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Volume 48 - Issue 24

April 8, 2015
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NEWS

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The Eyeopener investigates:

The horrors of Pitman Hall
By Jake Kivanc
Uncomfortable living conditions,
questionable policies and possible
bylaw violations have those living in Pitman Hall asking whether
the money they paid to stay in the
building was worth the stress.
Consisting of 565 rooms and
housing upwards of 550 students,
Pitman Hall is Ryerson’s secondoldest residence building and includes one of the school’s three cafeterias.
It is also a place that some students feel dissatisfied living in.
“I paid a lot for my room,” said
Jack Hopkins, a first-year journalism student living in the building.
“It’s really irritating when stuff
doesn’t work. My first choice was
O’Keefe for the same thing I have
now. It was thousands of dollars
cheaper.”
Hopkins, 18, lives in one of Pitman’s double rooms — a shared
living space with two beds in close
vicinity and a small kitchen, much
like the typical layout of most
dorms.
Like Pitman’s doubles, O’Keefe
House rooms are shared, with both
double and triple occupancy rooms
available. When applying to stay in
residence, Hopkins labelled his first
choice as O’Keefe House due to the
cheaper price of roughly $5,000 for
an eight-month stay, as opposed to
the equivalent at Pitman for nearly
twice that, at $9,600.
When finding out he was placed
in Pitman Hall, Hopkins said that
he assumed the higher cost would
mean an improvement in quality,
but was disappointed to find that
the rooms and overall maintenance
of the building were “terrible.”
“The washrooms are always
dirty and stuff takes forever to get
fixed. It’s pretty ridiculous if you
ask me,” Hopkins said.
While issues within students’
rooms were resolved quickly via
electronic maintenance requests,
problems outside the actual living
areas were not —
­ over a threemonth investigation, The Eyeopen-

PHOTO: Jake Kivanc

Pitman Hall residents say the living conditions don’t justify the price tag.

er found maintenance issues that
were left unattended for weeks at
a time, with examples including
feces-covered, clogged bathroom
stalls, malfunctioning washing machines and mouldy shower curtains.
The Eyeopener also discovered
water temperatures in the community showers that rose as high as
56 degress celsius, seven degrees
higher than the legal limit of 49
degrees as set out in the Building
Code Act.
Ian Crookshank, director of
housing and residence life at Student Housing Services (SHS), said
that despite occassional errors, they
try to address all problems quickly.
“We tend to endeavour to fix a
problem as quickly as possible,”
he said. “We all want to run a perfect program and a perfect system,
but there are some times when
things can slip through.”
According to Crookshank, all
maintenance and cleaning is contracted out to Ainsworth Inc. and
Acura Maintenance respectively, both of whom make regular
sweeps of the building for issues.
Crooshank did note, however,
that much of the responsibility
is on students and staff to report
problems through the maintenance system.
Another issue residents of the
building must contend with is the

lockout policy that SHS has in place.
Since all rooms in Pitman are secured with a keycard system that
opens when a person inserts the
card and locks automatically when
the door is closed, lockouts are as
simple as forgetting the card in one’s
room and having the door shut.
This feature is not present in
the International Living Learning Centre (ILLC), which requires
students to lock their doors from
the outside.
Every time a student is locked out,
a charge is incurred, with the first
one being free and steadily increasing every time afterwards, starting
at $5 and rising to $50 by the sixth
lockout. A staff member then must
unlock the room manually.
Chandler Borland, a secondyear business management student
who has been locked out multiple
times, said he sees the policy as “a
subtle form of extortion.
“I disagree with the amounts
they charge students each time we
lock ourselves out,” he said. “I
personally believe it should be a
flat rate and not incremental.”
Borland, describing a time he
was particularly frustrated at being locked out, said that the wait
is unreasonable for the price.
“I don’t remember exactly where
I was going, but I was either really
late for a class or had plans to meet

someone,” he said. “The frustrating
part was having to stand around
for almost 20 minutes until someone arrived to assist me.”
Crookshank said that the lockout
policy acts as both a form of compensation for “time spent” by maintenance and a type of punishment.
“It’s a bit punitive,” he said. “It is to
look toward the standpoint of educating the students to take their keys
with them.”
Crookshank also noted that a
percentage of the funds extracted
from lockouts is going toward a
future replacement of the building’s locks, although no time
frame was provided.
Similarly, the mandatory landline service supplied to students in
Pitman Hall and ILLC costs each
resident $156 and nets a total of
$127,452. The Eyeopener discovered last week that despite these
charges, students are using their
landlines very little.
On top of the living issues, disgruntled meal plan-holders are not
uncommon. Students like Morgan
Bockneck, who has celiac disease
and is lactose intolerant, said that
the policy of being forced into a
minimum $2,500 meal plan has
made life difficult.
“They have the pre-made food,
but sometimes there’s no glutenfree options,” she said. “Often
times, gluten-free options are
dairy and I can’t have that.”
Although not in direct control of
meal plan policy, Crookshank said
the reason for not allowing students
to opt out is mainly based on the inconvenience that cooking has made
for students in the past and that
students who have any issues with
existing policy should speak up.
“The more that I hear from students, the better,” he said. “I think
some times, the struggle is that
year over year, people make the assumption that things have always
been this way and things are never
going to change.”
To read more about residence
meals plans and Pitman Hall, visit
theeyeopener.com.

Editor-in-Chief ripped to bloody shreds
By The News Team
Beloved Editor-in-Chief Mo
“Mosie DiManno” Omar was torn
limb from limb during a riot on
Gould Street on April 8. Police have
detained an editor from the rival
campus paper, The Ryersonian.
“He was telling people I was some
kind of mole for The Eyeopener,”
said Sean W.E.I.C. Wetselaar. “He
messed with stuff that was way
above his head.”
Sources close to Omar said that

he may have started the riot himself
after a mental breakdown.
“It started with relatable GIF articles, ‘15 Moments from Friends
that Feel like Exams,’ stuff like that.
But then he got obsessed,” said Mehdad Behichi, online editor. “Soon
we were pumping out 40 GIF articles with titles like ‘Best Cats to
Look at While Pooping.’ He lost it.”
Omar’s obsession only grew.
Plans were found in his office stating
he discovered a “format so innovative that would make Sheldon Levy

look like a fucking troglodyte.”
But he soon began setting fire to
news stands and muttering “Dead
format, no scrollbar.”
Omar then stopped abruptly, an
unidentifiable twinkle in his eye,
and started sprinting.
Reports indicate that Omar
broke into the puppy clinic at Ryerson and began shoveling dogs into a
large burlap sack and rushed out to
Gould Street.
“He had Satan in his eyes,” said
graduating journalism-student Jack-

ie Hong. “It makes a great story for
page three.”
Omar began pelting people with
puppies screaming “CLICK IT,
YOU BASTARDS,” until a crowd
gathered around him.
Soon after, Omar was torn asunder by annoyed rioters.
Omar’s
former
roommate,
Charles Vanegas, said that this was
a dark day for journalism.
“Fuck Sean Wetselaar,” he said.
Omar was wearing blue when
he died.

Ryerson
science gets
innovative
By Aidan Macnab
New zone learning initiatives are
on the horizon as the science faculty is planning on creating a zone
focused on innovation in science.
Plans for the zone are still in
the preliminary stages. Director
of zone learning Randy Boyagoda
and science faculty dean Imogen
Coe are meeting with student leaders and faculty members to figure
out what a science-focused zone
will look like.
Those ideas will be brought to
Provost Mohamed Lachemi to determine what needs to be done to
bring the zone to life.
“I’m excited,” Boyagoda said.
“Because what we see on campus
is students who are creative and
ambitious and want to try to do
something beyond their classroom
experience.”
In addition to a new sciencerelated learning zone, Boyagoda
said there is interest in developing
a zone for engineering students as
well. Next year Ryerson, in collaboration with St. Michael’s Hospital, will unveil a bio-medical zone.
Boyagoda met with computer
science students last week to further discuss the new zone.
“They were all really impressed
with the idea of having a dedicated space and access to devices that
would let them experiment and
explore new ways of enhancing on
computing experience,” he said.
The multi-discipline approach is
a response to feedback Boyagoda
said he has been getting from students who want something that
speaks to their interest similar to
the Digital Media Zone.
Zone learning is intended to
bring students together for experiential learning and interdisciplinary collaboration. The zones provide workspace, resources, specific
learning modules and connect students with mentors, professionals
and entrepreneurs who try to turn
ideas into reality.
“Every university in North
America is trying in some way,
shape or form to find a way to
support student innovation,”
Boyagoda said. “At Ryerson we
have a mandate, because of our
very charter, to provide career relevant, socially-engaged education
and I think zone learning is a very
good way of doing that.”
The zones are meant to help
students gain contacts and apply
their skills to the real world.
“It’s about the experience students get from taking an idea and
being given the opportunity to
work on that idea and to change
the world,” Coe said.

EDITORIAL

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

which elite police force hired lil jon? swat!!!!!!!
Editor-in-Chief
Mohamed “Hasta La Vista” Omar
News
Jackie “True Grit” Hong
Jake “Shawarma Wraps” Scott
Keith “Fuckseanwetselaar” Capstick
Features
Charles “Ass = Grass” Vanegas
Biz & Tech
Laura “WomanKind” Woodward
Arts and Life
Al “STONE COLD” Downham
Sports
Josh “www.internet.web” Beneteau
Communities
Dylan “Serial” Freeman-Grist
Photo
Rob “Bugs” Foreman
Sierra “Daffy Duck” Bein
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Emma “Shmema” Cosgrove
Media
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Online
Farnia “Newsicle: The Musical” Fekri
Behdad “Short Hair Don’t Care” Mahichi
Web Developer
Kerry “Bye Kerry!” Wall
General Manager
Liane “Too Much Wine” McLarty
Advertising Manager
Chris “Maple Whisky” Roberts
Design Director
J.D. “Jesus Selfie” Mowat
Circulation Manager
Megan “Circ Part Deux” Higgins
Contributors
Dana “Deadgirl” Dwaik
Kyle “Honest” Edwards
Alina “Good” Bykova
Natacha “Tex Mex” Janjic
David “Dangle” Morassutti
Deni “Gherkin” Verklan
Aidan “TALK TO ME!” Macnab
Allan “Take A Hike, Guy!” Perkins
Jake “You’re Good Man” Kivanc
Robert “Actually Fun” Mackenzie
Youp “SO HIGH” Zondag
Devin “Early Riser” Jones
Annie “CLOSED” Arnone
Chris “Hi Chris” Blanchette

Nick “Smashes Things” Dunne
Julia “Welcome” Knope
Mansoor “Badass” Tanweer
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having to leave this place. *cries*
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Jacob Dubé - Biz & Tech editor
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By
Mohamed
Omar
I’ve been thinking about this final
editorial ever since I was elected as
The Eyeopener’s editor-in-chief in
March 2014.
What do I write? Do I list our
accomplishments this year? Our
biggest stories? Our most controversial reports? A bunch of words
that rhyme with fart? Or do I write
about the role of a student newspaper on campus and the responsibilities of student journalists?
For inspiration, I looked at the
final editorials of previous editors,
all the way back to 1998 (stuff got
weirder beyond that, because the
nineties).
Some wrote a regular opinion
piece on something that was big
that week. Some (rightfully) complained about Ryerson and how it
had messed something up. Others
talked about the student union’s
fuck-ups actions.
All of them were dandy editorials, but none were true to what
a departing editor-in-chief really
wants to write. None of them ex-

pressed what I believe was going
through their (and now my) head:
Fuck, I have to leave now?
The Eyeopener taught me everything I think I know about journalism, from writing a coherent and
interesting story to properly editing
a photograph to managing a herd
of ridiculously talented editors. The
school, which has to accommodate
all kinds of learning curves, did not.
It tried to spoon-feed me lessons —
The Eyeopener shoved them down
my throat and gave me a beer or
seven as a chaser.
This place gave me great friends
and taught me how to work with
all kinds of people. It taught me to
be patient, to care more and, much
to the chagrin of rapper Big Sean,
to fuck with you.
This place taught me to appreciate attention to detail, to praise
the weird and — cliché time! —
question everything, my sanity
included.
I’ve had the greatest job in the
universe for the past eight months
and it’s hard to leave. But I will
leave — OK, technically I have to
— because change is good. Change
brings fresh blood. Change keeps
this place from rotting into a

crusty carcass of amateurism, or
worse — becoming part of the
journalism school.
I wish incoming editor and human-slinky Sean Wetselaar and
everyone on future mastheads
the best of luck and life at The
Eyeopener. This place is more
magical than Hogwarts on acid.
But before I leave, I’ll drop off
some pearls of wisdom that I’ve
collected over the past five years:
1) Grown-ups do not always
know what they’re doing or saying. Kind of like you!
2) Make fun of yourself as much
as you can.
3) People will doubt you. Take
that doubt and convert it into raw
I’m-going-to-prove-you-so-fucking-wrong motivation. It works!
4) Old people are in charge of
a lot of things and a lot of them
don’t do things right. Not for long!
5) Save money. Unless you can’t.
Then save only a little money. If
that’s impossible, well, shit.
6) Life after Ryerson isn’t the
worst. At least I hope it isn’t.
7) People remember everything
you’ve said and done to them. Keep
that in mind no matter where you
are. Bye!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Ryerson’s year in review
The news team saw the good, the bad, and the just plain weird. Here are our picks for stories that defined the 2014-2015 school year

Yup, Sheldon’s still pres
The headhunters couldn’t find a replacement for the
city builder. After 13 months of searching, executive
search firm Spencer Stuart was unable to find a
suitable president to take Sheldon Levy’s place.
On March 6, Ryerson announced that Levy
would be staying for a term of up to two years
due to the failure of the search. This threw a
wrench in Levy’s plan to tour on his motorcycle this summer, but it’s a sacrifice he had
to make. The announcement also killed the
farewell party called Decade of Change. No
new plans have been made for another farewell
party as “Up to Twelve Years of Change” just
doesn’t have the same ring to it.

The saga of the CRO

This RSU election, The Eyeopener discovered that the Chief Returning
Officer (CRO) Fatima Sajan, who was in charge of running the election, had sat on a York Federation of Students board with a current
RSU staff member. This staff member was Gilary Massa, the RSU’s
director of communication and outreach, who was one of two
people responsible for hiring the CRO for the election. According
to RSU bylaws, the CRO is supposed to be hired in conjunction
with the current RSU president. RSU President Rajean Hoilett said he was not involved in the process. We’re also
not sure if at any point they “hung out” or “chilled”
during the election, because they wouldn’t tell
us. Sajan’s post-election report accused
the university of interfering with the
election, which Ryerson denied.

Sex assault policy
Universities and colleges across the country launched reviews into how they handled
sexual violence on campuses after a Toronto Star investigation revealed only nine
in over 100 post-secondary schools had sexual assault policies. At Ryerson, ViceProvost Students Heather Lane Vetere was put in charge of the review, which involved speaking to staff and students about their experiences on campus. Ontario
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced an action plan to combat sexual violence in
March, which makes it mandatory for colleges and universities to adopt a sexual assault
policy and renew it every four years with input from students.

A most curious election
This year’s RSU election campaigns began with posters being ripped down and defaced, the number
of director positions being confused and the starting date of elections being misreported. The confusion and miscommunication continued with the CRO taking days to respond to emails and answer
candidates’ questions. But the election really got out of hand on the night votes were counted.
Transform Ryerson scrutineers said they were told they were not allowed to travel with the ballots
or stand in elevators with them. The CRO yelled at an Eyeopener news editor after allegedly changing election rules saying she could change bylaws if she felt like it. The Eyeopener has since had a
hard time figuring out whether or not any of the candidates are emotionally traumatized by this
clusterfuck. However, it has been confirmed that Eyeopener news editor Keith Capstick has been
having nightmares about the election since its finish.

Blood on the MAC floor
January was the most stab-happy month of the year with two
separate incidents of assaults around the Mattamy Athletic
Centre. Roderick McIntosh, 67, was arrested on Jan. 11
for second-degree murder after using a samurai sword
on two men in a fight that occurred at an apartment
at Jarvis and Carlton streets. It’s a rare and terrifying
day for a news editor when they have a reason to put
“samurai sword” in print. Fifteen days later, someone
went on a Sunday morning stabbing spree that put
three people in the hospital and left one injured. All four
victims were random people going about their morning routine.

Freeze the Fees
The longest running and most visible campaign undertaken by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) saw the erection of Tent City and the
creation of an alternative budget. Freeze the Fees, spearheaded
by Vice-President Education Jesse Root, was a polarizing
force on campus. It was the spark that created anti-RSU
group Rise for Ryerson and the inspiration for the satirical
Freeze the Peas campaign. The RSU also drafted an alternative budget claiming the school could use part of what
it called a $14-million “structural surplus” to halt tuition
increases. Ryerson has said that this is not the case. The RSU
will still present this budget to the Board of Governors at
their annual budget meeting in late April.

New year, new building
The largest development at Ryerson is impossible to miss. The gargantuan Student
Learning Centre (SLC) cost $112 million and boasts eight floors of dedicated student
space. Each floor is even colour themed to match your notebook.
The building has been such a hit that even non-Ryerson students have come to take advantage of the indoor tanning provided by the windowed wonder. It’s arguably the largest
— and definitely the most visible — achievement of Sheldon Levy’s career so far at Ryerson. The SLC had its soft-launch on Feb. 23 and the official grand opening on March 31.

Year of the fire truck
There seemed to be a fire truck on campus every
week this year at Ryerson. O’Keefe House
burst into flames during the first week back
for winter semester, causing $50,000 in damages. There was also a number of fire alarms
on campus this year, and The Eyeopener reported that each time one of them goes off,
Toronto Fire Services charges the school
$410 per truck per hour. One alarm was
set off because the temperature in Kerr
Hall got so high that the heat sensor triggered the alarm. Heat, yo!

Rams soar at CIS

Ryerson hosted the CIS Final 8 Men’s Basketball tournament — the school’s first time
holding a national championship in any sport. Proving their status as the third-ranked
team throughout the regular season was no fluke, the Rams finished the playoffs with
bronze medals around their necks — the first time a Ryerson team has ever medalled
at nationals in any sport. The city (and CIS marketing) went all out for the first ever
Final 8 held in Toronto, with several high profile appearances and events throughout
the week. It seemed to work: attendance totalled 16,874 for the 11-game, four-day
event — a far cry from the days when Ryerson basketball games were only attended by
players’ parents and partners.

Rise of Transform
For the first time in four years, the RSU election featured an
entire opposition slate, Transform Ryerson, to the incumbent slate. The group was made up of a number of campus
leaders from various faculty-related student societies and
groups, most prevalently the Ryerson Commerce Society
(RCS). The rise of the slate began with Rise for Ryerson,
a group of students that protested the current RSU executives’ campaign to lower tuition fees and were also
closely tied to the RCS. Rise eventually culminated in
Transform, led by president-elect Andrea Bartlett,
also a former executive member of the RCS. The
election blitz was unlike any in recent years and
resulted in them sweeping the executive positions.

Features

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Getting In Your Reps
By Nick Dunne
While Soumia Allalou worked on
her undergraduate degree at the
University of Toronto, she regularly used the women-only gym
hours provided at the university’s
gym. They were convenient, she
felt more comfortable and often
went with friends. But after moving to Montreal to study law at
McGill, she was surprised by the
lack of information on the university’s website about women-only
hours.
“I just assumed they would have
them,” says Allalou, 23. The athletic department informed her there
were no such hours, but that she
could come early when no one was
around and “work in a corner.”
So Allalou began to work on a
survey.
She contacted the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU)
and began talks with Jill Barker,
the McGill athletics manager of
marketing and communications.
While Allalou says Barker was ini-

tially open to the idea of womenonly hours, things changed after
an article about her attempts was
published in The McGill Tribune.
Posted on the Spotted At McGill
Facebook page, the article sparked a
petition against the idea of womenonly times — with more than 600
signatures — which was sent to Ollivier Dyens, McGill’s deputy provost of student life and learning. Afterwards Allalou says the university
unilaterally cut off communication
with her. However, on March 19,
2015, a day before Dyens released a
media statement on his decision, he
and Allalou met.
“He said, ‘Look, we basically
disagree on how to solve the problem that you’re thinking. It’s your
choice how you decide to work
out,’” recalls Allalou. “‘I don’t see
a modesty issue at the gym, and, as
a matter of principle, McGill will
not segregate its services.’”
In his press release, Dyens defended the decision, saying “McGill is a community
where every form of diversity (cultural, linguistic, gender, religion, etc.)
is celebrated and encouraged,” again referring to
women-only gym times
as “the segregation of
services.”
But Allalou says she
isn’t looking to segregate
services.
“[It’s only] a couple of
hours a week and we’re
talking about a separate
room. The main gym
[would still] be co-ed.”
Before
communication had been cut off,
Barker had shown Allalou the Varsity Weight
Room, usually reserved

Photos by Sierra Bein

for student athletes, and Allalou
estimated it could accommodate
upwards of 30 people. Using this
room would not prevent students
from accessing the co-ed gym. Because it wasn’t directly addressing
the root cause, Allalou said that
Dyens told her they would instead
continue to train staff and encourage women to report inappropriate behaviour. But Allalou says
that isn’t enough.
“That’s exactly what the [facilities] have right now and that’s not
working. What about women who
can’t access the gym?” she says.
While there was similar resistance from some students when the
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
sought to implement women-only
hours in 2013, the path was less
rocky. Demand from both the
Muslim Students’ Association and
the Centre for Women and Trans
People — citing concerns about
paying for the athletic facilities but
being unable to access them for religious reasons or comfort issues
— led to a RSU survey in which
2,000 people responded in favour
of the women-only hours.
The survey was presented to Anthony Seymour, Ryerson athletics’
manager of recreation, who created a pilot project last September.
Working with the RSU, he decided to offer
an hour and a
half every day
at the Ryerson
Athletic Centre
(RAC), at times
near peak hours.
He was initially
worried
that
there wouldn’t
be enough demand for the
hours, but says

the response has “far exceeded
[his] expectations.”
Before women-only hours, Seymour estimates only 10 per cent
of members working out in the
weight room were female.
“When we started looking at
some of our busier times, we were

getting 70-100 people [and] we
were really only getting seven to
10 women in the weight room
working out,” Seymour says.
Given that 54 per cent of undergraduate students at Ryerson
identify as female, the number of
women using the weight room was
unsatisfactory.
According to Seymour, the
morning shifts averaged just over

24 women, while the afternoon
shifts averaged 28 women in October — when the hours were being tested — and found that up to
60 women were coming through
during women-only times.
Sydney McInnis, a first-year
journalism student, says she sometimes feels intimidated because she
doesn’t know how to use all the
equipment.
“I just feel judged. People looking at me and being like, ‘she
doesn’t fucking know what she’s
doing,’” she says.
McInnis has used the hours just
twice but says she enjoyed the experience.
“It turned out to be a better
time. I didn’t feel so intimidated,
[with] big men everywhere lifting
heavy stuff. It was kind of nice
to not be around that,” she says.
“The entire reason why I go to the
RAC and not the MAC is because
the people there are a little bit less
intimidating and a little bit more
amateur … but still, I will never go
into the weight room at the RAC
unless I’m with [a male friend].
I’m too scared.”
Seymour says that some patrons
have told him using the womenonly hours has made them more
comfortable using the co-ed hours.
Allalou says she would hope for
similar results at McGill.
McGill currently offers womenonly pool hours on the basis of

“modesty concerns.” While Barker and Dyens declined to speak
with The Eyeopener, Dyens reiterated the university’s stance against
women-only gym times because
they “do not believe in the segregation of [their] services” in an
emailed statement.
Several negative comments on
national news sites have criticized
Allalou’s push for women-only
hours as solely a religious accommodation, but she says it’s part of
a larger women’s issue.
“We’re talking about a gender
issue here, not necessarily just a
religious accommodation issue.
I’m talking about a broad range
of women who have many reasons why they can’t access the
gym,” Allalou says. “At the end
of the day, I just want to increase
the health and fitness of women at
McGill.”

Photo

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This Year in Photo

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1
2

1. Bill Murray at TIFF. (Farnia Fekri)
2. Laptops are evil. (Nick Dunne)
3. Jess Tsang’s Mink Saga.
4. Behdad Mahichi’s burger saga. (Farnia Fekri).

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6

7

5

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5. A model at Mass Ex.

7. Jake Scott, being Jake Scott.

right, opened in March.

(Alex Downham)

(Rob Foreman).

(Lulu tanenbaum)

6. Jahmal Jones, after the men’s 8. The Rams take on the Victoria

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10. Ryerson assistant profes-

basketball team medalled at

Vikes at the CIS tournament.

sor jordan tustin, who went to

the CIS tournament held at

(Marissa Tiel)

guinea to fight ebola.

Ryerson. (Sierra Bein)

9. The Student learning centre,

(farnia fekri)

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arts & Life

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

RU fashion sweater a faux pas
By Kyle Edwards &
Alina Bykova

PHOTO COURTESY
ASHLEY GOODFELLOW
CRAIG

Read about Necroslinger, the gun-wielding warlock, at theeyeopener.com

Students at Ryerson’s School of
Fashion don’t think their program
swag looks pretty in pink.
“When you see that pink fashion logo on a sweater, it’s kind of
like another stereotype they just
label us with,” said fourth-year
fashion design student Stephanie
Moscall-Varey.
For all of Ryerson’s official program swag, spirit-wear is the same:
a navy sweater with yellow varsity text. For the fashion school,
however, there’s an exception:
their text also comes in pink. It’s a
creative choice criticized by fashion students who call it a “missed
opportunity” for young designers
that “genders” the school.
In 2013, the school of fashion
ranked no. 26 worldwide by Fashionista.com for its “solid design

program.” The school also hosts
Mass Exodus, the largest studentrun fashion event in the world featuring garments and art by fourthyears. But members of the school
argue their spirit-wear doesn’t reflect the program’s values, despite
associate director of campus retail
Kelly Abraham saying the design
was chosen by students “some semesters back.”
Moscall-Varey — a designer at
Abercrombie & Fitch and Mass Exodus — said she’s never bought the
sweater and believes students should
design their own merchandise.
“It’s discouraging,” MoscallVarey said. “We have all these
students that are so capable and
are doing amazing things, but we
don’t get that opportunity.”
Jenifer Forrest, a sessional instructor for the fashion school,
also said not allowing fashion students to share ideas is a missed op-

Students at the school of fashion want to design their own swag.

PHOTO: AL DOWNHAM

portunity. She said singling out the
program with pink is something
faculty and staff oppose.
“We’re trying to move our program beyond being something
that is feminized, and when it’s
feminized, it’s therefore seen as
something that isn’t serious,” said
Forrest.
Second-year fashion design student Adrian Arnieri also said he
feels unrepresented by the design
because it genders his program.
“It tells everyone [ that the fashion school] is a female-dominant
program, and it is, but there are
still guys,” he said. “I feel like
people look at you weird wearing
a pink sweater that says fashion.
People assume stereotypes.”
The price for campus store
clothing has led student course
unions to design and produce alternative sweaters for a price that
meets student budgets. The journalism course union has been able
to design and produce sweaters
externally, then sell them at $25
a piece — half the cost charged at
the campus store.
Ryerson Fashion Union copresidents Millie Yates and Bronwyn Marshall wrote via email that
they’ve never been approached
about the fashion school’s merch,
but they’re aware of “students out
there that are unhappy with it.”
Abraham said the design stayed
due to its “popularity,” but is willing to find a solution with fashion
students in the future.
“If we have a group that wants
to work with me, then sure. I love
working with students,” he said.

New RTA course works with OSC
By Al Downham
The RTA school of media and
Ontario Science Centre (OSC)
have created an “experiential design” course for new media and
digital media students.
The “hands-on” course — aiming to combine “art and technology” by designing interactive
installations — will be open to
RTA students next school year,
divided into two semesters of
pitching and constructing pieces.
Unlike the RTA school of media’s
last voluntary project, Forest at
the TIFF Kids’ digiPlaySpace, this
project is a two semester, fullcredit course.
In a press release, RTA Chair
Charles Falzon calls the class an
“opportunity for our students to
get real world experience, and fully
appreciate the end-to-end process
of designing an exhibit and installing it into a public space.”
Approximately 25 students will

be working with senior members
of the RTA school of media and
the OSC to create the pieces. Falzon said mentors will be chosen
based on students’ ideas for their
“art, interactive installation, or a
mixture of both.”
“[If a student’s project is based
on] more natural sciences, a senior
exec from that department [will
be chosen],” he said. “If it’s more
environmental sciences, someone from that department will
mentor.”
RTA faculty members have had
pieces featured at the OSC. Falzon’s 2011 piece called Geofreakz
created a treasure hunt with celluar and GPS technology, while
associate professor Steve Daniels
created Sessile, a 2008 OSC installation of “kinetic but nonmotile pods” that physically responds to light. Daniels will lead
the workshops and brainstorming
events in the course.
The press release said Kevin von

Appen, director of science communication at the OSC, is open to
students’ creative ideas, adding that
the centre has included pieces with
themes ranging from bioart, robotics, astronomy, fashion and even
steampunk pop culture.
After selected projects are approved in the Winter 2016 semester, students’ projects have
a chance of being featured in
the OSC during the following
summer.
“The projects have to be senior
for a third-year level, not just of
quality, but complexity,” Falzon
said. “Both the science centre and
[the RTA school of media] will
look for things the average audience can engage with. It’ll be for
the average family to enjoy.”
Falzon said he expects the
course to reach a larger demographic and encourage “learning
through doing.”
Details on experiential design
will be announced at a later date.

Sports

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Nursing student to sail at Pan Am games
By Josh Beneteau
When Brenda Bowskill was six
years old, her parents enrolled her
in a sailing summer program while
they went to work. She didn’t mind
— they already lived on their boat
during the summer — but she never
imagined that those classes would
lead her to the Pan American games
this July in Toronto and possibly
the Olympics next year in Rio.
“I mean it’s not great for a story
but I was never five and saying ‘I
want to go to the Olympics,’” the
Whitby, Ont. native says. “But progressively along the way I realized
my potential and from there my
goals went to qualifying for Pan
Am and hopefully the Olympics.”
The 23-year-old, who is in her
second year in Ryerson’s nursing

program, qualified for the Pan Am
games at the end of January when
she was the top-seeded Canadian
at the ISAF (International Sailing
Federation) Sailing World Cup regatta in Miami.
Bowskill races in the Laser Radial class of boats, meaning she’s out
on the water alone and responsible
for everything from steering the
boat to quickly reacting to changing wind conditions.
She says during the weeklong
competition in Miami, she wasn’t
nervous, but excited.
“When I did win the trials it was
an in-shock moment,” she says. “I
hadn’t really quite realized that I
was going to be going [to Pan Am]
and I think it will be another surprise when I actually get there.”
Bowskill says the sailing courses

PHOTO Courtesy Brenda Bowskill

Nursing student Brenda Bowskill will be sailing at the Pan Am games this summer.

are “very dynamic” and that “it’s
almost impossible to have the exact same conditions every time.”
Boats race against each other in a
reverse scoring system, with first
place getting one point, second
getting two and so forth.
“The weather is clearly unpredictable,” she says. “A lot of our
sport is predicting, being able to
recognize trends and set up for what
you expect is going to happen.”
To prepare, Bowskill says she
spends six days in the gym each
week. She tracks everything she
eats with an app on her iPhone and
is in constant communication with
her nutritionist and coach. It’s too
cold in Lake Ontario to start training right now so Bowskill and some
of her teammates rented a house in
Clearwater Beach, Fla., from November to February to train in the
warmer weather.
With such a busy schedule,
Bowskill says balancing classes can
be a challenge. She has friends who
help her with notes and all of her
professors are aware of the opportunity she has with her sport.
“I never just didn’t do what I
had to do,” she says. “And I actually enjoy the things I am studying so it doesn’t seem so much like
work when I’m away.”
But the nursing program has a
lot of placement work that is hard
to schedule around. Before her
second year, the nursing school
suggested that she choose between sailing and school, which
surprised her. So Bowskill enlisted
the help of Ryerson athletic director Ivan Joseph, who made some
calls and eventually got the nursing school to change its mind and
let her take classes.

Meet Steve Dangle: Leafs fan
By David Morassutti
Steve “Dangle” Glynn, a graduate from the RTA school of media,
opens the door to a small room in
his basement. The blue walls, the
Toronto Maple Leafs chair in the
corner, the pictures and McFarlane
figures on the wall have become familiar to Leafs fans who watch his
videos.
“Do you want to see the amazing setup?” he asks as he puts his
camera on the desk, gets his exercise ball —
­ then the final touch —
turns on the small desk lamp with
a piece of paper taped to it as a
filter. “Real high-tech stuff, eh?”
he says, letting out a small laugh.
Under the name Steve “Dangle,”
Glynn posts a short video after
every Leafs game giving his reaction. That can include screaming
at the camera, wearing costumes,

or any other way Glynn can come
up with to describe the game that
night.
Glynn has amassed 23,567 subscribers and more than 5.5 million
views on YouTube. Most of the
videos range between four to eight
minutes depending on how much
he has to say. It usually takes just
over an hour to complete a video
— 10 to 30 minutes to film, five
minutes to import the video to his
computer and around 30 minutes
to edit, depending on how much
footage there is. He doesn’t miss a
Leafs game and has been making
the videos for eight years.
“People need to remember that
once you set the bar so high you
need to keep it that way,” he says.
“Video blogging was not a thing
you could [do] back then, so it is
surprising to see how far this has
gone.”

His nickname originates back to
when he wrote for his high school
newspaper and all the members
had to come up with their own
nicknames. Looking through an
old book Glynn saw the name
“Floyd Dangle” which he found
pretty funny. Now it’s the name
that everyone calls him.
“Throughout the year every
article I wrote had Steve ‘Floyd
Dangle’ Glynn,” he says. “Then I
decided to name my YouTube page
Steve Dangle, but I did not post
anything right away. Once the page
started to get a lot of attention I did
not see a reason to change it.
“Even my work email is Steve
Dangle. Everywhere I go, it is always Steve Dangle, only those
close to me call me by my real
name,” he says.
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“I’m not asking for them to
make it easier on me, if anything
I’m asking for more flexibility and
for it to be harder,” she says. “So
[the athletics department was] really helpful this year and even the
classes which I need a note for,
they write me a note no problem.”
Bowskill is looking ahead to
both the 2016 Olympics in Rio and
the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But

with the Pan Am games only three
months away, she says that is her
main focus. She expects to have a
lot of family and friends turn out
for her races and also has high
hopes for herself on the podium.
“I believe being on the podium
is likely, the only question is what
colour medal am I going to get, if
that doesn’t sound too cocky,” she
says.

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BIZ & TECH

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Summer income-ing
We asked 100 Rye students about their summer prospects. Here
are the results, collected by Josie Mills

Do you have a paid summer job lined up?
Successful student applicants for the Basecamp program will spend their summer building their startups.

PHOTO: ROB FOREMAN

Entrepreneurship: A summer job
By David Lao
A summer program is set to launch
for Ryerson students who want to
start their own business and earn
money at the same time.
Basecamp is a program that
welcomes students with an idea
to start working on their business
with a team.
Jaigris Hodson, Ryerson Launch
Zone director, said that the program was created because a lot of
students wanted to start their own
business, but were unable to because they still had to earn money
in the summer.
“What we were hearing from
students was, ‘we would really like
to do this program, but we really
can’t because we have to work and
make money over the summer’, so
we got the funding as a way for
students to pay themselves a little
in the summer while they’re in this
program,” Hodson said.
The program will be held at

the Launch Zone, an extension
of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone
(DMZ) located in the Student
Learning Centre (SLC). Applications are open until April 15 to all
Ryerson students. Those accepted
will attend the program from May
to August.
The first two weeks of the program will begin with a boot camp
that will have students taking
courses in areas such as finance
and programming.
After that, students will have to
fulfill a minimum number of hours
spent in the Launch Zone, as well
as attend a certain number of
meetings and workshops to stay in
the program. Students will be fulfilling the requirements alongside
their designated mentor.
“We are going to tailor specific
mentorship to each of the specific
teams that come,” Hodson said.
“For example, say your business is related to marketing and
communication, we’ll find you a

marketing and communications
mentor.”
After the program finishes, students will still be able to use the
Launch Zone and other programs
or incubators around campus to
progress their startup.
The program has space for up to
30 students, but that can be any
number of startups as it depends
on how many people are going
to be on each team, according to
Hodson.
A minimum of $2,000 is given
to each accepted student, which
will come from both Ryerson and
the Brookfield Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Students who show financial need can
be eligible for more money.
“We have some funds available
for that, because we really want
students to be able to do this program,” Hodson said. “We didn’t
want needing to pay your bills to
be a barrier for starting your own
business.”

How many hours do you plan on working
this summer?

How much do you think you’ll rake in by
the end of the summer?

Panning out Pan Am
games volunteering
By Jacob Dubé
The Ontario Student Assistance
Program (OSAP) is offering benefits to university students who are
volunteering for the Pan Am and
Parapan Am Games this summer
— but are they worth it?
Volunteers will receive an additional six-month interest-free
extension on their pre-existing
six-month interest-free repayment
period. The current provincial
rate is the prime rate of interest
plus 1 per cent.
The average four-year undergraduate university OSAP debt is
$22,207 — equalling six monthly
interest-free payments of $3,701, but
payments are often made beyond this
six month interest-free period.
Fresh graduates working on a
minimum wage salary with full
time hours earn $2,200 monthly.
With the volunteering extension
incentive, monthly OSAP payments would lower to $1,850 per
month.
Along with the grace period, students no longer have to input their

income prior to their grant period
— allowing students to receive a
bigger loan, as OSAP doesn’t take
into account students’ income.
For first-year journalism student
Sherry Li, both benefits were an
incentive to volunteer.
“I don’t know what the job market is going to be like when I graduate and extra time to pay back
the loan would be pretty good,
especially if it was a substantial
amount of money,” Li said.
To be eligible for the OSAP
benefits, students are required
to work a minimum of 12 eightto-10 hour shifts at the Pan Am
Games. If a student were to spend
that time working a summer minimum-wage job, they would earn a
minimum of $1,056.
Teddy Katz, chief spokesperson
for the Pan Am Games, said he
couldn’t answer whether or not
volunteering is worth more than
working the same amount of time.
“For those who have the time
and ability, it’s a great opportunity
to get a once in a lifetime type of
experience,” Katz said.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

FUN

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Study: Catcalling very effective
By Anika Syeda

A study by the Canadian Ladies’
Man Coalition (CLMC) found
that the words “baby,” “princess”
and “sweet cheeks” have a 99.99
per cent success rate at getting a
woman’s attention.
“There is the occasional female
who will turn the other cheek,”
said Snapback Joe, longstanding
president of the CLMC. “However, we refer to those fine women
as ‘bitches.’”
Joe said this term is not used in
a derogatory manner, it’s simply
the scientific term for the outliers

in CLMC’s largest social experiment yet.
“We hope to canvas the entire
populated world, actually,” said
Joe. “Currently, CLMC is in the
process of developing a foolproof
method of induced attention reciprocation.”
The study’s projected completion is August 2016. With a team
of over a billion industrious researchers and volunteers, the
CLMC aims to uncover the holy
grail of catcalls with a 100 per
cent success rate.
According to the overwhelming majority of male participants,

such a project has been long overlooked.
“I’m sitting in my truck, windows down, arm over the door,
and some honeys walk by. I’m a
nice guy, I say something nice,”
said a participant who wishes to
remain unnamed. “When a nice
guy like me, just trying to brighten
someone’s day, is treated like shit
because of it, you know there’s a
problem in our society.”
Several women’s rights groups
such as Amnesty International
Canada and Amy Poehler’s Smart
Girls, as well as the decent population of the world, have dismissed

the CLMC completely. They claim
that there is “literally” no solution
to their predicament.
When questioned about the
chance of failure, CLMC leading
researcher and CEO Tribaltattoo
Montgomery was defiant.
“Scientifically speaking, the opinions of the CLMC defectors and
competitors are not valid whatsoever. In fact, one may classify them
as slander, and falsified slander at
that. It is common knowledge in
the scientific community that the
number one experts on females
and/or ‘bitches,’ as we like to call
them here, are men.”

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RSU v. Peas battle
By Robert Mackenzie
The Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) and the Freeze the Peas
student rally group settled some
“beef” this weekend.
Usually the word beef refers to
the meat that comes from a cow,
but in some cases — like this one
— beef is used as a synonym for a
conflict or animosity.
According to Vice-President education Jesse Root, the RSU challenged them to a battle after they
realized that the March 27 Freeze
the Peas rally was a satirical protest of the RSU’s ongoing Freeze
the Fees campaign.
“We were completely caught
off-guard when we found out we
were being made fun of,” said
Root. “We really thought they
were just looking for a way to preserve their vegetables.”
After negotiating battle agreements, the two student groups met
in the Quad on Sunday to resolve
their contradicting viewpoints
through a giant battle royale.
The battle lasted more than two
hours. Weapons were not allowed
as part of the battle agreement.
According to Root, the RSU held
an all-night karate training session
for its members the night before.

“Honestly, we were impressed
with their karate attacks,” admitted Obaid Ullah of Freeze the
Peas. “We definitely were not expecting that.”
Consensus from spectators was
that the RSU won the fight. However, the results are being contested after an anonymous report stated that several RSU fighters were
aided by the use of nunchucks.
Because of these reports, Freeze
the Peas is now protesting the outcome of the fight. “It is clear that
the RSU brought weapons to the
fight, and this injustice needs to be
recognized,” said Ullah.
Root denies these accusations,
and the RSU is now holding a
counter-protest to confirm that
they won the fight. “There is no
credible evidence that we used
weapons in the fight,” said Root.
“We won fair and square.”
Ryerson administration has
been brought in as a third party
to investigate the fight, reviewing
cell phone footage from spectators
and the wounds of several of the
Freeze the Peas fighters as evidence
to make their decision.
The investigation is ongoing,
and it doesn’t seem like the two
protests will end any time soon.
More to come.

PHOTO: AL DOWNHAM

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

12

Your
Ryerson.
A Message from President Sheldon Levy
When the Student Learning Centre opened in February, Ryerson got a gateway on
Yonge Street, and the city got an immediate landmark. But all that was blown away when
I walked in the door – because the place was full of students, and that’s what counts.
It was the same when we hosted the national basketball championships at the Mattamy
Athletic Centre. Ryerson students blew the roof off Maple Leaf Gardens with spirit and
support for our bronze medal team.
These are just two examples of many. Entrepreneurial zones, conferences, competitions,
clubs and organizations, community charitable events, environmental and social
innovation, the list goes on and on.
What all of them have in common – is you. Thank you for making Ryerson a university
overflowing with energy, ideas, initiative and kindness. All the best in your assignments
and exams, and may your summer fulfill all your most wonderful plans.

Sheldon Levy
President

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