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Volume 50 - Issue 20

March 15, 2017
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2 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 NEWS 3

Training of Rye staff needs overhaul
Ryerson’s staff training has been called into question after a TA’s dismissal over anti-Semitic comments and problems with pro-life protesters

PHOTO: IZABELLA BALCERZAK

SECURITY ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE TEACHERS ON EQUITY TRAINING
By Sylvia Lorico through the Centre for Women and Trans By Denise Paglinawan EDI’s training sessions engage participants
People, but refused to take an official stance in identifying personal assumptions, biases,

R yerson’s security personnel are undergo-
ing new sexual violence training in order
to properly identify and handle cases of sexual
on the issue.
Tanya Poppleton, manager of security and
emergency services at Ryerson, said this is
C urrent and incoming Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) executives are calling for
an improved and expanded equity training
worldviews and identifying the diverse popu-
lation of students at Ryerson.
Current RSU vice-president equity Ta-
assault on campus. not the first instance where extra training has program for teaching staff, following recent mara Jones said that the teaching staff who
Security training will emphasize how to been implemented for security. complaints about staff regarding racism and need training are usually those who don’t
properly approach sexual assault survivors “We are constantly evaluating our training discrimination. attend because old staff aren’t required to
in order to make them feel heard and sup- needs,” she said. “Whenever someone is will- Last month, the university fired Ayman go. She also said there’s a lot of resistance to
ported following an incident. The training ing to offer training to us, we always look to Elkasrawy, a TA in the engineering and ar- the word “mandatory,” as it’s up to the indi-
includes discussion about rape myths and see how can we incorporate that into our cur- chitectural science faculty, due to anti-Se- vidual’s discretion if they want to attend the
rape culture. riculums.” mitic comments he made during a mosque training.
As part of the training, security was re- Last fall, the Trans Collective reached out prayer. Harlick said all professors and TAs should
quired to watch The Hunting Ground, a 2015 to security and requested additional training Students also made complaints about con- undergo mandatory equity training, and that
documentary about sexual assault cases on for staff. Security responded to this request troversial Facebook comments posted by en- it should be student-led in partnership with
U.S. college campuses. Following its release, and worked with Farah Khan, coordinator of gineering sessional lecturer Brian Petz. The the EDI office.
the film sparked a national conversation in Ryerson’s Office of Sexual Violence Support comments were regarding Petz’s political These trainings would give teaching staff
the way universities handle these cases. and Education, on training to better handle views on immigration and religious commu- “free anti-oppression therapy” and help
According to incident records on Inte- cases of sexual violence. nities. them understand how to become better edu-
grated Risk Management’s (IRM) website, Cassandra Myers, co-ordinator of the Sexual While newly-hired teaching staff are re- cators, Harlick said.
there were a total of 14 reported sexual as- Assault Survivor Support Line, said that while quired to attend an equity training session “If these trainings could be student-led, in
sault cases out of 93 total incidents since training for sexual violence is a “step in the right during the faculty orientation in their first partnership with EDI, it [would be] students
Feb. 9, 2016. direction,” there’s room for improvement. year of employment, it’s not a requirement for who are talking about knowledge from their
These numbers do not take into account “If you train security for sexual violence, unionized and existing instructors and TAs— own experiences,” they said. “So this would
cases not formally reported to security by you should also train them to deal with other which means that many current staff do not not look like a cis student talking about what
students or staff, nor do they include cases issues like transphobia, racialization and other have any equity training. trans students need, for example.”
not publicly posted by security. A previous issues.” Camryn Harlick, incoming RSU vice- Eric Kam, the director of the Learning &
Eyeopener investigation concluded that less Myers added it would be beneficial to train president equity and current coordinator at Teaching Office, said he is currently in the
than five per cent of all incidents reported to Ryerson security officers under the same RyePride, said the RSU’s equity centres have process of receiving proposals on student
security are posted online. methodology as the Toronto Police Service, received many complaints about Ryerson’s engagement difficulties. “We expect to re-
Comparatively, the University of Toronto which encompasses a broader spectrum of teaching staff. They said students are “feel- ceive several proposals on EDI-related is-
St. George campus’ 2015 annual security report possible scenarios, including mental health. ing extremely triggered” in their classes due sues that are relevant to fostering inclusive
showed two sexual assault cases were reported. Training for mental health has also been to teachers expressing prejudices, like trans- classrooms.”
The extra training comes after the Ryerson an important topic on campus. phobia. The EDI office, along with the Learning &
Reproductive Justice Collective (RJC) made Ryerson security is usually the first re- “[Students complain about] professors us- Teaching Office, will also periodically lead
demands for mandatory equity training led by sponders for incidents on campus. Since they ing the wrong name in class, not using the workshops or special sessions for the annual
the Centre for Women and Trans People and are not specifically trained to handle cases re- right pronouns and saying there are only two Learning & Teaching Conference, accord-
the Trans Collective. garding mental health, they need to consult genders,” Harlick said. ing to Ryerson’s vice-provost equity Denise
On Jan. 23, RJC met with members of the with a medical professional. They said this can negatively affect stu- O’Neil Green.
Ryerson administration, the Ryerson Stu- “We’re not doctors, we can’t make an as- dents’ academic performance, mental health York University has a similar training pro-
dents’ Union (RSU) and the Continuing sessment on someone, we have to just go and make them feel uncomfortable coming to gram, Respect, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Education Students’ Association (CESAR) to with what is being presented to us,” Popple- class or asking for help. (REDI), which is offered throughout the year.
discuss their demands. These eight demands ton said. Equity training is hosted by Ryerson’s Office Participants who attend the training sessions
included: banning pro-life organizations “We might have some patients who may of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The receive a certificate of completion.
on Gould Street, holding mandatory equity not want a male responder so being con- EDI office assists the university’s departments Harlick said as incoming RSU vice-pres-
trainings for security and asking the univer- scious of that and being able to identify your- and faculties to introduce these values into ident equity, they will continue conversa-
sity to take an official stance against pro-life self and recognizing whether they want help classrooms and work environments. tions with the EDI office about making eq-
protestors on campus. or not and bring in resources to assist those According to Ryerson’s vice-provost fac- uity trainings mandatory.
The administration agreed to provide sup- individuals is important.” ulty affairs Saeed Zolfaghari, the Learning & “I think lobbying with the university is
port for students traumatized by images used Poppleton confirmed that security dis- Teaching Conference, where the new staff something that I would love to work on and
by pro-life protestors, in addition to imple- cussed other types of training with the Office will receive their training, will be held on see if there is any possibility [of this happen-
menting more training for Ryerson security of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. May 18. ing] at all.”
4 EDITORIAL Wednesday, March 15, 2017

There goes the neighbourhood Nathalie “Cloak” Rodriguez
Sierra “Chocolate frog” Bellmore

Contributors
Al “Short end of the stick” Downham
By Robert “Old El Paso” Mackenzie
Jacob Raneem “Phoenix” Al-Ozzi
Dubé Sylvia “Rogue” Lorico
Editor-in-Chief Neha “Nightcrawler” Chollangi
My earliest memory of Toronto was Nicole “Dumbledore” Schmidt Noella “Cyclops” Ovid
seeing Honest Ed’s for the first time. Denise “Mystique” Paglinawan
I’d traveled from the suburbs to News Bryan “Colossus” Meler
Sonic Boom, the huge record store Alanna “Parvati” Rizza Peter “Iceman” Ash
that occupied a chunk of Ed’s main Sarah “Padama” Krichel Ben “Professor X” Waldman
floor. I like to think I went there Jacob “Malfoy” Dubé Matt “Gambit” Collins
because of the selection, but the real Matt “Wolverine” Ouellet
reason (at least at first) was because Photo Lyba “The Birds” Mansoor
I saw it in a movie. Devin “Diggory” Jones Melissa “Chipper” Salamo
Every time I came out of Bathurst Izabella “Delacour” Balcerzak
station and was greeted by the huge Keith “Krum” Capstick So the Annoying Talking Coffee mug
lights, the crazy signs, and the deals is pretty damn tired of being an-
on shitty merchandise in the win- Online noyed. I’d prefer a soupcan of kittens,
Au Revoir. PHOTO COURTESY: MICHAEL MAYER/FLICKR
dows, I knew I was at a special place. Sierra “Trelawney” Bein rainbows and consequence-free treats.
Honest Ed’s defined Toronto for quicker than Blockbuster could shut bright-eyed kids from the suburbs Farnia “McGonagall” Fekri I am aware that this has been a pretty
me—it was mine. Like an anchor, it its doors in 2011. And the city is los- will walk around Toronto, shrug, Lee “Snape” Richardson damn easy winter here in the centre of
served as a starting point that I used ing its lifeblood because of it. and never come back. Because there the Universe. I have family and friends
to explore the rest of the area and What really did it this week was will be nothing here for them. Features in the prairies, up north and (god help
learn about its quirks. the announcement that the Hard A couple years ago, there were Karoun “Lovegood” Chahinian them) on the east coast—so I am very
But this year, Honest Ed’s is Rock Café at Dundas Square is be- plans to build a Walmart right next aware of what a horrible winter much
scheduled to be demolished, along ing turned into a Shoppers Drug to Kensington Market, which would Arts and Life of Canada has had. Rumour has it that
with the iconic comic and video Mart. Sure, the restaurant is part of have sucked the local business own- Annie “Myrtle” Arnone British Columbia got WAY more snow
shops around it, to make way for a a huge chain, but it was a staple of ers dry. than we did. In fact, they had to be told
shopping plaza with condos. the square where I used to buy gui- Luckily, more than 90,000 peo- Sports to stop taking sand from the beaches to
I haven’t been in the neighbour- tar-shaped gifts for old girlfriends. ple signed a petition condemning Daniel “Hedwig” Rocchi use on the ice. As I write this, I realize
hood since. It doesn’t feel the same, That, and there’s already another the operation, and the developers what a whiny entitled ass-hat I sound
and probably never will. Shoppers across the street. backed down. Biz and Tech like. We have had a Vancouver winter
Toronto, in a desperate attempt If the city keeps erasing its land- So if you have a place you love, Justin “Sorting Hat” Chandler with a white Christmas to boot. Not re-
to capitalize on its skyrocketing real marks, everything will be pristinely go visit it, support them, buy some- ally hard times. We have, however, had
estate prices, is closing down his- boring. We’re headed towards a thing, and fight like hell if anyone Communities very, very, very little sun. So, we wee
toric venues, stores and restaurants future where other long-haired, tries to take it away from you. Sidney “Pettigrew” Drmay minions that serve the machinery that
makes the centre of the Universe go are
Fun tired and more than a little worn down.
Skyler “Umbridge” Ash True, our goblets have not been frozen.
Continuing O ve r 1 0 0
courses in Media
We are not bedecked in chilblains, nor
has a witch’s tit needed to be invoked.

Studies at G ra p h i c D e s i g n
Thomas “Dobby” Skrlj
Carl “Longbottom” Solis
BUT we do need our sun, our precious.
I have maybe two weeks left in me. Af-

OCAD
We b D e s i g n ter that, if I’m not getting some steady
I n t e ra c t i ve M e d i a Copy Editor ‘shine, well... you’ll be reading about me
Igor “Voldemort” Magun on the front page of what is left of The

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EYELECTIONSs
C r e a t i ve Wo r k s h o p s What: Eyeopener elections
P r o g ra m s f o r Yo u t h Where: The Ram in the Rye
When: March 30, 6:30 p.m.
Why: Because you want to work with a room full of badass people,
do good journalism, and sleep less.
E x p l o r e Yo u r C r e a t i v e P o t e n t i a l How: Stop by SCC207 to fill out a nomination form. You must also
submit a poster with your name, face, and position you’re running
A r t . D e s i g n . N ew M e d i a CONTINUING
STUDIES
for on it. Anyone can run! Short speeches take place on March 30.
E ve n i n g s . We e ke n d s . O n l i n e Voting takes place on March 31 from 10:00-4:30. The following volunteers are
eligible to vote: Emerald Bensadoun, Nicole Brumley, Raneem Al-Ozzi, Nikhil
C o u r s e i n f o a n d r e g i s t r a t i o n : o c a d u . c a /c o n t i n u i n g s t u d i e s Sharma, Sylvia Lorico, Noushin Ziafati, Bryan Meler, Brenda Molina-Navidad,
Ben Waldman, Noella Ovid and Lyba Mansoor. If you’ve volunteered more than
six times this year and your name isn’t on this list, let us know!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 NEWS 5

Next steps made towards creating Rye law school
Justice Gregory Regis, a retired member of the Ontario Court of Justice, has been appointed as a visiting professor

By Annie Arnone The Eyeopener previously spoke to down the road,” he said. “Ryerson,
Daniel Brown, director of the Crim- from what I understand, is design-
Ryerson has appointed the honour- inal Lawyers Association, about ing a law program where lawyers
able Justice Gregory Regis—a high- Ryerson’s “innovative” approach to are ready to become lawyers when
profile judge in the Toronto law learning law. they leave.”
community—as a one-year visiting Currently, the model for the He added that the intention to
professor for Ryerson’s new law law school is to bypass articling— graduate students who are imme-
school, cementing next steps for the a post-graduate process similar to diately prepared for work was what
project. interning, which make graduates excited him most about Ryerson.
His biggest plan is to incorporate hireable—by cutting it out of the Anver Saloojee, Ryerson’s assis-
training for students so that they’re curriculum. tant vice-president international,
able to communicate properly with Brown told The Eye that, “a large mentioned that the addition of Re-
suspects who struggle with litera- percentage of [practitioners] have gis to Ryerson’s team is a “refresh-
cy—something he believes is seri- traditional articling experience, so ing step forward” for the new law
ously lacking in the law community those who participated in, let’s say school.
and in current law programs. ‘the Law Practice Program’ (LPP), “He is a Justice who is incredibly
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“The area of dual-literacy and ac- Justice Gregory Regis graduated from Rye in 1977. weren’t considered as qualified as inclusive, he has a wonderful mind-
cess to justice is a big problem area those who had articles.” set about what it means to be a
in criminal courts,” he said. “People tario Court of Justice in 1999 and was only one high school in all of The LPP is an existing program at community activist,” Saloojee said.
who have no literacy or are illiter- was the first Saint Lucian and non- the island. The only time I could Ryerson, intended to be an alterna- “He represents people from differ-
ate have a very hard time finding white individual to be appointed attend was at night after I worked tive to traditional articling through ent backgrounds who are origi-
their way through the justice sys- Senior Justice for the central east during the day.” an eight-month program. nally from the west, and yet he is
tem, we need to be accessible to all region. Regis also attended the Ry- He also said public service is very Brown also said the addition of completely immersed in Canadian
people.” erson School of Journalism in 1974 important to him. another law school in Canada is the society.”
Understanding Literacy: a Judicial and graduated in 1977. In October 2016, Ryerson re- “last thing law firms need,” due to Saloojee believes that Regis’s in-
Imperative—a book written by a Ca- Immigrating to Canada from leased a letter of intent to have the the current oversaturation of gradu- clusive approach will be good for
nadian law agency dedicated to giv- Saint Lucia and taking a different law school open by 2020. “The aim ating lawyers. the school.
ing access to legal aid—states that, approach to education is something is to produce practice-ready legal But Regis disagrees. He said the “There are people who don’t
“Studies….throughout North Amer- Regis believes will make him a pos- professionals with the knowledge best way to tackle the amount of have access to justice or can’t afford
ica...have shown that those who lack itive addition to the law school. and transferable skills required to graduating lawyers is to train them it, and they’ve all fallen between
literacy skills go to extraordinary “I’ve had a very different upbring- compete in a rapidly changing pro- according to changes in the field. the cracks. One of the things he
lengths to avoid disclosure of their ing than a lot of people in the field,” fession,” the letter states. “We need to look at how the wants is to produce graduates who
inability to read.” he said. “I grew up in a small village The proposal for the school has world is changing and project for are more concerned with access to
Regis was appointed to the On- in Saint Lucia and at the time there been in the works since 2007. when people graduate later on justice.”

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6 FEATURES Wednesday, March 15, 2017

THE AFTER PARTY
From frosh week through to graduation, students are encouraged to find pleasure at the
bottom of a bottle. Nikhil Sharma looks into the challenges behind diagnosing addiction
among young people, and what steps Ryerson is taking to help those who are struggling

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itting on a stool in a dimly lit dive bar, *Jess Jenson had herself without a stable place to live, often spending nights young people. For students, it’s a rite of passage in entering
one thing on her mind: she wanted to blackout. She curled up in her car. She would go to bed freezing and wake adulthood, and for young adults, a coping mechanism for
was alone, but found an odd sense of comfort in the up drenched in her own sweat. As she lost hope and motiva- financial and daily pressures. But because of the normaliza-
strangers around her. With every drink, her overwhelming tion, she turned to cocaine for a few minutes of relief. Her tion of therapeutic drinking, it’s become far more difficult to

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thoughts of sadness began to quiet. With every drink, she felt mom was heartbroken that she was living this way. recognize the early stages of addiction.
more numb. When she developed suicidal thoughts—the first of lcohol is the most commonly abused substance in
Jägerbombs lined the counter. She downed three or four hundreds to come, partnered with a handful of attempts Canada. According to Health Canada, individuals
before deciding it was time to go home. As she stumbled out throughout the next decade of her life—she checked herself between the ages of 15 and 24 are three times more
the door into an empty parking lot, she looked around for her into a hospital. likely to engage in heavy drinking. The World Health Or-
blue, two-door Honda Civic. While fumbling for her keys, Drinking is ingrained in social culture, especially among ganization also found that alcohol abuse ultimately results
three strange men approached her. They told her she was in no in approximately 2.5 million annual deaths worldwide.
shape to drive. Stephanie Cassin, a psychology professor at Ryerson, said
Her recollection of what really happened on that blurry addiction is hard to spot among university students because it
night in 2008 is spotty, but every time she thinks back to is so prominent in their day-to-day lives.
it, more details surface. She remembers the back seat of a “It is such a normative behaviour that it’s almost hard for
strange car, an isolated ATM, and waking up in a place she’d I wanted to die everyday and hoped your addiction to stand out because everybody, during frosh
never seen before. The next morning, in a haze of hungover
confusion, she realized her bank account had been completely it would happen through drugs or week for example, is often engaged in drinking and all those
other activities that go along with starting university,” Cassin
emptied.
Drinking was a habit that followed Jenson around for alcohol. said.
Cassin is a registered clinical psychologist with research in-
her entire adult life. Balancing her studies at university terests in addictive behaviours that affect university students.
seemed impossible, so she dropped out on two separate She explained that students often realize that alcohol can be
occasions. There was a two-year period when she found an effective short-term coping tool, but this temporary relief
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 FEATURES 7
three or four Irish Car Bombs, Jägerbombs or double shots to be a more prominent discussion in university, especially
of tequila back to back until she blacked out. during frosh week.
“My go-to was: ‘What can I drink as much as I can—as fast According to Brandon Smith, the residence life and edu-
as I can—to black out and not feel anything anymore?’” cation coordinator for Housing & Residence Life, seminars
When she was ready to quit, she thought, “there was noth- on alcohol safety are presented in community meetings af-
ing left except to die.” ter move-in day and during orientation week. Expectations
“It’s either die, go to jail, or get sober. When I chose to do it, on alcohol consumption, community standards and the
there was no going back,” she said. importance of safety resources are a few topics surround-
In May 2010, Jenson began attending LGBTQ Alcoholics ing alcoholism that are discussed during these meetings.
Anonymous meetings—90 meetings over 90 days. She spent
a lot of time crying and openly sharing her experiences with
a circle of strangers who welcomed her at her worst. They
always greeted her with hugs. For the first time in years, she
felt genuinely accepted.
She wanted to stay sober, so she followed careful instruc- It affects everybody, not just one
tions from her mentors: she made her bed everyday, she tried
to be accountable, she volunteered, sponsored another per- individual.
son in recovery, and made amends with family and friends.
But most importantly, she forgave herself.
Jenson came to Ryerson because she “knew she couldn’t
waste her life.” She felt like she needed stability, direction,
and purpose to keep her motivated. Since her experience “We try to break down the barrier of people not calling
dealing with alcoholism, she founded a post-secondary a resource out of fear of getting in trouble versus accessing
student-run recovery group for alcohol and drugs at Ryer- the support needed,” said Smith.
son—one of the first public groups of its kind in Toronto, ac- Ryerson has also set in place certain rules intended to
cording to Jenson. The group has weekly meetings on Friday control alcohol abuse on campus. RU Student Life kicked
evenings in the Student Campus Centre. off its third annual #14DaysDry campaign on Feb. 26. It
“I am hoping that this group allows a safe space for people aims to increase awareness and support for those dealing
to come to that can talk about their recovery experiences, with substance addiction while also challenging the com-
that can talk about their current struggles, “ she said. “You munity to be fully sober for two weeks.

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don’t have to be in recovery to come.” Ryerson is one of 33 Canadian universities that have
im McConnell, a former Ryerson student, battled signed onto the Postsecondary Education Partnerships —
opioid and alcohol addiction as a teenager. In 2008, Alcohol Harms, a partnership between Canadian universities
McConnell started attending Ryerson to study film and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. The group’s
production and lived at a recovery house in Toronto. mission is to reduce alcohol related harm on campuses. Their
Being 21 and sober for about two years prior to attending next meeting to share strategies will take place in Ottawa this
Ryerson, McConnell was past the stage of attending parties June as part of an annual conference.
on campus, but instead wanted to develop friendships and “I think with any type of substance abuse or addiction it
relationships with other students. However, alcohol played a is always difficult for certain people to become comfortable
different role in McConnell’s overall university experience. at the beginning,” Jenson explained. “A lot of times this is
“I was in a very different place in my life because I wasn’t their first time publicly receiving help or asking for help
interested in ... going to bars or hanging out at parties surrounding their history of drug and alcohol abuse. It has
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where there was going to be a high level of intoxication,” been a slow start.”
McConnell said. “I didn’t develop a lot of relationships with For this very reason, Jenson thinks having an on-campus
can quickly become a reinforcing cycle. It’s important to keep other Ryerson students.” support group that students can turn to without fear of
in mind that those suffering from mental health issues are at McConnell is part of the peer-led initiative Pieces to Path- judgement is so valuable.
a greater risk of alcoholism, Cassin added. ways, which is a support program for LGBTQ+ youth who Each one of her session begins with meditation and
According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, suffer from substance use. they have open forum discussions if anybody has certain
people suffering from mental illness are twice as likely to “It’s not an active fight at this point,” McConnell said. “But topics they want to discuss. Due to issues with outreach
have a substance use or abuse problem,while people depen- recovery and being in recovery is still central to my life.” and stigma, Jenson’s current group is small, with around
dent on substances are approximately three times more likely Recovery is something that is often not spoken about three students regularly attending meetings last semester.
to have a mental illness. openly amongst students. Some people come for only one meeting, which she said is
For instance, Cassin explained that if someone is suffer- Last semester, Jenson went to speak to a class on recovery normal in the the world of recovery from drug and alcohol
ing from depression or anxiety, they may end up drinking communities in universities. She wanted to start a conversa- addiction—especially for those who are just realizing they
as a way to improve their mood or relieve anxiety. But if tion on substance abuse and remembers asking a room full have a problem.
they’re suffering from alcohol addiction and are experi- of students whether they’ve ever been drunk, used drugs or Meetings are also open to family and friends of those who
encing social isolation as a result of that, it can lead to the had seen drink specials or alcohol advertisements on campus are struggling. “It affects everybody, not just the one indi-
increase of depression symptoms. Likewise, if a person before. Nearly every person in the room raised their hand. vidual,” Jenson said.
is withdrawing from alcohol, it can lead to symptoms of Recovery goes beyond abstaining from alcohol and drugs.
anxiety. In order to recover and become sober, Cassin said It’s about piecing your life back together and restoring your
intrinsic motivation is needed to make a drastic change— goals, which isn’t easy to do when it feels like you’re rebuild-
people need to realize on their own that alcohol is causing ing from scratch. For Jenson, by pushing herself in school
more harm than good. But this is a difficult step to make and maintaining a strong support group, she began to gradu-
When I was ready to quit there was
J A
within university culture. ally feel like herself again.
enson faced many setbacks in both her personal and fews weeks ago, Jenson was sitting in a streetcar
professional life that contributed to her alcoholism. In
2004, when she was 16, her older brother went missing
nothing left except to die. So, it’s either on Queen St. W. heading to Ryerson. She looked
down at her phone to see a missed call from a
for six years. He was later found with a debilitating men-
tal illness, which was linked to his disappearance.
die, go to jail, or get sober. familiar number with an American area code. It was an
emotionally exhausting day and she was really hoping for
“I wanted to die everyday and hoped it would happen good news. Flustered, she fumbled the buttons and waited
through drugs or alcohol,” Jenson said. for someone to pick up at the other end. Each ring filled
At 19, Jenson was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress her with more and more anxiety. But it was the news she
disorder, major depressive disorder and general anxiety had been waiting for—she got accepted for a university
disorder. These diagnoses were made after she attempted Next, she asked the group if any of them had ever doctoral program. Her eyes welled up and a smile stretched
suicide. blacked out when drinking or using drugs. A smaller num- across her face. “I did it,” she thought.
It wasn’t until her early adult life while she was in and ber of people hesitantly raised their hands. “All of this hard work, this constant struggle, the ques-
out of school that she became a daily drinker. During a Finally, she asked how many people had heard about tioning of ‘Why am I here?’ and ‘Why am I still doing all
six month stretch in 2009, she often consumed a bottle of on-campus recovery groups or any type of resource for al- of this?’ was answered in that one conversation,” she said.
wine—sometimes two—each night. Other days, she’d pur- coholism in their first year. The students sat still and silent. “Recovery is the chance for the life I’ve always hoped for
chase a bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila and drink half of it all No hands were raised, but Jenson wasn’t surprised. She but felt I wasn’t good enough to have.”
at once, alone. Going out was a different story. She’d down said education around addiction and substance abuse needs *Name has been changed for anonymity.
8 ARTS & LIFE Wednesday, March 15, 2017

An unspoken sisterhood
A Ryerson student created a photo series showcasing Muslim women who have experienced
Islamophobia. Raneem Al-Ozzi talks to the photographer behind The Sisters Project

A lia Youssef sat in her women
of Islam class last semester lis-
tening to a presentation that would
heavily dominated by negative Is-
lamophobic ideologies. Her photos
capture their diverse stories, fur-
shape the theme of her fourth-year thering the idea that women do not
thesis photography series. embody the same “one-dimension-
“Muslim women are often paint- al” and “oppressed” mould.
ed with one brushstroke,” said the ”I was so tired of feeling frustrated
speaker from Outburst—a move- with this image that keeps going on
ment by young Muslim women in about Muslim women … I couldn’t
Toronto who aim to break the si- just sweep this idea aside.”
lence surrounding violence against
women.
This is a sentiment that Youssef
T he subjects of the project are
symbolic of an “unspoken sis-
terhood that bonds Muslim women
had experienced through her moth- together.” Whether it be at a mosque
er. Youssef immigrated to Canada or at the Tim Hortons on Victoria
from Egypt when she was eight Street, Youssef believes that there is
years old. Living in a predominantly a sense of familiarity amongst these
white neighbourhood in Vancouver women.
following her move, she felt dis- “I can’t really explain it, but I’ll feel
placed. Youssef explained that she this other connection where I feel
never had a chance to grow up with like I understand [these women]
other Muslim girls that she could just a little bit more than I under-
relate to. stand all the other strangers in the
room,” said Youssef.
Over the past few months,
“I was so tired of Youssef has shot 25 portraits (and
counting) of Muslim women from
feeling frustrated different backgrounds, age groups
with this image of and occupations to truly capture the
diversity of the population.
Muslim women” This idea of variance can be seen
in each photograph. “My mum is a
beautiful reminder to me that this
Her mother, who converted to Is- project means looking a certain way
lam, is white and British. While she does not change who you are or
does not look like a traditional Mus- what you can do,” said Youssef.
lim woman, Youssef said she is one For a long time, Youssef felt like
of the most pure-hearted, devout she was unable to cement her iden-
and spiritual people she knows and tity within her culture, but The
embodies religious traits “nobody Sisters Project allowed her to meet
expects” from her. people from various backgrounds,
While Youssef is not visibly Mus- befriend them, and in the process,
ALL PHOTOS: ALIA YOUSSEF
lim and does not wear a hijab, her learn more about her place among
photography series, The Sisters Proj- them. of Muslim people. The only thing I read their narratives, see the pic- But she often reminds herself that
ect, is inherently personal to her. She “The strength of it is in the num- can do is to continue,” she said. tures and be inspired by them—just her work is important, and that it
said its intention is to change the dia- bers and the stories,” she explained, When planning for a photoshoot, like she is. should be seen. She can’t name an-
logue surrounding Muslim women, which is why she wants to pho- Youssef tries to make her subjects other photographer who has suc-
like her mother, who are not a visible tograph as many women from as feel as comfortable as possible by cessfully narrated and captured such
minority, as well as those who face many different places as she can, shooting them in their element so “It’s important a wide range of stories from differ-
stereotypes because of their appear- ultimately showcasing the subject’s she can better represent them as in-
ance. individual narratives. dividuals. to tell narratives ent“We Muslim women.
are regular people who have
According to Youssef, the rep- “All of the hate that’s happen- Following the shoot, Youssef of Muslim ambitions, who have self-determi-
resentation of Muslim women is ing is because of this limited view sends a questionnaire to her
subject so she is able to narrate their women, in light of nation, who want to impact their
communities and care for their fam-
stories. She asks questions ranging widespread hate” ilies. We have friends, we love and
from simple to more in-depth: like a are loved, and the God that we pray
woman’s favourite hobbies, or plac- to does not ‘other’ us,” said Youssef.
es they spend the most time. “I think it’s just a little switch that Youssef is thankful for the ease
Some of the photographs in I want to make in people’s minds, with which she has been able to in-
the series were taken at a small and if I can make enough of these clude these women in her project.
mosque in Etobicoke—home to the switches in people, then I think it’ll In many ways, it has inspired her to
Canadian branch of the Halveti- spread and radiate outwards,” she continue resolutely, despite the ris-
Jerrahi Order of Dervishes, a tradi- added. ing Islamophobia in Toronto and
tional Islamic Sufi order rooted in It’s been a rich experience for North America.
Turkey—because it was the place Youssef, who was inspired by seeing “It’s important to tell the indi-
that many of the subjects resonated the different ways these women em- vidual narratives of Muslim women
with most. brace Islam in their lives. in light of the widespread hate,” said
When the project is complete,
Youssef hopes it will make those
who see it think of women in a less
T aking on the role of repre- Youssef. “I hope I’ve done [these
senting such a diverse group women] justice. I hope that through
of people can be overwhelming at this project I was able to give them
singular way. She wants others to times, said Youssef. the honour ... they deserve.”
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 BIZ & TECH 9

Rye projects competing for $500,000
Two Ryerson projects focused on global social issues and technology are finalists in the nationwide Google Impact Challenge
By Noella Ovid vut’s first greenhouse in the town
of Naujaat in 2015 to provide fresh,
Two Ryerson teams are among affordable produce. They produced
the top 10 finalists battling to win their first harvest this past year.
$500,000 in the Google Impact Last October, they expanded to a
Challenge—a nationwide competi- second community in Arviat, Nuna-
tion that supports non-profit proj- vut and launched a Women’s Col-
ects tackling some of the world’s lective to empower Inuit women by
biggest social challenges through providing sustainable food and new
technology. livelihood opportunities.
Enactus Ryerson initiative Since then, Growing North has
Growing North, along with start- run the first round of their student
up The Rumie Initiative, will be co-op program with a local high
giving 90-second pitches to a panel school. Students helped construct,
of judges on March 30. Four win- operate and manage the greenhouse
ners will be chosen by the panel to for credit.
receive $500,000 and a fifth winner “We’ve just been reaching out to
will be determined by popular vote. the community, building relation-
The 10 finalists have already ships and getting ready for hopeful-
received $250,000 and are now ly breaking ground in the summer,” Left to Right: Ben Canning and Stefany Nieto, co-founded Growing North. PHOTO COURTESY: STEFANY NIETO

competing to win the additional said Nieto.
$500,000. Nieto said if the Growing North green technology to help us get us possible for communities worldwide. youth in their communities. Chil-
Growing North is a Ted Rog- team were to win the Google con- through the winter.” The team works with local edu- dren receive access to free learning
ers School of Management stu- test, their biggest focus would be In the future, Growing North is cational organizations to bring con- tools through programs available
dent team that built a community expanding into additional northern planning to develop mobile farms tent from the internet to offline, offline on tablets.
greenhouse to combat food inse- communities and growing produce and work with companies in re- remote and resource-constrained The curriculum aims to help high
curity in northern Canadian com- year-round. mote areas to help support its non- communities. school students learn about Indig-
munities. “Currently, we are doing our profit mission. Indigenous leaders use an online enous culture, history and language
Co-founders Stefany Nieto and best to grow as late as we can. The Rumie Initiative works to collection of learning resources while gaining employment skills
Ben Canning constructed Nuna- However, we need to invest in make access to free digital education to curate educational content for and financial literacy.

Paperless plan at Parkside wins funding
A Ryerson student won $5,000 to launch a checkout system for reusable lunch containers at Parkside Student Residence
By Neha Chollangi Chartwells is a food service pro- for the containers.
vider for post-secondary residen- Currently, each has a number at
A Ryerson student won $5,000 to cies across Canada. They supply the back which students must en-
reduce waste at the Parkside Student over 60 campuses, including Ry- ter along with their information
Residence. erson. on the iPad before checking them
Madelaine Hodges, a first-year Vodicka said Chartwells received out.
theatre student living at Parkside, 10 applications from students this “It sounds like an easy plan in
won the annual Chartwells cam- year for the contest. They picked theory, to just replace all the pa-
pus contest for creating a sustain- a winner based on which plan per bags with containers,” said
able campaign plan that involved showed the best practice in waste Hodges.
replacing the cafeteria’s brown reduction and sustainability, as “But figuring out things like
paper bags and plastic waste with well as something that is cost sav- who took out what container,
grab-and-go lunches in reusable ing and educates students about when was it returned, is it dam-
containers that residents can check sustainability. aged, how long was it checked out
out. “The sustainable containers pro- for, or if they lost it, is an ongoing
PHOTO: JACOB DUBÉ
Parkside is a private residence duced tangible results,” said Vod- process.” Parkside Residence at Jarvis and Carlton Streets.

App of the
that houses Ryerson students. icka.
For over a month, the sustain- “It’s difficult to convince people to cording options allow you to track
able containers have been part of use less energy because it’s an invis- the sound and movements you make
Parkside’s grab-and-go program. ible force. But waste is something while you sleep. They work by plac-

Week
A recent inventory check you are directly responsible for and ing your phone face down beside you
showed that close to 2,000 con- it can be easily measured.” on your bed.
tainers have been checked in and Hodges’ plan didn’t need the full The app will begin tracking sleep
out over the past month. $5,000 of funding from Chart- once you press the “going to sleep”
“We were completely abolishing wells—only approximately $3,000. By Sylvia Lorico optimize tracking: smart alarm, track button. You can also include offset
plastic wrap and paper bags, which The majority of the money went motion and record sound. times to take into account the few
was immediate change and effect, so toward buying containers and an SleepBot allows you to track how The smart alarm feature detects minutes it usually takes to get to
when the project was launched we iPad at the cafeteria, which resi- much sleep you get in a period of up when you’re in a light sleep to wake sleep, better optimizing tracking.
automatically reduced waste,” said dents use to check out the contain- to six months. Available on Android you at the best possible time within Under the graph icon, you can
Hodges. ers. and iOS for free, this app lets you a 30-minute window of your choos- see your sleep times listed over
The Chartwells campus contest It takes 30 seconds to one minute track your hours of sleep and sets ing. Waking up during this time several days. The app will pro-
is an annual program that started to sign out a container, but the resi- “smart alarms” to wake you up during window makes people feel more en- vide trend graphs going back six
in 2014. dence plans to speed up the system light sleep. ergetic and alert. months that include your sleep
Jana Vodicka is the Chartwells within the coming months. By tapping the alarm clock icon on You can change ideal sleep times times, wake times, sleep length and
manager of campus engagement Approximately 80 containers are the top of the app, you can add alarms under the settings option. Chang- sleep patterns.
and sustainability, who worked checked out every day. to wake you up. Before you go to ing this value shifts when your smart There is also an option to log in
alongside Hodges to implement the There is still a discussion on how sleep, tap on the moon icon. You can alarm will wake you up. to the SleepBot website to backup
plan. to improve the tracking method set three different features in order to Motion tracking and sound re- this data.
10 SPORTS Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A silver lining
The season didn’t end the way they wanted it to, but Ryerson’s
men’s basketball team still set a new standard for their program

By Daniel Rocchi an agonizing ending to Ryerson’s
magical championship run.
With a last-second thriller against “It’s going to take some time
the hometown favourites and a to heal these wounds,” said Rams
challenger-versus-champion grudge guard Myles Charvis, a few minutes
match that became an instant classic after having a silver medal draped
in the annals of Canadian university around his neck. “But I still want to
basketball, Ryerson’s quest for the remember this feeling, because I don’t
school’s first national championship want to feel like this ever again.”
at the men’s Final 8 tournament in A national silver medal is a
Halifax had just about everything. bittersweet thing; a testament to
Everything but the gold medal the a truly great achievement, and a
Rams set out to claim. reminder of work still to be done. The
“It’s just another game for us, women’s basketball team discovered
honestly, it’s just basketball,” Filip that when they won Ryerson’s first
Vujadinovic said firmly as he sat silver at last year’s nationals.
beside head coach Roy Rana at their This year’s silver wasn’t the finish
post-game press conference on the the Rams wanted, but it was the best
eve of the team’s first-ever appearance in the program’s history.
in the national championship. The Rams finally got over the
Vujadinovic, Rana and the rest hump and into the national final.
of the Rams were fresh off a 59-58 They proved that last year’s OUA
semi-final victory over the hosting title wasn’t a fluke, and that they
Dalhousie Tigers, one year after belong in the conversation for
winning the bronze medal against the Canada’s best team.
same team. They raised the bar for themselves,
Vujadinovic had earned the game and tasted the adversity of today that
ball from his teammates and coaches forges the champions of tomorrow.
after playing the game of his three- “Sadly, we didn’t get it done,” said

WANT TO DRIVE PROGRESSIVE
season Ryerson career, but it had Charvis. “But we will. We’ll be back.”
taken a missed three-point shot at
the buzzer from Tigers star Kashrell

SOCIAL CHANGE?
Lawrence to give the Rams an
opportunity to win the game that no
Ryerson team had ever won.
“It’s going to be a good game,”
Vujadinovic finished. He was right
about that second part, but not about
the first. Men’s Basketball
For the past two national

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 HUMOUR IS SUBJECTIVE 11

Police ruffle some A-maze-ing puzzle!
feathers on campus
A ferocious avian gang has been wreaking havoc at
Ryerson for months. That’s all about to end.

Before you start this maze, let’s take a second to remember that school is really hard right now. You have a bunch
of shit to do, and it’s not going to stop until the end of April. So, I thought I—your local fun editor—would take
a minute or two to tell you about all the nice things I noticed about my week, and encourage you to do the same!
Just because school sucks doesn’t mean everything has to.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: SIERRA BELLMORE
The Real Pigeons of Ryerson University. -I ate a lot of cantaloupe this week. What a great fruit! Very underappreciated. Go out and get some now.
-My hair did that thing I like in that it didn’t look like I’d walked straight out of a tornado. Nice!
By Lyba Mansoor TPS made a formal commitment -I get to read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for class. Forgot how good it was! Read it! Again!
on Friday, following the mayor’s -My friends and I walked to the train together after a late class. Comradery! What a laugh.
Toronto Police Services (TPS) an- comments, promising to “use all -Some of my neighbours are away and I am watching their cat. She’s so lovely! Go pet a cat! Or a dog! Or both!
nounced a major crackdown on sus- available resources to catch and -My sister and I ate strawberries and whipped cream and then watched crappy TV together. She’s the best!
pected pigeon gang members who coop up the gang members.” -I skyped with my other sister! She just got bangs and she is making it work. Love her! Miss her!
laid claim on Ryerson University Students at Ryerson are relieved -I got to put a hippo-shaped maze in print! I freaking love hippos! I watched three hippo videos this week.
campus last Friday. that something is finally being done
The campus, located in the heart about the malicious gang. So there you have it! Just a few nice things. If you didn’t care, that’s OK, I don’t really care how your week went,
of downtown Toronto, has fallen “At first it wasn’t that noticeable, either. Regardless, complete this hippo maze and submit it with your name, contact info and favourite animal
victim to increased bouts of violence, but as the school year went on their to The Eyeopener office (SCC 207) for your chance to win a $50 Starbucks gift card!
theft and a general atmosphere of presence really became more and
terror since the pigeon gang claimed more prominent,” said student Ani-
the area as their operation headquar- ta Prado.
ters. Prado explained how alleged
Creed Bratton, an expert in gang members of the gang “flock around
member psychology and author students as they walk to class,” and
of “The Pigeons Are Coming,” has “fearlessly snatch food out of peo-
been following the gang’s slow take- ple’s hands,” in broad daylight.
over of the university campus. Another student, who asked to
“They’re a unique gang in that remain anonymous, recounted a
they are quite fearless and brazen horrifying interaction with the
about their crimes. Each of them gang’s alleged leader.
have undergone intensive plas- “I was heading home after study-
tic surgeries and look pretty much ing at around 10 p.m., holding a
identical, which helps them deter hotdog in one hand. I saw this, this
police capture,” Bratton said. monstrous winged creature start
The gang formerly worked out advancing towards me, hopping
of suburban areas in the GTA, but because it only had one leg. Its eyes
Bratton said they decided to make were blood red and it started cooing
the move to Ryerson campus be- at me mockingly,” he said.
cause “it gave them access to a larger The student explained how the
population to terrorize and exploit.” pigeon followed him all the way
Campus faculty have been urging down Gould Street, with more and
TPS to get involved since September. more pigeons gathering behind it.
“They just didn’t seem to take it “I really thought I was going to
seriously. They thought the prob- die. I dropped my hotdog and start-
lem would resolve itself during the ed running. I heard these ravenous
winter, that this type of gang gen- sounds behind me and saw a whole
erally migrates to different territory flock of them ripping my hot dog to
as frequently as the seasons change. shreds,” he said.
Well, it’s March, and they’re still These incidents have ruffled the
here!” said Ryerson president, Mo- feathers of many Ryerson students,
hamed Lachemi. and with TPS vowing to reprimand
“I think it’s time TPS intervenes, the gang, students are starting to
as well as other branches of govern- feel safe again.
ment. The pigeon gang is absolutely “I’m just glad something is finally
peckish for violence, and Toronto being done about it. All the terror
needs to do everything in its power they’ve been causing has put the en-
to reprimand them,” Toronto May- tire campus in a really fowl mood,”
or John Tory said Thursday. said one student.
12 Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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