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Volume 50 - Issue 3

September 21, 2016
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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016



Vegan quinoa burger? Think again
The Ram in the Rye’s famous quinoa burger is advertised as vegan. But the bun may contain eggs and dairy
By Annie Arnone
The Ram in the Rye’s new menu advertises a vegan quinoa burger that is
not actually vegan.
A legend on The Ram’s menu
details the dietary specifications
of each food item, including Halal,
gluten free, vegetarian and vegan
options. While the quinoa burger is
labeled as vegan, the buns may contain eggs and milk ingredients.
According to Mike Leary, the
Ram’s kitchen manager, the quinoa
patties are made in-house and the
buns used for the burgers and sandwiches are distributed to them by
Ace Bakery.
General manager of the Student
Campus Centre Michael Verticchio said in an email that the quinoa
burger has a vegan-friendly patty
and the default buns can be substituted with a gluten free, vegan option (also supplied by Ace).
However, Rosanna Dicecco, a customer-service representative for Ace,
said that no buns produced in their
bakery are 100 per cent dairy or egg
“We cannot promise that our


If you’re vegan, you may not want to order the quinoa burger.

products are allergen free to our customers due to airborne ingredients
and cross contamination,” she said.
Second-year English major Martese Bellizzi suffers from both dairy
and egg allergies, and refuses to dine
at the Ram after hearing about the
menu contradictions.
“I know people like the Ram, but
I’ll never eat there after hearing
this,” she said. “It’s not only about
being vegan or vegetarian, allergies
are serious matters.”
A person with dairy and/or eggs

allergies can suffer from a mild reaction, such as a stomach ache or
hives, to more serious complications, like vomiting or life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Bellizzi’s allergy falls on the severe
end of the spectrum. She said that if
she were to ingest dairy or eggs, she
would go into anaphylactic shock—
the results being potentially fatal.
The Foods for Special Dietary
Use section of the Canadian Food
and Drug Regulations states that
mislabeling packages or falsely ad-

vertising a product for dietary use is
strictly prohibited.
According to the Food and Drugs
Act, “Minor offenders face a fine of no
more than $50,000 and/or imprisonment for no more than six months.
Indictable offences carry a stiffer fine
not exceeding $250,000 and/or imprisonment for less than three years.”
The Act also says that restaurants
will be held liable even if the fault
falls on the supplier.
Alanna Delzotto, a vegan Ryerson
arts and contemporary studies student, said she was devastated to hear
that the quinoa burger was not vegan.
When she ordered it for the first time,
they served it to her with mayonnaise.
“I knew the sauce didn’t look
right, so I asked the waiter to clarify
that it wasn’t mayonnaise. He told
me that if it was a vegan burger, the
sauce should be egg-free.” Following her meal, a staff member apologized to her. They confirmed that
the sauce on her “vegan” burger
was made with eggs.
Ram staff told The Eyeopener that
the quinoa burger can be ordered as
a vegetarian option, which comes
with mayo, or a vegan option, which

does not. The onus falls on the customer to specify their dietary needs,
despite misleading labeling.
“I think [The Ram] needs to come
forward with an apology and make
it known that [their burgers] aren’t
vegan,” said Delzotto. “There aren’t
enough options for people who are
vegan, as is.”

“It’s not only about
being vegan or
vegetarian, allergies
are serious matters”
Alex Dabideen, manager of the
Ram, said the kitchen will correct
their menu mistake as soon as possible.
“If [the chef] says it’s vegan, it
should be vegan. I’ll bring it to his
attention and we will make the
changes,” he said.
Verticchio added that it is encouraged for customers to share any dietary restrictions, so Ram staff can
“ensure the food prepared is in accordance with their wishes.”

RSU reveals how they paid for Drake twice
The upcoming 6 Fest will cost the RSU $1.5 million
By Brandon Buechler
Over the past two years the Ryerson
Students’ Union (RSU) has reconstructed their brand through concerts and special guests. But how the
hell is it all paid for?
After Drake and Future’s
$515,000 appearance at frosh last
year, this year’s RSU kicked off their
tenure with another concert on
May 1. Now, they’re getting ready
to spend $1.5 million on upcoming
For May’s “6 Cent” concert with
Drake and DJ Esco, the RSU spent
an estimated $40,000. The 6 Fest
pop-up cost approximately $7,000,
according to RSU president Obaid
The 6 Fest budget of $1.5 million
was planned to include the costs of 6
Cent concert, the French Montana
pop-up concert, the 6 Fest concert
in October and any other potential
events throughout the year, according to Ullah.
However, he said students
shouldn’t worry about their tuition
fees being squandered on costly
Money from the levy that students pay the RSU will not be used,
according to Ullah.
“Concerts shouldn’t be something

that’s taking away from [the RSU’s
operating] budget. We’re trying to
allocate the funding for these concerts through the 6 Fest budget,” he
According to the RSU’s annual
budget, the union anticipated to
spend $1.5 million on 6 Fest events,
while generating that same amount
in revenue through $400,000 in
sponsorships and $1.1 million in
ticket sales.

“Concerts shouldn’t be
something that’s taking
away from the RSU’s
operating budget”
Ullah said that those numbers
are from when the budget was
made, well before the beginning of
this school year. He said the union
has already surpassed its goal of
$400,000 in sponsorships. Any extra
money, he added, may be used for
future events.
Part of that sponsorship money
came from student societies. The
RSU asked Ted Rogers Students’
Society (TRSS), formerly the Ryerson Commerce Society, to contribute to the budget. Ullah said that the
sponsorship deal between the two


You know who this is.

organizations approached $50,000.
TRSS funding comes from contributions from the President’s office, the dean, student levies and
corporate sponsorships.
TRSS president Nav Marwah
also confirmed the agreement in an
emailed statement.
“I can confirm that the Ted Rogers Students’ Society board agreed in
principle to support the 6 Fest concert contingent on multiple conditions that the RSU has to fulfill. All
these conditions will directly benefit
our membership and by extension,
the entire student population of Ryerson University,” Marwah wrote.

The conditions of the agreement
included 850 tickets and promotion
for TRSS, according to Ullah.
Additionally, the Ryerson Engineering Student Society’s (RESS)
board of directors spent $5,000 to
support the 6 Fest main event, as
confirmed by Ullah. RESS was given
75 tickets, but no marketing.
The deals were exclusive to the
two societies, said Ullah.
Unlike the RSU’s previous events,
6 Fest, however, is open to the public. Tickets are priced at $41.60 for
pre-sale and $66.66 for first-tier
tickets. Nine thousand tickets have
been sold thus far.

Ullah cites putting on a “bigger
and better event” as the reason for
the change.
Also, Ullah said it allows for students to bring non-Ryerson guests
with them—a criticism the RSU
faced with its limited guest tickets
for the 6 Cent concert. It’s expected
that 15,000 people will attend the
two-day event.
Prices for second and third-tier
tickets have not yet been released,
nor has the event’s slate of performers been confirmed. But the union
recently pushed the concert back to
Oct. 9 and 10 to find a more convenient date for potential artists.



Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Love yourself, dammit

ders. We’re told to ignore it, to accept how we look and to be happy
with ourselves. But it’s not that easy.
The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that about 35 per cent of
young people with a healthy weight
feel like their body is the wrong
size, while other studies have cited
numbers as high as 75 per cent. Sally
Willis-Stewart, director of the Nutritional Education Center at UBC, told
the CBC that post-secondary students
are some of the most prone to eating
disorders and image problems.
The general consensus, at least
among everyone I’ve ever talked to,
is that there’s always going to be a
desire for self-improvement. Maybe
that stems from societal pressures,
or maybe it’s because everyone else
seems to hate something about
themselves, too. Tall people want to

For most of my childhood, I was the
awkward looking kid in class photos. I had a mop of ratty hair that
was too thick to brush and I was the
heaviest girl in my grade.
I hated my body and I hated myself even more. When I was 10, I
stopped eating.
Food made me feel guilty. I was
convinced that it would destroy
my body—like poison. Every time I
stood in front of a mirror I’d pinch
my thighs or my arms, wishing
I could cut off the extra fat with a
knife. I spent countless hours sitting
on the bathroom floor in the dark,
letting the anger, the self-pity and
the uncontainable sadness I felt hit
me like a punch to the stomach.
Even after my sixth-grade self lost
more than 20 pounds, I wasn’t happy. Insecurities trailed behind me
throughout my teens and into my
adult life. From time to time, they
still catch up and knock me to the
ground again.
The negativity that accompanies
how we see our physical selves isn’t
new. We’re warned about unrealistic ideals surrounding thinness and
muscularity, about airbrushing and
about the dangers of eating disor- The people behind #RyeBodyPosi

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General Manager

Liane “Burn it down” McLarty

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taller; women with big hips want to
be smaller and women without wish
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Being appreciative of what we have
Nicole “Mameshiba” Schmidt
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inflicted harm, but it can give us a
Devin “Bleeds saturation” Jones
reason to start a conversation. Per- Izabella “Bleeds vibrance” Balcerzak
haps more importantly, it’s a reason
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I can’t say I’ve ever been satisfied
Igor “Deep web” Magun
with my appearance and I’m not
Sierra “Deeper web” Bein
sure I ever will be. But I’ve learned
Lee “Deepest web” Richardson
to love myself more than I used to,
because my body doesn’t define me.
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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016


All-gender change room given to theatre students
By Sidney Drmay
The Ryerson Trans Collective has
been anticipating the opening of allgender change rooms, which were
scheduled to be available to students
this semester. But the designated
space has been reassigned to the Ryerson Theatre School.
In February 2016, Ryerson held its
first budget town hall, where funding for all-gender change rooms
was announced. A temporary room
was provided in Kerr Hall near the
Ryerson Athletic Centre (RAC)
and renovations were scheduled to
make the space accessible for trans
Trans Collective coordinator Evan
Roy has been working towards getting an appropriate space since 2015,
but has been unsuccessful. They said
the change room they were originally
given wasn’t accessible.
“The key problems with that space
was that it required a passcode as
opposed to OneCard access, it does
not have single stall showers and it
did not have an accessible doorway,
which is one of our priorities in our
new space,” Roy said.

Briefs &
> What’s with Ryerson and bikes
this week? A woman was seen
cutting a bike cable on Victoria
Street with a fucking. Electric.
Saw. When she saw that people
were watching, she cut and ran.
Another guy was seen taking
parts off a locked bike to add it
onto his own.

Kerr Hall West change room is being used for Ryerson theatre students.

RAC manager Anthony Seymour
noted that the loss of the space for
trans students was unfortunate. He
said that they are working to create
a new space as soon as possible.
“[The theatre school] closed their
building for the renovations, so
they’ve had to get some additional
space, and that space being ideally
located [by] the elevators to the theatre meant it was perfect for them to
use,” Seymour said. “We’re ready to
move forward. I don’t know where

the hold-up is but I know it’s campus planning and [Equity, Diversity
and Inclusion’s] work right now.”
Theatre students are still looking
for a home after it was announced
that the theatre school on Gerrard
Street was unfit to house the program. They’re being relocated to
the basement of the Student Learning Centre and the Atrium on Bay
Street until the university can find a
permanent space, which is expected
to happen by 2019.


> A guy in the library built a fort
with three chairs and a coat.
Which sounds fun, right? Not always. Turns out he was using it to
look at women’s legs. When asked
about it, he said he was just fixing
his power cord. Sure.

Roy said they are not surprised
that the changes are taking so long,
stating that “delays and a consistent
lack of communication” are things
the Trans Collective has encoun- > Some goober was filming women
around campus, tricking them into
tered often.
“This is a reality that has become signing a petition to end women’s
very clear, that if we want better suffrage. He’s about 100 years too
spaces at Ryerson we will have to late, and also an asshole.
create them ourselves,” Roy said.
“We made this change room hap- Seen some crazy stuff on campus?
pen, and we will make sure it is Email
back up and operational soon.”

RSU exec and employees get a raise
By Aidan Macnab
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) executives gave themselves and their
colleagues a raise.
The RSU released its 2016/2017
budget proposals this week and
$5,000 was added to each executive
salary from what was originally budgeted last year.
Last academic year, the RSU
president made $29,950, vice president operations made $29,465, vice
president of equity made $29,554,
vice president of education made
$29,702 and vice president of student life and events made $29,808.
The executive salaries are now proposed to be $36,000 each.
Vice president operations Neal
Muthreja said he and his colleagues
on the executive routinely exceed
the work schedule they are officially
paid for. Their increase in pay was
to compensate their overtime, as
well as keep up with the rising cost
of living, Muthreja said.
RSU president Obaid Ullah also
said the high cost of food as well as
commuting in Toronto was why
they decided on the pay increase.
Last year, a motion submitted at an
RSU annual general meeting requested a jump in salary for executives. The
motion was pushed to the next RSU
board of directors meeting and did
not pass.
The executive salary increase was
part of a pay increase shared across
the RSU. All salaries for part-time
RSU staff were raised to $15 per hour

from previous years, when it was
$12.50 per hour. It was the raise for
the RSU staff that Muthreja said was
the main priority for the executive.
“The amount of work that everyone here puts in. To thank them for
their valued input to the organization
we increased their wage to an acceptable level, all across the RSU,” he said.
“We’re complaining about how tuition is so expensive and cost of liv-

ing is so high. A lot of Ryerson students are commuters so you’re either
paying to get downtown or you’re
paying to live downtown,” he said.
But last year, not everyone in the
RSU was satisfied with their share.
Last fall, RSU’s equity groups went
over budget. They had been allotted
$44,615, despite the RSU spending
$130,689 on them the year before.
Ullah said this was due to shoddy

accounting. “Our finances in the last
four years have been very poorly
managed,” he said.
This year the total proposed
expense for the equity groups is
$162,360, reestablishing their funding’s upward trajectory. Apart from
the dip last year, funding for these
groups has steadily increased since
2013-14, when they received just under $79,000.

“Equity service centres are a vital
group on campus,” said Ullah.
At the RSU’s last semi-annual
general meeting, students voted to
make sure the RSU spent at least $2
per student on the equity centres,
not including wages paid to staff.
Equity groups also made a significant amount of their own money.
Last year RyePRIDE raised $68,000
and RyeACCESS raised $22,000.

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Beyond the numbers: What's next
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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Do you even
Smash, Bro?

aizan Valimohamed arrives at the
tournament 30 minutes early to scope
out his competition. He watches other
players spar in friendly pre-game matches and
tries to evaluate their fighting styles.
Valimohamed, a second-year Ryerson media production student, is an aggressive fighter whose speciality is edge-guarding—keeping
opponents on the perimeter of the playing
field, where it is easier to take them out-ofbounds and win points. As his opponent
struggles to get back in, Valimohamed KO’s
them with a quick, low-power blow.
In tournaments like this, where 50 fighters
usually compete, Valimohamed can make it to
the top 16. But if he loses in an early round, he
knows he’s apt to choke.
Before they fight, Valimohamed and his
opponent determine their battlefield. Then,

Valimohamed, a competitive gamer who plays
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, picks up his
controller and selects his favourite character,
Diddy Kong. The game is on.
Competitive gaming, or eSports, is more
than just a pastime for a growing number of
people. Professional gamers compete for huge
sums of money and can perform up to 600 actions per minute when they play—10 choices
per second. Players study their game meticulously, dedicating hours of research and practice to their craft.
he phenomenon started with the realtime strategy game Starcraft—one of
the first video games to be broadcast
as part of a professional sports league, airing
in South Korea just a year-and-a-half after its
launch in 1998.
In 2002, the North-American organiza-


tion Major League Gaming (MLG) formed
to promote and broadcast competitive eSports. It also hosted tournaments, focusing
on Starcraft and first-person shooter Halo
2. Then, in 2006, USA Network and MLG
partnered to broadcast Halo 2 as North
America’s first televised eSports event.
ESports never gained widespread popularity on television sets. Instead, it found a
home on the web.
Popular games like League of Legends,
Defence of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) and
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)
are covered by media organizations and
watched by millions of dedicated fans on
websites like Twitch—an online streaming service launched in 2011. Now owned
by Amazon, Twitch streamed 459,366
years worth of content, much of it gaming,
in 2015. That same year, Twitch viewers
watched an average of 421.6 minutes of content per month. By comparison, the average
YouTube user watched about 291 minutes
per month, according to analytics company
Competitive gaming is a big money industry. In 2015, SuperData Research estimated
the eSports market was worth US$748.8 million and forecasted that it will reach US$1.9
billion by 2018. While sponsorship accounted for 78 per cent of the global market in
2015, gamers can make a lot of money, too—
prize pools account for US$53.8 million.
A lot of people will
say, ‘The home of eSports lives
in your mom’s basement with
a bag of Doritos and a can of
Mountain Dew’


A few years ago, third-year Ryerson computer-science student Monib Baray’s relatives told him a career as a competitive gamer
was impossible, and that he should focus
on school. Now, when he tells people about
DOTA 2’s multi-million-dollar prize pools
(some totalling nearly $21 million), they say
they’re in the wrong line of work.
Baray is a top-tier DOTA 2 and Smash
Bros. player who says he’ll drop everything
if he gets the right chance to make it big in
eSports. He was recently sponsored by Overcharge, an app that links a feed of social media
and news updates to Twitch.
His sponsorship came after he got “temporarily famous” for playing DOTA 2 with
well-known players. Overcharge, which is
still in development, pays Baray about $80 per
month and provides him with extra funding if
he wants to enter a tournament.
“A lot of people will say, ‘The home of eSports lives in your mom’s basement with a

bag of Doritos and a can of Mountain Dew,’”
Ryerson student David Rabinovitch says. He
knows that’s not true. Esports is serious business and its players are committed.
his is the first year that Ryerson students will be able to play eSports
under the Ryerson Athletics banner.
Before Ryerson Esports became a recreational athletics club at the start of the fall term,
gamers had to play independently or through
the Gaming and Multiplayer E-sports of Ryerson (GAMER), the school’s official eSports
But sport media students Rabinovitch and
Joseph Raimondo were thinking bigger. They
wanted Ryerson Athletics to have an eSports
club that gamers could join to officially represent the university.
The campaign to make Ryerson Esports an
athletics club began in June. Raimondo said
most eSports teams at Ryerson struggled to
recruit top-level players because the teams
weren’t treated seriously. He believes more
people will play eSports if they can be recognized as athletes and treated with the same
level of respect.
“If Ryerson said to those players, ‘This is a
varsity sport, you can be recognised as an athlete,’ then that’d be great,” Raimondo says.
After receiving guidance from Ryerson’s
director of athletics, Ivan Joseph, Raimondo
and Rabinovitch collected signatures from
people interested in joining the club and
worked to develop a club charter that would
govern their operation.
In June, they posted a petition in Ryerson
class groups to gauge interest in the club.
Rabinovitch says they received mostly positive feedback and “healthy questions,” such as
what games would be played. But in the class
of 2020’s group, people argued that gaming
did not deserve to be an athletics club, and
that eSports players aren’t athletes.
Though eSports players may not physically exert themselves like typical athletes,
says Rabinovitch, but the amount of energy,
practice hours and teamwork required puts
it in the same class as traditional sports.
“ESports is an entertaining niche where
spectators can watch players of the highest skill compete against one another. And
at the end of the day, that’s what sport is,”
Rabinovitch says.
t the CS:GO playoffs in Santa Ana,
Ryerson captain Daniel Thai and
his team are set up on a stage in a
warehouse with a brick interior. They sit at
a row of computers on one side of the stage
and their opponents sit in a row across from
A big projector screen by the stage shows
the game while a camera crew films the players so people watching the game online can




Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016


After months of campaigning,
eSports is officially a Ryerson
Athletics club. Justin Chandler logs
in, chooses his player and dives
into the world of competitive video
see their reactions. Broadcasters are reporting the game upstairs. On the first day of the
finals, over 100 people watched the Ryerson
team play. Daniel Thai has competed on setups like this before but the stress of flying
somewhere to compete makes playing more
nerve-wracking than usual. Before the game,
he gives a pep-talk to focus the team and to
hype them up.
The Ryerson team loses its first set to Quebec’s Laval University team and moves on to
the third-place match against Kennesaw State
University from Georgia.
Laval, which will go on to win second place
behind San Jose State University, was a tough
team, but Kennesaw is not on Ryerson’s level.
The Ryerson team knows that and plays a
more relaxed, faster-paced game than they did
against Laval.
ESports is
an entertaining niche where
spectators can watch players
of the highest skill compete
against one another. And at
the end of the day, that’s
what sport is
The excited crowd of 50 screams and yells
as Ryerson’s team ruthlessly takes down
their opponents.
“It was quite a stomp,” Thai says.
Thai is the president of GAMER and a
fourth-year chemical engineering student.
He’s also the captain of the Ryerson Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, which
placed third in North America at the National Collegiate eSports Association’s (NCeSPA) playoffs in June. The team’s four-day
trip to Santa Ana, California, was fully paid
for by the association.
The CS:GO team also competed in North
America’s Collegiate Star League (CSL),
practicing twice weekly in preparation for
their three matches a week. Thai, who is in
charge of organizing practices, matches and
travel, says he managed his roles as captain
and student with multitasking and “very little sleep.”
After they lost in the CSL playoffs, Thai’s
team changed their roster. They played better and qualified for the NCeSPA finals in an
exhausting four-hour match.
The Ryerson team ended on a high note
and went home with about $1,000 in prize
The team registered with the NCeSPA as
Ryerson’s collegiate CS:GO team, but it was
not officially sanctioned as a Ryerson team.
Now that Ryerson Esports exists, the next
team to compete at a tournament can be.

The main benefit of being an official recreational club, rather than an informal one, is
the guidance clubs receive from the athletics
department. Recreational clubs can get help
in administration, marketing and money
They are self-funded but the athletics department can help them apply for university
Nick Asquini, Ryerson’s varsity operations
coordinator, helped Rabinovitch and Raimondo through the process of getting Ryerson Esports started.
“We were intrigued with the prospect of
having eSports as a club here on campus because it is growing,” Asquini says.
The athletics club portfolio is split between
recreational and competitive. The former
tend to be more instructional and welcome all
levels of players. Competitive clubs must be
entirely comprised of full-time Ryerson students and may require coaches.
Recreational clubs’ memberships must be
60 per cent Ryerson students and clubs must
create budgets and charters outlining their
It’s too early to tell whether or not eSports
has a future as a varsity team at Ryerson, but
the upgrade is Rabinovitch’s ultimate goal
for them.
re-tournament nerves have led Valimohamed into bad habits, so on days
before they happen, he takes a break
from training and plays with a Rubix cube to
keep his brain and hands nimble.
Valimohamed trains three to four hours
per day, practicing different fighting styles
and playing with different characters to
avoid complacency. He arrives at tournaments dressed comfortably—quick-dry shirts
in the summer so sweat won’t stick to him,
and a hoodie and jeans in the winter to keep
him warm.
In his final match of the day, Valimohamed plays as Marth. He battles one of Ontario’s top Smash players who, using Luigi,
knocks him out of the tournament. It’s not
a close match. After the game, he sits alone
for half an hour to quietly reflect on what
went wrong.
Normally when Valimohamed does this,
he thinks about what went well in his games,
but today he focuses on negatives.
He knows that he should have played a safer game. He knows he should have focused
on quick hits instead of trying to land powerful blows that left him open to attack. Today was one of Valimohamed’s bad days. He
didn’t get enough sleep, have a good breakfast or practice enough—all things good athletes need to do.
But that’s all behind him. All that matters
now is the next game.





Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Three’s Company
A trio of Rams rookies already know what it takes to win
together. Now they’ll try to make Ryerson’s future a winning one


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Left to right: Erin Dicaire, Madi Foote and Lindsey Hoffman.

By Daniel Rocchi
The women’s soccer season is
barely five weeks old, and with 11
first-years on its 27-player roster,
familiarity is a scarce commodity for
this year’s Rams team.
But there’s a trio of rookies on
Ryerson’s defensive line that look
like they’ve played together for
years—because they have.
Before coming to Ryerson this
fall, Erin Dicaire, Lindsey Hoffman
and Madi Foote were teammates
with the Darlington Fusion Soccer
Club of the Ontario Youth Soccer
League. All three were members
of the Under-16 team that won
a national championship in 2014
before winning an Ontario Cup
provincial title with the U18 squad
this past summer.
The Rams are hoping they
can build around that winning
“Any time you’re looking to move
from average or below average to
excellence, the first thing you need
is talent,” said Rams head coach
and Ryerson athletics director Ivan
Joseph. “It doesn’t matter how great
a coaching staff or how outstanding
the facility is—if you don’t have
talent, you don’t have the basic,
fundamental building blocks.”
Foote slots in as a central
midfielder or defender, depending
on the situation, between fullbacks
Dicaire and Hoffman. As kids,
Dicaire and Foote played house
league and rep soccer together, and
both attended Maxwell Heights
Secondary School in Oshawa. They
met Hoffman when they joined
Darlington, and the three believe
their time with the club gives them
an advantage on the field.
“We all know how we play,” said
Dicaire. “If I get the ball, Lindsey
knows what I’m doing on the other
side and Madi ... knows exactly what
I’m doing ... which helps a lot.”
For Foote, it comes down to trust.
“I know [they’re] going to get the
ball,” she said.
With each earning starting
roles on the team in their first year
of Ontario University Athletics
(OUA) eligibility, Dicaire, Hoffman
and Foote could form a key group
on Ryerson’s defense for the next


several seasons as the Rams attempt
to transform themselves into a
While the men’s team has become
a perennial powerhouse, with three
OUA Final Four appearances in
the past three seasons, the women’s
side hasn’t been able to establish
sustained success.
Ryerson’s women’s team has made
the playoffs three times since the
OUA formed in 1997, with their
last postseason appearance coming
during the 2011-2012 season. Since
the OUA formed, the team has never
posted a winning regular-season
But with a large crop of promising
rookies, anchored on the back end by
Dicaire, Hoffman and Foote, Rams
associate coach Tina Cook believes
the team has a bright future.
“This is almost like our Year
One,” said Cook. “We’ve had a big
changeover in the team and this year
is a large recruiting class with a lot of
new faces, so in a sense this is our
[first] foundation year of building
our new team and our new culture.”
Cook says each of the three brings
something unique to the field,
pointing to Foote’s ability to initiate
offense as a playmaker, Dicaire’s
gritty and physical playing style and
Hoffman’s precision when it comes
to corner kicks and other set pieces.
But she also sees a common trait
between them.
“All three have a high soccer IQ,”
she said. “You can see that they read
the game and they understand the
That intellectual approach should
serve the trio well off the field
too, with Dicaire studying biology
and Hoffman and Foote taking
biomedical science.
The girls have most of their
classes together, and often do their
schoolwork outside of class together.
Since their schedules compliment
each other, they also conduct group
workouts and training sessions
outside of regular team activities.
It’s that work ethic that Cook
believes will lead all three of them to
do great things with the Rams.
“Any one of them could be a
legitimate contender for [OUA]
Rookie of the Year,” she said. “Their
future is bright.”


Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Transitioning at Rye

Only two gender options leave trans students out.

By Riley Wood and
Sidney Drmay
Redundancies in Ryerson’s gender
marker specifications on administrative forms have many trans students
confused about why this information
is required by the university.
The current system has also
caused some transgender students
issues with their OSAP applications
because they must indicate a gender
that doesn’t match their legal docu-


ments. Non-binary and genderfluid
students are left out completely.
RyePride coordinator and Trans
Collective member Camryn Harlick
has struggled with gender markers
since they applied to Ryerson.
“I remember having the gender
markers and feeling like I was going into an institution where I was
already being unrepresented,” Harlick said. “Before even coming to
school, that was a really shitty feeling to have.”

Binary gender markers isolate transgender and non-binary students. This
is the second part in a three-part series exploring where Ryerson policies
fall short for transgender students

Once settled at Ryerson, students
are able to submit a Personal Data
Change form that allows them to
change their gender markers without changing their name. The form
gives the options of male, female or
Other post-secondary institutions, such as Carleton, Guelph and
George Brown, do not require gender information.
Recently, Ontario made steps towards removing gender markers
from identification cards. Similarly,
Ryerson does not have markers on
OneCards. This raises an important
question: Why even ask students
their gender to begin with?
In an e-mail, Ryerson registrar
Charmaine Hack said that gender
“is used in legislated reporting and
although the Ministry of Advanced
Education and Skills Development is reviewing its requirements
around gender, this is still a reporting element.”
Hack also noted that the university uses gender information in initiatives to encourage women to join
science and engineering programs.

Ryerson Feminist Collective encourages body positivity
By Christina Tommasone
The Ryerson Feminist Collective
has started a new campaign, #RyeBodyPosi, to encourage students of
any gender, denomination or race
to love and accept their bodies and
Casandra Fullwood, a Ryerson
Feminist Collective organizer, has
dealt with her fair share of body
shaming—which she says was a
driving force behind the campaign.
“I have had times when I felt that
my body wasn’t good enough because being fat and Black isn’t something that we often see portrayed as
beautiful or even acceptable in our
society,” she said.
Co-organizer Riley Ishii added
that it’s important to draw attention
to different kinds of beauty. Body
positivity campaigns, they added,
should be diverse and intersectional
to include members of racialized

and trans communities.
As someone who identifies as
non-binary, Ishii feels unrepresented in other campaigns and movements for body confidence. “Being
non-binary, I did struggle a lot in
high school, even though I wasn’t
out to everyone. I never saw trans
folks, or differently abled folks represented in body positivity and [the]
definition of beauty campaigns,”
said Ishii.
The #RyeBodyPosi hashtag was
recently launched and students
are being encouraged to post body
positive images and start discussions across socal media. The posts
will later be combined into a video
that will have a premiere night and
a workshop to follow.
“We hope to instill body confidence in folks and for them to feel
inspired to believe that their bodies are beautiful and enough,” said

From top to bottom: Riley Ishii, Casandra Fullwood, Susanna Nyaga, Anna Fey
Feminist Collective members show their BodyPosi



But these initiatives do not account for trans and nonbinary students, who are forced to misidentify
and face what is, for many, an uncomfortable reminder of their assigned gender.
Harlick feels that although the information is important for stats, the
school is overlooking other important data.
“You’re already being put as ‘other’ and to me that says ‘we don’t have
services for you and we don’t know
how we can help you,’” Harlick said.
“Not knowing what the student
population looks like means that
you can’t offer correct support.”
Universities are trying to be

more inclusive in their admissions
processes. According to Hack, the
gender selections will have a new
optional field for Fall 2017. A third
option, “another gender identity,”
will give students a space to submit
their own identity.
When this is implimented, it will
be great news for incoming trans
and nonbinary students. But those
currently attending Ryerson are
stuck in limbo.
“It makes me feel invalid as a human being. This makes my perception of gender and my perception
of existence feel invalid, like, ‘oh it’s
not worth knowing ... you can be
an ‘other’,” Harlick said.



E Ask Yustin E

Every week, foreign
indie film sensation
Yustin Yandler
will use his wealth
of knowledge and
experience to answer
your questions about

A woman and her bench: a love story.


Dear Yustin,
A month ago, my significant
other fed my heart through a wood
chipper. I’ve been moody and without hope for a happy love life ever
since. In Kung Fu Dreaming of You,
you played a man in a similar situation to me. Any advice on how to
get over my ex?
Emotionally Devastated


Dear Emotionally Devastated,
I was high when I starred in that
movie, but everything you need to
know about love can be found in the
hit documentary series Storage Wars

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

on A&E. That show is actually an allegory for love. Every week several
people attend auctions to buy storage units in the hopes they’ll get a
unit with good resale value.
You’ve got Barry, who buys units
on a whim. He loves everything and
everyone. He smiles a lot and wears
nice clothes, but he always loses
money. Daryl plays it safer but he
takes risks based on a gut instinct he
calls the “wow factor.” That sounds
a lot like love to me. Sometimes he
wins big but he always wears a tank
top and he has a super bad sunburn.
Jared and Brandi are a couple who
buy units together. They always lose
money because Jared is an idiot who
wears stupidly baggy shorts and bids
for the sake of bidding.
Everyone who takes risks on
units—AKA everyone who lets love
guide them—gets fucked, and not

in a good way.
You know who never gets fucked?
Dave. He wears all black and dresses
plainly, a sure sign of a man who
understands that (as Nana Yandler
used to say) love is a stone cold bitch.
He purposely bids up other buyers
so they waste money and he can get
the good units. Dave always gets
what he wants. He bids by yelling
YUUUUP in a way that is equally
erotic and obnoxious. He plays the
long game and always turns a profit.
He doesn’t let love get in the way.
Is Dave a happy man? Probably not, but at least he’s not a loser
like you who whines about getting
dumped. Dave will never let anyone
hurt him again. And neither should
you. Love is dead. Long live Dave.


Time is running out!



A bench for
By Skyler Ash
A Ryerson student is on a mission
to sit on every bench in the world.
Leslie Key, a fourth year travel and
tourism student, said it is her life’s
goal to take a seat on every bench in
the world.
“I’ve sat on thousands, maybe
even millions of benches,” said
Key. She said that she’s always sat
on benches from a young age, because “that’s a thing that people do.
They’re everywhere.”
So far, Key has sat on benches in
over 12 countries, such as France,
Greece and Honduras. “My butt has
been to some pretty exotic places,”
Key said.
Key’s mother, Barbara, is very
supportive of her daughter’s goal.
“You always try to tell your kids to
set goals and reach for the stars,” she
said, “I just never really thought she’d
get this far.” Key’s mother funds all of
her daughter’s trips, stating, “It’s the
least I can do. It’s her life’s goal and
I’m really proud of her.”
Key keeps track of all the benches
she has ever sat on through her In-

stagram account, ABenchForWomankind. In just six years, Key has
accumulated over nine million followers. “My followers—I call them
my binches, you know, like bench
bitches?—they are amazing. I get
tons of messages from people everywhere saying how much they can’t
wait for me to come to their country
and sit on their benches.”
After a ‘#BringBenchGirlToBrazil’ campaign on Twitter, Key
is travelling to the country next
month. “I even got money donated
to me from a Kickstarer some of my
binches organized, so I can hopefully stay longer and sit on a few more
benches,” said Key.
After Key graduates from Ryerson this year, she plans to backpack
through Europe. “I’m not staying in
any hotels or hostels, I’m just going to sleep on benches,” she said.
“I sleep on a bench at home, so it’s
nothing new.”
A book of Key’s bench photographs will be released on Dec. 15.
HarperCollins publishing company
is slating it as, “the perfect gift for
the bench enthusiast in your life.”

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