
myself in my room.”
When he arrived at Ryerson,
he was looking for a work-study
position and saw the in-house announcer job posting on the Rams
website. After reading a script
over the phone to audition, he got
the job.
Though he’d had experience
in-house announcing in Ilderton,
he was still nervous. “I remember
during a Ryerson game in the first
year I was holding the script and
I was shaking doing the starting
lineups. My voice wasn’t shaking
but my hand was shaking and I
couldn’t stop,” he says with a
laugh.
Bloomfield’s most memorable
moment as an announcer happened in his first year during a
women’s basketball playoff game
held in Kerr Hall, before the move
to the MAC in 2012.

“At the end of that game a
fifth-year guard for Ryerson hit
a three-pointer at the buzzer to
win and the place erupted. There
were maybe 400 people there, but
it was louder than I’d ever heard
at a Ryerson game before. I was
screaming into the microphone
and I couldn’t hear myself.”
Bloomfield says much like a performance, preparation goes into
each game. “We go in two hours
ahead. We go through the script.
Then I’m going around and getting pronunciations [of names].
The pre-game announcements
start about a half-hour before the
game. I know the script pretty
much off memory at this point.”
Though he alters his voice
slightly, Bloomfield says he announces “by the book.”
“I’ve always been about the
deadpan monotone for the visitor

Alex Bloomfield in his office at the MAC.

and a bit of excited yelling for the
home team,” he says. “Everyone
enjoys that.”
Last year, he got the chance to
do in-house announcing at four
Toronto Marlies hockey games.
This year, he’s the official backup
to the Marlies’ regular announcer
— which puts him in the “number
three spot” behind Toronto Maple
Leafs announcer Andy Frost, who
is also his idol.
Soon, Bloomfield will begin an
internship at Sportsnet that he
hopes will turn into a full-time job
in sports media. Though in-house
announcing doesn’t pay enough to
be a full-time job, he hopes to continue doing it on the side.
“You get excited. If it’s your first
game somewhere then you’re nervous,” he says. “[But] once you
get used to it, it’s gone, but there’s
still that excitement.”

PHOTO: Josh Beneteau

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

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The SLC dream team
The directors of the Digital Media Experience and the Launch Zone are fired up
By Brennan Doherty
Jaigris Hodson and Namir Ahmed
want Ryerson’s newest initiatives
to share more than just the third
floor of the Student Learning Centre (SLC). The new directors of
the Launch Zone and the Digital
Media Experience (DME) centre
are already planning to collaborate once the SLC opens in late
February.
“When I started talking to the
[SLC organizers] about the DME,
it became apparent that it was a
match made in heaven,” said Hodson, who’d been tapped last September to run the Launch Zone, a
branch of the Digital Media Zone
(DMZ). She was a Ryerson instructor in the School of Professional
Communication, who also had a
hand in advising the DMZ.
Entrepreneurship is the focus of
the Launch Zone, which has a presentation amphitheatre and openconcept layout. The Zone is a space
for business and non-business students to meet, plan and work.
“We want to encourage a very

diverse group of entrepreneurs
to come into the space because
we feel there’s much to be gained
from people working side-by-side
when they have completely different ideas,” Hodson said.
Plans are already in place at
the Launch Zone to host workshops on design thinking, ideapitching, and the possibility of
even bringing in outside companies to act as mentors to student
entrepreneurs.
As the Launch Zone plans to
build entrepreneurship, the DME
plans to build students’ skills with
digital technology.
Ahmed was hired two weeks
ago to be the director of the DME.
His own diverse educational background is the starting motive for
the space.
“The thing about the DME is
that it’s really open to anything,”
Ahmed said. “You know, for me,
the combination of archaeology
and digital media is just a really
good example of two fields that
people might not necessarily put
together, but can be, in various ef-

fective ways.”
While the DME’s lab won’t be
fully operational until March, it will
still contain a number of high-tech
design and desktop-manufacturing
gadgets: a 3-D printer, an Oculus
Rift and a number of library-inspired technological products.
“What it looks like we’re going to have is kind of what we’re
calling a ‘technology petting zoo,’
where students can come in and
just play with the technology we’re
going to have there,” Ahmed said.
But both directors see their new
space as a prototype.
“I really don’t want to have a
set image of what it’s going to be,
because I want to be nimble, and
I want to be able to react to students’ needs,” said Ahmed.
Similarly, Hodson is going to
“see what works. The things that
work, we’re going to do more of
and if things don’t work, we may
choose to pivot and go in a slightly
different direction.”
Both spaces will be open for
tours and workshops on Feb. 23,
the SLC’s soft-open date.

From the DMZ to the Den
By Laura Woodward

Valleymede Building Corp.
For Gold and Rivietz, the dragons were their “first real investors
that we had a real conversation
or pitch with. Everyone else, you
know, they offered us money and
were like ‘oh we’ll talk to you
when you need,’ but that was our
first real go at it,” Rivietz said.
The night before the filming,
the entrepreneurs practiced pitching on air mattresses in Gold’s
apartment. They also had the
mentorship of Daniel Warner,
creator of UniversityParty.ca and
co-founder of SnapSaves with
dragon Romanow.
“We met him the night before

Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone
(DMZ) startup, #paid, will be featured on CBC’s Next Gen Den.
The startup uses social media to
connect companies with celebrities to create sponsored product
placement.
The co-founders, Bryan Gold
and Adam Rivietz, filled out the
online application in early November and received a call a week
later to pitch their startup on Next
Gen Den.
“It was a great experience.
Dragons’ Den and Shark Tank are
my favourite shows so it was crazy
to actually go into the Den,” Rivietz said.
Next Gen Den is an exclusively
online/mobile version of Dragons’
Den. The webisodes are only 10
minutes long, feature Canadian
entrepreneurs under 40 and have a
different panel of dragons — who
are all under 50 tech entrepreneurs and have a combined wealth
of more than $100 million.
“Here you will see smaller,
riskier deals than we see on the
broadcast show,” said Tracie
Tighe, Dragons’ Den executive
producer.
The dragons include Michael
Hyatt, chairman of Bluecat; Michele Romanow, co-founder of
Buytopia.ca and SnapSaves; Matthew Corrin, CEO and founder of
Freshii; and Paul Miklas, CEO of Lights, camera, #paid!

and he prepped us on what points
to hit and how to perform and
stuff like that,” Rivietz said.
Warner advised them to not
“beg for the money. Be confident
in your business and your evaluation. Don’t just take a deal to take
a deal.”
The outcome of #paid’s experience with the dragons cannot be
disclosed until the webisode airs
on Feb. 2.
But Gold can say “[Being on
Dragons’ Den] has built a lot of
momentum for us. Just saying
we were on Dragons’ Den gets
investors antsy, gets them more
interested.”

PHOTO courtesy BRYAN GOLD

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HitchBOT hits Germany
HitchBOT, the hitchhiking Canadian robot, is starting a new journey in Germany.
The bot, conceived by Ryerson
prof Frauke Zeller, has travelled
from Halifax to Victoria, solely by
hitchhiking on the side of the road.
On Feb. 13, HitchBOT will

start its 10-day journey beginning
in Munich. It will travel via the
Autobahn, Germany’s highway
that has no speed limit sections.
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Trans collective going strong
By Dylan Freeman-Grist
Last year, Markus Harwood-Jones,
who interchangeably goes by Star
and uses gender-neutral pronouns,
could not take a job as the head of
Ryerson’s Trans Collective due to
his commitments being split by a
film production.
At the beginning of this year,
however, he took the job and has
been working to expand the group,
which officially launched at the beginning of fall semester.
“We’ve started to build some
strong membership, we have about
five or six regular members who
come to our meetings and come to
all of our events and a community

of allies who suppourt all of our
campaigns. I feel like we’re really a
growing campus group,” said Harwood-Jones.
Along with the pursuit of campaigns that advocate for the needs
of Ryerson’s transgendered community, the collective — which
meets every other Monday — was
created so that transgender students could have a safe space to
connect on campus.
“When you’re trans anywhere in
the world, including Ryerson, [it]
doesn’t feel like it’s made for you,”
said Harwood-Jones. “We all sort
of come together through this
shared experience of feeling isolated and make space for each other.”

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The main campaign the collective is focusing on is the fight for
gender-neutral bathrooms at Ryerson. As of now many transgendered students face anxiety and
often forms of intimidation or violence for simply using washrooms
on campus.
As a result many students in
Ryerson’s transgender community
simply avoid bathrooms all together, or walk great lengths to get to
the limited gender-neutral options
on campus.
By this time next year, the collective hopes to get the school’s administration on their side and have
their assistance in converting an
equitable amount of multi-stalled
bathrooms on campus.
“Part of our goals include creating a campus which is more
respectful and inclusive to transgender people on a whole,” said
Harwood-Jones. “Not only binary
people but non-binary people, not
just trans men but also trans women and really approaching it in a
way that recognizes the diversity
of the trans community and says
how can we make all of these people feel welcome at Ryerson.”

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Melissa’s gym obsession earned her a People of Ryerson profile this week.

People of Ryerson
By Jake Kivanc
A life of gaming and destructive
eating habits defined Melissa
Langis’ old self, the keyword
here being “old”.
Langis, age 20, is a third-year
theatre production student who

is the quintessential example of
somebody that takes their fitness
very, very seriously.
Starting her day at 5 a.m., Langis meticulously plans her schedule in order to optimize results.
All of Langis’ meals are prepared
at home and weighed by the
gram so she can calculate the caloric content and macronutrients
(fat, carbs, protein, fibre, etc.) of
each meal.
“People certainly look at me
weird,” Langis said. “It’s just
something that’s really important
to me and makes me feel better
throughout my day.”
Langis trains with weights in
the morning and does yoga in the
afternoon, with her schoolwork
sandwiched in between. She describes it as a “difficult” balance.
“It can be really hard with how
hectic the schedule is and how
early I go to bed,” Langis said.
Langis’ first year of university
was a period when she struggled
with her weight and body image:
after gaining 20 pounds and being less active, she knew it was
time for change.
After being introduced to a
weightlifting program by an old
friend before her second year,
Langis fell in love with fitness.
“I was so happy with the results I was seeing, with the
weight I lost,” Langis said. “[Before] I would deprive myself of
the energy my body needed.”
“People don’t realize how
much small adjustments can help
change your life,” Langis said.
“Since I started working out,
I don’t fall asleep in class anymore. I smile more. I’m just happier.”
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The beards and buns reign

You feel like they probably
live in a studio loft and sometimes put a paintbrush in it
Robert Plante, a third-year sociology student who has both a man
bun and a beard, says “It’s not for
everyone.”
But those Ryerson chaps who
don’t necessarily want the long
hair yet want a little sexy ruggedness, can opt for an exclusively
bearded look.
“[Beards] are just so attractive,”
says Sagana Sivakumaran, a firstyear criminology student, who
after noticing the large number of
bearded men on campus realized

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how nice they really look. “It’s
that rugged kind of mysterious
look, bad boy kind of thing.”
There are so many beard fans
at Ryerson that there is even a
Beards of Ryerson Facebook page.
It has reached almost 1,000 likes,
receives lots of positive feedback
and even gets requests from other
universities to collaborate.
Abdullah Idroos, the Beards of
Ryerson marketing director, has
always had a beard for religious
reasons and finds it to be a positive, distinguishable trait. He recently started growing it longer
and enjoys stroking it when he is
bored.
He finds that beards don’t only
create a sense of community online but offline as well.
“I’ll be walking around on campus sometimes and if I see a fellow bearded peer we’ll have a
head nod or some kind of signal
between us,” says Idroos.
Even Ryerson employees, such
as Tom Dunbar, a client-service
specialist and alumnus, are getting
involved with the beard culture on
campus.
“I’ve bonded with some fellow
employees about their beards,”
says Dunbar. “Sometimes I even
feel that it can become a form of
small talk between men. If there’s
nothing to talk about they can be
like, ‘Oh how do you grow it? I’ve
always tried.’”
But after the coming months of
freezing cold weather, when the air
starts to warm up and plants start
to bud, it’s probable that fashion
will change and the hairy men will
shed their sexy winter beards and
muns. So enjoy the man-buns and
beards while you can, Ryerson,
because they may not last for long.

TUE

Hairy men.
It’s been hard not to notice the
influx of lads on campus with longer scruff and locks in the past few
months.
Especially now that winter is in
full swing, beards are everywhere,
and on occasion, if one is lucky,
you can even spot a majestic manbun.
Sometimes also referred to as a
‘mun,’ the man-bun is a men’s hair
trend where long locks are tied
back on to the top or back of the
head. The mun is also commonly
worn with the sides and back of the
head cut short, with just the hair
on top of the head long enough to
be pulled back, and is almost always donned with a beard.
The mun can be traced far back
through history and can be seen
on the Terracotta warriors created
more than 2,200 years ago for the
tomb of the first emperor of China.
However, over the past few
years, men have been wearing
shaved faces and short hair-cuts
while women pile hair on top of
their heads in messy buns, top
knots and sock buns. But it seems
things are now shifting and fashion trends are pushing men to borrow from the ladies a little bit.
Don Boyd, a barber at Church
Street Barber Shop, sees men trying not to conform to short styles
by growing longer hair and beards,
also citing Hollywood as a big influence.
“Movies are a big deal. When
‘Fury’ came out everyone came in
the next day wanting the same hair
cut as Brad Pitt,” says Boyd.
But movies aren’t the only part
of pop culture swaying fellas on
campus to grow their hair.
The rugged manliness of facial
hair with the contrasting feminine
and grungy aspects of the bun has
created a huge fan base online of
people swooning over the fashion

trend. There are entire tumblr pages and Buzzfeed lists dedicated to
the sexiness of the infamous look.
“The ensemble is what makes
them hotter,” says Dylan Bell, a
third-year journalism student and
man-bun lover. “You feel like they
probably live in a studio loft and
sometimes put a paintbrush in it.”
Kareem Ansar, a self-described
vanity slave and fourth-year business management student who
loves to follow trends, is one of
the many men on campus with a
mun. He always had longer hair
that he would comb over until he
saw a model in a magazine with
shaved sides and a man-bun and
decided to try it. He now sees other guys with man buns as competition.
“They are trying to get girls just
like I am. It’s like a battle,” Ansar
says.
But it takes a lot more than just
good hair to pull off the man-bun
and beard sexiness. It takes a really confident and mature man underneath the long mop and whiskers to make it all work.
If a guy doesn’t have confidence
it can just flop.

MON

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TRS

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KHE

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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Dude bathrooms and the politics of pissing

ILLUSTRATION: SAWYER BOGDAN

By Jake Scott
Two men walk into the washroom
together. I follow behind. They
know each other; there are back
slaps and laughs. The three of us
walk up to the urinals, which there
were three of. One man heads to
the first urinal and the other to the
third. So, there I stand with what I
believed was only one choice: take
the second urinal. Just as I had
saddled up to the porcelain and

pulled out my pecker, the fellow
at the first stall puts his away and
walks into a bathroom stall. He
starts peeing.
Now here I am, at the second
urinal next to his abandoned
friend. Obviously I had made
him uncomfortable, but why? My
cock isn’t trying to start any fights.
I had no intention of crossing
streams, shaking hands or making eye contact. Had the magnificence of my shmeckle intimidated

this grown-assed man to the point
that he needed to hang his wang in
shame? Probably not, but it got me
thinking about the politics of pissing. It is a well-known rule among
men that if there are sufficient urinals, then you leave as much space
as you can between one another.
Where men disagree is what to do
in a situation like mine, one that I
call the triple dick gambit. I chose
to take the middle urinal because
I really don’t care if someone is

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urinating next to me. If by an act
of providence I see someone’s bird,
it’s not going to scar me. It’s a dick
and I see one every day.
My second reason is that I don’t
want to lift a public toilet seat if I
don’t have to. I think most people
would agree, including the guy
who went to take a leak in the
stall. He didn’t lift that seat and
you know what? He splashed.
Quite a bit, in fact. And that, my
fellow men, is unacceptable. It ru-

ins the stalls for everybody and it’s
hot, golden proof of cowardice.
Some of my co-workers have
told me that I’m in the wrong here.
That I should have taken the stall
and left these men to piss with an
invisible barrier between them.
Fuck that noise! Get over it and
just pee. I implore you, men of Ryerson, be proud of your peter. Let
your dick fly wild and free and fear
not the judgment of others!
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Hot dog guzzlin’
By Anika Syeda
Little known fact: it takes exactly
five days, five angry hot dog vendors, one five-time-jilted interviewer, and $20 worth of hot dogs
to find out how many hot dogs a
vendor eats per day.
Here are my top three favourite
responses I received from disgruntled vendors. Neat-o!
1. “Is this important?”
2. “Buy the hotdog or don’t.”
3. “No.”
Only one hot dog vendor gave
me the time of day: the sweet, smiley, heavily-accented man at Victoria and Gould Streets. When asked
how many hot dogs he eats on a

daily basis, he said “Some day I
eat 20, some day I eat 10.”
That’s approximately 500 to
1,000 grams of processed meat every working day. A 2009 report by
the American Institute for Cancer
research claims one hot dog every day for an extensive period of
time increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 per cent. That’s
butt cancer, for those of us who
are science-illiterate.
This champ eats 20 butt cancerinducing sandwiches per day.
With that in mind, next time
I purchase a hot dog, I’ll be sure
to tip the vendor with free lunch
from anywhere but a hot dog
stand. Save the butts!

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of whether I ‘fun,’ because really.
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