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Volume 51 - Issue 6

October 18, 2017
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Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 NEWS 3

Nursing students stuck in middle of strike
The nursing school is the only department affected by the college strike, and students are worried about their classes and placements

By Stefanie Phillips

Billy Qian will not be allowed to at-
tend his community nursing class
and accompanying clinical place-
ment, which were cancelled this
week after more than 12,000 On-
tario public college faculty went on
On Oct. 16, the Ontario Public
Service Employee Union (OPSEU)
representing professors, instruc-
tors, counsellors and librarians at
24 Ontario colleges marched to the
picket line to mark the beginning of
the strike. Ryerson campus will be void of nursing students until an agreement is made. PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE

The OPSEU is fighting for more Qian, who started his degree at tiations to resume. cancelled except for three (because will not be affected by the strike.
rights for employees, including in- Centennial College, says he is con- Andy Mok, an official delegate they are taught by Ryerson profes- The CNSA will be in “constant”
creased job security for part-time cerned about not meeting the re- of the chapter and fourth-year sors). Students in their third year communication with DCSN direc-
faculty and staff as well as giving quired hours needed at his clinical nursing student, said depending on will continue classes as normal tor Nancy Walton for the duration
faculty a stronger voice in academic placement to graduate. the duration of the strike the ef- with the exception of the com- of the strike to represent over 1,600
decision-making. “We need to get a certain amount fects could be “detrimental” to the munity nursing class and clinical nursing students from all three cam-
The strike began after nego- of clinical hours before the end of the students. placement. Fourth-year students puses in the collaborative program.
tiations with the College Employer year,” he said. “The longer the strike “The nursing degree is a profes- get to continue with their classes Walton said the students are her
Council failed to reach an agree- goes on for, the more clinical hours sional degree that prepares stu- as scheduled, including their clini- “priority” right now.
ment. The union represents faculty and everything we’re missing.” dents to work as a registered nurse cal placements. However, they will “We will be working very hard
from George Brown College (GBC) The Ryerson-George Brown- in the clinical setting. The point of not have contact with their faculty to communicate with students and
and Centennial College—schools clinical placement and in conjunc- advisors. Instead, members of the implement contingency plans,” she
part of the collaborative nursing The longer the strike tion with their education at the nursing management teams at the wrote in an email to The Eye.
program in conjunction with Ryer- goes on for, the more schools is to prepare them to have college sites have become their pri- Three strikes have occurred in the
son University. clinical hours we’re the skills, the knowledge, the criti- mary contact. college sector over the past 50 years,
In the collaborative program, cal thinking and the ability to as- according to The Globe and Mail.
students spend the first two years sess patients,” he said. Depending on the The most recent strike was in
of their degree at the college where The Daphne Cockwell School of duration of the strike, March 2006, where college faculty
they were accepted and continue Centennial chapter of the Cana- Nursing (DCSN) at Ryerson posted represented by OPSEU were on
the effects could be
their final two years at Ryerson. In dian Nursing Students’ Association to the strike information webpage strike for 20 days.
‘detrimental’ to students
those final years, students pay tu- (CNSA) released a statement Mon- on Sunday, informing students of There have been no updates
ition to Ryerson but still have fac- day saying that while they support the affected courses and classes. about the OPSEU and College Em-
ulty advisors from their original the OPSEU faculty members’ right For students in their first or sec- The webpage also indicates that ployer Council re-convening at the
colleges for some classes, including to strike, they “strongly oppose” the ond year at either GBC or Centen- all classes for nursing students who bargaining table by the time of pub-
their clinical placement. act and encourage immediate nego- nial College, all classes have been started their program at Ryerson lication.

New Parkside renos cost $40 mil and let them have nice housing,” was known as the Best Western vations the following year. She
said Joanne Gluck, Parkside’s gen- Primrose Hotel, occupied by both said that there were always prob-
eral manager. students and hotel customers. lems with the building.
Parkside now offers a meal plan The Primrose, according to online “You would hear drilling in the
with “all-day service”—a program reviews, was also not the most ideal mornings, sometimes they would
that students were unhappy with space. do random water checks and our
following the building’s opening, Customer reviews left on water wouldn’t work.”
due to the lack of food available. Yelp stated that the building was Arboleda added that her living
Gluck said that since the hiring of “smelly,” furniture was broken and experience the following year was
new staff, the kitchen ensures that that the ongoing construction was completely different. “It was all
the cafeteria is fully stocked. noisy, which woke up some guests sorted out. I would definitely live
Building amenities also include during early hours of the morning. there again.”
Student study in Parkside’s new study hub. PHOTO COURTESY: PARKSIDE
virtual yoga and cycling classes in In August 2015, the building was Gluck agrees that before she and
By Annie Arnone in one instance, injured a student their workout rooms, which are renovated and officially converted her team arrived to Parkside, condi-
after falling on her head. decked out with flat screen moni- to a student housing complex. tions in the buildings were “horrible.”
After a year filled with com- This year, $40 million was re- tors and a list of workout routines In 2016, a private Facebook The current rate for a room,
plaints about the quality of living cently spent on renovations, which to choose from. group was created in order for food services, as well as gym ac-
at Parkside Student Residence, the went towards new furniture, gym According to Gluck, Park- Parkside residents to have a safe cess is between $1160 - $2010 per
building has undergone a major equipment and construction costs side was recently approached by space for their complaints. month, depending on the room
facelift–and all it took was new in order to fix previously flawed Google, who is exploring the op- The Eye previously reported on style. Rooms range from a shared
management and $40 million in designs. tion of converting their study one student’s experience, in which bed/bath layout at the lowest cost
renovations. These changes are a result of the space on the second floor into a they said they were prescribed an of the spectrum, to a two-bed one-
The Eyeopener previously report- student residence’s new manage- branded Google study space. inhaler because of the construc- bath penthouse suite.
ed that in 2016, students living in rial team, called Canadian Campus “It’s something we’d love to hap- tion dust. “It’s not for everyone, I’m the
the housing complex took legal ac- Communities (CCC). pen,” she said. “I think the main Ysabel Arboleda, a third-year first one to say that,” said Gluck.
tion following maintenance issues “We can only grow and improve thing they would add to that space architecture student, lived at Park- “But when we do our market anal-
and constructional flaws–includ- by listening to concerns and feed- is more electronic media.” side during the time of its opening ysis we’re not that far off from
ing collapsing ceiling vents that, back, let [students] have a voice Initially, the Parkside complex in 2015, and the time of its reno- other housing [costs].”
4 EDITORIAL Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Getting things right
sues—but this goes for the people in derstand how to spot these prob-
the newsroom and outside the news- lems, how can you tell us when we’re
By room as well. fucking up? Because (as we’ve seen)
Sierra Bein From writing a story to just shar- sometimes campus media does screw
ing that story on Facebook, you have up—and, oh boy, does the main-
Around the beginning of my time a certain responsibility for the in- stream media do that too. We could
working at The Eyeopener in my first formation you’re passing along. You all use some equity training.
year, someone told me that it was go- might not even catch the problems at So, if equity is something that inter-
ing to be nice to have a “pretty girl” first glance. ests you, come to the Thomas Lounge
on the news team because it would Who is talking the most? Whose on Oct. 29 with a pen and paper. For-
be easier for me to approach people voice is the highest in the article? mer Ryerson Students’ Union equity
for interviews on the street. Who is writing the piece? If the story centre staff member and Eyeopener
I understood that there was no is about Indigenous issues, are there communities editor Sid Drmay will
harm intended behind the comment, Indigenous people speaking? If the be guiding us through some of the ins
but I also understood that there was story is about LGBTQ issues, are the and outs of what it means to practice
inherently more meaning to it than voices representative of those com- equity in writing and in the work-
The laptop is a tool of power! PHOTO: PREMILA D’SA they realized. I was worried that munities? Are you including mar- place. Everyone is welcome, especial-
people didn’t care about my skills, or ginalized voices, even if the story isn’t ly everyone at j-school.
that I was given an opportunity that I about them? Are you pushing stereo- Our workplace hasn’t been perfect,
g involve
didn’t deserve. types? we will be the first to admit it. We’re
in g e t t in This is just one of millions of rea- Ryerson’s School of Journalism students and we’re learning too.
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talking to the editor-in-chief of a stu- taught in the classroom, there’s still a your education. There’s a problem
dent newspaper, there is a power dif- general lack of teaching how to write when your workplace isn’t aware of
ference at play. This becomes more while keeping equity guidelines internal power struggles. There’s a

important when words are being put in mind. That’s also before talking problem when organizations can’t

on a page. about the representation and diver- even have this conversation. This
Specifically for journalism, equity sity problem that all of Ryerson has open invitation is a first step ad-
training can help give the most ba- among its staff. dressing these problems and to make
sic understanding to really dense is- But if you, the reader, can’t un- things better.

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Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 NEWS 5

What happens at Ryerson when you die?
By Julia Nowicki ing of an alumnus. In most cases, “I like that the program exists and
the university finds out about your I can still contribute to the univer-
Given Ryerson University’s exten- death through a spouse or relative sity,” Allman said. “They do rely on a
sive relationship with graduates that who contacts the university to have lot of public funding as well as gov-
spans decades until their inevitable them discontinue email updates. ernment funding. I feel proud that I
end, you may be surprised to learn The university may reach out di- still sponsor them.”
that when an alumnus dies, nothing rectly and inquire as to why dona- Allman hopes to continue donat-
much really happens. tion flow has stopped from your ing and contributing to the school
The University Advancement of- particular account. for years to come until she passes.
fice and Alumni Relations at Ryer- In other cases, the university may At that point, she acknowledges
son are responsible for maintaining find out about your death “during that the consolation will probably
a connection with graduates once a regular obituary scan performed be lackluster.
they leave the cherished streets of by the University Advancement “The one thing about Ryerson
Gould and Victoria. Services Team.” Think of Phoebe that is good is that they do acknowl-
Buffay’s grandmother updating the edge the passing in their magazine
phone book, red pen in one hand sometimes,” Allman said. “But, I
In most cases, the
and obits in the other. guess they will just stop getting my
university finds out Hilde Allman is a Ryerson alum- donation.”
about death through a Here lies Rye alumni and all the money they couldn’t donate. PHOTO: PREMILA D’SA
na who graduated from the Secre- Those who do are deeply en-
spouse or relative who you have with the university and any correspondence unless other- tarial and Administrative Studies twined in their alma mater and
contacts the university their email subscription service, the wise requested by their surviving program in June of 1982, when the wish to maintain those connections
feeling may not be mutual. When spouse or relative,” according to the university was still called the Ryer- forged through years of newslet-
you die, there is no big ceremony president’s office via email. son Polytechnical Institute. In fact, ters and donation postcards can
Like many colleges and universi- or a widely-broadcast ‘in-memo- Take comfort in knowing that at Allman’s graduating class was one take comfort in knowing they can
ties, these offices provide valuable randum’. The university just simply the end, when you leave the face of of the first to receive degrees rath- continue their relationship with
services to alumni by organizing updates their database. the Earth, you will also be removed er than diplomas or certificates. the university in their afterlife.
events and mixers, granting awards “When we do learn of the sad from, what I assume, is a pretty ex- The close-knit community and An alumnus has the option to
and updating you on the successes news of an alumni dying, it is re- tensive email list. the connections she forged at the continue correspondence with the
of former classmates. corded in our database by the Uni- According to the president’s of- once tiny university are what make university by enlisting unsuspect-
However, as much as you value versity Advancement office; de- fice, there are usually a few ways her such an avid and contributing ing relatives to regularly check their
the wonderfully unique relationship ceased alumni are removed from Ryerson finds out about the pass- alumna. email inbox, and send donations.

Rye’s SRO review committee still not assembled
Ryerson is still working on creating a team of staff to review the School Resource Officer program that they were assigned to in August
By Annie Arnone word on what aspects of the review
that money is being used for.
Ryerson has not yet established a According to inspector David Ry-
committee to review the School dzik with Toronto police, officers
Resource Officer program (SRO) met with Ryerson last month to dis-
review, according to President Mo- cuss their needs. They plan on recon-
hamed Lachemi. vening in mid-November.
In August, the university was Lachemi added that Ryerson’s
asked to review the controversial priority is ensuring that the review
program, which allows the presence is “transparent.”
of police officers in Toronto elemen- “The review has to meet our re-
tary schools. This move was made quirements ... it has to be evidence-
following a long board meeting held based,” said Lachemi, adding that
at police headquarters. the university wants an unbiased
“My team made it very clear that review. “It’s not necessarily having
as the university is doing this and an outcome that will always please
leading this review and exercise, we the organization, but it has to have
want to make sure that we get the an outcome that will be based on
expertise of people who can really [our] evidence.”
do this,” said Lachemi. “It’s a kind The program was introduced
of a call from us to our faculty and to schools following the death of
researchers, but we may also have 15-year-old Jordan Manners, who
people who can collaborate with us was shot on school grounds in 2008,
from other universities.” and has been implemented to 75 dif-
Toronto police chief Mark Saun- ferent schools across Toronto.
ders indicated that an interim report Since its arrival, the program has
must be presented by the school in been heavily criticized. Black Lives
January, outlining the school’s find- Matter demanded that Toronto po-
ings on their research. lice be removed from schools this
According to Lachemi, almost year, before the implementation of
three months later, and with Janu- the review took place.
ary fast approaching, the school has In September, weeks after the
not yet established whether it will review was issued to Ryerson, the
be a certain faculty, or group of fac- Toronto District School Board an-
ulty leaders who will be in charge of nounced the suspension of the pro-
the review. gram until their own review—sepa-
For the purposes of the review, rate from Ryerson’s—is completed
The 80th annual gathering of Canada’s student journalists is coming to Toronto,
$80,000 has been granted to Ryer- in November. Hosted by The Eyeopener and the Canadian University Press.
son from the Toronto police “special Ryerson is set to release a final re- Info: Tickets:
fund.” However, there has been no view in June 2018.
6 FEATURES Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Having a bachelor’s degree isn’t the key to getting
a job anymore. Kelsey DeMelo tells us why

ive years ago at 6 a.m., a GO train just how overwhelming and intimidating the
heading towards Union Station from job market is for new grads, and why so many
Markham carried a tired and anxious Ja- of them pursue grad school.
son Marlatt. It was just getting light outside, Nikki Waheed, a career education specialist
and he sat among adults on their way to work. for the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson, primarily
Someday, he’d be one of them, but for now, works with arts students. She finds that the
he was just a student. He made sure to catch most common concern she hears is that these
the earlier train so he would have time in case students don’t know what they can actually do
he got lost while finding his way to his first with their arts degree or what jobs are avail-
8 a.m. politics lecture at Ryerson University. able for them. This is where the idea of grad
That September morning brought feelings school often pops up.
of excitement and ambition for Marlatt as he Waheed says that the current job climate
was about to begin what he believed would be for new grads is definitely a major concern.
four exciting years as a history major. A graduate degree on a resumé would cer-
Throughout his time at Ryerson, Marlatt tainly be an advantage for any student when it
has come to learn that university is not all comes time for them to enter the job market.
smooth sailing. In his second year, he was put While Waheed isn’t afraid to recommend
on academic probation. It was then that Mar- grad school to those students who have a plan
latt realized he could do one of two things: in mind, she is hesitant to recommend it to
work hard or drop out. He went with the first students who are scared to leave the safety of
option. He decided to slow things down and school and find a job. She says grad school is
take an extra year to finish his degree. Since a serious commitment both time-wise and fi-
then, his attitude has propelled him to con- nancially, and should be carefully planned.
tinue in his program, but overcoming that Camilo Botero, a first-year urban and re-
obstacle has led him to another: finding em- gional planning student at Ryerson, knows he
ployment after graduation. will most likely have to get a master’s degree
Marlatt’s program doesn’t offer co-ops or to find a decent job, which will take at least
many opportunities to put his skills to any real two more years. But he’s also doing it for the
use, and in his fifth year, he is still far from sake of his family. His parents moved their
feeling qualified to enter the job market. family from Ecuador to Canada when he was
Because of this, his four-year plan has 12 years old with hopes that they would be
changed. This means a potential two extra able to make a better life for their children.
years and approximately $20,000 in tuition he photo by Camila KuKulsKi “I’ve always felt pressure to succeed for my-
wasn’t banking on. But to get his dream job— self but mostly for my parents because they’ve
working with NGOs or development agen- ing a program without considering where it dents are realizing a bachelor’s degree doesn’t worked so hard to provide us with the life we
cies—this is what he’ll have to do. He plans on will lead them in the future. hold the same value as it once did, making it have,” says Botero. But throughout Botero’s
taking a master’s degree in Islamic studies at The initial thought for most students is that harder for them to compete for employment. time as an undergraduate student, he’s come
either the University of Toronto or McGill once they spend four years of blood, sweat That expensive piece of paper you spend four to realize that becoming successful is going to
University. and tears obtaining their bachelor’s degree, years of your life on is just an addition to your take a lot more time and money than he had
Unemployment, or underemployment, are they’ll be qualified to enter the job market. resumé, not a guarantee for successful em- ever expected.
serious obstacles that Marlatt has had to con- The whole education path to success seems ployment.
sider as he nears the end of his undergradu- foolproof, doesn’t it? You pay big bucks to The unemployment rate for youth in On-

ate journey. “The thought of not being able to your institution and if you’re capable of han- tario has improved since the 2008-2009 hree years ago, on a cold Wednesday
find a job in my field keeps me up at night, but dling the physical, mental and financial stress recession, but not by much. In 2009, unem- morning in October, Botero was not a
even worse is the thought that I could end up of being a student, they’ll reward you with a ployment rates for the 15 to 24 year-old age Ryerson student. He was a student Uni-
in a job I do not enjoy, but simply keeps me piece of paper that is supposed to guarantee demographic peaked at 15 per cent, according versity of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) study-
afloat,” says Marlatt. that you’ll get a job. to Statistics Canada. And as of 2014, unem- ing mathematics and statistics. And he hated
But in the current job market, finding a ployment rates have slightly lowered to 13 it. When he first began university in 2014, he
young adult with a bachelor’s degree is as per cent. But the underemployed rate—which expected it to be a quick four years of study-

ids are directed towards university at a easy as finding a millennial who still lives applies to skilled individuals working low- ing before he’d be able to join the workforce
young age and told it’s the only way to with their parents. In 2011, Statistics Canada paying or low-skilled jobs—was still a daunt- with his fancy new bachelor’s degree. To him,
succeed out there in the “real world.” showed that 64 per cent of adults age 25-64 ing 30.4 per cent in 2014. The unemployment this was the ultimate pathway to success—the
This pressure can result in kids hastily choos- had post-secondary qualifications. Some stu- and underemployment rates for youth prove only way.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 FEATURES 7
On that Wednesday morning, Botero was If all goes as planned, by the time Botero Percentage of Ryerson students who found work
working away on a coding assignment for is done his undergrad and a possible two
his first-year computer science course. As he years of graduate studies, he will have spent in their field six months after graduation, by
stared in dismay at his professor who was try-
ing to explain the assignment, he suddenly felt
$62,066.79 in tuition alone.
Botero, who has an older brother that has
faculty (2013)
unsure of “what the hell” he was doing and also undergone four years of undergrad, is
why he was wasting his time trying to obtain a hesitant to ask his parents for money for grad
degree he couldn’t care less about. Did he even school. “School is definitely a financial burden Community services 81.7%
really like computer science? Sitting there, he and one I’d have to consider taking a year off
wasn’t so sure anymore. or so to work,” says Botero. “But hopefully,
going back to school will help guarantee that engineering and 74%
It’s like I have no I’ll land a job I’m happy with.” architectural science
other choice but to go science 77.8%

or many students that struggle to pay for
back to school after their undergrad tuition, grad school may
all this school be a luxury that they cannot afford. Ac-
cording to Statistics Canada, the cost of un-
dergraduate tuition in Ontario in 2016 was
It was that class that destroyed Botero’s $8,114, meaning that four years of school will communication and
ideal four-year plan. He knew he had to get cost about $32,456. This doesn’t include the
out of that program and try something new, cost of textbooks, residence or commuting,
but he stuck it out for two more years anyway, and the general expenses that come with be- TRSM
before finding the courage to tell his parents ing a student.
he just couldn’t do it anymore. So, after all that, students are still expected
At this point, Botero found himself drawn to obtain a higher and more valuable degree.
to the idea of helping the environment. So, In Ontario, the cost of grad school averages Youth unemployment
he applied to Ryerson’s urban and regional about $9,416 per year, but varies greatly de-
planning program, but was extremely doubt- pending on the program. Add that to the cost in Ontario
ful that his UTM marks would get him a spot. of everything else and you get another ex-
When he did get accepted, Botero was told tremely lavish piece of paper to add to your 15.2%
that none of his credits would count toward collection.
his new degree. But when he’s done, Botero will hopefully 13.3%
When September 2016 came around, his have a job that gives him a reason to get out of
four-year plan had become a six-year plan. He bed in the morning and fulfills his definition
was less than happy about it but he kept going of success, for both himself and his family. He
because this time he’d be getting a fresh start is optimistic that things will work out, even if
doing something he loved—hopefully. it’s not in the way he had originally planned. It
An arts student like Marlatt has a 38 per might take an absurd amount of his time and
cent chance of finding employment in his field money, but one day, he hopes he’ll look back
six months after graduation, according to Ry- at his young and stressed student self and real-
erson’s most recent employment data from ize it was worth it.
2013. Two years after graduation the chances For Botero and thousands of other students,
increase to nearly 50 per cent. before they can reach the success in the real
The employment rates at Ryerson greatly world they will have to endure further stress
vary from faculty to faculty. As of 2013, a and sleepless nights—the ultimate foundation 2009 2014
student with a bachelor’s in engineering had of university.
about an 89 per cent chance of finding em-
ployment in their field, which is more than

double of that for a student with an arts de- unched over his design, trying to get ev-
gree. ery line, angle and shape perfect before Average cost of an undergraduate degree in
But in 2012, the Council of Ontario Uni- the 9 p.m. deadline, Botero felt a massive
versities reported that six per cent of youth wave of stress wash over him. In the fall of Ontario
that had a bachelor’s degree still couldn’t find 2016, Botero sat anxiously in an architectural
employment. studio class at Ryerson. The room was dead
That six per cent—no matter how small it silent, except for the scratching of pencils and one year: $8,114
may seem—is worrisome. What if after four the shuffle of paper. As he quickly glanced up
years you come still out unemployable? That from his work, he saw his classmates working
exact thought is what is driving so many new fervently over their own designs. The bags
grads to go back to school and get a graduate under their eyes were deep and dark, and the four years: $32,456
degree. exhausted expressionws that painted their fac-
Obtaining a master’s or graduate degree es made it clear that they were just as anxious
can add another two to five years of educa- and sleep-deprived as he was. Because when
tion on top of the four years it already takes there’s a lot to do, there’s no time for sleep.
to get a bachelor’s degree. Which means if It was in that quick, eerily quiet moment
you’ve planned everything just right, you’ll be that Botero got a glimpse of his future and
in school for about 18-23 years of your life. saw himself competing against these same
classmates for the same jobs once he got out
The thought of not into the real world. Average cost of a graduate degree in Ontario
Everyone in the room has the same goal: to
being able to find a get a good job. And they’re all just as good as
he is. They’ve taken most if not all of the same
job in my field keeps classes, and they’ll come out on the other side one year: $8,114
me up at night with the same degree. And if he wants a job,
he’ll have to do better. Work harder. Stay in
After all the time spent getting decorative school longer. No matter the cost.
diplomas, the real world is supposed to be “Since everything is so damn competitive TWO years: $18,832
your reward. But for a lot of students, there and not many jobs are actually available, it’s
are many obstacles holding them back, such as like I have no other choice but to go back to
the high cost of graduate school. school after all this school.”
8 BIZ & TECH Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Ryerson Robotics team looking for life on Mars

Members of the R3 team with the Scarab rover.

By Ben Cohen addition, the Ryerson team will
also be implementing a new wire-
Day and night you can find them less system and a revised control
down an easily overlooked staircase, system.
through a crowd of lab coats and Kiflen said that even with the new
hardhats if you look hard enough, in design and life-detecting technol-
a room in the basement of Kerr Hall ogy, there could be some potential
North. Here, a team of program- issues if the rover was sent to Mars.
mers, engineers, designers, market- “It’s just the difficulty of it. [Our
ers and financiers amalgamate their life extraction method] isn’t fully
passions to build something that can automated, so it would be challeng-
surpass the capabilties of NASA’s ing to safely send the rover to Mars,
space technology. but the controls and science teams
The Ryerson Rams Robotic are working hard to bridge that gap
team (R3) is working to construct in our knowledge.”
a rover which they say can detect Last year, Ryerson’s Scarab rover
signs of life on Mars. earned 21st place in the 2016 Uni-
“The competition isn’t about us- versity Rover Challenge.
ing a pre-existing plan to test our The unnamed 2017 successor to
modeling skills, it’s about build- the Scarab rover will be able to drill
ing a rover that could be used on into the ground, drive for kilome-
Mars right now. It’s a pretty seri- tres, detect DNA present in soil
ous project,” said Michel Kiflen, and have the strength to carry at
a fourth-year biomedical science least one full-grown male. The new
student and R3’s science lead. rover will also come with its own 50
Kiflen was brought on the team kilogram shell, across rocky Mar-
for his background in soil analysis tian terrain, all either automatically
and he says the team is focusing on or with remote assistance via Xbox
detecting biological life on Mars in a controller.
minimal amount of time. The team is confident that they
The team has been working with can earn first prize while also ad-
different technologies to test soil vancing spacefaring, rover auton-
samples for biological life. omy and life detection.
“Not only can [the technology] “Now we know exactly what the
detect life, it can do it in under 20 judges are looking for, we know the
minutes. I don’t think there’s any- site, we know what’s required of us.
one else in the world that’s been able We definitely have a strong shot,”
to do it as nicely as we have. Current said Kiflen.
protocols take hours or even days The R3 team will be flown to the
and we’ve shortened that into mere Mars Desert Research Station in
minutes,” said Kiflen. Utah in July to showcase the rover
R3 is taking a similar approach at the University Rover Challenge.
to NASA’s current projects by fo- Rovers will have to withstand
cusing the search for biological heat, dust and some light rain. The
life on Mars. Last February, NASA rovers cannot cost more than US
launched its Atacama Rover Astro- $15,000 and will have to test soil
biology Drilling Studies (ARADS) samples as well as survive a meter-
in the Atacama Desert in Chile, an high drop test and meet other size
area with soil and temperature con- and strength requirements.
ditions similar to Mars. The project The team will compete against
was designed to test drilling condi- 30 other universities across Canada
tions for life-detection on Mars. and the U.S.
Along with life-detection tech- If the team wins the University
nology, the team will be redesigning Rover Challenge this year, they
the rover to improve its efficiency. can expect to be flown to Califor-
This year’s model will make use nia to tour NASA’s Jet Propulsion
of a carbon fiber 3D printer to print Laboratory and attend networking
some of its more complex parts and events with industry leaders.
features a completely redesigned The rover is expected to be test-
frame and arm to maximize cost ed publically in the Quad in a few
and performance effectiveness. In weeks time.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 ARTS & LIFE 9

Entranced with sound and vibrations: a visual album
Seven RTA students are exploring music and dance for the deaf and hard of hearing through their final practicum project
By Erica Hemingway her role as Clementine in the album.
“I feel like I have a particular
Even though Rachel Dance can’t amount of responsibility because
hear all the music, she doesn’t let the deaf community is a large com-
that stop her from dancing. munity that deserves to be repre-
When she began dancing at sented properly,” said Wilson.
eight years old, she found it diffi- Wilson explained how she is in-
cult to stay on beat and on balance, spired by her grandfather—who
given that she was born complete- recently lost his hearing—and his
ly deaf in her left ear. She actually experience as a deaf person when
couldn’t hear some of the different interpreting her character.
musical tones. “When he went deaf, it was a re-
As a fourth-year student in RTA ally lonely transition. He’s been able
media production, Dance took her to hear his entire life, then all of a
personal struggle and transformed sudden he didn’t have that ability
it into a script. anymore, and it was really frustrat-
What started out as a final media ing for him,” said Wilson.
project for RTA turned into an im- “The biggest misunderstanding
mersive and challenging visual al- is that you can’t see the disability,
bum that reaches out to the deaf and so you have to be really conscious Graphics like these used by the TRANCE team visualize the vibrations felt throughout their album. PHOTO COURTESY: TRANCE

hard of hearing community. of the way you’re interacting with
TRANCE is a student-funded people,” said Christine Skowron, frequencies that deaf people are sub-
project telling the story of a deaf
dancer, Clementine, who relearns
to dance by feeling the vibrations
co-producer and director.
Dance said that she would often
be made fun of in middle school and
jected to, creating an immersive and
involving creative experience for all.
They have an Indiegogo cam-
of the music and picking up minor
tones and frequencies.
high school, and that some of her
peers neither understood nor sympa-
paign set up and available through
their Facebook page to assist with
Film And Media Arts Festival
After a car accident turned her thized with her hearing impairment. crowdfunding costs. The world’s largest showcase of video, film, audio and digital media by In-
world silent, Clementine must ap- When it comes to dancing from a Despite the hardships, the digenous artists returns to Toronto Oct. 18 - 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
proach her dancing from a new an- deaf perspective, often dancers will TRANCE team trudges on with The 18th annual festival features over 100 feature films, documentaries,
gle. Through the vibrations, over- be choreographed to the undertones their vision of creating a platform shorts, and music videos with a handful of submissions coming from Ry-
tones and slight frequencies, she and overtones of the melodies, which for deaf dancers whose stories are erson students and alumni. After opening night, day two begins with a free
must learn to dance by not listening, are the resonances and variations be- not often told. workshop, panel and food running from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
but feeling the music. tween notes. They can pick up on “When you go head-on with a Tickets range from free (for all screenings before 6 p.m.) to $6 for
“Imagine putting your hands to a minor frequencies as well as the vi- passion project like this, it kind of students with ID.
speaker, and the vibrations you feel brations that come from music. It’s ends up being your life,” said Skow-
with that,” said Dance. “That is the similar to the sensation you may feel ron. “It’s been difficult but exciting IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTAIN KAYAK TO KLEMTU
feeling I have in my ear when I listen being at a concert. to bring this project to life.” 360° Video Dramatic Feature (90 min)
to music. Being half deaf, I have a take “Deaf dancers are still success- TRANCE partnered with mu- Zoe Hopkins (alumna) Zoe Hopkins
on sound, as well as the loss of it.” ful, even though they don’t hear the sic producer Hunter P. Thomp- Using a cell phone or a VR head- In a story of determination and
Along with Dance, six other RTA same music,” said Dance. “There’s son (a.k.a. Akasha System) who set, this 360° documentary will take youthful grit, a 14-year-old girl em-
students are working on the project. more to dance than just the lyrics. created an original soundtrack for you to Hopkins’ hometown of Bella barks on a kayak trip to Klemtu (a
They began filming over reading It’s the feel of the music.” the visual album. Dance said that Bella (a fishing village on the coast coastal First Nations reserve in B.C.)
week, and they are working towards In order to channel this experi- TRANCE and Akasha System “just of B.C.). Experience the aftermath with her uncle’s ashes to stand in his
launching the project in December. ence, the TRANCE team partnered clicked.” His sound tells Clemen- of a diesel spill that threatened the place against a proposed pipeline
“I wanted to make it something with SubPac, a tactile audio system tine’s story through audio—the al- food source of the Heiltsuk people. endangering their homeland waters.
special,” said Layla Shioguchi, co- designed to deliver a physical dimen- bum is free of any dialogue—allow- Oct. 19 - Oct. 21 | 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Oct. 20 | 6:45 p.m.
producer and art director. “Music sion of sound. It’s a wearable tech- ing for people both deaf and hard
is such a big part of my life, and I nology that pulses sound through the of hearing to be equally immersed
thought about a life without mu- body—enabling a person to feel the in the story.
sic. It led to the story of a dancer, music they’re listening to. “When I wrote the script, I cried KÉWKU KCHI-NENDIZAN (BIG PRIDE)
because dancers are so intertwined With this technology, TRANCE is for Clementine. I felt for her and Short Documentary (10 min) Experimental (2 min)
with music.” planning to have their album acces- her perseverance to prove people Sean Stiller (alumnus) by Lena Recollet (student), Miles Turner
Niamh Wilson, a first-year an- sible to people who are deaf and hard wrong,” said Dance. “Everything While showing the audience how Recollet premieres her poem spo-
thropology student at the Univer- of hearing. This will also help those that I’ve imagined in this piece had to pick sage for medicine, Shuswap ken entirely in her native tongue
sity of Toronto, is tasked with in- who aren’t part of the deaf commu- transferred perfectly onto screen. elder Ralph Phillips tells his life Anishinaabemowin on the Kchi-
terpreting a deaf dancer correctly in nity to experience the sensations and I’m very excited for it.” story, beginning with his struggles Nendizan, meaning the ‘big pride’
and traumatic experience at a resi- and the feeling that comes from
dential school. the rhythm of the language.
Oct. 19 | 6:45 p.m. Oct. 21 | 10:00 a.m.

Short Documentary (16 min) DOT COM
Paola Marino, Theola Ross (student) Short Drama (4 min)
Due to the rising suicide rate in In- Thirza Cuthand (alumna)
digenous communities, a group of This funny follow-up video to
youth from Pimicikamak Cree Na- Cuthand’s 2 Spirit Introductory
tion uses square dancing to over- Special $19.99, a Two-Spirit audi-
come the trauma and heal wounds ence is persuaded into signing up
left by lost community members. for a specialized dating website by
This is the Canadian premiere of the a Butch NDN woman. This is part
documentary, shown as part of the of the short program screening for
Wisdom of Youth screenings. Love Stories.
The seven RTA students that make up TRANCE. PHOTO COURTESY: TRANCE
Oct. 20 | 11:15 a.m. Oct. 21 | 5:45 p.m.
10 SPORTS Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Learning how to fly
Four decades after starting Ryerson’s first trampoline club, a former national
trampolining champion is still helping students soar. Swikar Oli has the story

W hen he started attending
Ryerson Polytechnical
Institute in 1974, Bill Spurrell was
immediately forged a connection.
“Great! Somebody else loves
trampoline,” Spurrell remembers
the evenings, he trained on the
trampoline. His engineering degree
was grueling, but his drive to
upset to learn the school had no Gallagher shouting, and the first- improve his routines had proven
gymnastics club to indulge his high ever Ryerson Trampoline Club imperishable. When Ryerson didn’t
school passion. was born. “For me, it was as close offer enough gym time, he’d go three
After meeting Ryerson’s diving to flying as I could get,” recalled times per week to the University of
coach, he chose to recast his Spurrell, who had used trampolines Toronto, where he stored an extra
acrobatic talent for the spring to train for gymnastic competitions trampoline.
board. But, something felt amiss. in high school. The training paid off. As Ryerson’s
“I always liked doing gymnastic In the club’s early days, they had only diver, he won the ‘74 Ontario
routines, rather than just one dive a coach who had experience in provincial championship. Soon,
and finishing,” said Spurrell, now the sport; but Spurrell soon took he matched that success on the
62 and built like an athlete half his on leadership responsibilities as trampoline, and the rest of the club
age, with veins popping out of his an unofficial coach, which would followed his lead.
sinewy arms. ultimately turn into his life’s true Spurrell was named the 25th
On one of his regular gym visits calling. best trampolinist in the world, and
as a freshman, Spurrell and another During his first year at Ryerson, Ryerson’s club members earned
student, Tom Gallagher, looked Spurrell practiced diving at their first national championship
in a storage room and spotted a lunchtime so he could become in 1978. For Spurrell, starting the
hidden set of trampolines, hardly good enough to join Ontario- club led to a new life, one involving
used. The pair pulled them out and wide university competitions. In national titles, stints as a member of
Canada’s world championship team,
and eight years as the coach for the
PetsInDanger Ryerson Student Club national squad. Bill Spurrell stands in front of a flipping student in Kerr Hall. PHOTO: SARAH KRICHEL
- Attend exciting social events, develop skills Spurrell had developed a passion
transferable into further education / job for trampolining to the point that he off. He teaches diving and freestyle can do double backflips and twists.”
searching, enhance your resume, receive a gave up diving. But by the ‘90s, he skiing and is also focusing on circus As a former engineering
Certificate for community service hours... had a new focus in life: his daughter. performance. He is pursuing the student with more extracurricular
all for a great cause: to combat pet The former champion quit flying trapeze—like most men his involvement than most, Spurrell
overpopulation and help save the lives of trampolining to direct his attention age. The sport requires deep faith can empathize with students
4.5 million dogs and cats each year. to parenting. Two years later, the in one’s body while swinging on a whose hard work can leave them rest of Ryerson’s club quit too. A suspended bar with gravity-defying out of sorts. The club is now
lack of interest and a dwindling grace. recreationally focused because
membership rate led to its The trampoline club—somewhat Spurrell says students are too busy
dissolution. expectedly—attracts an eclectic crowd. for the constant travel and drills that
Spurrell said he knew he had Among its 17 patrons at one practice competition requires. With time, he
to choose between being there are a trained gymnast, a diving believes trampolining can help clear
for his daughter and coaching coach and a wakeboarder, along student minds.
competitively. with seasoned trampolinists and a To Spurrell, trampolining is both
“When I get involved, I’m in 100 tenacious clutch of beginners. Each a spiritual and physical release.
per cent,” Spurrell said. week, the club meets twice in Kerr The complex motions and intense
But when his daughter turned Hall to work on their craft. rotations strengthen muscles but
18, a silver-haired Spurrell founded also sharpen focus, bringing much-
a new iteration of the club in 2011 needed clarity to the bouncer.
for students looking to partake “There’s something very unique
in gymnastics. To give Ryerson “For me, it was as about this sport,” he said.
students the chance to train in Kerr close to flying as I The past six years coaching
Hall once again, Spurrell bought a could get” have been a blur for Spurrell,
pair of $20,000 trampolines with who continues to go into each
money out of his own pocket, practice excited to see his students’
giving a fresh start to what is now progress before his eyes. On the
the school’s only dedicated acrobatic At practice, third-year theatre club’s Instagram feed, videos are
collective. production student Janelle Stewart frequently uploaded showcasing
Forty-three years after joining polishes her cradle—bouncing on participants twisting and turning
forces with Gallagher, Spurrell is her back then turning upright in in the air. In one video, a man
still at it, teaching students the finer the air to set her up for another jolt completes a backflip on the Ryerson
points of indoor flight. Classes this up from the mat. With every jump, quad on a summer afternoon. In
year filled up in the first two weeks, she shocks the trampoline bed. In another, with the trampoline set
with five people currently on their a blink, the springs tighten up, and up beside the Ryerson Theatre,
waiting list. Thanks to participant Stewart soars 10 feet in the air. Spurrell stands beside a twisting,
fees, Spurrell’s investment has been Stewart has trained on the flipping student, calling out each
paid back in full. He approaches trampoline for 10 years but had move before it happens.
teaching beginners and more savvy to stop at one point because of a “Here it comes,” he says,
participants with the same calm concussion. “Bill’s been very specific anticipating the corkscrew-like
and composed tone. If a trick or on technique with me, which is jump.
bail is particularly exciting, Spurrell going to save me in the long run It’s rewarding for Spurrell to
booms, “Yes!” from hurting myself again. share his passion with new people
On his return to Ryerson, Spurrell “I’m sad when I miss a class.” eager to improve, and people of all
said he felt like a proud father seeing Carl Meschino, a former gymnast, skill levels can leave with an ace up
the weekly improvement of the now focuses on trampoline to keep their sleeve.
people he coaches. Hale and with a up with the flipping. “I could do “I was 19 years old when I started
painter’s brush moustache, Spurrell running backflips and stuff, but this doing trampoline, “ Spurrell said.
stays active, taking only Sundays is totally different,” he said. “Now I “It’s not too late for anyone.”
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 THE FUNNIES 11

Levitating, narcoleptic student zombies
Midtermia, the viral disease that has been sweeping Ryerson University has finally claimed its first victims, campus police confirm
By Abbey Kelly populace falling ill. Science students
like Sik are restricted to their labs
Ryerson University police regret and study spaces, but police are
to inform you that an epidemic is reporting that they have lost all
spreading across campus, having contact with the engineering
claimed its first victim yesterday. students.
Midtermia, most prevalent “Where’s that Canadian Armed
among college and university Forces ‘zombie unit’ when you need
students, is a contagious disease them?” asked officer Brad Chad.
that affects the cognitive responses “We weren’t equipped for this.”
of your brain after prolonged aca- Research from the Discov-
demic stressors. The disease’s usual ery and Education of Ailments
onset takes place between October Department (DEAD), shows
and February in adults aged 18-65. the symptoms varied among
Midtermia has no known cure. individuals based on academic year.
Second-year chemistry student According to DEAD, these
Colin Sik showed the symptoms of symptoms can advance to different
midtermia before quietly falling vic- extremes. Loss of appetite can go as
tim to the not-so-fatal disease. far as a victim forgetting what food
“He hadn’t left his room in days,” is, but cravings can severely increase
said his roommate Betty With- the victim’s need to have “study
ers, a second-year physics student. snacks,” like Cheetos at all times.
“I tried to lure him out with Kraft It is easy to spot these cases: an Scientists have been doing really legit tests on the disease. PHOTO: PREMILA D’SA
Dinner, but when I went in there…” abundance of Cheeto dust under-
Withers trailed off and stared out neath the fingernails that has been What might look like uncontrol- wide-eyed victim, Sia Lovett, the tandem, all the way up Gould Street.
the window beside her, the horrors in there for an indiscernible amount lable napping could be a symptom classroom has since been evacu- The terror of Midtermia has
of what she had seen reflecting in of time. in which students have trouble ated. Lovett remains inside, reports spread, so if you spot a possible case,
her now listless eyes. Common symptoms of contract- keeping their eyes open at all. indicating that she has begun to you are advised to please alert your
Campus police released a state- ing the virus are: uncontrollable “First I heard a faint humming, levitate and faintly glow, her eyes friendly neighbourhood campus
ment Wednesday morning that napping, insomnia, forgetfulness, then I turned to see her eyes wide never, ever closing. police. As for us at The Eyeopener,
some student groups on campus strange food cravings, loss of appe- open,” first-year biology student From outside, first-year biol- we will continuously update our
have already been quarantined tite, forgetfulness, coffee addiction Lyba Sheraz, said about a student ogy student Lovett can be heard list of suspected contaminated zones
due to the large amount of their and staring into space. in her 8 a.m. lecture. Apart from shouting, “IIIIIEEEEEEEET!” in on campus.

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Tons of activities,
Come Celebrate with Us! events, free food!
THURSDay, OCT. 19, 2017 Free BBQ, Scavenger
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55 Gould ST. (CORNER OF CHURCH & GOULD) All Day!!