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The Eyeopener • 3 Wednesday, March 17, 2010 NEWS
Hate grafftti targets students
By Julianna cummins
A night dedicated for creating positive space for
Ryerson’s gay community was the frst time Mo-
hammad Riazi ever stumbled upon homophobic
graffti on campus.
“Everyone was in shock that someone would
write it, especially during that night,” said Riazi,
referring to the reaction of other members of Ry-
ePride when he informed them of his unfortu-
nate discovery at the Queer Positive Pub Night on
March 9, held at the Ram in the Rye.
Ryerson University received two reports this
week of hate-graffti scrawled on campus. In ad-
dition to the RyePride incident, security received
a report on March 10 about racially-motivated
graffti written on a silent study poster on the 10th
foor of the library.
Raizi said some of the graffti that he discovered,
written on the wall behind the urinal, referred to
“burning gays,” declared Church Street shouldn’t
exist and called the university “gay” for support-
ing the LGBT community. Campus policy is that
all hate graffti is covered up once it is reported,
and is permanently removed within 24 hours.
While Ryerson security does release the general
information whom hate graftti is aimed at, they
do not release details on what exactly the graftti
portrays or reads, said Imre Jurrlink, crime analy-
sis and communications specialist for Ryerson
“It’s important that people know that this hap-
pens, but you don’t want to repeat the message
from these people,” said Jurrlink.
However, Fitzgerald Reid, co-ordinator of stu-
dents against racism at Ryerson, said details about
hate-motivated graffti or other racial incidents on
campus should be released so people can under-
stand the severity of the comments and perhaps
be more motivated to mobilize.
“If I got a hold of it, and I’m typing up a news
letter, I would report it,” said Reid.
Rama Luksiarto, events co-ordinator at Rye-
Pride, said this was not the frst time he’d encoun-
tered homophobia on campus. At RyePride’s frst
students’ union accused of violating human rights code
By aleysha haniff
Hillel @ Ryerson, the school’s Jew-
ish Students’ Association is concerned
that Jewish voices will be silenced on
campus issues if the Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) holds its annual general
meeting on March 31.
Currently, the meeting coincides
with Passover, a Jewish holiday.
“Passover is one of those fundamen-
tal keys of the religion that every single
Jew celebrates, no matter how religious,
no matter how secular. That’s how im-
portant it is,” said Maiya Keidan, presi-
dent of Hillel @ Ryerson.
The annual general meeting, which
allows full-time students to vote about
any changes to the RSU, is a situation
where every vote counts, said Adam
Solomon, who does marketing and pro-
motions for Hillel @ Ryerson.
Solomon said he learned of the
scheduling confict on March 8 and
spoke to RSU president Jermaine Bag-
nall. He also sent an email.
In reply, Solomon said, he was in-
formed that since the AGM was adver-
tised to take place on a certain date, it
would not be changed.
“It’s really important because ev-
ery voice matters... and by having it
on Passover it’s really just silencing a
I won’t be choosing because
it’s not a choice.
—Maiya Keidan, Hillel @ Ry-
event of the year, Coming Out at Ryerson, a group
of students directed homophobic slurs at the par-
“Outside of this positive space, there are still
people who need to be educated about discrimi-
nation and harassment,” said Luksiarto, referring
to the safe haven of the RyePride offces in the Ry-
erson Student Centre.
Since September, there have been seven report-
ed incidents of hate-motivated graffti on campus.
Last school year, security dealt with 12 inci-
dents of hate-based graffti.
bunch of Jewish students,” he said.
Bagnall was unavailable for com-
Solomon said that failing to resched-
ule the meeting discriminates against
Jewish students under the Ontario Hu-
man Rights Code because it would im-
pede their ability to vote or voice opin-
The code says protection against reli-
gious discrimination applies to unions.
The Ontario Human Rights Commis-
sion’s website states “where a rule con-
ficts with religious requirements, there
is a duty to ensure that individuals are
able to observe their religion, unless
this would cause undue hardship be-
cause of cost, or health and safety rea-
If the meeting proceeds on March
31, Solomon said they plan to approach
Discrimination and Harassment Pre-
Keidan said that as a representative
of a diverse Jewish group, she will not
attend the meeting on March 31.
“I won’t be choosing because it’s not
a choice. What I am sad for is that they
put people in that position,” she said. Maiya Keidan, Hillel President, think there’s a lack of understanding. PhOTO: lauRa BlenKinsOP
By Julianna cummins
A Ryerson student was murdered
when he was deliberately hit by a car,
and now police are on a countrywide
manhunt for the driver.
Toronto Police Services responded
to an incident at 1641 Pharmacy Ave. in
the east end of Toronto at around 3 a.m.
on March 13. The victim, found dead at
the scene according to police, was iden-
tifed as Nanthi Eashan Dharmaratnam,
a 25-year-old continuing education stu-
dent at Ryerson.
“It soon came to light informa-
tion supporting the belief that Nanthi
Eashan was deliberately struck, and as
such, homicide was notifed,” said De-
tective Sergeant Frank Skubic.
A pathology report showed Dharma-
ratnam died of blunt force injuries to
his head and torso, said Skubic. Dhar-
maratnam was found with a Ryerson
student identifcation card, said Skubic.
Seran Kasilingam, 28 – also known
as Kuttishawn – has been charged with
second-degree murder. A nationwide
warrant for his arrest was issued on
Monday, and police are encouraging
anyone with tips to come forward.
Heather Lane Vetere, vice provost
students at Ryerson, said that Dharma-
ratnam last enrolled classes at Ryerson
in Fall 2009.
“He was taking a few classes,” said
Vetere, who noted he was not enrolled
in classes this semester.
She said that he had not completed a
degree or certifcate from Ryerson, but
she believes he was probably working
slayed in parking
Luksiarto said he’s seen campus homophobia before. PhOTO: lauRa BlenKinsOP
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This week, when we asked Ryerson
students what they thought the RSU did
for them, one answer was overwhelm-
As ridiculous an answer as this may
be, it shouldn’t come as a shock. Last
year, Tom Dolezel put himself (and
frankly, the RSU elections) on the map
by handing out waffes and having a
free waffe day as part of his platform.
This year, the RSU banked on his
success, handing out free waffes them-
selves. Instead of being a fun promo-
tion, it gave the impression of an in-
sincere students’ union desperately
trying to connect with their disinter-
The waffe, in essence, has been the
symbol of Ryerson politics over the last
few years. It’s the carrot dangling from
the end of a stick held by a group of stu-
dent politicians trying to tell us they are
just like everyday students. They’re not,
and I’m not biting.
This week’s feature by Kevin Hamil-
ton takes a look at student activism in
the age of social media, and wonders if
joining a Facebook group is just as good
The story comes two weeks before
the RSU’s annual general meeting,
where one student will try to put to
a vote whether students will have the
choice to opt out of the union. It’s not
necessarily the best idea, but it’s com-
ing from a good place. For a change, a
student is interacting and questioning
For a chance to continue this impor-
tant discussion (and to prove the irrel-
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The Eyeopener • 5 Wednesday, March 17, 2010 NEWS
“Toby, I don’t understand”
by aleysha haniff
A collision at Church and Gould
Streets sent a cyclist to hospital on
Police were called to the scene where
a bicycle and a pedestrian collided at
8:32 a.m. It’s unclear if either person is
a Ryerson community member, police
Joseph Norrie, a bystander, was on
his way to Metro when the accident oc-
He said the female cyclist was trav-
elling south on Church Street toward
Dundas Street when the two collided.
The pedestrian was on Gould Street,
walking toward Mutual Street.
“She was very much in pain at frst,”
Norrie said, noting she went “sideways
over” her handlebars. “Her arm and her
head took the brunt of the weight.”
He said the cyclist hollered, trying to
alert the pedestrian.
After the collision, Norrie said the pe-
destrian ran away from the scene. Nor-
rie chased after him, trying to snap a
photo of the other man with his iPhone.
“He kept saying, ‘I have an exam, I
have an exam’,” Norrie said.
Norrie said he chased the other man
through campus, along Gould Street to
Mutual Street. The pedestrian ran down
Mutual to Pitman Hall, ran in one door
and out the other of the residence and
then darted through the courtyard out
front. Norrie lost him somewhere in
Eric Palin Hall.
“The whole time, he still had his ciga-
rette,” Norrie said.
He believes the pedestrian could be
a Ryerson student. The man was about
20-23 years old and carried a backpack.
Crazy sprint on campus
after bike collision: witness
RsU opt-out on agenda
by CaRys Mills
AssoCIATe news edITor
Students will be able to opt out of
the Ryerson’s Students’ Union (RSU) if
a bylaw amendment passes at an RSU
meeting at the end of March.
“If students aren’t interested, why
should they be paying?” said Mark
Single, the student who put forth the
All full-time undergraduate and
graduate students at Ryerson are auto-
matically members of the RSU, mean-
ing they pay about $110 a year to use
the students’ union’s services. The RSU
fee also includes membership to the
Canadian Federation of Students, and
funds to support groups like CKLN
and the Eyeopener. Students who don’t
want to use RSU services should be able
to opt out, Single said.
The RSU provides services such as
discounted TTC Metropasses and fa-
cilities like the Used Book Room. They
also advocate for students and organize
“Even if it were a well-run machine,
students should be given a choice,” he
The potential bylaw change will be
on the agenda at the March 31 annual
general meeting (AGM). All RSU mem-
bers are able to vote on issues present-
ed during the meeting.
Single said the typically low turnout
to RSU elections and SAGM meetings
show how much students care about
“I don’t suspect this motion will
pass,” he said, because of the lack of
voters. Single, who put himself in the
running for RSU president twice with a
platform of optional membership, said
he thinks voting on the issue is the best
Although the issue will be on the
agenda, it doesn’t mean it’s practical,
according to RSU president Jermaine
“I could serve a motion saying every
Wednesday is waffe day,” said Bagnall.
He said the motion goes against the
organization. He compared it to par-
liament passing legislation to have no
“You can’t serve bylaws that go
against the grain,” said Bagnall.
But that doesn’t mean that students
aren’t interested in the idea.
“It doesn’t seem like such a crazy op-
tion,” said Ira Miller, second-year radio
and television arts student.
“I think when it comes down to opt-
ing out, we need to know what they’re
doing for us,” Miller said. He said the
only RSU service he’s aware of using is
access to cheaper Metropasses.
A video popped up on Youtube on March 11, alleging Ryerson Students’ Union vice-president fnance
Toby Whitfeld ripped down student event posters at the University of Toronto. He was unavailable for
comment. Here’s a screen grab but check out the video for yourself at http://eyene.ws/9pYrPD
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 The Eyeopener • 6 NEWS
Nursing students fret over jobs
BY carYs mills
associate News editor
Nursing students are afraid their ca-
reers could be thrown off track because
they’re no longer able to indicate their
top choices for fourth-year placements.
“I want to get hired,” said Jodi-Ann
Manhertz, a third-year nursing student.
“When I apply for a job in my area, I
have no experience so I’m at a disad-
In the past, students could indicate
the types of placements they were in-
terested in. But nursing placement pa-
perwork no longer asks for students’
Karen Spalding, director of the
Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing,
said not much has changed except “stu-
“We don’t have them talk about their
career aspirations because they do that
in class now, so that’s been removed
from the forms,” Spalding said.
With few spots available, she said the
department doesn’t want to give stu-
dents false hope. Highly coveted spots
include pediatrics, said Spalding.
“What the hospitals look for is stu-
dents’ marks, their GPA. It’s nice if you
have similar experience but it’s not just
about skills,” Spalding said.
But fourth-year placements can
lead to jobs after graduation, accord-
ing to McMaster University school of
nursing’s program administrator, Anne
Third-year nursing student Vanessa
Toupin is concerned about missing out
on hands on experience.
“I think it’s really important to get
that down pat during our education so
we’re not treating our patients as guinea
pigs when we enter the workforce,” said
Toupin, who created a Facebook group
encouraging students to sign a peti-
tion against the lack of preferences.
Toupin said she’s worried about
missing out on learning tasks like put-
ting in catheters, changing dressings
and dispensing medication.
Toupin, who wants to go into pe-
diatrics, said she thinks academic
knowledge doesn’t necessarily help
with practical tasks.
“We spend 35 hours a week at this
placement, it would be nice to have
some say,” said Diana Tasikas, a third-
year nursing student.
At McMaster, Cholewka said place-
ments are chosen via a lottery system.
“This way they can see what a diffcult
process it is,” said Cholewka.
“I think the central placement offce
has a very diffcult job,” said Tasikas.
“But I also think there are other av-
enues than saying no one can have
Privacy woes trail rsU election
BY BraD WHiTEHOUsE
Some students’ votes weren’t kept
secret in the recent Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) election, according to RSU
board of director members.
“I had a student come up to me say-
ing they weren’t going to vote because
they said the voting wasn’t private,”
says Liana Salvador, who was re-elected
as vice-president of education.
Members of the board claim ballots
were spoiled and voters’ privacy was in-
fringed because of improper handling
by poll clerks. The chief returning of-
fcer (CRO), who oversaw the election,
presented recommendations for future
elections last week.
Student groups director, Idil Omar,
says frst-day voters at the Ted Rogers
School of Business Management were
asked to sign their name and student
number on envelopes containing their
This information was used to check
the eligibility of voters when polling
clerks couldn’t access the online stu-
dent verifcation system.
Voters were supposed to place their
ballots in an unmarked envelope and
then in another with their name and
student number on. This process was
meant to keep voters’ identities anony-
mous, but Omar says this wasn’t the
“That’s not how they did it on the
day. We had to put our names on the
frst envelope and our student number.
They specifcally told us to do that,” she
CRO Pablo Vivanco, says no such
thing was seen when the votes were tal-
He did see ballots spoiled because
they lacked the required signatures of
both polling clerks, but he chalked this
up to a reasonable margin of error. Viv-
anco said the number of spoiled votes
was minimal given the volume of bal-
“I’ve had enough experience in elec-
tions in Canada to know there’s times
when even poll clerks in provincial or
federal elections make errors.”
Still, community services faculty
director Delia Sinclair says poll clerks
should take their responsibilities seri-
“The days may be long but they’re
getting paid, so they need to do their
job. A ballot getting spoiled because of
their mistake is unacceptable.”
How to run a better elec-
tion (from the CRO’s re-
-Print more ballots next
year. Enough ballots for
3,700 votes per position
should be printed for the
-Move the debate to a
higher-traffc area. A big-
ger audience is better.
-Avoid line-ups. Sched-
ule more polling clerks
for the busiest areas.
Specify that candidates’
clothing, shoes and hair-
cuts will not be reim-
bursed. This year, one
candidate wanted the
RSU to pay for his suit.
-Clarify that sites like
Facebook may be used to
campaign, but sending
messages to voters’ in-
boxes is foul play.
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The Eyeopener • 7 Wednesday, March 17, 2010 NEWS
Students without female rep
Booz n’ cruz
If you’re going to spend your
nights getting drunk on the
roof the of Ryerson’s security
building, just remember not to
drop your bottles onto the cars
parked beneath you. The male
and female, both in their 20s,
who were arrested at 12:30
a.m. Thursday won’t make that
mistake when they drink on the
roof of 51 division next week.
Just alarms, no booby
Last Tuesday evening a lock-
er burglar triggered the new
alarm system. It rang and rang
and the perp escaped. Clearly
Ryerson should have thought
up a, let’s say more physically
involved locker security system.
Marshmallows... that is all.
A game of drunken light-
fxture frisbee broke out in the
quad early Saturday morning.
One female wore her light fx-
ture, likely from Pitman and
made of glass, as a necklace.
BY Mariana ionova
Liana Salvador is running for a seat
on Ryerson’s Board of Governors and
she wants to bring some gender diver-
sity to the most powerful body on cam-
Last year, there were no female stu-
dents on the board.
Salvador is the vice-president educa-
tion for the Ryerson Students’ Union,
(RSU) and the only woman running for
a student seat.
Salvador said she’s had to work to be
heard in a predominantly male feld. In
the political realm, she said she’s seen
her ideas discounted by male egos in
“Since the decision-making bodies
of the university are mostly dominated
by men, as a woman — and a racialized
student — it is a bit of a challenge fnd-
ing your voice,” Salvador said.
In 2008, the Council of Ontario Uni-
versities found that more than half of
all university applicants were female.
More females are vying for spots in ev-
ery feld but engineering, the applied
sciences and business.
Most women, however, are still hesi-
tant to get involved because they feel
like outsiders in student politics, said
Connie Guberman, University of To-
ronto’s status of women offcer and a
women’s studies professor.
“They feel discounted, they feel in-
visible, they don’t have a sense of en-
titlement,” Guberman said.
only 22 per cent of members of parlia-
ment in Canada are women,” Bogard
“And if you look at, for example, the
teaching staff at Canadian universities,
only 34 per cent of university teachers
Equal participation in student poli-
tics is crucial to tackling women’s issues
One example is the nationwide
No Means No campaign, a date-rape
awareness effort that emerged in 1999
as a result of women’s involvement in
Yet to Salvador, every decision,
whether specifc to women or not, af-
fects female students. Including a fe-
male point of view would likely mean a
more inclusive approach that considers
how university policies affect issues like
women’s living wage, campus safety
and the availability of childcare.
“I think it’s important to look at a
particular problem and then think
about how that will affect women on
our campus,” Salvador said.
They feel discounted...
they don’t have a sense of
— Connie Guberman,
University of Toronto status
of women offcer
The absence of women in student
politics is merely a refection of the gen-
der inequality that exists on a national
level, said Katherine Giroux Bogard,
national chairperson for the Canadian
Federation of Students.
“If you look at the broader society,
Ryerson’s Board of Governors have gone a year without female student reps. photos courtesY of rYerson
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 8 • The Eyeopener BIZ & TECH
Know when to rent ‘em, know when to buy ‘em
BY EVAN WYNN KOSINER
To buy or to lease? That is the question.
When does it make dollars and cents to buy
vs. lease or rent? Well my friend, it all depends on
what you’re acquiring, how often you use it and
what its re-sale value is.
What are you acquiring? Is it a car, a printer, a
stove, a business card? This one boils down to cash
ﬂow. How big is the purchase and how will it affect
your business operations? If it’s a larger purchase
and you don’t have liquid cash available to you,
renting or leasing is probably your best bet.
You should also consider whether or not you
have the credit score or co-signers available to you
to obtain what you’re seeking through a lease.
How often do you use it? After owning an audio-
visual company, my question is how many times
do we have to use a product to pay for it. On aver-
age, after 10 to 12 uses a product is paid for out of
its rental cost. If you plan to use it more than 10 to
12 times, it often pays to purchase or lease to own
rather than rent. That way after it’s paid for, you
make pure proﬁt.
What’s the re-sale value? What price can you
get for the product if you were to sell it after you’re
done with it? Knowing the audio-visual market,
lights, projectors and audio gear tends to hold
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TD Bank says you should start doing
right now to become a homeowner in your 30s.
1. You have to build good credit to get the best rates. Start building that
when you’re 18 or 19.
2. Don’t waste your money on luxurious things. Having the lastest car
model is nice, but not when you’re starting out in life. That will come in
your late 30s.
3. Save some money. Live with your parents and put money aside as if
you were paying rent. This will help you become independent in the three
or four years after you fnish university.
4. Get good advice the moment that you really begin planning to get a
5. You don’t need to buy a house in the beginning. Buy a condo until you
begin building a family — that’s when you sell and buy a house. The equity
you’ve built will help you put a down payment on a house that is bigger and
more expensive than your condo.
Mortgage broker Romy Alegria has
heard of young adults having their par-
ent cosign on a mortgage, but to qualify
for a mortgage, banks still need to see
that the applicant has worked in the
same feld for at least three years and
has built a good credit history.
Alegria recommends students sad-
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years to save money.
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In pursuit of property
Alexandra Bosanac fnds out how to own your frst home
Cundasawmy was able to buy prop-
erty because of the planning she did
very early on.
“I had fve jobs when I was in my
undergrad. You do what you’re commit-
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people who graduate from high school
I think a lot of people are
trying to fast-track their
lives, that’s just the way our
generation is like we kinda
always want to be one step
— Shannon Donaghey
young, who have been working, who
graduate from university young, who,
while they’re in school can keep their
debt load down and can qualify for a
When asked if she had any clients
between 18 and 24 years old, Irene
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ents are well above that age bracket.
“My view is that at 18, it’s just not in
the cards. Who can put down a healthy
down payment at 18 years old?” said
Shannon Donaghey, a second-year
business management student.
Renting does have its advantages.
Being a tenant allows for a certain de-
gree of wiggle room — why get locked
into a 15 year plus mortgage if you’re
not certain about your current career
path? In the current job market, there’s
a distinct possibility that you might
Donaghey doesn’t know what she’s
going to do after graduation, so she’s
taking her time.
“I think a lot of people are trying to
fast-track their lives, that’s just the way
our generation is like we kinda always
want to be one step ahead. We’re al-
ways pushing the limits on everything.
It’s our upbringing. We expect more
and we expect that we would have to
work less for it.”
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You may still be experiencing the
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The results of the 17th annual Royal
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Anneke Cundasawmy, an Ottawa re-
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“You can come up with down pay-
ment money somehow and you buy a
property before you go into frst year...
why not have your roommates be
picked by you and have them pay your
mortgage for you?”
Cundasawmy said it’s also possible
some of the respondents in the survey
bypassed university all together and
don’t have to worry about paying stu-
dent loans. They might have gone into
the trades, where the potential to earn
money fast is greater.
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lucky. One of her colleagues inherited
a trust on his 18th birthday and in-
stead of blowing it or investing in the
stock market, he chose real estate.
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The heavenly scent of freshly baked waffes hangs in
the air outside the Student Campus Centre.
Not since the ‘60s and ‘70s have we seen a young
generation that took so easily to the streets, and in
But after decades of scandals and wars, youth
lost faith in a parliamentary systemthat no longer
seemed to represent their interests. Politicians to-
day have inherited that proud tradition.
“The system working in this way is producing
a wave of cynicismthe kind of which I don’t think
I’ve ever seen in my life,” says Neil Thomlinson,
chair of the Ryersonpolitics department. “And this
cynicismis nowhere stronger than in the young.”
Thomlinson doesn’t consider it to be a prod-
uct of the Millennials themselves, but rather their
upbringing. The later Baby Boomers and Genera-
tion X after themhave been labelled skeptical and
pessimistic, especially distrusting of government
after events like Watergate and the Vietnam war.
Millennials have been indoctrinated with these
ideals, leading people to “believe the system is
much more badly broken than it is,” says Thom-
linson. “Cynicismshouldn’t be the knee-jerk reac-
tion to everything.”
The Canadian government has its own his-
tory of questionable behaviour — the prorogation
scandal, for instance, or the international ridicule
at the Copenhagen Climate Conference — but
Thomlinson doesn’t see many students taking up
pickets against The Man.
“If the generation is as progressive and liberal
as the Pew study says, how can they stand to see
things continue as they are? You’d think that gen-
eration would be horrifed by what’s going on
in Canada,” he says. “The only conclusion I can
The ease and speed of communication through
social networking has been credited with usher-
ing in a new age of activism, and by all accounts
it seems to have the potential to do so. Facebook
is particularly popular for its massive user base
— over 400 million strong. It’s free to use and
The Pew study found that although Millenni-
als lag behind their elders in voting and contact-
ing politicians (except through email), they match
them in volunteering and boycotting products.
A Statistics Canada survey, though published in
2003, the age before Facebook, also found that
youth far exceed the national average for partici-
come to is that they aren’t horrifed because they
Although Millennials are on track to becoming
the most educated generation in history, Thom-
linson blithely notes, “You can be highly educat-
ed and still not know shit about politics.” Even at
the university level, he says, “the people who are
coming into my class barely know the difference
between a premier and the prime minister.” He
claims that the cynicism of previous generations
has led to the decline in political education. Cur-
rently the only mandatory civics course for high
school students is a half-year in Grade 10. When
Thomlinson was growing up in the mid-60s,
he was required to take full-year social studies
(which included politics) in Grades 10, 11 and 12.
Perhaps most importantly, he had political en-
gagement frmly driven into him from an early
The quarry takes the bait. Students descend on
the table out front like hungry fies, lining up on
this sunny day for a meal of sticky pastry with a
side-order of informative pamphlets. This insidi-
ous trap is but one of the Ryerson Student Union’s
recent efforts to educate people about student is-
sues, and maybe, just maybe, get them involved.
The talking point of the day: a proposed three to
four per cent funding cut for services, the latest
in a series of cuts as tuition fees continue to rise.
Here, RSU President Jermaine Bagnall is in his
element, speaking one-on-one with his fellow stu-
dent. “You can get tons of information,” he says,
“but unless it’s presented in the right way, people
don’t care.” If a little sugar is what it takes to get
people’s attention, so be it. “We all have our dif-
ferent sparks.” So far the campaign is going well
—cash-strapped students typically respond to the
squandering of their hard-earned dough. That, of
course, is what makes free waffes so irresistible.
Bagnall looks up from the table and spots a
familiar fgure. It’s his friendly nemesis, the Two-
Face to his Batman, one of many students he feels
compelled to convert whenever he runs into him
in Ryerson’s halls. He, like most of Ryerson’s stu-
dent body, lives his life outside the realm of poli-
tics. Despite Bagnall’s efforts, their conversations
always end the same way: “Look dude, I like what
you guys are doing here, but I just want to get
done and get out.” As if this time will be different,
the president calls over his arch-rival. Bagnall ex-
plains the campaign, what’s at stake. “That’s cool,”
says Two-Face as he walks away.
This indifferent attitude is the reason why stu-
dents have typically been branded politically dis-
interested, whether out of cynicism, apathy, lazi-
ness or frustration. It’s an accusation backed up
by a signifcant amount of evidence. Only 11 per
cent of students voted in the 2010 RSU elections
— a record number. The last federal election saw
only a 37.4 per cent turnout among 18- to 24-year-
olds, a 6.4 per cent decrease fromthe election two
years before. An Elections Canada report blames
the persistent downward trend in voter turnout
over the past few decades on the young. But with
a new generation coming of age, some are seeing
the potential for an unprecedented era of politi-
cal engagement. Alternatively labelled Millennials,
Generation Y or Generation Next, current 18- to
29-year-olds are being hailed as the ones who will
buck the long-established trend of youth disil-
lusionment. An American study just released by
the Pew Research Center found Millennials to be
confdent, upbeat, opentochange andhighly edu-
cated, with faith in the role of government.
More than just their disposition, the tools
available to Millennials seem to have set them
up for a life of engagement. Social networking
sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are in-
creasingly being used to informand organize the
public on political and social issues, easily reach-
ing and bringing together large swaths of people.
Nowhere is their acceptance greater than among
Millennials, three-quarters of whomhave created
social networking profles, according to the Pew
study, compared to only half of the previous Gen-
eration X. Millennials most often cite their use of
technology as what defnes them, twice as often
as their predecessors. This puts themin touch not
only with one another, but political leaders and
organizations that are only too happy to spread
their message. Stephen Harper, Michael Ignati-
eff and Jack Layton have Twitter and Facebook
accounts. The prime minister announced last
week he would be taking questions on the throne
speech over YouTube.
But social networking might not be the magic
answer to the problem of student disinterest. Al-
though social media has irreversibly changed the
game of politics, it may not change a politician’s
mind — and, in fact, might be robbing students
of what power they have.
If education has coloured how Millennials regard politics, it is technology that
has determined how they express themselves.
ment” tapped into widespread outrage, reaching
over 225,000 members.
“Stephen Harper was gambling on Canadian
apathy to get away with this self-serving move,”
says Justin Arjoon, who organized the Toronto
protests. “We wanted to make sure he could never
get away with that sort of thing again.”
Arjoon, 27, joined in early January when the
group was only around 6,000 strong. Without any
direction from the top, random members began
calling for action. Arjoon volunteered to lead the
Toronto rally, and over 7,000 people hit the streets
of Canada’s largest city on January 23. “It was re-
ally a strong grassroots movement from the be-
ginning,” he says. “There was a lot of enthusiasm
without any pushing involved.”
Here social media was the very foundation of
political movement, rather than just one tool for
people to communicate. Yet Arjoon considers the
strength of social networking to be this kind of
open forum, rather than simply acting as a dem-
onstration of mass dissatisfaction. “I think [Face-
book groups] can have political power on their
own, but we want to use them to create a discus-
sion because that’s what we see badly lacking in
Now that parliament has returned from its ex-
tended break, the institution has reorganized as
“Canadians Advocating Political Participation,”
with Arjoon as its central coordinator. The new
CAPP is dedicated to protecting the democratic
process by rooting out ignorance and disillusion-
ment among Canadians. To go with its rebirth,
CAPP has created a new Facebook group and
intends to keep using social networking for out-
reach. “There are a lot of people on social media
that you can’t reach through other means,” says
Arjoon. “It’s way more effcient.”
You can be highly educated and still not know shit about politics.
— Neil Thomlinson, politics chair
young age to see him vote. By Grade 3 his class-
es were holding mock elections. In high school,
televisions would be wheeled out into the halls
to broadcast throne speeches. “It was impossible
to not knowthat there was a throne speech going
on,” he says, while his students today don’t know
when it occurs.
But he’s quick to forgive them for their faults.
“My students are a product of their times.”
easily supports multimedia and open discussion
amongst members. Back in 2007, the Facebook
group “Support the Monk’s Protest in Burma” was
made by a Canadian college student and eventu-
ally reached over a half-million members. They
were successful in organizing protests in 100 cit-
ies across the world, some of which contained
thousands of people. More recently, the Facebook
group “Canadians Against Proroguing Parlia-
age. He fondly
father taking him
by the hand at a
The question remains, however, if the most popular
methods favoured by Millennials will make a
So where does that leave the state of Millennial
and forgiving of students’ apathy.
“Here in Canada, we haven’t had our Obama,”
he says. “We haven’t had a charismatic, galvaniz-
ing fgure, not since Pierre Trudeau.”
Social media has the potential to serve as a gal-
vanizing force for students. But Bagnall is quick to
point out that they are just the means to an end.
People...can’t leave it at the Web 2.0 level. You have
to put your feet to the concrete and get out there.
— Jermaine Bagnall, RSU president
to politicians. It’s an unfortunate fact that voter
turnout is low and only getting lower (although
other age groups are dropping even faster than
the young). Without faith in their ability to change
things for the better and an understanding of how
the systemworks andwho stands for what, the eas-
iest thing to do is to ignore voting entirely.
Thomlinson sees the common mentality as “I’m
not prepared to do the work it would take to fgure
this out, so I’m just going to consider them all a
bunch of rogues and not vote for any of them.”
Ryerson’s own Jermaine Bagnall is sympathetic
“I think we’re going to see a new way of getting
politicized,” he says. There’s no problemto this “as
long as people realize that they can’t leave it at the
Web 2.0 level. You have to put your feet to the con-
crete and get out there. People have to realize the
power they have collectively.”
But will President Bagnall pursue political ac-
tivism later in life? “Maybe. Right now I’m just
trying to fnish my thesis and get out of here,” he
says, echoing an earlier conversation made over
freshly-baked waffes. “As active as I am, I’mstill a
student. We’re all just trying to fnd our way.”
According to Thomlinson, politicians have a
weighted system for civic response. A written let-
ter, signed in ink, is of the utmost seriousness.
This is followed by phone calls, with petitions at
the very bottom. “It’s based on how much effort it
takes. And let’s face it; a Facebook group isn’t go-
ing to scare anyone.”
Thomlinson considers social media essential
to having raised the public against prorogation,
“But I think the big problem is that it engenders
into people the idea that clicking on a Facebook
group is an act of political engagement.” Partici-
pants in Facebook activism have long been la-
belled “slacktivists,” who click join on a group but
otherwise contribute nothing to the movement.
This causes a rift between those inside and out-
side the parliamentary system. The insiders are
frustrated at the ineffectual failing of the outsid-
ers, while the outsiders consider the insiders just
part of an inherently corrupt system. In an age of
convenience, many people are attracted to the
easiest, quickest way to vent their anger. Unfortu-
nately, it’s probably the most impotent.
But what about the case of C-61, the Inter-
net copyright bill that was delayed until it was
scrapped by prorogation, allegedly because of a
Facebook protest group that reached 20,000 in a
matter of days? “Everything’s situational,” says
Thomlinson. A strong enough proof of public dis-
sent may be enough to dissuade the government
frompolicies they aren’t enthusiastic about. How-
ever, “If the government’s really committed to a
particular action, I don’t think a Facebook group
would change their minds.” Instead, it might have
the opposite effect and nudge politicians into
pushing harder on public relations. Far from be-
ing the silver bullet that ushers in a newera of po-
litical activism, social networking could herald in
the golden age of slacktivism.
The unfortunate reality is that far more people
sign up for Facebook groups than actually take
part in them, and even fewer participate in subse-
quent protests, letter-writing campaigns or boy-
cotts. According to Forrester Research data, over
80 per cent of young adults consider themselves
to be “joiners” or “spectators” online, while less
than half take more interactive roles. The discon-
nect between most online activist groups and re-
al-world action has contributed to their dismissal
“I think they’re pretty condescending,” says Ar-
joon. “Our group was mocked and reviled in the
early days. Even when we had 60,000 people, they
were still like, ‘whatever.’”
There were initial concerns that CAPP would
lose momentum, but as registration ramped up
to a hundred people a minute, those fears were
alleviated. Yet the hordes pouring in weren’t the
forerunners of an educated, politically engaged
young generation. “We actually found that the
majority of our support is from the 40-60 age
group,” around half of their membership, while
Millennials make up just 10-20 per cent. While it
may be hard to imagine packs of old folks angrily
pounding on their keyboards in defance of the
government, statistics showthat more than 30 per
cent of people on Facebook are over 35, and that
number is rapidly growing.
So while Facebook might truly set off a glorious
revolution, it’ll be lead by those who have always
heldthe cards, while the young throwtheir support
behind“1,000,000 Strong for StephenT Colbert.”
Far from being the silver bullet that
ushers in a new era of political activism,
social networking could herald in the
golden age of slacktivism.
pating in marches
Yet voting re-
mains the stron-
gest message any
citizen can make
A new study says Millennials — those aged 18-29 — are the most
educated, optimistic, plugged-in and civic-minded generation in history.
Can we expect a new age of activism? Kevin Hamilton investigates.
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Men just always expect women to pick up after
them. With my ex-boyfriend, every time we ate
he would just sit there and look at me expecting
me to move.
—Ashley Williams, third-year public health
BY Hanna MoHaMMed
Once upon a time, it was a common belief that men were the sex that
worked too hard and couldn’t fnd time to relax. But a recent study by the
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says men have
25 minutes of more leisure time than women every day. Does this way of
life apply to Ryerson students? Here’s what they had to say:
I totally agree that men are lazy. Even I am lazy.
[But] it’s different in other countries. I’m from
Albania and when you’re there, you can’t even
think about being lazy.
—Cendri Bicaku, frst-year electrical engi-
I think guys are generally more lazy. It makes
me angry because I see this as integrated sex-
ism. We have got to try and change that.
—Cassandra Taglione, frst-year political
Survey says: men are lazy
When I frst saw the Organic
Wednesdays poster promoting the
new weekly event at Oakham Café, I
imagined fresh arugula salads over-
fowing with local veggies. I envi-
sioned sandwiches with roasted, To-
ronto-grown tomatoes with grilled
tofu. I won’t lie, I even dreamed up a
raw food dish.
If only I had read the fne print on
the poster: “includes organic bever-
My organic oasis quickly dissi-
pated. Organic Wednesdays only
featured organic tea, coffee and Mill
Street Organic beer. My kitchen has
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I felt betrayed and foolish for
thinking Ryerson would actually
try to expand its food options in an
environmentally sustainable way.
While CESAR, the students’ union
that organizes Organic Wednesdays,
doesn’t promote it as an all-natural
food event, you can’t blame an envi-
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In fact, Oakham Café general man-
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the café’s warm, social atmosphere.
With dim lights and live jazz music
from local talents, he says the eve-
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Too bad the earthy ambiance
doesn’t actually involve helping the
According to Newstadt, tran-
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ingredients would be too costly
for the already subsidized student
I understand that buying natural
ingredients can be expensive, and
if it came down to it, most students
would probably choose the cheap-
However, universities have the
unique and powerful position to
lead actual changes in the food
system. We can act as leaders and
show that environmentally sus-
tainable foods are important to
In 2006, the University of To-
ronto (U of T) became the frst
university in Canada to formally
commit to purchasing local sus-
tainable food for their cafeterias
and residences. They teamed up
with Local Food Plus, a Toronto-
based non-proft organization
that nurtures regional food econo-
mies by certifying local farmers for
sustainable food production and
helping them connect with buyers
throughout the city.
U of T is taking bold steps to-
wards a greener campus, Ryerson
should buck up and follow suit.
Can’t we have our organic choc-
olate cake and eat it too?
BY SaMantHa edwardS
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 14 • The Eyeopener AD
Name: Rodney Diverlus
Programme: Performance Dance. Year of
Study: 2nd Year. Boards and Committees
the candidate is presently a member of:
• Vice-President Internal, Ryerson Residence
Council • Equity Commissioner, Ryerson
Students’ Union • Director for the Faculty
of Communication & Design, RSU • Theatre
Course Union Member. Why this Candidate wants to become
a member of the Ryerson University Board of Governors:
Rodney Diverlus is a second-year student in the Performance
Dance program and is currently on the Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) Board of Directors as Faculty of Communication and Design
Director and Equity Commissioner. Rodney is also the Vice-
President Internal for the Residence Council. Next year, Rodney
will serve as the frst VP Equity for RSU. This year, Rodney helped
organize the Task Force on Campus Racism, but his personal
success was coordinating the Equity Symposium, which focused
on queer and trans issues, First Nations. Métis and Inuit Rights,
and poverty and women’s rights campaigns. Most recently, after
the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Rodney was more than ready
to lead the RSU’s Haiti Relief eforts, which raised over $28,000
from the Ryerson campus alone. If elected, Rodney will work to
implement recommendations from task-force on campus racism
while working to build an equitable campus by promoting equity
and diversity education and events. He will lobby to restore public
water fountains across campus while progressively reduce bottled
water on campus and he will bring together students, staf and
faculty to fght back against departmental budget cuts while
advocating for increased government funding.
Name: Dawit Hailu
Programmeor Courseof Study: Politics and
Governance. Year of Study: 3rd Year
Why this Candidate wants to become a
member of the Ryerson University Board
of Governors: Dawit Hailu is a third year
Politics and Governance student who is also
minoring in Business Communication. He
is currently the Minster of Education within the Politics and
Governance Course Union. Dawit is a co-founder and organizer
of P-DF, the frst Politics and Governance Debate Forum to create
a new learning environment complementary to the traditional
textbook learning. He is highly involved in volunteer activities in
community service helping refugees and immigrants. In 2005,
he helped high school students create a short promotional
documentary to raise the profle and public awareness of Sojourn
House as a refugee shelter and their experience in Canada that
won an award of $5,000 from the Toscan Youth Philanthropy
Foundation. The award was transferred to Sojourn House to
help refugee children in Toronto. Dawit is an interpreter and
translator for community legal and social services certifed by the
Government of Ontario – Minster of Citizenship and Immigration.
If elected, Dawit will use his expertise in community building,
government and non-government institutions advocacy, and
his domestic and international education system experience to
advocate students’ run and managed cafeteria for divers and
healthy food choices, and afordability within the campus ground.
He will also work to ensure that the upcoming Ryerson Students
Learning Center funds are used solely for the purpose of creating
a greater and safer learning environment. Dawit will continue
to promote an awareness of the full closure of Gould St. while
promoting Ryerson’s unique cultural diversity and education
excellence, not only domestically, but also internationally.
Programmeor Courseof Study: Business
Management – Finance Major, Marketing Minor
Year of Study: 3rd. Boards and Committees
the candidate is presently a member of:
• President, Ryerson Commerce Society: 2009
- present • Director of Business Management,
Ryerson Commerce Society: 2008-2009 • Board
Member, Ted Rogers Leadership Centre: 2009 - present • Student
Board Member, Ted Rogers School of Business Management
Advisory Board: 2009 - present • Member, RyeSpirit Council: 2009
- present • Co-Founder, Ryerson International Experiential Learning
(RIEL): 2009 - present • Director for the Faculty of Business,
Ryerson Students’ Union: 2009 - present. Special awards: •
Tanenbaum Award for Distinction and Excellence (2009) • Martha
G. Billes Award for leadership (2009) • Tanenbaum Business
Scholarship for academic excellence and leadership abilities (2008)
• Faculty Award for Excellence (2008) • Dean’s List (2008) • H.
Graham Walker Award for academic achievement, extracurricular
involvement and volunteer work (2007) • Ted Rogers School
of Management Entrance Award (2007) • Ryerson University
Entrance Award (2007). Communityservice: Various activities
with the Ryerson Commerce Society Cares such as the RCS Frost
Gala in honour of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Charity
Dodgeball Tournament for the Right-to-Play. Whythis Candidate
wants tobecomeamember of theRyersonUniversityBoard
of Governors: Naeem Hassen is currently President of the Ryerson
Commerce Society and also sits on several other committees within
the Ted Rogers School of Management as well as University-Wide.
Naeem is a 3rd year Finance major, marketing minor and brings
to the table a fnancial background with real world and student
organization strategic decision making experience. Beyond his
scholarly achievements Naeem has served several roles including
VP Finance for the Ryerson Commerce Society (RCS), Director
of Business Management for the RCS, Director for the Faculty
of Business Ryerson Students’ Union, Board Member for the
Ted Rogers Leadership Centre and RyeSpirit Council, as well as
co-founded Ryerson International Experiential Learning an up
and coming organization which will create international learning
opportunities for students. Naeem would like to use the experience
he has gained over his 3 years at Ryerson in an efort to leave a
lasting change in his fnal year which is why he is running for the
Board of Governors. Running with team Vote UR Vision, Naeem
and his running mates Darius Sookram and George Phu hope to
help advance the name and success of Ryerson University as both
a city builder and leading academic institution. If elected they hope
to include students in the plans to expand future space on campus
and connect the Ryerson campus internally and externally in an
efort to get more value from student degrees. Naeem is confdent
that he will be able to use his work ethic, experience, and growing
national network to represent the students and help move Ryerson
forward as a leading University.
Programmeor Courseof Study: Business
management student at the Ted Rogers
School of Management, majoring in Finance
and working towards a minor in International
Business. Boards and Committees the
candidate is presently a member of:
As Vice President of Strategic Management and
co-founder of the Ryerson Global Management Group (RGMG), he
is a vivid participant within the Ryerson community and through
strategic planning he is responsible for creating a vision to help
guide the RGMG to become a leading student organization within
the greater Ryerson community. Perry also works as a fnancial
advisor part time with TD Bank Financial Group and has obtained
his Investment Funds in Canada certifcate and is working towards
the completion of the Professional Financial Planning designation.
Special awards: Recently, he was team captain of a four member
team from the RGMG that represented Ryerson University and
Canada in the International Institute Business Development (IIBD)
case competition in Hong Kong, where the team placed fourth
among 29 universities. He has also represented Ryerson University
at Montreal’s McGill University as a delegate at the 2010 Global
Conference on Sustainability. Communityservice: In the 2007
Ontario Provincial elections he was asked to be a scrutineer during
the election process and in 2009 was an Executive Member of
the Ryerson Elections Appeals Committee. Whythis Candidate
wants tobecomeamember of theRyersonUniversityBoard
of Governors: As a professional individual, Perry believes that a
fscally responsible policy should be governed with clear oversight
and transparency. Perry will make sure that school funds are
allocated to specifc projects and monitored to ensure the proper
use of those funds. He will be persistent in developing a system to
promote sustainable solutions and to make sure that students will
have fair representation on all topics that involve their budget.
Name: JefreyR. Perera
Programmeor Courseof Study: Social Work
Year of Study: 3rd Year. Boards and
Committees the candidate is presently
a member of: • Ryerson White Ribbon
Campaign • Ryerson December 6th Memorial
Committee • Ryerson Black History Awareness
Committee • Positive Space Committee.
Special awards: • Buddhist Compassion Foundation Award for
Community Service • School of Social Work Award • School of
Social Work Community Award. Communityservice: Created
campus-wide campaign for gender equity with events and
facilitated workshops on campus to raise awareness at Ryerson and
other post-secondary institutions. Created events and facilitated
workshops on various anti-oppression & equity issues across
campus. Whythis Candidatewants tobecomeamember of
theRyersonUniversityBoardof Governors: For three years I
have had the pleasure of working with staf, administration, faculty
and students from across Ryerson University towards helping
create a better experience for everyone. From our Engineering,
Communications and Design, Arts, Business and Community
Services students, to our many diverse student groups to our
various course unions, I have worked to connect with people across
campus, building relationships and furthering our endeavour to be
the best university in which to work, live or study. I ask for ONE vote
towards furthering our vision for Ryerson University. I will connect
with every student group, every community, every space, as we
work together as ONE. I will work to hear and refect the words of
the Ryerson community to our Board of Governors, as I work to
connect the Board of Governors to our community and campus.
Together we are ONE, make ONE vote for Jef Perera to be on the
Board of Governors. My commitment is to refect your voice, your
vision. Together we can work toward making the dreams of your
experience at Ryerson a reality.
Programmeor Courseof Study: Retail
Management Major, Finance Minor
Year of Study: 3rd Year. Boards and
Committees the candidate is presently
a member of: • Ryerson Commerce Society
- Vice President Corporate Relations • Ted
Rogers Memorial Conference Committee •
Collaborative Corporate Partners Program - Chairman. Special
awards: • Ontario Scholar Award • Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for
the Top Award • Ryerson University Entrance Award. Community
service: • Toronto Youth Cabinet • Justice for Jefrey Youth
Coalition • Peer Workshop Facilitator on ReAct (Respect in Action)
at METRAC (Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against
Women and Children) • Ryerson Commerce Society Cares (United
Way, Right to Play, Make a Wish Foundation, CIBC Run for the Cure)
• Annual Herbie Ball Volunteer for the Herbie Fund in beneft of
Sick Kids Foundation. Why this Candidate wants to become
a member of the Ryerson University Board of Governors:
Mr. Phu has had an amazing opportunity at Ryerson connecting
students with industry professionals through strategic
partnerships, thus allowing students to get more value out of
their experience here at Ryerson. With your vote he intends to
continue this on the Board of Governors in order help continue
building Ryerson’s campus to better serve the needs of its
constituents and build a legacy as one of the premier institutions.
With team Vote UR Vision, Mr. Phu and his running-mates Darius
Sookram and Naeem Hassen seek to turn vision into reality.
They promise to work hard with you to see UR Vision come true.
Mr. Phu believes that with your help that he has the necessary
knowledge to be able to leave his lasting mark of change in
continuing to grow and improve Ryerson University to be a better
accessible and connected campus for our diverse community.
Name: Faisal Rashid
Programme or Course of Study: Business
Management. Year of Study: 1. Community
service: • Part of the Commerce Times
marketing team • Tutor for High school and
Middle school students in Mathematics and
Sciences• Undergraduate Representative on
the Board of Governors at McMaster University
2007-2009. Why this Candidate wants to become a member
of the Ryerson University Board of Governors: I am running
to represent the student voice, often times we are not heard and
our concerns are not addressed. Although we are the majority on
campus, our choices are made by a minority of people and I want
to make sure they know what is on our minds. I plan on sharing
as much fnancial information as possible with students, getting
their feedback and bringing their issues in front of the board. One
important issue is money fow, as in, where money is going and
where it is coming from. Through information sharing and open
discussion we can have more transparency on campus allowing
students to be better educated on Ryerson’s fnancial standing. I
am qualifed for this position because before attending Ryerson I
was an undergraduate student at McMaster where I was elected
to be on the Board of Governors for 2 years. From the experience I
have gained, I can ensure the student population at Ryerson that
they will be properly represented.
Programme: Nursing. Year of Study: 3rd Year
Boards and Committees the candidate
is presently a member of: • Vice President
Education of RSU • Ex-ofcio member of Senate
• University Success Committee • Ombuds
Committee • Ryerson University Library
Student Advisory Committee. Special awards:
• Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing • Martha J. Mckeown
Award. Whythis Candidatewants tobecomeamember of
theRyersonUniversityBoardof Governors: Liana Salvador
is passionate about student rights, and at a diverse university
campus like Ryerson, students may often face challenges and
not know where to turn. As the current Vice-President, Education
of the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), Liana has lead the charge
in organizing and facilitating the Task Force on Campus Racism
in order to identify and challenge discriminatory practices. She
has been working to address poverty and promote afordable
education through the Campaign for a Poverty-Free Ontario by
meeting with our representatives in government to address issues
of student debt. She successfully lobbied the Toronto Transit
Commission with student leaders from all across the GTA and
won unprecedented transit discounts for college and university
students. If elected, Liana is committed to fghting back against
departmental budget cuts while working to advocate for increased
government funding. Liana will work to improve access to water
fountains while progressively reduce bottled water. Liana will also
continue lobbying the university to remove the $70 deferral fee
students are forced to pay when they split their tuition fees.
Name: Darius DevonSookram
Programmeor Courseof Study: Politics &
Governance. Year of Study: 4th Year/Semester
7. Boards and Committees the candidate
is presently a member of: • Department
Council for Politics and Public Admin • Student
Groups Commissioner for the Ryerson Students
Union • Course Union Commissioner for
the Ryerson Students Union • Director of the Eye-opener news
paper • member of Project-Funding Allocation Committee for
Students • Senate Appeals Committee • United Way Committee
• Tri-mentoring Mentor • White Ribbon Campaign member •
Research Assistant for University-Wide Orientation • Event and
Activities Liaison for Student Life Promo Team • Faculty of Arts
Board of Director • RyeSpirit Council • Member of Students in Free
Enterprise (former Student Ambassador) • Presidential Candidate
for RSU under team LEAD • Board Member of Foundation for
Young Canadians. Special awards: • Award of Merit in Politics
and Governance • Ontario Scholar Award • Scholar of Community
Development • Health & Physical Education Award • Ryerson
Entrance Scholarship • MCI Recognition Award. Community
service: • Student and Youth Mentor • Foundation for Young
Canadians • Researcher at Central Commerce • Researcher in
Riverdale Community • Markham Race Relations Committee
• Uturn Youth Connection Program • Basketball coach. Why
this Candidatewants tobecomeamember of theRyerson
UniversityBoardof Governors: Darius Devon Sookram is a
student of Politics and Governance who aims to specialize in policy
while seeking a minor in Marketing. Mr. Sookram intends to use
Student, Staf and Faculty Candidates Platform Statements
Board of Governors Election 2010
The Eyeopener • 15 Wednesday, March 17, 2010 AD
his experience to build a greater community through creating
policies that market themselves to meet the needs of students
and facilitate engagement at Ryerson. Mr. Sookram believes in
Ryerson and he believes in vision: “Vision – It reaches beyond
the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination
gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the
picture your own” (Robert Collier). With team Vote UR Vision, Mr.
Sookram and his running-mates George Phu and Naeem Hassen
seek to turn vision into reality by building a stronger social and
academic institution. Mr. Sookram hopes to connect Ryerson’s
campus through incorporating the student voice and vision into
plans for more student rights, space, and activities. Mr. Sookram
is confdent in his vision and will use his leadership skills to ensure
a better Ryerson for you. Mr. Sookram has served our community
through the Ryerson Senate, VP Finances and Prime Minister of
POG Union, Eye-opener Director, PFACS, United Way, SLPT Event
Liaison, Ryerson Research Assistant, RSU Board Director and
Student Group and Course Union Commissioner. He has served
as a policy facilitator for the Ontario Lung Association, researcher
in the Riverdale Community and Central Commerce, member
of the Markham’s Race Relations Committee, and founded
the organization Ryerson International Experiential Learning
(RIEL) for students who are interested in obtaining international
Programme: Business Management
Year of Study: 4th Year: Boards and
Committees the candidate is presently
a member of: • Vice President Finance &
Services of RSU • Member of the Student
Services Advisory Committee • Treasurer of the
Student Centre. Why this Candidate wants
to become a member of the Ryerson University Board of
Governors: Toby Whitfeld is a fourth year business student and
the Vice-President Finance & Services of the Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU). In February, Toby was elected President of the RSU
for the 2010-11 year. Since very early in his university career, Toby
has been dedicated to advocating on behalf of students. He has
worked passionately to ensure that students’ voices heard on
Senate where he lobbied for changes to the Religious Observance
Policy, improved the Student Code of Conduct and fought for
students to be able to split their tuition payments by semester.
In his current role as Vice-President, Finance and Services of
the RSU, Toby has succeeded in improving student health plan
benefts without increasing the cost. He increased funding for
student lounges and student projects, and he successfully lobbied
the university administration to close Gould Street for one year.
Toby believes in the power of students and the strength of united
student body. As your voice on the Board of Governors he will
work to eliminate the $70 deferral fee you must pay when splitting
tuition fee payments and fght against departmental and budget
cutbacks while advocating for increased government funding.
ADmINISTRATIvE STAFF CANDIDATES
Name: SimonDi vincenzo
Positionat Ryerson: Project Architect,
Campus Planning and Facilities
Academic Positions andor degrees:
• Bachelor of Technology from Ryerson
University. • Master of Architecture from
Dalhousie University. • Licensed Architect with
the Ontario Association of Architect (OAA) •
Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC) •
Project Management Professional (PMP) • Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
Boards and Committees the candidate is presently a member
of: • Heritage Vaughan Committee member • ExAC Examination
for Architects in Canada test writer • 2009 Committee for Efective
Teaching and Learning Environments at Ryerson. Why you want
to become a member of the Ryerson University Board of
Governors: Being a part of Ryerson is being part of something
larger than oneself. I am committed to working with you to help
shape our future and achieve our Master Plan and Academic
Plan goals. The priorities and strategies laid out in these not
only support scholarly research, student engagement and
new academic structures, but they support the development
of tomorrow’s leaders as they challenge us to pull together
throughout our trek in the pursuit of knowledge. As a Project
Architect at Ryerson, I’ve enjoyed working together at realizing
our Master Plan and Academic Plan goals. Inspired by the ideas,
enthusiasm and creativity of our students, faculty and staf
it has been a pleasure to help design and build the physical
space necessary to develop and ripen this positive spirit. As a
member of the Board of Governors, I would be enthusiastic about
playing a greater role in the Ryerson experience and sharing
the responsibility of ensuring that Board decisions are made in
the best interests of the University. Between March 22nd and
25th, please visit my.ryerson.ca and vote for Simon Di Vincenzo,
Administrative Staf Ryerson University Board of Governors.
Name: CathyD. Faye
Positionat Ryerson: Assistant Registrar,
Graduate Studies. Academic Positions and
or degrees: • BAA, Ryerson University • MBA,
Schulich School of Business, York University
Boards and Committees the candidate
is presently a member of: • Member,
Board of Governors, Ryerson University •
Member, Graduate Studies Group, Ontario University Registrars
Association • Member, Graduate Studies Advisory Group, Ontario
University Application Centre • President, Class of ‘69 Alumni
Group. Special awards: • MBA Strategic Field Study Award
(Non-Proft Sector), • Schulich School of Business, York University.
Communityservice: Formerly: • Chair of the Graduate Studies
Group and Member of the Executive Committee, Ontario University
Registrar’s Association • Professional Development Coordinator,
Ontario Home Economic Association • Member of the Joint
Union-Management Committee on Work and Family, Ryerson
University • Member of the Joint Union-Management Committee
on Job Evaluation, Ryerson University. Whythis candidatewants
tobecomeamember of theRyersonUniversityBoardof
Governors: I have represented staf on the Board of Governors
and on the Employee Relations and Pension Committee for the
past two years, and am seeking re-election. Along with Ryerson
colleagues, I share common concerns, including how to efectively
meet increasing workplace challenges with limited resources in
these stressful economic times. I also share your excitement and
pride at the wonderful developments that have taken place and
that are to come in the near future. Given my long and varied
history at Ryerson and my educational background, I feel that I
am well qualifed to represent your interests, while serving the
interests of the University, as critical decisions are being made at
the Board level. My experience at the University for the last 44 years
includes my student years ( Diploma and BAA in Food Science and
Education), my long history as Student Advisor in the School of
Nutrition, and my current position of Assistant Registrar, Graduate
Studies. During my tenure, I have demonstrated my interest and
commitment to Ryerson by being an active participant on joint
union/management committees (Job Evaluation and Work &
Family), on the OPSEU Executive and more recently on the AODA
committee. This experience, combined with a business background
(an MBA with a major in Organizational Behaviour) and Board of
Governors experience, will allow me to make strong contribution
to the Board for an additional two years. Given the exceptional
opportunities Ryerson has aforded me, it would be a privilege to
continue to serve the University in this way.
Name: Rachel m. Trozzolo
Position at Ryerson: Student Afairs Assistant
– Nursing. Academic Positions and/or
Degrees: • Bachelors of Science – Youth
Development Springfeld College, Springfeld,
MA • M.Ed. – Higher Education (Candidate
University of Toronto – OISE, Toronto, ON
Boards and Committees the candidate is
presently a member of: • OPSEU Steward
• Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Awards and Recognition
Committee. Special Awards: • Frank Stanley Beverage Award
for Excellence in Student Leadership 2007 • Student Humanics
Award for Signifcant Contribution to Co-curricular Life at
Springfeld College 2007 • Who’s Who in American Colleges and
University 2007 • Student Afairs Award for Excellence in Student
Leadership 2007 • NCAA Scholar Athlete Award 2004-2007.
Community Service: • Springfeld College Board of Trustees
– Student Ad-hoc Member 2004-2007 • Springfeld College
Student Government Executive Board 2004-2007 • YMCA House
Annual Gala and Fundraiser Committee 2006-2007 • YMCA
Program School Executive Board Member 2004-2007. Why
this candidate wants to become a member of the Ryerson
University Board of Governors: I’m an exceptional liaison
committed to accurately standing for those that I represent. I
am prepared for this position by my experience in governance in
higher education institutions as well as my current M.Ed. studies
in Higher Education (Leadership). I’m loyal to my interests of
equity issues and strategic planning and as the administrative
staf representative I’ll devote my energies to these and other
issues that require critical thinking and careful analysis. I believe
the role of the administrative staf is vital in the strength that
Ryerson University has in the Toronto community as well as in the
higher education system and know that our voice must be heard
to ensure continuing, successful growth. For more information
please check out www.racheltrozzolo.com
TEACHING FACULTY CANDIDATES
Name: Kaamran Raahemifar (K.R.)
Position: Associate Professor
Department/Faculty/School: Electrical and
Computer Engineering Dept.
Academic Positions and or degrees:
Associate Professor, PhD
Boards and Committees the candidate
is presently a member of: Departmental
Council and I am currently Vice Chair. I
have been elected to the Senate. Special awards: Nominated
for Best Teaching Awards three times. Why this candidate
wants to become a member of the Ryerson University
Board of Governors: The Board has been described by many
as a “conservative board.” I would be, if elected, one of many
members the board has, but I would be a candle burning in
the board meetings. I have served as a senator before and I am
currently scheduled to serve as a senator again. I am currently
vice-chair of departmental council. I have served on Departmental
Appointment Committee (DAC) a number of times. I have
been departmental RFA representative for a number of years.
I have sat on the Teaching Award Committee and on the RFA
subcommittees. I have been engaged in research and teaching
activities, and services for more than a decade. Having closely
engaged with all aspects a regular faculty is facing, I have come to
see the challenges ahead of us. The budget cuts are coming. The
student enrollment is going up. The quality of education is under
heavy pressure. The research is under a lot of strains. You need a
fre to discuss vigorously matters of concern for the well being of
our community, and I will provide that fre. I will be in your hands
burning like a torch bringing fresh light and perspective to the
board. There also seems to exist a disconnection among various
levels of administrations at Ryerson. While the board has its own
agenda, the administration from the Dean to the bottom does not
know what is happening. If you are looking for clarity, you have
got me. I will act as the interpreter of voices among members of
Ryerson communities and the board. Not only will I bring diferent
perspectives to the board by looking at various information
available across Canada, I will act as the glue our community
needs, a glue we all need to get through challenges facing us all.
I appreciate your vote of confdence, and I will honor everyone
whom I represent. Thank you very much.
Name: Dr. DavidC. valliere
Position: Associate Professor
Entrepreneurship & Strategy Dept
Ted Rogers School of Management
Academic Positions andor degrees: BASc,
M.Eng, MBA, PhD, P.Eng
Boards and Committees the candidate is
presently a member of: • Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute (REI)
steering committee • Senate Appeals Committee • TRSBM School
Council • DAC/IAC for Entrepreneurship & Strategy department.
Special awards: • TRSBM Best New Researcher Award • Seymour
Schulich Award for Teaching Excellence. Communityservice:
• Director of Entrepreneurship Research Institute • CCSBE
Conference Chair • Member of International Research Institute
• Advisor to numerous high-technology start-up companies •
Former Director of Wireless Age Communications • International
Bioanalogics, and J!ve Media. Why this candidate wants to
become a member of the Ryerson University Board of
Governors: This is a wonderful time of opportunity for Ryerson
University. With the many innovative and high-quality programs
we ofer, demand from prospective students has never been
higher. And with a characteristic blend of theoretical knowledge
and practical skills, our graduates are going on to make
meaningful and substantive improvements to the world. Ryerson
is poised to take a stronger leadership position in the growth of
the Ontario university system. But this is also a time of signifcant
challenges for us. The global economic downturn and competing
pressures on scarce governmental resources have created
budgetary challenges that constrain our ability to continue to
deliver the high-quality programs we are known for. Increasing
class sizes, decreasing TA and lab supports, and increases in
administrative demands continue to tax the ability of Ryerson to
deliver quality to students, to the research community, and to
society as a whole. The root cause of these challenges lies with
fnancial resource management. I believe that my combination of
managerial, fnancial and academic experience gives me a unique
perspective on the challenges and opportunities for Ryerson.
My entrepreneurial background provides a creative impetus and
bias toward action. And my openness to synthesizing diverse
perspectives will allow me to fully represent the interests of
faculty members and stakeholders from all across Ryerson.
vote online at my.ryerson.ca
monday, march 22, 2010 at 8 a.m. until Thursday, march 25, 2010, 4:30 p.m.
It will be available 24 hours a day with the exception of 2:50 a.m. – 3:40 a.m. (Eastern Time)
ELECTIONS FOR RYERSON’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS
VOTE March 22-25
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 16 • The Eyeopener sporTs
South Asian Alliance president Atif Rizvi organized cricket matches for Ryerson. Photo: jordan roberts
A four-part series looking at
disadvantaged groups in sports
Somewhere to call home
by anthony LoPoPoLo
or the last two semesters, Ryerson’s
cricket team has packed Kerr Hall’s Up-
per Gym to practice regularly. But now,
the only sound that’s coming from their old ath-
letic space is the bounce of basketballs. Their gym
time is gone. They lost their place.
“It’s sad to see (the equipment) sit there in the
storage room and collect dust, but we’ve given
them all these avenues,” Randy Pipher, the in-
tramural co-ordinator at Sports and Recreation.
“From what I hear, there’s a huge outpouring of
cricket interest among the campus and commu-
nity, but when it comes to setting something orga-
nized, the interest falls off.”
While Ryerson’s campus is full of diversity, the
platter of available athletic programs is not. And
now with Maple Leaf Gardens slated to open in
March 2011, Ryerson sports have a chance to be
But Ivan Joseph, the director of athletics, said
the problem does not lie with the university.
“Who would you play? You’d need other univer-
sities to compete against and that’s the problem,”
he said. “You have to look at how many athletic
directors out there have an international back-
ground. The universities are generally traditional
in what they offer and stick to what they know.”
A survey authorized by the Association for Ca-
nadian Studies found 28 per cent of respondents
believe soccer will overtake hockey as the No. 1
sport in Canada. The results of the survey show
how the Canadian sporting mindset is shifting to-
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The Eyeopener • 17 Wednesday, March 17, 2010 SPORTS
After failing to organize cricket at the intra-
mural level, Sports and Recreation purchased an
indoor cricket mat, wickets and bats for recre-
ational play. Cricket players have focked to Kerr
Hall Upper Gym the past two semesters, but
practices were cancelled for the winter session.
Faisal Hussain was the cricket co-ordinator
for Ryerson last year as they hosted the school’s
frst-ever tournament. But after he left the post,
he watched the sport die — along with players’
“We got lazy. We don’t practice anymore. Peo-
ple couldn’t meet at the practice hours which
used to be on Mondays and Fridays. Cricket was
squeezed out by Sports and Rec and now they’ve
given our time to basketball,” he said.
In September, the rugby club shut down after
three years of dogged promotion across campus.
It was the brainchild of former manager Ryan
Stratton, now a Ryerson graduate. He was unable
to round up players who simply won’t commit.
“Everyone has to be enthusiastic and get to
pub nights so people know that [the rugby club]
actually exists,” he said.
“That’s on us. We could have gotten more
numbers and have a larger commitment from
He blamed Sports and Recreation for its lack
of communication with potential rugby players.
But according to Pipher, the department’s job
starts and ends at helping to manage a budget,
designating gym space and other paperwork.
A survey authorized by the Association for Canadian Studies found that 28 per cent
of respondents believe soccer will eventually overtake hockey as the No. 1 sport in
Canada. Photo: matt llewellyn
“We gave rugby as much of a chance as any
other club,” said Pipher.
“Obviously, there were a lot of issues over
felds and the number of people actually show-
ing up. For rugby, no one showed up other than
the six or seven people who paid [the small
We got lazy. We don’t practice
anyore. People couldn’t meet at
the practice hours, which used to
be on Mondays an Fridays. Cricket
was squeezed out by Sports and
Red and now they’ve given our
time to basketball.
— Faisal Hussain,
Former Ryerson cricket coordinator
But there is still hope. Ontario University Ath-
letics is looking at a new tier model which would
offer one-off championship tournaments for
fringe sports like cricket and could help emerg-
“There are several schools in the GTA that
play cricket. Instead of having a league, there
could be a cricket tournament,” Joseph said.
“All of a sudden you have an OUA sport. I think
that will change what sports are offered.”
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Dr. Colleen Carney is studying the links between depression and insomnia
and her work could help save millions of dollars a year
Everyone Makes a Mark
If you’re taking part in Dr. Colleen Carney’s research, sleeping
is part of the job description.
She’s looking at the links between insomnia and depression,
and how teaching someone how to get a good night’s sleep
can help treat that depression. In Ryerson’s new Sleep and
Depression Lab, an Ontario frst, Colleen and her graduate
students are using cognitive behavioural therapy, a non-
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Down the road, it could mean patients will need fewer drugs
and therapy sessions, saving the health system millions of dollars.
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Even cooler was that she brought along $1-million in research
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medical research agency in the U.S.
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are making their mark at Ryerson.
So, if you’re not feeling too tired, go to www.ryerson.ca/marks
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