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Volume 49 - Issue 10

November 18, 2015
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Feminists petition against men’s group
By Behdad Mahichi
The controversial men’s issues
group that was denied student
group status on campus has filed
an appeal to the Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) — but another hurdle has come their way.
One day prior to the Board of
Directors meeting on Nov. 17
that will either accept or dismiss
the Men’s Issues Awareness Society’s appeal, the Ryerson Feminist
Collective launched a petition on
Change.org demanding the group
be refused any attempt to be recognized on campus.
“Men’s rights groups actively
seek to delegitimize women who
come forward as survivors of
gender-based violence and attempt
to silence women who speak out
against patriarchy and misogyny
by use of threats, intimidation and
harassment,” the petition reads.
The men’s issues group started
in late September with the idea
of focusing on men’s issues like
suicide, homelessness, high incarceration rates and unfair judicial
practices.
Fourth-year politics and governance student Kevin Arriola, who
is spearheading the group, said
that it has an equal balance of male
and female members and holds an
egalitarian platform.
However, co-organizer of the
feminist collective Alyson Rogers
said that the group is lacking certain fundamentals that need to be
recognized when addressing men’s
issues.
“These groups make widespread
statements that everyone experiences inequality. Historically, that’s
not true,” Rogers said.
“If you’re operating from an
egalitarian framework, there’s no
way you’re acknowledging privilege. Even within our group, I’m a
white woman, and even while I experience sexism, I acknowledge my
privilege of being white-skinned.”

Kevin Arriola, founder of the Men’s Issues Awareness Society.

Rogers said that while there are
men’s issues to be talked about,
not acknowledging patriarchy and
privilege would not comprehensively address anything.
“We also think it threatens actually addressing men’s issues,” she
said.
Arriola said recognizing privilege and patriarchy is not something he enforces in the group.
“We’re a group that welcomes
different types of ideologies. Some
of those recognize patriarchy and
some of those don’t — and that’s
fine,” he said. “Right now, it seems
like the feminist collective is an
echo chamber of one opinion.”
RSU vice-president equity Rabia
Idrees said that men’s issues groups
that have tried to form in the past
have been overt about their connections to other groups that do
promote violence against women
and silencing of victims, and were
denied status as a result.
“But this group came and said
they have an egalitarian framework and also want to be intersectional,” Idrees said. “But you
cannot be egalitarian and intersectional at the same time, because to

PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE

be intersectional you’ve got to have
more of an equity focus where you
kind of look at a person’s specific
need rather than giving the same
thing to everyone else.”

“We also think it threatens
actually addressing men’s
issues”
Idrees said that the RSU had a
rather unprogressive sit-down with
Arriola to go over the reasons why
the men’s issues group was rejected.
“None of the points would be
relayed because he would speak
over us every single time,” she
said. “One of the things that I did
bring up was addressing the fact
that men have systematic privilege
over women, but he still did not
recognize that.”
Regardless of the decision on
the appeal, Arriola said he plans to
continue operating as an unofficial
group. A total of 11 members were
present at their November meeting, he said.
In response to the feminist col-

lective’s petition, the Men’s Issues
Awareness Society launched their
own petition supporting the appeal.
“Nearly 50 per cent of our
members are men and women, of
a wide range of races, cultures,
sexualities, and genders. Our first
meeting alone looked so diverse it
could have been a Michael Jackson
video,” read the petition. “Since
then, other lies have been thrown
in the mix, that we’re anti-LGBT,
anti-racial minorities, and antivictims.”
Idrees said that even before the
group was denied official status,
she received emails from specific
students who were uncomfortable
with their presence on campus.
She also said that many of the
issues the group wishes to discuss
can be embodied elsewhere.
“Honestly, feminist theory does
a lot to dismantle notions of masculinity as well,” she said. “When
it comes to exploring notions of
the definition of being a woman,
a lot of it can be expelled into the
definitions of being a man.”
Rogers said that the feminist collective already recognizes and is already in talks for hosting an event
partnered with Ryerson’s White
Ribbon Campaign — a group described to be working to inspire
men to be part of the change for
both women and men.
The Ryerson White Ribbon
Campaign works to eliminate
violence against women, and also
address issues of hegemonic and
toxic masculinity.
“Too many men suffer because
our male-dominated world is not
only one of power of men over
women, but of some groups of
men over others,” reads a section
of their website description.
For an update on the Nov. 17
Board of Directors meeting that
determined the fate of the group’s
appeal, visit theeyeopener.com.

Briefs &
groaners
> Dead Raccoon TO haunts Kerr
Hall
Remember Toronto raccoon?
The little guy that died on the
street and Torontonians set up a
memorial for?
His reincarnation was found in
Kerr Hall. [Ghost] Raccoon was
“guided out,” according to security. He defo needed the guiding
because not even Siri, Google
Maps and a compass can get you
out of that hell hole.
> I want to ride [someone else’s]
bicycle! I want to ride [someone
else’s] bike!
A man was reported jumping
around Ryerson’s bike racks in
an attempt to pry them off and
steal ‘em. Buddy clearly never got
that red shiny bike for Christmas
and is now seeking revenge.
> Man wants a stapler for Christmas
A fella burst into ILLC, ran up to
the front desk, yelled and tried to
steal the stapler.
Fella was probably brothers
with the bike guy above. Maybe they were just doin’ a little
Christmas shopping on the Ryerson campus — getting their aunt
Pearl a stapler and cousin Stefano
a new bike.
> Puppy makes man scared
A man pressed the blue light near
the Quad after a dog “charged
into his personal space, while exercising.”
Charged into his personal
space? More like made your personal space better. I would love if
a dog interrupted my workout!
But I guess some people are
cats.
Seen some crazy stuff on campus?
Email news@theeyeopener.com

New RSU position could violate union agreements
By Farnia Fekri
The authority of the Ryerson Students’ Union’s (RSU) new general
manager position is being questioned even as the union makes
reference-check calls to pick the
best candidate.
Some of the roles outlined in
the job posting overlap with the
responsibilities of the current fulltime staffers of the RSU, said Patrick Legay of the Canadian Union
of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1281, which represents the 13
full-time staffers.
Some of these listed functions
for the full-time, permanent position that was posted in late October include:

UÊ Manage all financial operations and review financial
statements...
UÊ Ensure long-term financial
stability…
UÊ Conduct on-going business
and services review…
UÊ Conduct labour relations, including negotiation of collective agreements…
UÊ Provide human resources
management including direct
authority over hiring, discipline and dismissal, as well as
record keeping [and] recruitment...
The position specifically undermines the responsibilities of the two
RSU executive directors (communications and outreach, operations

and services), which are agreed to
in the unionized employees’ collective agreements, Legay added.
“There is a collective agreement
which says that the employer
agrees — the employer the RSU —
not to contract out the work of the
employees covered by the collective agreement,” Legay said. “And
contracting out can be a number
of things, it can be shifting duties from one position to another
outside of the agreement, it can
be creating a whole new position
which is what’s going on here.”
CUPE has voiced their concerns
to the RSU, and Legay said he
hopes the two groups can work
through the issue amicably.
RSU president Andrea Bartlett

The Ryerson Students’ Union is hiring a general manager.

said she has sent her response
to the union, outlining that she
thinks the general management’s
roles are valid given that it’s a
management position.
“I’m doing this so there’s a full-

PHOTO: FARNIA FEKRI

time staff person that’s management,” she said. “They’re there for
consistency on behalf of the management. The executive directors
will still report to the president [of
the RSU].”

EDITORIAL

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A candlelit vigil grieving for those lost in in terror attacks in Beirut, Paris and Baghdad.

PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

The world sucks. We don’t have to
By
Sean
Wetselaar
The world has had a shitty week.
It hasn’t been that long since
terror attacks rocked Beirut, Paris
and Baghdad, killing more than
200 people. And the grief, for
many of those who have felt its
pervasive grip, is still fresh.
It’s hard to come to terms with
violence like what we’ve seen. It’s
hard to understand why someone
would blow themselves up to murder a crowd of innocent people.
Especially for those of us who live

Editor-in-Chief
Sean “BYLAW”
Wetselaar
News
Keith “Suspicious compliments”
Capstick
Farnia “PJ blazer” Fekri
Laura “Pancake” Woodward

in a place like Canada, that kind
of horror is just unimaginable.
The Islamic State has taken responsibility for all three terror attacks, and the world has united in
its condemnation of the brutality.
As many have already noted,
there was a disproportionate
amount of coverage given to Paris,
by way of comparison to Lebanon
and Iraq’s own tragedies.
I’m not here to break down that
discrepancy — I think many have
already come to the conclusion
that all three are certainly worthy
of coverage and mourning.
I’m here to talk about the reactions to these attacks. And while

Media
Rob “You sexist” Foreman
Online
Josh “Former sports” Beneteau
Nicole “Bah humbug” Schmidt
Lee “SAY SOMETHING
FUNNY” Richardson

Features
Emma “Shattered life” Cosgrove

General Manager
Liane “McDonald’s storyteller”
McLarty

Biz and Tech
Jacob “Drummer rhythm” Dubé

Advertising Manager
Chris “We’re free” Roberts

Arts and Life
Al “Chalet champion” Downham

Design Director
J.D. “Truffle dealer” Mowat

Sports
Devin “Way too early” Jones

Intern Army
Gracie “Ninja” Brison
Mikayla “Warrior” Fasullo
Ben “Battler” Hoppe
Angela “Gladiator” Feng
Victoria “Trooper” Sykes

Communities
Dylan “Clippings monster”
Freeman-Grist
Photo
Sierra “Sass jedi” Bein
Jake “Not that sassy?” Scott
Annie “Sass padawan” Arnone
Fun
Robert “The usurper”
Mackenzie

Contributors
Behdad “BehStep Mom”
Mahichi
Justin “Monica and” Chandler
Nicole “Epiphany” Di Donato
Alanna “Public Enemy” Rizza
Igor “Come App to me” Magun
Brian “Capital of” Capitao

the first was certainly grief and
sadness — for many the second
was an anger, which was often
misdirected.
“I’m Islamed out,” wrote Mark
Steyn in a National Post column
on Nov. 15. “I’m tired of Islam
24/7, at Colorado colleges, Marseilles synagogues, Sydney coffee
shops, day after day after day.”
And others seemed to echo the
sentiment — lashing out in Islamophobic violence. Since last week’s
attacks, a refugee camp in France
was set on fire. A mosque in Peterborough — the only mosque in
Peterborough — was torched. In
Australia a woman wearing a hi-

Sunday “Hates Mondays” Aken
Deven “Loves JB” Knill
Luke “Bball” Galati
Tagwa “Late model” Moyo
Dan “Camera jockey” Rocchi
Brennan “Buzz” Doherty
Jake “Virtual Reality” Kivanc
Karoun “Run4arts” Chahinian
Alexandria “Judge” Lee
Chris “Kool gramz” Blanchette
Hailey “Volleyball” Salvian
Allan “Double duty” Perkins
Skyler “Gein” Ash
Nick “Rader” Matthews
Sawyer “Zodiac” Bogdan
Playing the part of the Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug this week is that
bathroom that always stinks, even
when it’s just been cleaned.
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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
jab was pushed in front of a moving train.
Let’s take a breath, people. Because I can’t believe I have to type
this sentence, but being a violent
racist to people in your country
is not going to undo the tragedies
that swept the world last week.
As you’ll read in our news section this week, there was a candleit vigil at Yonge-Dundas Square in
honour of all the attacks, with the
slogan “Pray for Humanity.” After reading the columns, seeing the
violent reactions, that’s certainly
what I’ll be doing.
Because here’s the thing, as one
of the vigil-attendees pointed out
after a moment of silence. We,
students at Ryerson, in Toronto,
can’t stop terror attacks in farflung places from rocking the
world. Yes, steps can be taken
by society at large, by governments, to stop such attacks. But
as a twenty-something trying to
get your education, eliminating
terrorism may be a bit outside of
your scope.
But we can make a difference
here, at home. Don’t stand for the
Mark Steyns, for the angry arsonists. Maybe you can’t stop a bomb
from detonating in Beirut, but you
can stop that guy who’s being a

prick to the Muslim lady who just
wants to ride the bus.
Racism is all around us, and
there are things we can do to curb
it.
That Facebook friend who posted a racist rant condemning innocents — all while protesting their
deaths in Paris? Tell them off. Stop
that guy in the street from shoving
that other guy, who happens to be
middle-eastern.
It seems crazy that we have to
keep reiterating these basic sentiments, but fear does not erase fear.
Terrorising a religion at home does
not change the terror someone else
committed abroad.
So while the world may be a
bit of a shitty place overall at
the moment, there are things we
can do to improve it in our backyards.
Don’t let bad people hide behind
what others have done to justify
their actions. Especially this week,
don’t be a bystander to racism. If
you see it, speak up.
Because, honestly, I don’t want
to read about another mosque on
fire, or yet another unnecessary
death.
Call me an idealist, but we
should be so much better than
that.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

NEWS

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RTA course intentions can be a guessing game
By Justin Chandler
There is not enough space, money
or course-intention guarantee in
the RTA School of Media’s production courses to accommodate
students who want to take them.
In their second year, media-production students pick one of several courses to specialize in a specific
stream. But some students, even
those who do course intentions
to indicate they want to take a
course, may not be able to — like
second-year
media-production
student Gillian Pownall.
Students can pick between audio, single-camera (also called
electronic field production), multicamera and digital media in their
third semester.
Pownall is now enrolled in a
single-camera production course,
but a lack of spots initially kept
her from getting in.
Despite her indicating she wanted to take single-camera at the
start of the course-intention period in spring 2015, she was not put
into that stream. Pownall was told
there was no room in that course

and that she would have to wait
until next year to take it.
“Of course I was livid,” Pownall said. She said people who have
good grades and do course intentions should be guaranteed spots
in their preferred classes.
RTA student affairs coordinator
Donna Morrison said sometimes
there is not enough space in a
course because there isn’t enough
money in school budgets to hire
instructors or buy equipment.
Other times, courses are overbooked because students sign up
for more courses than they actually want, as RAMSS doesn’t limit
the number of courses students
can take.
Morrison also said these situations may arise because not enough
students do course intentions.
“[Course intentions] are considered mandatory. Every student is
emailed and [told] if you don’t do
course intentions, there is no guarantee you’re getting a timetable,”
Morrison said.
The course intentions process
helps faculties plan courses by
determining how many seats they

RTA School of Media students pick specific streams of media in their second year.

need to allocate. When students
don’t do course intentions, faculty
can underestimate the demand for
a course, Morrison said.
When a course is overbooked
come open enrollment, RAMSS
will randomly pick students who
signed up to take it and put them
into the course, Morrison said.
She said that in some cases, a selection process based on students’
GPAs will determine if they can
get into overbooked courses.
Morrison told Pownall not
getting into her preferred course
wouldn’t be a setback, but Pownall wants to continue in the advanced single-camera stream next
year and would have had to delay
her plans, she said.
Pownall said she asked Morri-

son to put her name on a sticky
note and keep it by her computer
in case somebody dropped the
course. A student did and Morrison was able to get Pownall into
the course for the third week.
Joelle Farrow, a second-year
media-production student, did
course intentions and was placed
in the single-camera course for
her third semester, but decided she
wanted to change her stream. She
said she does not like the course
as much as she thought she would
and wants to study multi-camera
now — a decision that could impact the rest of her undergraduate
degree.
Farrow said she tried to switch
courses on RAMSS when the option was open, but the site lagged

PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE

and she missed her chance.
She talked to Morrison and tried
to find someone to switch with but
couldn’t. She said having to take
single-cam is a positive as she’s
now decided she’ll take the multicam course next year, but may not
be able to take as many electives as
she would have liked to.
Morrison said it can be difficult
for students to know by spring
what they want to study in the fall,
but they still need to be aware of
what they’re signing up for when
they do course intentions.
Morrison also added that professors should do more to remind
students to do course intentions,
and that she thinks her email reminders to students about course
intentions often go unread.

Reignite Ryerson left in the dark
By Keith Capstick
After Reignite Ryerson’s latest
accusation against Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) vice-president
education Cormac McGee, only
one thing is clear — nobody’s listening to Reignite.
The oppositional group voicing its concerns about tuition fees
made three demands of the RSU
and a few more of the university
this month — but none of them
have been responded to.
“If the RSU does not take an active stance against rising tuition fees
then the implicit message is, ‘We’re
alright with tuition fees increasing,’” said Ledya Mahadere, a fifthyear politics and governance student who’s recently joined Reginite’s
campaign. “If you say, ‘As long as
it doesn’t interfere with education,’
then it creates that correlation [between fees and quality of education]
where it doesn’t really exist.”
Reignite has requested that the
RSU make a public declaration
about its stance on rising tuition
fees in addition to also declaring a
stance on the way that these hikes
affect marginalized communities
disproportionately.
McGee said he’s made his stance
on tuition clear and that there’s no
need for a public statement.
“Taking a public stance on tu-

ition fees, I don’t know why I need
to do that because I feel like I’ve
done that over and over,” McGee
said. “[The] students I’m going to
listen to care to sit down with me
and come up with a plan of action.”
Both sides have oppositional
opinions regarding the best place
to look for the answer to their
tuition-related concerns, with
Reignite insisting that the school
must be involved for students to
be taken seriously while McGee
and the RSU would prefer to go
straight to the province.
Vajdaan Tanveer, who was involved in starting Reignite, said
that given McGee’s involvement
with Rise for Ryerson and subsequent election as vice-president
education, it is imperative that
McGee takes a public stance on
rising fees. Without that, Tanveer
said, the school is able to continue
increasing fees.
“You fundamentally go out and
say don’t freeze tuition fees,” Tanveer said.
At last November’s Board of
Governors meeting, a representative from Rise for Ryerson said
increases in tuition fees were
“necessary to ensure quality of
education.” McGee said he’s never
aligned himself with this statement, despite being involved with
the campaign. He also said he was

not an organizer.
“I was just a part of it, I wasn’t
a main driver of it. But I definitely
told my friends about it and told
them to come out,” McGee said.
“Tuition fees are a necessity [for
the school] and … half of the university’s revenue is tuition fees and
just because it’s the right thing
right now doesn’t mean it’s the
best thing.
“The only way I would want tuition fees frozen is if I knew it was
a positive solution for the entire
Ryerson community.”
Tanveer questioned what constitutes an organizer.
“I would argue that if you’re
posting pictures and trying to get
people out to an event, advocating
for a group, that’s an organizer,”
he said.
Reignite’s first organizational
meeting will be held next week
and the group said they’re focused
on getting people involved. They
said they’re waiting for a public
response from the RSU and the
university, who also haven’t responded to their original demands.
“[There] is a common misconception that quality of education
is correlated with cost of education and these two things are not
actually correlated,” Mahadere
said. “So we need the RSU to take
an active stance.”

NEWS

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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Ryerson prays for Paris, Iraq and Beirut

A Ryerson graduate and a UofT student organized a candlelight vigil at Yonge and Dundas Square on Nov. 15 to #PrayForTheWorld after terrorist attacks last week.

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By Sierra Bein
A candlelight vigil took place at
Yonge and Dundas Square on
Nov. 15 to honour victims of terrorism worldwide
Over the past week, terrorist attacks in Lebanon, Iraq and France
left the world in shock and heartbreak. As of this weekend, death
tolls in Beirut are at 43, Baghdad,
40 and Paris, 129. ISIS has claimed
responsibility for these attacks.
The vigil was organized by Ryerson graduate Hassan Haidar
and fourth-year University of Toronto (U of T) student Fatima
Chakroun. They wanted to push
the idea of anti-terrorism and humanity, rather than focus on only
one country’s tragedies.
“It actually started with just being for Beirut because the Paris
[attacks] hadn’t happened yet
when we came up with it,” said
Chakroun. “But literally the day
after we planned, it happened, and
we were like, ‘There’s no way that
we can not include Paris.’
“We don’t want to make division based on race, religion, ethnicity — like, that’s crazy.”
Haidar read out some of the
names belonging to those who
died in the attacks. The vigil also
included a spoken word performance, followed by a moment of
silence and prayers.
Ryerson sent out a press release this week stating that their

PHOTOS: SIERRA BEIN

thoughts are with the victims and
families in France who suffered.
“Our thoughts are also with
the many members of the Ryerson community,” read the release.
“Including visiting French students and faculty, who have family, friends and professional colleagues in France.”
The university confirmed that
all Ryerson community members
in France are safe.

“We don’t want to make
division based on race, religion, ethnicity — like, that’s
crazy”
Haidar brought attention to
the refugees who are escaping
this senseless violence from their
homelands, saying that they are
now among the most vulnerable.
“I’ve seen a lot of attacks on refugees in the last three, four days in
the aftermath,” Haidar said. “We
have to be able to condemn that
and be able to tell them that a city
like Toronto and a country like
Canada will always have its door
open to those who need our help.”
After last week’s attacks, a refugee camp in France and a mosque
in Peterborough were set on fire.
In Australia, a woman in a hijab
was pushed in front of a train.

COMMUNITIES

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

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Perspectives of
displacement
By Behdad Mahichi

A vigil was held outside of the SCC to honour those who lost their lives in the Syrian crisis.

PHOTO: NATALIA BALCERZAK

Since Nov. 16, members of
the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac
Students’ Union (ACSSU) have
been holding a fundraiser while
attempting to emulate the life of
displaced people in Iraq and Syria
— in other words, those who are
refugees in their own country.
While much of the focus on the
crisis in Syria and its surrounding areas have been turned on the
flow of refugees fleeing violence
and persecution, there are many
people who remain at the epicentre, merely displaced among violence in their homeland.
For this cause, the ACSSU will
sleep outside the Student Campus Centre for three nights, from
Nov. 16-18, with no access to
electronics, eating only food given to them by donation.
I spent a night with the group
to gain a bit of their perspective.
While enduring the same hardships here at Ryerson as those
fleeing the devastations of conflict is impossible, staying a night
alongside their cause allows for
further understanding of the challenges refugees will face.
In the midst of busy November,

these students put their academic
lives on pause, packed their bags
with only the most basic possessions and pitched a tent away
from their cozy homes.
Going back home can’t be an
option — and it never is for those
forced to flee. They try to explain
their situation to those passing
by, many of whom are too submerged in their own lives to care.
A handful of compassionate
people donate food and warm
drinks to their cause. Throughout
the day, they continue to try to
raise awareness, and when nighttime comes, a vigil is held for
their lost brothers and sisters.
When the streets empty out
and it gets quiet, incomplete tasks
come to mind, with no phone or
laptop anywhere in reach to complete them.
Life is lived on a day-to-day basis
here, just as with a displaced person
within a country in conflict where
tomorrow may simply be another
city or danger that you flee.
The only thing keeping you
busy in the meantime, and the
only thing that remains important
when the cold and the hunger
kick in, are the loved ones around
you. You’re all in this together.

New campus pizza joint blazes out
By Alanna Rizza
Blaze Pizza opened at Yonge and
Victoria Streets about two months
ago.
When my friend Emma and I
walked into the place I found myself in a positive and comfortable
atmosphere.
I spotted a worker and asked
her what she thought would be
best for me to order as a pescatarian, a vegetarian who eats fish.
She said the Veg Out pizza was
a very good option, and that they
also have a gluten free crust as
well as vegan cheese.
She spotted Emma’s schoolbag.
“We are really fast, and we
know that you guys have class. So
when you have time you can come
here and get your pizza in 380 seconds,” she said.
“380 seconds?” I asked, having
just read the menu sign that said
the pizza would be cooked in 180
seconds.
“Wait! Oh my gosh,” she said,
clearly embarrassed. “No, it’s 380
seconds,” she said, assuring me
that she was right.
Thinking that it would be rude
to correct her, I walked right over
to the end of the line, where directly above me the menu said, “Pizzas are fast-fire’d in 180 seconds.”

All of the other employees
were friendly. A woman made my
$10.45 pizza, which had gorgonzola and mozzarella cheese, zucchini, mushrooms and red onion.
Blaze doesn’t do single slices, you
get a full pizza that is about medium-sized.
She told me the timer starts
when the pizza goes in the oven.
Once my pie went in, I started the
timer on my phone just as Emma
got her pizza and went to find a
table.
As I waited, I looked over at the
fountain drinks. There was special
house blood orange lemonade. It
looked delicious and I regretted
not ordering a drink.
I felt a bit anxious as my timer
went over three minutes.
I asked the two guys working
the fancy wood-fired oven how
they know when it has been 180
seconds. They said it’s based on if
the pizza is cooked or not. They
assured me that it would never go
over four minutes.
As my pizza was coming out, I
showed the guy my timer, which
read five minutes and thirty-four
seconds.
“Woah!” went the two guys. All
of the workers looked over.
They apologized and one of
them went to get me a cup for a

free drink and the other guy told
me that sometimes the temperature of the oven is hard to control
and that is why it took so long.
I found my way over to Emma
who was almost halfway done her
pizza. We shared the drink and
ate our entire pies. The meal was
great, we finished feeling full but
didn’t feel bloated or sluggish.
Linsday Nantes, third year urban and regional planning student, had the Meat Eater pizza.
She said it was a little expensive,
but worth it.
She and her friends said it was
their first time at Blaze Pizza and
that they would come back, maybe even on a night after partying
(it is open on Friday and Saturday
until midnight so Ryerson students could go there after getting
blazed too).
I asked a supervisor about
any student specials to come
in the future and got a no.
The general manager, Andrew
Dorich, explained that the 180
seconds is actually the average
time for the pizza to cook and
that the time really depends on the
toppings of the pizza. He said it
would never go over four minutes.
When I told him about my pizza
he apologized and mentioned not
everyone would get a free drink.

Two signature pies at Rye’s newest joint Blaze Pizza.

PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA

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on’t move. Seriously, just
stay down,” my friend
whispered as we lay pancaked to the hard floor of a dusty
rooftop. A small concrete wall, unpainted and serrated with exposed
rebar, cast a shadow just large
enough to conceal our bodies from
the security guard peering out into
the tangled construction site with
his flashlight. After sneaking into
an unauthorized area of an unfinished building overlooking Spadina Avenue, we were about to be
caught. Although we had come up
here for a thrill and some gnarly
photos, we were probably going
to leave in handcuffs. At least the
pictures would net us some new
followers.
Instagram, for better or worse,
has fundamentally changed the
nature of photography. Not just in
the way it’s received by the public,
but in the way it’s produced and
sought out. Gone are the days of
dark rooms and Polaroids — two
concepts now only associated with
enthusiasts and hipsters — digital
photography now rules the game
and is more accessible than ever.
Whether you’re shooting with a
cell phone or a bulky DSLR, beautiful imagery can be captured, edited and put online for the world
to see with relative ease and haste.
But with improved accessibility,
there also comes a great cost: if
you want to stand out as a photographer in the world of social
media, you have to pay the price
of pushing the boundary, sometimes to the point of real and tan-

gible danger.
This trend is no more apparent
than across the streets of Toronto.
Shooters roam the city in search
of not just the best imagery, but
the most daring locations. Photographers looking to make a
splash on Instagram often crouch
in the middle of bustling streets as
cars whiz by, while explorers and
those with a thirst for adrenaline
climb and scale buildings to access rooftops and take “dangler
shots,” where people droop their
legs over the edge of a building in
order to photograph their shoes
hanging over the ground below.

“It’s amazing how
many ’grammers
want to get to a certain spot so badly
and then when they
get there they just
replicate the exact
same shot”
It’s a trend that’s dangerous, exhilarating and has produced some
of the prettiest eye candy on the
web, but not everybody agrees in
it being the end-all of the photography game.
“It’s amazing how many ’grammers want to get to a certain spot
so badly and then when they get
there they just replicate the exact
same shot that someone big like

Jayscale has taken,” said Brad
Golding, a Ryerson RTA student
and Toronto photographer. “It
makes no sense to me.”
Golding, who goes by the handle @goldshoots on Instagram,
has a photo feed mixed with lifestyle and cityscape shots. Some of
his pictures, which he says are taken “on the go” in his day-to-day
life, are something more typically
associated with amauteur photography. Creamy shots of friends
walking around a city in the middle of fall, a bird’s-eye view of a
latté and a book, a street capture
of a businessman rushing to work.
Golding tells me he used to take
shots for the followers, but now
he does it just for himself.
“When I take photos I think a
lot about the story behind the moment and sometimes that story is
only relevant to me, but that’s not
a bad thing at all,” he said. “Of
course I want a lot of people to
see and enjoy my work, but I take
photos just as much for me as I do
for others.”
he shift toward edgier and
danger-filled photography
in Toronto can be traced
back to 2010. Just before Instagram had its humble beginnings as
a simple app to capture and share
photos from a smartphone, the
real photography arena existed on
sites like Flickr and 500px. One of
the first notable examples of dangler photography was created by
photojournalist Tom Ryaboi, who
took a shot of his friend Jen Tse’s
legs suspended off the edge of a

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Toronto skyscraper. The picture
of Tse’s black and white converse
looming over Yonge and Wellington streets blew up — making
international news in just a week
after being featured as an Editor’s
Pick on Reddit.
“Everything happened really
quickly from there, all kinds of
doors swung open. I was offered
the photo editor position of Toronto’s leading blog. I began to
licence loads of my images, and
I was selling tons of prints, all
thanks to one photo,” Ryaboi,
former BlogTO editor, wrote on a
blog four years ago. “Even now, a
year later, I still get three to five requests for this photo every week.”
Since then, rooftopping culture
has exploded. Some of the most
popular Instagram accounts and
photography collectives consistently feature wide shots of Toronto’s skyline or stomach-churning
photos of Air Jordans dangling
above city streets, all of which
have been taken from the top of
grandiose buildings and towers in
the downtown core.
Some photographers go as far
as scaling cranes and hanging onto
railings with one hand while taking pictures with the other. The
further you push it, the more likes
you’re generally going to get.
But according to the Toronto Police, rooftopping isn’t just dangerous, it’s illegal, and some photographers already have had to pay a
serious price for their adventures.
Earlier this year, then-Ryerson
journalism student Eric Mark Do

was arrested by police with a few
friends, one of whom was Ryaboi,
after they were caught on top of a
building near the west end of Wellington Street Do was charged with
three charges related to breaking
and entering. Although charges
against the three photographers
were dropped in September, Do’s
photography gear was seized until May and the cards holding the
photos were held until after the
charges were released. Now, photos from the same rooftop can be
found as some of the most recent
posts on his Instagram.

“It’s one thing to
climb, but being able
to bring the proof
back with photos is
different”
Toronto Police Const. Victor
Kwong said that while the degree
of repercussions for rooftoppers
are determined by the courts, there
is a great amount of leeway in
both an officer’s and a judge’s ability to interpret the situation, noting that “breaking and entering”
doesn’t necessarily have to involve
breaking any locks.
“‘Breaking’ does not mean
damage, rather figuratively of a
threshold. For example, just because you forgot to lock your door
doesn’t mean it’s okay for anyone
to walk into your home,” Kwong

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said. “Officers have discretion on
whether or not to lay a charge.”
Getting up to rooftops can be
a difficult and daunting task. Oftentimes, photographers have to
evade building security, as well as
the various apparatuses that may
be monitoring breaches in doors
and hatches that may allow access to the roof. Due to the rise in
popularity of rooftopping and the
people being caught doing it, however, building security around the
city has improved drastically.
In my experience talking to
frequent rooftoppers, almost any
building worth scaling requires
some form of lock-picking tools.
This can range from something as
simple as a screwdriver or knife to
wedge open a door, to full-fledged
bolt cutters that are used to snip
off padlocks keeping the photographer from the top of the building.
There are other elements to take
into account, such as cameras, motion sensors and electronic strips
that can alert security to someone
trying to access unauthorized areas. It’s become so difficult and
legally risky that virtually no photographers are willing to speak on
the record about their experiences
rooftopping, nor are there guides
or how-tos online for first-timers
looking to give it a swing.
With such secrecy, those with
the knowhow are revered in the
community. Bigtime Instagrammers in Toronto such as Jayscale
and Brxson have racked up tens
of thousands of followers — their

feeds a conspicuous mix of deathdefying shots from the top of Toronto’s tallest buildings and simple
photography down on the street
level. Regardless of location, the
imagery is always popping with
crisp detail and clarity. It’s a culture that is defined by hashtags
like #way2ill, #shoot2kill and
#hypebeast. As old hashtags die,
new ones are born, all of which
have their own respective niche to
serve before the community hops
onto the next trend.
hings weren’t always this
way. Peter Bregg, a Ryerson professor who teaches
classes on photojournalism, said
that photographers were often
split into two categories before:
those taking paid gigs and those
who were just hobbyist shooters.
Nowadays, the line is blurrier.
Bregg says that advancements in
camera tech have made it incredibly easy for the average person to
take photos that would otherwise
be limited to professionals. He
adds that while things like rooftopping can be impressive, he’s not
keen on the idea of breaking the
law in order to stake out a better
shot.
“It’s a generational thing, perhaps. I’m older, I’m more cautious.
I believe in being more cautious.
When you’re young, you want to
take risks, you want to gamble,
and the thrill of doing something
like rooftopping is very important
[to some people].
“The proof of that thrill is being able to take a picture. It’s one

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thing to climb, but being able to
bring the proof back with photos
is different. Some of that photography is very good, it’s very artful.
I can envy the quality and the content, but I can’t envy what they did
to get there.”
A Ryerson journalism student
and photographer Chris Blanchette says that, like Bregg, he can
understand the length some people will go to in order to one-up
each other. While he doesn’t necessarily agree with the idea of
breaking the law to access certain
spots or get certain photos, as a
photographer constantly trying
to improve his craft, he gets the
desire to do so.
“Because photography’s art,
and I think with art, there’s only so
many ways you can do something,
I think what makes it better is that
you’re improving on the way you
do it,” he said. “I think the same
is with photos, I mean for people
who are going up there, every
year I’ve seen a new perspective of
something or the same shot done a
different way so I don’t think you
can hit a wall in any aspect of photography as long as you’re trying
to innovate and always trying to
stay ahead of everybody.”
his past weekend, two other
photographers and I were
trapped on the rooftop of
that unfinished condo with a security guard diligently looking for
any trace of us. With just a DSLR
and a few lenses, we were able to
capture everything from long exposures to portrait shots. When

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the shine of a flashlight caused us
to dive to the floor, our fun was
over. After hiding until the guard
left to find backup, we slipped
out the emergency exit and jetted
off into the night with pounding
hearts. A few hours later, I’d post
the photos to Instagram, fully edited and ready to show the world.
Considering nobody else had
accessed that roof in the past, I
had an exclusive perspective and
no competition to compare myself
to. Something about it felt strangely cheap, like I had traded the skill
of photography for the ability to
stomach my fear of getting caught.
Talking to other photographers
in the city like Golding, it’s clear
there’s a sentiment that the skill of
photography has been devalued to
some.

“Someone sees your
photo and they tag
their friend in it, and
then you’re out a few
weeks later taking
pictures with them”
But Blanchette doesn’t think so.
In fact, if anything, he thinks that
the bar for what’s considered high
quality has just been raised to a
new standard. Noting how Instagram has allowed him to not only
connect with more people than
ever and share his photos to be
critiqued by a much more diverse

audience, Blanchette says that the
app is much more beneficial than
it is detrimental to his viewpoint
as a photographer.
“Collaboration is awesome.
Instagram is like its own version
of networking, because someone sees your photo and they tag
their friend in it, and then you’re
out a few weeks later taking pictures with them,” he said. “I have
friends that I’ve met just through
Instagram who are really close to
me now and if I hadn’t had Instagram I wouldn’t have been able
to meet them. I think there’s a really tight-knit community with the
people you meet.”
y first time ever rooftopping was January
of this year. The metal
of the doorknob was cold, even
through my leather gloves. With
a yank, the door flung open and
I was greeted by the shimmering
skyline of Toronto — an array of
bright towers and street lights cluttered my view like a visual symphony. Despite my frozen face and
shaking hands, I couldn’t pull my
eye from my viewfinder. I snapped
picture after picture, sometimes
blowing my frozen breath into the
frame of the shot.
As I look back at some of the
photos still saved on my computer, I can’t help but notice how
poorly shot they were. At the end
of the day, the quality didn’t matter — the sight of the city was
enough to keep me coming back
for more.
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PHOTO: ALEXANDRIA LEE

Read about RU alumnus Greg Benedetto,
founder of punk promotional group Stuck
In The City, online at theeyeopener.com.

The crew of Wisdom Teeth is speaking out about seuxal assault survivors’ experiences.

PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE

Pillowcase Survivors
A fourth-year film studies student speaks out her sexual assault in her thesis project
By Annie Arnone
A fourth-year film studies student
is sharing her own experience with
sexual assault in her upcoming
thesis film.
Director Sydni Lazarus is recounting her and others’ struggle
in Wisdom Teeth. According to
the synopsis, the film challenges
“that voices of survivors should
continue to be silent.”
“It’s been a hard couple of years,
but this is something I’m ready to
take on,” said Lazarus.
Lazarus said the film aims to
reflect a “common experience for
so many people, predominantly
women.”
“Rape is nothing like how it
is in the movies,” reads the film’s
synopsis. “It doesn’t always take
place in an alleyway, or at a club.
It doesn’t always involve force
or being held at gunpoint, but
more often than not, the person
who rapes you is a person you
trust.”
The film’s title references Lazarus’ experience of sexual assault
by her former partner.
“I came in at the tail end of her
relationship and I was there as
a witness,” said fourth-year student Meaghan Gable, the film’s
cinematographer. “Other than
her mom, I don’t think anyone
else knew.”
Since she was high on wisdom tooth medication during
the incident, she uses the teeth
as a metaphor for growth in the
film.

Wisdom Teeth, including producer and fourth-year Ida Jokinen
— also uses poetic allusions to the
Greek myth of Hades and Persephone.
The story depicts Persephone —
Goddess of vegetation — who’s
taken captive by Hades, God of
the Underworld. During the kidnapping, the goddess experiences
emotional, physical and sexual
abuse.
However, she develops a love
for her kidnapper and becomes
the Goddess of the Underworld.
Lazarus said she saw the myth as
a “beauty and the beast” scenario
when she was young.

“It doesn’t always take
place in an alleyway or at
a club. It doesn’t always
involve force or being held
at gunpoint, but more
often that not, the person
who rapes you is a person
you trust”
“As I do research on it now I realize, holy shit, this is a story about
a young girl being kidnapped,”
Lazarus said. “I related it to my
story which is a story about sexual assault, but it was also one of
emotional, sexual abuse and gaslighting.”

Gas-lighting is a form of mental
abuse where abusers manipulate
situations to make victims doubt
their own experience.
One scene in Wisdom Teeth incorporates the statistic that onefourth of women will experience
sexual assault in their lifetime.
With characters that Lazarus
names “pillowcase survivors,” the
scene depicts women with pillowcases over their heads, in nothing
but their underwear.
“It’s sort of implying the trope
of a hostage with a sack over your
head and the idea of being a statistic,” said Lazarus. “You lose
your sense of identity. Every girl
sits in position and they wait to
be next in line. Through this room
of pillowcase survivors you’ll hear
pick ups from interviews we’re doing.”
The set design, using “aerial
silk performance, industrials and
movement” depicts the underworld as interviews with other
survivors play out.
“We shoot on a dark sound
stage,” said Gable. “You see a bed
and Sydni is on the bed as she recounts things that have happened
from her past.”
The crew said they plan to interview over 15 survivors from
different genders, race and other
backgrounds.
“It’s been really amazing to hear
those stories,” Jokinen said. “And
how beautifully people can talk
about something that is so horrible, given to them without consent.”

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Jean-Victor Mukama is the “Can man”

JV is a taking on more responsiblity this season as a third-year shooting guard.

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shots. He was a super star.”
Filip Vujadinovic, who played
against Mukama in high school,
and is now his university teammate at Ryerson remembers thinking, “I never get intimidated by
people, but I actually got intimidated watching that. Knowing
that I had to guard him, I was like
‘Damn, I don’t want this guy to
embarrass me.’”
The second time they played
against each other, Vujadinovic
was injured, so he had to watch
Mukama as he, “destroyed my
team. It was hard to watch. Everything went in for him.”
Now in his third year, Mukama
has had the advantage of playing under the tutelage of previous
veterans Jahmal Jones and Aaron
Best. Soaking up as much as he
could during his time playing with
them, JV said he took parts of
their game and tried to work them
into his style of play.
“I had a lot of questions about
technical things, but it was practising with them, you start to pickup
on things without even realizing
it,” Mukama said.
At the time, Vujadinovic didn’t
know who his soon-to-be teammate was. But, he remembers that
he hated playing against him because of his length. Vujadinovic
points to Mukama’s seven-footfive wingspan; noting that in his
eyes, he has the most potential on
Ryerson’s basketball team.
Mukama’s length is one reason
why when the Toronto Raptors’
2014 draft pick, Bruno Caboclo,
practices with the Rams, he’s the
one to guard the six-foot-nine Brazilian prospect.
“JV is like a shorter version of
him in a way,” Vujadinovic said.
“They’d get pretty competitive.
Bruno would hit a shot, JV would
get pissed off and JV would get in
his face.”
When Caboclo comes to prac-

tice at Ryerson, Mukama’s teammate thinks that he plays with a
chip on his shoulder, knowing
that Caboclo’s agent would also
be watching. “He wants to prove
that he can beat Bruno.”
Mukama’s nickname on the
team is “Can Man.” He attributes this to his love of boxing,
specifcally Adrian Gomez, who
uses “Can man” in reference to
winning against anyone at any
point.
“It’s really, anybody can get it,
get beat on any day or game,”
Mukama said. “I alway say it before a game to pump myself up.”
Jahmal Jones coined the nickname last year, pointing to the fact
that Mukama is a one man wrecking crew in practice when they
play one-on-one. Mukama considers the nickname a confidence
builder.

In order to help the Ryerson men’s
basketball team find success this
season, Jean-Victor Mukama knew
a leadership role was something
he’d have to step into.
The lanky shooting-guard from
Hamilton, Ont. who started out
playing for Martin Vaillancourt’s
UPLAY — a summer rep basketball program combining academic
excellence with top-tier athletes
— is now a guiding hand on a
fresh Rams team.
“Working on chemistry off the
New Ryerson recruit JP Kambocourt is important to me, because
la tried to play him this year to test
I think the best teams have good
the nickname out for himself. “JV
chemistry outside of basketball,”
beat him so bad, he just hit three
Mukama said. “There’s more
after three,” Vujadinovic said.
things I have to be responsible for
Mukama has become the postthis season and so I’m trying to
er-boy for UPLAY, and a leader on
figure it out and act upon it.”
an undefeated Ryerson team. For
Vaillancourt recongized Mukahim, playing for the Rams is all
ma’s potential leading into highabout playing as a unit, winning
school, often driving him to and
games together, not just as indivufrom games. Eventually Villandal players.
court would coach Mukama on
“From the fifth player on the
his high school team, praising his
bench to the eigth man down,
infectious personality.
we have guys who can score 30
“I saw this lanky kid. The kid
points,” Mukama said. “But my
was just a happy kid having fun,
focus is to be the glue for the team,
shooting hoops, laughing, gigto build up the focus and get evgling,” Vaillancourt said. He was
eryone to buy into the system.”
the type of kid that Vaillancourt
wanted to have around his high
school basketball team.
At that time, he says that Mukama wasn’t up to the level of
competition. But Vaillancourt
made sure that Mukama was on
the team because of his positive
attitude.
“We just wanted to keep him
around. Out of leadership, and
personality, there’s no one that’s
bigger than him. Everyone wants
to be around JV. Everyone loves
JV,” Vaillancourt said.
Mukama worked hard on his
game, and according to Vaillancourt, “JV got pretty good.” By
Grade 12, he grew to six-foot-six,
and still had the perimeter game
of a guard. “Now he was starting to make some noise,” Vaillancourt said. “He was a six-foot-six
shooting guard who could handle
PHOTO: JESS TSANG
the rock, defend the ball and block As a senior in high school Mukama was six-foot-six .

“Out of leadership, and personality, there’s no one that’s
bigger than him. Everyone
wants to be around JV”

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CIS vs. NCAA: celebrating the differences
By Tagwa Moyo and Devin
Jones
Last spring the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men’s basketball
Final 8 tournament was hosted at
Ryerson. The games took place at
the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. There were approximately
3,500 fans in attendance at the
game, with tickets costing between
$18-$24, or free for students.
One month later the National
Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) March Madness championship game was played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis,
which happens to be home of the
Indianapolis Colts. For that game
there were 80,000 people in the
stadium and the game was televised on ESPN television. Tickets
to attend this match up were $225
-$10,000.
But forget about money, because competing with its American counterparts is a conversation
the CIS will lose every time. And
for Ryerson athletic director Ivan
Joseph, the CIS is about offering
something different.
“We’re not here to compete with
NCAA Division I football or basketball from a ticket sales and ad
revenue generating standpoint,”
Joseph said. “Where we do compete is from the student athlete

Funding is a always a major sticking point in the CIS, NCAA debate.

experience. When you talk about
the academic rigor at a Canadian
university, you’re talking Harvard,
you’re talking Duke, you’re talking
Standford.”
This academic rigor throughout
the CIS culminated in 3,101 students acheiving All-Canadian academic status in 2014-2015, including 15 athletes from Ryerson.
This notion of having to go to the
United States in order to achieve an
exemplary education while also
competing at a high level of athletic excellence is something Joseph
is looking to nullify.

“I’m not here to say that, ‘Hey
we want to be like Notre Dame or
Michigan in what we’re doing,’”
Joseph said. “What we want to
have is the best academic experience, and for the student who
wants a signifcant athletic experience that’s year round and has
great coaching, but doesn’t want to
go to the States to get it, they can
choose Ryerson.”
It doesn’t take a math genius to
understand that there is a huge difference between CIS and NCAA in
terms of funding. The question is,
why are the numbers so stagger-

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ingly different?
In 2013-2014 the CIS provided
just over $15 million in athletic
scholarship money to student athletes, this number was an increase
in nine and a half per cent from the
previous season. The NCAA Division I and II schools on the other
hand provide more than 2.7 billion
dollars to its student athletes. One
thing to be noted is that Division III
schools do not offer athletic scholarships.
“CIS doesn’t have money in the
recruiting and scholarship department. There is money available
academically but not so much for
sports,” said men’s basketball interim head coach Patrick Tatham.
“The universities in Canada are
focused on academics which is a
pretty good idea.”
The main difference behind
these statistics is that the NCAA
offers full scholarships that pay
for the athletes’ tuition, textbooks,
residence and meal plans. The CIS
on the other hand, does not provide athletes with full scholarships.
“Some CIS student athletes
still have to apply for OSAP,”
said Kareem Griffin, an assistant
coach for the Ryerson women’s
basketball team. “Student athletes can get work-study jobs but
players sometimes can’t give us as
much because they have jobs (and
school).”
Essentially the lack of funding is
built on systemically different models of education, the CIS shies away
from full-ride scholarships from a
philosophical and practical standpoint.
Despite the lack of funding,
schools competing in the CIS still
have plenty to offer. In terms of education, players competing in Ontario must maintain a 70 per cent
average to remain eligible to play.
This pushes athletes to maintain a
higher academic standard.
Additionally, games are played
differently in the CIS as opposed to
the NCAA. “The CIS prepares for

players to play overseas while the
NCAA prepares its player to play
in the NBA,” Tatham said.
Some of the main differences
in CIS basketball is that timeouts
cannot be called on the floor.
Rather they have to come from the
bench. But the CIS works under

“We’re not here to compete
with NCAA Division I football
or basketball from a ticket
sales and ad revenue generating standpoint”
the 24-second shot clock unlike
the NCAA which works under a
30-second shot clock. Tatham said
that working under a 24-second
shot clock forces coaches and players to make faster descions in highpressure situations.
In addition to the rules being
different, athletes that come from
NCAA school back to CIS have to
adapt to the different style of competition. In a NCAA men’s basketball Division I program, players
are generally larger than those that
are playing in the CIS. Not only
will players have to adapt to the
rules they may also struggle to find
methods of success against new
opponents. But Tatham also said
that he’s found players in the CIS
to be more “consistent shooters,”
overall.
NCAA sports in comparison
to CIS sports are geared more towards preparing athletes for pro
competition. That’s done by creating professional like atmospheres
for games and providing stronger
competition. Whereas CIS prepares its athletes for the workforce
or playing in professional overseas
competition through education.
Each has pros and cons, but
when it comes down to it, as long
as the student athletes garner a
proper education first and a sports
career second, there isn’t that much
different between the two.

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Ryerson is getting more Steam-powered
A Ryerson PhD candidate is writing his dissertation on the development of video games as a career, and the risk of losing all the fun

PhD candidate Daniel Joseph’s thesis on video game marketplace Steam will be completed in a year.

By Igor Magun
Gaming and a PhD may not seem
like they go together, but Ryerson
student Daniel Joseph is looking
to combine the two in a dissertation focused on Steam, the video
game marketplace.
The dissertation focuses on the
effects of video gaming more commonly becoming a full-time career.
“I’ve always been fascinated
by games, and I’ve always been
really interested in writing about
them,” Joseph said. “There’s

a lot of things that interest me
about media, generally … but
games seemed like a good place
to start my career and see where
it takes me.”
Joseph is a graduate communication and culture student in a joint
program between Ryerson and
York University. He is currently in
his fifth year of the PhD program
and expects to complete his dissertation, which should be about 200
to 250 pages, in a year. The work
centres around how Steam mediates the collapse of work and play.

App of the
Week
You can order your food on your phone with Ritual
By Jacob Dubé
Next time you and your friends are
looking for a place to eat, instead
of searching aimlessly around the
city, try out Ritual. Ritual is an
app that lets you order food in restaurants around Toronto directly
from your phone, effectively skipping lines and any unwanted human interaction.
After you’ve finished setting up
an account (add a profile picture,
it helps the restaurant owners recognize you when picking up an
order), you’re brought to Ritual’s
main page. Based on your location, the app will sort out some of
the over 250 restaurants and cafes
based in districts like Yonge and
Dundas, Liberty Village and Yorkville that are affiliated with it.
If none of the initial choices
seem like the right fit, Ritual has
a search option so you can either
find the specific restaurant to suit
your cravings, or look through
tags like “burgers” or “Ryerson”
for other options.

Each restaurant’s page has its
full menu on Ritual, and some
orders offer extra options like additional milk and sugar for coffee.
Once an order is placed, the app
tells you how long it will take to
be ready, and suggests when you
should leave to pick it up. I ordered
a Dark Phoenix coffee at the Black
Canary on Yonge Street and once
I arrived, it was waiting for me on
the counter with my name on it. I
just had to say I ordered through
Ritual and I was all set. Though it’s
a fairly new app, the cafe appeared
to have adopted it seamlessly.
If your favourite restaurant isn’t
on the list, you can contact Ritual
on their website and get them to
send a request to join the app.
Be on the lookout for promo
codes to get coupons when you
sign up. For every friend you get to
download Ritual and order something, you will get a $10 coupon
to go with your next purchase.
Ritual is available for free on
the iOS App Store and Android’s
Google Play.

PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE

“Basically, the worry is that as
a society, we might lose … what
makes games fun in the first place
if we reduce them all to work,”
Joseph said. The rise of careers on
the game streaming service Twitch
and gaming on YouTube are two
examples of this, where people end
up playing games to earn a living.
Though Steam is the focus of
his dissertation, Joseph mentions
other examples of work and play
merging, such as the gamification
of the workplace crafted by psychologists to encourage productiv-

ity. The concern is that merging
work life with play could bring
more anxiety into our lives by
forcing us to remain competitive
and concerned about our paycheques, even while we play.
“I’m not saying this is only going to be bad,” Joseph said. “But
I do caution against this increasing tendency, because I feel like
we’re only going to see more and
more anxiety … if we let that kind
of world of the marketplace seep
into the spaces apart that we used
to maintain very distinctly for ourselves as people.”
While completing his PhD, Joseph has been teaching research
methods at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He says it’s
been beneficial to his own dissertation research. “Teaching something is the best way to learn it,”
Joseph said. “My teaching philosophy isn’t that I’m some kind of
fountain of knowledge and I just
bequeath it on everyone else … for
me, teaching is a collaborative enterprise with the students.”
Prior to his PhD, Joseph completed a master’s degree in the same
program at Ryerson. His thesis was
about independent video game development in Toronto and its relationship with Canadian cultural

policy. He explored what kind of
governmental support exists for Canadian game development, through
programs such as the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
Joseph’s motivation for writing these works goes back to his
childhood. He wanted to write
for video game magazines growing
up, but then he started to listen to
podcasts by people in the industry. “I would listen to the people
working at these magazines, and
nothing about their jobs sounded
fun,” he said. “You realize that
… their job is to play video games
some of the time, and the rest of
the time they’re just producing
content to feed the beast.”
Joseph has, however, written a
couple of articles for Motherboard
this year. He wrote about the card
game Android: Netrunner, and his
experience competing in the Netrunner World Championships. He
has also written about labour in
the video game modification community for Jacobin Magazine.
“Academia seemed like a way
to be able to write and talk about
games, and … seriously discuss
them in a way that I think they deserve,” Joseph said. “It’s a piece of
culture that, as a society, we don’t
quite understand very well.”

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