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Volume 49 - Issue 15

February 3, 2016
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Union’s restructuring under question, again
By Keith Capstick
A previous Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) vice-president, who
tried to create the same general
manager’s position as the RSU created last semester, chairs the board
that initially approved the union’s
“restructuring” model.
The Eyeopener reported in 2008
that Abe Snobar, former vice-president student life for the RSU and
current chair of the RSU board of
directors, was looking at the time
to create the position in reaction
to 17 grievances in one year that
slowed the union’s labour relations.
The RSU board of directors
didn’t explicitly approve the general manager’s position itself, but
did approve the initial plan to restructure the organization’s framework, according to RSU president
Andrea Bartlett. This eventually
lead to the position being created.
Snobar does not believe his past
affiliations have impacted his ability
to serve his role as chair objectively.
“I don’t have any decision making power I just have the responsibility of facilitating that meeting
and ensuring that everybody is
being heard and that all rules and
motions are passed in accordance
with the laws,” Snobar said.

Snobar did say that his past experience with the RSU provided
him with an understanding of the
complexity of the organization,
and helped him chair the board.
“I had the responsibility when I
was a board member to chair many
meetings. I am familiar with the bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order,
not only as a member of the [RSU]
but as a [former] member of the Ryerson Commerce Society (RCS),”
Snobar said. “And I was a big hand
in amending and changing the bylaws for the commerce society to
almost what you see them today.”
The chair of the board, and of
the RSU’s AGMs, is responsible
for making sure the meetings run
smoothly and to uphold the union’s
by-laws on all motions. On matters of interpretation, the chair is
the one responsible for doing the
interpreting, although the board is
allowed to appeal their decisions.
RSU by-laws say that the chair
of the board will be appointed by
the president. By-laws also state
that, “Cases not provided for in
the by-laws of the Students’ Union
shall be governed by the current
version of Robert’s Rules of Order,
the interpretation of which shall
be made by the Chair.”
Bartlett said that she wasn’t aware

Abe Snobar and Andrea Bartlett at the Jan. 25 board of directors meeting.

of Snobar’s previous attempts to
create this position, and when asked
if she believed the chair’s responsibility was to interpret the rules of
order objectively she said, “yes.”
The general manager position,
now filled by Natasha Campagna
who was previously student engagement and business development coordinator at the RCS, was
pointed to in a number of controversial statements about the legiti-

Theft a problem in RCC
By Annie Arnone

Stricter security measures have
been implemented at the Rogers
Communications Centre (RCC) in
response to a high number of recent thefts.
Most notably, a 70-inch TV was
stolen from a first floor lab on Jan.
21 — one of 9 thefts reported in
the building this year alone.
Dan Greenwood, manager of
operations and technology services at the RCC, says a new alarm
system has been added to the
building in order to assure that
doors are always kept closed.
“Students a lot of the time will
leave a door propped open if they
run to the bathroom or leave the
class for a second. Now an alarm
will sound if doors are propped
open,” he said.
But The Eyeopener found increased security measures to be
ineffective. On Monday night
around 9 p.m., The Eyeopener
went to the RCC to investigate
how difficult it is to steal from
the building. Without card access,
editors removed approximately
$3,200 worth of electronics from
unlocked labs and classrooms —
3D printers, desktop monitors,
DVD players and Apple computer
accessories were all accessible.
An Eyeopener editor walked by

security with a 42-inch television,
used in the cover shoot, and was
not stopped or questioned.
Both journalism and RTA
School of Media students still have
24-hour card access to the building, but the RCC remains open to
the public until 10:30 p.m. Classrooms are supposed to be locked
after 4:30 p.m., according to signs
posted throughout the building.
“We’ve had a concentration [of
security] in terms of frequenting the
building itself. Based on resources
we couldn’t just put someone in
there, but we do have a concentrated effort … along with the security
measures that are in the building,”
said Tanya Poppleton, manager of
security and emergency services at
Ryerson. She added security cameras and restricted card access are
intended to make the RCC secure.
Journalism departmental assistant Jaclyn Mika has noticed the
theft issues. When the 70-inch TV
went missing, she was the first to
notice. Mika called Lesley Salvadori, News Media Technical coordinator at the RCC, to confirm no
one removed the TV to be repaired
and that it was indeed stolen.
“Security came over in 10 minutes, said they would review cameras and asked if any classes had
been in here to determine if it had
been overnight or not,” she said.

No confirmation has been made
as to what time the theft took
place, or who committed it. Poppleton said numbers on total value
are not available.
“To be able to give you in an
accurate context of what the total amounts [of stolen items] are,
I couldn’t do that. We don’t have
that,” said Poppleton.
“We’re very concerned. It came
as a shock to me,” said Aseel Kafil,
organizational developer and an
educator at the RCC.
Kafil explained security will be
following up with RCC staff.
According to Preston Patey,
client support technician at the
Equipment Distributions Centre,
the west RCC door has only recently begun to be locked at night.
“It’s worrisome, there are a lot
of people walking around this
room in particular,” he said.
In response to the thefts, Ryerson
interim president Mohamed Lachemi said it is his priority to create a
safe environment for students.
“Security is in the process of investigating a few of these cases,”
Lachemi said. “We don’t have
proof that this building is experiencing more problems from the
rest of the campus, but we have
been paying attention to any isolated acts and we will investigate
and take the appropriate actions.”

macy of the RSU terminating the
executive director of communications and outreach position that resulted in both Gilary Massa — who
was on maternity leave — and Dina
Skvirsky — who was filling her position — losing their jobs.
The Canadian Union of Public


Employees (CUPE) 1281 released
one of those statements on Dec. 21,
condemning the firing and told The
Eyeopener that the new general
manager’s position merely shifted
the roles of the previous position
held by Massa and Skvirsky.



Theft and the RCC
Ryerson is known, among other
things, for its hands-on programs.
As a journalism student here, I
was always thankful for the excellent equipment the school provided, and the opportunities it afforded me.
Lately, though, some people
have taken advantage of that technology at one of the buildings on
campus with the most of equipment. The Rogers Communication
Centre (RCC), home to the school
of journalism, the RTA school of

media and creative industries, has
seen a rash of thefts, notably a 70inch television.
You’ll read this week about the
measures being taken as a result
of these thefts, but perhaps not
enough have been taken so far.
This week, several editors from
The Eyeopener walked through
the RCC in search of just how
accessible some of the equipment
was. Without using any keycards,
after most of the classes were out
but the building was still open to
the public, we walked into unlocked rooms full of equipment.
Monitors, desktops, 3D printers and a television, among other
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total — were easily retrievable by
any member of the public with the
wherewithal to look.
Easy access for students to the
equipment that lets them do their
work is important. But so is making sure it stays in the hands of the
students doing that work.
We hope to see more security in
the RCC moving forward — but
for now if you’re a TA or instructor and you’re the last one out,
please make sure that you lock the
Totally not an Eyeopener editor with an easily obtained monitor.
door behind you.

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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016



Damn, that course pack is expensive
By Justin Chandler
Course readers for approximately
60 classes have increased in price
as a result of Ryerson letting its
Access Copyright licence expire at
the end of last year.
Under the university’s five year
agreement with Access Copyright,
a Canadian copyright licensing
agency, each Ryerson student
was charged $13 per semester as
part of their tuition fees. Access
Copyright distributes money to
copyright-holders when content is
copied, remixed and shared. The
non-profit organization represents
about 10,000 copyright holders,
including several colleges and universities.
Before 2012, education was not
a permitted exception under Canada’s Copyright Act. Because of
this, Ryerson was required to rely
on the Access Copyright agreement
to print required materials. The Act
was modified at the end of 2012 to
include education, which meant the
university could copy certain works
with permission from the copyright
holder or publisher and didn’t need
to continue the existing agreement.
Interim president Mohamed
Lachemi said there are obvious
consequences that accompany students not having to pay the fee to
Access Copyright.
During the first lecture of the

Course readers for about 60 classes have seen an increase in price this semester.

semester, Ryerson political science professor Abbas Gnamo told
his students that the reader would
cost them $25 — the same price
as last semester. When he found
out the reader was being sold for
$104.95 (a 320 per cent price increase) he sent a memo to his class,
writing that he didn’t imagine the
price could rise so drastically.
Gnamo said he checked with the
bookstore’s manager and was told
because Ryerson’s agreement with
Access Copyright ended, the price
of all readers had risen to cover
the cost of production. The bookstore has since reduced the price
on Gnamo’s reader by 10 per cent.
Ann Ludbrook, copyright and

scholarly engagement librarian at
Ryerson, said in a statement that
any course pack containing excerpts of copyrighted textual work
has a per page increase to account
for the royalty fee to be paid to the
publisher. The cost is dependent
on how many pages of the original
work are reproduced.
Similarly, Ryerson English professor Dale Smith was surprised
by the increase in price. His reader, priced around $35 last semester, now costs $43.95.
In another class Smith teaches,
he only uses texts available for
free through the Ryerson library
online. But he said he prefers paper copies because they’re more


mobile and easier to use. Smith
added that he tries to “keep in
mind prices, but also realities.”
Ludbrook said the Campus
Store is supposed to inform instructors about the costs of course
packs, but due to short timelines
that doesn’t always happen.
For Julia Alexandra, a secondyear English student, most of
her books cost under $25. The
$37.95-course reader for her American Literature course was the most
expensive book she had to buy.
“Obviously [course readers]
are useful and organized nicely …
but paying $37.95 for things you
could have online is a little ridiculous,” Alexandra said.

Bartlett said the creation of the
new position and the old one’s termination “had nothing to do with
the people that held the role.”
Vajdaan Tanveer — a member of
Reignite Ryerson and vocal adversary of the RSU — said Snobar’s
past affiliations pose a conflict of
interest and has experienced difficulties interacting with Snobar at
multiple meetings this year.
“The chair’s obviously biased
… he himself was an executive of
the RSU years ago and had very
controversial incidents,” Tanveer
said. “We felt as though we were
hard done by the chair.”
Reignite’s motion for the students’ union to take an official
stance on tuition fees was thrown
out of the SAGM by Snobar, which
Tanveer says shows Snobar’s allegiance to the RSU executive.
“He ruled [our motion] out of
order immediately without giving
it the oppourtunity, like he did to
other groups, to slightly amend
the motion,” Tanveer said. “It’s
about the history and the other
connections he has to the RCS.”
Bartlett said that if she was
asked to be chair in seven years,
she’d be comfortable interpreting
rules and acting objectively.
“I would be distant enough from
the immediate issues but still know
about the organization,” wrote
Bartlett in a statement. “Once you
operate under Robert’s Rules, it’s
something that you remember and
become accustomed to.”

OUSA tackles rising tuition fees Briefs &
The student lobby interest group has created Time Out Tuition to protest rising tuition and student debt
By Brennan Doherty
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has added to
post-secondary initiatives against
rising tuition fees with their “Time
Out Tuition” campaign.
The campaign seeks to eradicate
the three per cent increase cap the
provincial government is currently
allowed to impose.
“What we’re asking for is the
government to keep the rate of tuition at what it is right now,” said
Lindsee Perkins, Western University’s OUSA representative.
OUSA started brainstorming
with its members Jan. 13. But
they’ve pushed their campaign on
Ontario MPPs at LobbyCon, where
lobbyists mingle with Queen’s Park
staffers, since Dec. 2014. They’re
slated to speak at the Ontario government’s public consultation for
next year’s operating budget.
On their site, they claim tuition
fees were 19 per cent of university
revenue in 1992 — those figures
grew to 51 per cent in 2012.
“The government isn’t paying as
much as they used to for our edu-

cation. We don’t feel that that’s
fair anymore,” Perkins said.
Cormac McGee, the RSU’s vice
president education, hasn’t run an
active tuition fee campaign similar
to OUSA — the RSU is a member
local of the Canadian Federation
of Students (CFS), which has its
own platform. Still, he’s intrigued.
An Imprint story quoted an
OUSA official saying that they plan
for a third of the extra money to
come from a discontinuation of
$365 million in university tax rebates mailed out to Ontario students quarterly.
“I think this would be a very doable reallocation if you’re only taking a third of [the $365 million] to
freeze tuition,” McGee said.
CFS’ 2015 education plan called
for tuition reductions to 2005 levels. The estimate for their one-year
plan reduction costs $1.2 billion.
“We’re excited to see other students in the province are getting on
board with the call for more accessible post-secondary education,”
said Rajean Hoilett, a CFS chairperson and former RSU president.
The CFS has a campaign tack-

ling tuition fees called “Fight the
Fees,” calling for the province to
adopt a four-year plan to drop
tuition fees in Ontario by 50 per
cent, forgive outstanding student
loans and allocate additional
funds to public education.

Hoilett said he’d like to see
OUSA look at causes behind student debt. Hoilett said the CFS
hasn’t networked with OUSA
about Time Out Tuition, but
keeps tabs on these kinds of initiatives and believes there will be opportunities to work together.
OUSA also wants the Ontario
government to reimburse universities for lost funds, set at about

$106 million yearly. McGee said
he’s supportive of the effort.
“Obviously, freezing tuition
with more government subsidies is
something I’m very, very pro on,”
he said. “As long as it’s done right.”
Reignite Ryerson representative
Vajdaan Tanveer said he’s more
concerned with working with the
CFS than OUSA. He said he’s not
surprised about OUSA’s campaign.
“We’ve seen these numbers before, we’ve worked with these
numbers before, and we understand where they’re coming from,”
he said.
Tanveer said Time Out Tuition
fails to include marginalized communities — racialized and LGBTQ
people, and women — struggling
to attain post-secondary education.
“They go hand-in-hand and you
can’t talk about one without talking about the other,” Tanveer said.
If the Ontario government adopts
OUSA’s plan this year, changes
won’t be seen until at least 2017.
“I would love for this to be implemented tomorrow. But the reality of it is that they’d have to put
it in their budget,” Perkins said.

> Bigot threatens SLC staff with fork.
As if this guy wasn’t already shitty
for threatening SLC staff with a
fork, he also called them homophobic slurs. He was escorted offcampus and everyone resumed to
having a gay old time.
> Graffiti artist gets tagged
Some guy whose tag probably
sucks spray-painted CRU washrooms. Witnesses reported the
man after he wouldn’t stop mumbling about how “meta” Banksy
is. He later was arrested for trepassing and just bein’ a plain

> Student falls down RTS stairs
Some clumsy student took a
tumble down a set of stairs in the
Ryerson Theatre School, but fortunately didn’t have to go to the
hospital. Thank god they didn’t
break a leg.
Seen some crazy shenanigans on
campus? Email us about the entire fiasco at news@theeyeopener.



Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Money vs.
How the falling value of the
Canadian dollar has
compounded the struggle of
Ryerson students.
By Justin Chandler


rooke Gilbert strolls through the grocery store calculating the total value
of the groceries she’s picked. Standing in the produce aisle, which is always her last stop, Gilbert picks up a cucumber and a couple of apples —
they’re all she can afford this week. It’s hard not to notice the lack of fresh
fruit and vegetables; her basket is weighed down by crackers, juice and
junk food. Even after crunching the numbers, she worries she may not be
able to afford the bill. As food prices have surged upwards in response to the Canadian
loonie’s recent drop in value — cauliflower was selling for $8 in downtown Toronto in
mid December — Gilbert has been priced out of the produce aisle.
“You can get two bags of chips for $5, but a small bowl of fruit is $6,” says the arts
and contemporary student, adding that she wants to get the best value for her money,
so she’s more likely to buy unhealthy food if it’s cheaper.
In December 2015, food prices in Canada were 3.7 per cent higher than they were in
December 2014, Statistics Canada reports. The price of fresh vegetables went up 13.3
per cent and the price of fresh fruit went up 13.2 per cent, compared to the previous
year; apples, for example, went up by 11.9 per cent, potatoes by 13.7 per cent, and
celery by a stunning 46.3 per cent.
Gilbert says rising food prices are affecting her health — she feels better both mentally
and physically when she eats apples or carrots rather than crackers or chips.
“Higher food prices always limit people’s food choices, especially among those with
limited income,” says Ryerson sociology professor Mustafa Koc in an email. Students,
“like most others living in precarious situations,” often eat cheaper, high-calorie and
high-fat foods that have low nutritional content. Koc, who co-founded the Ryerson
Centre for Studies in Food Security, added that eating unhealthy foods has long-term
impacts on a student’s success in school and on their health.
n their latest Food Price Report, the Food Institute of the University of Guelph reported that the average Canadian household likely paid about $325 more for food
in 2015 than in 2014. The report looks at Canadian food prices between October
2014 and October 2015. The institute predicts that in 2016, the average Canadian
household could spend an extra $345 on food compared to the year before.
The report also explains that food prices increased for a variety of reasons — one of
them being the low value of the Canadian dollar, which slid to a 12-year low on Jan.
20 — in the same week that the price of oil plummeted to its own 12-year record. The
dollar, which was above US$0.85 throughout all of 2014, hovered at around US$0.75
in 2015 before rapidly decreasing in value in December. In late January, the Canadian
dollar fell to US$0.68 — a low not seen in over a decade. A few weeks later, the value
hovers at around US$0.72.
The Food Institute reports that 81 per cent of all fruits and vegetables consumed in
Canada are imported, meaning that this exchange rate matters. For every cent drop
in the dollar’s value over a short period of time, vegetables, fruits and nuts are likely


Mustafa Koc, Ryerson sociology professor (Photo: Annie Arnone)

to increase in price by more than one per cent, the institute reports. The U.S. climate
also plays a significant role in food prices: poor growing conditions, spurred by climate
change and the higher temperatures caused by the El Niño weather pattern have made
it more difficult to grow food in the American southwest, driving prices up.
Overall, food prices in December increased at more than twice the rate of inflation,
Statistics Canada reports.
he dollar’s fluctuations are affecting Ryerson students differently — for student Shadan “Shay” Ahmadi, who is here on exchange from the Netherlands, the exchange rate with the Euro (€1 is about $1.53) has been a bonus.
Since her money is worth more, Ahmadi — who is studying environment
and urban sustainability at Ryerson — has not found living in Canada to be too expensive. Though she does pay more for her groceries — a pack of peppers would cost her
€1 at home instead of the $6 she has to pay here — luxury items are easier to justify.
A new pair of Timberlands cost her about $120, or about €80. Back home, she would
have paid nearly €200 (roughly C$305).


For Ryerson student Gabriella Romm, things couldn’t be more different.
The third-year business management student is on exchange in Lille, France. She arrived in Europe on Jan. 5, and plans to leave in May. Originally, she wanted to go to
Paris but was warned by exchange organizers that the exchange rate would make it
extremely expensive. Before going on her trip, Romm handed over her Canadian money
for euros and U.S. dollars — when she exchanged about $5,000, she got around €3,000
back. The dollar’s value has sunk even further since.
Romm says some of her friends will have to end their trips early because they’re
paying more than they’d anticipated. With the current exchange rate, she estimates
that rent would cost her C$600 per month, which is $100 more than she’d originally
budgeted for.
Romm is staying in a Lille hostel — it’s relatively cheap, but more crowded and less
clean than she would have liked. When she comes home in the evenings, she sits in front
of her computer for hours trying to search for ways to save on accommodations and
flights to visit the cities that she’d planned on seeing. Usually, Romm travels between
cities by bus, paying about €10 (around C$15) for the least expensive afternoon bus


Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016


So why have food prices
increased in Canada?

Persistent droughts
have reduced produce
exports from California

81 per cent of
Canadian fruits and
vegetables are imported

All of this led to a 4.1 per cent
rise in food prices this year, with
cauliflower and celery being
heralded as the symbol of
expensive produce

Prices for crude oil,
which was Canada’s
main export until last
year, have seen a 25
per cent drop this year

The value of the Canadian dollar fell steadily
in 2015, slipping below
US$0.70 in early 2016
Info from Food Price Report and the Financial Post (Illustration: Farnia Fekri)

rides, which bore her to death. Taking a train would be faster, giving her more time for
sightseeing, but could cost closer to €40 (about C$61).
The persistent penny-pinching takes its toll on Romm. “I’m not enjoying my time
here because I’m spending so much time trying to look for the best deal,” she admits.
omm’s friends are going to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day. Trying to book a
flight online, she tells her computer to translate websites from French to
English. She ends up picking a 6 a.m. flight — it’s the cheapest one she can
find, and though she would like to take a later flight to spend more time in
Dublin, she knows she has no other option. Romm buys the ticket before realizing that
something’s gone wrong with the translation; she’s just bought a ticket for a flight out of
Dublin on April 3. Not wanting to stay in Dublin for that long, she changes her booking, helplessly watching as the fees stack up. Romm has already paid a three-minimum
(about C$4.58) exchange-rate fee, plus an extra two per cent on the ticket. Now she has
to pay a €30 (about C$45) flight-change fee. A simple translating error has hiked up the
cost of her flight to about $300 — or three dozen $8 cauliflowers.
lineup of students snakes out of a freshly-stocked Good Food Centre. On any
given Tuesday, after the centre’s shelves have been filled with deliveries by
Daily Bread Food Bank, dozens of Ryerson students and faculty line up outside of the second-floor-student-centre room for free food. These aren’t students waiting an hour to grab a quick snack — they’re people struggling to eat on top of
paying rent and tuition. As of Jan. 28 and for this academic year, there are 359 of them.
About 20 to 30 of these members wait for an hour after the Tuesday delivery. These
are mostly the people trying to get the essentials — milk and eggs. “We don’t have
enough of that to go around,” says Nicola Nemy, who’s a third-year creative industries
student and has been one of the centre’s coordinators for two years. “We sometimes get


cereal and chocolate and things, but people come for the eggs and the milk.”
The hot commodities aside, it only takes until Thursday for most of the rest of the
food to be gone, Nemy estimates. As the centre submits usage statistics to the food
bank, she says, “deliveries are often just enough.”

The deliveries rarely contain fresh produce as it is — the only way to get fruits and
veggies is by signing up for a program the centre holds in partnership with FoodShare.
Even then, students pay $13 for a small green box with a few items (as she sits in her
office, one of these students comes to claim his box. “Enjoy it,” she tells him, “and
then come back!”). The plight of these students and faculty extends far past the booms
and busts of the Canadian dollar, Nemy says.
“I think we’re often in this sort of like, economically unstable situation ourselves —
with student loans and the high cost of tuition. Students are the fastest growing group
of food bank users,” she notes, adding that the centre has seen a consistent and considerable growth in members over the past year. “And this is all before the [harshest]
downturn of the dollar. These are all effects that are being compounded, in my opinion,
by our weak dollar.”
With files from Farnia Fekri



Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Taking a look at Rye profs in iBEST’s labs

Ryerson researchers moved into St. Michael’s Hospital and are working on loads of science.

By Noella Ovid
Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital launched a
20-year-partnership through the
Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology, a
new laboratory known as iBEST,
on Jan. 26.

“We have a whole lot of faculty
here in physics, engineering, biology etc. that do a lot of basic research. One of the things that the
government has seen is that a lot
of that research gets done but it
never really goes away from the
lab into the clinics,” said Michael
Kolios, associate dean of science.

App of the


The collaboration brings together Ryerson’s engineering and science strengths with St. Michael’s research and clinical expertise. They
research and develop new healthcare solutions and support start-up
biomedical companies seeking to
improve patient care.
“It’s a very exciting initiative;

it’s the first time I think [that] Ryerson is doing something in terms
of research at [that] scale,” said
Kolios. “It has that sexy thing
with the Biomedical Zone also,
which allows you to take things to
the next level.”
Through individual researchers
and graduate students, all the machines that have been accumulating at Kerr Hall for over 20 years
were moved to the hospital. They
also have access to other core
facilities in the building which
would otherwise be very expensive, Kolios said.
“If I’m here and they’re there
and we never meet, that makes
that process of getting things from
the lab to the clinic much more
difficult. The big idea with this
iBEST is that they’re going to be
together,” he said.
The 22,000-sq.-ft. laboratory
will test practical ideas that can
be brought to the patient’s bedside quickly. They’re focusing the
research in four areas: advanced
systems of delivering medications,

New cyber security class launches

Ditch the hackable passwords with the LastPass app
By Igor Magun
With more and more of our personal information being stored
online, strong passwords have
become very important. That’s
where password managers like
LastPass come in.
LastPass allows you to store the
passwords to all your online accounts in one secure location. The
app can generate long, unique and
randomized passwords for each
website you use. All you need to
remember is a single master password, which is used to encrypt the
database. LastPass can also be used
to store other sensitive information through secure notes, which
receive the same protection.
That encrypted database is then
sent over a secure connection to
LastPass’ servers, so that you can
access it from any device. The entire system is designed to be failsafe — even if a hacker were to
breach LastPass’ servers and obtain your database, a computer
would still need to spend months
breaking in, depending on the
strength of your master password.
That gives you plenty of time
to change your passwords in a
worst-case scenario. LastPass can
even change passwords automatically on some popular websites.
Further protection can be added

through a two-factor authentication. This requires that you enter
a second code to login to LastPass.
The code can be generated by an
app on your phone, a special USB
key or a printout grid with letters
and numbers on it. This ensures
that even if a hacker knows your
master password, they still need
access to a physical item to login
to your LastPass account.
But why use a password manager? Well, most of us are terrible
at passwords. Chances are you use
the same password for multiple services and it’s probably not a good
one. The most popular password
of 2015 was “123456,” according
to software developer SplashData.
This makes it easy for a computer to guess your password.
And if your login is leaked, reusing it on other websites puts those
accounts at risk. A hacker can try
out your email and password on
other popular websites. And these
leaks are commonplace — over
100 million leaked accounts were
recorded in 2015 by PwnedList, a
service which monitors sites hosting stolen credentials.
LastPass is available for free on
the iOS App Store and Android’s
Google Play. However, if you want
to sync between multiple device
types, you’ll have to pay $12/year
for the premium subscription.

creating new biomaterials and
cell-based therapies, biomedical
imaging at the cellular and tissue level and using creating tools
that improve our understanding
of massive amounts of health-care
One of the major projects at
iBEST is Stephen Waldman’s research on growing cartilage to
help victims of severe burns or accidents.
Instead of using synthetic or
natural materials, Waldman uses
the test animal’s own cells for reconstruction of the nose, outer ear
and trachea.
“We plan to create biological
constructs like biological graft material that we can generate from
the patient’s own cells to be used
in structure surgery,” said Waldman, a professor in the department of chemical engineering.
To read more about iBEST, the
Biomedical Zone and the work
that Ryerson researchers are doing at St. Michael’s Hospital, visit

The class teaches businesses to fight cyber threats like these.

By Noushin Ziafati
Spending money on advanced
firewalls or intrusion protection
systems is not enough to ward
businesses from cyber threats, according to Ted Rogers School of
Information Technology Management professor Farid Shirazi.
For that reason, the Ted Rogers
School of Management (TRSM)
launched the new Enterprise Information Security, Privacy and
Data Protection program this
“Security is not just [installing]
… expensive devices to monitor
digital traffic. Security is also to
train people and that training is
very important to give,” Shirazi
The professional master’s diploma program will have four courses, which will provide the technical and management knowledge
needed to monitor and manage
cyber threats, and information on
law, compliance, audit and computer crime.
The final course provides students with a chance to tackle an


individual capstone project that
will address a specific issue or
problem in security, privacy and
data protection.
The program’s content originates
from the Department of Computer
Science, but the professors involved
in the project have worked on
bringing a management perspective to cyber security and privacy
threats that businesses face.
“The traditional, classic security
management or privacy management is not enough,” Shirazi said.
“That’s why in this course we not
only focus on the technical aspects
of security and privacy which is a
small part of this, but rather focus
on how to manage security.”
Shirazi was involved with the
development of the course from
the beginning. He has a background in computer security and
teaches networking and security
courses at TRSM. He is now one
of the faculty members of this
new program.
Professionals and experts in the
field, from the Ted Rogers School
of Law and Business, Ted Rogers
School of Information Technology

Management and the Department
of Computer Science have worked
together in the development of
the program, which Shirazi calls a
“pilot project.”
“It’s not a fixed program because
the area of security and privacy
[is] evolving the whole time and
we are ready for that. That’s the
key point; that we have to be up
to date in order to bring the latest
technology and the latest solutions
to various issues,” Shirazi said.
The program developers also
worked in collaboration with Ryerson University’s Privacy and Big
Data Institute to bring this program together.
The program is offered to people who have at least two years of
working experience in the field and
have completed a bachelor’s degree.
Students that are currently enrolled in the program range from
people in the bank industry, to
members of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police that are targeting
cybercrime and cyber security,
to people interested in business
Shirazi believes that a new generation of managers must emerge
which understands the positive
aspects of being connected to a
global market, and at the same
time understand the risks associated with big data and social media,
among others.
“We need more of these types of
programs to be successful; to fill
the gap between technology that
runs at the speed of light and the
society, people, to protect the citizens of Canada,” he said.



Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Historic production team kicks Rye ass
First ever all-female Canadian production team broadcasts Ryerson men’s hockey game Friday night

By Matt Ouellet
Twenty-three students from across
FCAD made history Friday night
with the first ever Canadian live
sports broadcast to feature a crew
staffed only by women.
Dubbed “The Takeover,” the
crew broadcasted the Ryerson
women’s hockey team’s game
against Windsor live on Rogers TV
and the OUA TV portal from the
Mattamy Athletic Centre.
The idea was developed by
fourth-year media production
student Leandra Vermeulen, who
acted as the lead for the broadcast. Vermeulen got the idea after
working on a CBC production
crew during the summer Pan Am
Games and noticing a lack of female presence producing the televised events.
“If you don’t see yourself represented [on TV] it makes you a bit
nervous,” said Vermeulen. “And
the few women who are repre-

sented in sports broadcasting are
often criticized for their body and
how they look. I feel it’s intimidating when I walk onto a truck and
I know I’m in a zone of a lot of
While there are more women
than men across Ryerson’s three
undergraduate Radio and Television Arts programs, Vermeulen didn’t see that reflected in the
workforce when she worked on
CBC’s coverage of past summer’s
Pan Am Games. Of the 45 camera
operators she worked with, just
one was a woman. Vermeulen developed the idea of an all-female
crew to feature positive representations of women in sports broadcasting.
The commentating team of Sarah
Jenkins and Savanna Prokopetz acknowledged the importance of the
event during the opening moments
of the broadcast as every member
of the crew was showcased.
“We are the changing face of the

industry. And it’s absolutely unreal
to know that we are going to help
bring gender equality to the sport
industry,” Prokopetz said.
For rink-level reporter Nikki Jeffrey, the event was especially important.
“When I first came to Ryerson,
I didn’t know any other girls who
liked sports. I think it’s a fantastic
idea to have all these girls come out
and work. I feel happy.”
While the event certainly was
historic and important, there was
nothing that happened during the
broadcast to suggest an all-female
crew would be different from any
other crew. It seemed as if there
were no standout moments for a
crew of people performing their
usual jobs, which it seems, is exactly what Vermeulen was hoping for.
“It would be nice for people to
see this as a normal thing; obviously it’s not so far, so that’s why we’re
doing it,” she said. “I hope they’ll
do it again, but I’ll be graduated.”

Chatting with Charvis
to leave Waterloo, being recruited Ryerson?
by various NCAA schools and his A: It was very tough because I was
starting to develop a pretty good relove of Drake.
When you were in high school and
started getting recruited did Ryerson ever approach you?
A: Yes they did, in my fifth year
they were one of the first schools
that every really got in contact with
me. The past assistant coach, coach
Smart I think, he saw me play in a
tournament in high school at York.

lationship with the coach that’s there
now in his first year there, Coach
Every day I’m going to be pushed
by guys that are better than me and
every day will be a competition.
Besides playing for a strong team,
what excited you about coming to
A: It just seems that everyone’s got
something to do, they’re busy and
it’s lively. The whole campus vibe
and everyone seems productive and
it makes me want to do the same
thing as well.

Ultimately the ability to further develop your game was why you chose
Charvis averaged 20.3
MYLES CHARVIS A: Exactly, right away instead of
points last season.
learning in practice I was learning on
the floor, game time minutes, game
By Tagwa Moyo
time production, everything was in Plus we had Drake.
A: Exactly! Drake was there too for
On Jan. 24, The Eyeopener learned game so I got a lot of experience.
the concert. That’s a huge draw in
that Waterloo basketball star Myles Charvis would be transferring In 2014-2015 you were the star itself.
to Ryerson, with his debut com- of Loo, how hard was it not only
ing next season. We sat down with making the decision, but announc- You can find the full interview at
Charvis and discussed his decision ing that you were transferring to




Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016

RTA students document poverty in Toronto
By Zeinab Saidoun


Madelaine Sawyers McKechnieie and Laura Heidenheim, Creators of ProjectUnited.

Two Ryerson media production
students created a multimedia
storytelling platform which aims
to raise awareness of poverty in
Toronto and York Region called
By recording interviews with
people that are dealing with
homelessness and posting the
videos on their website, Madelaine Sawyers McKechnie and
Laura Heidenheim are hoping
to shine a light on poverty in the
“Conversations about poverty
and alleviation need to happen,”
said Heidenheim.
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ultimate goal is to start a conversation about local poverty, hopefully
resulting in social change.
Heidenheim and Sawyers McKechnie visited Honduras in February
2015, where they worked on a video project that shared the stories of
some of the locals living in poverty.
“One of the most moving [stories we heard] came from Marlon,
a young man in Honduras,” said
Heidenheim. “He said, ‘How can
I hate poverty if I come from it, or
richness if I am going there?’”
After returning to Toronto,
Sawyers McKechnie and Heidenheim decided to continue the
conversation, this time locally,
and partnered with United Way
to start up their project.
ProjectUnited’s goal is enabling those affected by poverty
to speak for themselves and share
their stories with the hope that
viewers will become inspired and
help their community. Sharing
the videos also promotes their
mission of humanizing homelessness by having them talk about
their experiences on the streets,
as well as more personal subjects
like their childhood or professional aspirations.
One person who they recently
interviewed was Kelly, 35, who
inspired the RTA students with
her cheerful outlook on life even
though she has been homeless
since the age of 18.
Growing up, she struggled with
many family issues which resulted in her living on the streets,
but she managed to maintain her
sense of humour by making the
students laugh throughout the interview.
Alongside the videos, the website is also designed to help people
join the fight against poverty. Site
visitors can interact with the “Get
Involved” page, which lists three
ways to make a difference. This
can be anything from attending the
Homeless Memorial or volunteering in an organization. One excuse
that students often use, according
to Sawyers McKechnie, is their
lack of financial means to help the
homeless, which is why they are
trying to show that there are other
ways they can contribute.
“Our generation doesn’t have
much money to give,” said Sawyers McKechnie. “We want [students] to understand that educating themselves and donating time
is just as good as giving money.”
The stories they want to share
are the ones that will make the
public stop and view the homeless
citizens of Toronto as people, rather than a statistic.
“They are well versed in the conversations of poverty and they are
aware of what needs to be fixed,”
said Heidenheim. “It’s just the rest
of us who need to join in on that


Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Shots fired, tears shed

Three grown-ass men in a rap battle. How cute.

By Skyler Ash
A rap battle left three Ryerson
University students in tears on
The lyrical duel took place in
the Kerr Hall Quad on Sunday
night between three third-year accounting and finance majors.
The battle was planned after
“frenemies” Tom Sander and Peter
Grafi got into verbal fisticuffs after
Sander told Grafi that he would
“never make it on Bay Street with
a haircut like that.”
Sander and Grafi involved their
mutual friend, James Blaylike, as


the moderator of the battle. “It
wouldn’t be fair without someone
there to keep it clean,” said Grafi.
The three headed to the Quad
around 11 a.m. clad in battle attire. What started off as a polite
musical skirmish soon turned into
a good old-fashioned snotfest
when Grafi cut off Sander mid-bar.
Sander said that Grafi “busted
out a verse so eloquent it literally made a grown man cry.” The
three men had to take “a few moments” to recover from the beauty
of Grafi’s rap.
“I’m glad I had the forethought
to bring my handkerchiefs,” said





Blaylike, “or this could have been
a whole different game.”
Sander said that once everyone
had wiped away the tears the men
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Grafi and Sander both said that
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to realize what is important in life,
and what their true callings are.
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