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Volume 47 - Issue 23

April 2, 2014
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NEWS

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Theatre school building stuck with stairs
A lack of elevators in the theatre school building is affecting more than just disabled students
By Sierra Bein and
Laura Woodward
The Ryerson Theatre School (RTS)
building’s lack of accessibility has
been a problem in the past and will
most likely continue to be a problem in the future for all students
— even those without disabilities.
Built in 1885, the three-storey
RTS building has no elevators,
ramps or automatic doors — just
steep, narrow flights of stairs leading to classrooms and theatres on
the upper floors.
“I would definitely say the accessibility is a problem,” said secondyear theatre production student,
James Peters. In the past, Peters
has helped carry a person in an
electric wheelchair up the stairs.
“Three people had to carry the
chair and two people spotted so
that the chair wouldn’t get damaged,” he said.
“Quite often we carry people up
the stairs — more often than you
think.”
Peters said that while theatre
production has safety standards
and precautions to ensure no one
gets injured, dancers often hurt
themselves during practice when
they do not land properly.

In March The Eyeopener wrote
of a second-year dance student
who had to carry her wheelchairbound mother — who is fighting
lung, bone, brain and liver cancers — up the RTS staircase so she
could watch her daughter perform.
But upon further investigation,
The Eyeopener found that it is not
just people with disabilities who
are affected by the accessibility issue. Students who get injured and
students who need to move props
are affected as well.
For dance students, injury is
nearly impossible to avoid. So are
the RTS steps.
“Just the other day a girl popped
out her knee and the Toronto EMS
was struggling to get her to the ambulance because of all the stairs,”
said first-year dance student Stella
Medley.
Sarah Mclennan, another firstyear dance student, has been struggling to get to her classes because
of her latest ankle injury.
“It’s really hard to get up and
down the steps with crutches,”
Mclennan said. “An elevator
would be helpful.”
Peter Fleming, RTS production
and operations manager, said that
not having accessibility has been a

Ryerson Theatre School students currently use the stairs to get to and from classes and performances.

challenge for everyone.
“Of course even if they were to
put an elevator into the building,
all the floors are different heights
anyways so you’d have to ramp
between different floors,” he said.
“We could use [an elevator] to
move set and costume items up
and down, I mean not just for people,” Fleming said. “We carry sets
up and down two and three flights
of stairs. We often think ‘wouldn’t
it be nice to have one.’”
Second-year theatre production
student Perrin Bryson has had to
move equipment and sets up the
flights of stairs for the performanc-

es she’s worked on.
“I’ve torn several muscles from
moving equipment or set pieces for
a show,” Bryson said.
“Sometimes it puts us behind
based on our schedule, if it’s heavier than expected. It throws off the
show more than the academic part
of the program,” she said.
Ryerson president Sheldon Levy
acknowledged that this has been a
problem. He says there has been a
search for a solution since before
he took his position with the university.
“We are always trying to put
in money to be able to make it a

PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

little bit better and I know that Julia Hanigsberg is now talking with
the theatre on [a] hybrid solution,
using some of the facilities on campus but not in the theatre school to
help them out,” he said.
“We think an elevator would
cost $3.5 to 4 million,” said
Hanigsberg, vice-president of administration and finance, by email.
The university has looked at five
or six different solutions, including other theatres in Toronto.
“None of them worked for what
is needed by the school — the
closeness the students need to this
campus and the cost,” Levy said.

Getting a “higher” education in residence
Residence drug dealers claim obstacles are slim to none for selling drugs in student housing

PHOTO: FARNIA FEKRI

Residence drug dealers are breaking bank selling to students in housing.

By Scoop W. Gerbil
Students living in residence are
having no trouble finding drugs,
especially considering how their
dealers are only a few floors
away. A first–year student living
in residence distributes around
$1,000 worth of marijuana each
week — earning more than an
average part-time minimum
wage job.
The dealer told The Eyeopener
anonymously that half of this
money is made exclusively from
sales within Ryerson’s student

residence.
He gets loaned about 128
grams (4.5 ounces) of marijuana
every week to sell. By the end of
the week, he owes his connection
$750. “I usually come out with
between $200 and $400 in my
pocket,” he said.
He has been distributing similar amounts since he arrived at
Ryerson in September and said
that his original motivation for
selling at school was to “help out
[his] friends and smoke for free.”
“I already knew some people
down here to sell to and I figured

[residence] would be a good market, plus I’d be able to support
my own habits,” the dealer said.
The dealer has been smoking
and selling pot out of his room
since the beginning of the school
year, with few obstacles from security.
“They caught me with a bong
once and just took it. There’s
no real repercussion. Everyone I
know who smokes weed in residence does it in their room,” the
dealer said.
A number of students in residence have said security is inefficient at chasing down the drugs.
An anonymous resident said he
smokes in his room every night.
“I smoke weed, shisha and cigarettes. I’ve also sold some drugs
in my room,” he said.
Security and emergency services manager Tanya FerminPoppleton said security does not
directly deal with drug-related
incidents on campus, as it’s the
job of the residence advisors.
“Security would get involved
only if there is a security concern,” she said.
Student Housing Services was
not able to comment on the ques-

tions regarding procedures about
residence advisors are required
to take when encountering drugs.
The drug market in residence
is not dominated by one dealer.
Another dealer in the same
building said that he makes a
substantial amount of money
distributing marijuana in the
building — about $500 worth of
profit per month.
The dealer says that he takes a
number of precautions to ensure
his confidentiality, but has not
had any issues avoiding problems with security.
“I keep my [pot] in jars because it smells like a skunk’s ass.
I just try to keep my head up and
my head down at the same time,
if you know what I mean,” he
said. “I just try not to draw too
much attention.”
Although pot is his most consistent source of revenue, the second dealer also sells MDMA.
“It’s smaller and easier to manage and you make more money
so it’s honestly worth it. But the
risk of starting to [use it] is what
scares me,” he said.
A student who has bought
MDMA in residence said he nev-

er has difficulty finding it and has
never run into issues with security.
“I’ve bought MDMA a couple
[of] times. We just go up to the
guy’s door and get it — $10 a
pop,” the purchaser said. “It’s
only in the aftermath where people get caught, when it’s already
too late. Security is not doing
anything to solve the problem in
terms of busting people. It’s only
when people have made a mistake with the drug.”
The first dealer said that of all
the inconveniences he faces, his
clients are the most frustrating.
“Stoners are tardy, they’re just
unpredictable. You never know
when they’re going to call,” he
said. “Dealing with stoners in
general is just never easy, it’s
hard getting two of us in the
same place at the same time.”
The dealer said that he’s happy
with the way his business has
progressed throughout the year
and is not looking to stop.
“If I was loaded I’d still be selling weed,” he said. “I’ve gotten
used to it, it’s fun. I like being
able to have my friends come
over and help them out.”

EDITORIAL

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CORRECTION NOTICE
On March 26, The Eyeopener published an article titled “From
the Clinic to the Court.” In the article, ACL was attributed to
the wrong type of injury due to an editorial error. The Eyeopener
apologizes for this mistake and any confusion it may have caused.

CALLING ALL MEMBERS

RSU Spring General Meeting

Annual General Meeting of the Ryerson Students’ Union

Editor-in-Chief
Sean “Rolling Rock”
Tepper

Online
Lindsay “Magic Hat” Boeckl
John “Guinness” Shmuel

News
Ramisha “Coors”
Farooq
Dylan “Corona” Freeman-Grist

General Manager
Liane “PBR” McLarty

Associate News
Sierra “Coors Light” Bein

AGM

Biz and Tech
Badri “Beck” Murali

SCC115

Student Centre
5:00pm Registration
5:30pm Start

YOUR UNION
YOUR VOICE
• Discuss student issues
• Have your say on RSU
campaigns & initiatives
• Exercise your democratic right

All RSU members (full time undergrads and full
and part-time grads) are eligible to vote on by-law
changes, motions, & set direction!

FREE DINNER
ASL interpretation provided. If we need other accommodations to
ensure your participation, please contact internal@rsuonline.ca as
soon as possible.
For more info on your
membership in the Students’
Union visit www.rsuonline.ca

Advertising Manager
Chris “Canadian Club”
Roberts
Design Director
J.D. “Newcastle” Mowat

Sports Edition

Arts and Life
Leah “Sam Adams”
Hansen

Creative Director:
Shannon “MGD” Baldwin

Communities
Nicole “Heineken” Schmidt

Design Director:
Sean “Bud Light” Wetselaar

Head Copy Editor
Allison “Miller Lite”
Tierney Elkin

Staff Writers:
Tristan “Hulk” Simpson
Krista “Swordplay” Robinson
Michael “Soccer”
Grace-Dacosta
Sarah “Volleyball”
Cunningham-Scharf
Josh “Hockey” Beneteau
Daniel “Basketball” Rocchi
Daniel “Basketball Jones”

Fun
Jake “any kind” Scott

WEDNESDAY,
APRIL 2

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Media
Behdad “research”
Mahichi

EIC slain:
“He had no patience
for useless things”
I’m writing this in hiding, the reason — I may be responsible for the
death of Eyeopener editor-in-chief
Sean Tepper. I’m not saying I did,
that would be hearsay. HEARSAY.
A long, high-tension cover meeting led news editor Sierra Bien to
pitch a story about bouncy castles.
The context is not important,
what is important is that when online editor Lindsay Boeckl asked,
nay demanded it be on cover,
Tepper shot the idea down midair — a classic Sean move, which
has become known as “being Teppered.” Boeckl then called for her
comrades “to rise.”
The citizens of Photopia and

The Republic of News broke into
a paper airplane battle before a
neutral party member, one Johnny
Depp, called for reconciliation
and all members of masthead plotted together for Tepper’s demise.
After the meeting, Tepper went
into a Hearthstone binge. He
grinded for hours and lost a game,
one star from legendary. Afterwards, he was inconsolable — he
was only able to repeat, “Fucking
Ragnaros.” Later that night, he
also lost his basketball game and
sunk deeper into depression.
Features editor Sean Wetselaar
led the revolt, which Tepper didn’t
see coming due to his depression.

Morand
Devin “Hockey Again” Jones
Monique “Dribble” Hutson
Nitish “Skating” Brissonauth
Photography:
Natalia “Canadian”
Balcerzak
Jess “Sapporo” Tsang
Farnia “Singha” Fekri
Marissa “Stella Artois” Dederer
Intern Army
Luke “Too” Peters
Jacob “Young” Dalfen-Brown
Vanessa “Under” Ruperto
Raiyana “Age” Parekh
Contributors
Rob “cat” Foreman
Blair “glory” Tate
Igor “Dragon” Nesterenko
Sam “Thrones” Yohannes
Alex “Drogo” Godlewski
Charlie “booze” Bossy
Laura “Fries” Woodward
Brennan “Uno” Doherty
Emily “Dos” Theodore
Emma “Tres” Poisson
Keith “cuatro” Capstick
Vanda “cinco” Urbanellis
Rebecca “sizzurp” Goss
He was blindsided despite the petition delivered to him earlier that
day warning of the revolt if the
cover font was not changed. (He
ripped that up, stating “my vote is
the only one that matters.”)
The masthead then marched into
his office, and forced Tepper on
to the peeling, disgusting paint of
Gould Street, where they tied him
to the road. They inflated a bouncy
castle on top of him and jumped
in it — a just punishment for his
crimes, according to photo editor
Natalia Balcerzak. It was not until
later that they found he had died
— stabbed in the heart by the edge
of his most valuable possession, his
Starbucks gold card.
He’d managed to untie himself
and began to write what seemed
like a plea for help in the liquid
from his venti-foam-no-whip-chailatte-with-a-triple-shot. The only
distinguishable word was “Bro…”
The masthead took his empty Starbucks mug, stuck it to a
large stick and paraded it to his
apartment (which is practically
a penthouse, bourgeois bastard).
We then ceremonially shredded
and burned his comic books. Incidentally, the masthead of The
Eyeopener would like to take this
moment to formally deny that this
had anything to do with the sixalarm blaze at the same address
later that day.
We put his bobble heads in the
oven too. We have no shame
about that one.
A brief candlelit vigil was held
at the Silver Snail. Sports editor
Shannon Baldwin, who was in attendance, said, “I hope you don’t
rest in peace. If only you had put
a bouncy castle on cover.”

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NEWS

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

News Bites
Presidential
search continues

ILLUSTRATION BY LINDSAY BOECKL

Ryerson president Sheldon Levy topped Ryerson’s “Sunshine List,” making a total of $370,475 before benefits.

Rye’s top salaries revealed
The annual “Sunshine List” reveals Ryerson’s top earners
By Brennan Doherty
Last year, 949 Ryerson faculty
members made over $100,000.
This is 57 more than in 2012, according to Ontario’s public sector
salary disclosure statement, also
known as the annual “Sunshine
List.”
The list is a publicly available
document released annually by the
provincial government that gives
the name, organization and salary of any individual employed by
the government or a government
agency who makes over $100,000
a year.
Ryerson became subject to the
disclosure statement in 2006.
Topping the list for Ryerson,
president Sheldon Levy took home
$370,475 last year with an additional $20,575 in benefits.
He saw a $54,000 decrease in
total earnings from last year.
Levy said that inflation needs to
be taken into account when considering public sector salaries.
He made $445,780 in 2013
thanks to a one-time bonus of over
$80,000. This bonus was granted

because base salary increases of
$80,000 or more for senior administration is illegal.
Levy told The Eyeopener in
2013 that he could not defer the
bonus, so he donated it to student
scholarships. He hopes to do the
same this year.
“I sometimes get a bonus and I
don’t take it and it goes towards
some student need or something
like that,” Levy said.
Of the remaining nine highestpaid staff after Levy, five hold
the title of provost, vice-president
or executive lead positions and
receive base salaries between
$287,498 and $331,226.
Two professors and a dean take
up spaces seven to nine, with professor of electrical and computer
engineering Anastasios Venetsanopoulos making $271,087.
Faculty of community services
dean Usha George made $249,542
and computer science professor Alexander Ferworn raked in
$245,827 in base salary.
John Isbister, the vice-provost
of faculty affairs, finished off the
top ten list with a base salary of

$236,135.
Isbister and the vice-president of
research and innovation, Wendy
Cukier, both saw their salaries decrease by less than $5,000.
In the case of Adam Kahan,
the vice-president of university
advancement, his annual salary
dropped by more than $15,000.
Most salaries dropped slightly
with the exception of Mohamed
Lachemi, the provost and vicepresident academic, who saw
a base salary boost of almost
$32,000.
However, Lachemi moved from
the position of dean for the faculty
of engineering and architectural
science to vice-provost.
The two professors and the dean
who made the top ten list for Ryerson saw an average salary boost
of 4.5 per cent from last year.
Public employees on the list
this year made an average of
$127,433 — a slight decrease
from last year, with the highestpaid employee being the president
and CEO of Ontario Power Generation, Tom Mitchell, who made
$1.71 million.

The Ryerson presidential search
committee hosted a student-only
town hall April 1. Students gave
their input on who they think
should replace Sheldon Levy at
the end of his term next year.
The event took place in the
Sears Atrium of the George Vari
Engineering and Computing
Centre. The committee will use
student opinions to help compile
a working model of their ideal
candidate to assist them in their
search.

RSU meeting motions announced
The Ryerson Students’ Union’s
(RSU) annual spring general
meeting will take place April 2 in
in room 115 of the Student Campus Centre.
The meeting will be held to determine the priorities of the RSU in
the upcoming school year. All fulltime undergraduate and graduate
students can attend the meeting
and contribute to the discussion.
The RSU holds two general
meetings per year. The last general meeting was Nov. 13.

ARTS & LIFE

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Setting the international stage
School of fashion students gear up for another year of Mass Exodus, the largest student-run fashion production in the world
By
Leah
Hansen
On April 3, the largest studentrun fashion production on the
planet will again take place at the
Mattamy Athletic Centre, continuing a 26-year-old tradition

PHOTO: MIKAILA KUKURUDZA

Amy Tahmizian holds up a photo of her
grandfather, who inspired her collection.

The faces of

Mass
Exodus

Mikaila Kukurudza takes
a look at some of the
students behind the
production

of industry-standard design and
hard work.
One of the most anticipated
nights of a Ryerson fashion student’s university career, Mass
Exodus draws industry professionals, students and fashion afficionados from across the GTA
to the runway shows and exhibit,
which together make up the pro-

Amy Tahmizian’s outerwear collection, titled Chappelle, is dedicated to her late grandfather,
Arthur J. Chappelle. The colours
of her leather and wool garments
are inspired by her grandfather’s
watercolour paintings from the
1960s.
After placing third in last year’s
Danier Design Challenge, Tahmizian, a fourth-year fashion design student, realized her passion
for working with leather and got
Chappelle sponsored by Danier.
Next September, the Aurora
native will be continuing her
fashion degree for a fifth year due
to her commitment on Ryerson’s
varsity soccer team. She hopes to
work with a large company after
graduation to build her business
skills before potentially starting
her own line.
Tahmizian said she’s excited to
have her mother watch her tribute to her grandfather unfold on
the runway this Thursday.
“For all of us, this is it. I think
I’ll be crying the whole day,” she
said.
During her recent internship in
Germany, fourth-year fashion
communication student Catrina
Chen was inspired to explore the
conventions of masculinity and
femininity. For Mass Exodus,
Chen created a garment that is
meant to challenge gender norms.
“I’ve known I’ve wanted to
be in fashion since I was a little
girl,” Chen said. “Everyone in
my family is in fashion.”
Chen’s garment can be transformed into 10 different pieces,
which will be showcased at the
Mass Exodus exhibit on Thursday. Her piece will offer a personalized experience for each
user with adjustable hemlines,
removable sleeves and additional components.
“There hasn’t been a minute
where I haven’t though about
[my design],” Chen said. “I never want to stop thinking about
it.”

PHOTO: MIKAILA KUKURUDZA

Catrina Chen’s design explores the
conventions of gender norms.

For more student profiles, visit
www.theeyeopener.com

duction as we know it.
The runway offers fashion design students a chance for their
pieces to be seen by potential employers and clients. The exhibit
displays all capstone projects produced by fashion communication
students. Their final theses often
incorporate various types of media, including photography, visual

elements, illustration and graphic
design.
Presented by the school of fashion, the show is entirely studentproduced and includes expertise
from a variety of schools within
Ryerson including theatre and radio and televsion arts.
For this year’s production,
we’ve brought together previews,

a series of student profiles, photo
galleries and videos in a celebration of students’ hard work and
dedication.
The runway shows will take
place at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
and the exhibit will be open to the
public on April 3.
For more Mass Exodus content,
visit www.theeyeopener.com

Preview: the runway
By Mikaila Kukurudza
In the days leading up to this
year’s Mass Exodus, students are
putting the final touches on their
collections to get them runwayready.
“What you see on the runway
is strictly the vision of the designer,” said Henry Navarro, a
school of fashion professor and
member of the Mass Exodus
2014 production team.
The student-run production is
becoming more and more popular, Navarro said. This year, the
Mass Exodus production team
had to readjust the structure
of the stage after selling 25 per
cent over the expected number
of tickets within the first two
weeks.
Mass Exodus hosts two runway shows. The first will be held
PHOTO: MIKAILA KUKURUDZA at 12:30 p.m. and runs just under
Design student Alannah Lindberg adjusts two hours. Vice-president and
her piece on a model.
buying director of The Room, a

luxury women’s department at
the Hudson’s Bay Company, will
choose the best pieces from the
first show to appear again on the
runway in the curated show, held
at 6 p.m.
“Fashion is a very competitive
industry,” Navarro said. “We
want to give our students a realistic opportunity. We try to mimic in our program what happens
in real life.”
Before student designers’ collections are confirmed to be in
either show, students must have
their designs approved by a panel of professors and industry representatives.
“The idea is that the curator is
making his or her selection based
on the industry standards,” Navarro said. “It is no longer on
what the school of fashion is saying, it’s about what the industry
is saying.”
For the full preview, visit www.
theeyeopener.com

Preview: the exhibit

PHOTO: MIKAILA KUKURUDZA

Fashion design and communication students are hard at work preparing for Mass
Exodus, which takes place on April 3 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

By Alex Heck
This year’s Mass Exodus exhibit
will be a showcase of thesis work
from Ryerson’s fourth-year fashion design and communication
students. Each student’s work for
the show is their final assignment
before graduation. The event allows students to showcase their
talent and what they’ve been
working on since September.

Knox Adams, a fourth-year fashion communication student who is
presenting his capstone project at
the exhibit, has prepared an online
makeover web series. The project
concentrates on how clothing and
makeup shape the perception of
people.
“I focused on size, age, gender,
environment and race,” he said.
Thursday is the first time audiences
will get to see Adams’s videos.

The exhibit, which is viewable
from the entrance to the runway, is
an opportunity for industry professionals to see the talent coming out
of the school of fashion.
“It gets the students’ names out
there,” Adams said.
This year, many students have
chosen video as their medium. As a
result, the production team is introducing a screening room to the exhibit. With 30 seats, students’ projects will be shown in the screening
room at scheduled times.
Mass Exodus 2014 will also
see the introduction of a mobile
app. The app will give audiences a
guide to all the presentations and
profiles of the students. Each profile includes information about the
student, their work and their social
media information, making connecting with favourite exhibitors
simple.
The Mass Exodus exhibit will be
open to the public on April 3.

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COMMUNITIES

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ryerson’s own Northbound to Nunavut
Rebecca Black
Students build greenhouses to help an impoverished community
By Sidney O’Reilly

Meet Ryerson’s Rebecca Black.

By Jacob Cohen
Fridays have been scientifically
proven to be the best day of the
week — just ask Rebecca Black.
After waking up at 7 a.m., she
goes downstairs to have her cereal
— looking fresh, as always.
Although 2011 is long gone,
Rebecca Black is making headlines once again.
You may have seen her around
Ryerson’s Ram in the Rye or
Oakham Café, or in her office on
the second floor of the Student
Campus Centre (SCC). That’s because Rebecca Black is the assistant food and beverage manager
for both restaurants in the SCC —
not the American teen who once
took the internet by storm.
Living in the shadow of a celebrity isn’t easy. For starters,
there are always important decisions to be made — like whether
to sit in the front seat or the back
seat. Then of course, there’s the
entourage. Black is constantly being heckled by crazed fans looking
for a little love. After the hit single
Friday was released, she received
dozens of tweets and emails.

PHOTO: MIKAILA KUKURUDZA

“I get a lot of friend requests
and messages saying, ‘I’m such a
big fan, please add me!”’ Black
said over a free cup of coffee at
the Ram — one of the many perks
that come with fame.
Black, a graduate of Ryerson’s
journalism program, used to live
a tranquil life before that fateful
Friday. Some messages she has received are humorous, while others
have been downright misleading.
Black received an email from an
individual wanting to start a podcast project. Given her degree and
previous experience in radio, she
was excited about the proposition.
“I said ‘Oh that sounds great,
I’m interested, but I’m sorry I don’t
know you, who sent you my way?’
And he said ‘I’m just a nobody, but
I really need your star power to
make this project happen.’ Then I
realized he thought I was the [famous] Rebecca Black,” Black said.
Rebecca Black may have dragged
the name down into infamy, but
Ryerson’s Rebecca Black has enjoyed the ride. She’ll even crack a
Friday joke every now and then —
after all, she is always ready to get
down.

Big voice, big bucks

PHOTO COURTESY CREATIVE COMMONS

Former Ryerson chancellor, Raymond Chang, placed a bid of $10,000 for Tessanne
Chin, the season five winner of NBC’s The Voice, to perform her first song in Canada.
Read the story at www.theeyeopener.com.

In a small community in Nunavut
just off the shore of Hudson Bay,
grocery costs are nearly six times
the amount of prices in Toronto.
Because of this, more than half of
the people in the community are
unable to feed their families week
to week. A group of Ryerson students are hoping to change this.
Enactus Ryerson, a student-run
organization that allows students
and faculty to work together on
innovative projects across Canada,
is embarking on an initiative called
Project North this July in hopes of
alleviating struggles that the 748
residents in this community face.
“Being a proud Canadian, seeing and hearing of poverty in our

northern communities makes me
sick,” said Ben Canning, co-project
manager of Project North.
They will spend three weeks in
Repulse Bay, Nunavut building a
wind-and-solar-powered
greenhouse. The unconventional domeshaped structure will supply fresh
vegetation at an 80 per cent price
reduction. The project itself has a
budget of about $300,000.
But the greenhouse isn’t the only
task the team will be undertaking
— they’re also hoping to educate
the community on maintaining the
gardens year round.
“We’re going into high schools
to teach agriculture and the benefits of off-the-grid farming,” said
Sonya Noronha, vice-president of
human resources and member de-

velopment for Enactus Ryerson.
Since Repulse Bay is so far north,
the group will experience periods
of 24-hour darkness and 24-hour
sunlight. Because of this, the greenhouse needs to be “off-the-grid.” It
doesn’t rely on electricity, but rather wind turbines and solar panels
that power the dome during the
summer months and store energy
for the dark winter months.
Though Noronha said it’s possible that smaller, privately owned
domes may exist, this will be the
first time a dome of this scale has
been constructed as a farming and
community project. It will also be
the first greenhouse as far north in
the Arctic Circle as Repulse Bay.
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THE WISES
By Josh Beneteau

There’s really nothing like a hockey dad. They
tie your skates, build you rinks and teach you
everything you know about the game. For Jamie Wise, it even meant being the water boy
for the York University Lions, getting to ride
the team bus and spending as much time at the
rink as he could. But by coaching at York, Jamie’s father, Graham Wise, was mostly with the
team and wasn’t home as much as he wishes he
had been.
“It’s probably something I regret,” Graham says. “You look back on it and that’s
one thing I tell young coaches right now with
families — is you really have to balance it because it goes by so quick.”
It was Jamie’s mother Sue — a former track
and field coach at York — who would drive
her two sons to practice and games. She had
to take a teaching position in the kinesiology
department and stop coaching track and field
so that she could spend time getting her sons
where they needed to be. But she could tell
early on that Jamie was going to be a great
hockey player.
“He was athletic and saw the game well,”
she says. “He was passionate about the sport.”
After 19 years with the York Lions, Graham made the move to Ryerson in 2006. So
when Sue found out Jamie would be joining the
Rams, she was very excited. She says she tries
to go to as many games as she can and is glad
they are finding success together.
“It’s special to see them both reaching their
goals,” she says. “I know it’s been a long, hard
road with Ryerson and this was a really fun
year.”
Graham just finished his eighth season with
the Rams and Jamie his first. Together they
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have created a very strong team — leading Ryerson’s men’s hockey team to their best regular
season record, 17-11-0, good for third in the
Ontario University Athletics (OUA) west division.
Jamie says he was happy to be able to go
through this historic season with his father.
“It was good for [dad] to turn around Ryerson,” Jamie says. “Ryerson used to get two
wins a season, so it’s good to do it with him.”
Jamie has seemingly found his place at Ryerson as the team’s top scorer and the secondleading scorer in the country. With 21 goals
this season, his teammates agree that he has
proven himself on the ice and is more than
just the ‘coach’s son.’ Outgoing captain Andrew Buck says Jamie leads by example more
than anything else.
“Obviously he’s a really good player, but he
doesn’t act like it,” Buck says. “He’s a pretty
humble guy and he really wants to win.”
Graham and Jamie both emphasize the importance of keeping their relationship professional when around the team. They agree that
to be successful, Jamie has to be treated like
any other guy on the team.
“When we’re in the environment of the team,
then it is a coach-player relationship. When
we’re at home, it’s a father-son relationship,”
Graham says. “We probably watch more golf
together [than hockey].”
Although the Rams lost in the second round
of the playoffs to the Lakehead University Thunderwolves, both Jamie and Graham were recognized by the OUA for their accomplishments.
Graham was named OUA West coach of the
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KENECA
PINGUEGILES
By Monique Hutson

It was 8:45 p.m. on Sunday,
March 23 when Keneca PingueGiles decided to pick up and go
to Winnipeg. After throwing
some clothes into a backpack,
she hailed a cab and had just
about an hour to make it to
Toronto Pearson International
Airport to catch her 10:30 p.m.
flight. In the car, she took to
her iPhone, frantically trying to
book a ticket online. She says it
was the most spontaneous thing
she has ever done.
On the court, she’s Ryerson’s
star guard. But off the court,
she is a big sister — a big sister
who bought a $400 plane ticket
to Manitoba so that she could
surprise her 15-year-old sister,
who is on her high school’s varsity basketball team and had a
provincial championship game
the next day.
“She ran up to me and she
started crying and I started crying and it was just a super-nice
moment. I’m really glad that I
went,” Pingue-Giles says. “And
I know she appreciated having
her older sister there to support
her.” Thirty-five hours later she
was back on a plane to Toronto.
The third-year criminal justice student and aspiring lawyer strives to support others the
way she was supported on her
journey to becoming the Ontario University Athletics (OUA)
all-star that she is today.
“This is my first year being
injury-free so I actually had the
opportunity to show all my talents this season… but [being an
OUA all-star] was something I
wasn’t even expecting,” PingueGiles says. “If I can go to practice and be as efficient as possible and get shots up and help
my team, then it’s a success to
me whether we win or lose.”
Pingue-Giles achieved career
highs in almost every statistical
category this season — leading
the team with 12.9 points per
game and more than doubling
her rebounds.
Born in Winnipeg to parents
of Caribbean descent, PingueGiles realized that she loved

basketball when she was 10
years old. She was enrolled
in the Boys and Girls Club of
Canada — an elementary afterschool program that organizes
various activities for children,
like time for gym and help
with homework. She thanks
former volunteer George Bain
Pacolba for sparking her interest in basketball.
“Anytime we had to do something sports-wise, I would always go to George. He was the
basketball guy and would help
me no matter what,” she says.
“Even if just the boys wanted to
play, he would make them play
with me... he was like the older
brother of the group.”
Pingue-Giles spent eight years
in the Boys and Girls Club and
volunteered for four years after
leaving elementary school. In
2011, she was invited by former
Rams coach Charles Kissi to attend training camp and received
a basketball scholarship to attend Ryerson in the fall. But she
still keeps volunteering close to
her heart.
The day after a three-point
loss to University of Toronto
on Feb. 19 — the team’s first
and final playoff game of the
season — the team was scheduled to hold a basketball clinic
at Island Public School in Toronto to work with younger
students and teach them drills.
Some players were reluctant to
go, still upset from the previous
night’s game, but Pingue-Giles
focused on “just helping out the
kids.” The team worked with
Grade 2 students, who were assigned to each draw a picture of
their role model. Little did she
know that one student would
decide to draw her.
“I had only spent a couple
of hours with her and I was already her role model,” PingueGiles says. “It just shows the
power that sport can have on
someone, physically and academically. You learn skills that
you can use forever.”
Pingue-Giles says it was her
proudest moment off the court.

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JEAN-V
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By Nitish Bissonauth

PHOTOS BY JESS TSANG

Representing Ryerson is a routine Lisa
Makeeva has been gracefully doing
since day one. In her rookie season
as a Ram, Makeeva won an Ontario
University Athletics (OUA) gold medal
in the gold free skate event and she’s
been medalling every year since. In her
third year with the Rams, Makeeva is
without a doubt an important figure
for the program — winning gold, silver and bronze in three events at the
2013–14 OUAs held at the Mattamy
Athletic Centre.
Makeeva’s journey to success started
only a few blocks away at Moss Park
Arena. “When I was five, my mother
decided to take me to a public skating
session and I guess I liked it enough to
keep coming back every week,” she
says.
Both of Makeeva’s parents were athletes, so it was important that she became involved in some kind of sport.
She explored ballet and rhythmic gymnastics for several years before eventually sticking to skating.
“Just like most kids attend school
and don’t really question it, skating
was just another part of my daily routine and something I enjoyed doing,”
Makeeva says. “As I got older, I began
to take it more seriously.”
She trained at the Mariposa School
of Skating in Barrie, Ont. and at the
age of 14, she got the opportunity to
train in St. Petersburg, Russia — which
she describes as one of the best things
that happened to her through skating.
“Through this experience I got to
learn more about the Russian culture
and train with some of the best coaches in the world,” she says. “It was a
rewarding three years, but at the same

time it was very challenging to be away
from my family at the age of 14.”
Makeeva says she was lucky to be
surrounded by supportive friends who
welcomed her into their families while
she was in Russia.
“My life now does not revolve
around skating as it used to in the
past,” she says. “Having said that,
without skating, I wouldn’t be the person I am today and it definitely taught
me some of my most important life lessons.”
Like most athletes, Makeeva has
a secret to her success on the ice. A
stuffed toy elephant on skates follows
her in her skating bag everywhere she
goes. As for the significance, she says
there is no special meaning behind
it, just that elephants bring her good
luck.
“Elephants are just sort of my good
luck charm and people [who] know
me well tend to give me elephant
gifts,” she says.
Makeeva also likes to drink coffee and eat dark chocolate the day of
competition, and right before she hits
the ice she drinks something citrus to
wake herself up.
It may not be the usual pre-competition diet — especially for a nutrition
and food student — but it does the
trick and will continue to do so since
she doesn’t plan om walking away
from skating anytime soon.
Makeeva says she will be skating for
the Rams in her fourth year and then
continuing to work as a coach after
she graduates.
“Having a clean skate and landing
all your triples after so many years of
practice is a great feeling.”

If you ask Rams basketball player
Jean-Victor Mukama to share the secret to his award-winning season, he
won’t give you shooting tips or training advice.
He’ll tell you it started with an attitude adjustment.
“I think my strength right now is
I’m willing to learn from anybody,”
Mukama says. “I had times when
I would be stubborn and pick and
choose who I would listen to. But
since I’ve been [at Ryerson], I’m way
more humble, I’m way more willing to
listen to anybody.”
The 19-year-old shooting guard
says it was this change that helped
lead him to becoming the Ontario
University Athletics (OUA) East rookie of the year.
Mukama appeared in all 22 conference games for the Rams this season,
starting in six of them while averaging 16.5 minutes per game and racking up 145 points and 66 rebounds.
His 26 steals and 10 blocks were also
good enough for ranking second and
fourth on the team, respectively.
Those statistics are indicative of
the commitment that the Quebec native admits he lacked during his high
school basketball days at École secondaire Académie catholique MèreTeresa, a Catholic French-immersion
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JULIE
LONGMAN
By Tristan Simpson

“He’s committed, he works hard,
he loves the game and does it the right
way — very respectful, very polite,”
Rana says. “He’s a high-character
kid, the kind of kid you want in your
program.”
Mukama is in the first year of a
child and youth care degree, a program
he first heard about while struggling to
decide what to do after high school.
He isn’t certain where it will take
him, but he’s confident that it’s a natural fit for his philanthropic aspirations.
“I don’t know for sure what I’m going to do, but I know it has to do with
helping the community and helping
kids,” he says.
“Even if I don’t play basketball [or]
even if I play pro, I’m going to have a
good impact on the community wherever I am, helping people.”
In the meantime Mukama has his
sights set on next season, when Ryerson hosts the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men’s basketball
championships.
As the host team, the Rams will
automatically qualify for the tournament in what will be the final season
for many of the team’s veterans. Mukama is eager to repay the teammates
who have helped him grow on and off
the court.
“We have to do everything we can
to make sure they leave with a national championship,” he says.

Julie Longman is similar to the Incredible Hulk. No, the five-foot
seven-inch libero doesn’t turn green
and smash every competitor on the
wrong side of the net, but she says,
“The Hulk would represent me because off the court I’m small [but]
when I’m on the court I have a big
presence.”
A libero specializes in defensive
skills and wears a contrasting jersey
colour from his or her teammates.
They are not allowed to block or
attack the ball when it is entirely
above the net and they can replace
any back-row player without prior
notice to the officials. The women’s
volleyball team has only two liberos
on its roster.
“As the libero, I take control of the
backcourt,” Longman says. “I enjoy
the challenge. You have to pass the
ball perfectly every time.”
Longman’s pre-game routine is to
get mentally prepared by listening to
Eminem tracks. “The old stuff, not
the new stuff,” says says.
The Newmarket-native is an in-

tegral part of Ryerson’s women’s
volleyball team. Her 3.79 digs per
game average leads the team and
ranks seventh in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA). She was also
named the OUA East libero of the
year and selected as a member of the
all-rookie team. But she admits that
she wasn’t expecting the challenge.
“Not once was I told I was going to
be our starting libero,” she says.
Longman started playing competitive volleyball in grade school and
had the chance to watch Ryerson’s
women’s volleyball team play in her
final year of high school. “I remember watching them play last year and
I liked the dynamics and how they
played together,” she says. After
head coach Dustin Ried approached
her to join the Rams, “It’s been all
Ryerson [ever since].”
But her success on the court hasn’t
always transferred to her academics. Longman says the transition to
university from high school was her
biggest obstacle.
“School is not my specialty, but I

know I have to work hard in it to be
successful,” the first-year economics
and finance student said. Longman
wanted to succeed in all aspects of
her time at Ryerson, so she changed
her work ethic completely. Now she
prides herself on being able to produce in both athletics and academics. “I knew coming in my first year I
would have to prove myself in school
before I can play,” she says.
Longman has a strong determination to achieve her goals. The season is over, but Longman says she
won’t stop working. This summer
she plans to play beach volleyball
with her teammates to continue developing her game. Unlike indoor
volleyball, the beach game will require her to dig and spike — which
could be the chance for her innerHulk to start smashing.
“Outside of volleyballl I think
people would think I’m boring,” she
says. But if Longman ever did have
to stop playing volleyball, she says
her life would be simple — “just
work hard and make money.”

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ADAM
ANAGNOSTOPOULOS
By Sarah Cunningham-Scharf

Adam Anagnostopoulos came
into his rookie season on Ryerson’s men’s volleyball team with
a couple of lofty goals: to receive
the Ontario University Athletics
(OUA) men’s volleyball rookie of
the year award and to be named
to both the OUA and Canadian
Interuniversity Sports (CIS) allrookie all-star team. The driven
19-year-old knew he’d have to
work hard to carve out his role
as the team’s starting setter in
order to get the playtime needed
to achieve those goals.
Not only did he accomplish all
of this, but he was named assistant captain and led his team to
the final four in the OUA men’s
volleyball playoffs.
Anagnostopoulos says that
finding out he had achieved
these recognitions was a relief.
“For me, my goals push me but
they kind of weigh on my shoulders at the same time. I was
happy when my coach told me
[about receiving rookie of the
year] before the quarter-finals.
He did the same thing with the
CIS team before the semifinals
and that was another load off.”
From his warm personality,
you wouldn’t expect the blondehaired Anagnostopoulos to be
a competitive person, but he’s
been an athlete for most of his
life. He grew up loving basketball, but in Grade 9 he attended
a Kitchener-Waterloo Predators
competitive volleyball club tryout for fun. Afterwards, thencoach Barrett Schitka convinced
Anagnostopoulos to stick with
volleyball. “The first thing he
said to me was ‘I’m going to
change your mind about basket-

ball,’” Anagnostopoulos says.
Now, Anagnostopoulos is
Ryerson’s OUA and CIS all-star
setter — leading the OUA with
441 total assists and ranking
fourth in assists per game with
an average of 9.59. But even
Ryerson’s best can have bad —
and sometimes embarrassing —
days on the court.
“We have a team policy that
if you ever serve it under the
net, you have to pull down
your shorts and make your
next serve. And everyone starts
clapping and everyone’s obviously looking at you,” he says.
“I had to do that at Royal Military College — it isn’t the place
to do that.”
While he has fun with his
team, one of the biggest factors
in Anagnostopoulos’s decision
to attend Ryerson and play for
the Rams was the draw of the
creative industries program.
He is adamant that his focus
should, first and foremost, be
on his education.
“I likely won’t be playing
volleyball in four years. We’re
student athletes and the student
comes first,” he says.
After achieving — and surpassing — his goals for his first
season as a Ram, Anagnostopoulos is looking forward to his
next three years on the team.
“As a team, I think we can go
all the way — top four in Canada, we have the talent,” he says.
“For myself, I’d obviously like
to make first or second-team allstar. And I hope I can keep that
[starting setter] position next
year, that’s my goal.”
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JAHMAL
JONES

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Jahmal Jones and Aaron Best may be the Rams’ leading scorers, but
don’t expect to find them in a club popping bottles after a big win or at
a restaurant discussing the victory over eight-ounce steaks. After each
game, the duo are back on the court for up to an hour taking jump
shots and focusing on what matters most — basketball.
It’s a routine that gives the teammates-turned-roommates peace of
mind. “As an athlete, it’s always nice to know that you’re always prepared,” Best says. “It’s a precautionary method. It’s something that you
get into the groove of doing and it became a ritual.”
With a 17-3 record in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference games, it’s hard to blame Jones and Best for enjoying their time on
home court. Both have been named OUA all-stars and this season saw
Jones become the second-leading scorer in Ryerson history, averaging
19.1 points per game. Jones was also named to the OUA first-team
all-star team for the third time in his career. Best’s scoring ability this
season was second only to Jones — averaging more than 10 points per
game.
While they have found success together as Rams, their relationship
extends years before either considered Ryerson as their post-secondary
school of choice. At 15 years old, Best played alongside Jones in the
Ontario basketball development program. Years later the friendship
they developed on the court as teenagers helped influence Best to join
the Rams basketball team with his long-time teammate as Ryerson’s
starting point guard.
From the get-go, their chemistry in the Rams basketball program was
obvious. In Best’s second game as a Ram, Jones jokingly taunted the
rookie to showcase his high-flying talents. “I want a dunk from you, I

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BEST
By Daniel Morand

want a dunk from you,” Jones teased. Best made good on the request
and bested a George Brown College player with a one-handed dunk —
Jones was the first to run over to him and celebrate.
“When I came here, he was one of the first guys to really show me the
ropes,” Best says. “He’s definitely someone who leads by example and
I look to him for that.”
Since Jones embraced his leadership role as Ryerson’s starting pointguard, he and Best have led the Rams from OUA bottom-dwellers to
being nationally ranked. In Jones and Best’s first year playing together,
the Rams finished second in the OUA East — the best conference finish
in over 20 years.
When playing together, the pair thrive in transition. The point-guard
finds Best sprinting up court to attack the rim. That cookie-cutter play
is tough to handle for even the quickest of defences and has been repeated countless times this season.
The duo laughs off comparisons to Batman and Robin. Yet, their
friendship has all the makings of a leader-apprentice dynamic. “I’m
the bad cop,” Jones says of his relationship with his teammate. “[But]
sometimes you got to reel him in and tell him ‘its alright, you’re still
growing, you’re going to make mistakes.’”
The Canadian Interuniversity Sports Final 8 will take place at the
Mattamy Athletic Centre next year in what is Jones’s final season as a
Ryerson Ram. Coach Roy Rana is looking to improve his team’s thirdplace finish in the OUA East, and Jones wants to deliver Ryerson its
first-ever national championship. “Knowing that nationals is in our
backyard, we have no excuses,” Jones says. “I guess teams will see what
we really have to offer in front of our friends, family and school.”

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ALEX
BRALETIC

By Michael Grace-Dacosta

PHOTO: NATALIA BALCERZAK

Realizing that he is about to be surrounded
by Nipissing University defenders in the third
game of the season, Alex Braletic decides to
launch a shot from well outside the box. The
opposing keeper never stood a chance against
the brilliance of Braletic. The fifth-year midfielder saved his best season for last — scoring
13 goals in the regular season before leading
the Rams to nationals for the first time in the
program’s history. Braletic also became Ryerson’s first athlete in any sport to win a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) most outstanding player award.
For most athletes, winning MVP is the
highlight of their career. For Braletic, it’s just
an afterthought. “I look back at the season I
had and just think, ‘We made it to nationals,
we had an undefeated season and had a great
time,’” he says. But like some athletes before
him, Braletic’s academic struggles jeopardized his athletic dreams.
In his second year with the Rams, Braletic
— one of the men’s soccer team’s most valuable players — was strapped to the bench as
a glorified water boy for the entire season
because he failed to maintain the 2.0 GPA
required of student athletes at Ryerson.
Even during the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) quarter-final game against the
University of Toronto that ended the Rams’
2011–12 season, Braletic was forced to sit out.
“I definitely thought the loss was avoidable if I
had played. I felt terrible, absolutely terrible,”
he says. Braletic finished the 2011 Spring semester with a 1.84 GPA while studying electrical engineering. Braletic says he skipped most
of his classes because he was focusing on soccer and felt that he could still pass his classes
even if he didn’t show up.
But Braletic’s outlook on life and academics
changed after a heart-to-heart talk with head
coach and director of athletics Ivan Joseph.
He says their conversation made him realize
that there’s more to life than soccer and he was
wasting an opportunity to receive a higher education by not trying his best in all aspects of
his life. Joseph says Braletic needed someone
to challenge him and not let him slip through
the academic cracks just because he’s a talented soccer player. “He was cheating himself.
He’s probably one of the smartest guys I’ve

ever coached,” Joseph says.
After that discussion Braletic did everything
to get back on the field.
He attended all of his classes, submitted assignments on time and started studying for
tests well in advance. His hard work paid
off — by the end of the 2012 Winter semester Braletic’s GPA was 3.0. But he also made
sure his soccer skills stayed sharp during his
time away from the field. Braletic continued
to be a part of the team as an assistant coach,
went to every practice and game that didn’t
conflict with class, worked out six hours a day
and played in three competitive men’s leagues
outside of school. Braletic could also be found
embarrassing defenders while wearing a fluorescent pink tank top and matching headband
in Ryerson’s intramural soccer league at the
Recreation and Athletic Centre.
Now Braletic is on pace to graduate next
year. His grades have never been higher and his
performance on the field has never been better.
But Braletic’s leadership is the biggest change
his coaches noticed. “The piece he was always
missing was the ability to lead,” Joseph says.
“Not for the recognition or the crowd but for
the desire to make people around him better.”
In the 49th minute of the Rams’ final regular season match against Laurentian University, Braletic buries the ball deep inside his opponent’s net from a kick just outside the box.
But instead of flexing or hugging his teammates like he usually does to celebrate, he
takes off his jersey and reveals that he’s wearing a second one. The other jersey belonged
to fellow Rams midfielder Martin Dabrowski,
who couldn’t attend the game because his father was in the final stages of his battle with
cancer. Braletic wore the jersey in a show of
support for Dabrowski and his father.
Then when Dabrowski’s father died just
before the quarter-finals, Braletic gave an
emotional speech at halftime to rally the
team around Dabrowski before scoring a
game-tying goal in the 90th minute to send
the match into overtime — where the Rams
would eventually pull out the win. “[Braletic’s] best attribute isn’t his striking, or
goal-scoring ability,” associate coach Filip
Prostran says. “It’s his ability to inspire the
people around him.”

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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SPORTS ISSUE

SEBASTIEN DUBOIS-DIDCOCK

&

JOANNA
KOLBE
By Krista Robinson

PHOTO: JESS TSANG

When Sebastien Dubois-Didcock
first pulled on his protective jacket
and épée mask, he wasn’t sure what
he was getting himself into. All he
knew was that his mom told him he
would get to fight with swords. As
a 10-year-old boy this wasn’t an opportunity he could turn down.
At his first practice the coach
motioned for his junior team to
gather around.
“Being in this sport, as physical
as it can be and as much as it can
demand, let’s just admit up front
that we all got into this sport because deep down we’re all kind of
nerds and geeks,” the coach said.
The boys couldn’t help but agree.
Flash-forward to 2014, DuboisDidcock just won his first-ever Ontario University Athletics (OUA)
fencing championship, helped lead
the Rams to silver in the team épée
event and is about to graduate with
a degree in photography.
The 21-year-old Desjarlais trophy
winner has been considered one of
the best fencers in Ontario since
he started his varsity career, but it
wasn’t until his fourth and last year
as a Ram that he brought home the
gold.
“I tried not to get ahead of myself, but halfway through the final
match it hit me,” says the captain
of the men’s fencing team. “It was
a really weird moment, but I knew
I had the situation under control.”
Fencers in the épée discipline
score points by touching the tip
of their swords anywhere on their

opponent’s body. Dubois-Didcock
managed to win the final match by
a score of 15-12.
The sport is unique in that it
doesn’t get a lot of coverage and
isn’t anywhere near as popular as
hockey or basketball. Other than
the Olympics every four years, most
Canadians won’t catch a sword
fight on TV unless they’re watching
Game of Thrones. But Dubois-Didcock doesn’t mind.
“Once you get into the sport,
your mentality changes a lot,” he
says. “At the end of the day we’re
just as intense as athletes from any
other sport.”
According to the Toronto-native, mental preparation requirements are much higher than other
sports that may be more physical.
“That being said, our sport is still
very draining.”
Joanna Kolbe, captain of Ryerson’s women’s team, grew up fencing with Dudois-Didcock at the
Toronto Fencing Club. Despite winning the championship three years
in a row, she was unable to capture
her fourth and final OUA championship this year — coming home
with the bronze.
“Even though I lost my first
match, I still managed to win the
bronze medal match, which is hard
to do,” she says. “I was still sad that
I lost, but the girls who I lost against
are pretty good ... So, no regrets.”
Although Kolbe may not have
had the best personal finish to her
time as a Ram, she did help lead the

way to silver in the team épée event
and was named an OUA all-star.
Dubois-Didcock was also named
an OUA all-star and is the first Ram
to ever win gold in the individual
épée event.
As captain, Dubois-Didcock
says that participating in sports
throughout his life has helped him
land crucial qualities like patience,
confidence and independence. On
Ryerson’s team, he doesn’t consider
himself the leader, just an integral
member who instructs footwork
and blade work in practice and,
above all, supports his fellow fencers.
He admits there aren’t many
photographers who are also athletes, but contends that these roles
complement each other well when
learning to work as a team.
“[In photography] we have clients and art directors, people who
we might not agree with, but we
have to learn to work with each
other while still being assertive to
our own style and ideas,” he says.
Dubois-Didcock plans to freelance for a while after he graduates. Specializing in food and drink
photography, he plans to shoot for
magazines, advertising companies
and websites.
As for fencing, he’s taking a
break.
“It was an honour to represent
Ryerson, but it’s time to move on
with my life,” he says. “I’m sure I’ll
get back to it eventually, but I’m in
no rush.”

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2013–2014 WAS AN OUTSTANDING SEASON
FOR THE RYERSON RAMS.
Join us in celebrating the
accomplishments of all our amazing student-athletes!

First Ever CIS Player of the Year
& OUA East Most Valuable Player
ALEX BRALETIC, SOCCER

4 OUA Rookie of the Year Awards
CAMERON GALEA-ANDREWS, SOCCER
ADAM ANAGNOSTOPOULOS, VOLLEYBALL
JEAN-VICTOR MUKAMA, BASKETBALL
DOMENIC ALBERGA, HOCKEY

2 OUA Coach of the Year Awards
GRAHAM WISE, HOCKEY
IVAN JOSEPH, SOCCER

4 CIS All-Canadian and All-Rookie Awards
8 OUA All-Rookie Team Awards
9 First Team OUA All-Stars
6 Second Team OUA All-Stars

We can’t wait for the start of the next season,
See you soon!
RYERSON
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RAMS

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THANK YOU
FANS!

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Somewhere under the lingering ice and snow, we know there is evidence of warm days to come.
As the academic year winds down, I want to thank you for inspiring the optimism and confidence
that continue to build Ryerson strength and distinction.
When I look back on 2013-14, community leadership is a huge highlight: in academic
competitions, social innovation, international initiatives, record-breaking varsity seasons,
and city-building, not only here in Toronto but nationally and globally.
You make my job easy. I am so proud to represent everyone at Ryerson for the passion you bring
to your work, the joy you dedicate to our diverse and inclusive culture, and the vision we share
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