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Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 NEWS 3

Sundown fest to have naloxone kits Briefs &
groaners
By Jacob Dubé from being trained and carrying
their own kits with them anyways.
The Ryerson Students’ Union’s Metcalfe added that there will be
(RSU) Sundown Music Festival security at the festival provided by
will have people on site trained to Toronto company SecurTrust, as > Skateboarder spills hot sauce,
use naloxone kits, following suit well as paid police officers that will student fuming
with other Canadian music festi- have a no-questions-asked drop- A skateboarder was minding
vals this year. box for illicit substances outside their own business, doing kick-
Naloxone is a medication used the festival, so that people have a flips and such, when they ran over
to treat opioid overdoses in emer- last chance to rid themselves of any a bottle of hot sauce that broke
gency situations. drugs before entering. and spilled over another student’s
According to RSU vice-president More music festivals in Ontario clothes and belongings. To be
student life & events Lauren Ember- PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN, ILLUSTRATION: ANNIE ARNONE included staff trained to adminis- Frank, it wasn’t such a hot move.
son, there will be medical profes- Naloxone kits will be available at Sundown. ter naloxone this year, since more
sionals at Sundown the entire time. our first approach is harm reduc- in an injection—and said it would people were hospitalized due to > Peeping Tom seen at RAC
Sundown will be the follow-up tion,” Metcalfe said. rather leave that to EMS. opioid overdoses and the increas- A person was staring at some-
to last year’s controversial 6 Fest Camryn Harlick, the RSU’s vice- “Ryerson University student ing dangers of drugs laced with the one changing and showering at the
concert. president equity, is planning on leaders are trained to spot students lethal fentanyl. Ryerson Athletic Centre’s men’s
“We’re making sure we’re re- having all of the equity service in distress and to call on the exper- WayHome, a music festival held changeroom. Someone’s been
gaining back the trust of not only centre staff trained and equipped tise of security or our hired EMS annually north of Barrie, allowed watching too much Riverdale, go be
students but also any stakeholders with naloxone kits by the end of on scene when needed. We have concertgoers to carry their nalox- creepy somewhere else.
that might be interested in work- the school year. not trained student leaders to carry one kits with them after pressure
ing with the RSU,” Emberson said. “I think we know that students or administer antidotes, including from attendees. Veld, the elec- > Person Perpetrated Purpose-
Brodie Metcalfe, events coordi- use drugs, folks have always used naloxone,” read a statement from tronic festival held in Toronto, ful Purse Plunder
nator at the RSU, said that there substances. We know that it’s hap- Ryerson’s office of public affairs. did the same. However, it was still Someone tried to steal a stu-
will be Emergency Medical Ser- pening, why not take the [prepara- Harlick said that the plan is still reported that 30 concertgoers were dent’s purse on campus, but they
vices (EMS) on site to administer tions] in advance so we know stu- in its early stages, as they’re verify- hospitalized at the show. managed to grab it back. Come on,
naloxone, as well as staff from the dents are safe?” Harlick said. ing that the equity centre staff are Sundown will be held on Sept. haven’t you seen all those videos of
equity service centres that were re- The university currently has allowed to be trained to carry the 22 at 20 Polson Street. strong women fending off attack-
cently trained with the kits. no plans to have its staff or secu- kits so that there’s no administra- The music festival will feature ers? Those dudes don’t get up for
“For us, when it comes to sub- rity carry naloxone—which can be tive issues. But they also said that acts like Miguel, Joey Bada$$ and a while. This isn’t an anti-piracy
stance use around events like this, administered through the nose or nothing is stopping individuals The Skins. commercial.

> Group holds a purse of a

9,500 Rye students got free tuition different kind
Security found a “group” (it pains
me to imagine the numbers here)
engaging in sexual activity in the
By Laura Howells said in an email. Victoria Street parking garage.
She said Ryerson has assessed Look, there’s nothing wrong
More than 9,500 students at Ryer- 19,706 applications so far this year— with getting it on with an undis-
son University are receiving free 3,160 more than this time last year. closed group of people, but do you
tuition from Ontario’s new finan- “Ryerson has received 28 per cent have to do it in the place on cam-
cial aid program so far this year, of its OSAP applications in the last pus with the highest concentra-
according to the provincial gov- month alone so this number increas- tion of exhaust fumes? Is that an
ernment. es daily, and we are still very much in aphrodisiac?
The new Ontario Student As- the process of assessing all the appli-
sistance Program (OSAP) system cations for funding,” Clegg added. > Security finds anti-immigra-
took effect this school year, with the Across the province, the govern- tion posters on campus
province now providing grants that ment says OSAP applications rose by Ryerson security found posters
cover full tuition to thousands of more than 10 per cent in 2017 com- around campus that said “defend
college and university students. pared to last year. your freedoms, generation, iden-
More than 210,000 post-second- Ontario has introduced a number tity” and linked to an anti-immi-
ary students across the province will of changes to its grants and loans gration website that identified itself
receive free tuition this year—that’s program. Mature students, also as “Ethno-Nationalist”. They took
more than a third of all full-time col- called adult learners, will also be eli- it down and confronted the people
lege and university students in On- gible for free tuition for undergradu- who were putting them up. Also
tario, said a government news release ate and graduate programs. this week, a poster titled “How to
last Monday. This addition was implemented fight the far right” was vandalized
Students getting free tuition at on Jan. 17, when the minister of Ad- with the words “Hitler” and “Marx-
Ryerson make up about half of all vanced Education and Skills Devel- ist” as well as a Hitler-style mous-
full-time Ryerson students who are opment, Deb Matthews, announced tache. Nothing says a strong ideol-
receiving OSAP, ministry spokes- that mature students who earn under ogy like secretive propaganda, eh?
person Ingrid Anderson said in an $50,000 annually are eligible for free
email, adding that the 9,500 figure is tuition. > Person holding hammer, saw
“year-to-date data.” Starting in 2018, students need to and bike tire, clearly innocent
“Students can apply for OSAP up make a minimum salary of $35,000 A man was seen moseying on
to 60 days prior to the end of their before they are required to start re- down campus with a hammer, a
study period so this will not be the fi- paying Ontario student loans, up saw and a bike tire, and I’m sure
nal number,” said Anderson. “We will from $25,000. he was just minding his own
not have the final number until this OSAP applications for 2018-19 sweet business. Was he just a sim-
time next year.” will open early this year, beginning ple lumberjack?
Ryerson has seen a 13.5 per cent on Nov. 8. Students can check the Turns out he was in the process
increase in OSAP applications com- province’s online calculator that of stealing a bike. Whoops.
pared to last year, with numerous was launched this January to see
applications coming in each day, if they qualify for free tuition or News Ontario, Ryerson University, Stats Canada Seen some crazy stuff on campus?
media relations officer Lauren Clegg other funding. Email news@theeyeopener.com
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Biz and Tech Keiran “Pop Filter” Ramnarine
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News Media There is, amongst some Rye High
Noushin “Vampire” Ziafati Malachi “Granola Boss” Rowswell students, confusion about what a
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Krichel from the classroom. If the Ted Rogers
By Sierra Bein guide that we’re constantly adding to Premila “Temporary Dog Bed” D’Sa General Manager School of Management and the engi-
and updating. Camila “Commuting Queen” Liane “NO THANKSGIVING neering school aren’t teaching them,
Last week we put out the first issue of We’ve got our weekly post-mor- Kukulski FOR YOU” McLarty which judging by their representa-
our paper and I’ve already had people tem meetings where we often criti- tives at the Ryerson Students’ Union
come into the office to complain, and cize ourselves and openly discuss Online Advertising Manager (RSU), they aren’t, we thought we’d
others who just generally want to what other people have said about us Karoun “Mango Mag Lives On” Chris “Wonderful Warm Waffles” come up with a simple little definition
keep their distance from our doors. too—good or bad. Chahinian Roberts that maybe they could wrap their tiny
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er you may feel. But I hope we can is to let us know what you think we Lee “If” Richardson Design Director Webster (1860) “a conflict between
change your mind. did wrong. Big changes don’t happen J.D. “2,200,000 SHU” Mowat private interests and the official re-
I’ve been here for too many years without disruption. Features sponsibilities of a person in a position
and I’ve seen a lot of mistakes, I’ve I don’t necessarily want you to Skyler “Itchy & Scratchy” Ash Contributors of trust” so simply—using an official
probably made a bunch myself. So come into my office screaming (al- Brent “Alive” Smyth position to BENEFIT themselves per-
I can’t blame anyone for whatever though, it has happened on many oc- Arts and Life Kosalan “Busy” Kathiramalanathan sonally (not necessarily financially).
feelings exist built up from the past casions), but we are all super down to Izabella “Not Yet Bald, But Still Anika “Engaged” Syeda For instance, a faculty director of the
50 years of our existence. At times, have a conversation with you, even Beautiful” Balcerzak Mark “Employed” McKelvie RSU board voting to further fund the
we most certainly have sucked. to hear you vent. Julia “Functioning” Nowicki cricket team he is associated with.
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Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 NEWS 5

The cost to rename Ryerson RBC’s new
ads look a bit
volved, we couldn’t even begin to enous headgear.
hypothesize the logistics or costs The RSU posted a list of demands familiar
involved in such a step,” said Clegg. to their official Facebook page in
Lachemi added that “a potential July, following controversy sur- By Noushin Ziafati
university name change would not rounding the Canada 150 celebra-
only affect our community of 50,000 tions. Included in the requests was The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)’s
current faculty, staff and students, “Remove the Egerton Ryerson stat- new ads bear a striking resemblance
but also our 180,000 alumni.” ue from Gould St., change the name to Ryerson’s brand.
In February, Yale University of Ryerson University to a name The two different organizations
changed the name of one of its col- that does not celebrate a man who both have blue and gold colour
leges after student protests centred supported and created the struc- schemes, but RBC’s new ads make the
around its controversial name, Cal- tures of colonial genocide and put similarities really freaking obvious.
houn College—named after John. a plaque on Gould Street where it RBC’s new ads feature a blue text-
C. Calhoun, an American who pro- is visible and easily accessible, and box with a gold lining on the left—
moted slavery. include Indigenous students in writ- which is extremely similar to Ryer-
The University of Western On- ing and drafting of this plaque.” son’s recent rebrand, which made
tario changed its name to West- Almost three months later, the their logo more blocky and simple.
ern University in 2012, due to school has responded to the de- “The RBC blue and gold colour
their increase of international mands by implementing the instal- scheme is very similar to ours,
PHOTO: CAMILA KUKULSKI
students, and believed the word lation of a plaque, intended to out- however we have different per-
By Annie Arnone In 2015, Ryerson changed the ‘Ontario’ was limiting to their di- line Ryerson’s history. The plaque spectives. We are totally two dif-
fonts on campus banners, docu- verse student population. will sit alongside the statue. ferent organizations. I don’t see any
Members of the Ryerson Students’ ments and online logos. To drop “Ontario” from their title “My background is engineering, confusion. Maybe people will see
Union (RSU) are demanding the RSU vice-president equity Cam- cost the school $200,000. Similar to I like to build things, I don’t like to the similarities, but we’re in two
university change its name due to ryn Harlick said, “I’m confused as to Ryerson’s 2015 text change, this only destroy things,” said Lachemi. “We different businesses and I don’t see
Egerton Ryerson’s affiliation with how a font would make our univer- applied to online branding, signage need to find a way to build bridges, how people can be confused about
residential schooling in Canada. sity a better space, but changing the and official document fees. and for me building bridges starts that,” Lachemi said.
According to Ryerson President name from a man who partook in, In 2016, the Houston Indepen- with education. I’d like to see more Sure, Mohamed.
Mohamed Lachemi, it would be a and created the biggest genocide in dent School District in the U.S. ap- opportunities for Indigenous stu-
“years-long process”—but at what Canadian history, and actively spoke proved the payment of $1.2 million dents at Ryerson.”
cost? against Indigenous people would not in order to change the names of sev- Harlick, who is Haudenosaunee
Ida Berger, a professor of mar- benefit our university.” eral schools named after Confeder- and Metis said “if the president is so
keting in the Ted Rogers School Lauren Clegg, Ryerson’s media ate leaders, following controversy. keen on building things, why can’t
of Management, said she believes relations officer, said determining The amount was intended to cover he build a statue to commemorate
a change like this would cost “mil- a hypothetical variable when dis- costs related to branded facilities, Indigenous folks?”
lions of dollars,” considering that a cussing a name-change is a difficult uniforms and banners bearing con- President Lachemi will meet with
simple font change for Ryerson cost thing to do at this time. troversial appropriative imagery, the RSU on Sept. 29 to discuss these
$200,000. “Given the many unknowns in- including mascots wearing Indig- demands further.

Hey professors, leave those kids alone
Changes may come for Rye students, who are currently required to provide medical documentation for academic accommodation

By Raneem Al-Ozzi cal documentation. According to the students, they added.
AAS website, documentation that “If students who are in need of
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) is authorized by a healthcare profes- accommodations are not able to ac-
is looking to advocate for better ac- sional must be obtained before com- cess them because of a medical model
cessibility and academic accommoda- pleting the intake form and attending then that’s a huge problem.”
tion services for students on campus. a registration appointment. >Reduced textbook fees
Camryn Harlick, RSU’s vice-pres- The Eye previously reported that Harlick is also aiming to tackle inac-
ident equity, is pushing to eliminate a York University student was cessibility by looking at textbook fees.
the process of presenting medical forced to specify her mental illness A 2014 study conducted by advo-
documentation for academic accom- in order to receive academic ac- cacy group U.S. PIRG, found that 65
modation services, making textbooks commodation in 2014. The student per cent of students decided against
more affordable and implementing filed a human rights complaint buying a textbook because it was too
a student note-taker system that is against the school, which sparked a expensive.
more accessible to students than the change to keep mental illnesses un- Nearly half of all students sur-
one offered by the Academic Accom- named when filling out an accom- veyed said that the cost of textbooks
modation Support (AAS) office. modation form at York and other impacted how many and which
PHOTO: SARAH KRICHEL
>No more medical documentation universities across the province. classes they took each semester, and
Ryerson’s AAS office, which pro- Harlick said that access to coun- 82 per cent felt they would do sig-
vides counselling and accessibil- sellors and doctors for support and nificantly better if the textbook was receive their accommodation, they sibility coordinator for Access Ryer-
ity services, accommodates students diagnoses is limited to those who available for free online. said. son and disability activists on what
with learning disabilities, sensory are able to afford it, adding that they >Accessible note-taker system AAS currently has a note-taking they would like to see from the RSU
impairments, brain injuries, mental want to work on removing proto- Harlick said they would like to im- system which is only available to and how they can take effective steps
illnesses and physical disabilities. cols that focus on a largely medical plement a student note-taker system students if they are registered with towards these student initiatives.
The process to register with AAS model of disability in order to re- that is more accessible than the one their office. “Ryerson isn’t well-equipped
is a three-step procedure which in- ceive an accommodation. offered by the AAS. “At the RSU we do a lot of assum- enough to deal with its 35,000 stu-
volves providing a digital copy of According to Harlick, some people Ideally, student note-takers would ing what people’s needs are and not dents, and that shouldn’t fall on the
medical documentation, completing may not feel as though doctors and be paid $15 per hour like the rest of actually reaching out to those com- student at all. The student shouldn’t
an online intake form and then at- other healthcare professionals pro- the part-time staff working at the munities and asking them directly,” have to suffer both economically for
tending a registration appointment. vide a safe space for them and may RSU to take notes for students who said Harlick not doing well in a class they paid
However, the process is dependent trigger them, especially in case of ra- have accessibility issues and are un- Moving forward, they want to for, but also internally and mental-
on a student’s verification of medi- cialized, Indigenous and transgender able to access the medical model to work with Heather Willis, the acces- ly,” said Harlick.
6 FEATURES Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

S arah Taylor* watched herself throughout the night as she sat at the dining room table. Across
the room was a large mirror hanging on the wall, documenting her decay. In the mirror she

IS YOUR
THIS saw her tan skin turn pale, and she thought she could see the blood moving through her veins
and across her face. Her eyes had sunk into her skull. Taylor wasn’t staring at herself, but at a
ghost. She doesn’t remember the last time she ate; her appetite was completely gone. Even cof-
fee was a struggle to get down. She was not sure how long it had been since she had sat down.
It could have been 15 minutes or 15 hours. The only thing she was interested in was her work.
In front of her was her computer, and on it an essay that she had been working on since 9 p.m.

EDUCATION
that night. She had taken a high dose of vyvanse, a medication normally used to treat attention
deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). She took double the amount that should be prescribed.
ON Taylor recalls what had led her to this situation today, almost two years later. At the time,

DRUGS
inexperience and a lack of effective time management, coupled with a full-time job, created the
perfect storm for procrastination. It was the first exam season of her bachelor of journalism de-
gree and she was afraid that she was running out of time to finish everything she had yet to do.
The deadline for her environmental politics essay was just a couple days away, and she had
barely started writing. Earlier that night, Taylor had determined that the drug was the only op-
tion for her amidst the stress and distractions that prevented her from completing the essay so-
ber. She had called her friend who dealt his prescription vyvanse regularly to desperate students.
That’s how she describes her situation now—desperate.
The number of students misusing prescription drugs for the sole purpose of getting ahead
in their studies is substantial. It poses an issue, not just medically, but ethically. When students
are willing to sacrifice their health and well-being for a grade, universities are facing an issue far
more complex than what it appears.

Y outh aged 15-to-24 were the most frequent users of psychoactive pharmaceuticals for non-
medical purposes, according to a 2015 study by the Canadian Tobacco and Drug Survey
conducted by Statistics Canada. Stimulants like adderall, vyvanse and ritalin, which are normally
used to treat ADHD, were found to have the highest misuse rate, with 41 per cent of users be-
tween the ages of 20-to-24 admitting to using such drugs for non-medical purposes.
Vyvanse, the drug that Taylor had used to help her get ahead in her class, is a derivative of
amphetamine, similar to adderall. Amphetamines are known for their upping effect and highly
addictive properties. When similar drugs are bought and sold illegally, they’re called speed. Rit-
alin is derivative of another highly addictive and well-known party drug—cocaine.
Using a stimulant drug similar to cocaine to aid studying may seem counter-intuitive, but Dr.
Todd Girard, a psychology professor at Ryerson University, said that it all depends on which
areas of the brain are activated when the drug enters the bloodstream. Girard has been research-
ing the effects of recreational drug use on cognition and intelligence, and says the main chemical
that causes most primary effects is dopamine, which is increased in the brain while on these
medications.
YOU DO WHAT YOU NEED Dopamine can boost focus and increase confidence while targeting one specific region of the brain.
“There are a number of different dopamine systems in the brain, but the key one is what we
TO DO TO PASS THE TEST, call the Incentive Salience System. Incentive, in this case, means something that the person may

FINISH THE ESSAY, ACE THE
want and salience means that it might be important,” Girard said.
In other words, taking vyvanse triggers the brain so that whatever the individual is work-
EXAM. BUT WHAT IF WHAT ing on seems important to them and requires their full attention. In someone who has ADHD,
this system is deficient, meaning it is not functioning at the same capacity as someone without
YOU’RE DOING IS ILLEGAL? ADHD. Ritalin, vyvanse and adderall in these cases help normalize that specific brain region and
bring it up to working capacity, for people without ADHD it kicks it into overdrive.
Using drugs like this begs the question as to whether using medication not prescribed to you
for any diagnosable medical need should be considered a form of academic dishonesty or cheating.
JULIA NOWICKI WRITES In section 12 (b) of the Ryerson University student code of non-academic conduct, it states

ABOUT THE STUDENTS WHO
that students “must not possess, provide, or consume illegal drugs.” Possession of a schedule 1
drug—such as vyvanse—is considered illegal, with severe criminal penalty. However, in terms
GOT A LITTLE EXTRA HELP of academic misconduct, senate policy 60 on academic integrity does not explicitly state that the
use of non-prescription stimulants, or medication in general, is considered a form of cheating.
ALONG THE WAY. Studies have yet to prove that stimulant medication actually enhances higher-order cognitive
properties like memory, so the idea that these drugs are making you smarter may be a stretch.
And studies, like the meta-analysis done by the Center on Young Adult Health and Develop-
ment at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, found that non-medical prescrip-
tion stimulant users tend to have lower average GPAs than non-users.
However, what that study had also found is that students who use these medications may be
at risk for developing addictions, and are more prone to taking other drugs, signifying a larger
problem for the student population down the line. Universities need to find a way to minimize
addiction-causing behaviours beyond what services they currently provide, and find ways to
help students who use highly-addictive medications rather than just penalize them.

J ake Harrison* doesn’t remember much from his microeconomics exam, just that it was a typi-
cal chilly December night when he got out. The snow was pretty heavy that year, but luckily
the sidewalks had been shovelled around campus. It was probably his third final in the fall exam
season. It was late, around 8 or 9 p.m. The sun had set hours before and he walked in the dark to
the bus stop. He was only focused on one thing: getting home and getting to bed.
The exhaustion he felt was overwhelming and he was spaced out from the fatigue of writing
and studying for his exam. The cold air numbed his skin to the point where he couldn’t feel his
glasses resting on his nose. In a moment of panic he swept his hand
up to his face,
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 FEATURES 7
thinking he may have forgotten them in the exam hall. He stimulant medication without a prescription. concern. He was there only for one person—himself. The pro-
hadn’t left them, but instead knocked the glasses off onto the
hard concrete below. He looked down and sighed in self-pity.
Picking them up, he continued on and stood in line at the bus
T he first time Taylor had used vyvanse, the side effects
she experienced were the strongest she had ever felt be-
fore. They were most likely a result of repeated use, taking a
fessor walked in and began the lecture. Adjusting his glasses,
Harrison looked down to his notebook in front of him and
began to take notes, writing along to the slow drone of the
stop, waiting to start his hour-long commute from the York large dose every 24 hours. After she took that first capsule at 9 professor at the front of the class.
University campus. p.m.—a capsule that had been tampered with and filled to the Harrison realized that day that this was his second chance to
The shear physical and mental exhaustion is what Harrison brim in order to make it more effective—she had stayed awake prove to himself and finally earn that university degree. This
remembers most from that exam season in December 2013, for the next 55 hours. time he was determined to do it right, without drugs.
before he came to Ryerson. But he understood that was a pay- Her focus throughout that time was so intense she hadn’t
off from using vyvanse on a daily basis. It was a payoff he was noticed that her grinding teeth were actually grinding on the *names have been changed to protect anonymity
willing to take. Although he is currently a successful Ryerson flesh inside her mouth. She only discovered days later that she
student, his time at York had been nothing short of trouble- had chewed a massive hole into the inside of her cheek. Her
some. He had been expelled once before from the economics fatigue, by the end, was so extreme she experienced halluci-
program there, and he was on the brink of a second expulsion nations to the point where she thought she was going blind.
after his first semester back at York. Ironically, after staying awake for so long, sleep proved to be
extremely difficult.
“It’s the worst feeling in the world. To lie there feeling like
every bone in your body is about to snap because of internal
That’s how she describes her pressure but you know that the only thing that will relieve
situation now—desperate you is sleep and it’s not coming,” Taylor said. “It feels like it’s
never coming.”
Yet this hasn’t deterred her from using the drug again. The
essay she submitted came back with a high grade and she ad- 41 per cent of users between
“I remember sitting in my room on my bed. I had been mitted that it was some of her best work. Almost every exam
studying for a couple of days already and I just wasn’t absorb- season since then, Taylor has been dependent on the drug to the ages of 20-to-24 admitted
ing the material,” Harrison said. “I had a lot of trouble focus- get her to perform her best during exams.
ing. I felt desperate. I felt like I was going to fail, I was going to The challenge lies in the nature of the problem: they aren’t to using prescription drugs for
get kicked out again.” facing an addiction crisis but rather a dependency issue.
He was searching for an edge, something to drown out the When students use psychoactive stimulants to study, and non-medical purposes
noise, the doubt and distractions, and help him focus at a time only to study, they fall into something called state-dependent
of great stress. He found that with vyvanse. learning. Although a student may not feel a physiological need
Without a legitimate medical need, students that are taking for the substance, Girard said, they do run the risk of a deeper,
these powerful medications as a means to enhance their cog- more complex dependency.
nition, attention and memory are doing it without any regard Today, Taylor is a third-year student still attending Ryer-
for the short and long term risks they pose on their health. son, and maintains that the drug is the only way for her to per-
Students have come to understand that drugs like these can form at her absolute best. She says that at the end of the day, if 0.2 per cent
‘work miracles’ when it comes to focusing on school assign- she could harness that level of control over her own attention,
ments and studying, more than a simple cup of coffee might she wouldn’t need the drug. But in reality, she knows she can’t.
have done for them in the past.

A mphetamine use was popular long before the Controlled
Substances Act in America (and the Controlled Drugs and
Substances Act in Canada in 1996), which came into fruition He was searching for an edge,
of Canadians over the age of
15 have admitted to abusing
in the ‘70s. The ‘40s and ‘50s saw an epidemic of amphetamine something to drown out the noise,
use among all ages and sexes, including college students, due to a stimulant
its liberal prescription by physicians. The Act in the ‘70s was an the doubt and distractions
attempt to control and minimize the use of this drug, however,
amphetamine use is again on the rise among students.
There is no doubt that the people who have used vyvanse
in the past to study have found it to be effective in terms of “It’s like trying to be as happy as you would on MDMA, you 4.5 per cent
enhancing their attention. However, once the immediate ef- can’t. It’s impossible I think,” Taylor said.
fects wear off, the consequences arise, and they come in the Stimulants alter your brain chemistry to enhance focus and students admitted
form of a crash. attention. Essentially, through repeated use, you grow accus-
“Instead of feeling like you have this boost of self-esteem, tomed to this specific state or chemistry balance when you to taking a
high alertness and positive energy, when you stop taking it study. Going forward, you may find that you learn better when
you are going to feel a decrease in energy, low mood, depres- on the drug, and alternatively when you try and study without stimulant without
sion, irritableness and a lack confidence,” Girard said. it you feel like you can’t retain information or remember as
A crash is temporary, and the hard recovery faced afterward easily as you would on vyvanse. a perscription
is easily forgotten. However, with regular use, the conse- Currently, the Ryerson health promotion site, which has a
quences get much more severe and much more invisible. variety of informational brochures on non-medical drug use
Data is currently limited in terms of actual quantifiable ef- and addiction, lacks information about prescription stimulant
fects with long-term stimulant use, but projects currently un- medication use. The only resource available for students fac-
derway in the European Commission will hopefully shed light ing a stimulant dependency is counselling, but if a student is
on the under-studied topic. worried that their future at the university is in jeopardy, they
However, studies have shown that dopamine can remain may be hesitant to seek help openly.
hyper-sensitive for up to a year after regular use of stimulant
medication, Girard said. Not only that, but chronic misuse
can lead to cardiovascular problems, increased blood pressure,
H arrison sat in his philosophy class in Kerr Hall, his first
class in the 2016 fall semester. After his second expulsion
from York in 2014, Harrison decided to return for a third shot people who use
gastrointestinal issues and—what could be considered the at a university degree. After taking courses for a year prior to
most worrisome—addiction. enrolling through Spanning the Gaps, a program at Ryerson prescription drugs for
Post-secondary institutions in Ontario have high rates of that helps students get back into school when it didn’t work
stimulant drug misuse when compared to the rest of the coun- out the first time, Harrison was enrolled as a full-time student non-medical use tend to
try, suggesting that this is a particularly unique issue facing in Ted Rogers School of Management. He still worries about
universities and colleges, and one that they may not be pre- his past, about the consequences his actions had on his future. have lower GPAs than
pared to tackle. He worries whether his diploma would be taken away if the
Statistical data across the country shows that only 0.2 per school ever discovered how he managed to get by that one fall those who don’t
cent of all Canadians over the age of 15 have admitted to mis- semester in 2013. How can you measure someone’s ability to
using a stimulant. However, the Spring 2016 National Col- get a degree? Is it cheating if you need it? Where do they draw
lege Health Assessment, an online survey of 41 post-secondary the line? These are questions that still occupy Harrison’s mind.
institutions conducted by the American College Health Asso- The crowded lecture hall was filled with students, some of
ciation, found that 4.5 per cent of students admitted to taking them probably much younger than himself, but it was not a ILLUSTRATIONS BY PREMILA D’SA
8 ARTS & LIFE Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Redefining femininity
according to a
Bald Bitch
Historically, women have been constrained by labels and social constructs. Martese
Bellizzi breaks down what it means to be feminine in 2017—with a razor in hand

I
t all started on prom night. crown-like head is her masterpiece.
That day, something inside me snapped. I had been explor- While a shaved head is a major style piece, for some women

I
ing the world of pixie cuts for two years leading up to my it can be a decision made out of their control.
senior prom, and had experimented shaving different parts of n 2014, two weeks after she was diagnosed with leukemia,
my head: one side shaved, both sides shaved, shaving the back Ryerson student Maddie Trafford shaved her head. “Be-
of my head. But enough hair always remained, so that my ‘look’ fore I got sick, I had never given much thought to women
continued to fall into the realm of obvious femininity. being bald. If anything, I thought it was a little strange. But
I had a shitty high school experience. By the end of those now I love seeing other women with shaved heads,” she said.
four years, I was done with friendships and I began to navigate Seeing other bald women while she was going through leu-
the world, more or less alone. kemia made Trafford feel less abnormal. She quickly learned a
For the first time in my life, I was doing everything without woman with a buzz cut is truly badass.
the influence of my peers. I didn’t care what people thought of While undergoing treatment, Trafford would often post
me. I only cared about what I thought of me. makeup tutorials on her Instagram, featuring flawless smokey
I was becoming an outcast, and changing my appearance eyes, plump lips and on-point eyebrows. Doing her own make-
was the first step to fully embracing my new identity. up was a way to pass the time during her stay in the hospital and
So when I walked into the salon and my long-time stylist gave her a way to get creative with her newfound confidence.
asked what I wanted to do with my hair before the special
night, I knew exactly what I wanted.

A
“Shave it all.”
t this point in my life, I really began to connect with “I never felt so pure.
the world of art, in all of its many forms. I painted. I
drew. I wrote. I started to view myself as a living and
I feel like a woman for
breathing work of art—something transformative, memora- the first time in my life”
ble, and questionable; something capable of moving you.
No one who moved me achieved it by playing it safe. Instead,
they embraced their individuality and strangeness so they could
march into the world alone. I liked the shaved look, admired the “Women are constantly told by society that they need to
uniqueness of it, the statement it made. I also thought I could have hair to be pretty, or even acceptable, so when women feel
pull it off. I felt like it allowed me to present myself exactly how comfortable and strong enough to break that societal standard,
I’d always wanted to. Ultimately, shaving my head empowered it’s incredible,” said Trafford, now cancer-free since 2015.
me and redefined what it meant to be feminine. Trafford is currently in the English program and is still break- Martese Bellizzi and her ‘Bald Babe’ look PHOTO: CAMILA KUKULSKI
ing society’s standards with her look. Although she decided to
grow out her hair, she’s been experimenting with dying it dif- just to stay alive. I realized that my perfect body would never
ferent dynamic colours, like lavender and electric blue. happen because I would die trying to achieve it.”
Everything about her screams, She’s also trying her hand at singing and playing guitar. After shaving her head, Stewart felt so empowered that she
“Fuck your opinion. “I felt like I had no control over anything in my life at the decided to keep it. “I’ve never felt so pure. I feel like a woman
time and shaving my head was one thing I had control of. If I for the first time in my life.”
I do what I want” hadn’t got diagnosed with cancer, I don’t think I would have Instead of trying to achieve the perfect body and be feminine
ever considered shaving my head. But at the time, it was lib- according to society’s standards, Stewart now has a different goal:
erating,” she said. “I have this desire and longing to have the most pure relationship
And yet, time and time again, women choose to anchor For little girls, the standard of having long hair comes from with myself, my body, and becoming a woman for the first time.”
themselves to labels and social constructs. a long history of status and health, dating as far back as the Like many bald women, Stewart is constantly told, “Wow,

K
It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. ancient Greeks and Romans. you pull off a shaved head so well. I’d look so silly if I did that.”
Which is why two years ago I sauntered past all of those so- inleigh Stewart dreamt all her life of growing long, and “I wish I had the balls to do that.”

O
cial constructs that had ensconced me for years, flipped them healthy hair, but after being diagnosed with anorexia Her response? “Grow a pair and do it.”
the bird, and became known as a bald bad bitch. nervosa at the age of five, Stewart’s hair could never ver time, I’ve realized the significance of the haircut
It’s also how I distinguish myself in the makeup industry. grow past her cheekbones. Like her tiny body, her hair was that I embraced. Does it still empower me? Hell yeah.
Under the name BaldBabeBeauty, I post my work as a hair and brittle; it would break if it grew too long. Every day, baby. Do I still consider it to be part of my
makeup stylist. After multiple hospitalizations and almost losing her breathing art presentation? Definitely. But I’ve also found that
It’s hard for people to understand the significance of a buzz life to the illness six times in April, something inside the it’s one of many ways women are redefining femininity. And
cut on a woman until you’ve actually experienced it for yourself. 26-year-old snapped. other bald women agree.
In popular culture, celebrities with shaved heads have ei- “I said to myself halfway through my last stay in hospital These badass females affirmed what I know more women
ther done so to develop a character in a film or because they that when I got out I was going to shave my hair. I wanted to are starting to realize: no hair or long hair, a size 2 or a size 22,
just don’t give a shit anymore. part ways with the ‘’healthy” hair I had been trying to grow an A cup or an E cup, dolled up or bare faced, we as women
Take for example, Amber Rose. She’s an American actress, and grow real healthy hair once and for all.” with unique minds and pathways carved will dictate what it
model and entrepreneur who at the prime age of 19 decided Stewart describes the moment during her last and worst hos- means to be feminine.
to shave all her hair. She’s kept the look well into her thirties. pital stay as a switch flicking in her head. Not men, not our friends, and sure as fuck not society.
She manages to make a buzz cut—something so historically “I always thought I needed to have hair down to my butt, And we can change that definition every day of our lives if
masculine—look extremely feminine. Everything about her the ‘perfect body,’ and a full face of makeup to look my best we so choose because guess what, bitches?
screams, “Fuck your opinion. I do what I want.” Her smooth and feel good about myself. But inside I was literally fighting We wrote it.
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 BIZ & TECH 9

Pro Com prof’s startup raises $10 million
Gregory Levey’s medical app is like Instagram for doctors, but it has a more educational approach where they can discuss patient cases

By Anika Syeda a data feed of cases, often gruesome
and gory in nature. Each post consists
Imagine Instagram if it was exclu- of an image pertaining to any field of
sively for medical professionals. Re- medicine, from radiology to general
place the feed of chai lattes and celeb- surgery to veterinary care. The im-
rity fashion with a stream of wounds age is generally accompanied by an
and healthcare anomalies that will informative text paragraph. Below is
make your stomach turn. a count of views as opposed to “likes”,
This is Figure 1 in a nutshell, a a list of relevant tags the poster has
medical photo-sharing platform that personally applied hashtags, and a
allows medical professionals to share comments section.
and discuss cases. In comparision to Instagram, Fig-
“We like to think that our mis- ure 1 has more scholastic goals. This is
sion is a bit more grand [than Insta- reflected in its many unique features.
gram],” said Katie Sullivan, Figure 1’s The comments section is more so-
communications associate. Figure 1 is a medical photo-sharing platform that allows medical professionals to disucss cases PHOTO: CAMILA KUKULSKI phisticated. At the very bottom is a
This June, the startup raised $10 survey asking if the post was medi-
million dollars in funding. Accord- using their smartphones in their hold in the Digital Media Zone, a Ry- that users are verified with a small cally helpful. There is also an option
ing toTechCrunch, Figure 1’s com- practice to talk to colleagues and dis- erson based start-up accelerator. checkmark badge. The platform only to bookmark the post to read for later
plete funding presently rests at cuss facts of their cases.” Today, the app has registered allows complete access to all its fea- and a cross-platform sharing func-
about $23 million. While the doctor found the phe- users in over 190 countries, an- tures to verified users. tion.
Co-founded by Ryerson Uni- nomenon interesting, it posed several nouncing in January of this year Last year, the app launched a new Notably, Figure 1’s browsing tab
versity communications professor problems. Firstly, the behaviour was a milestone of one million active feature: direct messaging. In accor- can be manipulated by the user to cu-
and chief executive officer, Gregory not privacy conscious. Nor was it ef- healthcare professionals. dance with the U.S. Health Insurance rate their feed. On the page is a selec-
Levey, Dr. Joshua Landy and senior ficient, because the outreach stopped Three quarters of U.S. medical stu- Portability and Accounting Act, mes- tion of assorted searches, categorized
software developer Richard Penner at the few medical professionals they dents are also using the app. sage data is encrypted as the message either by anatomy or specialty.
as chief technology officer, the plat- knew in their distinct field. Available for free on iOS, Android, is sent, while in transit and when “So, if the cases you were seeing in
form celebrated its fourth birthday in The three sought a solution that and as a desktop application, anyone stored on the Figure 1 servers. your home feed weren’t relevant to
the summer. not only facilitated healthcare com- can join the Figure 1 community. The app requires patient consent you,” said Sullivan, “you could nar-
The origin story of Figure 1 takes munication, but was designed from Users can be verified by the app’s via either an institutional consent row it down to cases that are relevant
place in 2012, when Dr. Landy was a its conception to address the issues personal verification team to estab- form or an in-app consent form, to you.”
visiting scholar at Stanford University. of patient privacy assurance and in- lish themselves as a licensed health- where participants sign using their Levey, Landy, and Penner’s app
“He was observing how physicians creased outreach. As a result, Figure care professional or student. In the finger. continues its occupation of the medi-
use smartphones in their day-to-day 1 was born. same way Twitter or Instagram veri- The app’s interface is distinctively cal social network with both an ever-
life,” said Sullivan. “Physicians were The business initially gained foot- fies its celebrity users, Figure 1 shows like Instagram’s. On the home page is growing wallet and userbase.

RElearning with Tech App of the
By Mark McKelvie

A Ryerson lab is using technology
that combines physical and virtual
Week
elements by way of augmented re- By Sylvia Lorico amount walked in a week or the
ality to bring interactive hands-on season.
learning to the classroom. The Carrot app, available for An- Users also have the ability to
The Responsive Ecologies Lab droid and iOS, uses a combination earn more points by meeting the
(RE/Lab) at 483 Bay Street studies of health surveys and the number “challenges” posted bi-weekly by
how technologies can be useful in of steps taken to reward users with the app. Users are required to
our lives and promote our ability points for staying active. Users can meet the average step goal at least
to learn. get Scene Points, Aeroplan miles 10 out of 14 times over the course
PHOTO: MARK MCKELVIE
Jason Nolan, associate profes- The Responsive Ecologies Lab or Petro Canada points by using of two weeks in order to claim
sor of Early Childhood Studies and this app. more points. The step challenges
director of RE/Lab, thinks schools work in the lab with Nolan say they input combinations of entries to Users are required to make an will increase as you achieve these
are putting too much emphasis on don’t get the same hands-on oppor- string together sentences. account and add a valid Scene, goals.
passive learning with the use of tunities in their lectures and tutori- “We want to stick around in the Aeroplan or Petro Canada points There are also health surveys on
technology in the classroom. als as they do in the RE/Lab. real world, except when we want to card in order to use the app. the app. Several times a month,
The lab’s research comes at a “Physical engagement is impor- go to places where we actually can’t Carrot uses the fitness apps on the app will release surveys that
time when more and more schools tant after public school age espe- go,” Nolan said. your device such as Apple Health users can take in order to gain a
are investing in technology for cially when you’re trying to tackle However, there are obstacles to or Google Fit to track your steps. certain amount of points. These
their students. Programs like Bring problems that are yet to be under- the introduction of this technology You can also sync your Fitbit or surveys are always health related
Your Own Device in the Peel Dis- stood,” said Ali Malazek, co-direc- in schools. Apple Watch to track your ex- and will teach users about aspects
trict School Board encourage par- tor of the RE/Lab. “If we gave everybody their own ercise remotely. This app also like exercising and eating healthy.
ents to send their child to school “By re-engaging the body and personal chemistry kits or musical requires the use of your phone’s Points for each card will be
with tablets and cell phones. bringing in computation at the instruments it would cost school GPS. posted after a several days on the
“Now we want to start teaching same time, we form insights to too much money,” Nolan said. Carrot will reward users with app. The app will divide points
code in kindergarten,” Nolan said. tackle new problems.” For now, Nolan accepts the use points for their cards provided evenly among all cards when they
“Get [students] outside building The rock-climbing wall in their of iPads and computers in the class- they meet a minimum amount of are earned.
models in the mud and understand- lab gives a climber real-time feed- room, but with certain conditions. steps each day. These steps are de- Carrot allows users to share
ing the logical process of something.” back to help them move more ef- “Make sure you use technology termined by the average amount of their step goals across other devic-
The lack of firsthand experience ficiently. Four touch sensors at- to extend an experience beyond walking a user performs through- es. Users on multiple phones can
is not something limited to young tached to an Android tablet help what it normally is, not replace it out the week. The step targets track their step goals and compare
children. University students who those with communication issues completely.” will change according to the total them to other people’s.
10 SPORTS Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

On the Mound, Greg DiTomaso’s
looking forward to coming into
the season and hitting the ground
running. But, standing there on Rookie Diary
the mound in that opening game, I An Eyeopener series in which Rams

In My Head didn’t think I’d ever get out of the rookies bring us along for their irst
inning.

Baseball used to be
Rams pitcher Luke Bellus on facing the natural. When I was
other team—and his depression depressed, it wasn’t

I stepped on the mound and out on the mound alone and All I needed was one out; I couldn’t
felt myself freeze. stunned, with a batter staring me even throw one strike.
In baseball—as in life—things down from 60 feet and six inches Similar to my battle with PHOTO: BRENT SMYTH
don’t always go your way. away. depression in general, my pitching
You hit a perfect line-drive, Baseball is a simple game. I struggles came out of nowhere, and
but it’s right at the third mean, as a pitcher, I know what I’m I felt like there was nothing I could After three years in the Ontario
baseman; you paint the throwing and the other guy hasn’t a do to beat it. I wasn’t myself, things Hockey League (OHL) and one
outside corner of home clue what’s coming. weren’t going the way I wanted them season with the St. Catharines
plate with a sneaky Easy, right? to, and in a matter of minutes, my Falcons of the Greater Ontario
slider, and the umpire After all these years, it shouldn’t confidence—something I thought I’d Junior Hockey League, defenceman
calls it a ball; and other be challenging to hit the catcher’s never lose—was gone. Greg DiTomaso is ready to join the
times, like during our glove. After all the countless hours It’s amazing what you convince Ryerson Rams this season.
preseason opener, your I’ve spent working on this exact yourself of in times like these: Q: Why’d you choose Ryerson?
coach hands you the ball motion, you’d think this wouldn’t I’m not good enough. I deserve DiTomaso: I’m a local boy who
in an emergency relief happen, yet there I was, frozen. this—I did something wrong grew up in Etobicoke. I’ve lived
situation with two outs and this is my punishment. outside the city for the past three
in the bottom of the Any sense of negativity becomes years in Saginaw, Barrie and St.
ninth. I experienced a true. You tell yourself this is the Catharines. I wanted to come
“No pressure, just throw feeling of self-doubt lowest you’ve ever felt and it’s not home.
a few strikes and your job I’d never felt before going to get better. You think back How did your time playing in
will be done,” he said. to good memories and say they don’t the OHL prepare you for the
During my warm-up, I matter. And with all this going on Rams?
was pitching worse than ever Everything stood still. On the in my head, I still had to pitch and I think I matured a lot in the OHL.
before. Something wasn’t right. mound, I questioned everything I prove to my coach he could trust me In 2015, I was coached by former
I tried to shake the feeling, but it knew about playing baseball; as my on the mound in the ninth inning. NHL superstar Dale Hawerchuk
got worse the more I thought about it. coaches, friends, teammates and My former solace was while with the Barrie Colts and he
And then the batter stepped into the box. father watched, I felt the pressure now a part of the problem. taught me a lot.
Suddenly, for the first time in my and doubt build steadily. On the field, I told myself the What’re you looking forward to
baseball career, I forgot everything I knew I was shocked. After I started inning would never end, and even most about playing at Ryerson?
about pitching, a task I’d been trying to taking medication for depression if it did that the next time out on I’m excited to be part of a winning
master for 10 years. I experienced and anxiety in February, I was the mound would only be worse. culture, because I think they took
a feeling of self-doubt I’d throwing some of the best bullpen I almost hit a couple batters, a good step last season (The Rams
never felt before, and the sessions of my life heading into the tossed several pitches way outside finished with the best record in
game I loved turned season. Now, I couldn’t even hit the and, at one point, threw nine their conference). This team has
against me, strike zone. balls in a row. My anxiety rose nowhere to go but up, and I look
leaving The game had always been my with each missed pitch, forcing forward to be along for the ride.
m e escape, my sanctuary. Baseball used me to abandon my curveball. Why’d you start playing?
to be natural. It was hits, walks, I decided to just throw fastballs My dad was a big Leafs fan, and
strikes and steals. When I was and hope for a pop-fly. Five I used to stay up at night as a kid
depressed, it wasn’t. batters later, I threw a heater and watching them. If it was a late
Something wasn’t the batter laced it up the middle. game and my parents thought I
right with me It zoomed past me, and I prayed was sleeping, I would sneak down
anymore, and I felt my middle infielders would make to watch and cheer with them.
myself spinning the out, and thankfully, they did. Q: What do you hope to achieve
out of control. I took my glove off, put my head during your time at Ryerson?
After months down and walked off the mound. To grow as a hockey player and
of not And just like that, I was back in help the team win. Also to get my
playing, the dugout surrounded by my business and commerce degree as
I was teammates, and I no longer felt alone. a starting point to my education
r ea l ly here, maybe a master’s or law
Luke Bellus is a third-year journalism student. degree afterward.
PHOTO: BRENT SMYTH
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 COVFUNFE 11

Ryerson introduces ‘Zanzibar Zone’
Always dreamed of someday owning Toronto’s greatest strip club? Practice makes perfect, and Ryerson University’s got you covered
By Ben Snider-McGrath out as a co-op for business and never gotten any real hands-on
fashion design students, but experience! This hands-on experi-
Ryerson’s president unveiled Lachemi hopes the program will ence will open so many doors for
the university’s new Po-Op pro- grow with time. my students.”
gram Tuesday under the Zanzibar “It just made sense to make Adam West, associate dean of
Zone, an initiative which part- this partnership,” Lachemi said. the Ted Rogers School of Man-
ners Ryerson students with select “We’re a short walk away from agement, says he does not share
Toronto’ finest strip clubs. Zanzibar Tavern—The Zanzibar Lachemi and Marsh’s enthusiasm
Over the past decade, Ryer- Zone—and Remington’s, which for the program.
son has been gaining more and are both just up Yonge Street. I “I just don’t understand the need
more connections with busi- truly believe the Po-Op will of- for it,” West said. “We’ve had stu-
nesses throughout Toronto, and fer students valuable real-life ex- dents co-op at successful compa-
university president Mohamed periences they could not learn in a nies like Deloitte and TD, many of
Lachemi hopes his Po-Op program co-op with, say, a bank or a whom continued onto successful
will present students with more marketing company.” careers in business. Why do we The “Zonzibar,” if I may. PHOTO: SARAH KRICHEL
workplace experience. Lachemi is not the only fac- need kids learning how to run a
“We want to become one with ulty member excited for the new strip club?” “We don’t have much of a cam- around the GTA just makes sense.
the city,” Lachemi said. “We’re program. Tanya Marsh, a fashion West is outnumbered, however, pus compared to schools such as I can’t wait for those doors to lead
right downtown, we have as- design professor of seven years, says as many of the university’s faculty Western or Waterloo or other soon-to-be Ryerson success stories
sociations with other Toronto that she is thrilled for her students and board of directors are behind Ontario universities,” Lachemi into strip clubs.”
businesses, and we want to expand and cannot wait for them to get Ryerson’s newest project. Lachemi, said. “But what we lack in a small, Ryerson officials say details still
even more.” started with the Po-Op. who continued to boast his “golden tight-knit campus community, we have to be finalized but the Po-Op
The Po-Op program, short “We’ve worked with lingerie idea,” as he put it, remains its big- make up for by being a part of the program under the Zanzibar Zone is
for “Pole Opportunity” will start before,” Marsh said. “But we’ve gest supporter. big city. Connecting with businesses set to be completed in fall 2018.

Poor, sad bike thieves
GPS trackers and Bluetooth locks make it hard for bike thieves to stay relevant
By Jacob Dubé your-bike thing has turned my been replaced with trackers,
entire life upside down,” said computers and locks that spray
Ryerson’s bike thief community Ricci. “Back in my day, all you skunk smell when they’re pierced.
can’t keep up with the new needed to swipe a bike was a pair of “All these young bike thieves
technology in their industry pliers and a really good spoon.” need an engineering master’s
since Dropbikes began appearing Ricci’s infamous bike thievery degree to do their jobs,
around the university this year. resulted in the creation of a bike meanwhile, I’m being pushed out
Dropbike, a bike-sharing startup thievery support group in 1998, of my career.”
launched across various university called “Swiper No Swiping”, which Last week, a group of computer
campuses in Ontario, boasts state- would meet up on Gould Street science students created Hitch-
of-the-art bicycle technology, to cry at the sight of a bike with Bike, a robot that streamlines
like GPS tracking and Bluetooth one wheel. But when we asked bike stealing by going bike-by-
locks. Though good for local students currently on campus, they bike on stands and grabbing them,
ILLUSTRATION BY GRACE BEVAN commuters and students looking didn’t know who he was. then selling them to the next
for cheap transportation, it “Nowadays, the industry has schmoe that got their bike stolen

CAPTION THIS!
poses some challenges for the changed so much that I can’t even by the same bot.
hardworking bike thieves that recognize what’s the bike and “I see that bike robot doing its
operate on campus. what’s the lock. I’m always playing thing and I have to wonder about
Antonio Ricci, who’s been catch up to the new generation,” my place in the world. Maybe I
This week we’re playing “Caption This” for your chance to win a pilfering bicycles at Ryerson since he said. should become a catfish like the
$25 DAVID’S TEA GIFT CARD. before humans settled in the area, According to Ricci, long gone rest of my family,” Ricci said.
said that his industry is moving are the days of the simple U- Ricci can be seen on campus
The best caption will be featured in next week’s issue of The Eyeopener. too fast for him to catch up. locks of bicycle thievery. In- stealing unsuspecting bike lights,
Once you’ve come up with a clever caption, please submit this with your “This whole being-able-to-track- stead, Ricci says they have peddling them for a quick buck.
name and contact information at The Eyeopener office (SCC 207) when
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Dropping bikes and breaking hearts. PHOTO: CAMILA KUKULSKI
12 Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

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