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No new president for Rye
Despite 13 months of searching for a replacement, Sheldon Levy will remain Ryerson’s president for up to two more years
By Jackie Hong
A 13-person presidential search
committee, a company self-described as “one of the world’s leading global executive search and
leadership consulting firms” and
13 months of searching couldn’t
find a replacement for Ryerson
President Sheldon Levy.
Levy will be holding the top
job for up to two more years, the
school announced on March 6.
Levy has served two five-year
terms at Ryerson but announced in
December 2013 that he would not
be returning for a third. The Ryerson Board of Governors (BoG) and
Senate put together a committee
shortly after to find a successor.
“We had sincerely hoped that at
this time we would be announcing
the completion of our search. However no candidate for the position
is being brought forward to the
community,” BoG and Presidential
Search Committee Chair Janice Fukakusa said in a press release.
Fukakusa didn’t respond to requests for comment. It is unclear
if the school had a backup plan
should Levy had declined to stay.
“As [with] all [human resources]
personnel issues, the deliberations
of the search committee are confidential. We can’t speak to who may
have applied, been interviewed or
been under consideration,” said Ryerson spokesperson Michael Forbes.
Levy said the BoG asked him to
stay on for up to two more years
after a meeting on the evening of

PHOTO: Jake Scott

Ryerson president Sheldon Levy will be staying on for up to two more years.

March 5 and that the decision was
“very unusual.”
“No one ever expected to get to
this decision,” he said. He said he
agreed to stay because “you never
want to let people down.”
A “special farewell event” at the
Mattamy Athletic Centre, dubbed
“Decade of Change,” was scheduled for March 25 but the school
announced that it was cancelled on
March 10.
“There was going to be a party.
Good God, a going away party.
This is weird now, you know? Can
we concoct this into a different kind
of party? ... There was a campaign
like ‘give money because he was a
nice guy and give to this’ and people were giving,” Levy said. “Oh

goodness, what do you do now?
Do you give back the money?”
Fukakusa said in the release that
the committee “has finished its work
and for practical reasons will not be
continuing” because some members
have “other commitments” or will
no longer be members of the BoG
or Senate. The BoG and Senate will
continue working together to find a
solution “as we move ahead,” she
said.
“While it is unfortunate that we
are not as far along as we would
have expected, be assured that we
are seeking the best possible president … I will keep you informed
of developments,” Fukakusa said
in the release.
As of publication, a new con-

tract for Levy had not been drafted. It is also unclear how long
Levy will stay. Levy said he doesn’t
expect to exceed two years but
that “there is no clear route at the
moment” on how the university
will replace him.
Ryerson hired search firm Spencer Stuart, which specializes in
finding candidates for executive
positions. The firm routinely finds
candidates for banks, major corporations and universities, said partner John Koopman.
Koopman said he couldn’t
comment on specific clients but
that a search usually lasts 12 to
16 weeks. The firm normally
chooses from about 150 possible
candidates, then gradually narrows them down to a shortlist of
three to five people. Spencer Stuart charges an upfront retainer fee
that is usually “one-third of the
executive’s first-year compensation,” Koopman said.
Levy’s salary was $370,475.04
in 2013, the most recent year for
which data is available. One-third
of that is $123,491.68.
The firm will “continue to look
until we find somebody” unless a
client changes its mind, Koopman
said. The retainer is charged regardless of whether a candidate is found.
“We’re professionals, we’re no
different from a law firm. You lose
the case, you’re still paying your
lawyer,” Koopman said. “We’re
not commissioned salespeople.
We’re paid-for professionals and
we’re paid for professional effort.”

It is unclear whether Spencer
Stuart and the search committee
failed to find viable candidates or if
candidates pulled out.
“People did everything … The
dominos just didn’t fall in the right
way,” Levy said. He could not
elaborate on what caused the committee to not have a candidate due
to confidentiality.
It was never in the plans to stay,
Levy said, adding that he had already begun clearing out his office.
“You honestly say, ‘Well, I can’t
finish that, throw it over the fence
so it lands over here to person unknown,’ … Then all of a sudden, I
find myself, ‘God, I’m on that side
of the fence,’” he said.
“I haven’t even had time to even
discuss it with other people with
what the next two years should
bring,” Levy said in another interview. “It’s really early but what
I can say is that it won’t be slowing down and it won’t be a maintenance type of period.”
Projects Levy will focus on include the Church Street Development, Ryerson’s tentative move
into the MaRS building, moving
the theatre school out of its aging
home on Gerrard Street and securing funding to get more space for
the Faculty of Science.
He added that staying, although
a hurried decision, was not done
begrudgingly.
“It’s not like I’m going into hard
labour. I’m going back to something I love doing … I’ve always
said, it’s the best job in the world.”

Wynne introduces policy to address sex assault
By Farnia Fekri

complaint procedures
Declaration of all incidents of
sexual violence by universities
and colleges
• Contribution to individual
initiatives that support campus safety
• Organization of a system of
24/7 support for victims of
sexual violence
• Establishment of sexual assault
policies, which will be renewed
every four years with significant input from students
Many of the above policies were
brought up in a Jan. 14 roundtable between the premier and the
Canadian Federation of Students
Ontario (CFS-O). The meeting
was held to present Wynne with
student views.
“We specifically asked for a lot
of things that found their way into
that document,” said Anna Goldfinch, the national executive of
CFS-O.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s
action plan to combat sexual violence and harassment is a triumph
for students, said Pascale Diverlus, the Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) vice-president equity.
The 36-page blueprint, released
on March 6, proposes several new
strategies for preventing and dealing with sexual assault incidents,
including on campuses.
“It’s amazing that we actually
have now, in legislation, that all
universities and colleges should
have a sexual assault policy,” Diverlus said.
Titled It’s Never Okay, Wynne’s
$41-million plan aims to apply the
following measures in post-secondary institutions like Ryerson
over the next three years:
• Implementation of education
and training programs
• Creation of sexual violence

The practicality of the plan will
only be clear once Ryerson starts
using it, Diverlus said, noting that
the best part of the plan is how
strongly it stresses the need for
student involvement.
The most repeated demand then
and now, Diverlus said, has been to
include student input in the plans.
“People need to feel as if they’re
supported,” she said. “They need
to feel like they’re listened to.”
Heather Lane Vetere, Ryerson’s
vice-provost students, has been
listening to staff and students in
an effort to draft a sexual assault
policy specific to Ryerson. She was
tasked with this job last November, after a Toronto Star article revealed that only nine of more than
100 post-secondary institutions in
Canada have clear protocols to
deal with sexual assault.
Ryerson was not one of the nine.
Lane Vetere has been consulting students and staff and has now

PHOTO: AL DOWNHAM

Crowds marched to Ryerson campus in honour of International Women’s Day the
day after Kathleen Wynne announced her plan to address sexual violence.

started to write her report, which
she said reflects the points brought
up by the Ontario government in
its new outline.
“I think that the recommendations that will be made in the report will cover all the items in the
action plan and in some cases will

go farther, such as more frequent
reviews than are recommended by
the plan,” Lane Vetere said in an
email. “This plan does not change
the nature or timing of the work.”
Lane Vetere plans on presenting
her review to the Board of Governors by late spring or early summer.

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By
Mohamed
Omar
What do you get when you combine a group of grown and capable
adults, assign them to a task and
pair them up with a professional
organization that just so happens
to charge a lot of money to assist
with that specific task?
Nothing, apparently.
Or, in the case of Ryerson’s hunt
for a new president, no one.
On March 6, the school announced that after 13 months of
searching for Ryerson President
Sheldon Levy’s successor, after
extensive consultations with the
community to hear their “views
on the strengths, characteristics
and priorities of the next president,” it had found no one.
Bonkers, isn’t it?
And what continues to boggle the
mind is what the presidential search
committee did after it failed to find
a replacement for Sheldon Levy

— it asked him to stick around as
president for up to two more years.
Levy told our news editor Jackie
Hong that he decided to stay because “you never want to let people down.” That’s adorable.
Few must feel let down, but I’m
sure there are many who are confused. The school was planning a
goodbye bash for Levy. That’s donezo. The Toronto Star and The
Globe and Mail ran end-of-an-era
features on him. Awkward.
The school’s administration is
now in an extremely bizarre situation, especially since a Jan. 19 press
release claimed that the search committee’s members “have been working diligently and the search process
is going well and on track.”
I’m assuming “well” and “on
track” actually meant “we are going nowhere,” since the March 6
press release outlined absolutely
zero good reasons for the search
committee’s failure.
Committee chair Janice Fukakusa wrote that the search had
stopped because of “practical”

reasons — some committee members had “other commitments,
and some will no longer be serving
as members of either the Board or
Senate.”
Good God. That’s a shit-awful
excuse, especially if you consider
that 13 months of work and the talents of Spencer Stuart, an executive
search consulting firm that has offices in 55 countries, went into the
damn hunt.
I’m sure Sheldon Levy is less
than ecstatic about this decision.
The man wanted to spend more
time with his family — and considering the school changed its bylaws to allow him to serve a third
term, he could have stayed if he
actually wanted to.
There’s some idiotic — if not
downright sketchy — things involved here, and while the search
committee can hide behind curtains of confidentiality agreements, there is very little reason
for anyone, even Levy himself,
to believe that Ryerson truly
couldn’t find a new president.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

News Bites
O’Keefe fire
cost $53K

PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

The Jan. 7 fire started by an overloaded power bar at O’Keefe
House residence ultimately cost
Ryerson $53,000, President Sheldon Levy said.
The figure covers “the damage
to the ceiling and walls, to replace
bedroom furniture and paint the
affected rooms.”
Toronto Fire Services had estimated damage costs to be around
$15,000.

Woman kneed
in pelvis
A woman was kneed in the pelvis
near Yonge and Gerrard streets on
March 6.
The victim was walking toward campus on Yonge Street just
north of Gerrard and tried to walk
around the assailant before he
struck her with his knee.
A nearby pedestrian stopped to
ask the victim if she needed help.
The same person who stopped to
offer help also told the victim that
they had also seen the assailant
doing the exact same thing to another woman earlier.
Apparently this person was going around kneeing women in the
crotch for no reason whatsoever.
The victim reported the incident
to campus security and said she
would be talking to Toronto police as well.

The Ryerson Aboriginal Education Council (AEC) is asking for
changes to curriculum development to include aboriginal content
in any program looking to do so.
The council uses something it
calls an “infusion model” to inject
aboriginal perspectives into course
curriculums.
The council is using this model
to work toward making the campus more accessible to aboriginals
and to all students, and is working
with both pre-existing courses and
new courses.

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RSU to present budget to board
By Keith Capstick
For months Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) Vice-President Education Jesse Root has been meeting
with Ryerson financial administration and licensed economists. His
goal is to draft an alternative budget proposal to present to the Ryerson Board of Governors (BoG),
in hopes of stopping rising tuition
fees. This budget will be the culmination of his year long “Freeze the
Fees” campaign.
“There’s close to $40 million
that we see the alternative budget
being able to save and we know
that it will only cost $6.3 million
to completely freeze tuition fees,
and with no academic departmental budget cuts. So we think that’s
reasonable,” Root said.
The university sent out a press
release March 10 that said the
RSU “wrongly calls” the money
a surplus. Instead, the release said
the university needs the “savings
... to build a strong Ryerson for
the future.”
Although the RSU has been
working for years to make changes
to the university’s budget and reduce tuition fee increases, Root
says that this year’s campaign is
different because it’s the first time
Ryerson’s BoG has been willing to

listen to their fiscal suggestions as
well as their ideological arguments.
“We’ve never been invited to
present to the finance committee,
we’ve never been invited to present to the management committee and I feel like they wouldn’t
have offered those options if they
weren’t willing to hear us out,”
Root said.
With this in mind, Ryerson President Sheldon Levy says the school
is willing to hear any proposal the
RSU brings forward, but “at the
end of the day the administration
comes up with the budget.”
“To be really clear they could
give us an alternative budget,”
Levy said. “We certainly accept
any and all ideas.”
With this in mind Levy was still
adamant about the fact that the
administration decides the budget
and will have the final decision regardless of the RSU’s proposal.
Janice Winton, Ryerson’s interim vice-president administration and finance who has been
meeting with Root monthly since
Janurary, said in an email that
“the [school’s] budget proposal
has not gone to the board for final
approval. We are always looking
for new and innovative ideas to incorporate into our budget.”
With Levy’s comments in mind,

RTS to get new home(s)

PHOTO: SEAN TEPPER

By Jake Scott

Rye wants
more aboriginal content

NEWS

The Ryerson Theatre School
(RTS) will be temporarily split
into multiple locations, according to Ryerson President Sheldon
Levy.
“One of [the strategies] is to
use the lower level of the Student Learning Centre (SLC) and
the other one is to find space off
campus ... We’re close to that and
that will be interim as we begin
to work on the longer-term solution,” Levy said. “We’re looking
at a number of sites, but one that
looks promising is the Atrium.”
The Working Group, which is in
charge of the spacial search, will
be meeting March 12 to discuss
how the lower level of the SLC
will be broken up, said Peter Flem-

ing, productions and operations
manager at the RTS.
“We first have to finalize what
the room layouts are going to be
and what functions will go over in
the SLC and then what functions
[that] won’t go there will have to
go somewhere else,” said Fleming.
RTS will also occupy places
around campus. The contracting company that built the SLC,
EllisDon, will be adding an architectural theatre consultant to
their team to help the transition.
“The only downside is being splintered into different areas ... until we get a new home
that brings us all back together
again,” Fleming said.
RTS aims to move out of their
current building after the 2016
academic year.

Root is encouraged by the fact
that administration is willing to
hear the RSU’s ideas, but remains
on the fence about the possibility
of substantive action coming from
the budget proposal.
“I’m always cautiously optimistic when I hear things like that.
We’ve been hearing these reactions
for 10 years now from the university administration, yet year after
year we continue to see increases
in our tuition and cuts to our academic programs,” Root said.
“Frankly I hope that critics
PHOTO: ROB FOREMAN
come with questions not with assumptions, which I’m a little con- Jesse Root spearheaded the Freeze the
Fees campaign as the RSU’s VP education.
cerned about,” Root said.

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Sports

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CIS Men’s Basketball final Eight
From March 12 to 15, Ryerson is hosting the 2015 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) final eight men’s basketball tournament. This is
the first time Ryerson has hosted a major national sporting event and the first time this tournament has been hosted in Toronto since it
began in 1963. The Eyeopener will have coverage of the whole tournament online at theeyeopener.com, but for now, enjoy this look
at the eight teams that are competing for the W. P. McGee Trophy. By Ben Waldman and Josh Beneteau
1. Carleton Ravens - OUA (17-2)
Last CIS appearance - 2014 (1st)
Points per game - 91.1
Rebounds per game - 41.6
More information - The Carleton Ravens are Canadian basketball royalty. In the past eight seasons,
the Ravens have gone to nationals as the top seed
six times. Led by OUA defensive player of the year
Thomas Scrubb and his brother Phil (16.6 ppg), Carleton finished the season with a 17-2 record, with their
losses coming to Ottawa and Windsor. If any team wants
to beat them, as Ryerson’s Jahmal Jones says, they have to be
prepared to play their toughest game of the season.

2. Windsor Lancers - OUA (15-5)
Last CIS appearance - 2007 (7th)
Points per game - 86.6
Rebounds per game - 45.0
More information - Windsor, a stellar club throughout the season, impressed with a first-round win
at the OUA championships over Ottawa. Led by
homegrown guard Rotimi Osuntola Jr. and Mitch
Farrell, Windsor provides a considerable challenge
to the Rams in the opening matchup. Osuntola Jr.,
led the OUA in rebounds and blocks per game, an
unheard of statistic which will no doubt provide a significant challenge to opposing backcourts.

3. Ottawa Gee-Gees - OUA (18-1)
Last CIS appearance - 2014 (2nd)
Points per game - 94.5
Rebounds per game - 38.2
More information - The Gee-Gees slid into the
final eight as the wild card seed, but they aren’t
exactly a pushover. For the majority of the year,
Ottawa was the top-ranked team in the country,
led by senior guard Johnny Berhanemeskel, the
OUA Player of the Year. Ottawa took the Wilson Cup
bronze medal in a dominant win over Ryerson, led by
Berhanemeskel’s 37 points. Despite barely getting in, the Gee-Gee’s
remain a strong contender in this tournament.

4. Victoria Vikes - CWUAA (15-5)
Last CIS appearance - 2014 (4th)
Points per game - 78.6
Rebounds per game - 38.7
More information - The Vikes enter this tournament as the CWUAA champions after beating the
Saskatchewan Huskies 70-67 in the final. Last year,
Victoria finished fourth in the CIS final eight, losing
to the Alberta Golden Bears 61-53. Fifth-year point
guard Chris McLaughlin, from Oakville, Ont., is
the leader on this team, ranking in the top five in the
conference in points per game (19.8), rebounds (10.0) and field goal
percentage (59.0).

5. Dalhousie Tigers - AUS (10-10)
Last CIS appearance - 2011 (6th)
Points per game - 77.6
Rebounds per game - 35.6
More information - The Tigers had probably the
toughest playoff run of the eight teams in the tournament. After a .500 season they had to knock off three
teams ahead of them in the standings to win the AUS
championship, including the first place University of
New Brunswick Varsity Reds. Dalhousie will rely on
forward Kashrell Lawrence, a Brampton, Ont. native,
who had 31 points and 17 rebounds in the team’s championship win over the St. Mary’s Huskies.

6. Bishop’s Gaiters - RESQ (8-8)
Last CIS appearance - 1999 (6th)
Points per game - 69.1
Rebounds per game - 41.9
More information - The Gaiters won the program’s first RESQ title since 1999 by beating the
two-time defending champion McGill Redmen
68-63. Bishop’s had lost to McGill in each of the
past two finals before beating them this year. The
team is led by fifth-year guard Kyle Desmarais who
finished second in the league in total points (231) and
points per game (14.4). Bishop’s is also the last Quebec-based school to
win the national title, winning it in 1998.

7. Ryerson Rams - OUA (17-2)
Last CIS appearance - 2012 (6th)
Points per game - 89.3
Rebounds per game - 42.9
More information - As the host team, Ryerson was
guaranteed a spot in the final eight, but performed
admirably throughout the regular season, ending
with a 17-2 record. With a first round matchup
against the second-ranked Windsor, Ryerson has a
solid chance at advancing. In November, Ryerson
beat Windsor by 20 points, and with a solid core of
Jahmal Jones, Aaron Best and a strong supporting cast, the Rams are
well-stocked for a deep run.

8. Saskatchewan Huskies - CWUAA (15-5)
Last CIS appearance - 2014 (5th)
Points per game - 83.3
Rebounds per game - 40.2
More information - For the second year in a row, the
Huskies enter the CIS final eight as the bottom seed.
They won the consolation round last year, beating the
McGill Redmen 75-59. The Huskies lost to Victoria by
three points in the CUWAA final on March 7. Dadrian
Collins, who spent three years in the NCAA before moving to Saskatoon in 2013, will need to be a star. The fifthyear forward was fourth in the CWUAA in three-point shooting
and the only Huskies player to crack the top 20 in points per game.

Sports

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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PHOTO: Farnia Fekri

The team that Clarke built

While the men’s basketball team competes for the national championship at home this week, the women’s team will be
heading to Quebec City to compete for their own trophy. In just three short years, head coach Carly Clarke has taken
this team from mediocrity to the best it’s ever been — and the players couldn’t be more grateful.
By Josh Beneteau
The first tweet Ryerson women’s
basketball coach Carly Clarke
posted after her team clinched a
spot in the national championship tournament on March 6 said
“What the heck do I do with all of
these balloons!?”
With her 32nd birthday the
following day, Clarke’s team had
snuck into her hotel room in
Windsor, Ont. and filled it with
colourful balloons. Despite being
on the road and competing in the
program’s first Ontario University Athletics (OUA) final four, the
team found some time for fun.
“She was surprised,” said thirdyear guard C’airah Gabriel-Robinson with a laugh.
This season has been one full of
surprises for the women’s basketball team, with the Rams setting records every time they hit the court.
The team’s 16-3 record was its best
ever. Their appearance in the final
four last weekend was also a first.
And when the team tips off against
the University of British Columbia
Thunderbirds in Quebec City on
March 12, it will be its first appearance in a national championship.
This unprecedented season
comes from the mind of Clarke,
who was brought in as the new
head coach in 2012 and has already filled the roster with almost
all of her own recruits. A decade
after the team had a 12 game losing streak, they’ve closed the sea-

son out with a 10-game winning
streak and received a bye in the
first round of the playoffs.
With the players now being of
her own choosing, Clarke has
been able to maximize the potential of the roster and build a deeper bench than there has ever been
at Ryerson.
“When I first got recruited,
she was really friendly with me,”
rookie-forward Sofia Paska said.
“She didn’t try to change me like
other coaches and she just accepted me and worked with me.”
Paska was named to the OUA
all-rookie team this year and was
the Rams’ second-highest scorer
with 10.6 points per game. Fellow rookie Cara Tiemens, a point

PHOTO: Charles Vanegas

guard, also made the all-rookie
team after starting 17 of 19 games
for the Rams.
“(Clarke) definitely put a lot of
trust in me as a first-year pointguard,” Tiemens said. “I was a
little nervous at first but she definitely built my confidence up.”
On March 6, the Rams beat the
Queen’s Gaels in Windsor, 69-61,
to secure a spot in both the OUA
gold medal game and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) final eight. But when the time came
to take on the powerhouse Windsor Lancers the next day, everything the Rams shot up seemed to
have an unlucky bounce. Ryerson
quickly fell behind by more than
25 points and was never able to
get the game much closer than
that. In the end, the Lancers won
their sixth provincial title in seven
years and the Rams had bittersweet, but historic, silver medals
hanging around their necks.
As the players walked out of the
locker room, Clarke took each of
them aside, gave them a hug and offered words of hope for nationals.
“I didn’t have the best game but
she really encouraged me,” Tiemens said of her talk with Clarke.
“We hugged it out so that was a
nice experience.”
Clarke came to Ryerson after
coaching three years at the University of Prince Edward Island.
The Halifax native played five
years for the Bishop’s Gaiters
while completing a bachelor of

PHOTO: Josh Beneteau

science in biology. In the original
press release announcing her appointment, Clarke’s experience
both playing and coaching in the
CIS was cited by Athletic Director
Ivan Joseph and Associate Athletic
Director Stephanie White as the
main reason she was hired.
Three years later, White says
they never imagined Clarke would
turn the program around so
quickly.
“She came in and built a culture,” White said after the final four semi-final win against
Queen’s. “You could tell she was a
passionate coach … and that culture shift is why this team is going
to nationals.”
The star of the team during the
past four seasons has been Keneca

Pingue-Giles. But the two-time
OUA all-star admits that when
Clarke first came in, she and some
of the other players didn’t get
along with the new coach.
“I think it started off rocky.
Anytime you have a coach change
it is going to be difficult,” she
said. “But ever since then it’s gotten much better. We have fun, we
joke around and we put balloons
in her room.”
Clarke’s first two years at Ryerson were transition years, with the
team sneaking into the playoffs
and losing in the first round both
times. But after adding Paska, Tiemens, and forward Katherine Follis, the hype around the team was
high. The Rams opened the season
on a three-game winning streak
but the turning point — according to multiple players — was the
fourth game of the season, a 77-74
loss to the defending CIS champion Windsor Lancers.
“Carly’s always stating that we
can win a national championship,” Tiemens said. “We knew
we were a competitive team [after
the Windsor game].”
As the team prepares to head to
Quebec City, they are fully confident that they can compete with the
more experienced teams. But according to Pingue-Giles, and all the
players agree, Clarke’s coaching is
the reason behind their success.
“Without her leadership as a
coach, we wouldn’t be where we
are today.”

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The Centre of Attention

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rendan Fitzgerald didn’t
know he had Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
(ADHD) until he was diagnosed
for the second time. Before high
school, nobody tried to explain
why he could listen to verbal instructions and not be able to repeat a word. Or why it took him
three times as long to read a page
or write a test than anyone else in
his class. Lacking any better reasons, he came to a depressingly
common first assumption made by
many people labelled as ADHD:
he was simply an idiot.
“I always found that I struggled
so hard in school, and I never
knew why, but I just did,” says
Fitzgerald, now a first-year radio
and television arts school of media
student.
Soft-spoken and still, Fitzgerald doesn’t fit the classic ADHD
stereotype of the constantly fidgeting, Ritalin-popping, uncontrollable trouble child who can’t hold
still, shut up or sit down. His gaze
frequently wanders — to the papers strewn across a desk, posters
pinned to the walls, voices trailing
in from the hallway.
n Grade 3, Fitzgerald’s first time
seeing a practitioner had been
explained away by his parents
as a visit to a “math tutor.” It was
so unusual, and so long ago, that he
doesn’t remembered the specifics of
the testing — hours of drills to test
memorization, creativity and reaction to social cues. A sudden school
change at the end of the year from
École La Source, a French-language
public school, to the nearby English private Bay School — where
Fitzgerald’s mother had just been
hired — made perfect sense to an

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eight year old. Mom just wanted to
keep an eye on him.
But Grade 9 meant Innisdale
Secondary School, a public high
school in Barrie with a population
of 2,000, class sizes over 30 and
overloaded counsellors. It was a
far cry from the tightly knit community at Bay and Fitzgerald’s
marks suffered — dropping from
grades in the 80s to having a 64 in
math as his highest mark.
It was in a meeting between
him, his parents and Innisdale’s
head of learning services that he finally learned of his diagnosis from
seven years earlier.
“It was a bit of a relief knowing
— it’s like, you know, ‘thank God
I’m not just dumb.’ I just thought
I was stupid for so long,” he says.
hile a century of research still hasn’t produced definitive results,
modern neurology has found that
the brains of people with ADHD
are wired differently — with different neural patterns, less emphasis on left-brain (ordered/logical
thinking) activity and below-average dopamine levels. The last point
is actually quite ironic, as dopamine controls focus and attention,
meaning that ADHD brains are in
fact under-stimulated.
People with ADHD are often
lumped into one classic stereotype
— a grossly exaggerated caricature of hyperactive symptoms: an
inability to stop one’s constant
tapping, shifting, or thoughts.
However, many like Fitzgerald are
inattentive types. They find themselves “blanking out” during lectures, conversations and readings.
Fitzgerald also falls under the impulsive category — he sometimes

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can’t help interrupting people or
taking risks with deadlines when
he doesn’t need to. While there
is often overlap between hyperactive, inattentive and impulsive
types, most people tend to lean towards one type or another.
ccording to Statistics Canada, about four per cent
of adults experience some
or all ADHD symptoms. Without calculating factors that would
impede a student’s ability to get
into university, that would put the
number of Ryerson students with
ADHD at about 1,360.
While they go by a variety of
different names — the Access
Centre at Ryerson, Student Accessibility Services at Trent University
and Learning Disability Services
at York University — accommodation centres assist students with
a variety of physical, mental and
learning disabilities. Students who
have documentation of their disability, signed by a certified doctor,
are able to access aids and counsellors to assist them.
But for students with learning
disabilities, the process of accessing the accommodations they need
— be it extra time on assignments,
the use of a laptop for exams or
even just a quiet space to work
— involves navigating a complex
bureaucracy of medical forms, appointment schedules, and online
booking programs.
In the case of ADHD, this means
a full psychological analysis conducted within the last five years —
or longer if the test was conducted
after the person’s 18th birthday.
If done privately, this testing can
cost as much as $2,000, while
public wait times can be as long as

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Written by Brennan Doherty
PHOTO by STEPHEN Armstrong

six months.
After this documentation is submitted to the medical centre, the
individual student is responsible
for re-submitting it to several other
individual offices — the access centre, test centre, counselling centre,
math centre, writing centre, etc. —
on their own. Access centre policy
prevents the release of any documents on a student between offices
without the student’s express signature — which is required for every
individual transfer.
“I don’t have time to come down
here on my day off and follow up,”
says Sawyer Buchanan, a first-year
retail management student with
ADHD. “When you say something’s done, it should be done.”
Buchanan balances varsity figure
skating with her coursework. And
although she has an accommodation that allows her to book extra
time for tests, Buchanan says her experience has been less than perfect.
“You go to the access centre,
and then you have to do double
the amount of work to make sure
[you get the accommodation you
need],” she says. “I wrote an exam
last Thursday. It was supposed to
be scheduled for the Friday. I went
in, and they told me that they’d
rescheduled it for the Thursday.
I said ‘No, I have 14 emails from
the professor … saying it was on
the Friday.’”
Later that night, her professor
emailed to say that the test centre
had no record of her exam. She’s still
following up on what happened.
The greatest issue for Ryerson
has been overcrowding of resources. Two years ago, the access centre
provided accommodations to more
than 1,500 students, yet employed

just five front-line staff members.
ut the university is taking
a few steps to improve accommodations for students
with learning disabilities. Several
programs such as social work and
journalism are exploring a universal design for learning (UDL),
meaning that classes are designed
to suit multiple types of learners
rather than modifying a single
plan to bring others up to speed.
“You might have classes where
you come in for two hours, the
professor has lots of slides [and]
they lecture you for those two
hours,” says Esther Ignagni, assistant professor at Ryerson’s school
of disability studies. “But you can
also build in other learning activities into the class so that students
aren’t static, that they get to move
around the classroom, that there’s
lots of different ways to learn …
Rather than making students go
out somewhere, we bring the services into the classroom.”
With the access centre — renamed Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) — set to move
into the Student Learning Centre’s
fourth floor on March 16, students
will now be able to access both academic accommodation supports
(currently located in POD) and the
math and writing centres (Library)
on the same floor, making the AAS
a one-stop shop for students who
may share a common disability
but have differing needs.
Still, for now, the beauracracy is
too much for Fitzgerald.
“I can’t just walk in and get
help — I have to book an appointment,” he says. “I don’t know
if I’ll need help next week, but I
know if I need help now.”

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ARTS & LIFE

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Alumna’s art personalizes political turmoil
By Behdad Mahichi
Image arts alumna Manuela Morales’ student exhibition, Una
Memoria Desconectada (A Disconnected Memory), at the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) recollects
her father’s experiences during the
1973 Chilean coup d’état.
The narrative documentary —
broken into four parts — is an intimate memoir of Francisco Morales, Manuela’s father, and how
his politics led him to imprisonment and exile. Francisco collaborated with Manuela on the project.
“I wanted to be able for you
to really be able to see this broad
thing and analyze it,” said Manuela. “Given that it’s kind of slow
and that the pace isn’t taking wild
turns, you are really settled to listening to [Francisco’s] voice.”
The exhibition has two screens,
one displaying footage of landmarks related to the coup. The
other displays pictures of Francisco living his prior life at his home
and work. Francisco narrates his
story in the doc while Manuela responds to him through overlaying
text.
“The slides are supposed to be a
bit more of the intimate side of my
dad’s life and who he is, while the
video is kind of more the broad
sense of the country,” she said.
In 1973, a military coup overthrew democratic Marxist presi-

Manuela and Francisco used the art to express not only their thoughts on the Chilean dictatorship, but toward each other as well.

dictatorship crumbled. In the
documentary, Francisco describes
how the regime crushed hope and
progression in Chile.
“The military coup [was] not
only trying to take power but to
change a country and to change
the Chilean mentality,” Francisco
says in the film.
The video goes on to show the
Santiago penitentiary and pho-

[Francisco] was always really kind of resentful and
hurt by the fact that he had to leave Chile, because
he felt like what he was doing had such a purpose
dent Salvador Allende. The
event installed a 17-year dictatorship under military general
Augusto Pinochet, notorious for
violating human rights.
Francisco was passionate about
Chilean politics and believed in
having a politically knowledgeable country. But Manuela’s father became victim to Pinochet’s
brutality, enduring an 18-month
incarceration where he was tortured by electric shock. His only
“crime” was supporting Chile’s
left-wing government.
“[Secret police] just burst in,”
Francisco says in the film. “I must
say, I was terrified.”
After Francisco’s imprisonment,
he was exiled to England and his
passion for politics faded.
Aside from her father’s horrendous accounts of torture and exile, Manuela also struggled with
the fact that she grew up distanced
from her father.
Manuela was born in 1990 in
England, the same year Pinochet’s

tos of Chilean civilians shielding
themselves from police batons. Afterwards, a graveyard filled with
nameless regime victims appears
as Francisco recalls his past life.
Eventually, he felt it was his duty
to return to Chile.
“He had put so much of his beliefs in his life about the country
on the line,” said Manuela. “He
became more and more willing
and open to accept that country
back into his life again.”
Manuela’s father eventually
returned to Chile without her.
Growing up, she feared confronting her father on his absence. But
with the support of classmates and
professors, Manuela confronted
the issue through her art.
“It was an interesting challenge
for her to figure out how to address the complexity of these issues,” said Sara Angelucci, the
student gallery coordinator at the
RIC and one of Manuela’s fourthyear professors. “It’s both personal and political and it weaves

those two components together
that create a lot of tension.”
In the video, Manuela deeply
criticizes Francisco for prioritizing
his country over his family, denying he knows her well despite his
good intentions.
“If you are going to pick politics
over your children you shouldn’t

have decided to be a father,”
writes Manuela in the video.
Angelucci
encouraged
her
to add a personal aspect to the
project and come to terms with
something she had long pondered
over.
“He was always really kind
of resentful and hurt by the fact

SCREENSHOT COURTESY OF MANUELA MORALES

that he had to leave Chile, because he felt like what he was
doing had such a purpose,” said
Manuela. “I’m happy for the father I have, to be someone who
fought for something they really
believe in, so I’m happy for what
he did.”
The exhibit runs until April 5.

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Robots take over MAC
By Mansoor Tanweer
Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre hosted a different kind of athlete this weekend.
Robots took over the rink to
compete in the For Inspiration
and Recognition of Science and
Technology (FIRST) Robotics
Competition.
The event, which ran from
March 5 to 7, was filled with
high school teams from across
Canada.
Every year, the contest has a
theme that relates to the task the
robots are judged by. Last year’s
theme was “Rumble Rebound”
where robots competed in basketball.
This year’s theme was “Recycle
Rush.” The forklift-like robots
competed, and were awarded
points, on who could pick up,
move and stack the most recycling
bins and garbage cans.
“It’s kind of like when you’re
in math class and the teacher asks
you to show your work and everyone compares their solutions,
except it’s 5,000 teams and everyone approaches the problem
differently,” said Thomas Herrin,
a member of Team 610 from Crescent School in Toronto.
Organizers of the event made it
clear that robotics is only one, and

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Top apps to waste
your time with:
In honour of midterm season, The Eyeopener has reviewed the top
pointless apps to dodge studying or anything else you do with your
time. So stop playing with a slinky, biting your toenails or creeping
your hairdresser’s Facebook profile and put your study time toward
something truly useless.

Tickle Me
This app is not only a waste of your precious Netflix-watching time, but it’s also really disturbing. The
user taps the red screen that reads, “tickle me” and
uncanny child laughter plays. The Tickle Me Cowgirl
addition is also available, where the background is no
longer a red screen, but rather a lady in a cowboy hat
in minimal clothing who awaits a tap-evoking laugh.
This version is $1.19.

PHOTO: MANSOOR TANWEER

This robot was created by people younger and smarter than you.

certainly not the main, aspect of
the competition.
“We are trying to inspire students to get involved and interested in STEM (science, technology,
engineering, mathematics) in a
fun way, that is very core valuesbased,” said FIRST Canada Executive Director Mark Breadner.
FIRST was founded in 1989 by
Dean Kamen, the late inventor of
the Segway.
Kamen was unimpressed by students’ lack of interest in the STEM
field and set out to garner more
curiosity toward the study.
The first ever robotics competition was held in 1992 at a

Hold On

small high school gym in New
Hampshire.
Since then, it has grown to be
an international organization with
109 events held in 18 countries.
“You can go to Israel and be
like, ‘Yup, this is FIRST, I recognize it.’ You can go to Sydney,
Australia or even Toronto,” said
Don Bossi, President of FIRST.
“Every weekend for about eight
or nine weeks, there are about
seven of these events going on in
the world.”
The winners of this competition will move on to the World
Championship hosted in St. Louis,
Missouri.

No secrets with this app — Hold On is exactly what it
sounds like. You simply hold your finger on the “hold
on” button for as long as you can without letting go.
The app tracks your high scores — or rather, the most
amount of time you’ve wasted with your finger on a
screen. Challenge your five-year-old sister, a grilled
cheese sandwhich or anyone else who has nothing better to do with their sad life.

iBeer
Sometimes after a long day of sitting in the SLC on a
beanbag chair, you just need a beer. Forget Molson,
PBR or Bud — there’s iBeer. It has foam, bubbles and
has virtual liquid properties. It does everything regular
beer does, except get you drunk.

Ryerson’s got the power
By David Lao

opportunities to work with industry,” said Ma. “It’s in a safe lab
environment, so it’s less risky than
going and doing it on a real system
and much less expensive.”
The SESG is the first universitybased smart grid laboratory in
Canada.
The cost of the project was
around $1 million — sponsored
by Schneider Electric, the Ministry
of Energy’s Smart Grid Fund and
PowerStream.
PowerStream, a communityowned energy company that provides power to Central Ontario,
will be the first to utilize the SESG
lab.
Ma says they will be using the
lab to model one of their feeders
or power lines under different conditions to see what it looks like.

A new Ryerson lab aims to study
the distribution of power and conserve along the way.
The Schneider Electric Smart
Grid (SESG) lab was unveiled
March 4 at Ryerson’s Centre for
Urban Energy (CUE).
Smart grids are electrical systems that use different energy
methods and information from
consumers to create more efficient
ways to conserve energy, and utilize different forms of it.
“The lab itself is a replica of a
real [electrical] distribution system
and typically what we did before
was to use software to do the modeling for different scenarios,” said
Jessie Ma, an electricity system operator and researcher. “But this is a
typical replica, so now we can see
all the impacts that the software
program might not capture.”
The lab will be used by students, researchers and companies
for a hands-on experience testing
out new ideas and conducting
research to modernize electricity
systems and conserve energy.
PHOTO COURTESY MATT KERRY
“One of the motivations of having this lab is to enhance the edu- Ryerson President Sheldon Levy, right,
cational opportunities for Ryerson at the Schneider Electric Smart Grid lab
students and to provide them with grand opening on March 4.

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Dress warfare
By Dylan Freeman-Grist
OTTAWA — The Prime Minister’s
office distanced itself yesterday
from the disappearance of outspoken gold and white activist Don
Cherry.
In a statement read by Conservative spokesperson Ron MacLean, the Harper government
doubted any political wrongdoing
in Cherry’s disappearance, chalking up the former NHL coach’s
mysterious vanishing act to “most
likely his own personal fashion issues catching up to him.”
The Feds were under immediate attack from the international
community, particularly COGW
(Coalition of Gold and White) nations, after Cherry was reported
missing, as he was one of the last
public speakers who claimed to
see The Dress as gold and white.
He was also undeterred in his defence of the white- and gold-seeing
community since Harper called for
their incarceration in Canada for

treason.
Gold and white rebels in western Alberta announced from their
compound in occupied Banff that
they would be “taking measures
into their own hands” to further
pressure Ottawa, including “destroying one of Stevey’s precious
fucking pipelines if need be,” in
response to Cherry’s disappearance.
The scandal comes off the back
of a recent announcement of a
failure from the UN’s Dress Truth
Search committee, which has been
at work for 13 months since DED
(Dress Emergence Day), attempting to find the objective colour of
The Dress.
Committee chair Ban Ki-moon
noted that the group “has finished
its work and for practical reasons
will not be continuing” because a
number of members will no longer
be available, either because of other commitments or because they
“can’t fucking take it anymore.”
More to come.

ILLUSTRATION: ALERINA DIGGITY DOWNHAM, PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Trash to treasure for ‘Brian’
By Emma Cosgrove

A landfill worker in Hamilton has
won more than $400,000 worth
of Tim Hortons “RRRoll Up the
Rim to Win” prizes in the last
month, confirming that every unrolled, discarded cup is a winner.
Brian, 31, has won two Toyota
Camry vehicles, six prepaid Visa
gift cards, four tablets, four smart
TVs, two years of free coffee and
87 food and beverage prizes.
PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
“Wading aimlessly through
knee-high garbage for the past 10
years has finally paid off,” Brian
said. “These cups are a gift from
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Brian, who lives with his two
cats, said he will sell one of the
cars to buy landfill supplies and
cat food.
“Gonna get me some new work
gloves and a couple of packs of
garbage bags,” he said, wiping
away tears. “And I’ll tell you, my
cats are gonna eat gourmet. Zinkers and Gary. Canned food for
the rest of their lives! GOODBYE
DRY AND TASTELESS KIBBLE!
“That is, until my fortune runs
out,” he added darkly.
Brian stores his torn-out paper
cup winnings in a secret built-in
pocket in the back of his pants to

make sure they don’t go missing.
“My ma designed the secret
pocket. People keep asking if I’ve
gained weight. I just chuckle because my butt’s stuffed with prizes,” he laughed, patting himself on
the bum.
He plans to keep half of his
winnings and distribute the rest
amongst “the kind folks who
hold the door at Tim Hortons”
so they will “stop making [him]
feel real sad” about “the capitalist
system,” “class conflict” and the
“detriments of humanity.”
Brian’s favourite Tim’s beverage
is a triple-triple. “It’s like a warm
milkshake!”

SLANGuage. Our intern Mohamud Ismail talked to cool kids about
cool-KID jargon. Here are some WHACK definitions for you/your grandma
Bae

commonly used word to re- last night…he curved me.
fer to ones’ significant other, or
someone found attractive
very good; another term
E.g. Beyoncé is bae.
for narcotics
E.g. A: You got the dope?
used by basketball play B: Yup.
ers in place of the word steal
A: Dope.
E.g. Play defence and cookie
the ball!
being very muscular
E.g. I went to the gym for the
to private- first time yesterday. Am I ripped
ly message a person of interest yet?!
on Twitter
E.g. A: Yo some girl followed
you only live once; a really

me on Twitter.
annoying word
B: You gonna slide in
E.g. Hold my drink while I go

her DMs?
balance myself on the balcony
A: ;)
edge. YOLO!

Dope

Cookie

Ripped

Slide in ONE’s DMs

Yolo

Curve to turn someone down

Cop

sneakers
E.g. I waited in line for a whole
day to cop them new Jordans.

Jam to steal

E.g. I just jammed these Reese
bars from Dollarama. They’ll
never catch me.

Roped to be caught by police or

an authority figure while doing
something illegal
E.g. I got roped jamming from
Dollarama. Smh (shaking my
head).

Yams butt

E.g. Nice yams, Frank.

to purchase something; *TIP: Avoid these words at all
E.g. I tried to slide in his DMs commonly used when buying costs

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