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March 4, 2015
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Levy: ‘I personally find it disturbing’
The RSU denying club status to a group that opposes abortion and euthanasia has caught the eye of a
national organization. The group has promised to keep fighting against the RSU’s decision
By Jake Scott

CRO: school
interfered in
RSU election
By Jackie Hong

The decision to deny club status
to a pro-life sutdent group on
campus by the Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) goes against freedom of speech, according to Ryerson president Sheldon Levy and
the chair of the Canadian Council
for Religious Freedom (CCRF),
Gregory Korz.
“I personally find it disturbing anytime we limit someone’s
freedom of speech even though I
might not like to hear it, even if
it upsets me,” Levy said. “The
strength of freedom of speech is
not that I give freedom of speech
to those that I like to hear, but that
the strength of it is that you give
[it to] those you wish you did not
have to listen to.”
The group Students for Life at
Ryerson (SFLR) was rejected for
club status because their mandate
goes against the RSU’s women’s
issues policy, which was adopted
in 2012.
Without club status, SFLR
won’t receive funding from the
RSU or a dedicated space in the
Student Campus Centre. RSU
President Rajean Hoilett says this
isn’t infringing on anyone’s right
to freedom of speech.
“Just because they are not recognized by the RSU as a student
group does not mean that they
can’t continue to have the conversations that they want to have
or continue to do work on or off
campus,” Hoilett said. “It just
means that simply the Ryerson
Students’ Union, as per our policies, has chosen not to provide
student group recognition to this
specific group.”
SFLR would be able to operate in an unofficial capacity. They
could put up posters and promote
their campaigns, but out of their
own pocket. Hoilett says this is



Rajean Hoilett (left) and Sheldon Levy (right) have received letters condemning the rejection of club status to a pro-life group.

Korz, a supporter of SFLR, disagrees.
“They have to learn that they
can’t just have people around
who happen to agree with what
they’re saying,” Korz said. CCRF
emailed Levy and the RSU,
among others, condemning the
decision and asking university
administration to step in.
“[The RSU] has done something
that flies in the face of the Charter
of Rights and Freedoms and basic
religious freedom,” Korz said.
However, university administration will not be stepping in, according to Levy.
“First of all whatever the student
union does, they’re independent, it
has nothing to do with the university,” Levy said. “So we’re writing
back [to CCRF] and saying that in
a nutshell that RSU is RSU and we
have a senate policy that supports

academic freedom, and as long as
they follow the practice of anyone
on campus with regard to following policy and being respectful,
they could have their say.”
While Levy and Korz appear
to have overlapping opinions regarding freedom of speech, Korz
is adamant that the university is
accountable and not just the RSU.
“The RSU is a creature of the
university, and the administration runs that university, so ultimately they are going to be held
responsible if the student union
doesn’t behave in a legal fashion,” Korz said.
If Ryerson doesn’t step in and
allow SFLR club status, the CCRF
will feature the university in its
annual white rose and black thorn
awards. These are given by the
CCRF to the best and worst institutions for religious freedom, according to Korz.

“If they don’t feel they can accommodate people of faith then
they’ll have to deal with the reputation of being a bigoted university,” said Korz.
While the CCRF does not typically pursue legal action in these
kinds of issues, Korz says other
groups may take aim at the RSU.
“I understand just from reading that there is another group,
the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), who
might be taking some legal action
on that,” Korz said.
This has yet to be confirmed by
The Eyeopener, but Hoilett says
he isn’t concerned about litigation.
“We’ve already sought legal
counsel and judges have ruled on
very similar issues in court that
say we are within our right to
deny groups,” he said.
To read previous stories on
SFLR, go to

Ryerson students weigh in on a pro-life group on campus

Jessica Wong, 1st year food
and nutrition
Everybody has a right to be
able to express what they feel
... they should have a voice.

Ayuub Enow, 1st year new
When it comes to subjects
such as those it’s iffy. It’s not
black and white.

Delaney Novinka, 2nd year
I’m pro-choice ... I would say
no, I don’t care if the group is
gone. There is no big loss.

Arachehige Fernando, 1st
year engineer
Yeah it’s a good thing, antiabortion. They shouldn’t be
doing abortions.

A document from the Ryerson
Students’ Union’s (RSU) “special”
board meeting on March 2, held
to ratify election results among
other things, accuses university
administration of interfering with
the 2015 election.
The university sent two letters to
the Chief Returning Officer (CRO)
and RSU executive board and
beefed up security around polls and
the room holding the ballot boxes
without warning, according to a report written by CRO Fatima Sajan.
The letters were sent on Feb. 2.
The first letter said the university
had concerns about the elections
and “stated the University may
have ground [to] terminate its fee
agreement with RSU[,] effectively
threatening to withhold RSU’s
membership fees.” It did not specify
the university’s concerns.
The second letter “[demanded]
court appointed inspectors be
placed at all poll stations.” The
CRO rejected the demand, “citing
infringement on the elections.”
On Feb. 10, the second day
of voting, “without notice, the
University placed uniformed security guards and unidentified
plain-clothed inspectors at every
RSU poll station.” The CRO was
concerned the presence of security
near stations, up to four in one
location, “created an intimidating
environment” for voters.
On Feb. 11, the final day of voting, the CRO “directed RSU legal
counsel to meet with the University
during the day to review the interference by them. RSU maintained
that the actions taken by the University was viewed as interference.”
That day, Ryerson Commerce
Society President Ashisha Persaud’s
lawyer sent the RSU a letter demanding the CRO “suspend the
elections and hold new elections
due to unsubstantiated concerns.”
The Eyeopener previously reported
that Persaud sent a petition to the
university, RSU and CRO demanding an extended election or redone
“The CRO is concerned that the
University may have provided this
letter to the RCS for the purposes of
interfering with the RSU elections,”
the report said.
The document also said the university stationed a security guard at
the front of SCC 202 and installed a
security camera in the hallway. The
Deputy Returning Officer previously told The Eyeopener that who
monitored the feed from the camera was “not your concern.”
The CRO and school did not
respond to requests for comment.



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The Student Learning Centre provides students with more space to work. Also a beach.

A Q&A with Ryerson’s SLC
It’s been hyped as the “heartbeat”
of campus and a “window” into our
community. Christopher Hume, a
Toronto Star columnist who writes
about things like buildings and
roads, crowned it as “a brilliant
essay in 21st century university
architecture.” But what does the
Ryerson Student Learning Centre
(SLC) think about itself, especially
with all the pressure on its glass
Eye It’s been a busy couple of days
for you. How has the response to
your opening been so far?

shirts offering tours. But besides
that, it was dullsville. Students
just found some space to work
and got straight to it. I’m apparently having an official opening
later in March, but everyone’s already seen me. I feel like a spoiled
cheesecake, you know?
Eye: Would you say that vexed you?
SLC: Goodness, I love your vernacular. Yes, I would say it was
annoying, especially since I’ve
been sold as this behemoth of student space or a glass messiah destined to make campus life a million times better.

SLC It’s hard to say. I mean, the
school started making videos and
writing articles about me since Eye: Do you feel like you’re mak2009, which was flattering. But ing campus life better?
when it came to my actual opening on Feb. 23, there was nothing. SLC: Again, it’s hard to say. I’m supposed to add 2,300 student spaces
to the campus, but Ryerson has
more than 38,000 students, not to
mention a crazy application rate. I
coffee and shit in the lobby and have a beach-themed area, though,
some people dressed in yellow so maybe the wait was worth it?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015



Strikes at U of T, York leave students in limbo
By Behdad Mahichi
Teaching assistants at the University of Toronto and York University are on strike after rejecting
tentative deals from their separate
schools, while Ryerson awaits a
vote that will decide its future.
At York University, the Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE) local 3903, which represents teaching assistants and
contracted professors, voted on
March 2 to reject a deal presented
by the university. Students and
their grades are held in limbo after
the university senate declared all
classes and exams cancelled until
the strike is over, with a “minimal
number” of exceptions.
At the University of Toronto,
a bargained deal was reached between the school and CUPE 3902,
until it was taken to membership
on Feb. 27, who then voted an
overwhelming 90 per cent against
the contract.
At Ryerson, teaching assistants
who are represented by CUPE
3904 Unit 3 reached a tentative
agreement on Feb. 26 at 11:30
p.m. But the membership still
needs to hold a ratification vote to
complete the deal.
“There are specific things that
we were negatively affected by

personally, due to ambiguity in the
previous contract,” said Aneesa
Khan, chief steward of Unit 3 at
Ryerson. “Some committee members were able to successfully get
the things that they wanted. Others, not so much.”
Joseph Zboralski, president of
CUPE 3904, said that TAs of the
union will vote on the deal some
time next week, and if they vote
to reject the contract, Zboralski
said they will have two options: to
“mandate the bargaining committee to go back to management,” or
to go on strike.
It is unclear at the moment what
decisions will be made at the vote,
and whether or not a strike will
follow. In the meantime, CUPE
3904 has shown support for TAs
at U of T by joining in on a rally
held on Feb. 26.
“Our membership was there to
support them,” Khan said. “We
went out and have been in the cold
with them.”
The 6,000 union members at
U of T set up picket lines around
St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough campuses on March 2,
with many saying the deal failed
to address the key concerns of the
“The members, after rigorous
debate, decided that the offer that

was on the table was not enough
in terms of them getting closer to
the poverty line,” said Abe Nasirzadeh, the lead organizer of the
The strike came unexpected to
many students at U of T. Secondyear computer science student
Kevin Kim said the strike caused
him a lot of confusion.
“They sent everyone a mass
email. At that point I thought we
avoided disaster,” he said. “But
then 12 hours later they sent another email and they just said
‘strike is happening.’”
The strike affected all of Kim’s
University of Toronto teaching assistants picket on the St. George campus.
“I have a midterm tomorrow,
and it’s still going on. But now
the professor has to re-write every
single question so that it’s easier to
mark,” he said.
Some Ryerson students who
are part of the Ryerson-York Exchange have also been affected by
the strike, after having their classes at York cancelled.
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Bill C-51: ‘Where will the line be drawn?’
Ryerson professor and students weigh in on the new anti-terror legislation

By Jon Solmundson
The Harper government’s new bill
to boost intelligence powers passed
its second reading last week and if
it makes it through review, protesting on Yonge and Dundas streets
could land you in jail, no warrant
Bill C-51 was proposed as a
slate of anti-terror laws put on the
fast-track to Parliament after the
Ottawa shootings last October.
Ryerson University professor
Arne Kislenko, who worked in intelligence as a senior immigration
official for 12 years, explained
that these changes fundamentally
alter the Canadian Security and
Intelligence Service’s (CSIS) job.
The new laws increase powers to
include direct interception of possible terrorist threats and the ability
to shut down any protest or media
which might promote terrorism.
Kislenko said students should
take particular notice of the fact
that this legislation will let CSIS arrest protesters without a warrant.
“If you give powers to prevent a
social gathering to occur, who determines that and what constitutes
a violation?” he said. “Is an Occupy movement in Queen’s Park now

a terrorist act? The Sri Lankan protest a few years ago ... that could
constitute a violation.”
However, Kislenko warned students not to automatically reject
any increase to security powers,
stating that some change to CSIS
was necessary and encouraging
them to seriously consider their
own safety.
Fourth-year business law student
Melissa Golberg said there needs to
be a clearer definition of what is being criminalized.
“On the one hand, if you’re not a
criminal you have nothing to hide,
on the other though it affects civil
liberties,” Golberg said. “If the
government has this power where
will the line be drawn?”
Kislenko added the government
was using its majority to force the
bill through Parliament, sidestepping the necessary review process.
“The government is very clearly
using their majority and trying to
capitalize on the public’s broadbase support following the Ottawa
attacks,” Kislenko said.
“Here we are throwing all these
new powers at CSIS and to my
knowledge we haven’t had a serious discussion about recruiting
new people, building new facilities,

getting money into that system, it’s
endless — that takes years to develop the capacity for, not weeks.”
Second-year business student
Bobby Aujila took issue with the
bill being forced through Parliament by the government’s majority.
“They’re literally bypassing crucial people to do what they want,
it’s not going to help represent the
public opinion in any way,” Aujila
C-51 extends CSIS the power
to arrest people it suspects “may”
commit terrorist acts, rather than
“will” commit terrorist acts, and
allows them to directly “disrupt”
terrorist activities, though the definition of “disrupt” is never limited
in the bill itself — leaving the government free to decide what is and
is not appropriate.
Kislenko added that even if Bill
C-51 were to pass into law, in its
current form, CSIS doesn’t have the
resources or oversight to effectively
administer these increased powers.
“Giving CSIS that authority
means nothing if they don’t have
the resources, the training the understanding of law, the interagency
relationships —
­ it’s like taking a
student and all of a sudden making
them a professor.”

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In 2012, amidst a string of criticism and a Maclean’s article detailing inadequacies in Ryerson’s ab
issues, the university hired two additional counsellors to bring the total to 14. With ever-increasi
reach 40,000, Ryerson still only has 14.2* full-time equivalent (FTE) counsellors. So why don’t the
funding to accommodate students?


ichelle Nguyen was
midway through her
second-to-last semester
when she decided to
seek help from the Ryerson Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC).
She had been dealing with depression for some time.
“I had kind of been thinking
about it since maybe the beginning of the year … but I didn’t go
through with it. I thought ‘oh you
know it’s just school stress.’ But
then [at] the beginning of fourth
year [there] was a lot of stress and
a lot of pressure,” says Nguyen,
now 25.
After contacting the CSDC,
Nguyen says she waited two
weeks to be seen by a counsellor.
“The initial waiting period is
really hard because you think you
are going through something really bad and you just can’t wait
that long to talk to somebody,”
says Nguyen. “When you finally

get the urge to make a decision
to see somebody, that’s when you
need it the most.”
But that wait was typical even
for someone like Nguyen, who
was deemed to be more “highrisk.” A Maclean’s article published September 2012 cited a
200 per cent increase from the
previous year in demand from
Ryerson students in crisis situations. The CSDC felt this surge,
with counselling appointment


ince then, Ryerson has
funding for the CDSC
every year ($960,235 in
2011-12; $1,131,650 in
2012-13; $1,265,884 in 201314; $1,320,120 in 2014-15), with
nearly all of it coming from tuition and government grants.
But according to Vice-Provost
Students, Heather Lane Vetere,
Ryerson’s base budget has decreased in each of the six years

If a student came to school and was diagnosed
with cancer, no one would expect us to have
an oncologist on staff
wait times lengthening — ranging
from six months to a year. As a
result of the huge demand, Ryerson added two more full-time
equivalent (FTE) counsellors, for
a total of 14.

Full-Time Equivalent: FTE is
a measure of whether a person
is working full-time hours. An
FTE of 1.00 means a person is
working the “full-time equivalent” hours. An FTE of 0.5
would mean that an employee
is on a 50% workload and is
not working full time. This is
how you end up with 14.2 FTE

she’s worked at the university.
This explains the slow increase
in funding to an amenity meant
to serve a student population that has grown to almost

Centre for Student Development
and Counselling (CSDC): a multidisciplinary team comprised of
counsellors, social workers, psychologists and interns
Jorgenson Hall,
Room JOR-07C,
Lower Ground Floor
(416) 979-5195

“Tuition has gone up every
year, but not enough to cover
the increases in salaries, in benefits and utilities, and government grants have either stayed
the same or gone down. So every
year we have had to cut from the
base budget to make it balance.
Our board has a policy that they
cannot approve a deficit budget,”
says Lane Vetere.
While wait times differ based
on the time of year (ie. it’s easier to get an appointment at the
beginning of the semester than
during midterm season,) Su-Ting
Teo, director of the CSDC, says if
students are in crisis, they are often seen within 24 hours. But for
those who have “mild to moderate issues,” queues can lengthen
and some are recommended to
look into group therapy.
“The issue is about what’s an
acceptable wait time in some
senses. So even at the worst, the
four to six month wait time, it

is still shorter than anything you
are going to find [outside Ryerson] — which are one to threeyear wait times,” says Teo. “Unless you pay of course. So that’s
the issue: do you have the money to pay for something, and if
you don’t, that’s where the wait
times come in.”
ut wait times aren’t the
only aspect afflicting
students. Luke Greidanus, an interior design
student who has been at
Ryerson for six years (originally
studying fashion communication), says his experience with
the CSDC was so negative that
he stopped trying to seek counselling altogether.
Greidanus, 24, had accessed
the CSDC twice, seeking help
for high frequency anxiety. Both
times he was matched with a psychology intern completing their
placement at the university. He
refers to his sessions as “a Band



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bility to support students with mental health
ng tuition and a student population soon to
e university’s mental health services get more

-Aid” that failed to get to the root
of his anxiety. Even worse, after
the interns’ placements ended,
Greidanus was left without a replacement counsellor.
“I found it really frustrating
and that’s when I stopped going
to the centre. It felt so pointless. I
kept being ditched by the people
I kept going to see, and would
have to start my therapy all over
again,” says Greidanus. “[They
just said] ‘by the way I am leaving’ — and this was just a few
sessions in — ‘you’re welcome to
come to my practice now.’”
guyen says that she was
group therapy, but after
her circumstances were
reviewed, she was given a
one-on-one counsellor — whom
she continued to see until the end
of her undergrad.
“Having someone to talk to was
definitely helpful,” she says. “[My
counsellor] was there and she was


supportive … I would tell her what’s (CAMH) as more long-term soluon my mind and she would listen tions.
and she would kind of gently guide
“If a student came to school
me through it. And sometimes she and was diagnosed with cancer,

The initial waiting period is really hard ... when
you finally get the urge to make a decision to
see somebody, that’s when you need it the most
did lead me to some revelations.”
Nguyen has been seeing an
external counsellor since graduating, but can only afford to see
one that offers a “sliding scale,”
as she lacks insurance that covers
The mental health department
gets the most funding out of all
of Ryerson student services, but
ultimately Lane Vetere says it’s
not the university’s job to solve
all mental health problems —
pointing to places like the Centre
for Addiction and Mental Health

no one would expect us to have
an oncologist on staff. But there
is a high expectation that we will
support and treat mental illness,”
says Lane Vetere. “My position
has always been that we provide
support, and crisis management,
and referral­­— we are not a treatment centre. We can’t support ongoing treatment like a CAMH or
a hospital would. We don’t have
the resources to do that. Nor is
it our mandate. We are an educational institution.”
With files by Alex Downham

Dr. Su-Ting Teo heads the CSDC. Photo: Rob Foreman

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Kids learn how to be Rams
Rising Rams program sees athletes teach kids about leadership and teamwork
By Devin Jones
For the past five years, Ryerson
Rams athletes have travelled to
public elementary schools weekly
to discuss the importance of staying active and the friendships that
can be made through sports.
The Rising Rams program, which
started in the fall of 2010, began
with five to 10 athletes participating at two to three schools. Now
there are 30 athletes visiting more
than six different schools throughout the year, according to Jacob
O’Connor, a work-study student

who runs the program.
“The athletes are hoping to
build real relationships with the
students [who] inspire them to recognize the power they have within
themselves to do whatever they
are called to do,” O’Connor said.
“We really want all of the students
to feel comfortable and confident
in their own skin, no matter their
skills or strengths.”
On Feb. 26, soccer players
Kyle Stewart, Katrina Gonyea and
Jackson Tooke as well as women’s
volleyball players Julie Longman
and Alex Whyte were at Church



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Street Junior Public School to talk
to Liem Bui’s Grade 6 class about
the role sports has in dealing with
conflict resolution. By sharing their
stories, playing games and getting
to know the students, Stewart believes the experience can be relatable to anyone involved.
“Like the classroom, on a
sports team you’ll be playing with
diverse people all around you,
[so] experiencing those different
viewpoints is crucial for learning,” Stewart said. “Sports allow
for an open environment to better solve conflicts as long as you
have the focus of how it betters
the team.”
In terms of staying active, Bui
doesn’t believe keeping students
away from their many screens is
the answer. Instead, incorporating
technology with teaching physical education is what he aims for.
This can include using tablets to
help students understand new
games and excercises. Bui says it

Liem Bui’s Grade 6 class with some Ryerson Rams.

is important for his students to
have a period of physical activity
every day, despite how much of a
challenge it can be to prepare that
“Most students need 20 minutes
or more of activity a day. They do
have recess, but when they have
gym class this group in particular
is very focused,” Bui said. “But it
takes a lot of preparation on the
teacher’s part. It’s not an easy subject to teach and so I’m just happy

PHOTO: Devin Jones

it’s an interest of mine.”
Many of the students in Bui’s
class have also realized the importance of physical education and
the relationship that sports has
with conflict resolution.
“You can build lots of muscle
and build confidence in the sport
you’re playing,” sixth-grader Mujtaea Osman said. “Also you meet
lots of new people and teammates
[who] you can become friends
with over time.”

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With the national basketball
championships coming to Ryerson
on March 12, the focus has been
on the players graduating from the
Rams. But for Filip Vujadinovic,
20, the journey is just beginning.
Since joining the Rams in September as the only recruit (the
other two rookies were walk-on
additions) Vujadinovic has taken
full advantage of the opportunity.
“When I come off the bench
I’m just so ecstatic, so excited,”
he says. “In that two to three minutes, if I can get a couple points,
couple rebounds, couple steals it’s
really good for the team.”
Though the six-foot-six forward embraces his role, there’s
no question that the initial transition wasn’t easy. “I went from
playing all but two minutes [in
high school] to playing only five
or six minutes here, so that was
the biggest culture shock for me,”
he says. “I wasn’t expecting to be
practicing every day, how hard the
games were… you can’t make a
mistake in university — it’s magnified on the court.”
Vujadinovic began his basketball career in Grade 1 by shooting hoops out on the driveway
with his dad. “He really pushed
me even when I didn’t want to do
it,” he says. “It really shows how
much he cared about my future.”
After playing in his first house
league game at six years old, Vujadinovic says he was “hooked”
and never looked back. It wasn’t

until middle school, however, that
he realized he could make a future
out of the game he loves.
“I remember scoring 20 to 30
points a game without a threepoint line in Grade 7, thinking
‘okay, maybe I can do something
with this,’” he says.
Beyond family support, the intensity of a basketball game motivates Vujadinovic in a way no
other sport ever could. “I feel like
you can’t take a single play off,”
he says. “If you sit for one second
you’re going to be seen as the one
person on the court who isn’t trying and you’ll be taken off pretty
Vujadinovic’s winning attitude

is seen on the court every game
and his teammates are happy to
have him around. “The best thing
about him is he’s young and willing to learn,” says Rams fifthyear point guard Jahmal Jones.
“On the court he’s playing at top
speed all the time. Defensively, offensively, Fil is just ready to go all
the time.”
Head coach Roy Rana says the
future is bright for Vujadinovic
“We’re really excited, he’s going to be a very big part of our
program for a number of years to
come,” he says. “He’s a strong,
powerful athlete and has a chance
to be one of the best players in the

Vujadinovic (10) cheering on his teammates.

PHOTO: Jenelle Seelal

Wednesday, March 4, 2015



RU alumnus plays for ‘underserved’ youth
By Devin Jones
Toronto musicians from The
Wooden Sky played a first-annual
fundraising event Thursday for a
non-profit organization helping
kids build creative and artistic
“We’ve always been fans [of
The Wooden Sky] and they
were one of our first choices,” said Story Planet program
director Joe Lasko. “We reached
out to them and they immediately said yes. They were amazing
about it.”
Ryerson radio and television
arts graduate and The Wooden
Sky lead vocalist Gavin Gardiner, along with violinist Edwin
Huizinga, played an intimate
acoustic set at Story Planet’s
first Under The Portal event
near Bloor and Dufferin streets.
The show sought to expose
“underserved” youth to local arts
and culture. Toronto based authors Pasha Malla and Marianne
Apostolides were also present to
give readings.
“We’re much less concerned
with arts and writing instruction
and more with getting kids excited with creating and expressing themselves,” Lasko said.
“We’ve found if you can express
yourselves confidently and creatively, everything else falls into

While the front of the centre functions as a coffee
shop that pays for the space,
Story Planet uses extra funds
to turn the back room into
an intergalactic themed area
for kids to work in. The
Wooden Sky musicians performed their set near the centre’s portal lit with blue, blinking
neon lights.
“I’ve been learning a lot more
about [Story Planet] tonight, but
they reached out and explained
to us what they were about and
we said of course we’d come
play,” said Gardiner, who helped
form the band in 2003 while attending Ryerson.
Inspired by author Dave Eggers’ 826, a creative writing foundation from San Francisco, Story
Planet has provided free arts and
writing programming for elementary and high school students
for five years. The 826 foundation focuses mostly on writing.
Story Planet and 826’s New York
branches have even collaborated
to produce a children’s tourist
guide of New York and Toronto
and establish pen pal relationships amongst each other.
“It’s a beautiful concept and
there’s something exciting even to
me being here, so I can’t imagine
how cool this space must be for a

Sex ed horror stories
(also the school librarian) forced
every male student (about 60 in
the class) to stand up and yell, ‘I
have a penis!’”
- Brennan Doherty,
second-year journalism
3.“Any time anyone in my
health class would talk about getting wet with water guns, pools,
whatever, my teacher would audibly snort.”
- Dasha Zolota,
fourth-year journalism


4. “We were to pour water from
cups into three other students’ and
vice versa. After doing this, our
teacher put a solution into them
and if our water turned red, we
had HIV.”
- Kristi Lemke,
third-year social work

Alas, many of us remember
school sex ed as a time full of
nervous giggling and occassional
moments of shock and disgust.
Here at The Eyeopener, we asked
5.“Someone’s family friend I
students about their worst experiknow was a teacher in a class
ences as adolescents.
where a boy jacked off.”
- Mikhal Faimski,
1.“Some kid in my Grade 7 class
first-year chemistry
asked if tigers have penises.”
- Lauren Armstrong,
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first-year fashion
student community, go visit
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Gardiner (left), Lasko (centre) and Huizinga (right) hang out after the Story Planet show with some cute pooches.

12-year-old,” Gardiner said.
Under The Portal is a new
initiative by Story Planet to find
funds by hosting events on a
regular basis.
As a charity, funding has become one of the chief concerns for
Story Planet and its staff. While
funding in 2014 was highly successful, Lasko says 2015 has been
a struggle.

With Story Planet’s programming tied to their funding and
with changing donation mandates, the relationship with
donors is a reactive one and
Lasko said knowing where the
next donation is coming from
can be hard to plan future workshops.
“We have a few corporate
sponsors, but it’s a longer-term

relationship, you’re getting to
know each other. It usually starts
with smaller amounts which
grow over time,” he said.
Lasko is looking to continue these types of events on a
monthly or bi-monthly basis with
artists like The Wooden Sky, hoping it will gather funds to plan
even more workshops for the
kids at Story Planet.

biz & tech


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Netflix without borders
By Laura Woodward


Ryerson’s Netflix addiction breaks Canadian boundaries.

Some Netflix users at Ryerson are
becoming world travellers — or at
least virtually.
In a recent poll of 166 Ryerson students conducted by The
Eyeopener, 49 per cent of Ryerson
students said they use Netflix beyond their Canadian jurisdiction.
The survey has a margin of error
of 7.15 per cent.
Of these Netflix border-crossers, 80 per cent turn to the U.S. to
access movies and TV shows that
are not available in the Canadian
Netflix region.
Users trick the service by changing their Domain Name Server
(DNS) to appear as though their
device accessing Netflix is located
elsewhere geographically, when in
reality they’re probably on a beanbag chair at the Student Learning
In February 2015, 5.7 terabytes
went to Netflix usage on the Ryerson network, courtesy of your
Friends addiction. This was following encrypted and unencrypted websites with a bandwidth of
44 terabytes and YouTube with
eight terabytes of usage.
The countless DNS services that
are available to access international
Netflix make tracking specific users’ traffic difficult, according to
Brian Lesser, director of Ryerson’s

Computing and Communications
Services (CCS). “We don’t do an
analysis of usage that tracks who’s
using a proxy system or a VPN or
whatever to access Netflix in the
U.S.,” Lesser said.
Josh Loewen is the owner
of one of these proxy servers, —
a site that allows users to switch
Netflix regions for access to movies and TV shows not available in
their Netflix home region.
Netflix’s formal policy restricts
users from bypassing their country
detection and claims to even have
technology for preventing this action, as stated in the terms of use
document. “You may view a movie
or TV show through the Netflix
service primarily within the country in which you have established
your account … The content that
may be available to watch will vary
by geographic location. Netflix will
use technologies to verify your geographic location.”
But Loewen thinks Netflix’s recent “crackdown” is just a scare
tactic and really just comes down
to business.
“I think Netflix is in a position
where they need to look tough with
their anti-region-switching technology to satisfy the production companies, but they can’t afford to be
too tough otherwise they will lose
customers in countries they don’t

get support or lose them to competing video services,” Loewen said.
From a business perspective,
he added, Netflix has approximately 30 million users in countries without official access to the
service, who connect by changing
their DNS. At $8 a month for each
user, adding up to $240 million a
month, it’s a “good reason to not
crack down on this,” Loewen said.
Last year Netflix was the primary streaming video provider for
Australians, even though Netflix
wasn’t even in the country. Similarily, the Netflix-less country of China, has over 20 million Netflix users, according to GlobalWebIndex.
Avner Levin, the director of Ryerson’s privacy and cyber crime
institute, said the reason why Netflix isn’t too fazed by users breaking borders is because they are the
middleman between the producers
of TV shows and movies.
“Netflix is the intermediary and
it might be the people with the licensing agreements who might be
pressuring [them] to crack down
on something like that,” Levin
“It doesn’t really matter for
Netflix so much as long as they’re
getting the monthly fee. For them
it would be more of a problem if
someone was bypassing the fee
and getting Netflix for free.”
With files from Josie Mills

One small step for Rye
Winning Ryerson experiments will be sent to space
By Mansoor Tanweer
Ryerson students will team up
with high school science students
and compete to propose a science
experiment that will go to the International Space Station.
The program is called the Ryerson Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) and is the
first time the SSEP will be coming
to Ryerson. SSEP is in partnership
with Nanoracks, which works in
partnership with NASA.
Teams of five — three mentoring Ryerson students with two
high school students — will work
together to design an experiment
proposal that will potentially be
sent out to space. The high school
candidates will be chosen from the
GTA where students have little
engagement or opportunity in the
Nathan Battersby, who brought
the SSEP to Ryerson, got the idea
when he noticed American students dominated it.
“This gives students in the sciences the opportunity to get research experience because, as we
all know, we need to get some sort
of experience before we get out,”
Battersby said.

The focus of the experiments
this year will be to test the effects
of space’s microgravity. Materials and systems behave in space
differently because of the special
physics of outer space.
“Imagine now the vacuum of
space. Would the chemistry and
kinetics of movement of the particles be different? That could
be one experiment,” said Bryan
Koivisto, the program’s faculty director and a chemistry professor at
The SSEP was initiated in 2010
and this will be the eighth mission
to be launched by the program.
But not all missions are smooth.
The sixth mission of the program,
which lifted off on Oct. 28, 2014,
included a science experiment
from students in Kamloops, B.C.
The test was designed to see the
effects of microgravity on crystal
The experiment was destroyed
when the Antares rocket exploded
shortly after takeoff due to an unknown anomaly.
Mission eight will be using a
different rocket called the Kitty
Hawk, which is set to launch,
weather permitting on Oct. 14,


Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Sajak interviews, pt. 2: deep dark secrets
By Robert Mackenzie
What if I told you that we will
never look at game shows the
same way? What if I told you that
eternal life has been achieved?
What if I told you that if you cook
marshmallows in a pot for a while
they turn into caramel? Pat Sajak
has already changed millions of
lives throughout his career. But
part two of this interview delves
into his extraordinary personal relationships with son Steve Harvey
and friend Regis Philbin.
Mackenzie: What is the true story
of Regis Philbin?
Sajak: Not many will believe what
I’m about to tell you. It requires
a mellow and receptive mind. You
see, Regis isn’t like most humans.
M: What, you mean like he’s more

S: No. Regis isn’t like most humans because he isn’t human.
Regis was manufactured by the
Harvurlian race; a supreme alien
species from the planet Yunfesco
81. The Harvurlians are the most
powerful species in the galaxy, or
universe, whichever one is bigger.
M: What makes them so powerful?
S: The Harvurlians are an immortal race. They have the ability to
create life that can live forever and
continually adjust to the changing
demands of whatever society they
inhabit. The Harvurlian mind is
able to adapt and advance any
culture it lives in. They also have
green blood. It doesn’t do anything special, it’s just green, but
it’s still pretty cool.

M: What’s your favourite Bradley
Cooper movie?
S: He’s Just Not That Into You.
M: So Regis is able to advance our
culture with his Harvurlian mind.
S: Yes. You see Regis was put on
earth without any instruction. As
he grew up he predicted a booming market in the TV industry for
game shows that could make any
average Joe rich. He has created
every single successful game show
in the history of our world, and
of course he saved his best game
show idea for himself.
M: So what does your son, Steve
Harvey, have to do with all of this?
S: Regis knew that I needed to give
up Steve for adoption. As a favour
to me he created the perfect game
show for Steve to host, and ensured that one day he would grace

the stage of Family Feud.
M: Who’s your favourite Avenger?
S: Hulk.
M: So why did Regis tell you all of
this, and how do you know that
you can believe him?
S: Regis saw my passion and love
for game shows that is unmatched
by any other human. It was years
into our friendship before he revealed his secret to me. I believe
him because he showed me his
green blood. It was pretty cool.
M: So Regis is going to live forever?
S: Yes.
M: And he will continue to create
every popular game show?
S: Yes, until our society no longer
craves game shows. Then he will
captivate audiences in a new way.
M: So Regis created Wheel of For-

tune, Family Feud and The Price
is Right?
S: Yes.
M: What about Let’s Make a
S: No, that one sucks. That was
created by an imposter.
M: Why are you revealing all of
this to me? How do I know that
you’re not making all of this up?
S: Because of this!*
*Pat Sajak then vanished from
the room. On the chair he left me
a lone Wheel of Fortune “BANKRUPT” wedge. I think he meant
it as a joke because I thought we
got along pretty well, but he didn’t
leave a note or anything with it so
maybe he was just being mean. As
confused as I am, one thing is crystal clear: TV has been lying to us.
After all this time.

Harper: black n’ blue
By Emma Cosgrove
Did you think you were done
scumbag-internet-dressshit? Think again. Prime Minister Stephen Harper stirred
the steaming pot of misery at
a press conference on Tuesday.
“This dress is a national security
threat and the most pressing issue
I have faced in my term in office,”
Harper said at the conference.
“We will be in a state of total war
if we don’t act quickly. There is
no question. The garment is black
and blue.
“Our unbiased dress analysts
have spoken. The white and gold
supporters must change their
opinion immediately or turn themselves in to CSIS. Anyone actively

opposing the true colour of the
dress by way of protest, riot, conversation, text, Tweet, twit, twat,
telepathy, sign language or mere
thought will be detained under
jurisdiction of our anti-gold law
Bill C-FITTY JUAN. We will have
anti-gold surveillance teams working to moderate the daily activity
of all Canadians. That means pigeon bots and granny cams. Any
“What are you doing about first
nations–” someone yelled from
the back of the room.
“Whoa, hold on” Harper interrupted. “You were just thinking about white and gold weren’t
you? Take her away,” he cackled, motioning to his CSIS buds.












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