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How Ryerson’s battle
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Volume 43, Issue 25 • theeyeopener.com — Ryerson’s Independent Student Newspaper since 1967 • Wednesday, April 7, 2010
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: CHRIS DALE
How Ryerson’s battle
with growing pains will
change its reputation
NEWS The Eyeopener • 3 Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Security catches locker thief
Over 100 join $100K club
At the top of the list
BY JULIANNA CUMMINS
The latest edition of the Public Sector Salary
Disclosure shows that over 700 of Ryerson’s faculty
and staff rake in at least $100,000 a year.
For the 2009 calendar year, 708 Ryerson em-
ployees made the infamous list. This was a sig-
nifcant jump from last year’s list, where 548 of the
university’s staff and faculty made over $100,000.
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said he was not
surprised that the list had grown, as salaries of fac-
ulty and staff increase every year, due to annual
increases in negotiated salaries.
“A lot of people in the $90,000 range will fip
over by salary increases into the $100,000 range,”
BY ALEYSHA HANIFF
Ryerson security has arrested the man respon-
sible for looting the campus since last fall.
Jeremy Weintraub, 25, was charged with seven
counts of theft and four counts of breaking and
entering, police said. Weintraub, who lives in To-
ronto, was in court last week. He is not a Ryerson
He was arrested on March 29, just before mid-
night by 50 Gould St.
Detective Mike Balint from the 51 Division
Major Crimes Unit said Weintraub was caught on
cameras by Ryerson security. He had been spotted
at least twice before on video.
Weinstraub was stopped when he returned to
pick up a piece of stolen property he left on cam-
pus to pick up later.
The suspect allegedly broke into lockers and
stole the contents. He is also accused of steal-
ing three projectors from offces and labs, which
ranged in value from $2,000 to $4,000, All of the
projectors have been recovered and returned.
Ryerson’s set-up may also have contributed to
why the school was targeted.
“They want people to be able to come and go
which is great but there’s also some disadvanatag-
es to that,” said Imre Juurlink, security supervisor.
She said there were a number of locker break-ins
reported to security that took place before Wein-
straub was arrested.
Juurlink said the arrest was the result of a lot of
hard work and a little luck.
“What they’ve been doing so far has been
great,” Balint said of Ryerson security’s help.
Kailynn White, a third-year early childhood ed-
ucation student, said she’s noticed posters about
locker break-ins mostly in Kerr Hall.
“I never put anything in it [the locker] for long,
obviously it’s not safe!”, she said.
—with fles from Lee Richardson
BY JULIANNA CUMMINS
A company that was responsible for hauling
away waste from the ongoing construction at the
Image Arts building is still looking for payment.
Atlas Recycling Systems Inc., a company con-
tracted to take away abestos waste removed from
the Image Arts building, has fled a $43,349.22
statement of claim against Krytiuck Contracting
Inc. and Ryerson University.
The statement of claim outlines the details of
a construction lien the company placed on the
site. Construction liens are placed on construc-
tion sites when companies feel that they have
not been properly paid for all the work they have
completed on a job.
Krytiuk Contracting Inc. is a demolition com-
pany that was hired by PCL Constructors, the gen-
eral contractor in charge of managing the project,
said Ian Hamilton, the director of campus plan-
ning at Ryerson.
Krytiuk Contracting Inc. was eventually asked
to leave the site by PCL Constructors. Ryerson is
listed as a party of the statement of claim and as
a party for the construction lien because they are
the owners of the property.
“I would suggest that there had to have been
some scheduling impact, and we’re just going to
work that through,” said Hamilton.
Because of Krytiuk Contracting’s removal from
the site, a number of companies who were also
owed money by the company put liens on the
property, said Hamilton.
“This is not just Atlas — it’s a wider situation
here,” said Richard Hammond, the lawyer repre-
senting Atlas Recycling Services Inc.
None of these allegations have been proven in
According to land registry records, a total of
eight construction liens had been placed on the
address of the Image Arts building since 2003.Six
of these liens were issued after the spring of 2009,
when the Image Arts construction started.
Despite the liens, construction is continuing
as planned, said Julia Hanigsberg, the general
Image Arts waste collector looking for cash
1. Sheldon Levy, president: $365,000
2. Adam Kahan, vice-president university
3. Tas Venetsanopoulos, vice-president
research and innovation: $310,854
4. Alan Shepard, provost and vice-
president academic: $292,171
5. Linda Grayson, vice-president
administration and fnance: $265,119
6. Julia Hanigsberg, general counsel and
board of governors secretary: $231,559
counsel of the university. She said that the school
monitors the proceedings of the liens, although
she did not know anything specifc about the Atlas
Recycling Services Inc. case.
“It’s not to be a cause of any particular anxiety,”
Hamilton said the liens would be dealt with by
PCL Constructors, not Ryerson.
Thefts from lockers have been occurring throughout the year. PHOTO: JORDAN ROBERTS
The Image Arts project involves multiple companies. PHOTO: JORDAN ROBERTS
I make jokes that if they leave the cut
off at $100,000 that in about ten years,
most people on the planet would be
— Heather Lane Vetere,
The salary of the president is determined by
the board of govenors, and the salaries of vice-
presidents are recommended by the president
and then are approved by the board, said Levy.
The Public Sector Salary Disclosure list shows
the names, positions, salaries and total tax-
able benefts for all employees who make over
$100,000 at an organization that receives fund-
ing from the provincial government.
Heather Lane Vetere, vice-provost student ser-
vices at Ryerson, said the $100,000 cutoff for the
list was mandated when very few people made
“I make jokes that if they leave the cut off at
$100,000 that in about ten years, most people on
the planet would be on it,” said Lane Vetere.
Some salaries, like that of Adam Kahan, vice-
president university advancement, decreased
this year. Levy said changes in wages can be due
to staff taking on extra duties, such as serving as
a dean or a vice-president for a term.
Kahan was unavailable to comment on his sal-
In addition to post-secondary insitutions, the
list also discloses the salaries of employees of
hospitals, school boards and municipalities
4 • The Eyeopener EDITORIAL Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Anyone who goes to Ryerson has got-
ten “the look” before.
You know the one. Fake smile, wide
eyes, head cocked a bit to the right,
“Oh, that’s so good for you. I’m so
happy you got what you wanted,” they
might say after you tell them you go to
or just got into Toronto’s “other” univer-
You might have gotten this look from
your middle-aged neighbours, your
best friend’s parents or the high school
teacher who was your biggest fan.
While they may be happy you’re on
your way to obtaining a university de-
gree, it’s rarely genuine. Going to Ry-
erson has always felt like the dumb el-
ementary school saying: Reach for the
moon, if you miss you’ll land among the
That’s cute, but you still missed the
In a recent Toronto Life profle of
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy, Levy
makes it clear that the most important
element to the success of this school is
Reputation is what brings in top level
talent. The calibre of talent at a univer-
sity drives its research. Research leads
to more money and more money leads
It’s a continuous cycle that should
ultimately launch Ryerson past its big
In this week’s issue of the Eyeopener,
our last one of the year, we take a look
at what kind of reputation the school is
building. Carys Mills writes about the
school’s transformation from a com-
puter campus, Takara Small’s piece
analyzes the reputation of Ryerson’s
athletics in Toronto’s inner city and
Aleysha Haniff looks at whether we’re
turning our grad students into guinea
pigs. We even take a look at our school
through the eyes of a seven-year-old.
Let’s hope that when he decides to
enroll at Ryerson he won’t deal with the
This being our last issue of the
year, I’d like to thank our masthead,
volunteers and most importantly, our
readers for making this year a success.
You’ve all made this job the best in the
world, second only to Liane’s.
Peace out, suckahs.
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Mariana “XCLUSIV” Ionova
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Michael “TIGER” Duncan
Lee “LOCKER STALK” Richarson
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news The Eyeopener • 5 wednesday, April 7, 2010
Rye wants to take care of your ass
by carys mills
associate news editoR
Ryerson could be upgrading its bath-
rooms not through renovations, but
with toilet paper.
The university’s stalls are currently
stocked with one-ply toilet paper, but
now Ryerson is looking for a new toilet
The university currently uses be-
tween 2,000 and 2,500 cases of rolls of
one-ply but it’s asking for estimates for
two- and one-ply jumbo rolls for the
“I believe in quality in everything we
do,” said Ryerson president Sheldon
Levy when asked whether he preferred
one-ply or two.
Fourth-year student Ashley Mathew
said she wonders about the environ-
mental impact of potentially switching
to two-ply. Ryerson requires the toilet
papers to contain 25 per cent recycled
“I don’t know much about toilet pa-
per but I’m assuming it requires more
paper,” Mathew said.
Mathew said she wonders whether
the cost is covered by the university
or from “students’ back pockets,” and
whether the potential switch would
be worth it.
“Honestly, when I go to the bath-
room it just serves the need it needs
to,” Mathew said.
Whether Ryerson changes toilet pa-
per doesn’t change Craig Fordy’s bath-
room experience at Ryerson.
“I’m not a fan of public washrooms,”
said Fordy, a second-year industrial en-
He said he’s never had to use toilet
paper at Ryerson but if he did, two-ply
would probably be better.
“It would be a lot more comfortable.”
I believe in quality in every-
thing we do.
— Ryerson President
on one-ply or two
Ryerson’s in the market for a new toilet paper supplier. photo: laura blenkinsop
by carys mills
associate news editoR
Non-unionized workers at Ryerson
have had their pay frozen thanks to leg-
islation passed by the Ontario govern-
The budget, released March 25, an-
nounced that all non-union public
sector employees would have their pay
frozen for two years, effective immedi-
Limiting compensation pay is part
of the government’s plan to reduce its
defcit. But at Ryerson, it’s unclear how
much of the university will be impacted
by the freeze.
Because of the confusion, all univer-
sities are submitting questions to the
Council of Ontario Universities (COU).
The questions will be presented to
the fnance minister and Ryerson will
get more information about conditions
for each employee group, said Presi-
dent Sheldon Levy.
“It’s not clear how much wiggle room
there will be,” said Timothy Bartkiw, an
assistant human resources professor.
Even unionized workers are worried.
“It’s going to be quite diffcult,” said
Don Elder, president of CUPE 3904
which represents Ryerson contract staff
Although CUPE workers aren’t cov-
ered by the compensation freeze leg-
islation, the government expects two-
year agreements with zero per cent
increases when collective agreements
expire, according to CUPE.
“It serves to send out a warning sig-
nal,” said Bartkiw. He said it puts pres-
sure on all groups involved.
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Andrea Belvedere has accomplished so much we think she’s working 25/7 to get it all done
Everyone Makes a Mark
We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Andrea Belvedere,
a fourth-year student at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and
recipient of a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the
Future Leaders category.
As vice-president, business development and co-founder of the
Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute (REI), past president of Students
in Free Enterprise Ryerson (SIFE), and co-founder and director of
Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship Canada
(SAGE), Andrea has proven herself a committed leader, inspiring
role model and big-time multitasker.
As big as her time commitments are, the contributions she has
made are bigger.
Under her leadership, REI and SIFE together grew to include 100
volunteers and 30 employees, and were able to create more than
$20-million in new economic opportunities.
With SAGE, she has taken her motivational, entrepreneurial and
organizational skills into high schools to help students create and
implement projects that produce economic benefts and positive
We congratulate Andrea and all the winners of the Canada’s Most
Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. We are also incredibly proud of
Andrea and the REI, SIFE and SAGE teams and the contributions
they have made to Ryerson and our community.
Andrea is an excellent representative for Ryerson and epitomizes
the can-do attitudes of so many of our students. If you’ve got a few
minutes, visit www.ryerson.ca/marks and hear how Andrea’s
Ryerson experience has helped her make her mark.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 6 • The Eyeopener NEWS
AGM notebook: lots of talk,
no action, no people
by brad whitehouse
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
Annual General Meeting on March
31 went out with a whimper, losing
quorum less than an hour after it was
reached. Some items didn’t make it to
the foor. Here’s what you missed, and
what you didn’t.
Pass: more cash for election campaigns
The amount of reimbursable funds
for RSU election campaigns was in-
creased from $250 to $300, which is not
enough according to David Fourney,
who asked why the budget still hasn’t
been adjusted to make elections acces-
sible for students with disabilities.
In February, Fournier said he was
discriminated against because he re-
quired a sign language interpreter in
order to participate in the race, but it
wasn’t in the RSU’s budget.
Fail: RSU opt-out
The most debated motion of the
night was brought forth by Mark Sin-
gle, who had been working to allow
students to opt out through a written
request to the union. The motion was
voted down by a clear majority.
Pass: CRO budget policy
The renumeration for the RSU elec-
tions chief returning offcer (CRO), pre-
viously decided by the RSU president,
will now be up to the entire board of
directors. Fourney pointed out that the
president is allowed some say in choos-
ing the CRO.
What we didn’t get to: the money
Although the fnancial report was
moved towards the top of the agenda,
too many seats emptied before it got to
the foor. RSU vice-president fnance
Toby Whitfeld says there are no real
implications for this. The report, which
also has to be approved by the board
of directors, will be on the agenda at
the next meeting. This year’s auditors
needed to be re-approved, but policy
allows the same frm to do the job in
cases like this.
Former hosts barge in at CKLN, disrupt plans to save station
by miChaeL duNCaN
Campus radio station CKLN is seeking audi-
ence support to convince the government to help
them stay on-air.
CKLN staff met on Apr. 1 to discuss their plans
for a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommu-
nications Commission (CRTC) hearing that could
result in having their license revoked. The hearing
is set for May 12.
The station has set up a Facebook page with
a link to the CRTC where members and fans of
CKLN can show their support though oral and
“People are very excited and if we keep hav-
ing productive meetings like we did than things
should work out great,” said CKLN treasurer Mike
Harnett, about people’s views towards the upcom-
they just come in and disrupt,” said CKLN host Bill
Watson, about the station’s ongoing troubles with
the former hosts.
Security was called in to remove Duffell and
The two eventually left after a long and often
CKLN board members will have to demon-
strate to the CRTC that they have resolved the pre-
vious issues that landed them in trouble.
“Everything the CRTC is putting on us is about
the old administration,” said CKLN secretary An-
Some of the radio hosts also agreed to draft up
an on-air support piece to draw attention and
support from the public.
But the meeting turned into a standoff when
two former radio hosts barged in uninvited.
Both former hosts, Greg Duffell and Daniel Be-
sharat, sat down in the middle of the meeting and
refused to leave after politely being asked to leave
Duffell and Besharat are expected to participate
in the hearing to voice their opinions about why
the station should have its license revoked.
“They are trying to poke holes in our plans and
Everything the CRTC is putting on us is
about the old administration.
Ryerson security was called to the RSU annual general meeting. photo: Laura bLeNKiNsop
Egerton joins Pen 15 club
A dildo big enough to
take your eye out was spot-
ted strapped to the statue of
Egerton Ryerson on March
30. Campus planning re-
sponded to the big prick and
removed the item in question.
Or maybe it’s hidden some-
where else on campus. Look
before you sit.
What would you do with...
Security found four Rub-
bermaid containers of ce-
ment, four shopping carts,
two wooden boxes and a bench
when they interrupted a prank
in progress on April 1. But
anything with cement prob-
ably should have been inter-
rupted regardless, for the
A large group of engineer-
ing students were seen running
around campus in their under-
wear on April 1. They chucked
snowballs at each other, which
they carried in buckets, and
chanted as they trotted around
A stressed female student
had a panic attack after con-
suming too many energy
drinks while working on over-
due assignments. Yet another
reason why coffee is the way to
stay awake. And why procras-
tination is your worst enemy.
editor-in-Chief bites the big one
The next step is getting tuition
lowered, which is part of the
package that we’re delivered,
but apparently that’s fallen
on some deaf ears.
— Jermaine Bagnall,
Jermaine, I want to emphasize
your statement that
something falls on deaf ears
is offensive. Deaf people are
— David Fourney,
The $2.3 million collected
from students might be better
spent on waffes after all.
— Mark Single
former RSU presidential
Shilton sleeps off a beer-fueled bender. photo Courtesy oF FaCebooK
Eyeopener editor-in-chief Amit Shilton died in a fast-food
related accident on Thursday.
Shilton reportedly choked to death on a McGangBang
when he became distracted by expensive and unnecessary
clothing and forgot to chew before he swallowed.
Dubbed “Jew” by his friends, he battled an addiction to
the good life for years, said Julianna Cummins, news editor
of the Eyeopener.
“Pricey ties, cuffinks all had spot in his heart,” she said.
He was well-known for his foodie ways, and could be per-
suaded to do anything for carrot cake muffns.
While he longed to see the salt fats in Bolivia, friends say
Shilton’s true home was the Palace.
“I can never go to the Palace again, knowing that’s where
he thought his deepest thoughts,” said Rodney Barnes, fea-
tures editor of the paper.
YEAR IN REVIEW The Eyeopener • 7 Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Looking back: Ryerson’s year in review
We got the Gardens
In September, the Eyeopener
went out on a limb and wrote about
Ryerson’s dream to make the hockey
shrine the new home for the Rams.
The next day, Ryerson announced
they were in talks with Loblaw about
a partnership for the site. By Decem-
ber, it was ours. With a drop-dead
date of March 2011, the pressure is
Gould Street closing... soon
Gould Street went green in
September, when the RSU laid out
turf to celebrate the announcement
of a year-long closure of the
street. The closure is set to be a
pilot project partnership between
Ryerson and the City of Toronto.
Gould Street was supposed to be
closed by this Spring, but now it
looks it won’t be car-free until
this August due to the ongoing
construction on the Image Arts
Thousands lost over Coke
In October, the Eyeopener
broke that Ryerson would lose over
$130,000 in funding because
students didn’t guzzle enough
Coke. The sales shortfall meant
that Ryerson would be stuck with
a Coke contract for an additional
year, without any guarantee of
the funding the exclusive deal
provided for athletics, bursaries
and scholarships. Coke told the
Eyeopener that athletics funding
would not be cut, but Ryerson still
missed out on thousands of dollars.
Death of alumni shocks Rye
Over 1,000 Ryerson students
walked with candles in hand to the
site where Christopher Skinner was
beaten to death by a group of men
on Oct. 18, 2009. It was suspected
that Skinner, an openly gay man,
may have been a victim of a hate
crime. Skinner was an active part of
the Ryerson community and spent
many years hosting Glamour Bingo,
an annual residence event with
a drag-queen theme. RyePRIDE
created the Chris Skinner
Memorial Award in his honour,
recognizing a queer or trans
student who plays an active role in
the LGBT communities on or off
$10-million class action fled
Ryerson faces the threat of a $10
million class-action lawsuit in
March, fled on behalf of Chris
Avenir, an engineering student who
was almost expelled in 2008 for his
role in a Facebook study group.
The statement of claim alleges that
Ryerson breeches its own academic
misconduct policy and suggests
appeals should follow Ontario’s
Statutory Procedures Act. The
statement argues the current policy
does not allow for students to have
legal representation for academic
misconduct before the issue reaches
If the class is approved, every
student who’s sat in an academic
misconduct trail since 2003 could
be included in the class action.
Rye’s president at the Gardens. FILE PHOTO
The Chris Skinner candlelight vigil passed through Ryerson campus on Church Street in October 2009. FILE PHOTO
Sheldon Levy, President and Vice Chancellor; Alan Shepard, Provost and Vice President Academic; and
Anastasios (Tas) Venetsanopoulos, Vice President, Research and Innovation are pleased to announce the recipients of the
Faculty SRC Awards and the Sarwan Sahota – Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award
2009 SARwAn SAhotA – RyeRSon
DiStinguiSheD SCholAR AwARD
The Sarwan Sahota – Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award is
presented annually to one or more faculty members who have
made an outstanding contribution to knowledge or artistic
creativity in their area(s) of expertise while employed at Ryerson.
The contribution to SRC may be a long term, cumulative
contribution or a single, particularly insightful or seminal idea,
experiment, application or interpretation. The Distinguished
Scholar Award is made available through the joint contributions
of Sarwan Sahota, a retired professor and Ryerson University.
Deborah Fels, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology
FACulty SRC AwARDS
The Faculty SRC Awards recognize individual faculty members on
an annual basis for outstanding achievement in scholarly, research
and creative activity and impact on their disciplines during the
previous academic year.
FACULTY OF ARTS
Patrizia Albanese, Department of Sociology
Martin Antony, Department of Psychology
leslie Atkinson, Department of Psychology
irene gammel, Department of English
Stuart Murray, Department of English
Frank Russo, Department of Psychology
FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION & DESIGN
Martin habekost, School of Graphic Communications Management
isabel Pedersen, Department of Professional Communication
ivor Shapiro, School of Journalism
FACULTY OF COMMUNITY SERVICES
Sandeep Agrawal, School of Urban and Regional Planning
Sepali guruge, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE AND SCIENCE
Alagan Anpalagan, Department of Electrical and Computer
Anthony Bonato, Department of Mathematics
habiba Bougherara, Department of Mechanical and Industrial
Daolun Chen, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Marcello Papini, Department of Mechanical and Industrial
Bo tan, Department of Aerospace Engineering
TED ROGERS SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
howard lin, Ted Rogers School of Business Management
Catherine Middleton, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology
ojelanki ngwenyama, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology
Fei Song, Ted Rogers School of Business Management
Everyone Makes a Mark
All awards will be presented at the Faculty SRC Luncheon on
April 16, 2010.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 8 • The Eyeopener SPORTS
Making the grade
Keep Mom and Dad away from the mail —
Anthony Lopopolo compiles the Eyeopener’s
annual Ryerson Rams report card
Roy Rana is Ryerson’s new kid on the
block, learning the ways of university
basketball despite winning fve OFSAA
championships with Eastern Com-
merce Collegiate and coaching Canada
in the U-17 championships. Rana may
be the biggest infuence on whether all-
star Boris Bakovic, who is 24 points shy
of becoming the most prolifc scorer in
OUA history, will stay with the Rams
next season. The Rams lost games they
should have secured as wins this sea-
son, lost early in the playoffs and blew
a lead — like it was tradition — against
Queen’s in the quarters.
The women’s basketball team com-
piled a season-best record of 14-8,
which was the best of all Ryerson teams
this year. And this was accomplished
with no more than four roster changes,
perhaps a reason why this team gelled
so well. Coach Sandy Pothier was
spotted touring with possible recruits
across campus, but she holds a belief in
her maturing rookies and may very well
keep the roster intact.
At one point, they may have been the
most popular team at Ryerson — but
for all the wrong reasons. While mem-
bers of women’s volleyball were given
a one-week suspension for drinking in
the school locker room, they redeemed
themselves with an 8-11 record, their
largest win total in the history of the
Maybe the men’s volleyball team has
passed their prime. That is, for a team
that once ventured to the OUA champi-
onship not half a decade ago. They won
fve of 15 games this season, and coach
Mirek Porosa will have to work hard to
recruit players in order to rebuild.
Third-year player Cara Cheung was
named to the OUA all-star team after
she fnished the season with a record of
seven wins and one loss. The best part?
She only played half the season.
With Matt Buie and Phillippe Roy at
the helm, the rowing team is no longer
considered to be an underdog. The pair
won the program’s frst OUA gold medal
this season in the men’s heavy double.
They were also named OUA all-stars
The women’s hockey team has only won
two games of 20 this season, dropping
games like buckets in March Madness,
and face a crucial decision over whether
they deserved to attain varsity status
this year. The women have been play-
ing as a probationary squad since 2007,
trying to break the OUA barrier.
This team calls for a double take. Is it
the same squad that, just this year,
started with one victory in their frst
six games? This resilient team record-
ed the most wins since 1988-89. The
Rams conquered the Varsity Blues in
the quarterfnals — yes, they made the
playoffs too for the frst time in eight
years. Oh yeah, did we mention Maple
The fgure skating team earned their
frst gold medal at the provincial cham-
pionships this year — and then added
two more to the collection. Now the
question isn’t when they will win, but
how many medals they can take home.
Horia Puscas was the fencing team’s
saving grace this year. He fnished
fourth at the OUA championships but
his top fve performance helped the
Rams fnish in sixth place overall at the
competition in Ottawa. B-
Coach Peyvand Mossvat has burned
some bridges with former players,
but is still held in high regard by lead-
ers Andrea Raso and Jassie Hayer. Five
players were either dropped from or
left the team this season, including star
forwarde Tessa Dimitrakopolous. And
they fnished with a 4-8-4 record —
worse than last year.
The men’s team recorded a program-
best 5-4-5 record this year. But the way
coach Ivan Joseph sees it, that record
will only be trampled on next season.
But Joseph has invested time in recruit-
ing and eyes a championship in the fu-
ture. Their frst year of off-season train-
ing will do them good.
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How Ryerson is stripping off the Rye High image
for a brand-new look
photo illustration: chris dale and leif parker
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 10 • The Eyeopener suiTEd up
by shaheer choudhury
Ryerson has been trying to shake the Rye High image
since “polytechnic” was dropped from its name eight years
ago. The school has revamped and expanded both build-
ings and programs with some success, but its latest efforts
could have it gone for good.
In late 2009 the Ryerson Senate approved plans
for a Law Research Centre, an important step
towards establishing a full-fedged law
program. Two years before that, the
provincial government dropped
$250,000 to promote a part-
nership between Ryerson
and St. Michael’s hospital,
encouraging the university
to emphasize its health pro-
Rolling out lawyers and doc-
tors could put Ryerson in the same league as more presti-
gious universities so long as the school can overcome the ob-
stacles in the way. But rewards rarely come without risk and
Ryerson’s gambit could cripple the university’s prospective
initiatives — or skyrocket its reputation.
The idea for the Law Research Centre began when Julia
Hanigsberg, a legal counsel for the Board of Directors at
Ryerson, started talking with scattered groups of law pro-
fessors about the future of law education at the unversity.
Plans were drawn up to build a facility where students
could get valuable experience as research assistants and
faculty members could get the resources for their research
initiatives. After the plans were approved in October 2009,
the next step was to determine where the money would
“The law centre was approved explicitly on the con-
dition that it will not draw on any existing Ryerson re-
sources, and so no Ryerson money is used for it,” says
Avner Levin, acting director of the Law Research Centre.
The centre is still in its early stages of implemen-
tation, but Tas Venetsanopoulos, vice-president re-
search and innovation, is certain progress won’t stop
upon completion. “Give it another fve years and it
will eventually evolve into a law program.”
Installing a law program at Ryerson would mark
one of the fnal stages in the university’s growth
towards greater respectability.
“In the eyes of people outside our school, it is
a step towards showing that Ryerson University
is just like any other university,” Levin says.
Ryerson’s dream of a medical program faces
much bigger obstacles. Creation of both pro-
grams requires approval from the Ministry
of Training and Education. The provincial
It’s a bird... It’s a plane... It’s Ryerson’s new programs!
government is currently only listening to bids for medical
schools planned outside of downtown Toronto, in areas
where doctors are lacking.
“If the university asks for the creation of a medical school
outside the city, then the probability of getting it is much
higher than if they ask for a downtown program,” says
But even if the program is fawless, funding is
needed and without government support things
could get tricky. Though some funding is
expected from outside sources, like
can’t build it alone.
facing Ryerson’s fu-
ture medical program
is its close proximity
to U of T’s behemoth
“If you are in the pres-
ence of a giant you don’t want to play games,” says Venet-
sanopoulos. “The only way we can do it well is if we decide
to aim for something different.”
Ryerson’s approach towards a medical program will fo-
cus on community-based health care and preventative in-
stead of curative measures, as opposed to U of T’s heavy
emphasis on research.
This approach is complimented by St. Michael’s hospi-
tal, with whom Ryerson has collaborated with for the past
few years in areas such as nursing, animal research and
health care in the future.
“The idea was that there is strength in both organiza-
tions, there is interest in health research and our insti-
tutions are close together,” says Dr. Arthur Slutsky, vice
president of research at St. Michael’s Hospital. “Let’s
do something together to make one plus one greater
The creation of a medical program at Ryerson will
produce more doctors, which means more nurses,
nutritionists and pharmacists. But it’s not an over-
night project and will take a considerable amount
of time before it is completed. Classes will be in-
troduced for students in health-related programs
and eventually will be grouped together into a
medical package. Students will have time to fa-
miliarize themselves with these courses before
the medical program is initiated.
The school will have to endure several years
of growing pains before it will see the fruits of
its efforts, but this is just a normal part of ex-
pansion, says Levin. “I see these new devel-
opments as positively enhancing Ryerson’s
how ryerson’s push for professional programs could cripple or skyrocket our reputation
If you are in
of a giant
want to play
vice president re-
search and innovation
illustration by rodney barnes
suiting up The Eyeopener • 11 Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Grad students are new programs’ guinea pigs
Jeffrey Cogliati spent three nights
with no sleep to fnish a presentation
worth only 10 per cent.
It sounds rough, but it was what he
did to deal with the challenging mas-
ters of architecture program. “We pur-
posely went overkill in order to be able
to make these last couple weeks of the
semester a bit easier on ourselves.” Co-
gliati is pushing himself to the limit to
become an accredited architect, but his
hard work could be for nothing. Alan
Shepard, vice-president academic, says
Cogliati is taking a professional risk by
completing his masters at Ryerson,
which isn’t yet an accredited program.
“I really respect students who say ‘I’m
going to take a bit of a risk on this pro-
gram’,” he said.
In the span of a decade, Ryerson Uni-
versity has exploded with graduate pro-
grams in a quest to propel the school
into traditional academia. President
Sheldon Levy is banking on these pro-
grams to bolster Ryerson’s reputation
as a legitimate university. But beyond
tuition for a graduate-level education,
students are also paying for a trial and
error period while the school fgures
out the right formula.
Ryerson’s graduate school was found-
ed in 2000. Currently, nine PhD and 31
masters programs are offered. Those
numbers could jump to 15 and 40 in fve
years, according to Maurice Yeates, Ry-
erson’s dean of graduate studies. “It’s a
crucial part of reputation building. Your
degree is infnitely more recognizable
now than it would be if you took that
same degree ffteen years ago.”
But exactly how much prestige have
the graduate programs garnered after
only a decade? Shepard argues grad
students bring a certain richness to
campus — but they also put cash in Ry-
erson’s pockets. Roughly 40 per cent of
Ryerson’s operating budget comes from
by aleysha haniff
Aerospace engineering PhD student Kamran Shahid says he’d like
to see the department bring in more industry involvement with re-
search to help students fnd jobs later. photo: laura blenkinsop
tuition and universities are allowed to
increase tuition fees yearly by eight per
cent for frst-year graduate students,
compared to around 4.5 per cent for
frst-year undergrads. In dollar value,
post-graduate students bring in more
money than most undergraduates. But
Shepard says the university isn’t using
grad students as cash cows.
Ryerson gets the most money from
the provincial government for PhD
students. The funding is supposed to
represent the actual cost of educating
someone at those levels. “No university
‘makes money’ on graduate students,”
says Shepard. “Graduate programs tend
to be on the expensive side to run, but
they’re a beneft on the reputation side.”
In line with Ryerson’s polytechnic
roots, the school works with related
industries to shape the graduate pro-
gram. But the developing curriculum
can leave students feeling like test
subjects. Jermaine Bagnall, Ryerson
Students’ Union president, says gradu-
ate students refer to themselves as
guinea pigs. He says trial and error is
frustrating for students spending time
and money. “The issues, really haven’t
changed and now we have more pro-
grams. A concern of students is always
having adequate resources for these
new programs,” says Bagnall, who is
fnishing up his masters in documen-
Ryerson can’t keep the graduate pro-
grams stocked with the newest resourc-
es. Research funding has shot up to $23
million from a little over $10 million a
decade ago. But everything comes with
a price tag.
Jeffrey Yokota has run the masters
program in aerospace engineering
since it started in 2007. He says the feld
is rapidly changing. And that’s why Yo-
kota doesn’t have a plane to teach with.
Some students may feel disappointed,
but airplanes aren’t wise research in-
vestments — there’s the risk they’ll
become outdated. Grad students also
need other resources like software that
the school just can’t afford.
And while graduate students can’t
depend on the school for equipment,
Ryerson relies on them for the school’s
most coveted output — research.
Tas Venetsanopoulos, Ryerson’s vice-
president research and innovation, says
every journal article written by post-
graduates makes the school look more
reputable. This focus on academics has
pushed even Ryerson’s more technical
degrees to be tweaked to form research-
based masters programs.
The School of Fashion is one of Ry-
erson’s oldest; training students for
more than 60 years. The frst Master
of Fashion students will join Ryerson
in September 2010. According to San-
dra Tullio-Pow, the graduate program
director for fashion, the new program
is meant to take students beyond the
technical skills offered at the under-
But some, like fourth-year student
Kaarina Taskila, want to give it a few
years to incubate before jumping in.
Taskila doesn’t know anyone entering
the masters program here, though she
said a few classmates are doing their
masters in fashion at Central Saint Mar-
tins College of Art and Design, which
offers a prestigious program in London,
England. Why not Ryerson? “It takes
a really long time to build that kind of
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 12 • The Eyeopener rEpuTaTion The Eyeopener • 13 Wednesday, April 7, 2010 rEpuTaTion
Ryersontour guide dressed ina red windbreaker walks the brick
path outside Eric Palin Hall towards Gerrard Street. Following
her are two dozen high-school students and their parents, who
are keen to see what Ryerson has to offer. Across the street are two off-
campus housing options for Toronto students, she says, pointing to
Campus Common and Neil-Wyick.
“The campus life looks very thin,” says Marc Guimont, a parent look-
ing at Ryerson with his daughter, Andrea, from Kingston, Ont. A few
years ago his son applied to Ryerson but didn’t come to the university
because he was worried about landing a spot in residence. Guimont is
willing to reconsider the school because Andrea’s programof choice —
graphic communications management —is unique to Ryerson, but he
still has doubts.
“I haven’t told her this yet,” he says, glancing at Andrea. “But if she
doesn’t get into residence I don’t knowif she’ll be coming here.”
His worries extend beyond Andrea getting a spot, to the feel of the
commuter campus and what the rest of the students’ lives are like.
“They wouldn’t really live a campus experience because they’d al-
ways be waiting for the bus,” he says.
Olivia Vidal lives the experience Guimont worries about. To get to
Ryerson, Vidal takes the bus to the Oakville GO station and then takes
a train to Union. Commuting for over an hour every day has left her
feeling frustrated and struggling to fnd time to work and be part of
extra-curricular activities at Ryerson.
“You defnitely have a lot more people not leading the same lives as
everyone else,” says Vidal.
There is a divide between the lives of the many students who have to
rush home everyday and those who have the convenience of living near
campus. In March, President Sheldon Levy announced that the school
had decided to get serious about building more residence buildings for
the school’s growing population.
“It should’ve been dealt with a long time ago,” said Levy. “That was
one of the strategies that we just haven’t moved on.”
Ryerson released its Master Plan in 2008 and made it a priority to
increase Ryerson housing spots within 20 minutes of the campus. Levy
realized that Ryerson can’t afford to hold off on much-needed student
space. But without the money to build a residence on its own, the uni-
versity has been forced to turn to the private sphere. While there will
still be a clear majority of students commuting, asking devel-
opers to fnd space for 2,000 more students could bring the
spirit that’s been lacking on campus.
But building a community involves more than increasing
the number of beds. If Ryerson isn’t careful, the money and
effort put into a private partnership could end up with thou-
sands of students living together but disconnected.
raditional universities werefoundedonfour institutions:
the academic hall, the dining room, the library and the
residence halls. One without the other makes for an in-
complete school experience, says Ivan Joseph, Ryerson’s athletic
“We’re missing a piece of that here,” he says.
Ryerson is missing more than one piece. It’s hard enough
28,000 students. Right nowthe university accepts less than 850
students into residence every year, while up to 450 are left on
the waiting list. Students who want to live downtown but have
been denied resident spots can be found living in privately-
run student housing such as Neil-Wyick, Campus Common, or
the Primrose Hotel. Others live in condos or nearby apartment
“We have a number of our students stashed all over the
place,” said housing manager Chad Nuttall. “We put hundreds
and hundreds and hundreds of people through our tours and
when it comes down to it many will never get into residence
and they don’t realize that.”
This leaves Ryerson with wildly different student experi-
ences, which is a problem, says Nuttall. “That’s the biggest part
about creating identity,” he says. “The shared experience.”
fcult to get commuter students to go to things like that.”
yerson isn’t the only university battling commuter
student apathy and lacking residences. In Montreal,
Que., Concordia University is trying to polish its rep-
utation, partially by adding residence beds. But where Ry-
erson is drastically expanding, Concordia is easing into the
university’s face lift.
“We come from a tradition with very little or no student
residences effectively,” says Michael Di Grappa, Concordia’s
vice-president services. “So we don’t want to go from that
to 3,000 beds overnight. We want to gradually increase that
Sheer cost andinfrastructure demands have limitedConcor-
dia’s growth. The school went fromoffering 150 resident spots
to500for astudent populationof 44,000. Concordia’s latest goal
ing to the ceiling of his Pitman Hall offce, where above him
are 12 residence foors housing students, each with its own
residence advisor. “And just providing beds doesn’t create a
The type of deal Ryerson could make with a corporation
is still unknown. The partnership of universities with busi-
nesses to build residences has happened elsewhere, but it’s
still new practice so there are few, if any, precedents for Ry-
erson to look at.
Another relatively new institution dealing with its com-
muter status is Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Co-
lumbia. Like Ryerson, SFU needs to reach out to the private
sector to develop more student residences.
“As with any institution, there’s the tension between those
goals and having the resources available to be able to de-
velop them, ” said Jan Flagel, SFU’s director of residence and
Although it may not be ideal to go outside of the univer-
sity for housing development, Flagel is aware of the univer-
sity’s limits. “I know enough about fnancing to know that it
is the only way newbuildings are going to be built,” she said.
“The university simply doesn’t have the resources.”
At SFU, the university administration has committed to
private residences being staffed with housing employees
fromSFU. While using university staff is an added fnancial
cost for the university, the costs of using private staff could
be much higher. Meanwhile, Levy says the university doesn’t
have an option for residences without the private sector. But
Levy won’t commit to what kind of partnership he might
Campus Living Centres is one of the leading private resi-
dence companies in Canada. It owns and manages 4,000
beds in student housing across the country, many for col-
leges. The deals the company makes with institutions vary
signifcantly, with a potential spectrum ranging between
little to no university involvement, as with Campus Com-
mon, or heavy involvement, where the school would have
paid staff in the building and determine the admissions re-
quirements and fees.
Unlike SFU, Ryerson might not have any of its own staff in
the buildings that could hold up to 2,000 students. Ryerson’s
original reason for turning to the private sector to forma part-
nership — a lack of money — might stop Ryerson employees
fromrunning a private residence. By involving the private sec-
tor, Levy thinks decisions won’t be Ryerson’s to make.
“If the private sector wants to build a residence, what right
does the university have to do anything?” Levy said, pointing
fromhis offce to the red and orange Campus Common build-
ing on Gerrard Street. “I have no right to do anything in that
building, I have no ownership over it.”
He said if the university tried to build more residence spaces
by itself, students would end up paying for the development
through the fees charged by the university, which would have
to make up the difference of the investment. The provincial
government, which provides some university funding, doesn’t
typically extend its funding to residence. This leaves Ryerson
worried about money.
“It might make residence out of reach,” he said, adding that
guaranteeing support like Ryerson residence staff isn’t worth
waiting on the residence project. But without Ryerson staff,
newresidences might fail to be much more than buildings.
What Ryerson is missing is a community that unites stu-
dents throughout the university. More Ryerson residence
spaces are a chance to create that community. A purely private
residence would work like any apartment building; a landlord
wouldn’t round up his or her residents and ask themto attend
a Rams game or orientation event.
While the university focuses ontrying to acquire all the piec-
es it needs to create a stellar reputation, community has been
forgotten. Millions of dollars are being spent on the Student
Learning Centre and the athletic facility within Maple Leaf
Gardens, with both projects trying to fnd a space for com-
muter students to spend time.
But the university needs to invest more in places to live and
making sure those places create connections between stu-
dents and their school, ultimately uniting Ryerson.
keeping students on cam-
pus when the majority live
elsewhere, and competing
with downtown food and en-
makes it nearly impossible. But the university has a solid
grasp on its academic identity, says Joseph: teaching stu-
dents with hands-on programs. And Ryerson is making sure
the world knows it. By slapping logos on its buildings the
university has made the brand visible fromas far as Bay and
College streets. While this has helped develop Ryerson’s im-
age, the focus on outside perception ignores student identity
and unifying students within the school.
“When undertaking initiatives like evolving from a com-
muter to a more residential school it’s important to under-
stand the essence of the organization,” says Rex Whisman,
the founder of BrandED, a university-branding consultancy.
“Most have limited their viewto logos, taglines and advertis-
ing. I defne branding as the process of aligning the internal
culture with the external repuation.”
Community-focused housing could establish that internal
culture, but frst the school needs to make the space for it. In
the last 10 years, Ryerson’s population grew from 13,000 to
Joseph feels the absence of this shared experience in the
school’s athletics, where varsity games regularly see low turn-
outs and a lack of interest in intramural sports. “The problem
of being a commuter campus is it’s hard to keep people here or
bring people back,” Joseph says.
He says at other universities, students may attend games
because they stumble across them. At Ryerson, most students
aren’t around enough to unintentionally become involved. The
majority of attendants at games are fromresidence.
Residence students also play a major role at events meant
to boost school spirit. During orientation week, residence is
called on more than usual to fll the spirit void. But last August,
Ryerson failed to break a Guinness World Record for the larg-
est air guitar ensemble. Unlike years before, fewresidence stu-
dents showed up to the annual record break attempt. Students
not wanting to be on campus stops Ryerson fromattaining the
ultimate pieces of reputation — pride and spirit.
“We’re a major force in those events,” says Nuttall. “It’s dif-
is to increase the university’s
residence offerings by 300.
Meanwhile, Ryerson wants to
almost triple its space.
Concordia is dealing with
the commuter issue in other ways. The university, which fac-
es a lack of space similar to Ryerson’s, has put engineering,
computer science and visual arts departments within a new
building. Housing drastically different programs together is
an attempt to break down barriers between programs while
remaining a commuter campus. Other projects, like extend-
ing hours of student services and considering campus drop-
in daycares, are an effort to extend the campus to non-resi-
“Peopledon’t gotoauniversitybecauseof buildings,” says Di
Grappa, “but certainly facilities help create the environment.”
yerson is going full force with its private residence
plans, with a request for proposal to the private
sphere expected to be released soon. But not every-
one at Ryerson is confdent about turning to the private sec-
tor for this project.
“What we have here is a community,” said Nuttall, point-
— Chad Nuttal, residence housing manager
A place to call home
Ryerson is fnally trying to house more of its booming population. Could new residence buildings bring community to a school so desperate for spirit? Or just provide more beds? Carys Mills investigates.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 14 • The Eyeopener rEpuTaTion
Ryerson’s campus is bursting with diversity — except on the hardwood. Takara Small fnds out why
Breaking the silence
emino Sobers had to make
a decision. He could choose
from the grand buffet of Amer-
ican schools willing to give him a
full ride — or stay close to home
and play for peanuts. Like other in-
ner-city youth who use sports as an
opportunity for higher education,
survival came frst for the Malvern
He could have been the key re-
cruit that reshaped Ryerson’s strug-
gling basketball program. Instead,
he slipped through their fngers.
The university barely crossed his
mind. Sobers headed across the
border to Central Connecticut
“It all comes down to money,” he
“We’re so multicultural and
we’re so developed here but we’re
not pumping enough money into
sports and people wonder why
athletes are forced to attend school
Until two years ago, talking
about the ethnic makeup of Ry-
erson’s sports teams was the el-
ephant in the room. It was not
openly discussed, but impossible
not to notice. The rosters were
overwhelmingly white in the midst
of one of the most diverse campus-
es in Ontario.
Even the women’s team, as it
stands today, only features one
racialized player, and the closest
thing to a Toronto recruit is from
It doesn’t stop there. Men’s bas-
ketball at Ryerson lacked an inner
city presence until this season.
While the majority of the new
coaching staff is made up of visible
minorities, the team itself is not re-
fective of the campus’ diversity.
Toronto players may not be
heading to Ryerson in droves, but
it is a different story 15 kilometres
away at York University.
Their men’s basketball team fea-
tures a variety of backgrounds in
its lineup and a large contingent of
Toronto players — a better exam-
ple of what Ryerson’s team should
But this fact has not gone unno-
ticed. Ryerson’s offcial anti-racism
task force released a 107 page re-
port earlier this year that found a
history of allegedly racist events
have potentially hurt Ryerson’s
athletic programs and the athletic
department’s ability to recruit new
“How the athletics program
deals with racialized students is
important for recruitment and the
success of the Ryerson teams,” the
report says. “The history of what
happened with the Ryerson’s wom-
en’s basketball team is often raised
when student athletes are consid-
The report also pointed out how
students of ethnic backgrounds are
treated differently also plays a role
in the recruitment process citing
an incident where black students
were “harassed” at a basketball
Ivan Joseph, Ryerson’s athletic
director, believes the problem is
found across the board at Ontario
universities. He says potential
student-athletes will continue to
turn away not only from the city,
but also the province, if changes
are not made to encourage ethnic
Joseph took over the department
two years ago. As Ryerson’s frst
black athletic director, has made
diversity at the varsity level one of
his main priorities for reshaping
sports at the university. The biggest
key to changing the university’s
inner city reputation was hiring
men’s basketball coach Roy Rana
He believes the former Eastern
Commerce coach will create a se-
rious buzz about Ryerson’s men’s
basketball team in the high school
“People went to Eastern Com-
merce because they wanted to
play for Roy Rana — he is from that
community. And so now we’ve got
the buzz because here’s a national
team coach, here’s a guy who un-
derstands,” Joseph says. “His re-
sume and credentials are impecca-
ble. But it is just as important that
we to have our coaches refect the
diversity of our community. I could
lie to you and say those things are
not a factor. But as a young, black
athletic director, those things are
important to me.”
Even if Joseph is successful in
making the university’s sports
teams more refective of Ryerson’s
diverse campus — their second
problem can’t be erased without
making a serious fnancial invest-
Xavier Mclaughlin, a coach
at Milliken Mills High School in
Markham, knows a lot of students
from his predominately South
Asian and black school that want
to play but have little opportunity
without fnancial assistance.
“We live in a real world so think-
ing does come down to money, in-
frastructure is lacking in Toronto,
but a lot comes down to negative
stigmas from the community.”
The athletics department offers
scholarships between $500 and
$3,500 per year for select students.
But that only works out to $15.62 -
$109 each week for over 20 hours
of service — less than minimum
wage. Canadian Interuniversity
Sport regulations stand in the way
of changing the structure of schol-
“Those are the rules,” Joseph says.
“They are really mindful of making
sure that Canadian universities
don’t become what division one
schools in the States became. Where
athletes come and play but don’t
graduate so they limited it at 3,500.”
It all comes down to risk. Play-
ers could receive a scholarship at a
Canadian university and be forced
to seek loans to pay for the rest of
Or they could accept an offer to
an American university that prom-
ises the opportunity of graduating
with a degree debt-free and the ex-
posure that comes with playing in
So it is no surprise that a food of
talented Canadian athletes heads
south every fall.
CIS CEO Marg McGregor says
the scholarship structure is widely
debated from coast to coast. She
says the CIS rules dictating the size
of scholarships are intended to cre-
ate a kind of salary cap and not to
shut out students who have limited
But Mclaughlin says in order for
minority athletes to stay in Can-
ada, offcials need to get serious
about offering more support.
“Our children get nothing for
playing their sport and are left to
fend for themselves,” he says.
“If kids are going to have an
chance of getting involved we have
to change our perspective on the
photos: spoRts and RecReation
suiting up The Eyeopener • 15 Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Sweet valley Rye
Business and technology editor Lauren Strapagiel fnds out if Ryerson can make
Toronto the next Silicon Valley. Photos by Matt Llewellyn
Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) looks like
it’s trying to be a Silicon Valley offce.
An open-concept workspace, modern grey and
orange colour scheme, touch-screen displays and
a sea of beanbag chairs feels more like the Valley’s
fabled geeky wonderland than a university space.
Except not only is it missing the token Guitar Hero
station and organic-only cafeteria, it’s also lack-
ing the vast industry power and cultural status of
the California technological empire — at least for
The DMZ is looking to fnd the inner Silicon
Valley innovator within Ryerson’s student body.
By creating a space where entrepreneurs can col-
laborate and receive support, the DMZ is cultivat-
ing the next generation of Toronto’s tech industry.
“This is about creating reputation, building
brand and really building an ecosystem of innova-
tion and entrepreneurship in Toronto,” says Dave
Senior, community manager for the DMZ and a
Ryerson business graduate. He is working on a
photo sharing application launching on May 1.
Just over a year ago, Ryerson President Sheldon
Levy stood in front of the Empire Club of Canada
and asked: “why can’t the next Silicon Valley be in
During his speech he said that in order to
achieve this, Toronto can’t just act with a “branch
plant mentality,” implementing innovations cre-
ated somewhere else. New ideas must come from
within, just like in the real Silicon Valley.
Nestled in California’s Santa Clara Valley below
the San Francisco Bay, Silicon Valley is an area
home to the biggest names in American technol-
ogy. Adobe, Intel, Facebook and Apple Inc. are all
headquartered here. Googleplex, Google’s 26-acre
campus and corporate headquarters are located
in Mountain View, one of the cities in Silicon Val-
ley. Mozilla, makers of Firefox, are only 10 minutes
Trying to be the next Silicon Valley is a lofty
goal, but Valerie Fox, director of the DMZ, sees the
“It really takes not only technology, but it takes
good design, it takes good business. And Toronto
has all three,” she says.
The DMZ hopes to bring all three together. To
start at the DMZ, students must pitch a solid busi-
ness idea to Start Me Up Ryerson. Once they’re in,
the DMZ provides mentorship and assists with
University infuence played a role in shaping
Silicon Valley too. Stanford University sits in the
centre of Silicon Valley in Palo Alto. “Silicon Val-
ley” itself was coined by a Stanford engineer-
ing dean who encouraged his students to
start their own companies. Two of those
students were William Hewlett and
While it’s too soon to say if
Ryerson has nurtured the next
Hewlett-Packard, within four
months 27 projects have been
given life, with some already
set to launch in the near fu-
Hossein Rahnama, who de-
veloped a Paris Metro Travel
Assistant mobile application
and was one of the frst collab-
orators invited to work on the
DMZ, doesn’t think Levy wants
to create a Canadian carbon copy
of Silicon Valley, but he sees the
Valley as a model for Ryerson.
“I think what Sheldon suggested
was that the next wave of innovation will come in
partnership with universities,” says Rahnama. “So
university can act as a Silicon Valley builder and
then create an ecosystem of innovation around
the university core.”
The Master Plan would have Ryerson be that
builder and nurture that ecosystem, creating a
high-tech corridor along Yonge Street associated
with the university. And Toronto’s technology in-
dustry heavyweights have already dropped in to
see what Ryerson is doing at the DMZ. Google’s
Toronto offces are just a foor above the DMZ
and Jonathan Lister, head of Google Canada, has
visited, as has Bill Buxton, principal researcher at
However, funding is an important factor that
could hold Toronto back from blossoming into
the next Valley. Canada lacks the venture capital-
ism that fuels Silicon Valley.
“I think if you were to ask any entrepreneur they
would say that there still needs to be more funding
allocated to companies that are in that particular
category,” says Sue McGill, an advisor at MaRS,
where entrepreneurs in science, technology and
social innovation go to get their businesses off the
ground. She has toured the DMZ and MaRS has
taken an interest in several projects there. “It’s a
This is about creating reputation,
building brand and really building
an ecosystem of innovation and
entrepreneurship in Toronto.
— Dave Senior
Digital Media Zone community
pretty unique space.”
McGill says unlike in Silicon Valley, where she
used to live, Canadian government and investors
are not as comfortable funding new tech ventures.
“In Silicon Valley there is a strong culture and
knowledge base and certainly a huge pool of ideas
around creating these types of companies.”
McGill says that it’s going to take more than just
Ryerson to make the digital dream come true.
“You can’t just put up your hand and say we’re
gonna be the de facto leaders and owners of this
space because the ecosystem is dependent on
many players coming to the table to make it suc-
cessful.” But she does think Ryerson is on the right
She says Silicon Valley fosters a culture of en-
trepreneurship. Stanford grads are in the mindset
to create their own companies, while in Canada
the tradition has been more to graduate and fnd
a stable job. She says that with universities like Ry-
erson who have entrepreneurship programs, that
trend is changing.
“What you’re trying to do is build the reputa-
tion that if you want to see innovation, really, re-
ally smart people, the entrepreneurs of the future,
the businesses of the future, the place to go is Ry-
erson,” says Levy.
He wants Ryerson to take on an aggressive, po-
litical role and ask why can’t Toronto aspire to the
greatness of Silicon Valley. He says educational in-
stitutes, including Waterloo and the University of
Toronto, are only one leg of building the next Val-
ley, with investors and the rest of the tech industry
needed to complete the vision.
“There’s nothing at all that prevents Toronto
from being the next Silicon Valley except our will.
Thats the number one thing. If you want it, you
can have it.”
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 16 • The Eyeopener REpuTaTion
Ryerson through the ages
Kelsey Wingerak and Arts and Life editor Amanda Cupido fnd out what people have to say about Ryerson
Q: Do you think Ryerson is well
known for its education?
A: A lot of people know about it. It
has a high level of education and it’s
Q: How would you rank Ryerson
within a list of Canadian Universi-
A: I think I would put them in the
Q: What do you know about Ryerson Unvi-
A: University is a kind of school where you
learn lots of stuff and you go higher than
grade 9 or 8.
Q: Are you going to go to university?
A: It will take many many years. It’s way far
Q: University doesn’t have recess. Will you
like school without recess?
A: Yes, because at every holiday we do arts
Q: There are no arts and crafts in universty.
Now will you still like it?
A: I’d still like school if I have a loving teach-
er who appreciates me very much.
Rosa Filomena Pirone
Perspective: 71-year-old Italian
Q: What do you think about universities in
A: There’s good opportunities and the gov-
ernment helps. If you have no money to
study, the government gives you money.
When you start work, you have to give it
back. I think it’s good.
Q: What do you think about Ryerson Univer-
A: I never heard about Ryerson. All I know is
two universities. The best is Toronto Univer-
sity, then York.
Q: Ryerson owns Maple Leaf Gardens
though. That’s where the Toronto Maple
Leafs used to play. Do you still think Univer-
sity of Toronto is better?
A: Oh... maybe Ryerson is better then.
Perspective: U of T graduate 2006
Q: Is there a program at Ryerson
that stands out?
A: The program that I think has made
the most noise is that new business
school they put up, the Ted Rogers
business school of management.
Q: What will help Rye meet the pres-
tige of more well known schools?
A: If I had to guess it’s just time. Ry-
erson will get to that level in time.
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biz & tech The Eyeopener • 17 Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Decked out in a black cocktail dress and bright
pink stilettos, Hailey Coleman stomped out the
competition at the Slaight Communications Busi-
ness Plan Competition (BPC).
On March 31, the business management gradu-
ate won the top prize at the eighth annual compe-
tition, receving a $25,000 grant for her company
Damn Heels which launched in December.
With two presentations left, Coleman was third
in line to present her business plan to a Dragon’s
Den-style panel. She created “sexy, fold-up balle-
rina-style fats tucked into an expandable, reus-
Biz winner turns blisters into bucks
able bag, small enough to pop into any clutch.
Women slip their sore, blistered feet into the soft-
sided fats and their god-forsaken stilettos into the
cute reusable bag.”
Damn Heels retail for $20.
The BPC is put together jointly by the Students
in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Start Me Up Ryerson.
Students from any faculty can enter.
“Now it’s time to hit the pavement running,
it’s time to act,” Coleman said after accepting her
oversized cheque at the reception ceremony.
When it came to question time, the tone of the
judges shifted from lukewarm to enthusiastic.
Judge Greg Fitzgerald complimented Coleman
on her business plan, saying it was “unbeliev-
ably well written.” Judge Russell Payson offered
to speak with her during the reception, saying he
had contacts he could offer her to help her get the
company on to the streets. Coleman also received
an invitation from host Sean Wise to appear on the
real Dragon’s Den.
Coleman was not the only competitor with a
fashion-minded proposal — team Valant present-
ed a line of lapel pins. Other fnalists had business
plans centered on social media marketing and
building simulation software.
Dr. Dave Valliere, chair of the entrepreneurship
and strategy department, who attended Wednes-
day night but was not a judge, said the competi-
tion was “one of our best competitions ever.”
“It’s exceptional, the amount of thinking she
put into it,” Valliere said. “Making a sustainable
business takes more than just a clever idea.”
Coleman plans to introduce her line to the
nightclub industry, as well as the airline and hos-
pitality industry. And while an option for men
doesn’t exist yet, Coleman is working on a unisex
line. Damn Heels will be featured in Canadian Liv-
ing and Elle Canada.
by alexandra bosanac
Winner Hailey Coleman took home $25,000 with Damn Heels. photo: chelsea pottage
There’s a banana running around
the #Ryerson library. Yes, you read
Back at #Ryerson. The engineers
are freaking out because almost all
stores are closed -- “what are we
going to eat and drink?!”
Twitterection: last week we fucked up and
incorrectly attributed tweets to @artipatel and
Tweetin from the very bathroom at
ryerson where i got caught sexin by
security. And banned. #thuglife
Who wants a free macbook? 8th
foor of Ryerson Lib some1 left it
there 2 hrs ago and never came
back They clearly don’t want it
if its so nice out why does ryerson
not turn the heat off in some of the
buildings. grrr #eyeforatweet
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 18 • The Eyeopener biz & TEch
For decades, Ryerson’s photography students
have learned to dodge, burn and develop their
own flm. But as of next year, the darkroom is f-
nally going digital.
The university’s photography program is plan-
ning to move away from flm-based teaching, in
favour of modern day techniques. Introductory
flm courses will be phased out and focus will be
shifted instead to digital SLRs.
“There are many wonderful and magical quali-
ties to flm, but it has always had many limita-
tions,” said Robert Burley, photography program
director. “Digital imaging ... is simply faster, cheap-
er and more fexible. In most instances these are
the qualities creative professionals are after.”
The move is unsurprising, considering both
professional and consumer photography is now
largely digital. However, some feel newcomers to
the program will miss out on the unique and argu-
ably more involved experience that flm photog-
“I think a lot of people these days are just pick-
ing up digital cameras and shooting as self-pro-
claimed photographers,” said Yasmin Alsamarrai,
a second-year photography student. “With Pho-
toshop it’s so easy to make a picture. Film is the
root of photography and I don’t think it needs to
Jeff Harris is a 1996 Ryerson photography grad-
uate, from a time when digital was nearly nonex-
istent. His most recent project is a collection of
self portraits, taken every day over the course of a
decade and all shot on 35mm flm.
“I think the nice thing about flm is it ties you to
the history of photography. It sort of helps you ex-
plain the nuts and bolts of an image,” Harris said.
“With digital you’re indebted to Photoshop to
help you make an image. Whereas, when you’re
working in dark room, you feel connected to the
people a hundred years ago who used to do it too.”
While frst-year students will no longer start
with flm-based processes, the plan is to offer
such classes in later years — albeit, in a reduced
capacity. Higher level students can potentially
take courses in traditional flm development, and
a new graduate program called Film Preservation
is in the works.
But as Burley points out, cost is always some-
thing the school is looking to minimize, and flm
no longer made sense fnancially. In the old pro-
gram, photography students would spend hun-
dreds of dollars each year on chemicals, prints
and other equipment. As more users move to digi-
tal, the cost of these supplies his risen dramati-
cally, making their continued use impractical.
“They were putting more money into maintain-
ing the machines and chemicals than people who
were using them,” said Jonathan Hutchinson, a
second-year photography student. It’s a fact even
photographic giant Kodak has realized — the
company plans to leave the flm business by 2015.
But beyond cutting costs, DSLRs posses an ex-
cellent capacity for teaching new students. Burley
calls the cameras a “wonderful pedagogical tool”
Ryerson’s darkrooms fade to black
Matthew Braga fnds out why Ryerson’s photography program is making the digital switch
for their ability to provide instant feedback and
said they are much more forgiving than their flm-
based counterparts. Students will be encouraged
to purchase either a Canon or Nikon model for the
start of term.
Moreso, the digital shift of the last decade has
drastically changed the way in which photogra-
phers operate. Tools like Photoshop and web de-
sign have become industry standards that can no
longer be ignored.
“When they leave the program, they shouldn’t
be encountering things they’ve never learned to
do,” explains Burley. “This is where everyone else
is going, so it doesn’t make sense not to switch.”
Photography student Yasmin Alsamarrai scans negatives — a practice that will soon be a thing of the past. photo: chelsea pottage
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 Arts & life The Eyeopener • 19
This is a headline about Meta
Do you dig experimental and interactive art? Check out Meta — new media’s exhibition. Gianluca Inglesi reports
showcases photography, flm
and new media student art.
Runs April 29 - May 2. Visit
maxex.ca for details.
Upon Refraction by Rebecca Petro
Broken mirrors mean more than bad luck, they
refect our relationship with the environment. Re-
becca Petro’s Upon Refraction, is made of layered
mirror fragments and uses refecting light to sym-
bolize how nature is changing right before us.
“As guilty as I feel saying that I really enjoyed
the mild winter, things are really changing now,”
Approaching this piece, you will see your refec-
tion placed on a natural landscape. Petro’s goal is
to shed light on our connection and detachment
to our surroundings. “I started building this thing
and it kind of took on a mind of its own.”
CrestFallen by Leif Parker
Something as simple as an egg can evoke feel-
ings of hopelessness. Leif Parker’s CrestFallen cre-
ates a realistic scene of an egg that has fallen from
its nest. Viewers are left questioning its survival.
“I was trying to fnd a way to get the most emo-
tional energy out of the least amount of move-
ment,” Parker said.
Calling for close examination by its audience,
the piece explores binaries such as life and death,
and required actual bird parts to create.
“We are taught not to touch birds because the
mother won’t reaccept the baby bird,” said Parker,
“There’s a sort of parallel in the art world, where
you aren’t supposed to touch art.” [Editor’s note:
Parker is the Eyeopener’s fun editor.]
Rear Window by Michael Lawrie
and Jon Friis
Could a telescope display something other than
reality? Michael Lawrie and Jon Friis created one
that combines what is visible to the naked eye
with scenes from the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock flm,
Rear Window, which their piece is named after.
“We wanted to make an interactive experience
that is really engaging,” Lawrie said.
Using augmented reality — reality captured on
video and added to afterwards — the artists invite
you to look at buildings across the street and view
scenes of the flm in the place of windows.
“Hopefully they kind of get the idea we were
exploring which is taking these extraordinary cin-
ematic scenes and pulling them into reality.”
Rebecca Petro uses bro-
ken mirrors to refect
the effects of climate
change (left). An egg
stuggles to survive af-
ter falling from the
nest (above & below).
This telescope brings
scenes from the Alfred
Hitchcock classic, Rear
Window, to life. pHoTos
CourTEsy of META
RUFF, Ryerson’s fourth-
year flm gala, runs May
14-16 at the Royal Cinema.
Go to imagearts.ryerson.ca/
ruff for details.
The TARA Awards, Radio
and Television Arts year end
student show is on April 7
at The Great Hall out on
Queen Street West.
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calories that make fast food
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