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Volume 49 - Issue 11

November 25, 2015
Since 1967

of his era

Sheldon Levy,
Ryerson and
how everything



Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

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Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015



Equity service centres propose new levy
By Jacob Dubé
Ryerson’s equity service centres
have published a report that proposes seeking a student levy to
cover their growing costs.
The service centres, which include The Centre for Women &
Trans People, The Good Food
Centre, Racialised Students’ Collective, RyeAccess, RyePride and
the Trans Collective, are proposing
a two-dollar per-student levy that
would possibly replace their annual budget given to them by the
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU).
Equity and campaigns organiser
Corey Scott said that there were
many options available when he
created the report, but a student
levy seemed the most obvious.
“It’s a good way to make sure
that, especially in a scenario where
the equity service centres fall under the students’ union, [they]
know they have this budget set
aside,” Scott said.
He said that a lot of other similar organizations across Canada,
like the University of Toronto’s
Students for Barrier-free Access,
have a student levy in place — allowing them to have a reserve that
helps them plan for deficits. Under
the current structure, he said that
isn’t feasible.
“The problem is because we’re
organizations within another organization, the strategic growth
is a bit fluctuating. It’s difficult to
figure out what that growth will
look like year to year,” Scott said.
“So having a dedicated levy allows
each of those equity service centres

Obaid Ullah said the options for a
levy are either to have a referendum
through the RSU, or the equity centres would form a separate society
and hold their own. But Idrees said
societies are usually faculty-based,
so the membership of the society
would be harder to pin down.
“I don’t know if there’s an underlying them-versus-us mentality
that’s going on in the ESC, I don’t
know what’s going on,” Idrees
PHOTO: CHARLES VANEGAS said. “I don’t know if they have
The equity service centres, housed in the SCC, are proposing a student levy to cover their costs.
any personal problems with us betorically been active in tuition re- cause we are the different Transor all the equity service centres student, as proposed.
The equity service centres have, form, especially for marginalized form team. That might have made
collectively to strategically grow
them want to start their own sociin the past, campaigned and par- students.
RSU vice-president operations ety, separate from the RSU.”
According to the first semester ticipated in events centered on
revenues and expenditures report, fighting tuition costs, such as this
the equity service centres were summer’s pride week theme “Free
nearly $16,000 over their $45,615 Love, Free Education.” Their
budget for the 2015-2016 year by website also mentions rising tuition fees in Ontario, and “by
Vice-president equity Rabia working together and organizing
Idrees said that in previous years, campaigns and initiatives, we can
the equity service centres had more make change and win major victospending freedom, and this year’s ries for students.”
Bartlett said the equity services
RSU has implemented more controls to make sure their expenses all took a firm stance on not increasing tuition, and that RSU
are in check.
“I guess that shift has been dif- vice-president education Cormac
ferent for the equity service cen- McGee has been criticised by fortres because there are people that mer equity service centre employworked there last year that are ees about his stance on tuition fees.
“I think that’s it’s ironic that, if
still working there this year, so I
guess it’s a drastic change that they it’s indeed a levy, that the groups
feel,” Idrees said. “But at the end who are fighting against us to deof the day, it’s better to do it that crease tuition fees are now asking
way to make sure what’s being us to lobby to go through a referendum to increase them again,”
spent is within the budget.”
According to RSU president Bartlett said.
Scott said the equity service cenAndrea Bartlett, implementing a
levy would require tuition fees to tres have not taken a clear stance
increase by the two dollars per on tuition fees, but they have his-

Muslim banner taken down...again
By Behdad Mahichi
An Ahmadiyya Muslim Students’
Association (AMSA) of Ryerson
banner hanging in front of Lake
Devo by was cut down in what the
group calls an act of Islamophobia.
Titled “Islam: At Odds with the
West…?” the event scheduled for
Dec. 3 will be a forum for students
to ask questions about the religion.
The banner was tied between
two trees with rope. On Monday,
it had been torn on one side, cutting through the metal covered
holes. The banner cost $220.
Ali Ahmed, president of AMSA
Ryerson, said this is the second
time they’ve had their posters vandalized in two years.
Last year, the group held an
event focused on fighting extremist influence towards Canadian
youth — but their banner, which
was again hung above Lake Devo,
was taken down as well.
“I don’t want to say who did
it and why it happened,” said

The banner before it was taken down.

Ahmed, “but Islamophobia is
huge right now. It’s something
we’re trying to tackle every day,
and I think the best way to do that
is through education, dialogue and
building bridges with each other.”
Ahmed said that ironically, the
event was planned to tackle Islamophobia.
“We need to reach out to students before anyone else does with
something that isn’t true,” he said.
Ryerson Students’ Union vicepresident equity Rabia Idrees said
that the group notified her, and
then filled out a formal complaint
to Ryerson Security.


“I’m not going to give the blame
to a Ryerson student, it could be
anybody from the Toronto area,”
she said. “There’s clearly a lot of
ignorance, hatred, misinformation
that people have on others who
follow the Islamic faith.”
“We’ll put it back up, and it
can come down a hundred more
times,” said Ahmed.
“We’re not going to respond
back with hate or violence, once
we do find out who did it, we’re
not going to hold any grudges.
We’re going to do what Islam
teaches us, we’re going to be respectful and peaceful.”



Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Online: Farewell president Levy
The editorial is online this week! To read Editor-in-Chief Sean Wetselaar’s thoughts on a departing Levy, how his attitude
changed the university and why he once bought us a turkey, head on down to

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Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015


Take me to Church Street development
The Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex is planned to break ground on Dec. 2 and be completed for use in fall 2018
By Maddie Binning

A rendering of the Church Street Development.


Ryerson’s development on Church
Street is in the final stages of design and construction is nearly
ready to begin.
The development will be named
the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex —
­ after receiving
an $8 million donation from the
Jack Cockwell family and Brookfield Partners Foundation. The
crew on the project plans to break
ground on Dec. 2.
In the tallest part of the structure, there will be 330 student
residence units.
The building will be home to
the school of nursing, the school
of nutrition and the school of occupational and public health. It
will also house the midwifery education program, the communications, government and community
engagement department, university advancement, food services
and a new learning zone called
the Fabrication Zone built for students to make physical projects.
The school has been collaborating on the Church Street de-

velopment with architecture firm
Perkins+Will since mid-2013.
Representatives from each of
the university’s programs and departments who will be using the
building will meet with the firm to
discuss their needs early on in the
Perkins+Will is working on the
final stages of the design while the
Eastern Construction Company
Ltd. prepares to work on the site
once the excavation and shoring
permits are issued by the city.
“Our plans are about 75 per
cent complete,” said Andrew
Frontini, the design lead on

the project.
“We’re still working on details
of how the [indoor building materials] and interior design looks,
but the structure is just about designed and they’re starting work
on the building.”
Fortini said the current stage
of design is expected to last
throughout the winter and then
Perkins+Will will supervise the
The excavation and site preparation stage is expected to continue through June of next year. The
building is expected to be completed in fall 2018.

McGill offering an LGBTQ+ scholarship
— should Ryerson do the same?
By Anika Syeda
As of last Thursday, McGill University offers a scholarship to
recognize LGBTQ+ leadership.
At Ryerson, there are no internal
scholarships available specifically
for the LGBTQ+ community.
Several Ryerson students, such
as first-year English student MattBlois, questioned the necessity for
a similar scholarship at Ryerson.
“I just don’t see the need for
this,” Blois said.
Timothy Thompson, chief operating officer at TD Asset Management, is the donator of McGill’s
“Back in 1990, if there had been
an award [like this] it might have
allowed me to bring my whole self
to school,” he says.
Graduating with an MBA from
McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management and carving
out a career in banking and finance, Thompson said he has little
recollection of talks of diversity.
“Over the course of my career of
25 years, the conversation about
diversity and inclusion has definitely opened up,” he said.
Thompson will be donating an
annual scholarship of $20,000
for each of the next five years to a
MBA student within or in support
of the LGBTQ+ community at
Desautels who demonstrates both
academic excellence and exem-

plary commitment and leadership
within the LGBTQ+ community.
The City of Toronto Street
Needs Assessment confirmed that
20 per cent of youth in the shelter system identify as lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transsexual or queer.
This is more than twice the rate of
homelessness for all age groups.
According to McGill first-year
physics and mathematics student
Elias Hess Childs, such a scholarship is necessary if all students are
to approach loans from similar financial standing.
“I think a lot of people confuse
equity and equality,” said Childs.
“The purpose of affirmative action has always to been to level
the playing field, not give anyone
a head start.”

“Back in 1990, if there had
been an award [like this]
it might have allowed me
to bring my whole self to
The question of whether an
ought to exist divided students
into two opposing factions.
“Consider that some LGBTQ+
people are actually kicked out of
their homes or no longer receive

financial support once they come
out as LGBT+ to their parents,”
said first-year RTA student Aaron
However, students in opposition
to the scholarship argue that there
is adequate funding for somebody
in need of it, regardless of whether
they are straight or not. According
to Blois, OSAP and other ways of
obtaining funds for school negate
the need for an LGBTQ+-oriented
“If your grades are high enough
you can apply for scholarships,
gay or not,” Blois said.
Gay first-year computer science
student David Jardine agrees with
Blois, but added that LGBTQ+
students are not yet at a level playing field with heterosexual and cisgender students in terms of social
status and acceptance.
“I assume this scholarship is an
attempt to level the playing field
by giving LGBTQ+ people a better
chance at getting a post-secondary
education,” he said. “While that
is great, I think Canada’s antidiscrimination laws are sufficient
enough to give us a good chance
of getting employed.”
Promoting the message of embracing all sexualities takes precedence over compensating monetarily for the lack of societal
acceptance, Jardine said, and universities should prioritize awareness campaigns.

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Ryerson President Sheldon Levy is packing up his office — this semester will be his last. JONAH



rin McGinn remembers her
first meeting with Sheldon
Levy after he became Ryerson’s president, walking together
through Yonge-Dundas Square in
the fall of 2005. Levy was trying
to convince McGinn — a former
colleague from his time working
in government and institutional
relations at the University of Toronto (U of T) — to come work
with him.
The square was an open construction site back then, unfinished
top-floor interiors visible through
skeletal steel-frame facades. Preoccupied with Ryerson’s dismal
athletic facilities, Levy remarked,
“Wouldn’t it be nice if someone
put an ice rink up there?”
“What is he talking about?”
McGinn remembers thinking.
“Who would ever put a skating
rink on the third story of a building?”
She accepted his offer and became assistant vice president of
communications, government and
community engagement.
Seven years later, Levy stood
beaming on Ryerson’s thirdfloor ice rink as Stephen Harper
dropped a ceremonial puck to
mark the opening of the Mattamy
Athletic Centre (MAC), a sprawling new athletic complex on the

top two floors of historic Maple
Leaf Gardens.
Levy couldn’t see the future,
but he could help shape it and
did so multiple times to bring
Ryerson closer and closer, building by building, to his vision. The
expanded Ted Rogers School of
Management, the MAC, the renovated Ryerson Image Centre and,
most recently, Yonge Street’s Student Learning Centre all stand in
testament to his drive and ambition on behalf of his campus.
Now, as he moves on to become
Ontario’s deputy minister of training, colleges and universities, we
at Ryerson are left to contemplate
our university without him, and
can’t help but wonder if the progress he championed will stop.

carry on without him come next
semester — it isn’t an ardent city
builder they will miss. It’s a man.
It’s a personality, a warmth and
a sense of humour. Levy’s many
tangible accomplishments, expanding his campus both physically and in terms of student
engagement, will no doubt come
to define his legacy at Ryerson —
but they’ve also been thoroughly
covered, both in this and other
Toronto publications. (Toronto
Life ranked him 28 on a list of
“The 50 Most Influential People
in Toronto.”) Perhaps most remarkable about Levy is that,
while accomplishing all that he
did, he remained a pleasure to be
around. He was always smiling.
He seemed to be having fun.
“The thing about a leader is that
you need to be all the things the
business books tell you a leader
should be — vision and hard work
and so on,” says Charles Falzon,
dean of radio and television arts.
“But the real secret is that you
have to be human first. That’s
what strikes me about Sheldon.”
heldon Levy is the only son
- Sheldon Levy
of parents from Poland and
Russia — a truck driver
homemaker. He grew up
For those who know Levy —
those who worked alongside him with two sisters in a small house
over the past decade and will near Dufferin and Eglinton. In his

“It’s grown from a
commuter campus
to a campus students
want to spend their
time on”


teens, he slacked off, skipped class
and failed Grade 10 at Downsview Public School. He’s nothing
if not relatable.
Levy’s path from high school
burnout to Ryerson president was
an unlikely one made possible by
a series of mentors. The first was
a high school teacher who recognized his talent for math, in which
Levy went on to earn a master’s
degree from York. The last was
former Ontario premier Bill Davis
who, when Levy was on the fence
about becoming Ryerson’s president in 2005, urged him to stick
with it.
Years later, Davis would phone
Levy to inform him he’d won
the 2014 Egerton Ryerson award
for dedication to public education. Levy became the first person
from Ryerson to receive Ryerson’s
Now, at 67, education is a common theme in Levy’s family. His
wife and two daughters are all
schoolteachers, making it no surprise when he asserts, repeatedly
over the course of his tenure and
at the heart of every decision he
makes as president, that students
come first.
Upon arriving at Ryerson, Levy
was disappointed by the low
amount of student engagement,

with few electing to spend their
free time on campus, before or after class. His predecessor, Claude
Lajeunesse, was a nuclear physicist who’d worked hard to entrench Ryerson as a university in
the academic sense, but had little
of Levy’s charisma and hadn’t
done much to enhance his students’ campus experience.
The Ryerson Levy saw in his
first days as president was a university that struggled to express
itself with the pride of historic
schools such as Queen’s or U of T.
It was an environment out of sync
with what it meant to students,
and the pride Levy knew existed.
Adam Kahan, vice-president of
university advancement, still remembers Levy’s first directive as
president to improve his campus,
bringing it physically closer to the
way students felt about it: “Let’s
plant flowers.”
Ten years after that first symbolic action, Levy says remedying
the issue of student engagement
on campus is his greatest achievement at Ryerson. “It’s grown from
a commuter campus to a campus
students want to spend their time
on,” he says. Each new space he
created for Ryerson all worked toward the common goal of students
engaging with their university.


Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015



H BRUNET takes a deeper look at the man, the plan and the pursuit of a revitalized Ryerson.






announces plans to transform the Maple Leaf
Gardens, 2009; with Stephen Harper at the
MAC unveiling, 2012; Sheldon Heavy; speaking
at the DMZ; grocery shopping with The Eyeopener;
breaking ground at the SLC construction site, 2013.



evy’s decade of transformative city-building wasn’t
only noticed by current
students, but also did wonders
for attracting prospective ones (a
key indicator of success for any
university). Ryerson currently
receives approximately 10 applications for every available spot
— higher than any other university in Ontario. And, compared
to just over 4,000 when he began
his tenure, last year Levy wel-

president to two five-year terms.
The message, it seemed, was that
Levy was welcome to Ryerson’s
presidency for as long as he wanted.
yerson’s Student Learning
Centre, which opened earlier this year on the corner
of Yonge and Gould streets, is an
otherworldly eight-storey glass
hulk that best illustrates Levy’s
commitment to Ryerson students.
“It wasn’t about monoliths to the


“You’re going to have a really hard
time getting anyone to say anything
bad about Sheldon”
- Julia Hanigsberg

comed more than 7,000 first-year
students to his campus. Growth
for Levy was about students more
than about buildings and he was
bringing his downtown campus
more of both.
“I always wanted to leave when
people said, ‘Why are you leaving?’” Levy says. “I never wanted
to overstay my welcome.” But, in
2014, Ryerson’s board of governors quietly changed a long-standing university bylaw limiting any

administration or monoliths to
research,” says Julia Hanigsberg,
former vice-president of finance.
“The most spectacular views were
going to be given to students.”
Although Levy gave the sleek,
new and absurdly modern $112
million building to his students
(while Ryerson executives remain
in stodgy Jorgensen Hall, a greybrown brick tower), Levy’s tenure
hasn’t exactly been an act of charity. In 2013, the president of Ryer-

son made more than the president
of the United States, taking home
over $445,000.
But according to those who
know Levy, whopping paycheques
haven’t changed a thing about
him. “He doesn’t take himself seriously,” Hanigsberg says. “He’s
the least elitist person you’re ever
going to meet. He doesn’t care if
you’re a rich donor or a first-year
student who just walked in and
plunked yourself down in his office.”
Provost and vice-president academic Mohamed Lachemi, who
will be taking over as interim president come December (an unenviable position due to the toughness
of the act he must follow), first
met Levy when he was a faculty
member. He agrees the president’s
humbleness was a defining characteristic. “You don’t feel that
there’s a difference between him
as a president and the rest of us,”
Lachemi says.
From colleagues in administration even on down to the janitorial staff, Levy’s down-to-earth
demeanour and active sense of
humour had an impact on those
he encountered. One janitor even
wrote a song about Levy, and
had it professionally recorded by
a professor in the RTA School of

“It’s difficult to leave,” says
Levy when asked about his song,
which was performed for him one
morning in his office. “And it just
makes it more difficult when people are thanking you.”
Considering his preoccupation
with the needs and ideas of others
— both students and fellow staff,
— it should come as no surprise
that people generally like Levy. After all, his approach to presidency
was emphatically about people.
Hanigsberg speaks fondly of her
first executive’s retreat at Levy’s
cottage on Crowe Lake, explaining that the theme might as well
have been, “What the hell do you
want?” Levy was master of the
brainstorming session and valued
the ideas of others with a management style that encouraged participation from everyone. Hanigsberg
calls it “spaghetti-at-the-wall leadership.”
“You’re going to have a really
hard time getting anyone to say
anything bad about Sheldon,” she
says — a joke at the expense of my
journalistic sense of balance. And,
in the end, I never did.
n his last month as president,
it’s already become clear that
Ryerson will miss Levy —
from faculty to students to jani-


tors. If not for all he’s done, the
numerous grand achievements
for which he’s been thoroughly
praised (his farewell celebration
is Nov. 25 at the MAC), we’ll
miss him for who he was. Putting aside his accomplishments,
which conjure images of business
tycoons and million-dollar handshakes, Levy is best characterized
by the little things — the small,
human moments that will be remembered by colleagues long after his departure.
For Lachemi, one such moment
happened last winter, walking
back from an off-campus event
near University Avenue. Levy had
suggested they walk in spite of the
cold, which was increasingly getting to Lachemi, who had left his
toque on campus. As soon as Levy
noticed him shivering, he removed
his own hat and insisted Lachemi
take it. “I have more hair than
him,” Lachemi quips. “But he
forced me to accept it.”
Even after they made it back
to campus, Levy refused to take
his hat back. For Lachemi, now
and more so come December,
when Levy will leave Ryerson for
Queen’s Park, it has become a
fond memento. “I still have that
hat,” he says, laughing. “I’m keeping it because it’s from him.”

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015


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Biz & tech

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015


Rye profs create accessible business game
By Noushin Ziafati
A duo of Ryerson professors are
using computer games and in-class
activities to try and teach students
about how to start and maintain
with collaborator Matthew Tiessen, have developed a simulation
game called the Global Social Innovation Game (GSIG), which
will teach high school students
in grades 11 and 12 how to start
businesses that will work to solve
social problems instead of simply
making money.
“It’s a simulation because in
reality, to expect high school students to start a business is not necessarily realistic but it’ll be as real
a feeling for them as possible,”
Clapperton said.
The GSIG will be piloted in February 2016 as a six-week extracurricular activity, which interested
high-school students can volunteer to participate in. The game is
50 per cent computer-based and
the other half requires students to
engage with in-person interactions

Ryerson profs Robert Clapperton (above) and Matthew Tiesen created a game to simulate business ventures.

between classmates and teachers.
Students will create risk-free
businesses and will aim to address the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, including poverty alleviation, education
and sustainability.
Clapperton approached Me to
We, a for-profit social enterprise,
with the game. They are now
working together on the GSIG

project to create a curriculum for
high school students that will get
them involved with social activism and entrepreneurship for longer periods of time, as opposed to
single day events such as We Day
The GSIG project was funded by
Ryerson’s RECODE, an initiative
based around fuelling social innovation and encouraging students

New Indian businesses come to DMZ

President Sheldon Levy with the Survelytics team.

By Noella Ovid
Five Indian startups will be joining
Ryerson’s DMZ from Nov. 30 to
Dec. 11 as a part of its accelerator
The contest winners are selected
by Zone Startups India, a joint
venture of Ryerson Futures Inc.
and the Bombay Stock Exchange
Institute. LightMetrics and Plackal from Bangalore, Neuron and
Swift File Transfer from Delhi and
Survelytics from Thane are participating in the program.
These startups were chosen
among 300 business applicants
on the “potential of their business
to go global.”
This company is behind an app
called LoveCycles. The app helps
women track their reproductive health by tracking menstrual
cycles and mapping out different
phases to increase accuracy of
contraception and consumption.
“As the app evolves, we are
looking to get into adjacent areas,

PHOTO: Courtesy Mandar Vaidya

like tracking pregnancy or sharing
this data with your partner [or] a
doctor,” said John Paul, founder
and CEO of Plackal. “Also, perhaps a community angle wherein
women can connect with their
peers and discuss issues around reproductive health.”
A data analytics firm of only 15
people, Neuron is hoping to offer
their platform as a service for developers of sentiment analysis and
language processing.
“I think coming to Canada will
open up a lot of doors for us,”
said Veer Mishra, founder and
CEO. “Partnering with companies
that are actually operating into ecommerce or maybe primarily the
companies that have a lot of data
and they don’t know what to do
about it. I think we have the answers [for] that.”
Mishra said the company is looking to explore possible business
expansion opportunities and has a
plan to set up a branch in Canada.
“The idea is we may start off

with establishing a small sales
team there and then maybe ship a
research base as well,” he said.
Survelytics is a digital market research platform for anyone that
wants to conduct surveys or collect
data. The app is available on both
iOS and Android and consists of
image, audio, video and location
“The difference here is you
don’t need connectivity. So even
if you don’t have any data, you
can collect data on these apps and
later synchronize that data. And
the person who has designed the
survey can start looking at the
results online in real time,” said
Mandar Vaidya, founder and
CEO of Survelytics.
Through the DMZ, Survelytics
is looking to use Canada as a base
to sell their product in the NorthAmerican market. The company
sees Canada as a good launch pad
and a great opportunity to take the
startup to new heights in sales and
market penetration, Vaidya said.
“Since we access the U.S. market remotely, it is an impediment
in getting new customers. So we
look at Canada as a base so that
we can easily go to approach the
U.S. market and the Canadian
market, and be more acceptable
in that because we will be a local
entity,” said Vaidya.
Check out
for the profiles on the other Zone
Startups India winners, LightMetrics and Neuron.

PHOTO: Tagwa Moyo

to become social entrepreneurs.
RECODE had a grant competition,
which Clapperton and Tiessen applied to last year. Once their proposal for the GSIG got approved,
they started building the game.
The project is inspired by Clapperton’s work at Ryerson as a
professional communication professor. This fall, he introduced
similar simulations to his students

at Ryerson in CMN279, an introduction to professional communication course.
“The simulation version that
we developed is where the students don’t go to any classrooms,
it’s purely digital and there’s no
syllabus, there [are] no modules,
there [are] no lessons,” he said.
“They join a fictitious communications consulting company
and they get put on client teams
and they work on projects with
real clients. So they work through
a series of projects, and in those
projects, they learn everything
that they learn in a communications course but by practicing it
and doing it.”
Clapperton hopes this simulation-based form of teaching will
appeal to students that want to
learn things they can directly
translate to the real world in the
“It’s the most fun way to teach.
You can’t beat it,” he said. “For
the courses and for the game, I’m
really looking forward to seeing
what kind of ideas come out of
the students.”

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015



The crickets of Ryerson chirping away
By Gracie Brison

The Ryerson cricket team received offical team status last February.

PHOTO: Devin Jones

The Ryerson cricket club which
started last year has been recognized by the university and became
an official team this past February.
Due to a high level of interest
from prospective players, the club
created two team for their tournament in King City in August. One
team made it to the quarters and
the other to the semi-finals out of
twelve teams. RSU vice-president
operations and captain of one of
the teams, Obaid Ullah, feels that
the success of the tournament
helped influence the decision to
create an official team.

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“There’s always been cricket
but it’s never been through official
channels. People used to play but
no one put in the effort to unite
and organize with the university
requirements,” Ullah said. “We’ve
seen a big increase in the number
of students participating and we’re
slowly progressing forward.”
Cricket is a complicated sport, so
here is a quick synopsis of the overall game. A bat, a ball, and 11 players on each team is required. The
field on which the game is played
is referred to as the pitch. At either
end of the pitch are three wooden
stakes, referred to as wickets.
The team batting is responsible
for defending the wickets by trying to hit the ball with a curved
bat. The fielding team attempts to
prevent runs being scored by setting up in positions most likely to
catch the ball. The striker must
hit the ball and run to the opposite end of the pitch while his nonstriking partner runs to his end.
The run doesn’t count unless the
player touches the ground with
their bat or their body. A batter
can be called out if the pitcher
knocks over the wickets.
This past October the team traveled to Boston Mass. where they
participated in and won the American College Cricket Dream11
North East Championships, taking home the trophy. The Rams
defeated Rutgers University by five
wickets, to win the tournament for
the third time since 2011.
The men of the cricket club have
always taken a pretty serious approach to the game. And despite
having only club status, they do
have support from the administration and are looking for funding to
take the team to the next level. They
have already been receiving more
publicity and much more support
from the crowds. Come game time,
Kerr Hall gym will have cricket fans
coming in from all over.
“We had a game last week and
that was probably our biggest
crowd yet. We had commentary
going on, we had music, and a
different university coming in,”
said captain of the other team Anees Saeed. “As a player, I feel the
home ground advantage and we’re
feeling the support.”
The biggest tournament and
challenge for the cricket team
comes in March when they’ll participate in the American College
National championships in Florida. Last season the Rams lost in
the semi-final game by one run,
placing third. For Ullah, this year’s
tournament is all about redeeming
themselves and aiming for a berth
in the finals.
So with the cricket club now offical the Rams are on their way
to their first seaon of competitive
play. Here’s to a wicket season.


Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015


‘He’s just not funny anymore’
The public is looking to oust Robert Mackenzie in wake of recent allegations

PHOTO: Sierra Bein

Robert Mackenzie isn’t going anywhere.

By Pew Chalmers
The Ryerson community is calling

for The Eyeopener’s fun editor to
resign amidst recent evidence of
an embezzlement scheme.
dirty money has completely
changed the way I view the section,” said Maggie Gorman, a
regular fun reader. “He’s just not
funny anymore.”
Two weeks ago, an Eyeopener Funvestigation revealed that
more than $250,000 of Funvertisement revenue was unaccounted for. Last week, Lovebug*, a source who was directly
involved in Funvertisement development and production, revealed
that fun editor Robert Mackenzie had been illegally pocketing
a percentage of profit from each
Funvertisement. Lovebug also
said that Mackenzie had been

charging the paper “travel expenses” for his weekend getaways
to Hamilton.
This week, Mackenzie spoke
publically about the charges
against him for the first time
at a press conference outside
of the Sally Horsfall building. “I
have worked diligently to bring
the fun section out of the dark
ages and I don’t plan on handing
over my successes anytime soon,”
he said.
Unfortunately for Mackenzie,
the press conference hasn’t removed the public outcry as the
evidence against him continues to
“This kind of greed is disgusting,”
student Trey Dillon said after the
conference. “We can’t trust him
anymore. He needs to be fired.”
Mackenzie is currently under contract until the end


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of the school year. Protestors are
demanding the editor to resign by
the end of the fall semester.
In the thick of the mayhem,
several editors at The Eyeopener have joined the campaign
to have their colleague resign.
“As journalists, there’s no way
we can support the lying, cheating and stealing that Robert has
perpetuated this year,” said
sports editor Devin Jones.
“We are asking him to resign and
not to further diminish our paper’s integrity.”
It appears that Mackenzie
has no plans to step down
from his role as fun editor. The
public will next hear from
Mackenzie in the bi-annual State
of the Fun Section address next
*The source’s name has been
changed to protect their identity

By Ralph Pork
It is getting colder outside and that
can mean only one thing… it’s time
to put on those shoes!
I’m Ralph Pork, and I love shoes.
I guess you could say I’m a shoe
enthusiast. But you can’t say I’m
a shoe fanatic. I don’t like it. Stop
calling me that.
Shoes protect your feet and they
keep your feet warm. Heck, sometimes shoes can even make you
look stylish!
Don’t be influenced by hobbits
and other anti-shoe activists. Go
get yourself a pair of shoes. You
can buy shoes at Foot Locker, Aldo,
Payless, Sears, Kiddie Kobbler and
even Factory Shoe. And I’m sure
there’s more where that came from.
In fact, if you notice a place
that sells shoes that wasn’t named

above, send me an email and I will
add it to my list.
If you’re looking for a certain
style, there are a number of different shoe brands. There’s Nike,
Prada, Vans, New Balance, Converse and even Saucony. And guess
what, there may even be more hiding around out there!
In fact, if you notice a shoe brand
that wasn’t named above, send me
an email and I will add it to my list.
Canadians are accustomed to
taking their shoes off inside their
houses. But you know ol’ Porkchop doesn’t play by those rules.
In my home I scatter stray shards
of glass on the floor to make those
who disrobe their feet pay the ultimate price.
So don’t be naïve. Don’t let the
anti-shoe activists fool you. Trust
your ol’ pal Ralph and put your
shoes on.
With files from Robert Mackenzie

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Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015




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10 Dundas East is just around the corner to satisfy your craving.
We’re only a short walk from class, right at Yonge & Dundas.
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Blaze Pizza


Milo’s Pita


Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill

California Thai

Opa! Souvlaki


Milestones Grill & Bar

Caribbean Queen

Yogurt Café

The Beer Store

Shark Club

Real Fruit
Bubble Tea

Tim Hortons

Curry & Co.

Wine Rack

Spring Sushi