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February 4, 2015
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NEWS

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RSU election official no stranger
The person in charge of this year’s election and an RSU full-time employee worked together at York
By Keith Capstick
The appointed official running this
year’s Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) election knows RSU staff a
lot better than you’d expect.
The Eyeopener discovered that
Fatima Sajan, the Chief Returning
Officer (CRO) for this year’s election, was part of a York University Federation of Students election
with two members of the RSU committee that hired her.
The committee is made up of two
full-time staff members employed
by the RSU, the Executive Director
of Communication and Outreach
Gilary Massa, and the Internal Coordinator Casey Chu Cheong.
Sajan is in charge of mediating
the election and enforcing election
bylaws, handing out demerit points
and collecting and counting the ballots from voters.
According to an elections results
page on York University’s website,
Sajan and Massa were elected on to
the York Federation of Students in
2006. Massa held a counsellor position at Vanier College while Sajan
was a counsellor for Calumet College. Chu Cheong was the CRO for
that election.
When asked about her relationship with Massa when they ran together in 2006, Sajan said, “I think
I remember seeing her name and

seeing her at one of the meetings…
I didn’t have much interaction with
her at all.”
Sajan also said that she wasn’t
aware that Chu Cheong was the
CRO responsible for the election.
“Oh, okay well that’s the first time
I’m hearing it,” Sajan said.
When she was asked whether or
not she knew Sajan during her time
at York, Massa said, “I [did] know
Fatima when she was at York, yes.”
According to the RSU election
bylaws, the CRO must be hired by
the current RSU president in conjunction with an appropriate staff
member. But current president
Rajean Hoilett said it’s typical for
executive staff members to do the
hiring.
“It hasn’t been common practice (for the president to hire the
CRO) for a while, but the executive committee ratifies the decision,” Hoilett said.
Massa maintained that Hoilett
is able to appoint her with the
duty of hiring the CRO, despite
the election bylaws not explicitly
reinforcing this.
“But [Hoilett]’s also able to appoint people on his behalf and
usually because the president
sometimes gets involved with particular candidates or elections,”
said Massa.
Sajan confirmed that during the

Miscommunications
made the campaigning
process confusing
By Jackie Hong

PHOTO: Jackie hong

Casey Chu Cheong, left, and Fatima Sajan, right, at the RSU debate.

hiring process for her job as CRO
she dealt exclusively with Massa
and Chu Cheong.
“I don’t see what the concern
is. I am qualified for this position,” Sajan said.
Sajan said that during the hiring process the only members of
the RSU she dealt with were Chu
Cheong and Massa. Sajan also
confirmed that during the hiring
process Hoilett was never present.
When asked whether or not
he believed this relationship between Massa, Chu Cheong and
Sajan created a conflict of interest for Sajan, Hoilett said, “ This
is the first time I’m hearing about
that. I’m not sure what the nature
of their relationship is.”
Massa said she believes that Sa-

jan was the best candidate for the
job and out of the four people who
applied for the position she was the
best choice.
“Not really,” said Massa when
asked about the potential for conflict of interest. “She’s a professional person, she interviewed like any
other person and is not a Ryerson
student so really has no stake in the
election.”
The RSU election bylaws call
for the CRO to work exclusively
with the Internal Coordinator to
hire the Deputy Returning Officer and coordinate advertising
for the election.
When asked about the hiring
process and her relationship with
Sajan and Massa, Chu Cheong refused to comment on the record.
With files from Jackie Hong

Slate armies scream support at debate
By Jake Scott & Jackie Hong
Supporters of both slates running
in the upcoming Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) election clashed in a
cacophony of clapping and questions at a pre-election debate for
executive candidates on Feb. 2.
The auditorium at the Student
Campus Centre was packed with
supporters for both Unite Ryerson
and Transform RU, with each side
erupting in cheers every time their
favoured slate was addressed.
Candidates for vice-presidents
operations, equity, education and
student life and events as well as
president attended. Josh D’Cruz,
who is running for vice-president
operations, was the lone independent candidate.
The debate was moderated by
Chief Returning Officer (CRO)
Fatima Sajan. Candidates were given three minutes for a speech about
themselves followed by three questions asked by audience members.
The first three people to the microphone at the end of each speech
were allowed to ask a question,
except when in favour of gender

parity. As a result, students ran to
the microphone in hopes of asking
a question.
According to debate rules, questions had to be for both candidates
but some attempted to circumvent
that. During the question round for
vice-president education candidates,
a student who said her name was
Laura began questioning Unite Ryerson candidate Zidane Mohamed
about his Facebook posts condoning the shooting deaths of two police officers.
Current RSU President Rajean
Hoilett cut her off by saying questions had to be be directed at both
candidates, but Laura shouted back
that she wasn’t finished asking her
“question.”
Sajan reiterated Hoilett’s point,
at which point Laura asked Transform’s, Cormac McGee and Mohamed to explain their characters. Mohamed, who had already
apologized for his posts during his
speech, repeated his apology in his
answer.
Question askers were not always
random members of the audience.
Ryerson Engineering Student Soci-

A series of
unfortunate
dates

PHOTO: Jake scott

Candidates Cormac McGee and Mohamed Zidane answer questions from the floor.

ety President Urooj Siddiqui asked
vice-president operations candidates how they planned to balance
decreased student group funding
and increased fees. Siddiqui is running for a Faculty of Engineering
and Architectural Science director’s
position with Transform RU.
Another verbal scuffle broke out
during the bonus round when a
student asked Unite Ryerson presidential candidate Pascale Diverlus
and Transform RU vice-president
operations candidate Obaid Ullah
how they would proceed on the

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
(BDS) Movement. The campaign,
which aims to put political and
economic pressure on Israel in response to its “apartheid” against
Palestinians, was adopted by the
RSU following a vote at last semester’s semi-annual general meeting.
Diverlus began to say that educating students more on the issue
was important when an audience
member shouted, “It’s anti-Semitic!”
Sajan asked the audience member to escort herself out.

Posters, emails and websites about
the upcoming Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) election have been
riddled with errors.
As The Eyeopener pointed out
last week, election dates varied
between Feb. 9, 10 and 11 to Feb.
10, 11 and 12 in several emails
sent out to RSU members and on
sections of the RSU’s website. The
first set of dates is correct. Posters
announcing the RSU election nominations were open also listed the
incorrect set of dates.
The emails, posters and website
also inconsistently list the number
of director positions available.
The Eyeopener emailed Chief
Returning Officer (CRO) Fatima
Sajan about the errors on Jan. 27.
The CRO is supposed to “co-ordinate all advertising with respect
to each election (with the Internal
Coordinator),” according to RSU
election bylaws.
“Thank you for bringing this to
my attention. It appears as though
last years (sic) poster was re-posted
with the incorrect dates. The new
one with the correct dates will be
going out shortly,” Sajan responded on the same day.
The 2014 election was held on
Feb. 3, 4 and 5.
A number of those posters are
still up around campus and as of
print, three are posted on the glass
of the CRO’s office in the basement
of the Student Campus Centre.
Posters for Unite Ryerson’s candidate Drew Silverthorn, who is
running for vice-president operations, say that Unite Ryerson has
“introduced more student disocunts.”
RSU elections are no stranger to
errors this academic year.
Posters and emails about the byelection in the Fall 2014 semester
also listed inconsistent dates —
first, incorrectly, as Oct. 27 to 29,
and later as Oct. 13, 14 and 15.

CORRECTION: In the Jan. 28 edition,
The Eyeopener published a story
titled “Student Affairs moving to SLC.”
The story said that five sections of the
Student Affairs department would be
moving into the Student Learning Centre
(SLC). This is incorrect. Only the student
learning support section will be moving
into the SLC. The Eyeopener regrets
this error.

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Ryerson’s Big Sham Theory
They’re both shit-shows that
treat the audience like thumbsucking dolts.
The TV show believes its audience will always laugh at awkWhat do the Ryerson Students’ ward words muttered by a characUnion (RSU) elections and The Big ter that looks like the lovechild of
Bono and Eugene Levy. The RSU
Bang Theory have in common?

By
Mohamed
Omar

elections assume students don’t
care about how disgustingly awful
our annual dance with democracy
is carried out.
In late January, the RSU election
season started off as professionally
as a drunk gorilla in a boardroom.
From the beginning, there were discrepancies in information given to
candidates and to the student body.
Bylaws weren’t followed. Websites
were bought and changed. Posters
were torn down, racist comments
appeared on others.
But the way that the election is
generally carried out — especially the hiring of its officials — is
what’s truly a punch to the student
body’s genitalia.
The person officiating the election, supposedly a neutral thirdparty, was hired by a full-time RSU
employee — which is fine save for
the fact that they both worked together at York in 2006.
An election debate — which
wasn’t an actual debate but rather a chance for each slate to see
who has louder friends — was
held on Feb. 2. Within hours it
won the World’s Dumbest Debate
award, handed out by the Mohamed Omar Association. The
debate had a limit of three questions for each position, resulting
in friends of candidates rushing
to the microphone to ask what
were mostly shitty, pre-agreed
upon questions.
A full opposition slate, like
this year’s Transform Ryerson,
is a rarity in this campus’ student politics. Their platform isn’t
revolutionary by any means, but
then again the incumbent slate,
Unite Ryerson, is offering a nice,
fat dose of status quo.
The rarity doesn’t imply ability,
of course. They could end up being
even worse than the status quo.
But then again, almost anything is better than The Big Bang
Theory.

NEWS

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

BoG nominations now open
Ryerson announced that the nominations for 2015 Board of Governors (BoG) and Senate are open between Feb 2. and Feb 6. There is
one staff position available for a two-year term, two faculty positions
for a two-year term and three student positions available for a oneyear term on the BoG. There is a faculty positon and one student position on Senate for a two-year term and a one-year term, respectively.

On Jan. 28, security came across
two people banging like belligerent bunnies in a POD washroom
during a routine patrol. Considering how often people get caught
boning on campus, it actually
doesn’t get much more routine
than this.
The couple were escorted out
of the premises and forced to finish elsewhere. If you’re reading
this, we hope you ended up someplace a little more sanitary.
Banging in the library

There’s nothing sexier than a stack
of books, fluorescent lights and
the glow of multiple LCD screens.
At least it would seem that way
since security had to break up two
people bumping uglies in the library on Jan. 19.
Security checked to make sure
everything was consensual, escorted them out of the building
and gave them a stern, hard warning. It is unknown whether they
checked out any books.

By Jackie Hong & Jake Scott
Ryerson’s Vice-Provost Students
Heather Lane Vetere will be going
to a conference hosted by the Ontario Committee on Student Affairs
(OCSA) at York University later
this month to discuss sexual assault
policies in post-secondary institutions, according to Ryerson Today.
This conference will help “generate discussion that will inform the
Reference Group on Sexual Violence established by the Council of
Ontario Universities,” states the
press release.
Lane Vetere was asked by Ryerson Provost Mohamed Lachemi to
spearhead a review of the school’s
sexual assault policies and how

complaints are dealt with on Nov.
26, 2014. Vetere previously told
The Eyeopener that she has met
with a number of people, including
staff members, students and Ryerson’s student unions, and spoke
with them about their experiences
with sexual violence on the Ryerson campus.
The review came in the wake of a
Toronto Star investigation that revealed only nine in more than 100
post-secondary schools in Canada
had a specific policy on sexual assault on campus. Since then, several schools have adopted policies
or protocols; most recently, presidents of 24 colleges across Ontario
voted to create a uniform policy on
sexual violence on their campuses.

New BA program announced
A new BA in the department of languages, literatures and cultures
(LLC) was approved at the Ryerson Senate meeting for Jan. 27. The
bachelor of language and intercultural relations (ILR) will allow Ryerson students to major in multicultural literature studies in their original
languages, in what is the LLC’s first degree program.
Read more on the new BA program online at theeyeopener.com

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CAST YOUR
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Faculty Directors,
Executive and Graduate
Council Executive.

Grabbing mad bag

Things keep getting stolen when
people leave them unattended.
Two laptops, two bags and a
backpack have been stolen from
the library because some poor soul
trusted the decency of humanity.
Let this be a lesson to everyone.
Treat the world like an airport and
never leave your belongings unattended. Especially in the Ryerson
library because apparently it’s host
to a small den of thieves.

Polling Stations:
ENG

1) Engineering Building
(Lobby)

POD 6) Podium Building
– POD (Hub Cafeteria)

RCC

2) Rogers Communications
Centre (Lobby)

TRS

7) Business Building
– TRSM (7th Floor)

KHE

3) Kerr Hall East
(1st floor near Room 127)

TRS

8) Business Building
– TRSM (8th Floor)

LIB

4) Library Building
– LIB (2nd Floor)

VIC

9) Victoria Building
– (Lobby)

SHE

5) Sally Horsfall Eaton
– (Lobby)

Questions? cro@rsuonline.ca

Student arrested for roof topping

A Ryerson journalism student
and two other men have been
arrested by Toronto Police after
a “roof-topping” investigation.
Eric Do, 27, is charged with
break and enter and commit,
mischief under $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments.
The three men are scheduled to
appear in court on March 16.

WED

Banging on the bathroom floor

PHOTO courtesy daniella guida

Heather Lane Vetere is reviewing Ryerson’s sexual assault policy.

TUE

Just jackin’ it

One time is never enough when
it comes to indecent exposure. A
male was reported jacking off in
the W71 computer lab on Jan. 19
and on Jan. 20.
The first time the suspect pretended to try logging into the
computers only to give up and
start jacking it while staring at his
victim. She walked away because
she is a sane human being. The
second time the victim just turned
her back and the masturbator
went away.

News Bites

MON

Briefs &
groaners

Assault policy update

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Students may vote at any polling station.
Polls are open daily from 10:30am-5:30pm

You must bring valid student I.D. or valid
I.D. to vote and be a current RSU member
(full time undergraduate student or full or part-time graduate student)

NEWS

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Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

RSU elections kick off with mayhem
After campaigning began at midnight on Jan. 28, the RSU election started to roll downhill into democratic disarray
By Brennan Doherty
The election’s first violation occurred minutes after it began.
Transform Ryerson candidate
Nav Marwah noticed posters had
been ripped off of the community
boards at the Ted Rogers School
of Management (TRSM) around
midnight on Jan 27. Unite Ryerson posters replaced them.
TRSM policy requires all posters to be approved­­­­­­— and if need
be, removed — by the Ryerson
Commerce Society (RCS). “The
only people who are allowed to
tear down posters are those who
are executives on the RCS,” said
Marwah.
After a week of campaigning,
both the Transform and Unite Ryerson slates have violated faculty
or campaign rules in attempts to
sway undecided student voters.
Marwah took pictures of the
ripped posters, eventually confronting a number of Unite Ryerson candidates hanging up their
materials on TRSM’s third floor.

“When I walked by them … one
of the people that [is] running for
[TRSM] director actually came up
to me and said ‘Oh, how do they
look?’ And then I just stared down
at the poster that was ripped,”
Marwah said. The candidate said
that RCS staffperson Natasha
Campagna gave her permission to
rip off expired posters.
Unite Ryerson presidential candidate Pascale Diverlus maintains
that this is standard procedure.
“Posters that were taken down
were posters of past events and
past dates, just like it’s done in every other building,” she said. She
stands by the Unite Ryerson candidates, saying “If that’s what they
said they did, I believe it was what
they did.”
All of Unite Ryerson’s posters
were stripped from TRSM on Jan.
28.
Osman Hamid, manager of student engagement and business development for TRSM, said they’d
been removed by RCS executives
for not having RCS approval

RSU presidential candidates Andrea Bartlett, left, and Pascale Diverlus, right, explain their platform at the debate.

stamps, being posted across walls
(which is illegal in TRSM without
prior approval), and for having
barely visible chief returning officer (CRO) approval stamps. Noah
Parker, one of Marwah’s running
mates on the Transform slate,
had filed two complaints to CRO
Fatima Sajan on Jan. 28 regarding
these violations.
“Every single student in Ted
Rogers knows that if you want
to do something [to] put on the
walls, you need to get it stamped,”
Parker said.
In an email to all candidates on
Jan. 29, the CRO disputed the validity of these rules.
“TRSM has always allowed
posters and banners to be placed
in the building for the RSU election period once the TRSM posting regulations have been followed. No approval from the RCS
… is required,” she wrote.
But Unite Ryerson posters have
yet to return to TRSM as of 5 p.m.
Feb. 3 afternoon. Osman Hamid
admitted that any student could
have removed the posters.
“That’s also possible, but that’s
not how it works,” he said. Any
one of the RCS’s 60 executives or

The RSU debate was a full house on Feb. 2.

board members are authorized to
remove posters — and RCS has
openly endorsed the Transform
Ryerson campaign. A number of
Transform Ryerson candidates —
including Noah Parker and Nav
Marwah — are also running for
positions in the RCS and RSU
elections simultaneously. Andrea
Bartlett was once its executive
vice-president.
When asked if Unite Ryerson
will continue postering in TRSM,
Pascale Diverlus replied “No
comment.”
Election bylawss themselves
have been ignored by the election’s
CRO, days into the campaign
season. The addition of an extra
TRSM director position on Jan.
29 directly contradicts a section in
article six of the RSU Bylaws that
states “The CRO shall determine
the number of student faculty directors and their distribution at
least 30 days prior to the date of
the election.”
In the same email, the CRO also
changed the rules about campaign
materials. Typically, the CRO
signs off on every single poster,
banner, Facebook post or website
bio from all candidates to ensure

PHOTO: Jake Scott

fairness. As of Thursday “…any
statuses or post, responses on all
social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc) that do not
exceed 250 characters DO NOT
need to be approved by the RSU
CRO.”
Diverlus said that the CRO has
a lot on her plate at the moment.
“We do understand [that] the
CRO has to look through a lot of
different material and so there’s
going to be backlog and stuff like
that, but we’re understanding of
that,” Diverlus said.
Transform Ryerson, however,
has complained about long wait
times for email responses from
the CRO — especially for poster
approval. Their campaign documents it all as a result.
“The integrity of the CRO
has been called into question a
couple of times on various matters and it’s getting really irritating,” said Alexander Waddling, a
Transform Ryerson candidate for
arts director.
“I have no issue with people
who disagree with me. You start to
undermine the democratic process
and we’re going to have a damn
problem.”

PHOTO: Jake Scott

Sports

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

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Making a little racket
Dayvon Reid is a badminton star for his school and his home in Jamaica
By Michael Grace-Dacosta
One of Dayvon Reid’s classmate’s
spots him walking on campus in
his Ryerson varsity gear. He asks
what sport he plays. When he tells
his classmate he’s on the badminton team, his jaw drops.
No one expects a six-foot-one,
185-pound African-Canadian to
play badminton. Fellow players
have confessed to him that when
they first saw him on the badmin-

ton court, they thought he was lost.
“They’ll come up to you and say
‘the first time I saw you [I was going to tell you] oh man, basketball
is over there,’” Reid says.
But after seeing him play they
quickly realize he’s right where he
belongs.
Reid won bronze medals at
the Ontario University Athletics
(OUA) championships in men’s
singles and mixed doubles events
last season. He’s been named an

Dayvon Reid with his OUA bronze medal at Ryerson

PHOTO Courtesy Dayvon Reid

OUA all-star twice and was selected as the Male Player of the
Year in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association when he attended
George Brown College in 2012.
“He’s a real natural more [so]
than anyone I’ve coached by far,”
says Robert Fullerton, head coach
of the badminton team, who has
been with the school for more
than 20 years. “[He’s a] very intelligent and tremendously athletic
guy. He’s great to coach.”
Reid grew up playing soccer in
Jamaica but when he was 15 his
friend convinced him to try badminton. After one match, he was
hooked. He couldn’t quit, no matter who tried to stop him.
“My family was completely
against it,” says Reid. ”The sports
you play [have] to be a means to
get out [of] whatever class you’re
in … there was no money in badminton so they were against it.”
Reid made Jamaica’s national
junior team two years later. After
that, Reid’s parents had to accept
his love for the sport.
You can read the rest of Reid’s
story, including his experience
competing in the 2007 Pan Am
Junior Games, on theeyeopener.
com

Otten digging in deep

PHOTO Courtesy Ryerson University

Q&A with
Tom
Anselmi
By Devin Jones
Ryerson grad Tom Anselmi will
bring his 15 years of experience
with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to the Ted Rogers School
of Management. The Eyeopener
was able to sit down with Anselmi
and ask him about the role he will
be stepping into.
Q: How does it feel to be back
at Ryerson?
A: It’s been great so far. I have
a lot of memories of this school.
The expansion into the downtown
core has been staggering to watch.
Q: What will be your official
role at the university?
A: So I’m what is called a distinguished visiting professor and re-

ally I’m helping the dean in three
capacities. One, the development
of an MBA in sports marketing.
Two, assisting in the delivery of
a class on sports business. Three,
mentoring MBA students on how
to manage their own personal
brand, and what goes into that.
Q: How has Ryerson changed
since you’ve attended?
A: Well when I was here as a
student [it] was still a polytechnic institute. It’s grown into a
renowned city builder and a great
centre for technology and business building. The things [Ryerson
President Sheldon] Levy has been
able to do during his time here not
only benefits the students and faculty but also the downtown core
as [a] whole.
Q: How long will your tenure
be at Ryerson?
A: Right now it’s for one year
and at the end of that period of
time we’ll see where things are at.
Q: How has the program been
going so far?
A: We’ve kicked off the class on
Jan. 14 and it’s been going great.
We’ll figure out by the end of the
year the direction of the sports
program.
Q: Have you attended any Rams
games yet?
A: I’ve attended [hockey] games
over the years, even when I didn’t
have any official capacity with Ryerson. I imagine I’ll attend some
more throughout my time here.

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Second-year libero Will Otten has been key for the nationally-ranked Rams
By Brandon Buechler
Will Otten didn’t grow up playing volleyball — it just kind of
happened.
Now the second-year libero is a
key player on the Ryerson men’s
volleyball team as it enters the
playoffs as one of the top seeds in
the Ontario University Athletics
(OUA).
“Volleyball wasn’t very popular
at my high school … we usually
had just enough for a team,” Otten said. “My friend just asked
me to come try out one day and it
went from there.”
That school was Medway High
School in London, Ont., just a
20-minute drive from his home in

Delaware, Ont.
Football and rugby ruled fans’
hearts and hockey ruled the standings at Medway. Meanwhile, Otten quietly made a name for himself in the volleyball world.
After some time, a teammate
suggested Otten take a turn at
beach volleyball, which he says he
enjoyed almost more than the traditional game.
“It’s more intense because
you’ve got two players – you get
more opportunities to make contact with the ball,” Otten said.
“It’s a little more interesting and I
enjoy it a lot.”
Otten balanced playing with his
club, London Fire, while also playing beach volleyball with Volleyball

Otten, middle, wearing his signature opposite colour shirt.

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Canada’s Fulltime Training Centre
program before being recruited by
the Ryerson Rams and head coach
Mirek Porosa.
Now, Otten suits up for the
Rams on the court while studying hospitality and tourism in the
classroom.
“Will’s a great kid, one of our
best players,” said assistant coach
Chris McLaughlin. “I think he’s
one of our team’s most improved
players.”
There’s something to be said
about Otten “improving” on his
2013-14 rookie season, where he
led the team with 123 digs over 52
appearances, while the team went
all the way to the OUA Final Four.
Otten describes himself as the
steady player, someone who can
be relied upon to do his job, be relaxed on the court and help guide
his team to a victory.
After graduating from Ryerson, Otten hopes to play professional volleyball for “5-10 years”
and then move into some kind of
coaching role.
“I’d really like to stay in the
sporting world,” he said with a
smile. “It’s been my whole life for
a while.”

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By Farnia Fekri
Two years after the initial known case of Ebola, Guinea and Sierra Leone remain at the centre of
the epidemic. Ryerson assistant professor Jordan Tustin and nursing graduate Nancy Graham
have been providing aid in the West African nations, and say the fight is far from over

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t’s early morning and Jordan Tustin is watching her
family eat Christmas dinner
through a computer screen.
Thousands of miles away
from her home in Toronto, she
sits in her hotel room in Kankan,
Guinea. She ate her dinner a few
hours ago, in the hotel. She doesn’t
eat anything outside — there has
to be a guarantee that her meals
are cooked safely, cleanly and at
the right temperature. She doesn’t
tell her family this. Instead, she
talks about the yule log a member
of the Médecins Sans Frontières
(MSF) team brought to dinner.
In a few hours, she’ll forget the
holiday spirit in the chaos of being an epidemiologist at the heart
of the biggest Ebola outbreak in
history.
She’ll begin working at around 8
a.m. and won’t stop until she goes
to bed. She’ll study the patterns
and trends of the disease, as an
epidemiologist does, hoping that
no new emails about suspect patients come in. She’ll fight the battle
from behind laboratory words like
“contact tracing,” “chain of transmission,” “control measures” and
“infection control.” She deals with
a lot of words that strain for control — but some days the outbreak
seems uncontrollable.
Later on, this will leave her unable to remember the tiny details
and names. The long days blur
together, she says, because of the
tension of “an emergency situation under really stressful circumstances.”
She’ll reaffirm the importance of
her work when she travels to pay
her respects to mourning families.
She won’t understand much of the

ritual — it’s in a local dialect —
but grief and senseless loss need
no words.
“It makes you realize how important this international response
really is,” she says. That emotion
will colour her mission to educate
people, as much as she can. She

host of organizations such as the
Red Cross, MSF, UNICEF and
the WHO that are in West Africa
helping to fight Ebola.
“In Kankan, we had a meeting
every day at three o’clock where
all of these players would get together to discuss the situation,

You can only stay and look after patients for a
maximum of 45 minutes to an hour or else you’d
collapse
frequently has to remind them that
Ebola’s not airborne. That “it requires close contact with an infected person.” That they shouldn’t
nurse their own sick. That they
shouldn’t bury their own dead.
She’ll say all of this from a twometre distance, without ever touching them. This is a control measure
meant to protect the workers fighting Ebola — a technique they call
“social distancing.”
It’s not easy for her, but she
knows it’s the only way.
“You go in knowing that this is
what you’ve signed up for,” she
says. “I mean, really, nobody can
rest in the field until Ebola is down
to zero.”
ustin, 35, was one
of the many international emergency respondents in Guinea. She was there on
behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) until Jan. 11,
working with a team of Guinean
doctors and driven by what she
refers to as “a duty to respond to
this emergency.”
According to Tustin, there are a

what’s going well, what’s going
wrong, what needs to be done,”
she says.
The real carnage ensues not
when suspects test positive for

Ebola, but when communities are
unaware of what they’re being exposed to. Tustin recalls a female
victim in her mid 20s who died in
the hospital without being tested
for Ebola by the staff. By the time
Tustin and her team had pulled
up in their khaki truck, the hospital had given the body over to
the parents, who had taken their
daughter back to their village.
“When something like that happens, it’s so frustrating,” she says,
remembering that the woman’s
body had been washed, according
to burial rituals, and would soon
lead to the funerals of other relatives. It would leave dozens of villagers in danger, lock several hospital staff in quarantine, and result
in a list of new names that Tustin’s

team would have to monitor for 21
days.
That is the length of time that
professionals call “the incubation
period.” If by the end of this time
the individual is fine, then they’re
safe. Otherwise, they’ll develop a
high fever. Their throats and heads
will ache, before facing vomiting and diarrhea. They might even
experience internal and external
bleeding.
If they’re admitted to the hospital
in time and given supportive therapy, they might recover. The other alternative is feared across the world.
ut this is not humanity’s first encounter
with Ebola — its first
recorded appearance
was in 1976, with one

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Ryerson assistant professor Jordan Tustin returned Jan. 11 after spending a month helping in Ebola-affected Guinea.

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The streets of Kankan, Guinea, where Tustin provided aid to Ebola patients.

outbreak in the Sudan and the
other in the Democratic Republic
of the Congo, close to the Ebola
River that lent the virus its name.
The most recent and notable
presence of the virus, branded
the Ebola virus disease (EVD), is
said by WHO to have started in
late 2013, in the small town of
Meliandou, Guinea, where an
18-month-old boy died after two
days of high fever and vomiting.
Members of the boy’s family then
started to die. Then the doctors,
nurses and fellow patients. And
everybody in between.
t was on March 22, 2014,
according to the WHO
website, that the disease
was finally identified as
Ebola. While previous out-

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gust and continuing for the rest
of 2014. The WHO website credits the epidemic with more than
22,000 cases and 8,810 deaths in
total. About 3,000 cases and 1,910
deaths have been in Guinea. There
have been 10,518 cases and nearly
3,200 deaths in Sierra Leone.
Nancy Graham, who received
a nursing degree from Ryerson in
2000, worked in MSF’s off-white
tents in Sierra Leone for five weeks
before coming home to Toronto on
Dec. 15. In the blistering heat of
the Kailahun district, she donned
her yellow Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) every day before starting her shifts as a nurse.
Along with two other people, she
would be assigned to one of eight
tents, with each tent lined with

Even though I’m covered and looking like a space
person, they could see that there’s a real person
there
breaks had usually taken their first
and last breaths in Central Africa,
where institutions were familiar
with the disease, countries were
much less prepared for the battle
when the deadly virus raged across
West Africa. “Populations could
not understand what hit them or
why,” describes a WHO report released in January 2015.
In Guinea, there have been roller
coaster flare-ups and dips in the
number of cases over the past few
months, with the worst levels of
transmissions starting in mid Au-

eight beds. Sometimes, she would
find her patients crying. Unable to
speak their language, she would
sit beside them — not too close to
their face, in case they threw up —
and put her arm around them. All
the while looking like a character
out of Breaking Bad.
Graham remembers the suit
as “a giant plastic bag over your
body.” Covered head to toe with
a hood, gloves and goggles, she
would take her suit off after an
hour in the tropical heat to find
her scrubs soaked with sweat.

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“You can only stay and look after patients for a maximum of 45
minutes to an hour,” she says. “Or
else you’d collapse.”
Even still, both Graham and
Tustin feel that their training
prepared them for their tasks in
a way that made them feel safe.
Of all of the people employed by
MSF, Graham says 24 caught the
virus and about 14 have died,
none of whom were international
respondents.
But workers have found new
hope after what Tustin refers to as
a “no-touch New Year’s.” There
were fewer emails and trips to investigate suspect patients. At least
in Guinea, there was a decrease in
cases, leaving responders with the
impression that they had outlasted
the climax.
And people are surviving. Every day. As the number of cases
decreases, hope blooms again in
West Africa.
recovering patient
clutches her transistor radio in one of
the tents in Kailahun. Suddenly, the
familiar tune of Céline Dion’s
“My Heart Will Go On” fills an
unfamiliar place. Graham starts to
sing, her voice muffled by her suit,
coaxing smiles from the patients.
“Even though I’m covered and
looking like I’m a space person,
they could see that there’s a human there,” Graham remembers,
laughing. One of the patients
speaks to Musa, a Sierra Leonean
clinical officer working in the tent.
“What is she saying?” Graham

asks Musa.
“She’s asking if we can dance
to the Céline Dion song,” she remembers him replying.
“So Musa and I, both dressed up
in PPE equipment, started dancing
together.”
espite such successes, Tustin insists
that international
attention is crucial
until the modern
Ebola outbreak is history. For her,
this disease is only an indication of
a much more insidious problem.
“In countries without infrastructure, without resources, this could
happen all over again,” she says.
The lack of such resources made
it difficult for Tustin and her team
to do their job. It hindered their
progress and presented challenges
that would have never been faced

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in Canada. “It might sound silly,
but even just being able to print
and photocopy is really challenging,” she says, adding that fuel for
trips to neighbouring villages was
also hard to come by.
“Without that international response, none of those resources
or tools that are imperative to doing your job and then ultimately
controlling an epidemic would be
there,” Tustin says.
“Our attention, our thoughts,
our resources really need to be over
there,” she says. “I think sometimes
that’s lost in our thoughts about
this epidemic, where we think
more about our backyard than the
people who are dying and suffering
and really needing our help.”
Sometimes, this help goes beyond expertise and dedication.
Sometimes, the mere presence of
someone like Tustin is enough.
She recalls stepping out of the
WHO car and into the red earth
of a small Guinean village. Under the hot African sun, she approaches two young children who
have just come back from a treatment centre. They’re happy to be
home, happy to finally be Ebolafree, happy to see her. She asks
them their names in fluent French,
aware that a group of about 30
people have left their mud huts
and gathered around them.
“It was nice to see the community really welcome them back
because that can be a problem
if you’re an Ebola case,” she explains, her voice shaking. “It was
really wonderful to see these little
kids happy and healthy and accepted by the community.”
In her happiness, Tustin forgets
the boundaries that have become
second nature to her. She forgets
the no-touch rule. The “social
distancing.” In a moment of raw
human connection, she puts her
hand up for a high five that the
kids eagerly return.
“I didn’t even think about it,”
she laughs. “It was such a great
feeling to feel like heroes in their
village and see everyone surround
them.
“I’ll never forget that moment.”

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PHOTO COURTESY NANCY GRAHAM

Nancy Graham, centre, has been helping to treat Ebola in Sierra Leone.

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Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Film shows artist torn between two nations
By Mikaila Kukurudza
For 15 years, artist Zinnia Naqvi waited to take photos of her
homeland; but after a single
hour of shots, it still wasn’t
enough.
Seaview is a 12-minute experimental film at the Image Arts
Centre by the 23-year-old Ryerson alumnus. Initially a fourthyear photography thesis project,
Seaview reveals the truth behind photographs Naqvi took in
Pakistan, her parents’ country
of origin.
Naqvi’s themes of “globalism,
trans-nationalism
and

identity,” mentioned in her bio,
are carefully placed through
her fourth-year photography
thesis.
The 2014 graduate created
Seaview when she shot beautiful images of Karachi, Pakistan’s
Clifton Beach in 2013.
Naqvi found that the authentic
story of the beach could not be told
through her photographs alone.
The premise for Seaview was in
place.
“I feel almost guilty presenting these photographs on their
own because of what is behind
the frame,” Naqvi said of her
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like me being disappointed in
myself.”
Before taking the photographs
in August 2013, Naqvi had last
been to Clifton Beach when she
was a little girl. She went back
at the age of 22.
The series contains various
shots of brightly dressed camels carrying children as they
are led by barefooted men at
sunset.
These striking photographs
felt strange to Naqvi because
they did not represent her experience and the lack of belonging
she felt.
“When you are trying to
translate cultures, there is no
objective opinion,” said Naqvi. “I didn’t know what kind
of project I wanted, or that I
wanted to make a film. I was
intending on going back a
second
time
[because]
I
was so overwhelmed with all the
footage I shot.”
This simultaneously allows
viewers to become witnesses,
fully submerged in the distant
culture Naqvi encountered. Her
project developed into a piece
that combined still photos with
family footage and personal videos from her trip.
In terms of home footage, the
experimental film contains clips
of a family wedding in her aunt’s
Kawali music-filled living room,
her limited conversations in Urdu
with her driver and their hectic
drive through the claustrophobic
streets outside of Karachi.
Naqvi said the film was difficult to make. She forced herself
to overcome her fear of releasing such a deeply personal film
that highlights her insecurities with her cultural identity.
Naqvi found it hard to find her
belonging in the homeland of

Naqvi’s photos of Clifton Beach in Pakistan inspired Seaview.

parents.
“I was never really comfortable speaking the [local] language,” said Naqvi. “To speak it
publicly was a challenge, to expose my discomfort.”

When you are trying to
translate cultures, there
is no objective opinion
For some, the experimental
film reveals more about Naqvi’s
experience with each watch.
“I think I’ve watched that
piece 20 to 25 times now,” said
Sara Angelucci, the student gallery coordinator of Ryerson’s Image Arts Centre. “Because it’s so

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rich and layered, a second view
reveals more nuanced details
that enrich your understanding.”
For Naqvi, the movie itself took months of reflection
and a lifetime of struggling to
identify with the cultures a part of
her life.
“I wanted to feel free at that
time,” Naqvi said in the film
about the initial shots she
took
walking
along
the
beach. “But the actual act of
taking the photographs was
actually more stressful than I
wanted it to be. I think that is
telling of the place.”
The piece will be playing at
Ryerson’s Image Arts Centre until Feb. 22.
Seaview is on Naqvi’s website
at zinnianaqvi.com/Seaview.

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Behind the frontlines of the Red Army Riot! has first show of 2015
By Alex Downham

By Justin Chandler

A Ryerson radio and television
arts student produced a documentary on the hyper-politicized lives
of Soviet hockey players.
The film, Red Army, focuses
on the Soviet Union’s pressure on
Russian men to “serve their country” by playing hockey against
Western teams. Since the national
hockey team was a part of the
ministry of defence, fourth-year
student and associate producer
Dmitry Saltykovsky said they were
treated like soldiers.
“The players didn’t have Kalashnikovs, but had a stick and a
puck instead,” said Saltykovsky.
The documentary, released in
May 2014, features interviews
with Russian hockey legends, particularly Viacheslav Alexandrovich Fetisov. Otherwise known as
Slava of the famous Russian Five
hockey group, the film retells his
time playing for the Soviet Army.
“[The Soviet Union] funded
[hockey] to display superiority,”
said director Gabe Polsky.
According to Red Army, “the
best of the best” were picked from
hordes of boys eager to play for
the national team. Slava improved
faster than others. He said the
game and his coach, Anatoli Tarasov “developed his patriotism”

Riot! Comedy made audience
members spill into the aisle
Jan. 28, packing nearly 100
people into the Bloor Comedy Club for their first show
of 2015.
Riot!’s members said this show
was better than their previous
one last semester. The group
consists of students from the radio and television arts school
of media.
“The worst part [of doing standup] is when you have that awkward silence when a joke doesn’t
really fly as well as you want it to,”
said Riot! member and second-year
student Laura Del Maschio. “[But]
everyone was into it right away.”
Most of Riot!’s members were
inspired by personal experiences.
Third-year Anthony Gullace joked
about a doctor diagnosing him as
being “sort of” allergic to peanuts
while second-year Victor Oly explained how he associated smelly
diapers with his sister as
a child.
“I never really realized how much
I only thought of my little sister as
a piece of shit when I was younger,” Oly said. “It’s funny looking
back at your thoughts when you
were younger and turning that
into a bit.”

Soviet player Slava was also a political figure.

and skill.
Slava was on Russia’s national
team from 1976 to 1989, winning
seven times at the World Championship and Olympic gold three
times.
The Russian team succeeded due
to Tarasov’s unique chess-like strategy, where passing was constant
and the whole team was involved
as opposed to individual all-stars.
“Life in general in the Soviet Union reflected that type of
game,” said Saltykovsky. “It’s
the [communal] way of life that
formed the playing style.”
But Tarasov was replaced by
Viktor Tikhonov as the Soviets’ coach and the team’s morale
changed. Slava and his teammates
were away 11 months a year,
training up to four times a day.
Red Army details how players “pissed blood” and another

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couldn’t leave to say goodbye to
his dying father at the camp.
Slava grew tired of the national
team and went to the NHL in
1989. He struggled to go, receiving threats and was even beaten
by police. He also received insults
from anti-Russian NHL fans.
Despite Slava’s hard life, Polsky
said it was important to shed light
on past “Cold War-type darkness”
around Russia in films on the era,
saying that “there’s a lack of understanding about the culture.”
“It’s a bittersweet history of
how [Soviets] lived,” said Polsky.
“It was terrible to live there but
there was still pride.”
Slava, like fleeing Soviets, returned to Russia in 2001 to govern
the ministry of sport. Saltykovsky
said Slava did it because he loves
“the game and playing for the national flag” rather than politics.

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Some Riot! members like Taylor Patterson have trouble keeping
their antics onstage.
“There are a lot of times where
I say aggressive or douche-y things
in real life which I think are hilarious, which don’t come across
as well. But when I’m on stage,
it comes across really nicely,”
Patterson said.
Second-year student Justine
Riches had her first performance
with Riot! on Wednesday, motivated by fellow members to do
stand-up.
“[Riot! members] said once you
watch us do it you’ll be like, ‘Oh
this is totally something I can do.’
I 100 per cent agree with them,”
said Riches.
Most attendees were well behaved, but hecklers were louder
than what performers wanted.
“Hecklers are the worst part
[of doing stand-up]. Sometimes
people just don’t know how
to keep quiet but that’s okay,”
said Oly.
Despite the commotion, Oly
enjoyed the show, particularly the
feedback after.
“The lights are blinding and
it’s hard to hear the laughter. But
afterwards, seeing everybody
smile and everybody walking out
of
the
theatre
happy
is
probably the best part,” he said.

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Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

The bull’s-eye of Target stores’ closure
Ryerson students who were Target employees speak out about the shutdown of its Canadian stores
By Laura Woodward
Anum Syed’s job went from parttime to no-time.
The third-year business technology student started her cashier job
at a Target location in Brampton

when it opened in April 2014.
But on Jan. 15, Target Corporation announced that it would close
all 133 Canadian stores because of
its lack of profitability in the Canadian market — leaving 17,600
employees jobless, including Syed.

Syed worked at Target during
university breaks and the summer.
“I take a leave-of-absence when
school begins — until April and
then go back in May. But I guess
I won’t be going back,” Syed says.
Syed was sitting in class when
she heard of the retailer’s exit, not
from her employer, but from a
news article.
“I was shocked. I just thought it
was a joke,” Syed says. “All the
Target employees have a WhatsApp group (for work conversations) and everyone was talking
about it.”
Syed says that she and other
employees had heard that some
Target locations hadn’t been profitable, but didn’t expect all locations to go under.
An employee meeting, what
Target calls a “huddle,” was held
to discuss what’s next.
But Syed says that her employer
hasn’t been too clear on what the
future holds for the employees,
adding that she finds the majority
of information about Target from
news sources.
“They haven’t been clear on
what they’re going to do with people who are on a leave-of-absence,
but I have a friend that works in

Human Resources and from what
they’ve told me is that I’m going
to get a full 16-week pay [as the
employment severance] — depending on the average of my last
paycheck,” Syed says.

Target should have... provided some kind of severance
for employees instead of this
notice of termination that
the media misinterpereted
as severance
A second-year business management student and Target employee
of two years — who requested to
remain anonymous — didn’t hear
anything about severance pay.
“What Target should have done
is provided some kind of severance for employees instead of this
notice of termination that some
of the media misinterpreted as
severance. The fact is that many
employees will have to work all,
or most of, the four-month-noticeperiod is unfair to all of us,” he
said.
But these students aren’t the

More than 100 Ryerson students were employed by Target.

only ones struggling with upcoming unemployment — 100 current
Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) students were employed by Target, according to Alexander Waddling, who works at
the Ryerson Career Centre.
Anthony Hopkins, director
of TRSM, sent out a letter to all
TRSM alumni employed by Target.
“After hearing about the decision by Target Canada to cease
operations in Canada, I wanted to
let our alumni that are currently
employed at Target Canada know
my team and I are here to support you in your career transition
if needed and will be organizing
events and opportunities to assist
you in your transition,” Hopkins
wrote in the letter.
In some Target locations, the
liquidation process has already begun. But all stores must undergo
liquidation no later than May 15.
In the meantime, Syed hopes to
be employed by Target’s retailer
replacement. “I haven’t really
heard of anything yet,” Syed says.
“I did hear about how Sears, how
they might be hiring, so I might try
that. But as of right now, I’m jobless.”

PHOTO COURTESY JAY REED

SoapBox gets a makeover
By David Lao
SoapBox has given its anonymous
idea-sharing platform a complete
makeover, remodelling the entire
software from scratch.
The new program went online
for Ryerson students to use on
Feb. 3.
“It has been redesigned with a
completely different infrastructure. We’ve completely built it in
a different development process
than we normally would use,”
said Susan Tran, SoapBox’s client
success manager. “Everything has
changed in the last 12 months.”
SoapBox was first launched
for Ryerson in August 2012. The
platform is accessed through the

my.ryerson portal and allows students to voice their concerns or
ideas over a specific topic. The
idea is then looked over and resolved if the concern is found to
be a popular one among other
users.
Some of the new features that
Ryerson students can now take
advantage of are mentioning individuals by typing “@” before their
name, as well as seeing what peers
are voting and commenting on
through public profiles.
Leaderboards of who has the
most ideas and official responses
will also be functional. Users will
be able to follow ideas and people
to stay updated on specific proposals.

“Most of our new features our
clients love right now because it’s
a direct build from something they
told us they wanted,” said Tran.
SoapBox’s prior technology
lacked scalability — a program’s
ability to handle updates and adjust to growing system demands.
According to Tran, SoapBox’s
scalability, or lack there of, was
one of the main reasons why the
changes were being implemented.
More updates are planned to be
released accordingly.
“There’s a lot more features
coming out, and next year you’re
going to see a lot of new things
pushed, tons of new features” said
Tran. “That’s the future of SoapBox.”

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

BIZ & TECH

This startup’s got the moves like Jagger
Maroon 5 used the JamCam app — incubated at Ryerson’s DMZ — to create their latest music video

PHOTO COURTESY YOUTUBE

The JamCam app allows video recording simultaneously with audio playing.

By Julia Knope
Some Ryerson startups gain coverage through commercials or advertising, while others reach out to
Maroon 5.
JamCam is a mobile app that allows users to film 15 second videos while a song from their music
library plays.
Maroon 5 partnered with JamCam for the creation of a fan video of their new song “Sugar.”
After the partnership, fans from
all around the world recorded
themselves lip-syncing to “Sugar”
and posted it publicly on YouTube
with the tag “#SugarJams.” From
all of the submissions, Maroon
5 chose the best clips for the creation of the fan video.
“They primarily chose videos
with the most views,” said Sam
Scofy, co-creator of JamCam.

Scofy and his partner Matt Loszak already knew the managers
of Maroon 5 and knew that the
band was looking for ways to
market their new single.
“[Maroon 5] was really, really
happy with how the campaign
turned out,” Scofy said.
Not only was the band happy,
but JamCam appreciated the startup exposure.
“It definitely helped with getting
the word out,” Scofy said. “We
have done some cool partnerships
in the past, but this was the biggest one.”
Loszak was the one who
thought of the idea for JamCam.
The idea sparked when he travelled to Australia and wanted to
record footage with a song playing
in the background.
“I wanted to shoot a video while
keeping the music playing from

my iPhone, because it matched
the moment so perfectly. Unfortunately, the built-in camera app
prevents this behaviour,” Loszak
said. “JamCam was born out of
this frustration.”
After they created JamCam, they
searched for funding at the Digital
Media Zone (DMZ), which invested in their company and organized
events to help publicize the app.
JamCam has partnered with a
range of celebrities; from South
Korea’s PSY, to the broadway
show Rocky. In the future, Scofy
and Loszak say they hope to partner with companies like SoundCloud and YouTube in the hopes
of growing their business.
“One day we hope to create a
partnership with one of those big
media companies, but hopefully
we can become a significant name
on our own,” Scofy said.

Social sciences get cash boost
For once, startups not focused on technology receive a major grant
By Lana Hall
Technology related startups often
snag the spotlight, but after receiving a $500,000 grant, Ryerson
plans to focus on student-run programs in the social sciences field,
too.
The J.W. McConnell Family
Foundation gives out a total of
$5-million to 18 post-secondary
schools. The funding is under the
foundation’s Project Recode, encouraging social innovation and
entrepreneurship across private,
public and non-proft sectors.
“We’re using a very broad definition of social innovation,” said
Wendy Cukier, Ryerson’s vicepresident research and innovation,
although she adds the criteria for
such projects will “be centered

around social goals: things like
alleviating poverty, human rights
and increasing access to employment.”
Ryerson matched its grant, totaling the funding to $1 million.
Most of the grant will go towards seed funding for up to 60
startups or projects. Some of these
will be developed with the aid
of Ryerson’s new Social Venture
Zone, which is affiliated with the
faculty of arts.
“Historically there has been a
lot of attention paid to entrepreneurship based on technology,”
Cukier said. “We’ve been working
to level the playing field for social
sciences students wanting to innovate.”
According to Ryerson’s Recode
application, approximately 25 per

cent of ventures developed in the
Digital Media Zone (DMZ) have
social goals.
“Social innovation needs three
things,” says Chad Lubelsky, associate program director for Recode.
“It needs durability, scale and impact. Ryerson has been a pioneer
in that kind of innovation. You
can see it in how much they’re investing in these programs, like the
DMZ.”
Last week, student and faculty
representatives from all 18 postsecondary institutions met to discuss their projects.
“One thing the McConnell
Family Foundation feels very
strongly about,” says Cukier, “is
that they want the various schools
and agencies to collaborate on initiatives.”

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FUN

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Choo-choo Twain dewails

Mark Twain loses to Emma Cosgrove in battle for fun editor; detonates

ILLUSTRATION: STEPHEN ARMSTRONG

PHOTO: ROB FOREMAN

Bunz n’ gunz to
take over SLC

In a deadly duel involving firm slaps, windmill kicks and headlocks, The Eyeopener’s Emma Cosgrove
conquered author Mark Twain and reclaimed the legendary title of fun editor. What began with traded
blows ended when Cosgrove forcefully ripped Twain’s spine from his body and beat him to death with
it, leaving the battered shell of his corpse unavailable for comment. Following the battle, Twain’s body
inexplicably detonated in a nuclear reaction, despite having no radioactive material on him at the time.
The battle comes three weeks after Twain re-entered society, revealing his death was a hoax.
By Emma Cosgrove

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Lethal weapons and processed
meat products are finally having a
child together.
A combination Arby’s-slash-gun
store will occupy the vacant streetlevel retail space in Ryerson’s new
Student Learning Centre (SLC),
according to Buck One-shot Wilson, founder of fun-guns.com.
“Meat and munitions, bud,
what’s better?” One-shot Wilson
said during an exclusive interview
with The Eyeopener.
“I couldn’t think of a more perfect combo, really, I couldn’t. My
wife loves it, too,” One-shot Wilson said.
This is the first store location for
fun-guns.com and will be called
Gunz R Us.
“It’s a bit like a Walmart with
a McDonald’s — except it’s a
massive gun store with a built-in

Arby’s so you can power up and
then power shop for POWER
WEAPONS!” One-shot Wilson
roared in between bites of a meaty
sandwich.
He said he also considered opening a massive Arby’s with a small
built-in gun counter, but that idea
was shot down.
“Guns are more important,” he
said.
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
said he is uncontrollably excited
by the deal, and will be first in line
for the July 4 grand opening.
“What this campus needs is
more calorie providers and more
firearm distributors. That’s what
Ryerson should be prioritizing.
We’re taking cues from our friends
down south,” Levy said. “They’re
doing things right.”
The Eyeopener is unsure of who
Levy was referring to at the time
of the interview.

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