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October 26, 2016
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NEWS

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

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Mental health not taken seriously, students say
By Alexia DelPriore
The Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) executives promised students
increased mental health initiatives
when they ran on the Impact slate
last school year. But with the delayed opening of the Wellness Centre, some students say this promise
isn’t being kept.
The new Wellness Centre—
implemented by the RSU—was
created in the summer to provide
extra direction for students to access mental health resources. RSU
President Obaid Ullah calls it a “resource centre.”
However, opening date for the
centre has been pushed back. The
RSU planned to open it in September, but Ullah said construction
hasn’t started.
He said the delay is a result of
students not picking up their books
from the Used Book Room, which
previously occupied the space and
has since moved online.
“We (the RSU) can take the books
out ourselves, it’s just where are we
going to put them? We don’t have
a place for them. And if I get rid of
the books, what happens if a student
comes to me tomorrow and says,
‘What did you do with my book?’”
Ullah could not confirm an exact
date of the opening of the centre,
but said he hopes it will be ready in
January. The approved budget for

The RSU doesn’t know where to put the books.

the Wellness Centre is $40,000.
Some students feel that more money could be put towards the centre
and other mental health initiatives—
especially considering the budget for
6 Fest was about $1.5 million.
“It’s extremely frustrating, as
I feel like Ryerson focuses on so
many other things, such as putting on events and stuff, but when
it comes to things like the mental
well-being of their students, it’s
just not taken seriously enough,”
said Marissa Lentz, a second-year
journalism student.
Ullah said the RSU budgeted a
certain amount of money specifically for mental health initiatives,

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while money for 6 Fest was raised
primarily for the concert.
Some students think the university
itself—in addition to the RSU—is also
lacking when it comes to providing
adequate mental health services.
Ryerson’s counselling centre has
seen a 50 per cent increase in the
number of students requesting sessions this year, according to Sarah
Thompson, clinical coordinator of
the Centre for Student Development
and Counselling (CSDC).
In May, it was announced that
the Ryerson’s mental health budget
would increase by $321,000, reaching a total of $1,715,000. Two additional full-time counsellors were

hired. There are now a total of 17
counsellors for about 34,200 undergraduate and graduate students.
Lentz said she felt like her mental
health wasn’t taken seriously when
she used the CDSC services last year.
“I had to wait two weeks for just
my initial appointment, and then I
was waitlisted for four months only
to have them cancel on me two days
before,” she said
CDSC recently launched a pilot
program in September to combat
long wait times.
The program begins with a sameday private counselling sessions that
take place from Monday to Friday
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wait times
will be about 24 hours. The second
part of the program emphasizes
group therapy sessions.
Lentz says that while the pilot
program is a great initiative, she
can’t see the 24-hour wait time being carried out into the rest of the
school year because there is an increase in counselling demands.
Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, a parttime instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said that group
therapy isn’t right for everyone.
“People should be able to tolerate
group therapy, and this is not always
the case with individuals who have
evident anxiety symptoms,” he said.
Vahabzadeh said that for the program to be emphasizing group therapy could mean there is a lack of re-

sources for more private counselling.
“Unfortunately, private therapy
is more resource-intensive; a lot of
it comes down to the availability of
services and the duration they are
required.”
He said many universities lack
these resources.
York University has 16 counsellors along with 15 interns for about
53,000 students. Similar to Ryerson,
they also offer group therapy and
drop-in support workshops.
Grace Liritzis, a first-year social
work student, visited the CDSC in
early September and says her experience wasn’t what she expected.
She was given some options for outside resources she could access, but
had to do that on her own time.
“I explained what I needed and
felt that it wasn’t given to me, they
basically just push you in a direction
they see fit,” Liritzis says.
She added that she prefers private
over group therapy, despite the program’s push for group sessions.
“For me, I have more serious issues
to work through and need that oneon-one counselling experience.”
Liritz said that she was expecting
to receive help from CDSC, but she
was disappointed to be told that she
couldn’t have the support and services that Ryerson promotes.
“From my experience I definitely
think [Ryerson] is a lot of talk but
not enough action.”

Fight for free education still alive at Rye
By Keith Capstick
The Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) has recently distanced itself
from many of the Canadian Federation of Students’ (CFS) campaigns. But the fight for improved
access to education is still alive at
Ryerson.
The CFS’ recently rebranded
“Fight the Fees” campaign has organizers stopping students on Gould
Street almost daily. What’s different this year is that the CFS isn’t
just looking to operate at the local level through students’ unions.
They’ve appointed officers through
14 different “action commissions” at
schools all over the province to mobilize students and get them out to
their Nov. 2 day of action.
In the past, these campaigns have
often ended in university boardrooms, with students demanding
more from their school’s administration. But Nov. 2 will see what
CFS-Ontario spokesperson Rajean
Hoilett hopes to be thousands of
students marching on Queen’s Park
to lobby the provincial government
directly.
“With this campaign what we’ve

really done is build the infrastructure to fight this fight against the
government and see some victories,” Hoilett said. “We’ve always had
students’ unions as the first point of
contact for our campaigns and student’s unions have continued to be
the centre of the work that we’re
doing within the student movement. These coalitions have helped
us to open those doors and see more
grassroot movement within access
to education.”
The fight for free education has
been a huge topic at Ryerson for
decades. During the 2013-2014
academic year, when Hoilett was
RSU president, the RSU was very
involved in the “Freeze the Fees”
campaign, which saw students
camping outside of Jorgenson Hall
in protest. As the RSU’s political
ideology has swayed—with a new
slate in power—the conversation
hasn’t ended. It’s moved to the
street with these action commissions and inside the Continuing
Education Students’ Association
at Ryerson (CESAR), rather than
with the RSU.
Thus far, the CFS has collected
more than 35,000 petition signa-

tures across the province and about
7,000 at Ryerson alone. They’ve
also incorporated pledges into their
programming and have over 5,000
students who plan on attending the
march at Queen’s Park.
The CFS, in conjunction with
CESAR, has even managed to get
Ryerson deans to apply formal academic accommodations to those
missing class due to the demonstration on Nov. 2.
Both Hoilett and CESAR’s president, Rabbia Ashraf, attribute the
success of this year’s movement to
an overarching belief that free education is a reality, not a pipe dream,
for students.
“Free education isn’t just this lofty
idea that students really resonate
with,” Hoilett said. “This sort of climate that we’re in has seen students
thinking about wanting to fight for
what they think post-secondary education should look like.”
Both mentioned that the Liberal
government’s new tuition grant—
which promised to give free tuition
to low-income families—was not all
it was advertised to be, but it’s given
students the belief that this could
become a reality.

Fighting for access to education at Ryerson isn’t new.

Victoria Morton, the RSU’s vicepresident education, said that she
doesn’t want the RSU to put resources behind a campaign with “no
history of gaining success.”
“We really tried to figure out material differences between Fight the
Fees and past campaigns and there
truly isn’t any,” Morton said.
Morton and the RSU did, however, co-sign the letter with CESAR
to allow students academic accommodations for the Nov. 2 event.
She added that the RSU is planning

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to support the event “so long as it
doesn’t take away from [their] resources.”
For Vajdaan Tanveer, one of the
CFS’ organizers at Ryerson, this is
about taking students’ voices right
to the people with the policy-making power.
“At Ryerson we know we pay
some of the highest fees in Canada,
but what are we doing about it?”
Tanveer said. “We’re taking this
message right to the legislation and
telling them what students want.”

EDITORIAL

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Let’s bitch about tuition

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Liane “I still see dead people” McLarty

By
Nicole
Schmidt
I logged onto my OSAP account
earlier today for the first time in
10 months. It’s something I’ve been
avoiding, mostly because part of me
wanted to believe that ignoring my
debt would make it go away.
It didn’t. Turns out I owe the government more money than I initially
thought, and now that I’m a graduate who supposedly lives in the “real
world,” I have exactly 68 days left to
bask in interest-free glory.
We’ve all heard the statistics. University is fucking expensive, and it
gets worse every year. In 1992, tuition in Ontario cost roughly $2,105.
Now, it’s upwards of $8,000. I could
bitch about how the post-secondary
model in most European countries is
infinitely better than ours, or about
how Bernie Sanders is the only major
politician who seems to care about
free education, but I’m stuck here
with my debt, so those things don’t
matter. What does is what’s happening right here, right now.
Advocacy for lower tuition fees at
Ryerson goes back a whole lot longer
than I’ve been here. In recent years,
the emphasis has been on the former
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) affiliated initiative, Freeze the Fees.
As far as campaigns go, this one
was far from tame. There was the

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Nicole “Biased as fuck” Schmidt
News

RIP affordable tuition. RIP financial security.

“tent city,” set up in front of Jorgenson Hall by RSU executives as
an attempt to get the university to
create an alternative budget. There
was the pro-Ryerson group, Rise
for Ryerson, whose members got
in a yelling match with Freeze the
Fees supporters outside of a Board
of Governors meeting, just before
the then-president announced he
couldn’t (at least not single-handedly) stop rising fees. Then of course
there was the engineering students’
mock campaign, “Freeze the Peas,”
which involved green-giant approved costumes and canned goods.
Now here we are, another year,
another campaign. I’m a skeptic. As
much as I’d like to have faith in fighting worthy causes and slaying dragons, the realistic part of me knows
that it’s always going to take more
than making a sign covered in glitterglue, yelling at people on the street,
or plastering posters on telephone
poles. Fight the Fees, despite having
a similar set of goals, isn’t a student-

PHOTO: JESS TSANG

union-centric initiative. Action isn’t
happening in board rooms, it’s happening off campus, out in the “real
world.” These are regular students
who give a fuck, and they want to
make things better for you.
Campaigns remind us of things
that are worth talking about and,
more importantly, they give us a
starting point. When the Canadian
government announced earlier
this year that low-income families
would receive tuition grants, the
change was, in part, attributed to
student advocacy.
Regardless of whether or not you
want to invest in a megaphone and
dive head-first into a campaign, odds
are you’ll continue to care about
tuition fees (and if you don’t, consider this: before long, you’re going
to be the one checking OSAP and
wondering how your bank account
became as empty as your soul). So
please, speak your mind, complain,
and know that your opinion counts
for something.

Fuck you and your “exotic”
Halloween costume

Some Halloween costumes are cool, others are not.

By
Sierra Bein
There was a time I enjoyed being
called exotic.
Everyone who used the word had
implied a positive meaning, and
I was happy to know I wasn’t the
same as everyone else. As a young
girl thinking about what exotic
looked like, I imagined pretty coloured girls with dark hair. They

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had plump lips and were usually a
princess, or a queen of some sort.
I do have dark hair and coloured
skin, handed down from my IndianCaribbean mother. But I sure as shit
wasn’t considered a princess.
Now that I’m grown up and in
university, I’m real fucking sick
of being called exotic. I no longer
imagine a pretty princess, but a romanticised version of a person in
someone else’s dreams. And if I’m
being real, the romanticism of other
cultures is usually inflicted on peo-

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ple who are in a subdominant position to another culture in the world,
and not in a sexy way.
What makes me exotic? My eyes?
My name? Being multicultural? Exotic is basically another word for calling someone different while at the
same time sexualizing them and demeaning them. Think of what else is
exotic: dancers, flowers, pets. People
want exotic things to feel different.
This person on Quora asked,
“What’s the most exotic thing you’ve
ever done?” and someone answered

Keith “All about dat bread” Capstick
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Sierra “Be spooky” Bein
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Sports

Daniel “Still tanned” Rocchi
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Justin “Ghost busters” Chandler

Contributors

Robert “Freedom!” Mackenzie
Nicole “Bikes” Brumley
Jen “Part-time Ottawa” Chan
Bryan “Double-Double” Meler
Ben “Wedding Bells” Waldman
Hayley “I Want My Call” Graham
Funké “Fresh” Joseph
Allan “Perch” Perkins
Stefanie “Audio warrior” Phillips
Brenda “Amazing” Molina-Navidad
Alexia “Superstars” DelPriore
Tyler “No Weekend” Griffin
Carina “No Card” Grodek
Jaime “No Thanksgiving” Hills
Will “Rookie Shots” Brown
Carina “Peanut Butter” Grodek
Maxwell “Nonno’s Spaghetti” Irwin
Olivia “Bunz Hun” Gemma
Sarah “It’s Ma Birthday” Rowe
Noushin “Talk to me” Ziafati
Sylvia “Fashion Police” Lorico
Adriana “:-)” Hyde
Raneem “Wall blinked?” Al-Ozzi
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saying they went parasailing. Parasailing? Off the coast of New Jersey?
Just because something is new to
you, doesn’t mean it’s new for everyone else. This also applies to other
cultures: just because you’ve discovered it, doesn’t mean it’s exotic. Actually, it’s been around longer than you,
which makes you the exotic one. Just
ask Christopher Columbus.
This hatred of the E-word has
become more seasonal. Hearing the
way people speak of exoticness sucks
the rest of the year, but Halloween is
the one extra special time you get to
see it physically in front of you.
This year, the student union at
Brock University created a list of prohibited costumes. The list includes any
costume that mocks suicide or rape,
transgender people or outfits featuring a culture’s traditional clothing.
Even so, I’m sure plenty of y’all
will still be walking around in all
sorts of offensive costumes. One
costume I found online is literally called “child Asian princess costume,” featuring a kid in a kimono
with a fan in her hair. Dressing your
children (or yourself) in mockery of
another country’s clothing is not a
costume, and sure as hell isn’t exotic

either. It’s rude.
I also found a sexy “exotic India
princess outfit for Jasmine.” If you’re
going to culturally appropriate someone (please don’t), at least get your
cultures right. Because “Princess
Jasmine” from Disney is not slightly
representative of what an Arab princess would have looked like. By extension, your costume—no matter
how on point it might be to Disney—
is another way to exoticise a culture.
My biggest problem with the exotic-India-Jasmine costume is that
Jasmine wasn’t Indian. But my family IS Indian. So you, in that costume,
aren’t whatever princess you’re trying to be. We eat the “exotic” food,
with the nasty “exotic” smells, and
experience the good and bad consequences of being considered “exotic.” Whether that comes in the
form of a complement of how pretty
we are, or a jab at how we resemble
something closer to a monkey. That
actually makes us the fucking Indian
princesses, thank you very much.
So please, for my sanity’s sake,
don’t take on an “exotic” costume
this Halloween. Let’s just all be
spooky, the way it was goddamn
meant to be.

Communities

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Carl “Comic sail god” Solis
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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

NEWS

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Rye won’t accommodate you

Ryerson is reevaluating its academic accommodation policies, but there’s no end date in sight.
For the time being, students are stuck without proper support
By Sarah Krichel
When Kathleen Fox* got an abortion last year, Ryerson didn’t make
it easy for her to get the help she
needed.
The then-first-year journalism student told The Eyeopener
about her experience, and how she
dropped two courses because she
couldn’t get her required accommodations.
Fox said that the day she went for
her abortion procedure, the clinic
had a medical note ready for her.
But the note only covered her for
that day.
Two days later, Fox’s body began
releasing blood clots. She missed her
five-hour lab to go to the Ryerson
nurse’s office, where she was told “it
wasn’t a walk-in” and that she needed an appointment. She left without
a medical note.
“I just feel like it was a very do-ityourself process,” she said.
Ryerson’s academic policy review committee (APRC) is working on improving five different
policies surrounding academic
accommodations so that students
like Fox won’t have to deal with
inadequacies in the current system,
like having to compromise their
marks.

“I just feel like it was
a very do-it-yourself
process”
Academic accommodations refer to several measures that aim to
help students who need additional
support. This covers illnesses, disabilities, grief periods, prejudice,
procedural errors in evaluations or
religious and spiritual holidays.
But there’s no deadline to bring
policy reform to the Senate. Ryerson students will continue to endure the complicated processes of
getting the help they need when
dealing with unanticipated life experiences; from a cold to a death in
the family.
According to Marcia Moshe, interim vice-provost academic, extensive consultation needs to take
place before the proposals can be
brought forward. Because the policy needs to address all specific cases
and the various parties involved
(student, instructor, chairs, senate),
Moshe said the committee needs
time to review things thoroughly.
In the meantime, students are
dropping courses and losing money.
Soon after her experience with
the nurse’s office, Fox said she saw a
counsellor (she got the appointment

Second
board of
directors
meeting
recap
By Alanna Rizza
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
held the second board of directors
(BoD) meeting of the school year.
The meeting was dominated by discussion of a motion for the RSU to
offer at least 50 per cent plant-based
food at its events.

Student medical certificates aren’t as useful as Ryerson makes them out to be.

because of a cancellation). She said
the counsellor suggested they make
a formal complaint about the earlier
incident.
According to Moshe, a student
is only required to disclose the way
their condition impacts their academic capability, but not the condition itself. The student medical
certificate only requires the “general
nature and effect of illness and treatment.”
Fox ended up going to an offcampus walk-in clinic to get a medical note. The woman who saw her
told her she had previously dealt
with Ryerson medical notes.
“She told me she hated filling
out Ryerson medical notes because they just don’t accept vague
answers, it has to be specific,” Fox
said. “In the case of a sort of sensitive condition like an abortion, I
don’t necessarily want all my professors to see that.”
Fox said the note she did get
didn’t help. “I still had to reach out
to my profs and essentially explain
the whole situation all over again.
The note might as well have not existed,” Fox said. “I was in tears … It
was just very emotional for me having to explain myself to so many different people.”
Fox said that if the note had been
properly circulated to her professors, she wouldn’t have had to drop
two courses without getting a refund.
One of the other issues that the
APRC is reviewing states that students who feel unsatisfied with an
instructor’s evaluation may submit
a written request that explains why
the work warrants a higher grade.
Muneev Javed, a first-year engineering student, said that inconsistencies in the way teachers’ assistants (TAs) evaluate student work

leads to unfair results.
For his calculus midterm, Javed said a student with a different
TA used the same steps to get the
same answer, but was given a better mark.
He eventually went to the professor’s office for a reevaluation and
said he was given two more marks
by the professor, but still ended up
with a lower grade.
“At the end of the day, I can’t do
anything about it,” he said.
“[University] is like, you either
get lucky or you don’t get lucky,”
Javed said in regards to the school’s
marking scheme.
Javed added that he knows students who use medical notes to postpone their exam to get a better idea
of what to study from other students.
Jake Friedman, co-chair of the
APRC and chair of the mechanical
and industrial engineering faculty,
said the large amount of medical
notes he gets is his biggest concern,
since many professors have to set
multiple makeup exams. He added
that he has received reports from
students saying that they feel their
notes are being met with skepticism,
since many students manipulate the
current system.

“I still had to reach out to
my profs and essentially
explain the whole
situation all over again”
“We don’t want students feeling
that way. And we certainly don’t
want faculty feeling that all medical
notes are bogus,” Friedman said,
adding that if a note is signed by a
physician, faculty cannot deem it
illegitimate.
John Turtle, secretary of Senate,

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said that there are controversial instances where the student and the
faculty can’t come to an agreement
regarding the accommodation. He
added that many schools have different systems when it comes to
academic policies, such as paying
for a reevaluation request from an
instructor, or self-declaring illnesses
serious enough to be accommodated
academically.

“We certainly don’t
want faculty feeling
that all medical notes
are bogus”
“We’re in the middle of the road
on many of these things,” Turtle
said. “But we’re certainly not behind … I think we have students at
heart when we make many of these
decisions.”
“The review process is very transparent, very consultative, trying to
arrive at the best way to deal with
this in a non-punitive, but educationally-focused way,” he said.
The committee is working with
representatives from the Ryerson
Students’ Union (RSU), the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR), as well
as taking student recommendations
through town hall meetings.
Exam policies and course management policies are also under review by the APRC. These include
consideration for students during the examination process, and
course outlines and management.
“I don’t have answers, but we
want to be sure that those who are
legitimately ill are in fact given academic consideration,” Moshe said.
*Some names have been changed to
preserve anonymity.

Veggie food at RSU events:
The motion was passed for the
RSU to offer plant-based food, based
on dollar amount. The motion was
amended to test-run this initiative
for six months and to have a survey
available at events for the board to
evaluate its effectiveness.
Student group ratification:
Student groups presented to the
BoD to obtain official RSU club status.
The Hindu Students Association
was ratified. Saheb Sarkar, secondyear business management student,
said he hopes to bring diversity
and culture to Ryerson through the
group’s events and social gatherings.
A cycling committee was also
given official RSU club status. The
committee will operate to improve
cycling services on campus and to
promote health and wellness. “The
committee will hopefully give cyclers a voice on campus,” said RSU
president Obaid Ullah.
Moved to next BoD meeting:
Motions to ratify the RU Stargazers
group and the Arab Students Association were moved to the next BoD
meeting, since there was no one from
the groups to present to the board.
RSU execs discuss upcoming
goals:
Ullah said the RSU is looking to
hire a part-time staff member for
the new Wellness Centre. The employee would work 24 hours a week.
Vice president equity Tamara
Jones said her goal is to have a town
hall next month to discuss health
and wellness.
The RSU execs said that they hope
to have a survey circulating among
students where they can have their
say on what they want to see on the
Ram in the Rye’s menu.
6 Fest discussed in private:
There was a motion passed for an
in-camera session to discuss 6 Fest.
Non-board members were asked to
leave the room as confidential information surrounding the concert was
discussed.

FEATURES

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

I don’t want none
unless you got
Bunz, hun
To test out the sharing economy,
we convinced Sidney Drmay to
abandon money and live off of
trades for a week. They learned
that people are flaky and candles
are worth their weight in tall cans

I

t’s noon on the busiest day of my job
and I’m high-tailing it across campus to
Lake Devo to meet a stranger. I’ve got
a backpack full of items and my stomach is
growling. After a few minutes of standing in
the hot sun I get antsy and send another message, trying to sound casual with an ‘I’m at
Devo’ text. She’s ten minutes late and I have
to be at Queen Street and University Avenue
in 20 minutes to make my next meetup. Finally, a girl with dark brown hair wearing a
black sweater and jeans walks up to me. We
exchange quick hello’s and confirm our identities before pulling out our wares.
I hand her a box of Instax film, she gives me
some tokens and a plain hot dog that she just
bought at the cart across the street. I mumble
a “thank you” and rush off campus to make
my next trade, scarfing down the street meat
as I go. This is my first meal since 6 p.m. the
night before, and I’m already worried it won’t
be enough.
Whether it’s through apps and sites like
Bunz Trading Zone and Airbnb, the sharing
economy is thriving and it’s helping students
survive. With this alternative methodology,
money is taken out of the equation: people
trade things they have for things they need.
When students are struggling to pay rent,
buy groceries, get TTC passes and make
their tuition payments, the sharing economy
lets us utilize what we do have—random
junk—and turn it into a meal, some tokens or
a place to crash.
To test it out, I lived off Bunz and other
free sources for a week. The rules were
pretty simple: I couldn’t eat, travel or bathe
if I didn’t use trading or some other free
options to get what I needed, and I was
strictly not allowed to use money. I made The
Eye office in the Student Campus Centre my
homebase and prepared for a hungry—and
grimy—seven days.

My coworkers donated some of their old
stuff to the cause—a creepy, pink stuffed
cow, two candles, a pair of sensible heels,
a tank with ‘Nobody knows I’m a lesbian’
printed on it, a button-down with skulls,
Instax camera film, classic Trivial Pursuit,
three beers and a cassette tape player with a
broken hinge.
I threw them up on the Bunz app with some
witty descriptions to capture people’s eyes and
waited. My main ISO’s (in search of’s) were
food, soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush and tokens. When you’re a student, this covers your
minimal needs—eating, bathing and getting to
class.
One thing I learned right off the bat is that
people fucking love candles. I was fielding
about 10 potential trades when it came to
these babies. They were really nice candles,
but damn, I didn’t realize I was in possession
of trading gold.
I wanted to maximize my trade possibilities and get something good for them. I got
a lot of offers; toothpaste, broccoli (both
fresh and frozen), lipstick, soap and tokens.
My phone was buzzing nonstop, letting me
know that someone in this city wanted the
items I’d listed. All I had to do was meet them
somewhere along the TTC line. It was day
one, so my main concern was getting home
to the east end and back downtown the next
day, which led me to trading those sweet,
sweet candles for five tokens.
unz was created in 2014 by Ottawa
native Emily Frances. It started
on Facebook and has since grown
to cater to different subgroups, whether it
be people looking for housing, jobs, food,
weed or even dates and new friends. A Bunz
app, developed by marketing director David
Morton, launched earlier this year to house
the different “zones” and now has more than
73,000 users.

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Morton says the idea for the app came from
the social climate affecting youth living in big
cities, where everything seems to be getting
more expensive by the day. “People don’t necessarily have much money or they don’t feel
the need to spend their money on things, but
they still need them. They need a ride but they
don’t want to buy a car, so you can share the
commute,” he says.
On day two, I had all my trades slated up for
the next couple days. I made sure to get everything I needed to be a functioning human;
fresh broccoli for the ‘Nobody knows I’m a
lesbian’ tank, heels for some toothpaste and a

not only are you organizing the best trade you
can find, you’re also trying to find traders who
will actually show up when you’re standing on
some random street corner in a part of the city
you’ve never been to.
As desperately as I wanted that toothpaste
and toothbrush, heels lady and I didn’t seem
to have any correlation in our schedules.
y day three my offers were slowing
down. My phone went silent long
ago and it was clear that I had probably gotten rid of my best trade items—the
creepy stuffed cow and cheap selfie-stick
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Students have got these cars and they’re
just sitting there so why not use them for
Uber? People have these rooms in their
houses, why not use them for Airbnb?
toothbrush, Dove soap for the skull buttondown shirt and the cassette player for a bag
of rice.
I quickly realized that organizing a trade is
difficult. People do not want to compromise
their schedules at all. I did everything I could
to be accommodating, because otherwise I
wouldn’t be able to eat.
I was able to work it out—because I didn’t
have a choice—but if you’re actually attending
classes and don’t work a flexible job, it gets
tricky. People become flaky traders fast, so

those candles did. Not knowing where my
next meal would come from, I browsed the
app looking for any potential trades. I also
started using the Free Zone, a group on
Bunz where people give things away, like
food and clothing.
Morton told me about a girl in Fort McMurray, Alberta, whose house burned down
during the fire in May. She left her wedding
dress behind, and the Bunz community provided one for her. Her wedding was on May
10, just a couple days later.

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But I didn’t want a wedding dress, I just
wanted to eat some food and take a shower.
I was scrolling through the app, the trading
zone and the food zone on Facebook while
trying to ignore my stomach rumbles. Ryerson’s Good Food Room topped up my supply
with granola bars and a jar of peanut butter,
but neither was really keeping me going.
My coworker must’ve realized how pathetic
I looked. He disappeared for 15 minutes, only
to return with bread and jelly (I traded him
for a beer). The clock on my computer read 4
p.m., which meant there were still four hours

polled in the U.S. have used four or more different sharing economy services.
“People have got these cars and they’re just
sitting there so why not use them for Uber?
People have these rooms in their houses, why
not use them for Airbnb? If people have a skill
why not hire yourself out on a part-time basis?” Isbister says.
espite how easy it seems, there is
a bit of a risk. Meeting a random
stranger off the internet is something my mom used to warn me about nearly
every time I used the old family desktop.

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People do not want to compromise their
schedules at all. I did everything I could
to be accommodating, because otherwise
I wouldn’t be able to eat.
until I would be completing the last trades I
had lined up for the week. I ended up with the
fresh broccoli and rice, but I was quickly running out of options and still had four days left
in my week.
The rice and broccoli mixture was pretty
pathetic. It looked like someone had taken
out all the good parts of a Salad King dish and
left me with the rest. After having it for two
meals, I was glad to see it go.
yerson economics professor John
Isbister told me he believes that the
sharing economy is an effective tool
for students. According to a Pew Research
Center study, 39 per cent of college graduates

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I made sure to choose crowded areas, usually on campus in midday so that I had a better sense of security. Despite this, I still found
myself feeling fairly nervous about meeting
someone outside the SCC after dark. It’s hard
to silence that little voice constantly reminding me that the next trader could be a serial
killer. I don’t stress this much when buying
things in a store.
“Established industries often operate with
a lot of regulations with respect to insurance
and safety and so forth,” Isbister says. “So the
sharing economy blows up and they don’t
have those restrictions, which is one of the
issues.”

With systems like Bunz, users are able to
leave reviews of those they traded with, flagging any suspicious or unwanted behaviour.
This helps foster a sense of security within the
community without the help of traditional
regulations in other industries.
Lavinia Tanzim, a third-year creative industries student and avid Bunz user, says she’s
never had a bad trading experience. “I try to
pick public spots, either a subway station or in
front of the Eaton Centre,” she says.
This precocious mentality is not unusual in
the trading world. In the week that I lived off
the sharing economy, I traded with a handful of women. Every time, they requested to
meet in crowded areas, such as the middle of
campus, or brought a friend along. If I hadn’t
had an office full of people aware that I was
leaving to do a trade, I probably would’ve
done the same.
Despite the caution, Tanzim believes that
Bunz has provided her with a sense of community in Toronto.
“I’ve met so many people through Bunz in
Toronto that I wouldn’t have met otherwise.
I’ve met other users and we’ve hung out or we
see each other at Bunz meetups and it’s really
cool,” Tanzim says.
This idea is built into Bunz. The app, and
others like it, are a community. In the end,
people should be looking out for each other’s
best interests.
Though the community aspect exists within the groups themselves, Isbister says that
there is still the major problem of pushing
out older, more traditional forms of economy
and businesses. While Airbnb is a great way
to find a room, it is pushing actual bed and
breakfasts out of business.
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it pushes out the old,” Isbister said. He compares the shift to what happened before there
were cars. People used to raise horses, then
something better (and more convenient)
came along. “Most people would think it’s
progress to move to cars but it didn’t come
without its personal catastrophe of ending
horse raising, and that’s essentially what’s
happening with this.”
fter a full seven days of trading, I
was more than happy to pay for my
cheese croissant and tea on Monday
morning. The ease of tapping my card on
the debit machine and getting my order was
nothing short of exhilarating. I winced a bit
at the cost, but not having to run down the
street and meet someone to get my food was
worth it.
For most people, this is a pastime. They
aren’t trying to survive off their trades like
I was and didn’t understand my urgency to
get stuff as soon as possible. I’m even more
impressed by people whose main source of
survival is trading. While it can be useful for
students at times, it doesn’t quite supplement
regular old capitalism yet. But like Isbister
said, that won’t stop it from trying.
“In 20 to 30 years the whole world is not
going to be run on this sharing economy basis but there’s a niche there and it’s going to
survive,” Isbister said. “It’s a very fast-moving
section of the economy.”
I’ll admit that I thought I’d do a way better
job surviving off the trading economy but it
was a lot more difficult then I expected. Not
knowing where my next meal was going to
come from was exhausting and I definitely
will not be doing it again if I can help it.
Full disclosure: I cheated and brushed my
teeth a couple days in. My mouth tasted like
a garbage can.

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PHOTO: IZABELLA BALCERZAK

COMMUNITIES

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Bad girls bike well

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

A new report highlights the gender divide between women
and men biking in the GTA. The same issues exist on campus
of bike lock spaces on campus.
Forbes said students can expect
to see a significant increase in bike
spaces near Church and Dundas
sreets after the completion of the
Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences
Complex in Fall 2018.
The new building will serve as
a multi-functional hub, offering
over 100 bike spaces inside, as
well as available parking around
the area.

By Nicole Brumley
While creating a cycle culture continues to be a vision for Toronto,
a recent Ryerson report points to
a gender divide in ridership in the
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The report, titled Cycling Behaviour and Potential in the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area, states
that cities should focus their efforts
on getting more women to bike in
order to increase overall cycling potential.
According to the study, women
make up less than 30 per cent of cyclists in the GTAH. The same study
showed that more than half the trips
(54 per cent) taken by women could
be biked, in comparison to 46 per
cent for men.
The Bad Girls Bike Club co-creators, Claire McFarlane and Lavinia Tanzim.

“When big
almost-accidents
happen I want to
scream, ‘I’m a
person!’”
Raktim Mitra, a Ryerson Urban
and Regional Planning professor
and lead investigator of the study,
said there’s a “huge gap” when it
comes to women ridership possibilities. At Ryerson, 54 per cent of
students and 50 per cent of employees are women.
Mitra said potential factors that
reduce female ridership could be
because women are typically more
risk averse than men, and are more
likely to face aggressive behaviour
or abuse while biking.
Lavinia Tanzim, a third-year cre-

you because you’re a woman,” said
Tanzim via messenger.
Other students echo similar
concerns about safety. Ryerson
creative industries student Emily
Skublics was biking along Dundas Street and University Avenue
when she encountered an all too
familiar problem faced by cyclists
in the downtown core. As traffic
approached a red light, Skublics
was biking up to the intersection
when a passenger in a stopped
car swung their door open, nearly
slamming into her.
“Luckily I was going slowly, but
she was less than a foot away from
me … I actually screamed at her
to be careful and she didn’t even
look at me,” said Skublics. “The
demeaning feeling is when big almost-accidents happen and I want
to scream, ‘I’m a person!’ because
drivers and pedestrians treat me
like a nuisance instead of a person

Creative industries student Emily Skublics with her bike.

ative industries student and avid
cyclist, said one of the concerns she
hears most often is that cycling in
the city is intimidating.
“Additionally, sometimes men
in the cycling community don’t
take you seriously or look down on

PHOTO: NICOLE BRUMLEY

on a vehicle.”
Biking along Spadina to Dundas
is a necessary route for Skublic’s to
get to Ryerson’s campus. She said
it’s because of a lack of bike lanes,
causing her to get “cut-off or nearly
doored almost every day.”

Recent statistics from the Toronto Police show that over 1,083
cyclists and pedestrians have been
hit by cars since June 1, 2016. From
2008-2012, 10 cyclists died in Toronto from their injuries.
Amy Harris is a Ryerson instructor who studied Urban and Regional
Planning and Geography Literature
at Queen’s University.
Harris has been a regular cyclist
in the city for 14 years and said the
recent police statistics show an “intolerable carnage.”
“The thing that concerns me is
not just the death toll—it is the victim-blaming. People run down by
cars are blamed, even though these
collisions occur because drivers are
inattentive … angry, and because
too many drivers fail to think about
what happens when their hard,
heavy vehicles impact soft human
bodies,” said Harris.
While on campus, cyclists run into
other issues, like finding safe, available spaces to lock their bikes.
Harris said theft of bikes and bike
parts remains “a very real problem”
on campus, and that she would love
to see Ryerson double the number
of bike racks and move existing
parking to more visible and secure
locations.
While Ryerson does offer a bike
room on Bond Street, access to the
facility is based on a first-come-first
serve basis and is not actively monitored or patrolled.
“I often teach at night, meaning
that I must unlock my bike in dark,
out-of-the-way locations on campus
late at night. I had a pass to the bike
room last year but was never able
to use it because it is in a dark alley
and the room did not feel like a safe
space at night,” said Harris.
Colleen Filson, a fourth-year creative industries student, has been
biking to campus for over two years.
Filson is now on her second bike after
her previous 1975 vintage bicycle was
stolen near the Rogers Communications Centre.

PHOTO COURTESY : BAD GIRLS BIKE CLUB

Filson said finding bike parking in
safer areas like Balzac’s and the Student Learning Centre (SLC) is sometimes difficult due to overcrowding.
“The weird, upright bike lock stations in front of the library entrance
are … really dumb. Most people can
only lock tires, which is a huge reason bikes gets stolen because tires
can be easily detached from bikes,”
said Filson.
Micheal Forbes, an interim group
director and Ryerson spokesperson, said he has been made “generically” aware of bike theft and a lack

“Men in
the cycling
community don’t
take you seriously,
or they look down
on you”
Tanzim and fourth-year journalism student Claire McFarlane
started the Bad Girls Bike Club in
July to try and get more women on
their bikes.
The Bad Girls Bike Club offers
maintenance workshops and guided rides in the city “to empower
women to become self-sufficient
cyclists.”
Tanzim said her advice to women
biking downtown is to “be aware of
the rules of the road, be visible and
be predictable.”

Bike
Report
Cycling in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton:

Breaking down the numbers

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The Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton
residents take 14 million trips every day
Only 6 per cent of these trips are currently
walked or cycled
Between 2001 and 2011, cycling rates
have increased by 37 per cent, primarily in
the downtown area
This is a 61 per cent increase of cyclists in
10 years
In most parts of the GTHA, besides
downtown Toronto, cycling has increased
moderately (between 0.26 per cent and 1.5
per cent) or remained unchanged
4.35 million trips in the GTHA are considered
cyclable, equal to 33 per cent of all trips
that are not currently cycled or walked

SPORTS

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

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Double-shifting: the life of a two-team athlete
Bethany Clipper is a hockey player first, but joined the women’s soccer team this season as Ryerson’s only two-team U Sports athlete
By Bryan Meler
The women’s soccer season may
have come to an end this past
weekend, but Bethany Clipper is
still as busy as any Ryerson athlete.
A striker for the women’s soccer
team and a defenceman for the
women’s hockey team, Bethany
Clipper spent the fall as the only
member of two Ryerson U Sports
(formerly Canadian Interuniversity
Sports) teams. Ryerson’s U Sports
teams consist of the men’s and
women’s basketball, volleyball,
hockey and soccer teams.

“She brings her
intensity to practice
and I think some
of that hockey
mentality has
helped”
The Cambridge, Ont. native
embraced the opportunity to join a
second team at the beginning of the
fall when Ivan Joseph, Ryerson’s
director of athletics and the
women’s soccer team’s head coach,
needed extra players. The Rams
roster was depleted, with a total

Bethany Clipper is the only athlete to play for two of Ryerson’s U Sports teams this season.

of 10 players facing injuries at the
start of the season. Most notably,
Alex Rodkin, one of the team’s top
strikers, was out for the entirety
of the year due to off-season knee
surgery.
Clipper has always considered
hockey to be her primary sport, but
the second-year sport media student
has tried to stay connected to soccer.
Following her rookie season with
the Rams hockey team, she spent

this past summer playing for the
U21 Guelph Rangers in the Ontario
Women’s Soccer League.
“She’s handled it really well,” said
Rodkin of Clipper’s transition into
a multi-sport varsity athlete.
“She seems to be really good at
managing her time to be able to do
both sports almost all the time. She
fit in really well right away with
our whole team.”
Last week, Clipper’s schedule
included four soccer practices, four
hockey practices, and two games on
the ice. The Rams’ women’s soccer
team also had a pair of weekend
games to finish their season, but
because of conflicting schedules,
Clipper had to make hockey her
priority.

“It’s tough when
you’re at so many
practices, even some
on the same day”
Clipper played two games for the women’s soccer team.

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Oct. 20 - Rams: 5 Lakehead: 2 Oct. 20 - Rams: 2 Toronto: 0
Oct. 22 - Rams: 1 York: 2 (2OT) Oct. 23 - Rams: 2 York: 3 (SO)
Oct. 21 - Rams: 68 Brock: 78
(exhibition)
Oct. 22 - Rams: 89 Niagara: 52
(exhibition)
Oct. 23 - Rams: 84 Regina: 63
(exhibition)

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Oct. 23 - Rams: 2 Carleton: 2
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Oct. 21 - Rams: 73 Victoria: 70
(exhibition)
Oct. 22 - Rams: 64 Saskatchewan:
62
(exhibition)
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(exhibition)

WoMen’s Soccer

Oct. 22 - Rams: 1 Ottawa: 0
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Clipper’s current grades in the
sport media program qualify her for
U Sports All-Canadian academic
status, which requires a GPA of at
least 3.50. It’s a testament to how
well she’s been able to manage her
time.
“Playing this many sports, being
part of the Rams, is definitely
something that will help me in my
program,” said Clipper. “It gives me
an opportunity to experience both
roles, as an athlete and as someone
in the industry.”
Even though Clipper’s role is
unique this season, it’s something
the women’s soccer and hockey
teams have already experienced
with Alex Armstrong, a former
goalkeeper for both squads. This
year Sydney Sica, a member of the
women’s soccer team, also trains
with the hockey team, but doesn’t
participate in competition.
Armstrong is now with the
Guelph Gryphons, but she
remembers her time at Ryerson,
with the school placing a heavy
emphasis on putting academics
ahead of athletics.
“When I found out, I told her
that she should make sure to take
and make time for herself,” said
Armstrong. “[I told her to] make

sure you’re still able to do school
work, but it’s tough when you’re at
so many practices, even some on the
same day.”
Although
Ryerson’s
teams
practice and train year-round,
without soccer games to play
Clipper will be able to dedicate more
time to hockey, the first sport she
joined at Ryerson.
This season could be a big
one on the ice for Clipper.
The team is without last year’s
captain and fellow defenceman,
Jessica Hartwick, who graduated
last year. With both blueliners
having a right-handed shot, a rare
commodity in the eyes of their
coach, Hartwick’s departure gives
Clipper a chance to become a more
regular member of the roster. Last
year, Clipper played 19 of 24 OUA
games as a rookie.
“[Her soccer coaches] like her
aggressiveness and tenacity around
the ball,” said women’s hockey
head coach Lisa Haley. “I think it
translates well to what she needs to
do as a defenemen in hockey. When
she’s at that blue line she needs to
be a wall and have that aggressive
personality.”

“It translates well to
what she needs to do
as a defensemen in
hockey”

Clipper’s
versatility
and
aggressiveness on the ice and pitch
have become valuable assets just a
few months into her sophomore
year. She’s been able to contribute
on both offense and defence for the
Rams, which she says is a product
of the time she’s devoted to both
sports.
“I take my aggressiveness from
hockey, and use it towards my
attacking mentality in soccer,”
said Clipper. “It’s weird, they’re
completely different sports, different
mentalities, but the aggressiveness
is still there.”

Clipper finishes the soccer season
having dressed for three games and
playing in two. Assistant coach Tina
Cook said her potential as a scoring
threat for the Rams is still further
down the road, but she impacted
her new team in other ways.
“She brings her intensity to
practice and I think some of that
hockey mentality has helped,” said
Cook.
Clipper remains undecided as
to whether or not she’ll try to play
for the soccer team next year, but
she continues to train and prepare
herself for when that opportunity
comes along. She takes it as a
year-to-year decision, one that
becomes difficult in later academic
years when having to balance a full
Clipper is a defenceman with the women’s hockey team.
schedule as a student-athlete.

COURTESY: ALEX D’ADDESE

BIZ & TECH

10

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Short-term jobs a shitty new reality
Young people must work precarious jobs that harm their health. Get used to it, Morneau says
By Raneem Al-Ozzi
Young Canadians should get used to
short-term employment and career
changes, federal Finance Minister
Bill Morneau said Oct. 22. He said his
government must focus on preparing
for a future where both are normal.
Morneau’s remarks were reported after a meeting of the federal
Liberal Party’s Ontario wing in Niagara Falls, Ont.
Aura Huq, a fourth-year accounting student at Ryerson, has been
working at a McDonald’s for six
years. She said her job has not prepared her for future employment.
“I want to get a better job that
will also help me in my area of
study. It doesn’t feel like I have a
stable income. It’s part-time, I’m a
student, the timings don’t always
work and so it doesn’t really help,”
said Huq, 27.
Vasiliki Bednar, the chair of a
federal panel on youth unemployment that started Oct. 10, said the
nature of work has become more
precarious. “People make more job
transitions and are finding it increasingly difficult to get their foot
out the door. They can’t get that
first really important job because
they lack the experience, and they
can’t get the experience without a
job, and so it goes on.”
Canada’s unemployment rate
was seven per cent in September
2016. In August, youth unemployment sat at 13.2 per cent.
People don’t want to exploit
youth by putting them through
unpaid internships, but there are
very few paid internships, and no
transitions from graduating to entering the workforce, Bednar said.
Bednar said that although the

Winnie Ng, investigator on a report into precarious work.

panel has ideas, they want to hear
from Canadians and do further research. The panel will submit an
interim report by the end of the
year and a final report to the federal labour minister by March.
Bednar added that the panel’s
mandate is specific to youth, so it’s
very keen on solving the precarity
that comes along with racism, sexism, poverty and discrimination.
The same day the panel started,
Ryerson researchers published a
public health report which says
precarious employment hurts the
health of racialized and immigrant
women.
The report, “A Public Health
Crisis in the Making: The Health
Impacts of Precarious Work on
Racialized Refugee and Immigrant
Women,” focuses on the experiences of 40 women with precarious jobs in personal services and
the food sector. Precarious work
refers to jobs that are part-time,
temporary and often poorly paid.
According to the report, immigrant women make up a growing
proportion of employees who are

PHOTO: RANEEM AL-OZZI

precariously employed.
The report was produced by researchers in collaboration with Ryerson’s Faculty of Arts, Faculty of
Community Services and Centre for
Labour Management Relations.
“The purpose of this study is to
give more texture and colour to the
lives of racialized refugees and immigrant women,” said Winnie Ng,
principal investigator on the report.
Participants in the study reported working multiple jobs and
losing time, energy and pay while
travelling between job sites. The
report says participants spoke
about working in unsafe situations, being stressed and having to
choose between buying food and
medicine when ill.
Many told researchers their
weekly incomes added up to less
than minimum wage and that if they
missed work because of illness, they
risked not having enough money
and losing their job.
Besides health and safety risks,
many participants reported facing a
high degree of workplace discrimination, sexism, racism and harassment.

“The results from the report recognize that the more restrictive
and the more confined women’s
situations are, the less choices they
have. This leads to vulnerability and
more precarious working conditions which leads to more precarious health,” Ng said. She works with
the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty
of Community Services to connect
academics and activists.
According to the report, Canadian
research shows racialized and immigrant workers generally experience
higher than average unemployment
and underemployment rates.
Research for the report was conducted using community-based research methodology. Researchers
trained participants to be community leaders who can now go out
and talk to more women within
their communities.
In November, a community
launch will be held where the report will be translated into various
languages and shared among the
community, said Ng.
“It’s our way of breaking down
the isolation, so we’re telling other
women that they’re not alone in
their experiences,” she added.

In addressing the wellbeing of
female workers, the report makes
many recommendations, some of
which include: wage parity regardless of job status, and scheduling to
allow stability.
Statistics Canada data from September shows the average Canadian female makes $24.03 per hour
while the average Canadian male
makes $27.54 per hour—a difference of about 13 per cent.
Marie Bountrogianni, an expert
on immigration and unemployment at Ryerson and dean of The
Chang School, encourages youth
to put serious thought in starting
their own businesses.
“Think of a product or idea that
could inspire a start-up business
and run with it. Take a risk—it
could have a huge payoff,” she said
in an email.
Bountrogianni said students
should take advantage of services
on campus that help people find
jobs, like Magnet—a job search tool
developed at Ryerson’s DMZ.
“Bridging programs are an excellent way for new Canadians to
transfer their skills to the Canadian
workforce,” said Bountrogianni.

$27.08—Average hourly wage for full-time workers
$17.99–Average hourly wage for part-time workers
$26.15–Average hourly wage for permanent workers
$20.96–Average hourly wage for temporary workers
$27.60–Average hourly wage for workers aged 25 to 54
years
Data published by Statistics Canada on Oct. 7

New app helps students make friends

Taimur Malik, founder of Juno.

PHOTO: JOEL AGARWAL

“You know, I’ll recognize them by
face, but I don’t know who they are,
Ryerson student Taimur Malik has nothing about them,” Malik said.
spent most of university not knowThat’s why the fourth-year finaning “99 per cent” of his classmates. cial mathematics student founded
By Noushin Ziafati

Juno, an app designed to help students get to know their classmates
and people in the university community.
Available on iOS and soon to be
released on Android, Juno allows
Ryerson students to make “confessions,” comment on them and
speak to the people in their different classes.
Malik hopes Juno will increase
community engagement and enhance the university experience for
Ryerson students.
“The whole point of ... being in
university is to meet new people,
not just staying with your old
clique from your high school or the
people you meet on the first day,”
Malik said.
Juno requires users to log in with
a Facebook account and input their

Ryerson emails to confirm they’re
Ryerson students.
Users then get to see which of
their Facebook friends are using
the app and can join feeds with
other students.
The app is split into a main Ryerson feed and separate course feeds.
The main Ryerson feed allows
students to make anonymous posts
and for people to comment on
them, much like the Spotted at Ryerson Facebook page.
Users can also add separate
course feeds by searching up course
codes for classes in which they
are enrolled. They can then look
through a list of their classmates
and share files using Google Drive.
“Now, students can finally know
who their classmates are,” Malik
said.

Malik is considering expanding
the app to include student group
feeds as well, because he was approached by groups who said they
have too many members for them
to interact easily through a Facebook group.
Another feature of the app allows users to link their Instagram
or Snapchat accounts, allowing
students to make further connections with fellow classmates and
university students.
Malik hopes to expand the app
beyond the Ryerson community
and allow students at different colleges and universities to interact
with each other as well.
“[We are] starting with classes,
community, and then eventually
interconnecting all communities
around Ryerson,” he said.

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Ghost olympics return to the quad

PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

It’s not pathetic, it’s strategic.

Off to the races! Literally.

By Skyler Ash
The 16th Biennial Ouija Olympic
(BOO) started in the Quad on Oct.
24, with ghosts from all over the
city coming to take part. The BOO
is held every two years, due to the
rigorous training the ghosts have to
endure to prepare for the event and
their struggle to leave purgatory.
Former Ryerson President Sheldon Levy was responsible for
bringing BOO to Ryerson. Three
years ago, Levy put forward a bid
of $26 million and won. “I was so
delighted to be able to bring this
event to our school,” said Levy.
“We’re such a diverse bunch at Ryerson, but ghosts have been the one
thing we were missing.” The organizers at BOO said that the only
other bid they received was from
OCAD University, who put forward a bid of $15 as a joke.
Events have already begun, and
many of the city’s highest profile
ghosts have medaled. Howard Hillen Kerr, Ryerson’s only principal,
took the gold for fastest apparition
in broad daylight. “I’ve been prac-

PHOTO: JONATHAN PARASILITI AND IZABELLA BALCERZAK

ticing for months,” said Kerr, who
died in 1984. This is Kerr’s 12th gold
medal at BOO, putting him just two
behind the record currently held by
Ryerson’s namesake, Egerton Ryerson. Ryerson is known for being adept in the long-jump scare, 100-metre fly and being a huge racist.

This year’s BOO is expected to be
the most well-attended, due to the
venue’s convenient location in the
downtown core. Sir Robert Falconer, 5th president of the University
of Toronto, was “extremely pleased”
to hear that the event would be held
at Ryerson. “It’s just a quick subway ride from my haunting,” said
Falconer, who has only ever won
a bronze in the brightest ethereal
glow-off.
After numerous student reports

boo world records

of weird sounds in the Quad, Ryerson officials announced the event in
a press conference after concerns for
safety. “There’s nothing to be worried about,” said Ryerson president
Mohamed Lachemi. “It’s just a couple
dozen ghosts who’ve all been dead
for some time and haven’t moved
onto their afterlife. No big deal.”
Lachemi also announced he
would be attending many of the
events along with his “good friend”
Levy. “I got matching shirts made
for Sheldon and I that say, ‘G(h)
O(st) Ryerson!’,” said Lachemi.
“I think the joke is a bit forced,”
said Levy, “but I appreciate the sentiment, and will be in attendance.”
Events are taking place all day
and night in the Quad. All students
should have received an email to
their Ryerson account detailing the
events, as well as a voucher for half
off popcorn and refreshments.
Closing ceremonies will take
place in the Quad on Oct. 31 at
11 p.m., after which students are
welcome to join the ghosts for an
after party at Lachemi’s house. “It’s
BYOB,” said Lachemi.

how to
trick-ortreat as an
adult
By Skyler Ash
First thing’s first: fuck whoever said
it’s not acceptable to trick-or-treat
past the age of 12. People older
than 12 have real problems, like
large workloads, insurmountable
debt and the existential crisis every
university student inevitably goes
through.
This year, screw those pre-conceived societal norms and follow
these rules on how to legally gain
free candy from your neighbours
while disguising your identity.
1. Have a good costume.
Nobody wants to give candy
to a trick-or-treater in a bare
bones costume. If you want
free candy, you have to put in some
effort. And don’t be a “sexy” anything, because that’s actually the
worst. It’s go big or go home, and
you’re already standing outside of
somebody’s home.
2. Be a nice person. I’m
talking minimal obnoxious
knocking, only a single ring
of the doorbell and a polite

and volume-controlled “trick or
treat!” when the door is opened.
Don’t be that person who pounds
their fists against the door and demands candy like a bank robber who
needs the money to pay for his kid’s
surgery while he’s pulling as many
shifts at the diner as he can, but it’s
just not enough since his wife, Susan, left, and this is the last resort.
Don’t be that person.
3. Don’t take more than
your fair share. Some people like to hold the bowl out
for people to pick what they
like, and often don’t specify the
amount. These are your options:
three small candies or two bags
of chips, or two small candies and
one bag of chips. If the candies are
regular-sized, the rules do not apply.
Grab the goods and run.
4. Stay out late. In this day
and age of helicopter parents, you as a free-wheelin’,
fancy-free adult have the
upper hand: you can stay out as late
as you want. After about 7 p.m.,
most modern parents drag their
sad, oppressed children home to
throw their candy out in front of
them and force feed them organic
fruits and vegetables. Houses will
still be full of candy, so get ready
to reel it in.
Follow these rules and you’ll be
eating free candy for weeks! An
added bonus: you’ll have actually left
the house for something other than
school or work. Good job!

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LOUDEST MELANCHOLY MOAN:
Sid Drmay, former Ryerson jam taste-tester (died June 14, 1991)
On their technique: “You have to have the right ratio of sadness to scream.
There’s a fine balance, but if you try hard enough, you can make it happen.”
MOST SMALL CHILDREN SCARED IN 10 MINUTES:
Alanna Rizza, former Ryerson skateboarder (died Dec. 12, 1971)
On her technique: “My motto is be loud, be proud. Ghosts get a bad rep
for scaring kids, but it’s part of the job description. I’m just playing to my
strengths, which are blood-curdling screams and scary hand gestures.”
MOST CORPOREAL POSSESSIONS IN A SINGLE DAY:
Thomas Skrlj, former Ryerson arts student (died Aug. 21, 2016)
On his technique: “You have to both be there and not be there. Really sneak
up on people. You should be present but not noticed, that’s the real key.”
STRONGEST POLTERGEIST:
Justin Chandler, former Ryeson exotic dance prof. (died Sept. 30, 1986)
On his technique: “Being an exotic dancer, you learn to manipulate the crowd
around you, and now I transfer that skill to object manipulation. Also, a lot
of hip gyrating. Yeah, you’d be surprised how much the hips count.”

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

FREE WIFI

IN THE FOOD COURT

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Tim Hortons
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The Beer Store
Express

Harvey’s

WINNERS

Wine Rack

Blaze Pizza

Rogers

California Thai

Wind Mobile

Caribbean Queen

Baskin Robbins

Subway

Chipotle

MII Sandwich

Poptopia/Yoyo’s
Yogurt Cafe

Curry & Co.

Opa! Souvlaki

Goodlife Fitness

Zeytouna

Real Fruit
Bubble Tea

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