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Volume 49 - Issue 3

September 23, 2015
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NEWS

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

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Deleted emails leave new RSU in the dark

PHOTO: FARNIA FEKRI

PHOTO: ROB FOREMAN

Cormac McGee, current VP education (left), said Jesse Root (right) deleted emails
from the vice-president education inbox.

By Keith Capstick
This year’s Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) executives started
September off with a bang. But
back in May when they were transitioning into their new jobs, they
were plagued by a communication
disconnect that they are still working to make up for.
The RSU by-laws say that each
outgoing vice-president or president has an obligation to “train and
advise” the incoming executive for
their position, an obligation that
both Andrea Bartlett, this year’s
president, and Cormac McGee, this
year’s VP education, do not feel was
met by their predecessors.

“I had a one-hour coffee meeting in Oakham Cafe and the only
other transition I got was a onepage document … I did request in
April that we start being included
in things and was given a hard
no,” said Bartlett. “I definitely
don’t feel like we got adequate
training whatsoever.”
McGee told The Eyeopener that
he was told by Jesse Root, the outgoing VP education, that his transition “would not be prioritized,”
and had no meeting with Root before taking office.
He said that when he first entered office in May, all of the
emails in his inbox, which are the
property of Ryerson undergradu-

ate students, had been deleted and
after repeated attempts were unrecoverable.
“When I opened the VP education email there were no emails at
all,” said McGee.
But Root felt like deleting the
emails was essential to preserving the work that he and his team
had worked on: specifically the
“Freeze the Fees” campaign that
he spearheaded — where he petitioned the school with an alternative budget that would allow them
to freeze tuition.
“Yes I did [delete the emails] …
as you know Cormac spent a significant amount of time and energy organizing against the work of
the RSU and specifically me as the
VP education through his involvement in Rise for Ryerson,” Root
said in an email. “I did not want
to jeopardize the work of the campaign on campus by giving him
information about how we organized the campaign. I did however
pass information about the Freeze
the Fees campaign onto organizers
on campus.”
Bartlett told The Eyeopener that
after having her staff take a look
at last year’s financial records, she
found this year’s government was

left with less money to spend.
“I was recently advised, given
our financial audit for the 201415 year is almost complete, that
we will likely be starting the year
off in an approximate $100,000
deficit,” wrote Bartlett in an
email.
Upon entering office in May,
Bartlett said that there were nu-

We will likely be starting the
year off in an approximate
$100,000 deficit
merous contracts for various RSU
programs already signed for the
fall semester without her consultation, and that when she reached
out to find the quotes from vendors or information about how
the deals took place, she was unable to find any information. A
specific example of this was the
agendas the RSU gives out during
orientation every year.
“The agenda contract was probably one of the most frustrating
ones because that was signed with
no consultation of the executive
and I was able to make one phone

call and find a quote for $10,000
less for the exact same specifications,” said Bartlett. “My biggest
frustration was having all of these
contracts signed with no consultations or meeting minutes to prove
that they were approved by the
previous board.”
But, because the contracts were
already signed, the RSU would not
be recovering that money.
Root maintains that he and his
staff resourced the RSU executive
director of communication and
outreach from last year, Gilary
Massa, and Corey Scott, the RSU
equity and campaigns organizer,
to help with the transitions, and
that he believes this was enough
to transition the new slate accordingly.
Bartlett went on to explain that
when she leaves office in May,
she’ll be transitioning the next
president much differently.
“Being brought in earlier [is
important]. The only thing that
it hurts is ourselves, maybe getting access to files and information right away. There are certain things like understanding
the structure, the process and the
people that can be done a month
in advance.”

RCDS funds $20,000 to VP finance’s film
By Al Downham
The Ryerson Communication and
Design Society (RCDS) has approved a $20,000 funding application for a film produced by its own
vice-president finance.
The unnamed film — influenced by flicks like Gone Girl and
Prisoners — is being spearheaded
by RCDS VP finance Luke Villemaire as an extracurricular project. And although the film crew
plans to include over 40 Faculty
of Communication and Design
(FCAD) students and alumni in
the two-year project, some RCDS
staff and members have called
the funding a possible “conflict
of interest.”
“I thought it was fishy, the vicepresident finance of the RCDS
receiving money from the RCDS
for his project,” said third-year
performance dance student J.C.
Vaughan.
The film’s approved funding is
$4,500 more than any other approved request made during the
2014-15 school year. Villemaire
pitched the film in late July to the
RCDS Board of Directors (BoD),
containing the society’s six executives and nine FCAD directors.
Villemaire said he “would [apply for funding] whether [he] was
vice-president finance” or not, call-

Luke Villemaire, VP finance of the RCDS, on a film set.

ing the RCDS “overarching support” for all students.
The RCDS constitution and bylaws cite rules preventing conflict
of interests of this sort. When Villemaire and the film’s crew applied
for funding by pitching to the BoD,
Villemaire was required to leave
during the discussion and voting
period of the BoD pitch meeting.
“Luke came to us as a student,
not vice-president finance,” RCDS
President Casey Yuen said.
Miri Makin — the manager, student relations and development for
FCAD’s office of the Dean — said
she was an impartial staff member
in the film’s application, overseeing

the process and advising Villemaire
on conflict of interest concerns.
She said her goal was to “make
sure there is no bias happening,”
signing off receipts for reimbursement with Yuen.
“Luke hasn’t gotten any money
yet,” Makin said. “[Students] buy
the necessary supplies or pay for
the venue, then we check the receipts and provide them with a
cheque.”
According to the RCDS constitution, students approach the VP
finance to strengthen their pitch
presentations and budgets before
presenting to the BoD. Jasmin Husain, events manager for the RCDS

PHOTO COURTESY: BEN WONG

events committee, said the film’s
large funding request was approved
because Villemaire knows how to
cater pitches to the RCDS BoD.
“If execs were to apply, there
needs to be a higher committee
that overlooks [the BoD],” she
said. “Based on [Luke’s] role, he
would have a larger expertise.
And whether that gives him a bigger advantage, potentially. But the
average student could do the same
under the advisory of Luke.”
Villemaire said the “initial idea
was wanting to utilize students
from all different programs” and
letting everyone in the film have
creative influence. He also sought

funding outside the RCDS, including on Kickstarter and Crimson
Fish, an alumni-run production
company providing $50,000 of
equipment and post-production
services to the film. The entire budget goal is $110,000.
Husain said Villemaire has
the experience to help student
projects receive the funding, but
RCDS initiatives to inform students about available funding is
“something we need to work on.”
Vaughan, for example, didn’t
know about student project funding until this year.
The RCDS plans to increase
their student project fund pool
from $100,000 to a higher, undetermined amount, according to
Yuen.
The RCDS 2014-15 Manager’s
Report cites that although 86 per
cent of funds were approved, “not
distributing available funding to
FCAD students” and “student
frustration with overly complicated funding processes” were two
challenges that year.
“It upsets me people are looking at this in a negative light because before [the RCDS], people
had to do a lot of fundraising and
selling cupcakes for these shows,”
Villemaire said. “There are big
numbers, but this one is striking
because it’s out there.”

EDITORIAL

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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

PHOTO: EMMA COSGROVE

Nathan Shakura on the hitchhiking trail with features editor Emma Cosgrove.

Go west, young student
Or east. You could also go east. Or north, south. Whatever you want
By
Sean
Wetselaar
When I was 15, I got the chance
to travel to Europe: England and
the Netherlands. In England, we
stayed with a friend of the family in London. In the Netherlands
we spent time in Amsterdam, then
visited my family in the Dutch
countryside.
I won’t bore you with the details of a trip taken by another
priviledged white guy with his irritatingly middle-class family. All
I’ll say about it was that it was an
amazing chance to see the world.
University is a time to expand
your understanding of the world
around you and expose yourself
to new ideas. And one of the best

ways you can do that is by travelling.
Now, I understand that travelling when you’re in university is
difficult to fund, and probably an
even greater excercise in privilege
than my trip in my adolescence.
But however you do it — whenever you do it — try to get out there.
It’s easy to read about far-off
lands and foreign places, and
about globalization and geopolitics. It’s another thing entirely to
see some of those places yourself.
There are a bunch of ways you
can make this happen — one of
them is by going on one of Ryerson’s many exchange programs. I
took journalism here, and it’s one
of the schools with a formal program to send students abroad to
study. One the biggest regrets of
my university career was not going.

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Exchange is expensive, and difficult to fit into your life. It was
those reasons — especially the
money — that kept me away. But
looking back on the experiences
my friends had on exchange, I
wish I had done things differently
— saved more money, taken more
loans — and had a chance to experience those things myself.
Of course nothing is stopping
me from travelling now, from saving up money and getting on another plane. I’ve been all across
Canada, and through much of the
States but since that trip to Europe
I’ve never crossed another ocean.
But here’s the rub, kids: you can
make travel less expensive than
you think it is.
You can make like our features editor, Emma Cosgrove, and
hitchhike across the country. You
can do what many of my friends
did on their cross-continent jaunts
and stay in hostels. You can pick
up work part-time in some places.
If you’re lucky enough to have a
job you can do remotely, you can
find an internet connection and do
it from abroad.
I grew up in a small town in
Ontario, and until that trip to
England I’d never seen the ocean.
The first time I felt the salt air
and ocean spray was at the cliffs
of Dover. We played The Beatles
on the drive down out of London,
and watched the gulls wheel lazy
circles in a clear, blue sky. It was
cheesy as all hell — but it’s a memory that’s going to stick with me.
It takes a lot of planning, and
it takes a lot of work if you don’t
come from money. But if you’re
going to save for anything, let me
tell you that seeing this spectacular
world that we live in is worth it.
I guess what I’m really saying
is that you shouldn’t miss out on
your chance to make those kind of
memories yourself. I haven’t had
nearly the experiences out there
in the big world that some of my

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Behdad “Chandler” Mahichi
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Josh “English major” Wienstien
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friends have had. And I can’t wait
for a chance to have some.
The bottom line is that seeing
the world can be far more educational than school could ever
hope to be. So, I don’t care how

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you finance it, or how you make it
happen. But make it happen. Get
out there, students of Ryerson. See
your own first oceans, climb your
own first mountains.
I promise it will be worth it.

NEWS

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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

The barriers at frosh week
By Emily Craig-Evans
and Farnia Fekri
A first-year creative industries student who uses a power chair was
unable to fully participate in her
faculty’s frosh due to barriers on
campus.
Victoria Lacey discovered that
daily registration for the Faculty
of Communication and Design
(FCAD) frosh on Sept. 1 was in the
centre of Lake Devo, beyond a twofoot step — with no ramp in place.
“I had to stay on the edge with
my student card and have my attendant go down,” said Lacey.
Later that night, she arrived at
the Marquis of Granby for the
first of two FCAD socials. When
she couldn’t find a ramp, she approached the bouncer, who told
her the space was not accessible.
“I just left and went home,” she
said, not bothering to attend the
next night’s social at the Brunswick — which was also inaccessible, according to Tavia Bakowski,
FCAD’s frosh organizer and Ryerson Communication and Design
Society’s (RCDS) vice-president
events.
“There are like five stairs going
up to it,” Bakowski said. “I apologize. It was my mistake not to recheck with venues and re-check
with socials — it’s kind of a rookie
mistake.”
On Sept. 2, Lacey was disap-

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By Laura Woodward
pointed again to discover that
FCAD’s paint party wasn’t accessible either.
“I was planning on attending, it
looked really fun, but it was also
in [Lake Devo] so I wasn’t really a
part of it, I was just watching,” she
said.
Bakowski said she assumed the
Zamboni ramp would be at the
lake, but arrived on the day of to
see that it wasn’t.
She added that they couldn’t put
in a ramp at that point because
Lake Devo is controlled by the city
and would require “a lot of back
and forth that takes longer than a
week.”
Lacey didn’t have issues attending any other frosh activities and
found her frosh group very inclusive. “I still had so much fun and

The school that’s playing musical chairs moves to SLC for now

As of fall 2016, Ryerson Theatre
School (RTS) students will be temporarily relocated to the Student
Learning Centre (SLC).
The students will occupy the
lower level of the SLC, and will
hopefully be moving into a new
space by 2019, according to President Sheldon Levy.
Levy said the challenge is to stop
looking at options for the permanent home and make a decision by
the end of the 2015-2016 year.
“The problem is ... the difficulty
of building [in] downtown Toronto,” he said.
But RTS chair Peggy Shannon
is excited about next year’s transition to the SLC.
“The SLC is actually being custom-built for the theatre school,”
Shannon said. “We’ve been in
very, very intensive meetings with
the [architecture, engineering]
team regarding what the theatre
school would need in terms of ...
performance space.”
RTS students can expect state
of the art equipment, custom-designed dance floors with no pillars
in the middle of the room (as is the

PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

Attendance at this year’s frosh was high, but not all students had it easy.

Theatre School’s home
By Deni Verklan

Rye student
dies after car
accident

case with the current RTS building) and access to better performance space in the SLC, according
to Shannon.
“It’s an incredibly exciting new
era, I think,” she said. “And this is
just the first step in that change and
in that transition.”
Third-year dance student Katrina Grogan will graduate before
the transition is complete, but said
she still approves of the changes.
“It’s a world class program,
and it needs world class facilities
to go with it,” Grogan said. “As
long as it’s not limiting, it doesn’t
really matter what space we work
in. As dancers, we’re used to having to work with spaces that aren’t
ideal.”
Shannon said that the move will
still be demanding, given the space
limitations of the SLC — which
will restrict acceptances into RTS
programs — and the difficulty for
instructors to “teach out of the
box.”
“I don’t know if we’re going to
have two spaces (with the SLC and
a new place),” she said. “It’s hard
to know what the new building
will be, because we’re not even in
the SLC yet.”

met some great people,” she said.
According to Ryerson’s accessibility coordinator Heather Willis,
efforts were made to make frosh as
a whole more inclusive this year by
educating orientation leaders on inclusivity, as well as introducing access tours, which showed students
barrier-free routes on campus.
Aside from the physical limitations of the campus, Willis said a
big part of the restriction towards
people with disabilities is in attitudes and ignorance.
“When you’re not being intentionally inclusive, you might be unintentionally exclusive,” she said.
Willis and her team at Access
Ryerson are currently developing a
series of Facility Accessibility De-

sign Standards to make the campus more accommodating.
After adopting the program by
the end of this academic year, she
said, the university will go through
a “comprehensive audit of the campus” to judge where Ryerson ranks
in terms of accessibility, and begin
addressing the most pressing issues.
The Ryeron Students’ Union is
waiting for this report in order to
plan further initiatives, said RSU
President, Andrea Bartlett.
“There’s no accessibility report
that is relevant to our campus that
we can have access to, so we’re
waiting for the university,” she
said.
With files from Laura Woodward.

Fourth-year business finance student Mohammed Kabalawi died
on Sept. 21 after a car crash, according to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police. He was 21.
After a single-vehicle collision
in the Northern Bruce Peninsula
on Sept. 5, Kabalawi went into a
coma.
His friend and soccer intramural teammate, Sal Judieh, described Kabalawi as “the type of
guy who would never say anything
bad about anyone” and “someone
who was always smiling.”
Kabalawi was set to graduate in
October, according to Judieh.
Police said that five others in the
Jeep Wrangler crash were injured.

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NEWS

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RSU and CESAR at odds after O-Week
By Behdad Mahichi
In spite of hosting what was probably the most high-profile parade
and concert in Ryerson history,
irregularities in the planning had
certain groups of students feeling
left out.
The frosh concert that made citywide headlines following Drake’s
surprise visit was free to full-time
Ryerson students who registered
online and picked up their wristbands. The event was also made
free to full-time George Brown
students, after a $95,000 partnership between the Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) and George Brown
College was confirmed.
But part-time degree and continuing education students at Ryerson
were categorized under “Guest
Ticket” and were told to pay $10
for entry.
About 3,500 tickets were confirmed in the first 30 minutes of
ticket sales. Another round of sales
was later made available, but not
for guest tickets.
Rabbia Ashraf, vice president internal of the Continuing Education
Students’ Association of Ryerson
(CESAR) said that the RSU’s Week
of Welcome this year was anything
but welcoming for part-time and
continuing education students.

This is what the engineer’s float would have looked like, if it was part of the parade.

“I was a little bit shocked at that,
because part-time students are still
Ryerson students,” she said. “We’re
categorized under guest, but we’re
part of the university.”
Ashraf, who has been an executive for two years, said that the RSU
and CESAR were closer in collaboration for the concert in prior years.
This year though, she said there was
little communication between the
two student unions, noting they inquired about the Week of Welcome
schedule on “several occasions”
without receiving a response.
“It is clear that the new executives of the RSU — executives that
are supposed to be student leaders
on this campus — are not concerned with building a community
at Ryerson. They have made part-

time degree and continuing education students feel obsolete and insignificant.”
However, RSU President Andrea
Bartlett said that CESAR didn’t approach them about the concert, and
the decision to have them pay had
to do with their lack of financial
contribution to the event.
“Essentially, CESAR members
don’t pay into our levy,” she said.
“It’s similar if I was a business student trying go to a conference that
the engineering society funds.”
Ashraf believes the two student
unions will be working together less
this coming year.
At the beginning of every school
year the RSU and CESAR sit down
for a visioning meeting to talk
about collaboration throughout the

PHOTO COURTESY: RESS

year. In previous years, they would
meet monthly to plan equity service
centre events, though Ashraf said
that this no longer takes place.
CESAR members were not the
only ones with parade and concert
woes. Many engineering students
felt frustrated after last minute
setup complications had their float
removed from the parade.
A float painted purple with
a throne dedicated to president
Harrsan Parameswaran of the Ryerson Engineering Student Society
was to be carried through the parade by a U-Haul truck — but the
lack of resources forced the engineers to hand over the truck to the
RSU in order to install a generator
for the concert stage.
Parameswaran said the U-Haul

truck was purchased with their
own money. However no reimbursement has been made.
“All the engineers, you know,
they wish they were on the float.
But last second it was moved
away,” he said. “We were just a
little rattled at the time.”
An engineering student who
wished to stay anonymous said that
students put in six to seven hours of
work for the float.
“I think that [engineers] are a
little bit annoyed with them right
now because there hasn’t been a
public apology yet. We’ve heard
that there’s been one-on-one apologies, but they haven’t made a public
collective thing yet,” said the anonymous source.
Bartlett said that the parade mixup came from a lack of communication.
Even when Bartlett pushed to delay the parade for those still getting
ready, Toronto Police had already
ordered the floats to move.
“The police changed the route
last minute and they started it
without anyone being ready,” said
Bartlett.
“There’s definitely a lot of things
we learned coming out of this.
There weren’t enough people helping out the event and that’s probably the number one issue.”

Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015

COMMUNITIES

7

Seeking reconciliation
By Brontë Campbell
If indigenous people actually had
access to a free education wouldn’t
there be a higher percentage attending post-secondary, asked
an indigenous student after their
non-indigenous classmate asked if
her education was free. The classmate’s response: “Those are just
natives that don’t want to try.”
“At some point, someone stops
thinking of native people as native people and they’ll just insert
that placeholder stereotype,” said
Fancy Bebamikawe in refrence to
her friends story. A fourth-year
aboriginal student studying medical physics, Bebamikawe is among
many in Ryerson’s aboriginal
community trying to bring change
to campus.
On Sept. 1, 2015, a mixture of
indigenous and non-indigenous
faculty and students in the community, released a letter titled, “A
Call To Reconciliation at Ryerson,” and posted it on Tumblr.
The purpose of the letter is to
ask staff and students to implement recommendations that were
made in a report by the Truth
and Reconciliation Commission
(TRC).
Among its recommendations
the letter called for more incorporation of aboriginal content into
Ryerson’s curriculum.
The TRC was a organization
created in 2008, after the Canadian Government created the Indian Residential Schools Settlement
Agreement.
The commission’s goal was

to investigate fully the harms
caused by Canada’s use of residential schools, a system formed
in the 19th century in Canada that
aimed to assimilate first nations
Canadians into European-colonial
society. The system ran until the
early 1970s.
The commision found, through
years of survivor testimonials and
research, that the system was responsible for the deaths of thousands of aboriginal children and
that it had left behind a generation
of survivors living with the lingering effects of physical and sexual
abuse.
In June, the committee finished
drafting a list of 94 recommendations it had devised to begin to repair the lasting damage the system
has had on aboriginal communities across Canada.
“The university is very much a
Western and Eurocentric institution, but I think it is important for
indigenous students to see themselves in the content, and for nonindigenous students to learn the
true history of the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous as a starting point for understanding,” said Julie Tomiak,
assistant sociology professor and
part of the TRC working group at
Ryerson’s planning committee.
The committee will be offering
workshops and events focused on
educating people about the history
and culture of indigenous peoples.
“We’re calling it the TRC working group, just because we came
together as a group in response to
the recommendations that were re-

The logo for Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services, located in Kerr Hall West.

leased by the TRC,” Tomiak said.
Bebamikawe volunteered all
summer with the TRC working
group. She is one of the students
involved with helping her peers
access the information made available by the letter so they may educate themselves about indigenous
history. “There’s this lack of value
for certain types of education, and
when it comes to indigenous issues
I experience it all the time where
people don’t want to teach themselves or learn about these (issues)
independently,” Bebamikawe said.
According to Ryerson’s chair of
the aboriginal education council,
Cyndy Baskin, the most crucial
part of the letter is the fact that indigenous education is imperative
to every member of Ryerson, not
just the indigenous ones.
“It’s about awareness in education and about the history of colonization, its current impacts on
Aboriginal peoples today and how
the issues that are of concern to indigenous peoples and communties
... are also concerns that affect
all Canadians, and that reconciliation is about all Canadians and
all indigenous peoples working towards a positive change.”
Despite the readily available
resources, some faculty members
are unsure about incorporating indigenous issues into their content.
Baskin says one of the complaints
she hears the most is from professors who believe that indigenous
issues have no place in their lecture hall.
“Is it ignorance or is it racism?”
asked Baskin.

PHOTO: EMILY CRAIG-EVANS

PHOTO: EMILY CRAIG-EVANS

You made it
By Sophie Hamelin
Last year I wrote news and barlife articles in my first semesters
of journalism school as Aidan
Hamelin, keeping the student
body informed on the whereabouts of red-tailed hawks and
how shit Grace O’Malley’s is.
This year, every week, I will
be reporting and commenting
on queer issues taking place on
campus as Sophie Hamelin, The
Eyeopener’s new queer-affairs
columnist.
As September closes and the
parade and the 6-god become
fond memories, I’d like to extend
my own personal words of welcome to the new and returning
students of Ryerson. The events
and excitement are dialing down
and all of you are settling into
your new lives. You are defining
the sleep schedules and impoverished budgets that will be your
year. Now this can be gloomy,
scary even, but chill though, this
will be good. I will now highlight
your freedoms.
If you have never lived alone, if
you have never been away from
your hometown, if you have done
nothing but live under the expectations of others, congratulations!
This new semester grants you the
opportunity to finally start being
who you are.
You will craft an identity expressing how you feel and how
you need to be perceived and as
exams, professors and institutions test you, pure joy will be
found in who you are –– in defining this individual to yourself and
your peers.
For some of you this will mean
goth or non-stoner, for others
this will mean shaving your legs
(or stopping) or finally sleeping
with whomever you think is cute
or tall enough. All of this is okay,
Ryerson has protective policies in

place to ensure that you can’t get
evicted from residence or barred
from classes because you are an
orientation or identity that deviates from the binary.
At Ryerson, on campus, you
are free and encouraged to live
your life as you see fit and no one

Know that for many of you,
this is the first place where
you can hold discrminatory
individuals accountable and
that it is no longer a tactic
of your survival to take
abuse with a smile
can say shit. People will, unfortunately, but now there are supports and services that you can go
to for help –– such as the equity
centers in the SCC or your faculty
adviser –– to keep yourself going.
Your parents aren’t here, your old
friends are in different cities.
Know that for many of you,
this is the first place where you
can hold discriminatory individuals accountable and that it is no
longer a tactic of your survival to
take abuse with a smile. Go forth
and flourish, little Ryes, you are
free within these rules and these
walls.
While you are here at school,
slaving and paying your way to
the future, I will be here in the
pages of The Eyeopener, discussing queer-centered issues on campus and providing the student
body with voices and information rarely heard in the media.
But for now, I would like to welcome you all, new and returning
students of Ryerson, to explore
and define yourselves in the place
that let me be Sophie for the first
time in my life.

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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

SUN’S OUT, THUMBS OUT
Whether it appeals to you or not, hitchhiking is a hell of a ride

BY EMMA COSGROVE

PHOTO: EMMA COSGROVE

T

he sun is setting in Merritt,
B.C., and splatters of pink
and red hang in the sky.
My partner Nathan and I have
trekked up the side of Highway 5
just beyond an exit where our last
ride dropped us off. We can hear
the low thump of nearby music
festival Bass Coast — the destination of our excited driver — over
the hills and through the trees.
We approach a sign that says
“NO HITCHHIKING — PICKUP
IS ILLEGAL” and stand directly
underneath it with our thumbs
out for the purpose of irony. We
don’t expect to get picked up here
for obvious reasons but we aren’t
worried; the rolling hills surrounding us will make for beautifully illegal camping grounds tonight.
One minute after coming to
rest under the sign, a huge silver
pickup truck pulls over, containing a large dad-like man. I’m sure
he’s going to rip on us for hitching here. But the kind, easygoing

culture of B.C. prevails: he tells us
to get in and brings us to Chilliwack, talking about lacrosse and
his trailer park the whole way.
Just like that we find ourselves
an hour from Vancouver, on the
Pacific coast of Canada, after
hitching for 11 days from Toronto. That night we camp behind an
IHOP in a farm field and eat wild
blackberries in the morning.
Hitchhiking for 25 days
straight in the month of July was
not without exhaustion of mind
and body. Planting ourselves at
the side of the road for up to eight
hours was frustrating, as was getting caught in downpour with
our thumbs out or lethargy under
scorching sun. Nights, especially
in brisk Ontario, saw us shivering with our sleeping bags zipped
together. Some mornings on the
dry-as-a-bone west coast, the
sun spilled through the fly of our
tent and we woke up drenched in
sweat. We faced water shortages,

we got lost in the woods at dusk,
Nathan seriously injured his knee,
we were sunburned and damp and
mosquito-bitten. We slept on uneven ground but we slept soundly.
There isn’t anything about the
journey I would change. It was the
best sequence of 25 days in my life
so far. Travelling 9,000 kilometres
for free and feeling so completely
connected to the land and the
people who inhabit each part of it
was a new and incredible feeling
— and wouldn’t have happened
by plane or train.
Maybe that’s why we aren’t
alone in our decision to hitchhike.
ngela Leung, 31, is fearless. After graduating from
Ryerson’s hospitality and
tourism management program
in 2007 she travelled extensively
around the world. Couchsurfing
for a while in Australia led her
to dip her thumb into something
new: hitchhiking, alone.
Drivers would pick Angela up

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just because she was a woman
hitchhiking by herself — then lecture her about it.
“It was really funny because
I was like, ‘I’m not afraid, but
thanks for the ride,’” she says. Angela says what she has discovered
about herself through hitchhiking
is that she’s not like other people.
She never got hung up on the possible consequences of hitchhiking,
never had the seemingly innate
human fear of the unknown. She
threw herself into the experience.
Drivers’ disbelief was amusing,
she says.
“I’m Chinese — people are really shocked by that. First of all,
being a woman, and second of all,
being a minority, people have very
concrete ideas of what they think
a Chinese woman alone might act
like, they would never imagine
someone sticking out their thumb
who looked like me.”
Angela has hitchhiked in Australia, Japan and all through Can-

ada — Vancouver, Banff, Montreal, even downtown Toronto. She
would snag a ride for a couple of
blocks within the downtown core
because it felt right; she was going
with the flow.
As a single woman hitchhiking,
Angela says she had an advantage
over others on the road. She never
had a hard time getting rides be-

I’ve had people ask me,
‘Aren’t you afraid I’m
going to murder you?’
And I’m like, ‘Aren’t you
afraid I’m going to murder you?’ And I’ll just
start cackling
cause a lot of the time drivers are
lonely and want someone to talk
to, and picking up a single female
hitchhiker appears like a low-risk
way to connect with someone.

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“If you’re with one other person
[the driver] feels like, ‘Oh, they
could gang up on me,’ but if it’s
two girls it’s easier to trust. If it’s
a guy and a girl you’re thinking
Karla Homolka, you know. If you
have two guys, people get really
scared.”
“I’ve had people ask me, ‘Aren’t
you afraid I’m going to murder
you?’ And I’m like, ‘Aren’t you
afraid I’m going to murder you?’
And I’ll just start cackling.”
When Angela began hitchhiking back in 2008, she didn’t bring
a cellphone with her. It was a different world then, people weren’t
so obsessively connected. There
was no wi-fi where she was travelling and she didn’t care to use
the internet. She didn’t even bring
a camera with her. She was backpacking by herself most of the
time and was disconnected from
the rest of the world.

I felt that to put myself
in this kind of position ...
I would kind of be crossing the divide that separates people
“If I was murdered in any of
these places nobody would have
known for a really long time,” she
says.
A culture around meeting
strangers has evolved with the
emerence of online dating sites
and apps like Tinder, Meetup, and
Airbnb, Angela Says.
“All that stuff is part of letting
loose and jumping out into the
unknown, and hitchhiking is just
another one of those things,” she
says. “It’s not more scary, it’s just
a different way of engaging with
people.”
Angela now lives in Toronto
and works as a flight attendant.
She travels a lot but has no big
plans to hitchhike in the future.
Still, if the opportunity arose she

would snatch it up.
“It is life-changing and it is
amazing,” she says. “You never
would have met these people if
you hadn’t just jumped into their
cars.”
enny Hunter, a fourth-year
OCAD University student,
hitchhiked to Montreal
and back twice last winter. He
documented it in the form of a
multimedia art project consisting
of three components: portraits of
drivers in their cars; self-documentary video footage of himself
at the side of the road waiting to
be picked up or hanging out at
gas stations and roadside cafes;
and recordings of conversations
with drivers. He cut down hours
of audio clips into a 10-minute
sequence that reflects his feelings
about life.
“I was interested, while hitchhiking, in this idea around intimacy and community and how
I feel like nowadays we live in a
society that’s kind of lacking in
that,” Benny says. “There’s a lot
of alienation, isolation and fear. I
felt that to put myself in this kind
of position, to be a traveller, put
myself at risk, I would kind of be
crossing the divide that separates
people.”
Between 15 and 20 drivers
picked Benny up on his journeys
— he learned intimate details
about their lives, their personal
stories, their backgrounds, politics, professions, families. They
opened up to him like they had
known him for a long time, affecting his feelings of connectedness to people in general.
“One of the great things about
hitchhiking is you get such a cross
section of society that [is] willing
to pick you up,” Benny says.
He found that, having a camera, some drivers were slightly
uncomfortable being subjects. In
addition, he was only picked up
by male drivers, and acknowledges his privilege hitchhiking as
a white man.

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Angela on various travels. Left: Australia, 2008,
when she first hitchhiked. Right: London, October
2014.

A strikingly high number of Aboriginal women have been killed or
gone missing along the “Highway
of Tears,” a stretch of Highway 16
in B.C. that passes through many
small communities and native reserves that lacks a transit route.
These numbers reflect the obvious
dangers of hitchhiking for women,
especially those of Aboriginal or
other racialized backgrounds.
Benny says he doesn’t know
very many people who hitchhike.
When he presented his art piece a
lot of people weren’t very interested beyond safety concerns. Hitchhiking is much more taboo than it
used to be, he says.
“I think there’s a climate of fear
that’s been built around strangers
and ‘the other’ by media and by
society and I don’t think people
consider it to be a safe activity,”
he says.
Writer Jack Kerouac and much
of the Beat Generation gave hitchhiking a clichéd sense of breeziness in the 50s when it became a
popular way to travel. Benny says
this romanticized version of hitching in films and books compelled
him to try it — but in the winter.
“It was pretty horrifically cold,”
Benny says. “At one point I waited by the roadside for an hour
and it was minus 20 degrees C.
The pictures kind of have that
edge about them, which isn’t that
typical summer romanticized
road trip. And people take pity
on you a bit more when you’re
standing in the cold.”
n Salt Spring Island, B.C.,
at either end of the main
town Ganges, there are
wooden signs with destinations
intricately painted on them — donated by a local to help out hitchhikers. Cars pull over in minutes
without fail; even bus drivers will
stop and let hitchers on free of
charge. People like Michele exist
here — the man who picked up
Nathan and I, offered us a spot on
his oceanfront property to pitch
our tent, cooked us dinner, told us
stories of his life as a mariner (and
the time he slept at a police station
with a pound of weed in his backpack and didn’t get caught), gave
us breakfast and good coffee in
the morning. Salt Spring is a utopia for travellers, one of the surviving hubs of hitchhiking culture.
The way I look at distance has
completely changed after this summer. The world feels much smaller
once you’ve glided through it in a
series of vehicles containing complete strangers with infinitely different worlds. Not only did we
explore the earth, we explored a
jumbled handful of the humans
that live on it.
We’ll probably never see Michele the Mariner again, or any
of the 44 other drivers who pulled
over for us, but we won’t forget
any of them, either. Sometimes
trusting people leads to good
things.

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Photographs from Benny Hunter’s 2015 hitchhiking journeys, featured in his art project: What if this
doesn’t work? So, what if it does? Benny is pictured
in the top photo.

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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

When regular coffee isn’t fancy enough

One of Infuse Cafe’s Bkon Craft Brewers. The $25,000 brewers are the centrepieces of the Yonge street cafe.

By Justin Chandler
A cafe business co-founded by a
Ryerson graduate uses two coffee and tea makers worth as much
as cars. The sleek black machines
are called Bkon Craft Brewers
and they cost Infuse Cafe about
$25,000 each to be shipped over
from the U.S.
“[The Bkon brewer] currently is
the best technology there is for tea
and coffee,” said co-founder and
Ryerson alumnus William Lam.
Lam and his partners Glen De
Mel and Ken Do opened Infuse

Cafe on 354 Yonge St., across
from Ryerson’s SLC, in August.
Lam directs operations, De Mel is
in charge of marketing and Do is
the group’s strategist.
Lam, 32, graduated from Ryerson in 2010 with a bachelor’s in
commerce. He said the idea for Infuse Cafe came when Do, a financial trader who “tends to be able
to predict the future,” first learned
about the Bkon Craft Brewer.
In an email, Do said it was
easy to convince his partners
they needed the machines. They
bought the Bkon brewers before

building the cafe.
“If you look at the machine
from a logical perspective, the
machine was the only option that
would give us the edge we need in
a market space that is filled with
skilled baristas,” Do said.
Lam said the brewers determine the perfect temperature and
amount of time in which to brew
drinks. He said they use an infusion process that results in “unprecedented flavour extraction.”
“The machines may be expensive but that cost pales in comparison when it comes to the cost of

PHOTO: JAKE SCOTT

training a barista from beginner to
master,” Do said.
He said paying less to train
workers means the store can pay
its team members more than the
industry standard.
Lam said a third Bkon brewer
might be installed in the cafe if
there is the demand for it.
“It’s important to determine
what you need to do your business. Figure out your numbers.
Figure out the demand. Figure out
how you’re going to get your supply chain in line. Develop a good
team,” he said.

De Mel said the members of the
group’s company, Fusion Capital
Group, have known each other for
at least a decade and that their history allowed them to be successful.
Lam said it will be a few years
before his team’s investment pays
off, but that he plans to expand
the business rapidly.
De Mel said the Fusion Capital
Group plans to open at least 50
stores in the next eight years.
If things go as planned, a new
Infuse Cafe will open in Gerrard
Square by Christmas time, Lam
said. They are also looking for a
location near Yonge Street and
Sheppard Avenue.
Each new store should have at
least one Bkon brewer, Lam said.
Being green is important to Infuse Cafe. The store uses all organic
teas and its cups are biodegradable.
“We want to be here for a long
time and we want people to enjoy
our product, and be able to enjoy
it without the guilt of knowing
that every cup they’re drinking has
to go to the landfill,” said Lam.
They also plan to display a different local artist’s work in-store every
few months. Art by Annie Idris currently hangs inside. There is a form
on the Infuse Cafe website for artists to apply to be featured.

Students plan good ideas for accessibility at the RAC
The I.D.E.A. competition brought interior design and engineering students together to design a solution to the RAC’s access issues
By Noushin Ziafati
The Interior Design & Engineering
Affiliation (I.D.E.A.) competition
kicked off its first year, aiming to
bring interior design and engineering students together to solve realworld problems.
About 70 Ryerson students
gathered on Sept. 19 in a competition to create a revamped design
for the Recreation and Athletics
Centre (RAC). Their goal was to
improve accessibility in the fitness
centre by creating a feasible, costeffective solution.
“I hope to see that interior design students and engineering
students can work together really
nicely because these students are
going to be working together in the
field. That’s the main idea of the
competition, to mimic the field,”
said Sidrah Noor, a third-year biomedical engineering student, the
chair of I.D.E.A. and president of
Cranial Nerves, a student-led engineering group at Ryerson.
Before the event, the building that
students would be working on was
kept secret. Students were only told
that this year’s theme is accessibility.
Teams of three to six students
were formed, with an aim to have
a minimum of one interior design

The winners of the I.D.E.A. competition with their prize money.

or architecture student per team to
tackle the design problem.
An hour prior to starting the designs, the RAC was revealed as the
building that needed to be redesigned. The students were given a
tour of the building and took pictures for reference. They were then
given six hours to create a design
plan and then present their idea
to a panel of six judges, which
included interior design, business
and engineering professionals,
along with Anthony Seymour, the
manager of recreation at the RAC.
“It was very fast-paced,” sec-

ond-year civil engineering student
Maulik Vora said. “We learned so
many time-management skills. It
was like a five-day project in one
day, in a few hours.”
Models, sketches and computeraided design drawings were used
to present designs that would
provide accessible entrances, exits, ramps and an emergency exit
strategy in the RAC for students
with disabilities.
“Just in general, society is
changing. We have to realize that
[there are] different levels of accessibility, different levels of need,”

PHOTO COURTESY: RESHMA ANNA ROY

Seymour said. “I think that some
of the groups made some very
good points on signage and colouring and tactile services.”
The groups with the top three
design solutions won cash prizes
of $1,000, $750 and $500.
The first-place team had a
unique spiral ramp design, a
repurposed wall for rock-climbing
and LED strips and guides for the
visually impaired, which set them
apart from others.
“We just added onto existing
structures and moved them onwards. Anything that got cut off

or blocked off, we just changed
them into something that would
still work,” said third-year aerospace engineering student Anoop
Dhillon. “We tried to keep the
building [similar to what] it is already and keep the flow of things
working and still maintain the
proper accessibility aspect of it.”
I.D.E.A. was hosted by Cranial Nerves in collaboration with
the Ryerson Communication and
Design Society, the Engineering
Student Society and the Centre of
Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

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So, that Harry Potter bar was a Sirius letdown
By Emma Cosgrove
“Which party are you with?”
I’m in front of The Lockhart,
the new Harry Potter-themed bar
at Dundas and Dufferin streets,
leaning toward the bouncer to see
what’s on the screen of his iPad.
“Which party?” he asks again. I
say no party, buster.
He points inside, saying I’m allowed the “standing bar spot” next
to the guy with the baseball hat on.
Bewilderment ensues — I haven’t
been coerced into this kind of elementary school seating arrangement since my nosepicking youth,
but I follow his instructions anyway
with reluctance.
I Slytherin to the bar, worming
my way toward Baseball Hat Guy.
There is a stool in my corner of the
L-shaped bar and I boldly sit my

bottom down in an act of rebellion.
Fuck standing.
I look around, peeling my eyes
for Harry Potter-themed shit and
people in costumes and I see neither. Am I in the wrong place?
Does it matter? Does anything?
I’m crushed by the ridiculous lack
of space. It’s not cozy, it’s an unironic sardine can. I count about
30 muggles in here and it’s close
to max capacity. The amount of
slurred words being tossed around
reminds me of a first-year spell
class. It’s Wingardiam LeviOsa, not
Wingardiam LeviosA you haggard
drunks.
I look around but there’s not
much to see. There are few wizardly artifacts, save for the stag
emblem on the wall (Harry’s Patronus, dummy), “POTIONS
AND ELIXIRS” in big letters next

to it (alcoholic beverages, dummy) and a neon heart around the
words “All was well” (the last line
of the written series, dummy). All
the references are obscure as hell,
or maybe I know nothing about
the boy who lived. One of the
owners, Paris Xerx, says he and
his business partner Matt Rocks
designed the space so that Harry
Potter fans and non-Harry Potter
fans can both have fun.
“Our goal is to be a cool community bar run by nerds,” the bartender says. Traces of nerdhood are
seldom among mismatched furniture, mason jars and bad tattoos.
I order the Shacklebolt, their
most popular drink. It’s made with
spiced rum, house-made ginger
beer, ginger ale, lime juice and ginger bitters, setting a wizard back $9
(the final cost after tax and tip is

around $13). I’ve never paid that
much for a drink before. My mind
says no but my body says YES!
The drink apparates in front of
my face in a jar with a handle, just
in case things get slippery, with an
unbent bendy straw. I sip, and I
can’t tell if the burning sensation
in my throat is rum or one of three
ginger-based ingredients.
The drink is pretty good, even
after the 10-minute explanation
I received about how they infuse
their rum with cloves and stuff in
growlers they keep up on a high
shelf that looks precarious as fuck.
Sounds like some kind of potion.
It appears to be mostly women

in here. No one is in robes, which
disappoints me. I inquire; apparently in the two weeks that the bar
has been open, two people have
shown up in costume. One forgot
their wand at the end of the night.
At exactly 9:48 p.m., Xerx
points to the shelving behind the
bar — rustic wood with jars nailed
to the underside. Pintrest shit.
“People ask us how we keep the
jars on the shelves. We tell them
it’s magic,” he says to me, winking. Another One Bites the Dust
fills the air and the burning in my
throat intensifies. I leave, and I’m
Neville coming back.
With puns from Al Downham

PHOTOS: EMMA COSGROVE

Sexuality and sweets
By Natalia Balcerzak
Writer, filmmaker, activist and associate Ryerson professor Marusya
Bociurkiw is the runner-up for
CBC’s Literary Non-Fiction Award
for her book, A Girl, Waiting.
The story is about Bociurkiw’s
teenage self struggling with ways
to express herself in her disconnected family household. Set in
the 1970s, where there were few
resources for anyone that identified as queer, she experiments with
all types of sweet-tooth recipes to
figure out a new way of being.
“The minute that you start writing about food, your audience
expands because these days everybody can relate to food — everybody’s a foodie,” said Bociurkiw.
“It allows me to explore relationships through the medium of food
and [how they] are expressed
through food whether it’s anger,
love, or in this case — longing.”
She reflects on her youth when
she couldn’t openly express herself. Through food she reveals the
feminist, Eastern European and
queer aspects of who she is.
Bociurkiw said through writing,
she took a hard look at her family.
In her contest entry — an excerpt
from her book — she describes her
distant connection with her mom,
who appears in her other works.
Since finishing the book, Boci-

urkiw’s mother passed away. But
while editing the book for submission, she said she tried to “work
through [her] sort-of troubled
mother-daughter relationship.”
As a creative non-fiction, A Girl,
Waiting often uses metaphors to
differentiate it from realist autobiographies. In the excerpt, making
fudge ribbon pie relates to exhaustive Catholic worships she misses
by feigning a coma. Hours baking
never curbed her depressive teenage hormones, but it silenced her
siblings’ taunts and appeased her
father’s appetite.
“There’s a bit of vulnerability in
putting personal stories [like this]
out there in the world, as there’s
always tension between fact and
fiction,” Bociurkiw said.
When it comes to Bociurkiw’s
past queer writing, she said the
queer community makes her both
comfortable and uncomfortable.
“My queer friends are incredibly important to me, they’re who
I write to and they’re the ones who
are able to understand what I’m
writing about,” she said. “On the
other side, the main-streaming of
LGBT communities like the corporatization of Pride, is something
I write against — it’s a constant
force of aggravation and inspiration at the same time.”
It’s important to Bociurkiw that
queer writing retain its radical

roots. “[I’d like for people] to get a
deeper understanding of what it is
to grow up queer, it’s neither tragic
nor incredibly easy, it’s an existence
that is forged through the everyday
— we had to figure this stuff out on
our own and we did.”
When she found out that she
could get marks for creating
stories in high school, she used
writing as a survival mechanism.
Bociurkiw became involved in
all forms of art, from theatre to
baking. “[Art] kept you sane and
it prevented you from the more
tragic consequences,” she said. It
was an escape from her traditional
Ukrainian upbringing and a place
for her to meet like-minded individuals.
Presently, she focuses on media
activism, and produces documentaries, writes and teaches students
to use these mediums for good.
She said that she’s noticed young
people are becoming aware of what
they can do ethically with social
media, despite its dominance in our
modern world.
As for desserts, Bociurkiw said
that although she loved making
them, it’s a part of her past and she
doesn’t bake like she used to.
“The only thing I do bake now
is pie, I have five pounds of peaches in my fridge screaming to be
made into pie,” she said. “I leave
it to others to make me desserts.”

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ATHLETIC CENTRE

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

SPORTS

12

Popularity rising, usable space waning

The interest in Ryerson intramurals is higher than ever.

By Devin Jones
With the popularity of Ryerson as
a university destination rising, so is
the number of students wanting to
take part in intramural activities.
The problem is, the facilities being
used are almost at full capacity.
In 2010-11, 1,980 students signed
up for intramural activities and utilized the Recreation and Athletics
Centre’s (RAC) three gyms. Last year,
with the added use of the Mattamy
Athletic Centre (MAC) and Upper
gym in Kerr Hall West, that number
has raised significantly to 4,096.
“The strategic goal I’ve set for my
self is 4,500. We hit around 4,000
students last year and that was basically maximizing all the space we
had,” said intramural and clubs coordinator Randy Pipher. “It’s at the
point now where we have to get really creative with our space.”
As of Sept. 17 over 200 teams have
registered to play, spread across eight
different sports. According to Pipher,
the fall semester usually sees 2,0002,500 students participate, with a
higher sign-up rate during the winter
semester due to first-year students being more settled in on campus.
To ease the amount of congestion
throughout the RAC and the upper
gym, Ryerson recreation has thought
about starting the individual seasons
earlier, or running them longer into
the day and later into the year. But
Pipher is aware of the commuter culture surrounding Ryerson and the
fact that students would be less likely
to stay on campus if their intramural
sport was run later at night.
For third-year real estate management student Andrew Scott, who’s
participated in dodgeball, the intramural experience has been a positive
one.
“I used to participate in intramurals all throughout high school, so
being able to continue that throughout university has been great,” Scott
said. “It’s allowed me to meet new
people and not only have fun exercising, but it gives me a break from
my studies.”
There have also been talks at an

PHOTO: ROBERT FOREMAN

upper management level within Athletics about looking off campus for
further space to accommodate the
growing popularity of intramurals
at Ryerson. Although nothing tangible has been brought forth, according to Pipher possibilities include the
use of a Ryerson-owned soccer field,
which would accommodate the varsity men and women’s soccer team’s,
who currently commute to Downsview Park for their home games.
In terms of coordinating all of the
madness, it’s essentially up to Pipher.
While quick to note that he does
have officials and convenors — often
Rams athletes — who help oversee
everything for the individual sports,
the brunt of the emails, organization
and troubleshooting comes down
on his shoulders. The busiest times
for Pipher are September and January, when intramurals start for each
semester. And while he’s still busy
throughout the year, he says the volume of questions and concerns dies
down once things are in motion.
“I have conveners and officials
as well for each of the specific
leagues, but in terms of getting all
those teams organized at that start,
it’s a huge undertaking. It’s me,”
Pipher said. “We had close to 400
individual sign-ups, so you can only
imagine, they all have questions and
concerns. Then you have 200 teams
to organize. It’s certainly a process.”
Before the MAC was built and
used by the majority of the Rams
varsity teams for exercise and training purposes, the RAC was even
more crowded due to the fact that intramural and varsity operations were
all housed within the same cavernous
space. Yet Ryerson athletic director
Ivan Joseph remains optimistic in his
quest to get students more involved
and active on campus.
“In my perfect world I’d like every student to have an opportunity
to participate in some recreational
or intramural activity,” Joseph said.
“About seven years ago we had
about 2,000 students and now we’re
closing in on 5,000, I want that
number to be seven or eight [thousand].”

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

SPORTS

13

Rye’s found some cheerleaders
With a new school year and fresh faces Ryerson cheerleading is looking to rebuild with nationals in mind

The Ryerson cheerleading team is hoping to reach nationals for a third straight year

By Matt Ouellet
Ryerson’s competitive cheerleading team held its first tryout of the
2015-16 season on Sept. 16 in Kerr
Hall upper gym. Fifty-two cheerleaders jumped, lifted and handsprung in hopes of filling one of the
36 team slots.
Back for his second year as head
coach is Travis Stirrat, who led the

team to a third place finish at the
Cheer Evolution Nationals in Niagara Falls this past April. With
only 12 returning members from
last year’s team, Stirrat expects this
season to be a rebuilding year.
For a team that has only existed
for eight years, it has managed to
turn some heads.
“Since I joined the team in my
first year of university, the team

Not just lifting
By Josh Weinstein
You often see them walking around
the Mattamy Athletic Centre
(MAC) or Ryerson Recreation and
Athletics Centre (RAC) with the
word “trainer” printed across their
backs. What you often don’t see is
the time-management, dedication
and certification required to become
a personal trainer at a Ryerson gym.
Aside from having prior fitness
experience, the process by which
new trainers are hired is a multifaceted one. There are many aspects
of being a personal trainer that are
overlooked, despite the fact that it
isn’t just about exercise.
“It’s about their health in general,
whenever people think of personal
trainer they usually think lifting
weights and that’s it, but it’s more
than that,” said former Ryerson
personal trainer Mike Benitez. “We
take a step back and look at their
overall health, and depending on the
client we’ll manage their goals.”
Nino Robles, a fitness specialist
for Ryerson, said the numerous certifications required to be hired at the
MAC or RAC are extensive. Courses taken through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and
the Certified Professional Trainers
Network are some of the certifica-

tions required to become a personal
trainer. Being educated with Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level
C certification is also important in
order to take on a position.
“We take our time and try to
build a professional friendship
with them, which I don’t think
all gyms really invest in doing,”
Benitez said.
In the process of hiring a new
trainer, there are a number of essential characteristics Robles looks
for in an applicant. A lot of it comes
down to the fact that “the ability to
work independently with a wealth
of health and fitness knowledge is
crucial,” Robles said.
Benitez notes that being a personal trainer at Ryerson is a different
experience than at other gyms, as
they’re encouraged to build professional friendships with clients.
Once hired, the individual needs
to have exceptional time management skills so that they can balance
their training appointments with
their daily life. To Robles, it’s also
about more than working out.
“There is a constant degree of
counselling on health, nutrition,
and fitness,” Robles said. “Personal
trainers have the ability to become
clients’ friends, nutritionists and life
coaches.”

PHOTO COURTESY: RYERSON CHEERLEADING FACEBOOK

has made a pretty big name for itself,” said assistant coach Maureen
Cardenas. “In terms of cheerleading in Canada, it’s pretty hard to
get yourself out there when the
cheerleading community itself is
smaller than other areas.”
To those who participate, cheerleading is very much a sport — despite the notion some people have
that it isn’t. Combining cardio,

strength training and flexibility,
the dedication needed to succeed
at a high level rivals that of many
other sports. Second-year member
Michelle Dumont says the opinion
that cheerleading isn’t a sport is
often held by people who haven’t
seen enough of what they’re criticizing. Upon watching video clips
or attending a live event, opinions
are often changed.

“I challenge [people] to come
watch us, or watch YouTube videos, because, in my opinion, it’s the
most complex sport you can take
part in,” Dumont said.
For Latisha Latouche, cheerleading provides some great motivation
for continuing to stay in shape.
“It’s so much easier when you’re
surrounded by other girls who just
love cheerleading, you don’t even
realize you’re getting a workout. I
mean, you literally have someone
else’s life in your hands, if you drop
them, it’s game over, right?”
Back in 2012, the Rams beat
out McGill University, claming
the sixth out of seven spots for the
Power Cheerleading Association.
The following season the Rams
improved, placing fifth at the National championships, besting their
previous outing the year before.
While Cardenas says she hopes
the team will have success, her biggest hope is that it can be as fun
and fulfilling for other members
as it has been for her over the past
three years.
“If I can do that for other people
as well, that will be great,” Cardenas said. “The cheerleading mentality is very positive, which makes
for an inclusive environment for
newcomers.”
Though the agenda has not been
finalized by Stirrat, the team’s first
competition is tentatively scheduled for early February, with a
complete schedule to come later in
the year.

FUN

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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Autumn Crossword

Letter from
the (fun)
editor

Drop off your completed crossword with your contact info to The
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“I like to challenge myself. I like to learn — so I like to try new things
and try to keep growing.”
- David Schwimmer

By Robert Mackenzie
Throughout my tenure as your
dedicated editor I have relished the
unmatched support and enthusiasm that you all have expressed.
However, I regret to say that
your respect and admiration has
not been enough. The fun section
is going through tough financial
times. Donations are down, and
advertisements aren’t bringing in
enough money.
With this in mind, I am excited
to announce our new collection
of Funvertisements (fun advertisements). Each week we will release a
new sponsored content piece from
student businesses, or local business owners.
The Funvertisements will increase the revenue of the fun section, while allowing Ryerson businesses to get large-scale media
coverage that they have never had
access to.
Though our section now has
sponsored content, I promise that
these Funvertisements will not ruin
the honesty and integrity that I’ve
built in the fun section.

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PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

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