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Volume 49 - Issue 8

November 4, 2015
Since 1967


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are coming.
It’s about time.


Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015



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Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015



RSU creates new management position
A general manager job posting was put up on the RSU website, to manage “financial operations” and “stability”
By Farnia Fekri
The Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) is in the process of hiring a
full-time, permanent general manager, according to a job posting
on the union’s website.
Some of the roles outlined for
the new position include “manage all financial operations,” “ensure long-term financial stability,”
“conduct labour relations” and
“organize an annual transition for
incoming executive officers.”
Submissions opened on Oct. 20
and closed on Oct. 30.
“We’ll be reviewing the applications and scheduling interviews
[in the coming week],” said RSU
president Andrea Bartlett. The
position was created after an RSU
board of directors meeting during the summer reviewed the gaps
in the business operations of the
“One of the recommendations
from the report is a consistent
management presence, which is
why we posted the general manager job,” she said.
“I’m looking at the organiza-

The Ryerson Students’ Union is looking to add a permanent general manager to its staff.

tion [in the] long-term, addressing
some of the issues that past executives have faced as well as this
year’s executives faced in terms
of transferring of information,”
Bartlett said.
Former RSU president Rodney
Diverlus, who held office during
2012-2013, doesn’t agree.
“I think this position is redundant, as the RSU already has not
one, but two senior managerial
staff: the executive directors,” Diverlus said in an email. “The RSU

is already one of the most wellresourced students’ unions in the
entire country, with 13 full-time
“Additional management will
only add a layer of unnecessary
bureaucracy, and quite frankly is
a waste of student funds,” he said.
Diverlus added that he doesn’t
think new executives transitioning into their roles every year is
a problem, with full-time staff,
documents and other “pre-existing resources that executives can


choose to utilize, but only if the
exec is willing to put the work
Sania Khan, the vice-president
equity of the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU), said
the position “sounds a lot like our
[UTSU] executive director” Tka
“They’re pretty much the individuals who don’t change according to the executives changing,”
Khan said. “They’re the people
who have the historical memory

and they can transition the executive team to ensure a smooth adjustment.”
Pinnock, who isn’t unionized,
“[ensures] that everyone’s doing
what we’re supposed to be doing according to our portfolios,”
Khan said, adding that the executives go to her for guidance or advice if need be.
The new RSU position is a good
idea, according to Khan.
“There’s so much that we, as
student representatives and student leaders, have to do under
our own portfolios that it really
does help when we have someone
who we can look to for guidance
or we can look to for support,”
she said.
RSU vice-president education
Cormac McGee said the position
is meant to support the growing union, and keep track of the
transactions that come with it.
“To a certain extent it makes
sense because there are more
students coming to Ryerson,”
he said, adding that part-way
through the application process
he had seen five entries.

Rye radio, The Scope, using funds from 2012
By Sarah Krichal
The former Ryerson campus radio
station may be dead and buried,
but the money it raised is getting
The Scope, the current Ryerson
radio station, has been collecting
financial aid from past radio station CKLN.
CKLN was taken off the airwaves in 2012, but the university
held $247,456 in student levies in
case a new station was formed
The Eyeopener has learned that
The Scope was able to collect the
majority of those levies to puttowards their AM and FM applications.
The Scope is now collecting a
student levy of $10.35 per semester under the Ryerson Radio Inc.
name which has allowed them to
dedicate finances towards student
space, renovation, equipment usage for non-RTA students, a transmitter and the application for
Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) to permit Ryerson to have
a station, according to Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, station manager of
The Scope.
“With the mixed revenue model
we proposed, the student levy is
leveraged to grow more opportunities that fund new projects for
students and create new engagements with our partner agencies,”
Harrison said in an email. “So I

would say the levy is what enables
[it] to grow.”
The Scope will be prioritizing
something CKLN was criticized
for not doing in the past.
“I think that it’s important for
all campuses to have community
radio and I think that campus
community radio can really be a
heart of a lot of campuses,” said
Elissa Matthews, program director
of The Scope.

CKLN was taken off the
airwaves in 2012, but the
university held $247,456 in
student levies

said. “This project will really grow
our station, but also help community media producers generally.”
In addition, The Scope is currently looking into getting permission by Industry Canada to use
HD Radio, a “digital radio technology using IBOC (in-band onchannel) that allows hybrid transmission of both analog and digital
radio,” according to the station’s
Ryerson radio began in 1970,
when a group of Ryerson RTA
students came together to create a
station called Ryerson Community
Radio, independent of the school’s

administration. They eventually
changed their name to CKLN in
1978 and had their application approved by the CRTC to have an
FM station (88.1 MHz), becoming
the only student-run station on the
The core of the station was supposed to highlight Ryerson community, but CKLN eventually had
its license revoked by the CRTC
due to losing Ryerson as its focal point even while it was being broadcast through campus.
The station’s downfall was also
sparked by things such as infighting, a decrease in donations, staff

The station has been recognized as eligible for a workshop
application and received a grant
of $110,000 for the creation of
a community radio mobile app
through the Community Radio
Fund of Canada (CRFC). Partnering up with CHHA Voice Latina
1610AM, The Scope will begin a
workshop that will consist of more
thorough training for volunteers,
with the goal that higher-quality
production will result in more
community participation.
“I think it shows that the Community Radio Fund of Canada sees
the need for non-profit stations to
innovate and change,” Harrison The Scope is replacing Ryerson’s former radio station, CKLN.

shortages, increasing amounts of
debt and a negative reception towards increase in student levies.
“There was an appeal of the license revocation, at which point I
helped in the appeals process that
was quickly rejected before the
courts even heard it,” Harrison explained in an email.
Harrison remembers CKLN
“You can’t really replace CKLN,
it was the great community radio
station,” Harrison said. “I would
only say that I am very, very excited that Toronto will have another
campus radio station.”




Sean “Kerning King”

Arts and Life
Al “Shift+Enter” Downham

Emma “Late night” Cosgrove
Biz and Tech
Jacob “This got weirder
somehow” Dubé

Rob “Still editing” Foreman

Angela “Lisa” Feng
Victoria “Maggie” Sykes

Josh “What do you mean”
Nicole “67 pages” Schmidt
Lee “We miss you” Richardson

Bahoz “Double down” Dara
Skyler “Hardcore” Ash
Nicole “Cross campus” Di
Alanna “P.O.R. Camp” Rizza
Zach “Gradcore” Dolgin
Anika “Still” Syeda
Karoun “Ms. Clean Copy”
Luke “Hot Docs” Galati
Tagwa “I got chu fam” Moyo
Ben “I can’t jump” Shelley
Badri “LovesTheOffice” Murali
Sarah “Keep writing” Krichel
Allan “Piece” Perkins
Brennan “More words” Doherty
Nick “Gets it” Dunne
Nick “Hahn” Matthews
Youp “Teddy” Zondag”
Igor “Angry app” Magun

Devin “Naked face” Jones

General Manager
Liane “Cheques from mum”

Dylan “This goddamn form”

Advertising Manager
Chris “Loves hamburgers”

Sierra “Double cover” Bein
Jake “I come off great in texts”
Annie “Fits in chair” Arnone

Design Director
J.D. “Mystery WiFi” Mowat

Keith “Make magic not war”
Farnia “Too many coffees” Fekri
Laura “Plying her trade” Woodward

Robert “Hidalgo” Mackenzie

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Intern Army
Gracie “Homer” Brison
Mikayla “Marge” Fasullo
Ben “Bart” Hoppe

Noella “Brovid” Ovid
Noushin “Brings five friends”
Bradly “Windy” Shankar
Behdad “BechhhDOD” Mahichi
Brittany “Coffee luver” Rosen
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RSU BY-ELECTION Change, from the sidelines

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I.D. to vote and be a current RSU member
(full time undergraduate student or full or part-time graduate student)

Watching the campus change from the paper can be a strange, wonderful thing
I have an unhealthy obsession
with student politics. But, it has
given me a hand-me-the-popcorn
style view of the good and the degeneracy that students can accomplish when they’re motivated.
Over the last year Ryerson has
been a hotbed for political jockeying — from Gould Street protests
to pre-pubescent-style screaming
matches — through all of it I’ve
been watching and writing.
Last year I watched what can
only be described as a group of
student warriors protest the administration’s stance on tuition
fees by sleeping outside Jorgenson Hall in tents in the middle of
winter. Then I watched those same
students be overthrown by a campus-wide uprising from faculty societies looking to make change on
campus in what felt like a real-life
reenactment of that battle from
the movie 300.
After the spears stopped flying
around Gould Street, and my head

stop spinning around in circles, I
remember thinking first about how
insane all of these people must be,
and second, how impressed I was.
Campus was divided into two
groups of hard-working and ferocious people that grabbed all student-based clichés by the horns and
threw them around the room like
Blue Jays fans did to their television
remotes in Game 6 of the ALCS.
Honestly, I didn’t care who
came out on top of Mt. SCC.
This year it’s all repeating itself, the sides are flipped and the
new Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) government is pushing a
student-life focused agenda while
distancing themselves from Canadian Federation of Students’
campaigns. All the while there are
calls from supporters of last year’s
executive for more substantive action regarding tuition fees and for
the RSU to take an official stance
on freezing fees.
Throughout everything I sit here
thinking about how weird it feels
to see all of these House of Cardsesque political backroom antics
and be asked questions about my
opinion from both sides and think

to myself, “Fuck it’d be cool if I
was actually allowed to like all of
these people.”
After all of the protests and interviews I’ve gotten to know people who have a vested interest in
making students’ lives on campus
better, which is damn astounding
considering the number of “professionals” who associate student
life with beer and Netflix. There
are groups of students who have
brought Drake to campus and
others whose campus activism has
completely reinvented my understanding of marginalized communities.
At this point, given my un-involved but up-close-and-personal
vantage point of what is a unique
subset of student life that few people who aren’t directly involved
truly understand, I can confidently
say that whichever group of students inevitably gets a say on this
campus, you’re in good hands, Ryerson.
Because you’ll be lead by the
type of lunatic that wakes up in the
morning and their first thought is,
“How can I cause havoc on Gould
Street today?”

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015



All-gender & universal bathrooms coming to Ryerson
By Badri Murali
The Ryerson Trans Collective announced on Oct. 22 that the first
and second floors of Oakham
House, attached to the Student
Campus Centre (SCC), will undergo renovations for all-gender
The second floor bathrooms at
the SCC have temporarily been labeled (as of Oct. 26) as all-gender
bathrooms, while construction on
the permanent Oakham House
bathrooms is set to start in December and is expected to be completed by March 2016.
The projected costs of the project haven’t been released yet, according to SCC general manager
Jennifer Stacey. But a renovation
this summer that was sparked by
flooding on the third floor of the
SCC cost $332,822. The renovation will be paid for by SCC
management out of its operating
budget, largely based off of a $30
per-student, per-semester levy the
Palin Foundation collects from tuition.
Markus Harwood-Jones, who
also goes by Star, is a Trans Student Collective co-ordinator. Harwood-Jones uses “they” and “he”
“It was a long time coming and
I’m glad that all students, regardless of gender, will at least have
some space where they can use the
bathrooms without any concern,”
Harwood-Jones said.
Currently, the two bathrooms
on each floor are separate. After
construction is completed, there
will be one bathroom for each

floor. The bathroom on the first
floor will be a universal single-stall
bathroom, with a strong focus on
accessibility. There will be mobility devices and an adult changing
table that uses hydraulics to adjust the height. The bathroom on
the second floor will be all-gender,
with accessible single-stall washrooms but no changing table. The
new bathrooms will also install
emergency buttons.
“Right now there are more than
40 unisex, single-stall washrooms
across the university and we’re in
the process of creating new gender-neutral signs for these washrooms,” Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said.
“We’ve heard the concerns of
the Trans Collective and we’re doing what we can to accommodate
them,” he said. “We’re currently
reviewing all washrooms on campus for the purpose of accessibility as well as feasibility to create
gender-neutral washrooms.”
Work on the all-gender bathroom campaign started when the
Trans Collective, one of the six
equity centres of the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), was formed in
September 2014.
The collective’s coordinators
Harwood-Jones and Pina Newman have been working on the allgender bathrooms since then. RSU
vice-president equity Rabia Idrees
said the union’s role is to keep supporting the efforts of the Trans Collective and giving Harwood-Jones
a leadership role in the project.
“This isn’t just a win for the
trans community, but it’s a win for
every community,” she said.

Bathroom makeover — starting with signs.

The collective will start an educational campaign this month to
inform students about these bathrooms.
“We’re going to release posters ... explaining what all-gender
bathrooms are and also create a
resource on the university’s website about them,” Harwood-Jones
said. “We’ll also send emails to
students explaining these bathrooms and why the work that the
collective does is important.”
Andrea Bartlett, president of the
RSU, said that she’s excited at the
amount of collaboration between
different unions and the university
administration to build the all-gender bathrooms.
“I think it’s fantastic, especially
because we have the Trans Collective, the Centre for Women and
Trans People but we don’t have
true gender-neutral bathrooms
in the campus centre and that’s a
shame,” Bartlett said.
Ryerson alumna Jade Richette,


who now works at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
(CLGA), said the most unique aspect of the bathrooms is that they
won’t only be for all genders, but
will also be accessible. Richette
also helped to establish the all-gender washrooms at the CLGA.
The movement for neutral
bathrooms in Canada began with
“some accessibility, trans and
feminist women’s groups in the
‘90s getting together saying that
we need to make washrooms accessible for everybody,” Richette
Harwood-Jones added that this
campaign is very personal for him.
“I understand that it takes time,
energy and money to make change.
But for trans students like myself
... it’s challenging to be at this level
of advocacy just for the basic human right of being able to use a
facility,” Harwood-Jones said.
With files from Farnia Fekri and
Keith Capstick.


Briefs &
> Shorty’s fire burnin’ on the dance
And by shorty, I mean a paper
bag with cigarette butts. And by
dance floor, I mean the library
A fire alarm was activated by
smoke coming from a paper bag
with cigarette butts. Dude, you
could have easily flushed the
butts down the toilet, you’re in
a bathroom for God’s sakes. Or
you know, smoke outside like a
regular idiot.
> I whip my eyelashes back and
A woman was taken to the
hospital by EMS because, wait
for it, eyelash glue. Yes, her applied eyelash glue caused so
much irritation and bluriness in
her eyeballs that she took a fucking ambulance to the hospital.
> And I’ll huff and puff and blow
Kerr Hall down (with bricks)
You remember that little piggy
that made his house out of bricks
and survived that asshole wolf’s
huffing and puffing? Well, the
wolf’s back and he’s trying to
find the pig. A male subject was
reported to be throwing bricks at
Kerr Hall windows. I get it buddy, I hate Kerr Hall just as much
as the next piggy, but bricks? Really?
> Macklemore’s biggest fans found
on campus
Two males were caught tampering with an electric scooter at
Victoria and Gould streets. I think
they really resonated with Macklemore’s Downtown song. They
just wanted to know what it was
like to not “need an Uber, [not]
need a cab, fuck a buss pass, you
got a moped man!” Once security
showed up, the guys fucked off
and went home to their bunkbeds
and head bobbed to the top 40.
Seen some crazy stuff on campus?

Opposition group aims to “reignite” Rye
By Jake Kivanc
A new oppositional group on
campus has emerged with details
for a plan to challenge the current
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
slate and university hierarchy via
a series of demands for accountability.
Reignite Ryerson, a group that
described itself to The Eyeopener
as a “community-oriented initiative,” proposed seven demands for
the RSU and Ryerson that focus
on decreasing tuition and improv-

ing awareness around marginalization.
The group, which put out a
press release on Facebook, calls
out the RSU for focusing on image
rather than substantive policy.
“Why aren’t we seeing any work
being done for the students other
than organizing a concert that
not all Ryerson students could attend?” the statement said.
RSU president Andrea Bartlett
wishes the group had have approached the RSU with their concerns before going public.

“I think it’s shame given how
hard we’ve worked to open the
communication that was closed
for so long with the RSU. Their
choosing to hide behind computer screens, especially that they’ve
identified themselves as people
who were gainfully employed with
the RSU in the past,” Bartlett said.
According to Vajdaan Tanveer,
a representative from Reignite, the
group was created in response to
what it sees as a “downsizing” of
the equity and pro-student initiatives that have long defined the

student union.
“The RSU as well as the administration no longer care about our
concerns with regards to tuition
fees, quality of education and
equity issues,” Tanveer told The
The Reignite release also includes a call for a comprehensive
report to be drafted on how the
RSU will work to help marginalized students in the future, and a
specific breakdown of all of the
RSU initiatives for the next year
that the group wants presented at

the Semi-Annual General Meeting
The creation of Reignite follows
what was a landslide election victory for the Transform Ryerson
slate, against the long-reigning
former RSU group, which ran under the name “Unite Ryerson” last
The defeated slate, which had
not been challenged by an opposing group since 2011, were supporters of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).
More on



Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Three journeys to Ryerson from far and wide, how they handled it and what’s next
By Brennan Doherty

Roy Cohen, a professional communications major, came to Ryerson from Israel.


Roy Cohen’s Ryerson moment came at the base of a guard tower overlooking the West Bank in Israel.
Fresh out of high school and a
year into his three-year term of
mandatory military service in the
Israeli Defense Force (IDF), he’d
been posted to a watchtower overlooking the wall separating Israeli
and Arab territory.
Watchtowers had three IDF personnel posted at all times. One was
always up top, keeping a look-out.
The other two got the chance to
do whatever they wanted: sleep,
eat, pass the time. In Cohen’s case,
he finally had some time to think
about attending university.
He didn’t want to stay in Israel.
He really didn’t want to re-enlist
in the IDF. The idea of leaving the
country and attending university in
North America had been lingering
at the back of his mind for some
time. And on a lonely watchtower,
he had a weird moment of truth
that would eventually land him in

Ryerson University’s professional
communications program.
“Fuck it,” he thought. He would
go to North America after he finished his service term and took off
the IDF uniform for the last time.
“It was always on my mind, but
I never took it as an actual option,” he said. “I had some time to
think about it, to prepare, to see
what I could do. And, you know,
funny as it is, I came here not prepared at all.”
Cohen finished his term serving
with a battery of the Iron Dome,
the iconic missile defence system
that shielded the coastal city of
Ashkelon from incoming artillery fire. Shortly after being discharged from the IDF, two years
after his moment at the West Bank
watchtower, he boarded a plane
for Toronto. He landed at Pearson
International in November 2012

without any letters of acceptance
from a university, an established
place to live or even a part-time
job. His parents helped a bit with
his finances, but he had no established plans beyond a desire to
attend university in Canada. “I
thought you could just move here
with a lot of money and just get by,
and just do it. Well, you can if you
know exactly what you’re doing.
Which I didn’t,” he said.
For the next eight months, Cohen found a job and applied to
universities across Toronto —
dubbed the most diverse city in the
world. The city doesn’t like people
forgetting that claim. Ryerson is
no different: seven per cent of all
students who enrolled last year
were born outside of Canada. Yet
even in a diverse school there are
outliers whose stories of arriving
at Ryerson are rarely noticed. the

school keeps data on international
or long-distance students but it
generally does not go beyond classifying them as local, out of province or international students and
adjusts (i.e. vastly inflate) their tuition costs accordingly.
The Eyeopener put out the call
for students hailing from remote
towns, isolated villages, and faroff countries to tell us why they
came here, how they adjusted and
what they think of home.
These are three of their stories.
fter turning left past Eriksdale, population 1,000,
three hours due north
from Winnipeg, the road goes on
for a half-hour before the pavement ends. All the roads on the
Lake Manitoba First Nations reserve are dirt roads that freeze
over completely when winter hits.
The reserve has a single school, a


fire hall, and a convenience store.
There is nowhere to buy produce
or meat — that’s back in Eriksdale. This is where Kyle Edwards,
a third-year journalism student,
lived most of his life before high
The reserve has just 700 other
people spread around the shores of
Dog Lake. “It’s not very developed
[but] it’s not poverty,” Edwards
said by way of explanation. Phone
signals are hard to pick up, homes
are poorly insulated and many of
the people who don’t own farms,
teach or work at the local store are
on welfare. It’s a far cry from the
fully developed reserves on Manitoulin Island with their paved
roads and golf courses.
Edwards’ whole world, with
the exception of a few non-local
teachers, was made up of indigenous people, specifically Ojibway,


Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015


Kyle Edwards speaking at “Truth, Reconciliation and Politics.”

until Grade 3. Then the Department of Aboriginal Affairs cut
Lake Manitoba’s federal funding.
“They couldn’t afford to pay
their teachers anymore,” Edwards
said. “We had good, educated
teachers — teachers who had gone
to university and graduated.” The
majority were non-Indigenous
professionals who got handed
pink slips when funding dropped
off. Good teachers willing to teach
at the band’s school were few and
far between — and Edwards’ mom
didn’t want her sons getting a poor
education. So Kyle was moved to
an elementary school in Eriksdale.
It may have ensured that he actually got to university at all. Not a
lot of the kids he went to school
with until that time ended up
graduating high school.

All the roads in the
Lake Manitoba First
Nations reserve are
dirt roads that freeze
over completely
when winter hits.
Racism abounded in Eriksdale’s
mostly white public elementary
school. “They’d call me an Indian,
shit like that. They’d call me a
‘fucking Indian,’ I heard that one
many times,” he said. As horrible
as his experiences were, a love of
his culture stayed with him all the
way through four years of high
school in urban Winnipeg, a city
that Maclean’s recently dubbed
Canada’s most racist city. It stayed
with him long after dropping out
of his first semester at the University of Manitoba.


li Saremi went the opposite route. The second-year
student tried to distance himself as
much as possible from Iran when
his family left for Canada when
he was 19. “Iran is not a country
[where] you can be whoever you
want to be and Iran’s a very nice
place to live — but it has so many
problems over there that makes
a lot of people like me leave the
country,” he said. One of those
problems concerned his university days in Tehran. Saremi was
enrolled for free like all Iranian
youth working in fields the Iranian
governments considers essential to
society. Many of these fields tie
into military R-and-D in one form
or another. “I was involved in a
project that was basically about a
robotic arm mounted on helicopters so they could carry cameras,”
Saremi said. His other co-op for
university was far more mundane
— he worked in a car factory for
four months. But Saremi and his
parents didn’t feel they could live
within Iran anymore.
“There are basically two types
of immigrants that you see here
in Canada,” Saremi explained.
“Some come from different countries, live here, and constantly
dream of home.” He sees himself
and his family in another category: those who work to call Canada home. “It doesn’t mean that
they’re forgetting who they are, or
that they’re forgetting their identity and trying to make a new personality. It’s about adopting and
calling this place home and trying
to enjoy it,” he said.
ohen had similar thoughts
after arriving in Toronto.
He was born and raised
in Kokhav Ya’ir (KHO-khav YAyir) a small but wealthy settlement


nestled along the Green Line, just
a stone’s throw from the West
Bank’s border with Palestine.
“It’s still pretty small, there is
nothing to do,” he said. “There
are no bars, no nothing.” Seven
hundred people lived there, mostly ministers, politicians or former
IDF officers like his dad. It was
far from being an isolated reserve
or farm town — the nearest major town, Kafer Sava (population
80,000) was just a 20-minute drive
away. Many of the kids in his area
still put on airs of being from the
countryside and made a point of
going for long hikes, exploring
the abandoned wells littering the
landscape and enjoying campfires
under the stars.
But Cohen was far more interested in live music and photography — the only major event he’d
been to in Israel was In-D-Negev,
a three day indie music festival
that’s held in the middle of the
Negev desert every October. But
North America still beckoned.
“You grow up watching all these
North American movies, and then
you kinda wonder how it is, what
it’s like. You see these lifestyles as
kind of an ideal — and I did.” he
said. “It seemed appealing to me,
and I love it.” Toronto has been
the perfect base — and a love of
music has been the perfect way
to mesh with the city’s culture.
“I’ve seen all my favourite bands
here and that’s pretty awesome.



et doing this absolutely
defined Edwards’ way
into Ryerson’s doors. After dropping out of biology in his
first semester at the University of
Manitoba, Edwards flew out to a
remote village called Merouka in
Guyana to live amongst the Arawak indigenous people.
“They face the same struggles
that we have here, they live on a
reserve system pretty much like we
do here, and they gave me permission to live in their community for
five months,” he said. Originally,
he just hung out in the village’s
only bar and later became good
friends with the village’s schoolmaster and started an after school
sports and music program for students at the village’s single tiny
school. “It was a really great experience, they don’t take anything
for granted,” he said. The story
he wrote about his experiences
when he flew home to Winnipeg,
published in Plan Canada, was the
strongest story in his application
to Ryerson’s journalism program.
When Edwards returns to Winnipeg to visit his family he always
makes a point of driving up north
to the Lake Manitoba First Nations. And every time he talks to
his old friends, many of whom
never finished high school and
never went south to Winnipeg, he
tells them to go back to school.
“They don’t say much,” he admits.

Ali Saremi, far right, with friends in his native Iran.

I wouldn’t get that at home,” he
said. As a freelance photographer,
he’s gotten the chance to cover
many of those bands too. The
Globe and Mail has even picked
up one of his photos.
He could have attached himself
to the large Toronto-based Jewish
community upon arriving here, as
many from the diaspora do, but
that wasn’t part of his plan.
“I’m more into assimmilating
and getting into the Toronto lifestyle than keeping the Jewish traditions or whatever. It’s not my

Regardless of the distance from
either Guyana, Winnipeg or Lake
Manitoba First Nations reserve,
he’s held true to his roots. There
wasn’t a strong indigenous culture
that he could find after arriving at
Ryerson. “Being one of the few
indigenous people in journalism,
even at Ryerson, can be a little isolating,” he said. As co-founder of
the Indigenous Students Association at Ryerson, he’s managed to
to fill the gap — and land internships at the Winnipeg Free Press,
Toronto Star and Sportsnet Magazine.

“I was involved in a
project that was basically about a robotic
arm mounted on helicopters so they could
carry cameras.”
Saremi and his family, who recently arrived from Iran, take the
opposite approach. Going back to
visit isn’t in the works for a long
time. And his family’s desire to
blend in with Canadian life has
meant a total change in pace. He
and his parents don’t go out for
picnics on weekends anymore —
they mow the lawn, and have fun
doing it.
month ago Cohen and his
younger brother sat in the
Rogers Centre’s stands for
Game 5 of the Jays-Rangers series,
transfixed after Jose Bautista’s
epic home run sent over 50,000
screaming Blue Jays fans to their
feet in a frenzy. His 18-year-old
brother wanted to see Toronto
and him before starting his own
deployment with the IDF.
Cohen works as one of the
beer guys roaming the stadium
and managed to smuggle his little
brother in by slipping into the
stands in uniform and letting him
trail behind.



“It was one of those moments
that you’re never going to forget,”
Cohen said.
All three students come from
vastly different cultures and hometowns. Yet thriving in Toronto required all of them to tackle their
heritage. Edwards embraced his
indigenous culture, Saremi dove
into Canadian culture and Cohen
took the middle road. Home, regardless of where it lies, was the
catalyst that pushed all three to
end up at Ryerson.
As for after Ryerson? Who
knows where that will take them.



Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

The subtle art in civilization
By Karoun Chahinian

The artistry of cartography was
put under a spotlight in the Geographies of Urban Form exhibit at
the Ryerson Image Centre’s (RIC)
student gallery.
Created by William Davis and
Michael Markieta — two alumni
of Ryerson masters of spatial analysis program — the exhibit features road networks of 12 iconic
cities including Toronto, Seoul,
Paris and New York. By combining art and science, the exhibition’s glossed maps focus on “how
cities have developed.”
“We decided to collaborate and

come up with something that was
related to our field, but also artistic,” said Davis. Geographies of
Urban Form is the first RIC exhibit created by non-FCAD artists.
Markieta, known for visualizing open data, demonstrated this
through his map of global flight
networks. Davis, a data analyst
at the Toronto Star, also started
experimenting with art and geography. The two spent four months
interpreting data and stylizing
prints for the exhibit. They used
OpenStreetMap — a non-profit
supporting “development of freely-reusable geospatial data” — to
interpret the data and Adobe Il-

William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form
(installation view), 2015 © Riley Snelling, Ryerson Image Centre.


lustrator to format it.
“This exhibit gives people cool
looking abstract art pieces, but simultaneously say things that are
actually quite factual,” said Davis.

within the urban landscape, slowworks more abstract and erratic.
RIC student gallery coordinator ly expanding their cities confined
Sara Angelucci said she was im- to natural barriers around it.
“People start to have a very
pressed by how well the sciencebased exhibit resonates a state- personal reaction to the [prints],
especially if you have been to any
ment beyond mundane facts.
“What’s so amazing about them of these cities, you then have a
is that it’s information, but I didn’t unique connection with them,”
know information could be so said Angelucci. “I was in Hong
Kong recently and that made me
beautiful,” said Angelucci.
Angelucci said while the pieces look at the print in a completely
are maps of road networks, they different way. Instead of a geoshare the same capabilities as graphical map, I thought of my
Davis’ favourites in the exhibit paintings or other forms of art be- experience exploring that place.”
are Toronto and Seoul, the larg- cause of their subjectivity. She said
The exhibit is at the RIC until
est pieces. Toronto was chosen the pieces reminded her of those Nov. 8.
as a tribute to their hometown,
while Seoul was favoured for its
The Eye’s starting a weekly series celebrating writers
symmetrical, “visually stunning”
urban design developed around at the RU Creative Writing Club. Check out the first
the iconic Han River. All 12 cities piece, “5 months” by Jovana Rai, at
were forced to build around barriers ranging from hills and rivers to
mountains and lakes inherent to
the terrain.
Displaying the major cities side
by side highlighted stark differences between the metropolises. Davis
noted that Western cities are consistent and pre-planned with their
grid-like structures, while European cities stray from that uniformity and develop around natural
landscapes, making the road net-

“Instead of a geographical
map, I thought of my experience exploring that place.”

RTS ‘Risks Everything’
By Al Downham

sons for helping Carol that gives
the play unique emotional depth.
Amidst death threats, lost cash
and bomb vests, Denise — a former sex worker — alongside convicted felon R.J. find themselves
alive and risking everything.
“[The characters] love Carol,
but we do end up being her pawn,
especially in the end,” said Gerus.
The pair doesn’t envy Carol’s
position. Denise is currently trying to regain child custody while
R.J. aspires to be a model citizen.
However, the predicament forces
them to compare their present and
past lives of crime. After prison,
R.J. becomes addicted to television while Denise continues helping her needy sister despite ex-

treme reluctance.
“It’s Denise’s big drive, to protect
her family, yet this is a situation she
can’t control,” said Gordon.
These subtle cues imply Denise
and R.J. are bored with their normal lives. And despite attempts
to erase memories of their former
self, the roots still exist and Carol
personifies it.
The emotional connection between the three protagonists
becomes muddled in the play’s
twisted climax. However, the plot
and the characters’ ability to collaborate along the way is far more
satisfying than the finale itself.
Risk Everything appears on Nov.
4 and 7. The Suburban Motel and
Filthy Rich continues until Nov. 8.

Risk Everything — a play in Ryerson Theatre School’s Suburban
Motel and Filthy Rich show series
— premiered Friday, following
the lives of three desperate misfits
with cash in hand.
The play centers around Carol
(Jenna Daley), a manipulative
gambler who steals over $30,000
from lone shark Steamboat Jeffries. After raising the winnings
to $70,000 through gambling, she
attempts to flee with the money.
“Part of her realizes the consequences of her actions but most
of her lives in the moment,” said
But after narrowly escaping a
beating by Jeffrie’s brother, Carol
— with help from her sister Denise
(Hannah Gordon) and brother-inlaw R.J. (James Gerus) — takes
refuge in a dingy motel, living off
Spam and Canadian Club.
The group cowers inside the
motel’s walls most of the show,
attempting to avoid being made
examples of by Jeffries. And even
though the story stays confined to
one setting, the play impressively
relies on the performance and
personal struggles of the characters.
While the catalyst for the plot is
familiar, it’s Denise and R.J.’s rea- (Left) Denise, Carol and R.J. hiding in the motel.


Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015



Students go north to build greenhouse
When it comes to the high cost of importing food all the way to the northern territories, these Ryerson students are having Nunavut

Members of Growing North in front of their newly buit greenhouse with Naujaat locals.

By Noushin Ziafati
In early October, a group of Ryerson business students completed
the construction of a greenhouse
in the town of Naujaat, Nunavut.
The dome-shaped greenhouse
was built to tackle the problem of
food insecurity in northern Canada as part of their Growing North
“I think this is not just a greenhouse, this is kind of an infra-

structure of hope,” said Stefany
Nieto, a fourth-year business
management student and president of Enactus Ryerson, an organization that takes on innovative
and sustainable projects that the
other members of Growing North
are a part of as well.
Nieto and Ben Canning, coproject managers of Growing
North, wanted this project to approach a national issue.
“We began to investigate a Ca-


nadian need that we could hopefully address and we landed upon
food insecurity,” Nieto said.
Residents in Naujaat pay nearly
six times as much for their food as
residents of Toronto due to inflated import costs. The greenhouse is
meant to lower food prices and to
ensure a higher quality of produce.
“Imagine an orange for $4,” Nieto said. “Depending on the weather, the longer it takes to come, the
[more] the quality of food comes

down so you have food that is both
costly and low quality.”
There was a minor setback
for the project, which they had
planned to finish in August, due to
dry ice that prevented their materials from reaching the remote hamlet by ship. This delay is similar to
what residents in northern Canada
face when waiting for their imported food to arrive.
Nieto says that profits earned
from the sale of the produce will
be reinvested back into the community for micro or local businesses as well as bursaries for
post-secondary education.
They have also started a women’s collective to come together as
groups to create food products.
They aim to sell food not only locally, but to nearby communities
and Naujaat’s cultural clothing to
southern Canada as well.
“This greenhouse is not only just
for growing produce but it’s to empower the community,” Nieto said.
According to Nieto, the Naujaat residents are “super excited to

have the project, and most importantly, they want it.”
The residents helped the Ryerson students build the greenhouse. The students then taught
them how to plant, harvest, run
the dome and look forward to the
actual growth of the produce. The
Naujaat residents even donated
the land on which the greenhouse
was built.
“As for expansion, right now,
we are working to ensure the success of our first greenhouse. However, we do believe that every community in the north does deserve a
greenhouse to reduce food insecurity,” Nieto said.
In order to raise money for their
cause and to pay for the $164,000
greenhouse, the students involved
in the project focused mainly on
external funding, such as competitions and an online Indiegogo
campaign. They also covered some
costs through sponsorships.
“We’ve reached our goal and
we’re extremely happy with it,”
Nieto said.

Kerr Hall spruces up wind tunnel

The wind tunnel will be used for research and development

By Bradly Shankar
For 30 years, Ryerson has been sitting on an engineering goldmine,
and now it’s finally starting to pay
off. Renovations have wrapped
up after one year of work on the
university’s own fully-functioning
wind tunnel.
A wind tunnel is large tube filled
with an air current that is used to
copy the actions of an object in
flight. Students helped modify the
tunnel, which now has an external
motor drive and can run for continuous periods of time without
“Before, we could only run the
wind tunnel for about 10 minutes,”
Ryerson aerospace engineering
professor Goetz Bramesfeld said.
“Now, it can run smoothly all day
long.” He said that this allows for
easier testing of small unmanned
aerial vehicles (UAV).
Bramesfeld said that many people believe digital programs can be


used in place of the wind tunnels,
which are sometimes seen as outdated. But thanks to his experience
with wind tunnels from various
educational institutions, he said
he knew this wasn’t entirely true.
“Wind tunnel testing allows us to
take data much more quickly and
to make sense of it more easily.” He
hoped to introduce a more powerful wind tunnel to Ryerson when
he began working at the university
in 2013. “I noticed that the tunnel
here was a very good resource with
a strong basis present, but unfortunately was a little neglected over
the years,” Bramesfeld said.
After pitching the idea to colleagues, he made a proposal to the
university with backing by Paul
Walsh, the chair of the aerospace
engineering department.
Ryerson provided $80,000 in
funding to a team of approximately 20 people. While the bulk
of more sophisticated engineering
was handled by outside contrac-

tors, there were several undergraduate and masters students working
on the project as well. In addition
to the motor drive work, students
have been regularly performing
check-ups on the tunnel and repainting it. Bramesfeld, Walsh and
a technical officer who was directing the renovation spearheaded all
of the work.
Among those involved is Tim
Carroll, a masters of applied science candidate in aerospace engineering. For him, the project has
been a great learning experience
essential to his degree. “This is
something that if we didn’t have, I
wouldn’t be able to do my thesis,”
he said.
Carroll said wind tunnels aren’t
readily accessible to most organizations outside of a select few
private companies. Because of
this, the university has seen a lot
of industry interest from institutions looking to experiment with
wind tunnels. This opens up many
opportunities for the university to
create partnerships with different
technological companies.
According to Carroll, the future
of aerospace is primarily in the development of devices like UAVs.
With Ryerson’s own wind tunnel
currently assisting companies with
aerospace engineering, the university can be at the forefront of these
An official opening for the tunnel
is set for Nov. 19. The aerospace
engineering department then plans
to introduce it into the curriculum.



Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

New face of Rams returns for last shot

Keneca Pingue-Giles is pursuing her masters in public policy and administration while leading a record-breaking women’s basketball program.

By Luke Galati
This year, everything is timed. The
clock ticks at practice, right down
to the second. “Fifty-five seconds
for water,” says Carly Clarke,
head coach of the Ryerson women’s basketball team.
“Everything we do, there’s a science background to it,” Clarke
said in an interview. “Our water breaks are timed to simulate
a quarter break or a timeout, so
we’re stopping, starting like I

would in a game.”
Silvana Jez, Mariah Nunes and
Keneca Pingue-Giles are three of
the team’s four top scorers, and
they are all going into their final
season of eligibility with the Rams.
Whether the drill is focusing
on defence, breaking the press or
simulating five-on-five action, time
is of the essence.
Last year, the Rams had their
best season to date, going 16-3
and finishing first in the OUA
east division. The team also won

an OUA silver medal and made it
to the CIS Final 8, which are both
firsts for the program.
“This is a team that, prior to
last year, has never really been that
successful in the CIS,” assistant
coach Kareem Griffin said.
Prior to this year’s season,
Pingue-Giles had a decision to
Last season she was named an
OUA first-team all-star and was
the team’s MVP, but she graduated from Ryerson’s criminology

program in four years, meaning
that she has a final year of eligibility on the table.
She said that she’s wanted to attend law school ever since she was
young. Over the summer, she was
accepted into Windsor’s law program, the same school that won
gold and beat Ryerson in the OUA
finals last year.
Pingue-Giles said the experience
of choosing where her final season
would be played was a stressful
“[Windsor is a] really great team,
with potential to win a championship there as well,” Pingue-Giles
said. Instead, she decided to return
to Ryerson to pursue her masters.
“Law school is law school, and it’ll
always be there,” she said.
In her final year, she’s now the
face of the Ryerson Rams. PingueGiles has recently replaced men’s
basketball star Jahmal Jones as
the school’s newest poster athlete, with a massive banner of her
draping inside the Mattamy Athletic Centre’s (MAC) main atrium.
Pingue-Giles said she doesn’t feel
the pressure of being the face of
her school’s athletic department,
but she does see the recognition as
the “greatest compliment.”
Pingue-Giles also enjoys the opportunity that comes with her and
the women’s team being recognized — a chance to influence other women to make an impact on
campus. Pingue-Giles also notes
that it was the community surrounding Ryerson as a whole that
influenced her decision to come
back for one last season.
“It’s good for the other girls
who come to the MAC and see
that and think, ‘Hey, look at this
girl,’” Pingue-Giles said. “Now
that we have that experience, that
sort of taste of how close we were
to achieving that banner ... we’re
hungry. We want to be the pinnacle of not only Ryerson athletics, but Ryerson University, that


would be truly history.”
At the start and end of practice, the team does what they call
“locking up.” At centre court,
they stand in a circle with their
feet touching and they talk —
something that Clarke got from
hall of fame coach Pat Summit.
Second-year forward Sofia Paska said that the team’s strength
is their offence, which is, “great
from every point.” But she thinks
that the team’s defence will be the
critical factor for the year. “[It]
needs to be a little better.”
When Pingue-Giles leaves at the
end of the season, the Rams will
have a big hole to fill — a hole
Pingue-Giles believes Paska could
step into, performing immediately.
Finishing second on the team in
scoring with 201 points last season,
Paska was named to to the OUA
rookie all-star team and will take
on a stronger leadership role as the
team starts this season.
Griffin said that the team has
made major strides off the court
as well. Last year, they had the
highest GPA of any Ryerson team,
a complete 180 from two seasons ago when the program had
the worst academic record at the
“These girls are motivated and
ready to go,” he said.
This year the team will have
the task of performing up to last
year’s standards. As Pingue-Giles
goes into her final season as a Ram
she’s confident her team, that set
multiple records only a year ago,
can do it again.
With law school and a bright
future on the horizon, the ability
to give everything she has one last
time, for a community she loves,
is something Pingue-Giles truly
“I wasn’t sure if I was going
to come back, but then I decided
to do my masters,” Pingue-Giles
said. “Where else would I rather
play than my home?”

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Racist Disney on Ice
coming to Ryerson



By Robert Mackenzie

Last week we wrote that Ryerson
President Shantar Lagy faked sick
last week and watched all nine
seasons of The King of Queens
over a three-day span. It is now
officially his favourite show.
We regret to say that we misspelled his name. We meant to say
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
faked sick last week and watched
all nine seasons of The King of
Queens over a three-day span. It is
Disney’s most offensive characters will be performing, live!
now officially his favourite show.
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