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September 28, 2016
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NEWS

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

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RSU leaving grad students in the dark
After a dispute over a grad council position, the RSU is taking flack over a lack of transparency and for hiring known associates
By Keith Capstick
After a convoluted series of hirings
and firings within the Ryerson Students’ Union’s (RSU) graduate council, grad students are left wondering how to make their voices heard
within the RSU.
Across the country, universities with highly developed graduate
studies programs boast full graduate students’ unions, which receive
a student levy from each students’
tuition—just like the RSU does at
Ryerson. Here, graduate students
advocacy has to be taken on by the
RSU, and the voices of each student
are represented by a graduate council. But, as Rye’s grad programs continue to develop, there has been no
increase in their representation at
the RSU’s board level.
This year, $70,000 is allocated for
the grad council’s programming of
the RSU’s roughly $2 million proposed budget. All of the union’s decisions are made with the votes of just
two graduate students, on a board
over more than 30.
Over the past 15 years, Ryerson’s
graduate studies enrolment has expanded from 50 to 2,600 students
across both masters and PhD studies,
according to Lauren Clegg, Ryerson’s Media Relations Officer. Those
students pay $125.57 each to the
RSU per year, making up $326,482
of their budget.

Graduate students want more from their students’ union.

On June 24, Binish Ahmed, a
policy studies PhD candidate, was
appointed by RSU president Obaid
Ullah as deputy chairperson student
life and events for the RSU’s graduate
council. The committee is comprised
of a decision-making executive, just
like the one that leads the RSU, who
makes decisions on behalf of students
and then relays them to the board.
Her appointment followed the
student life and events position not
being filled during last year’s student
election. This means that Ullah had
to appoint a candidate, who would
then be ratified to their position by
the board of directors. Finally, after
the board approves the candidate,
they would have to run in a by-election in November to democratically
solidify their position.

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For Ahmed, this ratification process will never come to fruition because she was removed from her
position on Aug. 5, soon after she
was appointed. Ahmed said this happened abruptly, and without notice
just days prior to her position being
voted upon by the board.
“Ullah wrote to me, saying he
had ‘reversed’ my appointment, in
other words he had terminated me,”
Ahmed said. “This was the first time
that I and other graduate executives
learned about Mr. Obaid Ullah’s intentions to remove me and appoint
someone else.”
But, according to Ullah, the abrupt
end to her time with the RSU was
caused by Ahmed refusing to run in
the November byelection and asking
for a much larger honorarium than

the customary $1,000 per semester
stipend awarded to members of the
grad council. He said the final straw
was her attending the July 20 board
meeting and making “accusations” of
his executive team.
“I never had an opportunity to respond to her email and she emailed
me asking to meet. She probably got
upset, came to the board meeting and
she made heavy accusations,” Ullah
said. “After the meeting I talked to a
few board members and decided she
wouldn’t be a member of the team...
she’s not a team player and one of the
biggest things with any organization
is that you need team players.”
Ahmed also mentioned a displeasure with the person who was chosen
to fill her role, Hussain Bokhari, who
she said was hired in conflict of interest because he is a friend of Ullah’s.

“We don’t have the
proper bylaws and
polices in place [for
graduate students]”
While Ullah maintains that the
two are not friends and were not
in contact prior to Bokhari’s appointment, he did say they knew
each other prior to the matter. Ullah served as an executive on the
Ryerson Engineering Student Society (RESS) in 2014 while Bokhari

served as a RESS executive in 2013.
The familiarity between current
representation and the people that
they’re hiring isn’t unfamiliar to the
RSU. Last year, the RSU was criticized for the hiring of general manager Natasha Campagna, who had a
history working within the Ryerson
Commerce Society (RCS)—now Ted
Rogers Student Society—where last
year’s RSU president Andrea Bartlett
had also worked.
After Ahmed showed up at the
last two RSU board of directors
meetings, this issue was finally
brought forward with a formal motion at the Sept. 26 board meeting.
The motion asked for Ullah to make
a formal apology to Ahmed, and
to erase “false statements from the
July 20 and Aug. 10 board meeting
minutes that slander and malign Ms.
Ahmed.”
Ahmed has yet to be paid for her
time at the RSU.
Carolyn Qin, the chair of the grad
council and a voting RSU board
member, said that the lack of graduate student representation within
their students’ union is a problem.
“We don’t have the bylaws and
policies in place for us and where we
stand and I think that’s something that
we need to change,” Qin said. “With
all these changes [to graduate studies at Ryerson], the students’ union
structure hasn’t really reflected those
changes.”

Presto takeover limits options for students
By Sarah Krichel and Olivia
Bednar
Students who use the TTC will be
able to use their tickets, tokens and
Metropasses until December 2017.
After that, the Presto card will take
over—but low-income students and
other TTC users still have no real alternative, according to city councillor
Kristyn Wong-Tam.
Wong-Tam said that the TTC is
lacking the political will to expand on
its transit equity.
“While you’re already introducing
a new payment program, why not
embed into that new payment program an anti-poverty lens to provide
assistance for those who are already
feeling so challenged by the extensive
cost of transit,” she said.
The price to ride the TTC will remain the same when the Presto card
takes over, being $3.25 paid with cash
and $2.90 with Presto (and currently
with tickets and tokens).
A report on the feasibility of lowincome passes from the TTC was
expected last year, but was postponed
until the end of this year, according to
Wong-Tam.
“Unless they make any changes to

the pricing of Presto, then unfortunately we are going to be missing an
opportunity,” Wong-Tam said.
Wong-Tam also said that there is
an issue regarding the range of options on where to purchase your fare
for the TTC because it has drastically
been narrowed down.
Some students think that the money they could be saving can go toward
more important student needs, like
Ora Avshalumov, second-year accounting and finance student.
“That money can be used towards
[food] or textbooks or anything better,” she said.
Heather Brown, a senior communications advisor at Presto, said
that the benefit of Presto for TTC
riders is not worrying about pocket
change, and to only have to carry one
card. Their main goal for the gradual
changeover in 2017 is to put Presto
card readers in every station that does
not currently have them.
The card can be used across 11
transit agencies, including Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton.
The TTC plans to keep the current
Presto system in place, where users
can reload their cards as needed (automatic reloading is also available).

Students will also have the option to
pay $112 and get unlimited rides for
the month. Other plans have been
made to introduce a paper Presto card
for single-use.
Corey Scott, equity and campaigns
organiser for the Ryerson Students’
Union, said he believes the TTC is
still missing accommodation features.
Right now, the equity centre gives
out TTC tickets and tokens to students attending who need them to
attend equity events. Even with the
TTC’s plan to have single-use paper
Presto passes, Scott said it’s unclear
whether or not it will work for the
equity centre.
“I think with the new Presto system, there’s been so much confusion
about how it’s going to be accessible
when it’s actually rolling out, and
when it rolls out what it’s actually going to look like,” Scott said.
Scott added that a lot of students
fall in the low-income demographic,
and a Metropass is just not affordable
for them.
“We have issues with Toronto
continually being behind on low-income transit passes,” Scott said. “We
also have students who are scheduling their classes on certain days rather

Presto is taking over the TTC.

than travelling to campus for a fourth
or fifth day every week.”
Scott said that students suffer from
poverty as much as anyone else, and
with 80 per cent of Ryerson students
being commuters, they must be accommodated.
Wong-Tam added that she be-

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lieves a more equitable fare system is
possible for TTC users who are more
vulnerable, such as students, the under-employed and the unemployed.
“No one is asking for free TTC service, they’re saying reduce the price so
my family and I can actually afford it.
That’s what they’re saying. Logical.”

EDITORIAL

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Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Fucking up and owning up
By
Nicole
Schmidt
Last week, The Eyeopener ran a story condemning our beloved campus pub, The Ram in the Rye, for
falsely labeling its quinoa burger as
vegan.
When our issue was published
on Wednesday, The Ram made a
Facebook post claiming that we
printed false information, used offensive imagery and painted them in
a bad light. Not long after that, our
newspapers disappeared from all

three of our stands in the SCC (several times), and I have it on good authority that it was a Ram employee.
As journalists, it’s our job to
ask questions and find answers.
We’re expected to hold ourselves
accountable and, above all else, ensure accuracy. The past few days
have been riddled with conflict and
back and forth emails. Now, here
we are, almost a week later and
we have yet to arrive at a definitive conclusion. In times like these,
the best solution is transparency.
So I’m here to tell you, dear reader,
everything we know.
The story came to fruition after

our reporter interviewed two separate staff members, who both work
with kitchen ingredients, and was
told that The Ram uses one supplier
for all of its buns. The aforementioned bakery later confirmed that
none of their products are completely dairy or egg free due to cross-contamination—this fact alone turned
into the crux of our story.
Post-publication, The Ram claimed
that they use a gluten, dairy and egg
free supplier for their vegan buns.
Contrary to popular belief, not all
journalists are soulless, apathetic beings: if we were in the wrong, we
wanted to make it right.
I requested an invoice from the
beginning of the school year to con-

firm that they’d been using vegan
products all along. Two documents
were sent my way: one from Sept.
23, after we published our story, and
another from July 5, when the pub
was closed for the summer.
The explanation for the early
order, according to Michael Verticchio, general manager of the
Student Center, is that the supplies
were pre-ordered and frozen two
months prior to the kitchen’s reopening. We later confirmed with
the vegan-bakery that The Ram
has been ordering from them since
2013, but no one was able to provide an invoice aligning with the
2016 school-year hours.
There are a few possible explana-

Behold, the infamous quinoa burger (pictured here in all its non-vegan glory).

tions: the first being that this was a
communication error, courtesy of a
clueless employee, the second being
that this was a band aid solution to
a problem.
What we do know, with certainty,
is that the week we published our
story, The Ram quietly changed the
wording on their menu to specify that
the quinoa burger could be ordered
as vegetarian, ft. mayo and standard
bun, or vegan, sans mayo with a gluten-free bun. The default option was
a non-vegan product—despite it being labeled as the opposite.
No one is immune to fucking up
(ourselves included), but how those
mistakes are dealt with says a lot
about our integrity.

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Malachi “Katanas are Fun” Rowswell
Paolo “Wants my Job” Furgiuele
Ben “The Great One” Waldman
Communities
Matt “Sledgehammer” Ouellet
Sidney “Fall to Pieces” Drmay
Hailey “Crosbae” Salvian
Cameron “Kingpin” MacPherson
Fun
Arianna “Grande” Kennedy
Skyler “Wish You Were Here” Ash
Sylvia “App Viking” Lorico
Nikhil “Bizzington” Sharma
Biz and Tech

Justin “Hot” Chandler

Editor-in-Chief

Nicole “What the Hell” Schmidt

Media

News

Keith “Hello Kitty” Capstick
Alanna “Complicated” Rizza
Sarah “Girlfriend” Krichel

Thomas “I Will Be” Skrlj
Carl “The Best Damn Thing” Solis
General Manager

Liane “Fire extinguisher” McLarty

Photo

Chris “My Happy Ending” Blanchette
Devin “Don’t Tell Me” Jones
Izabella “I’m With You” Balcerzak
Online

Igor “Bad Girl” Magun
Sierra “When You’re Gone” Bein
Lee “Don’t Tell Me” Richardson

Advertising Manager

Chris “Check your messages”
Roberts
Design Director

J.D. “Amazon King” Mowat
Circulation Manager

Farnia “Sk8er Boi” Fekri

Features

Jacob “Keep Holding On” Dubé
Arts and Life

Annie “Nobody’s Home” Arnone
Sports

Daniel “Let Me Go” Rocchi

Playing the role of the Annoying Talking Coffee Mug this week is the best
tweet from Monday night: “I see Hillary
has come dressed in the blood of men
who have underestimated her.” Sady
Doyle, you are my new hero. The fact
that the bastard love child of an
Oompa Loompa and a Bonobo whacked
out on crack and tanning spray is the
other contender is the fault of the Republicans. In search of sanity, I chose to
avoid the whole circus of false equivalency that was the first debate.

Contributors

Olivia “Rory Gilmore” Bednar
Maggie “Skydiving” Macintosh
Jen “Watching POI” Chan
Nicole “Fast Draft” Brumley
Rachel “Can’t Come to Wonder
Years” Dokhoian

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NEWS

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

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CFS hot topic at the Board of Directors meeting
By Sarah Krichel
The main discussion at the first Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) Board
of Directors meeting was the RSU’s
relationship with the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).
The board discussed a bylaw
amendment to distance itself from
the obligation to carry out CFS initiatives.
Anna Stevenson, co-chair of the
Social Work Students’ Union, said
that the RSU’s bylaws should remain the same—this would include
a bylaw that states that the RSU is
obligated to participate in every CFS
lobbying initiative.
But at the next semi-annual
general meeting, the RSU bylaw
amendment will be up for vote.
Currently, the bylaw states that
the Student Action Commissioner,
supervised by vice president education Victoria Morton, must assist with all the campaigns of the
CFS at the provincial and national
level.

CFS discussions have everyone looking tense.

The CFS represents university
students at a national level and lobbies for different initiatives, such as
the Freeze the Fees campaign. Recently, the RSU—along with nine
other students’ unions across Canada—published a letter requesting
reform within the CFS.
“I’m worried that if these bylaws
are taken out, I’m wondering what
our relationship with [the] CFS is
going to look like for the rest of the
academic year while we’re still paying dues as students,” Stevenson

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said via email.
Stevenson said she wants conversation around the relationship
with the CFS to remain unbiased,
as well as “informative and transparent for students who have very
little current knowledge of CFS, so
they can participate in the discussion.”
Morton said that the RSU bylaws
are not the place for specific regulations pertaining to the CFS, but that
the RSU’s policy manual will most
likely include them.

“Governing with flexibility and design I’d say is the key,” Morton said.
Morton added that the amendment of the bylaw is not to rid the
RSU of CFS campaigns completely,
but to have bylaws consistent with
openness and fairness.
Stevenson said that it’s about
“transparency, accountability and
students’ right to information”
“I am open to looking at the benefits of other student organizations,
but I want us to consider all options
respectfully including the CFS,” Stevenson said.
Another topic discussed at the
meeting was a call to disclose the
audit of the restructuring of the
RSU. The audit by Appian Way
Group included recommendations
to eliminate the executive director
of communications and outreach
position, as well as the Used Book
Room coordinator.
RSU president Obaid Ullah
claimed that the motion was not
valid due to legal issues such as
confidentiality.

News
Bites
More space at
MaRS
Students and faculty can now
enjoy an extra 18,200 square feet
of lab space at the MaRS building on College Street. Renovations were completed this
month and the offical opening
of the space will be in October.

Rye takes over
College Park
Ryerson has secured 29,000 square
feet at College Park. Renovations
will cost $7.4 million and will be
finished in August 2017. The space
will be specifically for ESL students.

Theatre students
get the SLC
basement

Theatre students are moving into
the Student Learning Centre basement in approximately a month.
Some of the administrative space
will also be moving to the Atrium
has been confirmed but it can only be on Bay. In the next decade, The
announced closer to the concert date Eyeopener guesses that the theatre
because of security concerns.
school will find a permanent home.
“Everything is done. We are just But, at this point we can’t be sure.
waiting to announce the artists and
the rest of the ticket sales,” he said.
New Assistant VP,
The RSU’s budget for 6 Fest is
University Relations
about $1.5 million. A portion of
this comes from sponsorships and
the remainder—approximately $1.1
Jennifer Grass has been named
million—will come from ticket sales. Ryerson’s new assistant vice-presPre-sale tickets cost about $40 ident, university relations. Grass is
and 9,000 tickets have been sold. Ul- joining Ryerson from the Council
lah said that the second-tier tickets of Ontario Universities. Grass spent
will be about $66. He also said there time working as a journalist for the
will be a small number of VIP tickets Toronto Star, National Post and Finanavailable.
cial Times of Canada. The Eyeopener
The event is being capped at assumes she rocks because she’s a
15,000 attendees.
journalist.

6 Fest causes Ryerson student woes
By Alanna Rizza
After the date for 6 Fest was pushed
back three weeks, many Ryerson students have expressed concerns about
disorganization and poor planning.
“I’m really irritated. I had to book
off the original date from work, so
when I found out a week before that
it got changed, I didn’t know what to
do,” said second-year business management student Jessica Wernick.
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
president Obaid Ullah said that the
RSU is working with some of the
best people in the music industry
and that planning and organizing
such a big event takes time.
“I understand people are upset,

but we (the RSU) aren’t a big events
company, we are trying our best,” he
said.
The date was changed to Oct. 9
and 10 and it’s created conflict because some students are no longer
able to attend. Students are also having trouble getting refunds.
“I’ve emailed them [the RSU]
three times so far and haven’t received a response,” said third-year
law and business student Shiwar
Jabary. “I’ve also personally messaged them on Facebook and they
‘read’ my messag.”
“I feel scammed.”
But the date isn’t the only concern.
Students are also frustrated over not
knowing the concert’s venue.

“I still have no idea where I’m going to stay during the event because
I don’t know where it is. As for the
artists, I find it annoying because I’d
like to know what I’m paying for,”
Wernick said.
Students also took to the 6 Fest
Facebook event page to express
their frustration with being uninformed about other concert details.
“Y’all are fucking wildin’, we
have no venue, no headline, had to
go through hell to get those damn
tickets and now you’re moving it
to Thanksgiving weekend. Change
the event name to 6mess,” wrote
second-year journalism student
Adjani Donna.
Ullah said that the location of 6 Fest

Ryerson students tell us what they think of 6 Fest
The Eyeopener took to the streets to ask students what they think about 6 Fest’s date change, ticket sales and event organization

Juan Morales, 1st year RTA
“From the announcements,
date change, to selling the
tickets, everything was really
poorly handled.”

Hamza Shafiq, 2nd year
engineering
“I was supposed to go with my
girlfriend. Now, she can’t go
and I don’t want to go alone.”

Anika Rahman, 1st year
business
“The date change was convenient because I forgot to take
work off [the original date].”

Aravin Kamal, 1st year
business
“I think Drake is coming. If he
doesn’t come, honestly, it is a
waste of my $40.”

Stephanie Sritharan, 3rd year
business
“My friend and I have this
problem: we want to be with
our families, but it’s Drake.”

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COMMUNITIES

Transitioning at Rye

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Harassment and discrimination policies don’t keep transgender
students safe. This is the final piece in the three-part series
exploring where Ryerson policies fall short for transgender students

the dean of the faculty.
Harlick finds this to be unrealistic because many officials, in their
past experiences, have had a lack
of general knowledge surrounding trans issues. They added that in
most scenarios, they just “have to
deal” with transphobia on campus.
“If I’m feeling particularly uncomfortable in a class … I’ll reach
out to a friend and have [them]
Transgender students don’t feel safe reporting discrimination. PHOTO: CHRIS BLANCHETTE come to that class,” Harlick said,
adding that they’ve switched inBy Sidney Drmay
director of the department, the de- structors to avoid conflict. “It’s
partmental chair/program director obviously pretty unfortunate, but
Transgender students don’t feel safe and finally, take their concerns to sometimes it’s the only option.”
with the current discrimination and
harassment policies on campus.
The university has a Human
Rights Services department to work
with students regarding complaints
for situations that violate the Ontario Human Rights Code, which has
not been updated since 1999. Ryerson’s current policies mimic these
outdated requirements.
Trans Collective member Camryn Harlick said that they feel unsafe
on campus “at least once a week,”
and that they feel like there are no
official outlets for getting help.
“I wouldn’t be able to approach
security. I have friends who have
gone to security and they have done
nothing,” Harlick said.
While Ryerson’s policy does
state that students are protected and can freely utilize gender
identity and gender expression as
grounds for discrimination, there
are no specifications that apply to
trans students. Schools like George
Brown have a thorough policy
that explains what gender identity and expression are, as well as
the different forms of harassment
and how the reporting procedure
works.
The Ryerson Human Rights Services has not done an annual report
since the 2011-2012 academic year.
Their most recent report does not
have any numbers documenting harassment and discrimination rooted
in transphobia, despite recorded incidents for racism, sexism and sexual violence.
Human Rights Services has a series of steps that suggests resolving
issues through informal resolution
and formal resolution. Both processes begin with talking to professors directly.
RU Trans Collective coordinator
Gabriel Holt believes that starting at
the source is not an effective option.
“There’s some very obvious power dynamics, especially if [students]
are trying to talk directly to a professor,” said Holt. “There’s a lot of fear
there and a lot of intimidation, even
if it’s not conscious on the part of
the professor.”
Following this, students are encouraged to speak with the chair/

Since students aren’t finding the
support they need within the official
systems, they are working to create
their own safety through the Trans
Collective and within their own
circles.
“We’re trying to get volunteers to
go with trans students to their classes or accompany them if they need
someone when talking to their professors or if they are doing human
rights processes,” said Holt.
“Most people have very limited
knowledge of trans issues and they
need a much broader grounding in
anti-oppression,” Holt said.

The only solution, he said, is to
update the policies and have staff
participate in mandatory equity
training.
Until these changes are made,
Holt and members of the Trans Collective will continue to rely on peerto-peer support.
Holt hopes that soon the process
to report will be “less intimidating,”
and that there will be better efforts
to mediate conversations so that “it’s
not just students alone.”
Ryerson Human Rights Services was
unable to provide comment prior to
publication.

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FEATURES

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

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FEATURES

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

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If a shooter walked onto campus today, would you know
what steps to take? Where to go? Whether to hide or
run? Probably not, because Ryerson doesn’t have a strict
lockdown policy in place. Annie Arnone looks into whether
Ontario schools are closing up or fighting back

T

eila Coulson put on her jacket, left her dorm room
and headed to class. Autumn was just beginning and
midterms were fast approaching at the University
of Ottawa. As she left her floor, Coulson was pulled aside by
a group of her dorm mates, huddled around in the common
room looking confused.
“Where do you think you’re going?” one girl asked.
Coulson soon realized that Oct. 22, 2014 was not going to
be a normal school day.
On Parliament Hill, just one-and-a-half kilometres from
uOttawa campus, a gunman entered the Canadian National
War Memorial and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a Canadian
soldier on duty as a Ceremonial Guard, causing a citywide
lockdown that the RCMP later declared a terrorist attack.
Phones buzzed as uOttawa security messages updated Coulson and her dorm mates with information. She couldn’t stop
thinking about how her friends in other buildings were doing
as she waited for any sign that it would be ending soon.
She was frantically trying to remember what to do in case
of a lockdown, but couldn’t. The uOttawa administration had
never given any indication of the procedure to follow during
an active shooting situation.
School lockdowns work to confine students in the event of
a threat on campus. The emergency protocol is also done to
restrict the suspect within the building, as well as limit what
information is released to the public, to prevent mass panic
and control outsiders. Many are familiar with the common
approach taught in elementary schools and practised multiple
times a year: lock all entrances, turn off the lights and hide—
anything to give the shooter a false impression of an empty
room.

It’s every person’s
responsibility to secure
themselves

But there are none of these drills in university. Canadian
post-secondary institutions, including Ryerson, uOttawa and
the University of Toronto, do not have strict lockdown policies
within their safety manuals. What they do have, specifically at
Ryerson, are “primary responses”: warn others, stay away from
doors and move to the nearest room that you feel safe in.
In the Summer of 1999, an Oakham House staff member’s life was threatened. Pat Bennett, the woman in charge
of bookings and catering, was held at gunpoint, taped to her
chair and robbed in broad daylight by four men who were disguised as construction workers.
The school did not go into lockdown. The incident was only
mentioned after the police arrived and the men, who were
never identified, fled the scene.
More recently, on April 4, 2014, a shooting near Ryerson’s

Pitman Hall left a 25-year-old man dead. Multiple shots were
fired and the victim was found inside a black Chevrolet Malibu, riddled with bullets. The residence service desk responded
by telling students to stay inside the building.
In her office on the 11th floor of Jorgenson Hall, Tanya
Poppleton, manager of security and emergency services at
Ryerson, turns to a pillar at the end of the hall and points at
it, explaining the measures one should take in the event of a
school shooter.
“Find yourself a secure location or hide behind something
that is somewhat structurally deep,” she said. “A pillar like that
has about three, four feet of concrete.”
Ryerson has a document containing all emergency procedures, including steps to take in the event of fires, bombs
and shootings. They call it the Yellow Book. Last modified in
October 2015, it’s Ryerson’s guide to potential emergencies. If
an armed attacker were to come on to campus, the first step,
according to the book, is to “look for your nearest, safest escape.” Students are obligated to familiarize themselves with its
contents (Poppleton says that the list of procedures should be
in every classroom). However, most seem to be unaware that
it even exists.
Alyssa Manalaysay, third-year business management student and previous member of AIESEC Ryerson (a youth leadership group on campus), says she’s never heard of the Yellow
Book.
Manalaysay came from a high school that prepared students
for most possible scenarios. “I felt that since Ryerson was right
downtown where many things happen, there would be really
tight security in and around buildings and guidelines on what
to do in case something bad was going on,” she said. But she
thought wrong.
Manalaysay remembers working late hours in an empty Ted
Rogers building with her student group. “You hear screaming
outside,” she said. “It’s scary to be alone there at night. I feel
like students shouldn’t have to be fearful.”
Due to the nature of Ryerson’s landscape with its scattered
buildings and many exits, Poppleton said that to control and
contain students would be too difficult of a task. “There is no
one hardline prescription that I can give,” she said.
But other Canadian schools are trying out alternative
methods.
ark McKay begins his self-defense class by telling students to close their eyes. His lesson today
is action versus reaction, he explains, as he walks
around the room. He introduces an exercise called the clapping game.
In the darkness, students hear the sharp sound of his hands
coming together. The goal is to match his actions down to the
second.
They wait for the next clap, timing it in their heads, but they
always miss—McKay is testing their response time.
When McKay, vice-president of C.O.B.R.A Self-Defense in
Clearwater, Florida, heard about Ryerson’s lockdown policy
(or lack thereof), he laughed.
“Hiding under a desk and turning the lights off just makes a
room dark. It doesn’t make things go away,” he said. “It doesn’t
mean someone won’t kick the door, look under the desks and
start shooting.”
C.O.B.R.A. specializes in martial arts classes to simulate real-life encounters with criminals and prepare students for the
possibility of an armed attack. He says it takes approximately

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five seconds to reload a handgun and half that time for the average human to run about two-and-a-half feet—a crucial point
he mentions to his students during his classes.
“What student doesn’t have an arm full of books or a back
pack? That is what I like to call improvised ballistic protection—you have so many things to use on hand that can stop
a shooter,” he said.

Hiding under a desk
and turning the lights
off just makes a room
dark. It doesn’t make
things go away
This past June, the University of Waterloo adopted a policy similar to McKay’s methodology.
Unlike Ryerson, Waterloo’s emergency procedure states
that there are three steps students should follow in the event
of an armed person on campus: 1. Get out, 2. Hide, 3. Fight
back. The idea being, that if one step is ineffective, or unrealistic based on circumstances, students should resort to the
“fight back” policy.
Dave Gerencser, director of police services at Waterloo
University, said that the implementation was adopted based
on the University of Alberta’s policy, which follows a similar
procedure prompting students to fight back as a last resort.
“We’ve taken this on and from my perspective it’s somewhat intuitive,” said Gerencser. “As a last resort, if students
are in some way confronted or approached by the active
shooter and the only way to get out is to fight, that’s obviously something they should be thinking about.”
Still, Poppleton believes Ryerson is better off with the
policy they currently have due to the volume of people,
classrooms and buildings.
“It’s every person’s responsibility to secure themselves,”
Poppleton said. “The only time I’m aware of where an instructor would become an official, if there was a fire—we’re
not expecting staff to run back to a floor, or a classroom.”
itting in her common room, Coulson followed the
news closely, checking constantly for updates on
the situation. While she was still hiding indoors, on
the streets of uOttawa there were students walking around
campus without any sense of urgency. There were no restrictions and no formal announcements. All she had been
told was that there was a shooter nearby.
By 10 a.m, the shooter had been shot and killed by police. It
wasn’t until an hour later that she received a message letting
her know that the situation had cleared. Students went about
their lives as if nothing had happened, but Coulson, still shook
by the news, didn’t go outside all day.

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Pushing
through

Dancer’s bodies take a tremendous beating
with every rehearsal, but their minds
are trained to overcome the pain and
push through it. Devin Jones talks to the
performers that keep dancing, despite the
physical injuries they endure

K

atrina Grogan-Kalnuk seriously injured herself for the first time when
she was 12 years old. It started with a
discomfort in her left thigh. She thought the
discomfort was gradually getting better, but
it wasn’t until she got on stage that the pain
hit sharp and fast—a burning sensation that
spread throughout the rest of her leg. It got
so bad that Kalnuk had to take eight weeks
off from dancing entirely. She now likens the
experience to the beginning of her relationship with pain—something that all dancers
relate to. At the time, 12-year-old Kalnuk
was terrified.
“It’s really hard at that age to understand
what’s happening to you,” she said. “You’re
told by your teachers that bad pain is sharp
and in the moment, and good pain comes
from stretching and moving, but I don’t think
you fully grasp that for a while.”

“I’ve dislocated my
shoulder several times,
I’ve pulled hamstrings and
sprained ankles”
The competitive dance community at Ryerson is daunting, with the academic pressure
coming in the form of subjective ‘report cards’
given out by instructors based off of your daily
auditions and their critique of your performance. While there are benchmarks to hit in
terms of technique, the dance program is not
as straightforward as completing weighted as-

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signments before writing an exam, with a correct response to a question.
Despite the abstract nature of the program,
lead dance instructor Vicki St. Denys said that
when it comes to marking the students, it’s a
pretty complex system. On top of sit down interviews to provide official feedback twice a
semester, the dancers are mentored by many
of the same professors throughout the fouryear program.
“In football you either catch the ball or
you don’t—there’s an objective outcome.
But in dance, it’s very abstract,” said Clara
Eaton, a fourth-year Ryerson dance major.
“When someone tells you, ‘You aren’t making progress,’ or that what you’ve just presented sucks, it can feel personal. And a lot
of dance is learning to detach yourself from
that criticism.”
et for the modern contemporary or
ballet dancer, force is exchanged for
grace. Landing on the tips of their
toes, before transitioning into an arabesque
leap—the chance to show how the physical
toll of each rehearsal manifests itself into a
unique performance, is lost. This paradox is
well known amongst dancers—turning the
normally awkward human body into a fluid
work of art, and at the height of dance talent,
emotionally manipulating the audience to forget the months of preparation.
“You’re trying to tell a story and you’re trying to move an audience with just your body,
nothing else,” said Sacha Lank, co-captain
of the Ryerson Dance Pak. “That’s when the
bumps and bruises go away and you fake it till
you make it for those three minutes, so some-

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PHOTO: BRUCE MONK

one else smiles while you’re in pain.”
Because of this push for audience pleasure, the physical and mental consequences
of modern dance and ballet are never fully
on display, compared with other competitive
sports. Casts, splints and bandages are a staple
of the NFL and collegiate football and, to an
extent, in competitive gymnastics. However,
when the curtains are pulled back to reveal a
uniform aesthetic (right down to the makeup)
bruises vanish and the ankle bandages, if not
completely avoidable, are worked into the
overall performance. This need to avoid strain
from an audience perspective leads to injury.
The Journal of Health and Physical Education states that between 1991 and 2007,
113,084 children between the ages of three
and 19 were treated for injuries related to
dance in U.S emergency rooms.
“I’ve had all kinds of injuries, I’ve dislocated my shoulder several times, I’ve pulled
hamstrings and sprained ankles,” Kalnuk
said. “Last week I slightly dislocated four
of my ribs and my sacroiliac joint, which is
basically the ball socket in charge of moving
your pelvis.”
hile the physical endurance is often the highlight of modern dance
and ballet, mental toughness often goes unspoken. Specifically, “missing the
six hour practice with a new routine, forcing
you to catch up to everyone else,” says Dance
Pak co-captain Zoe George. As a former dance
major at Ryerson, George touched on a similarity between dance and the sports world in
terms of dancing 30 hours a week, the idea of
putting rest first, “when all you want to do is
move,” can be hard to do, the same way watching your teammates practise from the sidelines
can be stressful for any athlete.
For Deborah Lundmark, founder and artistic director of the Canadian Contemporary
Dance Theatre (CCDT), modern dance is as

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PHOTO: ROBERT WHARRY

physical as it’s ever been. Dismissing the idea
of three-minute performances as being the
norm, she notes that the routine her troupe
is rehearsing is the fastest she’s ever seen at 15
minutes long. The style of the routine is quirky,
according to Lundmark. It’s insanely physical,
and it highlights capabilities of today’s contemporary dancer far beyond what you’d expect to
see—with training encompassing modern, hiphop, electronic and ballet dance.
“Modern dance now is equally as demanding as any ballet piece that you’ll see, and with
the stress of such physical movement, you
can’t just throw anyone in there,” Lundmark
said. “You can’t learn a piece all at once, you
need to learn in layers, so the body gets used
to the physicality over time.”

“The bumps and bruises
go away and you fake it till
you make it for those three
minutes, so someone else
smiles while you’re in pain”
As Kalnuk leaves class and heads back to
the studio for the evening round of rehearsals, her body aches all over. Pain from a previously dislocated shoulder turns sleeping into
a chess game, and wrapping the beige tensor
bandage around her right ankle has become a
part of her morning routine. But as she shifts
her weight around the springboard floor, the
familiarity and adrenaline she’s felt since she
was 12-years-old comes flooding in. Preparing to launch into a routine she has done a
thousand times before, the pain fades away.
Kalnuk ignores the gouges and faded auburn
stains, and for the next few hours her movements are graceful, fluid and strong.

BIZ & TECH

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Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Using protection? Keep yourself from getting hacked

Like a good condom, safe online practices can keep unwanted malware out of your system.

By Justin Chandler
and Jacob Dubé
In the span of six days, automated
password-guessing bots make about
3.6 million attempts to access students’ my.ryerson accounts.
Brian Lesser, Ryerson’s chief information officer, said those guesses
come from around 3,000 machines
in about 103 countries. Bots try to
log into accounts using passwords
generated from a list of the area’s

most common. That list is filtered
so the passwords fit Ryerson’s complexity rules.
Thanks to rate limiting—restricting devices from logging in after
multiple failed attempts to do so—
75 per cent of the attempts don’t go
through. But student and faculty accounts are still constantly at risk.
Here’s what you need to know to
keep your Ryerson account safe.
Passwords
Lesser said that 1,100 Ryerson ac-

PHOTO: CHRIS BLANCHETTE

counts were hijacked in 2014, but in
2015 that number fell to about 250.
The decline was partly thanks to
Ryerson Computing and Communications Services (CCS) pushing
account-holders to change their
passwords regularly and make
them more complex.
Many people use simple, easy-toguess passwords.
After nearly 33 million Twitter
accounts were hacked in June, it
was reported that the most common

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passwords used on hacked accounts
were “123456,” “123456789,” “qwerty” and “password.”
“There are various ways to make
a good password, but the problem
with passwords is contradictory,”
Lesser said. “On one hand, it’s gotta
be something that’s easy to remember, on the other hand, it has to be
so complex so that it’s not in the list
of top 10 million popular passwords
that hackers are trying on your account all the time.”
Experts recommend using a combination of characters and symbols,
or switching out letters in a long,
memorable phrase with numbers.
Soon, Ryerson students will
be more secure when using their
my.ryerson accounts. Lesser said
the CCS will be implementing twostep verification for all my.ryerson
accounts. Some staff already use it.
If enabled, the new feature will
require people to confirm, using a
secondary device, that they are trying to log into my.ryerson before
they are given access. This is usually done with people’s phones using
a text message, push notification or
special code from an authenticator
app.

The most common
passwords on the
33 million Twitter
accounts hacked in
June were “123456,”
“123456789,” “qwerty”
and “password”
Ryerson is also planning to let students make longer passwords (more
than 100 characters long) for their
Ryerson accounts. Long passwords
are more secure than short ones.
Since most attempts to guess
Ryerson accounts’ passwords are
made outside of Canada, Lesser
says the CCS might use geolocation to more severely rate limit
foreign attempts to access Ryerson
accounts.
He said the CCS will likely enable
two-factor authentication and longer passwords in October.
Downloads
One of the biggest threats to
students’ online accounts comes
from malware and account hijacking, Lesser said. When people use
peer-to-peer file sharing, such as
Megaupload, to access music and
movies, they often subject their
devices to attacks. Students downloading files from untrustworthy
sources can unwittingly download
malware which can gain access to
their accounts.
Often, compromised Ryerson
email accounts will be made to
send people spam. When the CCS
detects an email sending out large
volumes of what it believes to be
spam, it will notify the account’s
owner to warn them.

Who’s monitoring you?
System administrators at Ryerson have the ability to access
my.ryerson accounts, but are
directed to only do so in exceptional circumstances. Access may
be granted if law enforcement
provides the university’s general
council with a warrant to access
a student or faculty member’s account.
Lesser said administrators’ access
to accounts is logged, meaning there
should be a record if one of them
snoops on a person’s Ryerson account.
Ryerson monitors its networks
for performance and threats, but
they don’t usually identify an individual’s online traffic unless a person is flooding the network with
unmanageable traffic or if Ryerson
tech support is helping someone
troubleshoot a problem.
A device will be blocked from
accessing Ryerson’s network, if administrators detect a threat coming from it. On Sept. 17, the CCS
blocked network access from a laptop that appeared to be contacting a
known malware command and control server, Lesser said.
Unforeseen Errors
No online system perfectly protects users’ privacy. On Sept. 21, the
CCS emailed students and faculty to
warn them of a privacy breach involving Ryerson Google accounts
managed with the Windows 10 calendar app.
The CCS warned that if that any
events created on Ryerson Google
Calendars using the Windows 10
app were automatically set to be
public. This means that if a student
or faculty member shared their Ryerson calendar with other people,
events they had intended to keep
private, such as appointments or
meetings, would be visible.
The CCS was notified about the
breach by a faculty member who
noticed they had public events on
their calendar that they wanted
private. The CCS does not know
how many people’s calendar events
were shared, but it does know that
the Windows 10 calendar updated
something in the accounts of 193
students and 131 Ryerson employees, all of whom had a public event
on their Ryerson calendar.
“Anything that makes things less
private without you explicitly making them less private is a problem.
So you should have the choice, not
the software,” Lesser said.
The CCS emailed the people affected to explain how they could make
their Google Calendar events private.
Lesser said the CCS is unaware of
any similar privacy breaches.
He said the CCS is constantly
working to protect students and faculty against increasingly dangerous
online threats.
“It’s not getting better. It’s getting
worse.”

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Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

13

Working in the starlight

Steven Ellis was an eight-yearold boy when the last World Cup of
Hockey happened back in 2004.
With Toronto hosting the first
edition of the tournament in more
than a decade this September, the
NHL has devoted considerable
resources to creating a colourful
atmosphere of fanfare and media
hype that Ellis understands better
than most. But the setting of his first
World Cup experience couldn’t have
been more remote.
The Oakville native and his
family were cramped into a twobed camper in Nova Scotia’s Mira
River Provincial Park. Inside, there
was barely enough room to walk
around. The family brought a small
tube television, complete with an
antenna, and began flipping through
the channels.
Hockey appeared on the screen.
Canada versus the U.S. Here versus
there. Canada emerged with a 2-1
victory, and would go on to win the
championship title.
It was the first game of the
tournament and the first hockey
game Ellis can remember watching.
Quickly, he learned the players’
names and numbers, and before long
he knew their statistics and even
voices. He was hooked. But he didn’t
think the tournament would become
more than a spectacle for him.
“I never imagined I’d be covering
the next World Cup and get the
chance to talk to star players,” he said.
Twelve years after watching
Canada beat the U.S., that’s exactly
what he and a handful of other
Ryerson students are doing at the
2016 World Cup of Hockey.
When we meet, Ellis is visibly
exhausted. His face is flushed, his eyes
are drooping and his voice trails off
quickly. “I was just at morning skate.
I need a nap,” he says.
He’s wearing a personalized
Antarctica hockey jersey, which
looks as strange as it sounds. Obscure
hockey teams from outside North
America are a speciality of Ellis’s.

It’s how the third-year journalism
student landed media credentials
for the World Cup, covering the
tournament for eurohockey.com.
But there’s nothing obscure about
the teams he’s covering here. At the
World Cup, it’s all about the stars.
Earlier in the week, Ellis was
heading to ice level at the Air Canada
Centre. The elevator doors opened
and inside stood Carey Price and Shea
Weber, Team Canada mainstays and
marquee players for the Montreal
Canadiens. Price offered him a water
bottle, which he politely declined,
staying calm through the encounter.
Ellis even got to ask Sidney Crosby
a question during a media scrum.
“A pretty basic one,” he says. “But I
had to make sure the wording was
perfect. I wasn’t too scared, though.
I just couldn’t screw it up.”
Ellis says that meeting the
game’s biggest players doesn’t
shake him. Nor do his experiences
standing shoulder-to-shoulder with
professional media members. “This
tournament is the first time I’ve felt
I belonged; like I stacked up [to the
pros].”
Though he feels well-integrated,
Ellis wishes he could talk directly to
the biggest stars, instead of scambling
to make space for himself in huge
scrums.
In those situations, Ellis pushes his
way to the front, extending his arm
so the phone he’s recording on is
close enough to the players’ mouths
to get a coating of spit and sweat. But
he’s one of dozens of reporters and
bloggers in the scrum, and it’s easy
for him to fade into the background;
it’s easy for anyone. Just ask Aaron
Greenfield.
Greenfield applied to cover the
tournament on a whim. He happened
upon the application and sent in his
request for credentials. Denied.
“I did not expect to get accepted,”
said Greenfield, a fourth-year media
production student. He applied a
second time, this time with RUtv, one
of Ryerson’s RTA news networks.
“I’d say I slipped through,” he said.
Greenfield was granted credentials,

“This tournament is the
first time I’ve felt like I
belonged; like I stacked up
to the pros”
As Greenfield and Ellis both know,
it’s scary to talk to your idols.
“I’m terrified,” Ellis tells me as
we stand in front of a needlessly
gargantuan stage, surrounded by
hundreds of people in the Distillery
District where the tournament has
set up its Fan Village.
Ellis arrives late from the ACC,
where he was covering a semi-final
game. Out of breath and out of time,
he finagles his way up to a set of metal
dividers, the only thing separating us
from the figure of sporting royalty on
the stage.
Wayne Gretzky sits in a white
leather armchair, clad in a black
suit and tie, fielding questions from
Sportsnet’s Chris Simpson. After a
few minutes, an event rep pulls Ellis’s
arm and says something to him.
“He wants me to ask Gretzky a
question,” Ellis tells me.
The question isn’t his own—the
rep told him what to ask, not noticing
his media pass—but Ellis is clearly
nervous. He shoves his hands in his
pockets and puts his sunglasses on.
After a few questions from fans,
the mic makes its way to Ellis.
“Hey Wayne,” he says. “How do
you think the game has changed since
you left?”
Ellis immediately turns to me and
smiles. Gretzky’s answer doesn’t
really matter. He got to ask the biggest
star in hockey history a question.
And he didn’t screw it up.

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Rye students are testing their skills at the World Cup.

and a few weeks later he was filming
an interview with Crosby.
For Greenfield, an aspiring sports
videographer, the men standing
on either side of Crosby made the
moment even more exciting. It was
Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, and
Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte
Friedman, one of hockey’s most
recognized and respected journalists.
“I said hello to Friedman, but we
didn’t have a long conversation,”
Greenfield said. “That’s kind of one
of my goals while I’m here.”
Greenfield has run through the
conversation many times in his
head: Hello, I’m Aaron from Ryerson.
I’m looking to intern at Hockey Night in
Canada...
He’s seen Friedman several times
while working the World Cup.
Again and again, he finds himself
stuck at “hello”.
Greenfield hasn’t given up on his
mission. He approached Friedman
again, but business had to come first.
“He was sort of busy, it seemed, so
he told [me] to reach out to him on
Twitter.”

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Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

EYEVESTIGATION: ILLEGAL SQUIRREL FIGHTING IN LAKE DEVO

PHOTO: IZABELLA BALCERZAK

For the next five weeks, Donesé
works closely with El Trituradora
(The Crusher). “She helped me train
my squirrel, Dennis,” says Donesé.
On July 13, El Trituradora tells
Donesé that he and Dennis are ready
for their first real fight. “I was worried for Dennis, his chances seemed
pretty good,” Donesé says.
On July 16, Lake Devo goes from
a cesspool where skaters hang out
to a fighting ring for Toronto’s
toughest squirrels. All members of the Ardillas are
there, as well as some of
Canada’s top celebrities, politicians and lawyers, like Shania Twain and
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.
Donesé and Dennis are ready for
a fight. Donesé’s opponent, El Tigre, opens their cage to release the
club’s top squirrel, La Pantera (The
Panther).
Dennis and La Pantera slowly
edge towards each other, circling
the ring. La Pantera lunges at Dennis with the agility and finesse
of a seasoned fighter.
Dennis is down, but not
for long. Swiping at his opponent, Dennis lands a critical hit.
“Dennis was killing it, literally,” Donesé says. It seems that
Dennis is gaining the upper hand.
Until he isn’t.
A shriek pierces the air, then stops
suddenly. Money passes through
hands. Some walk away winners.
Some don’t walk away at all.
“I … I lost Dennis that night,”
Donesé says through tears. “I had
to leave the Ardillas. I couldn’t lead
that kind of life anymore.”
“Sometimes, when I’m leaving the
office late at night, I hear the cry of

By Skyler Ash
A shriek pierces the air, then stops
suddenly. Money passes through
hands. Some walk away winners.
Some don’t walk away at all.
This is Ryerson’s most elite and
dangerous club, so secretive that
when asked about it, Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi said, “The
what?”
These are the Ardillas, a
group of students who
force squirrels to fight
to the death and bet on
it. They’ve been around
since 1963. “You don’t choose
the Ardillas, the Ardillas choose
you,” says Eye investigative reporter Jevin Donesé.
Working late on a Wednesday
night at the Eyeopener office, Donesé is heading home when he
notices a red envelope with a wax
seal of a squirrel has been pushed
under the office door. It says to
come to Lake Devo at 4 a.m.
the next day.
Donesé walks an empty
Gould Street to find a group
of 35 people dressed in allblack, with small covered
boxes at their feet.
The club’s leader, El
Jefe, hands Donesé a cage
covered in black cloth. Donesé
pulls the cloth away to find a
battle-worn squirrel. “He’s your’s
now,” says El Jefe.
After a quick Google search, Donesé discovers that ‘ardillas’ means
‘squirrel’ in Spanish. “I’m not really
sure why this club is so heavily influenced by Spanish culture,” says
Donesé. “I’m pretty sure the only
Spanish they know is from episodes
of Dora they watched as kids.”

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Connect the dots to uncover a sweet, sweet sword-fighting squirrel for your chance
to win a $25 Subway gift card! Drop off your completed picture with your name,
contact info and a possible day job for this squirrel to the Eyeopener office (SCC 207).

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