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NEWS

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Sexual violence still an issue at Rye
By Sarah Krichel
Sexual assault policies are being
implemented at universities across
the country and—while Ryerson
has been praised for being one of
the first schools to formally address
rape reports—some of Ontario’s
foremost voices on the topic say Ryerson still needs to improve.
According to Farrah Khan, coordinator of Ryerson’s Office of Sexual
Violence Support and Education
(OSVSE), changes are being made
to the school’s sexual violence policy
in order to meet regulations stated
in Bill 132, which was introduced
in provincial parliament in March.
It states that every college and university must have a specific policy
for sexual violence, and review and
amend it once every three years. It
also ensures that students’ input is
considered during review.
But a bill won’t necessarily help
survivors who are in need of a resolution, according to Mandi Gray, a
sexual violence survivor.
Gray, a York University student,
spoke about rape on Canadian university campuses at Ryerson on Aug.
5. She spoke about her experiences as
a survivor, and how the current initiatives are failing students.
“Bill 132 does nothing for people
in my situation,” Gray later said via
email. “It fails to examine the ways
universities are adjudicating and
investigating sexual assault … there
remains a substantial lack of external oversight.”
“There remains a lack of
procedure and timelines for
Khan said that the bill is the first
step, followed by broader conversation about enforcing the policy.
Conversations aside, Gray wants
to see more substantive procedural
change. “There remains a lack of
procedure and timelines for resolution,” Gray said.

Ellie Ade Kur, a University of Toronto student, speaks at Ryerson about sexual violence.

Ryerson’s sexual violence policy
was implemented in June 2015 and
focuses on awareness, prevention,
education and response. Its main
purpose is to provide survivors with
the information they need to decide
what to do next. The policy does not
require students to sign any confidentiality form at any time.
Prior to the policy being implemented, The Eyeopener reported that
between 2009 and 2013, Ryerson had
more incidents of sexual assault than
any other school in the country.
Further suggestions for change
involve the process for investigation
and decision-making after a report
has been made.
In 2015, 14 sexual assaults were
reported to Ryerson security, according to Khan. The year before, 21
cases were reported. These figures
don’t include cases of sexual assault
or violence where the victim chose
not to make a formal report. Statistics for 2016 were not available.
A National College Health Assessment survey of more than 43,000
post-secondary students, published
in Spring 2016, found that one in 10
students said they’d experienced unwanted sexual advances and assault.
Other Canadian sexual assault data
says that more often than not, these

incidents go unreported to the police—of every 100 cases, only six are
reported and even fewer turn into
court cases.
Many share the belief that tackling these statistics and addressing
sexual violence is more complex
than implementing a policy or outreach program. Over the past few
months, Ryerson has been involved
in the #IBelieveSurvivors social media campaign and created the “We
Believe You” colouring book.
But Ellie Ade Kur, another speaker
at Ryerson, said that these initiatives
don’t hold an institution accountable.
“Don’t give me a colouring book
if I have to walk into class and see
the person who attacked me,” she
said, adding that universities need
to be able to provide substantial resources to students. She also said that
hashtags, colouring books and stickers don’t replace legitimate action
against sexual violence.
According to Ade Kur, there’s also
an issue with white feminism on
campuses. She said it’s important to
address the needs of individuals who
are treated differently by university
administrators, police, courts and
sexual violence perpetrators. This includes those who are racialized, those
who live with disability or those who

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are non-gender-conforming.
“More often than not, I’m scared
shitless to walk into a room full of
white women talking about sexual
violence because it’s not the same
thing,” Ade Kur said. “If we can’t go to
the next level and start talking about
race in a meaningful way and talk
about intersecting forms of marginalization, then this isn’t a space for me.”
“Don’t give me a colouring book if I have to walk
into class and see the person who attacked me”
According to Statistics Canada,
83 per cent of disabled women will
be sexually assaulted during their
lifetime. The OSVSE can communicate with individuals who are
deaf by having an email service and
in-person meetings can be held for
visually-impaired students.
Additional statistics show that 57
per cent of aboriginal women have
been sexually assaulted, and immigrant women are more vulnerable
than white women to gender-based
violence.
Khan said that it boils down to
“how we treat each other.”

“If I come from a racialized community that has had a tenuous historical relationship with the police
or with the state, such as Indigenous
women, Black women, Muslim
communities, I may not feel as comfortable to speak to the police and
disclose what has happened to me,
seeing that my community has been
surveyed or policed,” said Khan.
Another topic that has sparked a nation-wide discussion is the inclusion
of certain terminology in drafts for
new policies at universities. Whether
or not to include the term “rape culture,” as opposed to, say, “harm reduction,” has brought the usefulness of
wording in policies into question.
Ryerson has had the term “rape
culture” in its policy since its inception, unlike Carleton, which made a
clear effort to exclude it, according
to Khan. She said that wording is
important because it’s affiliated with
accountability.
Rape culture is perpetuated when
chants of misogynistic messages
are encouraged by typically straight
white males, and when gender roles
are construed. Actions such as these
contribute to an unsafe environment
on campus in which people of marginalized groups are highly targeted.
“As a woman of colour, it’s important to see that a policy is talking in
an anti-racist perspective or is recognizing that systemic oppression
impacts the way in which survivors
feel and the way survivors access services,” Khan said.
Gray said that York has a survivorcentric policy and includes such terminology. But she said that if procedures
don’t follow through when needed,
“these words are just that—words.”
“We must ask ourselves: what
purpose does it serve to include
the term ‘rape culture’ in a policy?
I would rather fight for procedures
than get caught up in the language
of an institutional policy,” said Gray.
Khan said that both language and
procedure carry weight. “How it’s
actually carried out by the people is
what matters.”

Students share thoughts on new Ram menu

Arman Adeli, masters student
“I prefer the old menu to be
honest, it had more variety,
and more options, it was
better.”

Rachael Nyhuus, 2nd year RTA
“You’d think the pricing
would be cheaper since it’s a
student pub and it’s for the
students.”

Robert Lee, 1st year business
“There could be more options. It’s a pub after all,
people are going there for
some greasy-ass food.”

Emily Verdyn, 1st year business
“I thought it was pretty
diverse for all the different dietary needs. I also don’t mind
the paper doilies.”

Sameer Naumani, 2nd year
electrical engineering
“It’s a little pricey, especially for
a student budget. That’s why I
don’t go there too often.”

EDITORIAL

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Drunk on celebrities
singer Jessie J ended up with a cast
and a stalker. The crazed-fan, who
reportedly texted Jessie saying, “I
will do anything to be just like you,”
broke her own leg in an attempt to
In March 2012, after falling off a po- more closely resemble the celebrity.
dium during a rehearsal, British popSimilar tales of extreme fandom
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Every year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) transforms downtown Toronto—and
the Ryerson Theatre—into a celebrity hunting ground. As actors make
their way to red carpet movie premiers, hoards of screaming fans follow closely behind. Some wait outside for hours, fully equipped with
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down into tears as celebrities made
their way into the theatre.
I’ve observed TIFF for the past
four years—each festival season accompanied by a new set of obsessive stories—and I’ve learned that
fans are creatures of dedication. But
I’ve never been able to completely
understand why we care so much
about famous people.
Evolutionary biologists have said
that it’s normal for people to look
up to individuals who receive attention for succeeding in society, in
part because we all want our own
success and fortune. According to
John Maltby from the University
of Leicester, in prehistoric times,
people respected good hunters and
elders. Now that these qualities are
no longer prevalent, the focus has
shifted to celebrities.
A more extreme explanation,
deemed “celebrity worship syndrome” by experts, occurs when a
person becomes obsessive and addictive towards someone in the public
eye. It’s been estimated that 1 per cent

of the population exhibits obsessive
tendencies, while 10 per cent display
“intense interest in celebrities.”
Admittedly, when I was 12 I
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twins from Family Channel’s “The
Suite Life of Zack & Cody.” For the
sake of preserving a bit of my dignity,
let’s call it a brief phase—although,
there was a point where I slept with
their photo under my pillow.
There’s no denying that celebrities
are often beautiful and talented. But
when we get caught up in fandom,
we fail to acknowledge the obvious
role models in our day-to-day lives.
Ryerson is teeming with creativity. Professors and peers always seem
to be working on projects—things
that are important, and things that
matter more than chart-topping hits
or a perfectly toned body.
Sheila Kohler, lecturer at Princeton University, wrote it best: We
copy the famous in an attempt to
capture the glamour we admire. But
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NEWS

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

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New menu has students feeling rammed
By Alanna Rizza
Ryerson’s campus pub, the Ram in
the Rye, has a new menu with increased prices and some students are
pissed.
“The menu compared to the old
one is horrible,” said fourth year
electrical engineering student Edwin
Alegre in a message to The Eyeopener.
Alegre said he has been going
to the Ram every Friday for about
three years. But this year he was
disappointed with the selection and
quantity of food being served.
According to Ryerson’s Student
Centre website, the Ram’s menu
is designed for students on a tight
budget. However, some menu item

Students at the Ram eating their meal on a paper doilie.

prices have increased. For example,
the Ram burger went from $7.99 to
$8.49.
The raised menu prices are a result
of the value of the Canadian dollar
dropping, said Ryerson Student Cen-

PHOTO: SARAH KRICHEL

tre general manager, Michael Verticchio via email.
“The Ram in the Rye has implemented a new menu with fresh,
home made items. The size of our
kitchen and storage spaces have al-

Clickers costing cash
By Justin Chandler
Thousands of Ryerson students are
required to obtain i>clickers for
use in class this semester, but there
are more affordable ways in which
the university could implement a
question-and-answer tool.
i>clicker 2, the model on sale at
the campus store, looks like a TV
remote. Students use the tool to
electronically respond to questions
their teachers ask in class. The device carries a $69.95 price tag at
Ryerson’s Campus Store. The official retailer lists it for $53.64 on
Amazon.
About 70 instructors currently
require students to use i>clickers
in their classes, Restiani Andriati,
manager of Ryerson’s Digital Media
Projects Office (DMP), said.
The DMP consults teachers on using instructional technology in the
classroom.
Teachers do not need to go to the
DMP before mandating i>clicker
use for students, so Andriati does
not know what the true number of
i>clicker users is. Their use has increased in the last decade, she said.
Ryerson English student Steve
Duffy is required to buy an
i>clicker for the sociology of gender class he’s enrolled in. This is the
first time he’s needed to buy one.
He said he only needs the tool for
participation, which is 10 per cent
of his final grade. “I think that’s a
bit corrupt, paying $75 for 10 per
cent of your grade,” he said.
Duffy said he doesn’t understand why more teachers don’t use
Brightspace’s quiz platform, which
allows students to log in and answer pre-prepared questions at no
additional cost to students.
Brightspace, or D2L, is the online system through which teachers
can post course assignments and
information for students. In April
2015, Brightspace replaced Black-

ways been an issue. So as new items
are introduced, we have no choice
but to remove others.”
Verticchio said student budgets
are always taken into account when
the menu is evaluated every year.
“We are listening to students and
will be making periodic changes
throughout the year.”
Students are particularly angry
about the elimination of the beloved
buffalo chicken wrap.
“I was handed a menu, and I
couldn’t find the one thing I truly
yearned for, a buffalo chicken wrap. I
yearned for the spicy, savory poultry
more than anything else. I panicked,
it wasn’t supposed to be this way,”

wrote Joshua Kamaras-Garland on
the Ram’s Facebook page.
The new menu has a kale salad
and beet salad instead of the traditional caesar salad. Sweet potato
fries have since been substituted for
fried cauliflower. Other favourites,
like nachos and chicken fingers, are
also nowhere to be found.
“The Ram has always been called
a student run pub, and if that’s the
case, they should keep it that way in
food, atmosphere, cost and all,” said
Alegre. “Unless the Ram remedies
this by reverting or making something as good as their old menu,
many Ryerson students are going to
be flooding to another pub nearby.”

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ask questions and solicit responses
on-the-fly—something they cannot
do with Brightspace.
“If an instructor has to ask a
quick question and you have to go
into D2L Brightspace and take that,
it’s not conducive to the learning. It
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A system in which teachers
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Andriati said that system, which
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would not work for weighted activities such as testing, collecting participation marks or taking attendance
because students would need to be
registered to an i>clicker.
But Andriati does not recommend i>clickers for testing or attendance. “Pedagogically it’s really
an engagement tool,” she said.
“I think that the school should
try and provide a service to the students at least at a better cost [than
i>clickers],” Duffy said.
In a statement to The Eyeopener,
Marcus Dos Santos, the associate
dean of undergraduate science in
Ryerson’s Faculty of Science, said
personal response systems such as
i>clickers “are more useful for the
effective delivery of our programs
at this time” than Brightspace quizzes are.
“Students don’t need to buy a
new clicker, and there is no service fee if they are using a secondhand device. We have been using
i>clickers for several years now and
there is a used market out there.
Students may also opt to buy a mobile app for a fee of about $10 for
six months or $16 for one year. We
revisit this approach regularly as
technology develops and according
to pedagogical needs,” Santos said.

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A Message
from President
Mohamed Lachemi
Welcome to the new academic year at Ryerson.
I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you
over the past few weeks at residence move in,
basketball games, orientation events and in my
travels across campus.
The start of the academic year – with its buzz of
excitement, anticipation, and wonder – reminds us
all of how important one’s time at university can be.
Over the course of the coming year, through your
programs and through experiential learning
opportunities, you will gain the confidence and
knowledge to solve complex problems, begin
building careers, and even explore launching
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I wish you all the very best for a great year.

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Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

With the RSU’s ties to the CFS under the
microscope, Keith Capstick dives into the history
between the two organizations—where sweeping
political change has left us uncertain of what lies ahead

R

ecently departed Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) president Rajean Hoilett stands in front of a projector filled
with the history of Canada’s premier student
advocacy group. It’s late August 2016 and he’s
presenting to the RSU Board of Directors on
behalf of the Canadian Federation of Students—Ontario (CFS-O), where he currently
serves as spokesperson. During the discussion, it’s the questions left unasked and unanswered that seem to be on everyone’s minds.
The board wants to know what the process
of leaving the CFS entails and Hoilett wants
to know if they plan to leave. Off to the side,
representatives from the Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations (CASA) eagerly await
their chance to present—hoping to land another major students’ union to bolster their
ability to challenge the CFS-O and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).
Nobody in the room is quite sure whether a
twenty-year-partnership, one that sees about
500,000 student dollars go to the CFS each
year, will exist two years from now.
The RSU released a report on Sept. 1, as requested by their board and membership at last
spring’s semi-annual general meeting, which
outlines their relationship with the CFS. This
includes the resources they provide, a section
on “controversy with the CFS” and an explanation of costs and context. The “controversy”
section describes several concerns: supposed
CFS involvement in student elections, a “litigation culture” that deters unions from trying
to leave and the frequency of which RSU exeutives end up employed by the federation.
These characteristics are what lead to one of
the largest political swings in Ryerson’s history
during the 2014/2015 election season. The
Transform slate—the first full-opposition slate
to run in an election since 2011—championed
a platform that promoted an RSU focused on
campus-wide programming, rather than CFS’
aligned campaigns. This was the amalgamation
of a pro-CFS versus anti-CFS culture within
Rye’s political landscape that lead to a smackdown outside a Board of Governors meeting.
Rise for Ryerson—a group featuring many
leading names associated with the eventual
Transform slate—showed up to the top floor of
Jorgenson Hall to protest a protest. They were
fed up with how the CFS’ Freeze the Fees campaign was the primary source of the RSU’s oncampus action and they were calling for reform.
What transpired was two groups of student
leaders, separated by political ideology, yelling
at each other outside of a room filled with the
school’s most decorated decision makers.
Transform won that year’s election and for
the first time in almost a decade, Ryerson’s
student union was lead by students whose political thoughts didn’t align with the CFS’.

“I think it’s pretty clear that the students want
change, they want something different,” last
year’s RSU president Andrea Bartlett told The
Eyeopener prior to the 2014/2015 election.
However, according to Bartlett, her difficulty with the CFS didn’t end with her team’s
victory. In a previous interview, Bartlett described the ways she believes her team was
passive aggressively leaned on by the CFS.
Specifically, she spoke about what she felt was
a consistent attempt to ignore her executive
team at national and provincial meetings, and
when trying to bring agenda items to their
provincial general meetings.

“Where it gets tainted is
that I know they were
involved in my election”
Abe Snobar, vice-president student life in
2007, spoke critically of similar passive aggression from the CFS. Snobar said he was asked
to reconsider running for president during his
campaign year, due to what he believes was the
CFS dictating the executive candidates.
“That’s how I got introduced to the real
CFS. Not the one that you see on paper. The
one that you see on paper it’s very beautiful,
it’s lovey dovey, it’s fighting for a good cause,”
Snobar said. “Where it gets tainted is that I
know they were involved in my election.”
When asked about involvement in elections,
the CFS said “no employee of the federation organizes slates in local student union elections.”
he CFS was founded in 1981 as a way
to combine existing national advocacy
groups into one united voice. Ryerson joined in 1982. By 2007, an additional 20
unions had joined the CFS. In its origins, the
group looked to allow access to services that
weren’t available on individual campuses.
As recently as last year, when the Ontario
government announced their new tuition
framework—which provides additional support to low-income students—the CFS was
celebrated as a driving force behind the change.
The CFS has been responsible for bringing
numerous country-wide campaigns uniting
students under issues that all campuses face.
They participate in annual lobbying with the
provincial and national government and are
often the first place policy makers go to when
looking to incorporate students.
The federation has also blazed the trail for
a number of equity-based campaigns. They’ve
fought to increase conversations about racialized experiences on campus, create a culture of
consent and push schools to stop any partnerships with inequitable corporations.

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More broadly, the CFS is recognized as a way to create a national
and provincial identity for students
trying to make substantive change
beyond policy—a sentiment that Hoilett said
was essential in past successes.
“Students working collaboratively across the
province and the country is vital to bringing
tangible change,” Hoilett said. “These victories
never could have been achieved without working together.”
ecent mainstream conversations about
the CFS have been about student
unions trying to leave, and the ensuing
legal action. This hasn’t excluded Rye, either.
In 2003, RSU president Dave MacLean tried to
begin the process of removing the RSU from
the federation, but was halted due to a policy
mix-up. Then, in 2007, RSU executives Snobar
and Nora Loreto (Loreto went on to become a
CFS-O staff member) argued in a Board of Directors meeting about Snobar’s attempt to submit a motion to let students vote on whether
or not to defederate. The motion did not pass.
Some of Snobar’s biggest concerns center
around the requirements for leaving the CFS.
He says the CFS required nine months notice
of referendum in order for the process to be
ratified—a small window for executives on
12-month contracts to collect the 20 per cent
of required student signatures. In more recent
cases, the CFS has required six months notice.
As recently as 2008, Cape Breton University
attempted to leave the CFS after a 92 per cent
in-favour vote, but their claim wasn’t recognized because they failed to notify the CFS in
a timely manner, according to bylaws. Cape
Breton then responded by ceasing to collect
CFS membership fees from their students,
which lead to legal action. In 2015, the Ontario Superior Court ordered the school’s student union to pay the CFS $293,000, plus legal fees. Similar legal action has occurred after
referenda at universities across the country,
including Simon Fraser University in 2008,
the University of Victoria in 2010 and Concordia University in 2011. In all of these cases,
the legitimacy of the process of referenda was
challenged by the CFS, and each request for
referendum wasn’t formally accepted.
According to the RSU’s report, these legal
suits are the result of a “litigation and governance culture” that disrupts student unions
from efficiently starting referenda. Current
RSU vice-president education Victoria Morton says those associated with the students’
union, be it board members or executives, are
not allowed to start a petition for referendum.
“The ability to leave has to be made simpler
if we’re going to demand that the leaving process has to be begun by regular students not
affiliated with the student union,” Morton

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said. “It can’t
be so difficult that
y o u
almost
have to sue
your way out.”
Hoilett says the CFS
does not restrict its members in this way.
“The Federation does not have any
such restrictions. In some cases, local students’ unions may have access to resources
that the Federation does not during a referendum, such as email lists of members on campus, that can provide an unfair advantage,”
Hoilett said. “But these considerations do not
affect the principle that all members have a
right to form and discuss their opinions about
membership with the Federation.”
he RSU report, drafted by Morton,
also provides an analysis of other student advocacy alternatives. In particular, CASA at the national level and the Ontario
Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) at the
provincial level. Both of these organizations
provide political advocacy and lobbying similar
to the CFS and only take in between $50,000
and $100,000 in annual membership fees. But
neither of them boast a resume of campaign-

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“These victories never
could have been achieved
without working
together”
ing, protesting and student action like the CFS
does. In their presentation to the RSU Board
of Directors, CASA explained that they don’t
provide any equity focused campaigns, unlike
the CFS who publically aligns themselves with
groups like Black Lives Matter - Toronto.
“While we engage in lobbying, we also believe that it is only effective when we have
the support of students and the public,” Hoilett said. “This is why we compliment formal
lobbying efforts with membership empowerment and engagement through petitions, mobilizations and other creative actions.”
After a summer of developing this document, Morton has come to a conclusion.
“Based off the report ... I don’t think students are seeing value for their membership.”

TIFF

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Rye does

tiff.

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

The Toronto
International
Film Festival
(TIFF) is back at
Ryerson, and we
got the deets.

Putting the ‘International’ in TIFF

The highlights of TIFF are the movies from other countries that you’ll rarely see, so we sent Features editor Jacob Dubé to check some out
Pyromaniac — Norway
When I agreed to do this write up, it came with one condition—
that I review one Norwegian movie. Every year I make my
way out to one, and every year they’re always so disastrously
grim. Pyromaniac, which had its international premiere on
Sept. 9, definitely didn’t disappoint.
Pyromaniac, directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg, features some
great shots of quaint Norwegian scenery, original sound
design and the chillest old couple to ever walk out of a live
house fire.
The film is set in the small Norwegian town of Finsland
—a place that is so wonderfully quaint that they all sing in
unison about how nothing bad ever happens in Finsland. Dag,
a 19-year-old loner, is setting forest fires across town and
putting them out with his dad, who happens to be the town
fire chief.
One of the hidden gems of this movie is the sound. The film
is quiet when it needs to be, and ready to jolt you out of your
seat as well. All of the fires sound urgent and alarming—the
filmmakers added in a woman singing to the sound of the
flames to create this surreal, human feeling.
It’s a true story that happened in Finsland in the ‘70s, and the
most gripping part of the film is that every fire in Pyromaniac
is real. After the screening, the director told the audience that,
to save money, the crew asked locals if they could burn down
their old abandoned buildings for free. Respect.
Layla M. — Netherlands
The world premiere of Layla M., directed by Mijke de Jong,
was shown at the Winter Garden Theatre on Yonge Street on
Sept. 10. Before I go into the details of this fascinating movie,

I just have to mention that the theatre looks like it just came
right out of a fairy tale’s wet dream—lanterns, leaves, those
weird square fences they have in vineyards —the works.
I digress. Layla M. was riveting from start to finish. The film

is centered around Layla, an 18-year-old Dutch-Moroccan
high school student on the brink of starting a new chapter
of her life. She is unhappy with the treatment of Muslims in
her country, and has begun to radicalize, to the dismay of her
parents. She moves to the Middle East with her freshly minted
husband to fight alongside an Islamic terrorist cell, but it’s not
what she expected at all.
With Islamophobia running rampant around the world, it

was refreshing to watch a movie that showed radicalism for
what it really is—a major exception to the rule. The heart of
this movie was Layla’s parents attempting to teach her that
“hatred hasn’t gotten anyone anywhere.”
Oh, and in one scene they forgot to add the English subtitles,
and we got to see the actors speak pure Dutch for five minutes.
Turns out they got engaged. That would have been good to
know.
Raw — France, Belgium
It’s settled—the French make better horror movies than
us. Raw, directed by Julia Ducournau and premiered
internationally at Midnight Madness at Ryerson University
on Sept 12, is shocking, unrelenting and just the right amount
of fun that forces you to keep watching.
First and foremost, this is a film about frosh week. 16-year
old Justine’s parents, who fervently raised her as a vegetarian,
drop her off at veterinary school to study alongside her sister.
What comes next is the craziest hazing ritual you’ve ever seen—
froshies get their rooms torn apart, their beds thrown out the
window, they get blood splashed on their lab coats— but when
Justine is forced to eat a raw rabbit liver, shit really starts to
go down. She starts ravenously eating raw meat wherever she
can find it, and in the best scene of the movie, nibbles at her
sister’s freshly cut-off finger while her sister watches.
Raw is just wild from start to finish. It’s definitely not for the
faint of heart, or anybody who doesn’t like seeing teenagers
coughing up hairballs. But if you’re into that kind of stuff, this
movie fills its screen time with as much blood, gore and sex as
it can, while also maintaining a really good story about family
ties and unfortunate family inheritances.

More women, more film

cent of films are directed by women in the end of year Ryerson University Film Festival, RUFF. The majority of the films
also had female writers, producers and heavily centered female
characters in their stories. While RUFF is obviously a smaller
festival, it’s still the largest student film festival in the city and
many of the films usually go on to appear at TIFF. Somehow
that didn’t happen this year, which seems telling with TIFF’s
low number of women directors.
It’s taken a long time for the numbers to be this high—
there are still huge discrepancies between male and female
directors at TIFF. This is reflective of the film industry on
a whole —for instance, 25 per cent of American directors at
the Sundance Film Festival were female. Women are consistently graduating from film programs and entering the
industry in Toronto, yet TIFF—the Toronto-based film festival—isn’t reflecting that.

When asked in an interview with the LA Times about
diversity, TIFF artistic programmer Cameron Bailey said,
“We never want to say [diversity] is the goal because I don’t
think that’s the right way to do it. But we do want to make
sure we’re paying attention and maybe looking more deeply
for stories that will help continue that conversation.”
The sentiment is nice, but let’s be real. Diversity can and
should be a goal. Acting like it’s just a thing they considered
downplays its importance. Some of the top grossing films
in the past year have been women-lead, women-centric and
women-directed—including Mad Max: Fury Road, and Star
Wars: The Force Awakens, so why are they not recognizing
women’s work?
I’m excited that the festival hit 20 per cent women directed
films this year, but goddamn, I really hope they keep pushing.
Because TIFF can do better.

By
Sidney
Drmay
This year TIFF boasts a whopping 397 films being screened
during the 10-day festival. Yet, somehow, only 72 of those
films are directed by women, according to the non-profit organization, Women in Film —roughly 20 per cent of the films.
Basically, a pitifully small number, considering the size of the
festival.
Within the Ryerson 2016 graduating class, about 60 per

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

TIFF

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TIFF BY THE
NUMBERS*

399
39

Films
presented

Canadian films

6,118

Film
Submissions

6.5
71
Screens
28

Per cent
of films

Countries

Including Syria, Uganda and
New Zealand

Including the Ryerson Theatre
and TIFF Bell Lightbox

3,100 Volunteers

500,000+
Attendees

*Data compiled from the Toronto
International Film Film Festival, 2015.

Ryerson reps at TIFF
2008 Image Arts graduate Eva Michon recalls her relationship with
her father in Small Fry, a short film loosely based on how their relationship has evolved over time.The film explores the connection
between the two as they venture on a road trip together. Small Fry
featured at TIFF on Sept. 13 at the Scotiabank Theatre.

PHOTOS BY: IZABELLA BALZCERZAK, CHRIS BLANCHETTE, ANDRE IVANOV, ANSON CHAN.

Bruce McDonald, a 1978 film and photography student premiered
his new film Weirdos at TIFF on Sept. 9. The film tells the story
of two teenagers who hitchhike in hopes to escape their mundane
lives. Weirdos is loosely based off of McDonald’s life in Rexdale,
Toronto—a place he wanted to leave as a teenager.

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Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Transitioning at Rye

Students have to fight to have their names recognized.

By Sidney Drmay
A lack of preferred name policy at
Ryerson creates barriers for transgender students who use a name
different than their legal one.
Both forms—the Students Records
Statutory Declaration Form for
Change of Name and the Personal
Data Change Form—can be found
by following a trail of six hyperlinks
on Ryerson’s website. However, the
forms are outdated and have old information on them—most importantly, about where to drop them
off. The first form currently lists
POD64 as a drop off location, but
this office is no longer open. There
is also a requirement to get the name
change notarized by a lawyer.
While other schools like Carleton
and George Brown have comprehensive, one-stop name change systems
and preferred name policies, Ryerson
is lagging behind with a two-form
system. Carleton allows students to
submit a preferred name through
the Carleton Central portal and,
once approved, it will be changed
across all of the school’s internal systems. Similarly, George Brown has a
designated employee who processes
name change forms, which allows
for the change to be made across the
entire system.
Students like Gabriel Holt, a second year science major, are saying
that Ryerson’s current system causes
undue stress, anxiety and forces
people to out themselves as transgender on both forms, which can
lead to discrimination and violence
in trans people’s daily lives.
“You have to put the reason you’re
changing your name, which is nobody’s goddamn business. It feels like
you against the university and that’s a
very scary prospect,” Holt said.
The Ryerson website does have
a page to guide students on how to
transition. However, the responsibility falls on the student to complete
the steps with little to no guidance.
When Holt was in the process
of completing the forms, he said he
was instructed to bring them to two
separate offices, one of which no
longer exists. He tried several locations before finding the correct one.
But the process doesn’t end there.

PHOTO: DEVIN JONES

Holt added that in addition to getting his name changed on his student records, he had to get a new
username, a new OneCard, a new
email and he had to talk to several
placement coordinators.
“The shit you have to take from
people, the number of times I’ve had
to out myself as trans just to change
my name was really damaging,” Holt
said.
In an email, registrar Charmaine
Hack responded to concerns about
the need for a policy by stating that
Ryerson has previously worked
with the Trans Collective and is
committed to reviewing their system surrounding preferred names,
despite structural difficulties.
“The implementation of preferred
name in the student administration
system beyond the landing page
in RAMSS self-service would require a wholesale change across the
university, involving admissions,
student records, OneCard, student
fees, student financial assistance,
academic departments and instructors,” said Hack.
Within Ontario, a legal name
change can cost anywhere from
$137 to $160, and unless an additional form is filled out, the name
change will be recorded in the Ontario Gazette—the official publication for legislative decisions and
proclamations of new statutes. This
outs any trans person, should someone, including potential employers,
go looking for the information.
Trans Collective coordinator
Evan Roy has been working to
improve the system through a
preferred name campaign since
the centre’s creation in 2014. Roy
said the ideal outcome would be an
online form that can be completed
by students to allow the school to
change names across all student administration systems.
“We have a new crop of students
this year who feel that [legal name
change] isn’t something that is necessary. We knew there was a way
and there is a form but it is just another instance of what a trans person has to do to get recognition and
get their identity validated by an institution that is oppressive to them,”
Roy said.

Name recognition on campus can be problematic. This three-part series
will explore where Ryerson policies fall short for transgender students.

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ATHLETIC CENTRE

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BIZ & TECH

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Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

From Ryerson to Rio App of the
Week
By Noella Ovid

RightBlue Labs, a sports technology startup developed at Ryerson’s
DMZ, has created Logit—an app
that helped athletes prevent injuries
at the 2016 Summer Olympics in
Rio de Janeiro.
Logit is a wellness-monitoring
suite that produces early warning
signs of sickness or injury to notify
the athlete and support staff before
the issues occur.
The events Logit users competed
in included swimming, wrestling
and badminton. “Nineteen of the 22
medals that Canada won were used
by athletes using the Logit system,”
said Ronen Benin, CEO and founder.
Benin said the inspiration for the
product came from his experience as
a former competitive swimmer.
“When I swam I kept a training journal—a physical journal that
I would review with my coaching
staff whenever there was a crisis,”
he said. “The problem was that the
issue had already occurred at that
point.”
Logit collects data on factors such
as exertion, stress levels, hydration
and nutrition to evaluate how well
the user can recover and perform
after exercise. The daily data it collects feeds into its algorithms. Over
time, Logit automatically detects
what causes individuals to have spe-

Companion does not require
a user’s contacts to have the app
With the app Companion, your
installed in order for them to
smartphone can help keep you safe monitor that person’s trips. It can
when you travel. Available on iOS
use texts to alert people who do not
and Android, this free app lets users have the app.
select virtual companions for their
To grab the attention of friends
journeys, who can then monitor
or family while travelling through
them as they go from place to place. secluded areas, the “I Feel Nervous”
If you feel unsafe heading home, feature comes in handy. This feature
you can use Companion to share
lets one’s companion know that the
PHOTO COURTESY: RIGHTBLUE LABS
your location with someone who
user feels there could be danger.
will be notified when you reach
Companion can also be used by
exerting training session.
your destination.
people who want to help direct
“Just by monitoring how you’re
Any suspicious movements of the others. Students familiar with
doing on a daily basis, you can actu- phone, including headphones being the area could use it to help new
ally take a look historically and see pulled out, trigger alarms from the students find their way around
how you felt on certain days [and] app. If an alarm is activated and
campus when they get lost. It’s easy
see why you weren’t performing so there is no response, virtual comfor users to call someone while
well on certain days,” he said.
panions watching the user’s journey they travel because the app runs in
Shkolnik said Logit is doing well have the option to call the police.
the background.
in the athletic market and has been
validated by clients, including Hockey Canada, Skate Canada, Wrestling Canada Lutte and Badminton
Canada. The company is currently
working on developing new Logit
systems in the future.
Benin said working at the DMZ
helped RightBlue Labs start Logit by
providing them with space and resources as well as introducing them
to investors.
By Syed Razvi

The RightBlue Labs team.

cific risk factors, like overtraining
or overreaching, and shows their
coaching staff what the percentage
of risk is.
But, “It’s not just for Olympians,”
said Benin. “We have a lot of amateur athletes who aren’t Olympians
on there.”
The app offers a line of four systems—Logit Sport, Logit Fit, Logit
Health and Logit Defense—to accurately forecast physical and mental
health risks for users within sports
organizations, fitness centers, medical practices and militaries.
Dan Shkolnik, director of business development, explained that
while the average athlete may exercise a lot, they don’t monitor how
they feel every day or after a highly

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Several jockeys probably pretending they’re John Wayne.

PHOTO: RYAN MARSH

the OVPRI in an email.
Zones are programs at Ryerson
Have you been to the races lately?
where people pitch and develop
Ryerson and Woodbine Entertain- business and technology ideas.
ment Group (WEG) are partnering The iBoost Zone focuses on custo modernize horse racing.
tomer service.
In August, WEG announced a
Selected participants from the
partnership with Ryerson iBoost
Horse Racing 3.0 competition will
Zone and Ryerson’s Office of the
be able to work with mentors choVice President, Research and Insen by WEG and their innovation
novation (OVPRI). The partnerteam to develop technologies that
ship launched a program, Horse
will be used by the company after
Racing 3.0: Changing the Game, to the competition.
improve the sport of horse racing
A total of $21,000 in cash prizes
with ideas from young entreprewill be split between the challenge’s
neurs, startups and developers
top three teams, along with enrollacross Canada.
ment for eight months in iBoost.
In recent years, revenue has
This is the second initiative that
fallen in gaming hubs, leading busi- the OVPRI has held with partnesses to move away from gamnering companies. Following a
bling—notably in Las Vegas.
SportsHack weekend in November
On Sept. 23, participants in
2015, a two-day event in which
Horse Racing 3.0 will compete in
teams of programmers developed
a day-and-a-half-long design chalsports-related software for the
lenge where they will develop their Canadian Football League, WEG
ideas. From there, participants will approached the OVPRI with plans
have three months to make their
for a similar partnership.
ideas commercially viable.
“An open innovation model
“Working with industry partallows Woodbine Entertainment
ners like Woodbine Entertainment to meet a large group of innovaGroup (WEG), who are interested tors and consider ideas they would
in commercializing innovative
never have considered their own,”
technology, creates great opMacRitchie said.
portunities for our Zones, the
“The interaction should help
companies they support, and our
ideas to be developed into applicaresearchers,” said John MacRitchie, tions more quickly and improve the
Senior Director of Business Devel- chances that the application will have
opment and Strategic Planning at
a good fit to the market,” he said.
By Sylvia Lorico

SPORTS

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Breaking into the boys’ club

Kori Cheverie was hired as an assistant coach with the men’s
hockey team in August.

PHOTO: DEVIN JONES

trail she would blaze.
The Ryerson men’s hockey team
The first female player in Toronto began training camp last week and
Blue Jays history—that’s the future a Cheverie is the newest member of
young Kori Cheverie imagined for their staff as an assistant coach.
herself.
She’s the first female assistant
“I always had these ideas that I was coach to be hired on a full-time
going to be involved with a men’s basis in Canadian Interuniversity
team because that’s all I knew,” she Sport (CIS) men’s hockey history.
says. “I played hockey with the boys,
Cheverie is already familiar with
I played baseball with the boys, I did most of the team after spending the
everything with the boys, my best last three years as a skate training
friends were boys.”
specialistatRyerson,working with
Cheverie isn’t a Blue Jay, not yet the school hockey teams and
anyway. The 29-year-old chose her running development camps for
skates over her cleats a long time community programs.
ago. But she wasn’t wrong about the
She spent much of her last year in

By Daniel Rocchi

13
Kori Cheverie is the newest member of the men’s hockey
coaching staff—a historic first in Canadian Interuniversity Sport

that role contemplating a coaching
position with the men’s team, liking
the idea more each time she thought
about it.
In January, Cheverie approached
then-associate coach Johnny Duco
about a role with the team, if he
were to inherit the head coaching
job from Graham Wise. Wise was
in his tenth year behind the Ryerson
bench and pondering retirement.
Duco and Cheverie had already
worked closely together through the
skate training program and Ryerson
hockey camps, and Duco was keen
on the idea of bringing her on board.
When Wise’s retirement was
announced internally within Ryerson
Athletics, he suggested that Cheverie
apply for the assistant’s position. The
Rams officially announced Wise’s
retirement on June 15 and Duco was
named interim head coach less than
three weeks later. Cheverie’s hiring
was announced on Aug. 12.
“I looked for an assistant coach
[with strength] in some areas that
I lack,” says Duco. “I have vision,
but I think Kori’s application skills
are tremendous. I felt that we
compliment each other well and
that some of the things that aren’t
my strongest suits are very strong
in her.”
Cheverie’s hockey resumé is an
impressive one. This summer, she
retired from the Canadian Women’s
Hockey League (CWHL) to focus
on her new role with the Rams after
six professional seasons with the
Toronto Furies, including a Clarkson

Cup championship title in 2014.
A native of New Glasgow, Nova
Scotia, Cheverie played her collegiate
hockey at St. Mary’s University in
Halifax while completing an honours
degree in criminology.
In five seasons with the St.
Mary’s Huskies, she was a threetime Atlantic University Sport
(AUS) first-team all-star and
Huskies women’s hockey MVP,
and was selected as the St. Mary’s
female athlete of the year twice. She
also won gold with the Canadian
women’s hockey team in 2009
at the International University
Sports Federation (FISU) Winter
Universiade in Harbin, China.
“She’s had a great history
with the game,” says fifth-year
forward and team captain Michael
Fine. “She’s educated, she’s
knowledgeable. All that is stuff
that our players can use going
forward and lean on her.”
Professional men’s sports are
starting to see more women in
coaching roles, but change has been
relatively slow in the hockey world.
In 2014, Becky Hammon became
the first full-time female NBA coach,
joining the San Antonio Spurs as an
assistant. The NBA’s Sacramento
Kings also have a female assistant in
Nancy Lieberman, while the NFL’s
Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith
as that league’s first full-time female
coach in January.
But it wasn’t until Aug. 24,
nearly two weeks after the Rams
hired Cheverie, that the Arizona

A hard-earned win
The new fastpitch team was a slow sell. Now they’re
looking to make their mark at Ryerson
a fastpitch team, Oats approached
Wayne Nishihama, her longtime
On the opening weekend of their rep team coach, about managing
inaugural season, the new Ryerson a Ryerson team. Nishihama, who
women’s fastpitch team won two graduated from Ryerson’s landscape
of their four games, and scored a architectural technology program in
third victory that was a year in the 1975, agreed and began to spread the
making.
word within the Toronto fastpitch
“It’s not just something you’re community.
waiting for to happen,” said catcher
In September 2015, the team
and outfielder Taylar Oats. “It’s a held its first meeting. Five players,
great feeling to actually be playing including Oats, showed up.
after working so hard for something
It was clear that fielding a team
and now it’s a reality: we got the for that season wasn’t feasible, so
Ryerson team going.”
Nishihama, associate coach Mike
Oats, a softball player since the Alexander and their five players
age of five, spent the summer of devoted the year to recruiting and
2015 playing with girls who were fundraising for the 2016 season.
members of their school teams
Two fundraisers and one successful
at Western and the University of application for a Ryerson student
Toronto. It disappointed Oats to initiative grant later, the team had
hear about their experiences on raised just under $5,000.
those teams, knowing that Ryerson
Facebook networking, flyers
had no such team for her to join.
on campus and word-of-mouth
So she decided to start one.
recruitment brought between a
After meeting with Ryerson’s dozen and 15 potential players out
athletics administration to gauge to the team’s final meeting of the
their interest in the formation of school year.
By Daniel Rocchi

Ryerson’s new fastpitch team discusses tactics before their
inaugural game.

Ryerson approved the team’s
application for official club status in
March, around the same time that
the Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s
Fastpitch Association accepted the
Rams’ application to become the
league’s 13th team.
With the team set to debut in the
fall of 2016, the players spent the
summer practising in Kerr Hall’s
lower gym and outside in the quad.
They weren’t ideal practice
facilities, but that’s the reality for
many of Ryerson’s non-varsity sports
teams.
The fastpitch team joins a host
of other sports, including golf,

PHOTO: CHRIS BLANCHETTE

curling, track and field and the
men’s baseball team, that operate
under club status and aren’t
recognized varsity teams.
Official clubs have access to some
Ryerson Athletics resources, such as
promotion on offical websites and
permission to use the Ryerson Rams
logo and branding.
But they receive no funding from
the athletics department, and are
not included in the apparel deal with
Nike to supply varsity uniforms.
“Clubs are responsible for one
hundred per cent of the operational
needs of their program,” said Ivan
Joseph, Ryerson’s director of athletics.

Coyotes hired skating coach Dawn
Braid as the NHL’s first female fulltime coach.
The historic nature of Cheverie’s
role has been well-publicized, and
while she’s intent on staying focused
on the team’s upcoming season, the
significance of her hiring isn’t lost
on her. Partly because her mother,
Janice, isn’t letting her forget it.
“I know that it’s a very
important position, and I’ve had
this conversation with my mom
especially,” says Cheverie. “She’s
always giving me life advice about
how to conduct myself.”
Cheverie looks to her mom,
an entrepreneur who owns a
preschool and a daycare in addition
to being an elementary school
teacher, as a major role model.
“She’s taught me how to be a
leader, and what a good leader
looks like.”
Now Cheverie is looking to be a
role model in her own right.
“I know that girls will always look
up to the professional players,” she
says. “I’m glad now that they can
aspire to be a coach in the NHL.”
Cheverie is on a one-season
contract with the Rams. Her position
with the team is groundbreaking, but
she knows there are no guarantees in
sports. She isn’t worried.
“[Ryerson has] goals,” she says.
“If we don’t happen to meet the
standards, there’s a chance we won’t
be here.
“I like to take risks, and I feel like
this is a really great risk to take.”
The fastpitch team arrives up to
two hours early to their games to
set up the field, while Nishihama
has been using his connections with
Toronto club teams to borrow bats,
bases and other equipment. Each
player also pays a $300 club fee for
apparel and other expenses.
But they’re less concerned with
the difficulties that new Ryerson
clubs often face than they are with
using their inaugural season to build
towards a more prominent place
within the school.
“One of the goals we had from
the outset was to have a sustainable
product,” said Nishihama. “Have the
right coaching in to develop the team
as a varsity team and hopefully it will
eventually become a varsity team.”
Ryerson athletics will be
evaluating its clubs at the end of
the year for prospective varsity
promotions, but the fastpitch team
will almost certainly be too young
for consideration this time around.
A successful first season will go
a long way towards future varsity
eligibility, but for now, the focus is
on the present, and forging a winning
culture for the program.
“We want to have a competitive
team,” said Nishihama. “We want to
be respected.”

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TIFF

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

By Jevin Doensé

After severe outrage over a new “upscaled”
menu complete with edible doilies and confusing “buttermilk” fried chicken, various Ryerson University students have been pleasantly surprised to learn that the Ram in the Rye is
advertising a “secret” menu to compliment its
aristocracy-themed offerings.
Two Eyeopener editors became aware of the
menu after witnessing first year urban gardening student Brian Dunkleman running
down Gould Street screaming “they’re back,
they’re really fucking back!” An investigation
ensued.
“She, like, handed me that big ol’ menu as
well as the new one, smiled and did that cutting throat motion,” Dunkleman told reporters, after being stopped by security after reports of obscenity on campus. “Everything
was there, lattice fries, the buffalo chicken
wraps and caesar salad with romaine lettuce.
Romaine! Can you fucking believe that? I
shouldn’t even be talking to you guys.”
The secret menu comes in response to rumours of a fully armed rebellion from the
Ram in the Rye staff. In the two weeks that

An intrepid Eye reporter hiding their identity to find the facts.

the campus bar has been open for the semester, students have reported cases of odd behaviour, including waiters mumbling about
“deep fried goodness,” and one case of a waitress hysterically crying after handing out the
new menus.
Last week, an Eye reporter went undercover as a Ram in the Rye waiter under the alias
Devin Jones. During his time there, he had to
undergo an initiation where he had to pray
to the “Protector of the Ram, the Holy Fry of
Sweet Potato.”
“The old chef put a kibosh on all things
sweet potato, so the staff smuggle them in
with the new shipment of doilies,” said Jones.
“They told me that when people order their
new Inside Out Nachos, there’s a hidden panel
in the bowl that reveals the sweet potatoes.”

PHOTO: DEVIN JONES

When Jones asked what was so great about
the old menu, he was simply told, “what is
fried may never fry.”
“Apparently people really liked those nachos made from old cardboard shavings, and
the blackened urinal cake burgers,” Jones said.
“They must have a problem with actual, edible food.”
Jones recounted one night where the staff
attempted a coup on the new management.
Armed with sharpened copies of old menus
and some hardened old bean burritos, they
marched through the pub before slipping on
spilled pitchers of Flaming Engineers. Staff
had to clean it up and were then forced to
serve side soups in reasonable bowl sizes.
“It was madness,” Jones said. “The old Ram
is dead. Long live the Ram.”

STUDENTS
G I V I N G
FEWER
FUCKS,
STUDY
FINDS
By Skyler Ash
A recent poll showed that 70 per cent of
Ryerson students are “already done” with
school just over a week in.
“We were shocked to learn how many students don’t enjoy being here,” said Ian Myers,
the lead researcher on the study. Myers said
that initial predictions for the number of dissatisfied students were “in the hundreds,” not
the thousands that the results showed.
The factors contributing to student dissatisfaction with school were commuting times,
assigned readings, the humidity and the annoying positive energy of first-years.
Simone DeSilva, a fourth-year business
management student, said she lost her love of
school about three months into her first year.
“I’ve been kind of over the whole university
thing for a while, but my parents are paying
and the parties are alright, so that’s why I’m
still here.”
Myers said he found some “disturbing” data
patterns, showing that students simply don’t
give a fuck anymore. Myers said that not giving a fuck will, “only increase with time spent
at school.”
DisputableData, the research team led
by Myers, calculated that students give 30
per cent fewer fucks for every year spent in
school. “There is no current solution for this
ever-growing problem,” said Myers.
Morgan Tate, an associate professor in the
English department, said she was not sur-

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prised with the results. “My first class was
half-full of third years who spent almost the
entire class on their phone, silently weeping.”
Tate said she’s never seen morale this low.
“Maybe I’ll show a movie next class, just to
spice things up.”
“I guess I’m pretty excited to be here!”
said Antoine Pope, a first year student in
RTA. “I mean, I’ve been pushed into a few
of those lockers in Kerr Hall and have been
openly scoffed at by older kids, but I feel

like that’ll stop soon. I hope.”
In an effort to make students happier, the
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) president,
Obaid Ullah, said the RSU is planning another concert for late September. “Maybe another appearance from Drake will keep their
spirits up until fall reading week, when they
can do their brooding and crying at home.”
“The numbers don’t lie,” Myers said,
“the longer you’re in school, the worse you
feel.”

Jane Lynch, having fun!

PHOTO: ANDREJ IVANOV

By Skyler Ash
Cinephiles everywhere are flocking to the
city, where the Toronto International Film
Festival (TIFF) is in full swing. TIFF is the
one time of year where Toronto is actually
marginally cool, so if you want to check it out,
here are the top spots to go for all the action
you haven’t been craving.
Do you like having other people’s bodies
pressed up against yours while your ribs are
being shoved into a hard steel barrier? Head
on over to a red carpet premier! I’d recommend something at Roy Thompson Hall,
or the Princess of Wales Theatre, where
many of the larger TIFF films are premiering.
Don’t like sweaty people coming at you from
every angle just to catch a glimpse of Chris
Pratt? Don’t stand in the front row at the carpet’s edge, but rather, further back where you
won’t see anything, but also won’t feel like
you’re in a living nightmare.
Do you like slipping on the streetcar tracks
and waiting in long lines for small amount of
free food and drinks? Head on down to King
Street! The street is closed off between Spadina and University avenues until the festival
comes to an end on Sept. 18. The grueling
heat and humidity are also a bonus, making
the cattle-like crowds even more irritable
than usual.
Didn’t buy your TIFF tickets yet, and
they’re all sold out online? Head over to any
theatre’s Rush line to try and get some lastminute tickets. All you have to do is line up 36
hours before the movie is set to start for your
slim chance to grab a seat! Remember to pack
snacks, because nobody is saving your place
in the “survival-of-the-fittest” habitat of the
dreaded Rush line.
Do you like overpriced food and drinks?
Make your way to the Ritz-Carlton on Wellington Street! The Ritz is the hotel that many
celebs are staying, drinking and eating at this
year at TIFF, making it THE place to be to see
a star. Their bar serves up an array of cocktails my sister describes as “too expensive and
too fancy to drink.” We did, however, split the
best piece of cake I’ve ever had for $12.
Want some TIFF merchandise? Stop by the
TIFF Bell Lightbox at the corner of King
and John, where the TIFF store presides. This
year’s hot items feature expensive mugs, lame
t-shirts and the world’s worst kaleidoscope.
Be sure to cherish your memories of this year’s
festival with some plastic contraption called a
reusable juice box, because nothing says TIFF
quite like a glorified container for fluids.

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

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Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

FREE WIFI

IN THE FOOD COURT

Shoppers Drug Mart
Watch It
Adidas
DAVIDsTEA
Starbucks
Tim Hortons
Gadget City

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The Beer Store
Express

Harvey’s

WINNERS

Wine Rack

Blaze Pizza

Rogers

California Thai

Wind Mobile

Caribbean Queen

Baskin Robbins

Subway

Chipotle

MII Sandwich

Poptopia/Yoyo’s
Yogurt Cafe

Curry & Co.

Opa! Souvlaki

Goodlife Fitness

Zeytouna

Real Fruit
Bubble Tea

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