Volume 51 - Issue 8

November 1, 2017
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THE PEOPLE BEHIND
RU CONFESSIONS
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PHOTO: CAMILA KUKULSKI
UNMASKED
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Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 NEWS 3

Unmasking Ryerson Confessions Briefs &
The Facebook page is intended for discussion, but has become the source of offensive posts and attacks
By Emerald Bensadoun
groaners
On Oct. 21 I received a Facebook
message from a person I’d never met > You know you’ve hit rock
before. bottom when you’re throwing
The message read, “Hey, I have no rocks at a garbage can
idea who you are, but there’s probably An individual was reported to
someone you need to block on your have been found throwing rocks at
friends list..sorry to show you this.” a garbage bin. The individual was
When I clicked on the link at- barred by security and eventually
tached, I was redirected to an left campus on their own. Some
anonymous post detailing the time people just never ditch their angst.
the person who submitted the post
claimed they met me. The post
quickly turned into a complaint > Chocolate so hot, someone
about two separate occasions where took it
I ignored their attempts to contact Don’t ever leave a cup of hot
me. Without my consent, I’d be- chocolate alone and unattended–
come the subject of a Ryerson Con- it’ll catch the eyes of hot chocolate
fessions (also known as RU Confes- RU Confessions uses Guy Fawkes as a symbol of the group’s anonymity, so edgy. PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE hopefuls. That’s what happened
sions) post, viewed by hundreds. with one particular cup of hot
The post was about a girl named ious and sick “on a daily basis” to the student at Ryerson and a current Knowing exactly who was sub- chocolate that was stolen on the
“E*****d B*******n.” It didn’t take point that they resorted to unfollow- moderator of Ryerson Confessions, mitting all of the posts—as well as second floor of Kerr Hall West.
much to fill in the blanks The post ing and unsubscribing from the page. told The Eye the page is an oppor- the constant fear of people finding Someone must be walking around
was only taken down after several In particular, after the RSU tunity to make Ryerson students out he was the administrator—led cold and cocoa-less.
people reported it. launched the controversial Colonial- kinder to one another in-person, him to implement Google Forms
In a private message, the current ism 150 campaign, a series of Ryerson and gives students the opportunity for submissions in order to keep the
admin of the page told me while Confessions posts were made about to publicly put down racism and group completely anonymous. > Defeated glass bottle, defeated
they were sorry about the “incon- Harlick. hate speech, instead of “just shutting In May 2015 he gave himself a Ryerson security
venience” it had caused me, there them up.” break from being the administra- An individual was reported
was no way they could tell who the “If you don’t have a good place to tor, leaving his friends in control swinging around a glass bottle
person was that had submitted the “People need to let it out, we don’t have a place to of the page. But when he tried to on campus. Ryerson security re-
confession. I soon realized this was be able to take them down,” he said. regain control of his account in sponded shortly after they heard
more common than I thought. recognize the According to Latchman, the pain September 2015, he said he was of the event. Unfortunately, they’d
The ever-growing Ryerson Con- potential to do harm that students have felt as a result of removed by the friends he’d left in arrived at the scene only to find a
fessions Facebook page is anony- with the existence the hurtful content of the page is charge and went “completely off broken glass bottle, unable to save
mously-run space where Ryerson justified. the grid.” it from shattering to pieces. The
students unveil their deepest and of such a page” “Pain is going to exist,” he said. “It individual who broke the bottle
darkest secrets. Currently, the page shows you that these people are still wasn’t found either. Some say parts
has over 7,300 followers. out there while also allowing you to “If you don’t have a of Ryerson security’s dignity shat-
From confused students and star- “Around the time of [the Canada take a hack at them and show them good place to let it tered as well that day.
crossed lovers anonymously posting 150 celebrations], there were a lot that they’re wrong.” out, we don’t have
in the hopes of finding their soul of posts from folks who were say- Latchman is a fairly new recruit,
mates, to allegations of rape, sexual ing that I shouldn’t keep my job,” having only been approached by a place to be able to > Ryerson University gets lit
harassment and transphobic re- said Harlick. “There were always a the Ryerson Confessions admin this take them down” pretty often, eh?
marks, the page has attracted a lot of lot of fun slurs thrown in the com- October to automate their submis- A trespasser was caught after
attention since its creation in 2014. ments sections there and because of sions system. Latchman said he was starting a fire on Victoria Street.
posts on that page that folks noticed, hired anonymously, and that in his When asked about whether or not They were arrested by security for
I ended up getting a lot of death week and a half of working for Ry- he felt that the page he created was uttering threats towards security
“I ended up getting threats on my personal account.” erson Confessions, nobody has ever still considered a good space for staff, and were then handed to the
a lot of death There have also been politically- met with him in-person or revealed students, the former admin admit- police. Sounds like an impolite Ca-
threats on my charged posts made on the page by themselves to him. ted he does not support the way nadian to me. Also, how many fires
people claiming to be RSU board Latchman is just one of many the page has been running over the are we going to get this year? This
personal account” members in the past. moderators who have been anony- past year. The hurtful comments, isn’t some dystopian ‘80s action
On July 21, RSU president Su- mously recruited through the admin he said, were not what he’d intend- movie starring Kurt Russell.
sanne Nyaga was impersonated by “Mistery” account to work for Ryer- ed the group to be for.
On May 1, an anonymous post was an anonymous poster on the page. son Confessions. Although Latch- “I’ve been through that and I re-
made by a woman who said she had The post was a copy of a speech man was hired fairly recently, he said alized that this is totally not cool, > Ryerson security tends to big
been raped in Kerr Hall West while Nyaga posted publicly on her Face- moderators are anonymously hired it wasn’t right and I didn’t want to boo-boo
she was studying for her exam. The book news feed after RSU election and cycled through every couple of give people access to that,” he said. Security provided patient care to
post generated controversial com- results were released. months, depending on their needs. He said although he is in sup- someone who experienced a lacera-
ments, spanning from offers of While Nyaga said the post may Up until Latchman’s induction, port of critiquing Ryerson groups tion on their thumb. Thumbs up to
support to posts suggesting she lied have been “pointless” and done very there were always three positions like the RSU, targeting individuals Ryerson security for the boo-boo
for attention. The next day, The “little damage” to her, she said that within the page organization. Now crosses a line. “There’s no justifying care!
Eyeopener reported that Ryerson people need to recognize the poten- that the system’s been automated, the it,” he said.
security was investigating a rape tial to do harm with the existence of page will no longer need editors to Harlick said that because of of-
allegation in response to the post. such a page. approve them. fensive posts on the page, they went > Outbreak of rage! @!#%$!
Toronto police also investigated Over the years, there have been The original creator of the Ry- to the university for help, only to Someone was found screaming
the allegation. many rumours surrounding the erson Confessions page—a male be told that Ryerson “couldn’t and and throwing things on campus.
Posts on the page have also tar- identity of the person behind the Ryerson engineering student who wouldn’t step in.” They left upon security’s arrival.
geted executives from the Ryerson page, but none of them have ever spoke to The Eye on the condition Right now, the original admin Maybe they just got mad because
Students’ Union (RSU). RSU vice- been publicly confirmed. To those of anonymity—said he came up with says the page should exist, and that they couldn’t get any damn Szech-
president equity Camryn Harlick within the Ryerson Confessions the idea for the page in August 2014, someone would just fill that role if uan sauce at the local McDonald’s.
said that being the constant subject inner circle, the admin goes by the while he was technically still in high they were to shut it down. “If it does
of hate posts on Ryerson Confessions username “Mistery.” school, a full month away from go down, someone will just start an- Seen some crazy stuff on campus?
throughout the year made them anx- Amar Latchman, an engineering starting at Ryerson. other one. Someone will,” he said. Email news@theeyeopener.com
4 EDITORIAL Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

You are still Fun and Satire
Emerald “Newest New Newsy”
Bensadoun
Isabelle “Musical Chairs” Kirkwood
Kiernan “The Grass Is Always”
Green
Sulaiman “Third Language” Wahid

being judged
Media Caroline “BaBaBa” Biedka
Malachi “Pennywise...” Rowswell Claudia “Corolla” Coppola
Carl “Jughead” Solis Erica “Eh” Hemingway,
Editor-in-Chief Shauna “The Buff” Cox
Sierra “Pumpkin” Bein Copy Editor Reema “Tina” Balouch
Cyberbullying while anonymous doesn’t make it chill Igor “Fake Fake News” Magun
News Playing the role of the annoying offee
as well. And because Facebook is so Noushin “First Enemy” Ziafati General Manager mug is FAILURE TO COMMUMI-
hard to control, there’s hardly any Annie “Ladybug” Arnone Liane “Money Lady” McLarty CATE at Ryerson. The Mug has had to
By hope of these posts being taken down Jacob “First Read Master” Dubé remonstrate: Former RSU exec party
Sierra Bein unless an admin decides to. Advertising Manager planners (still no sign of that fuckery
What seemed to start as a nice Photo Chris “We Did It” Roberts being fixed), Ryerson the ACTUAL
This week in our paper, we talk about idea has turned into a cyberbullying Sarah “Why U Leave” Krichel University (why do the for-profit bul-
the Ryerson Confessions Facebook cycle. Although the creators might Premila “Works at VICE” D’Sa Design Director lies get free range on campus) and now
page, a group whose members say it’s have hoped the platform would gen- Camila “CooCoo” Kukulski J.D. “Siang Pure” Mowat the engineers! Hey Dude Bros, what is
a healing platform for hate instead of erate conversation, it gives a space up? Little hate speech, touch of bullying
one that spreads hate itself. for degrading comments—with Online Interns and some straight up defamation, is
The page is made up of anonymous moderators and administrators who Karoun “Fam Jam” Chahinian Peter “On The Beat” White it? Oh cool, Dude Bros can’t wait to be
posts from (what we must assume aren’t handling the situation re- Alanna “Pizza” Rizza Rameez “Would You Rather” associated with the Toddler King and
is) the Ryerson community. A lot of sponsibly. The automation of posts Lee “Candy Day” Richardson Hameed those upstanding white, supremacist,
people share little anecdotes, love in- makes it even harder to control Kintaro “The Right Stuff” Skinner racist dudes. Eh? You’re doing a great
terests, but also a couple things that these posts that are getting spread to Features job there, Sparky keep it up. The
are far less “fun” and more malicious. an audience of over 7,000. Skyler “Optimistic” Ash Contributors page Ryerson Confessions is a place
“The aim of this page is to confess Cyberbullying might be associated Swikar “Reports” Oli where cowardly asshats go in to talk
our experiences and share thoughts with high school, but social media Arts and Life Urbi “Heartbreaker” Khan shite about others. Hate speech is not
with honesty. Therefore, some posts is so ingrained in our lives, it means Izabella “Fuck Bugs” Balcerzak Neha “Never Enough Time” Chol- protected speech ya bunch of gaseous
may trigger an adverse reaction,” that cyberbullying can be present langi shitheads. I’m sure that’s too fancy and
reads the “about” section. nearly anywhere, at any age. Sports Chris “Colonel” Sanders has too many syllables for you to un-
As we’ve reported, over the sum- Hate speech is spreading, death Bryan “Broken Glass” Meler Brent “With a Y” Smyth derstand easily. However, your paucity
mer, the group published an anony- threats are being sent and fake posts Ben “I’m a Ram Now” Waldman Lucas “Final” Lee of intellect is no excuse for the degrada-
mous post about someone who says are impersonating members of our Hayotha “SD” Thill tion of public discourse. So why don’t
they were raped in Kerr Hall. There community. The aim might be to Biz and Tech Michael “Matzah” Mazzei you fuck right off Ryerson engineers,
have been posts impersonating our share stories honestly and confess Sylvia “Cracking the Whip” Lorico Vartan “Rookie” Bzdikian or fix this ugly shit stain.
student politicians. The page has been openly, but when your creation be- Tasala “HBD” Tahir
publishing homophobic, misogynis- comes hurtful, maybe it’s time to call Communities Scott “Monsune Boi” Zhang The Eyeopener is Ryerson’s largest
tic and racist content over the years it quits. Nicole “Getting It Done” Brumley Jonathan “Cloud” Matta and only independent student news-
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Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 NEWS 5

Choice of RSU chair in ‘deadlock’
Since May, the RSU hasn’t been able to agree on a trustworthy, third-party chairperson that the divided slates can agree on
By Isabelle Kirkwood a [chairperson], I realized it was wast- else,” Yousaf said.
ing the time of the chair, and I don’t Although the purpose of a chair-
Disagreement among members of think it’s effective to sit and have an person is for them to be a neutral
the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) argument over who will be the chair.” facilitator, Lis said that is a difficult
Board of Directors (BoD) has pre- Nyaga brought candidates to chair expectation to meet. “Everyone has
vented a third-party candidate from the August board meetings, some of political leanings,” he said. “[Os-
facilitating a single RSU meeting whom she said needed to make long man] is from the business faculty,
since May—which is uncommon in commutes to preside over these that’s his leaning, but do I think [he]
comparison to previous years. meetings, only for them to not pass would make a great chair? I do.”
The role of chairperson for RSU the two-thirds voting threshold. For Nyaga, an ideal chairper-
BoD meetings has long been a politi- Vice-president education Daniel son is impartial and well-versed
cized and contentious one. The chair Lis said though the absence of a third- in Robert’s Rules—the rules used
is an individual who is essentially in party chair has politicized the role, he This president is tired of chairing RSU meetings. PHOTO: PREMILA D’SA
to manage board meetings. Nyaga
charge of a meeting by working as believes Nyaga has behaved objec- nal influence or anything.” to Hamid. said although she found being chair
a coordinator and moderator. The tively as the designated chair. “When Yousaf and Lis both cited Hamid’s According to Nyaga, the indi- “tough” in the beginning, she began
RSU bylaws state that the president there are two slates [in the executive], experience as a chairperson, his in- viduals she brought in to chair were to familiarize herself with Robert’s
can submit a motion for a chairper- it can be hard to compromise on ab- volvement with the university and accused of being associated with the Rules and grew more comfortable in
son for each board meeting as long solutely everything,” Lis said. his “neutrality” as reasons for their Canadian Federation of Students the role over time. Still, Nyaga said
as that person receives two-thirds of At an emergency board meeting in support of Hamid acting as perma- (CFS), a national student organiza- she would prefer for the board to
the board’s votes. July, Nyaga put forward a motion to nent chairperson. tion that has had a contentious his- agree on a third-party chairperson.
Since the first board meeting in appoint Osman Hamid, the director Although Hamid passed the two- tory with the RSU. Yousaf refused to comment on how
May, after both Spark and Elevate’s of student engagement and alumni thirds voting threshold in the July “I’m also not going to invite chairs he thought Nyaga has performed as
slates took administration of the development for the Ted Rogers meeting, the meeting was later ruled out if folks think they’re all affiliated chairperson, but mentioned that the
organization, the board of direc- School of Management, as the chair out of order due to insufficient no- with the CFS,” she said. “None of the process to agree on an independent
tors has not once legitimately voted for the meeting. Former RSU presi- tice prior to the meeting. chairs I brought were affiliated with chairperson is in “deadlock.”
in a chairperson who is indepen- dent and current board member “I can say that sometimes emo- the CFS.” “This is unfortunate for all of us,”
dent from the RSU. Each candidate Obaid Ullah submitted an amend- tions and agendas take the board One of Nyaga’s suggestions for Yousaf said. “The problem I have is
brought to chair has been rejected ment to the motion to have Hamid members away from the real people chairperson was former RSU presi- I’m not happy with anyone who’s
due to suspicions of bias. chair all board meetings for the year. being impacted,” Hamid said in an dent Muhammad Ali Jabbar. Yousaf going to bring in external influence
In accordance with RSU bylaws, Hamid also chaired the May board email, about being voted in as chair. pointed to alleged social media posts from the [CFS] or any external or-
president Susanne Nyaga has been meeting. Nyaga said Hamid’s association from Jabbar’s Facebook page and a ganization.”
the de facto chairperson for every “I found [Hamid] completely neu- with the Ted Rogers Students’ So- 2011 article from The Eyeopener as The executive agrees on what
board meeting since May, which tral, and when he chaired past meet- ciety demonstrates preference that proof that indicate Jabbar has a his- qualifies a chairperson, but conten-
Nyaga said is not ideal. ings, he handled tough situations could interfere with the meetings. tory with the RSU and has connec- tions about the neutrality of candi-
“The best situation would be for really well,” RSU vice-president op- “I’m not going to get bullied into tions to the CFS. dates have caused division. For now,
me to not chair these meetings,” erations Ali Yousaf said. “He’s a part putting a chair in who I know has “I just want to have meetings the board is no closer to finding and
Nyaga said. “[After] I first brought in of the university, so there’s no exter- been biased,” Nyaga said, referring without any influence from anyone agreeing on a chair.

Women’s and all-gender washrooms scarce in Kerr Hall
To find a non-men’s washroom, students still have to trek down the long Kerr Hall corridors, and building codes are to blame

By Premila D’Sa ing Code, non-residential post sec- to walk across two hallways to come
ondary buildings need to have one across a men’s washroom. They
After 20 minutes, Keely Cromwell bathroom (which they call “water would only find a women’s wash-
still couldn’t find a washroom. The closets” in the code) for every 100 room at the end of the third hallway.
second-year psychology student was males and one washroom for every It is possible that Ryerson hasn’t
already late for class but her biologi- 75 females. Ryerson currently has updated the building’s washrooms
cal needs were a more urgent mat- 15,764 undergraduate male students because of the gender demographics
ter. A majority of Cromwell’s classes and 19,382 undergraduate female of the building. In 2014, renovations
are located in Kerr Hall. She often students. There are no statistics at the Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre
finds herself on quests to find wom- highlighting the number of non- converted all but one men’s wash-
en’s washrooms. She said she feels binary students. room on the fifth floor into women’s
like she passes several men’s wash- Despite what the numbers show, ones. The Eyeopener reported that the
PHOTO: SARAH KRICHEL, ILLUSTRATION: PREMILA D’SA
rooms before she’s able to find a the school actually isn’t breaking washrooms had been converted to
single women’s one. And when she regulations. accommodate the large amount of floor. There are a 101 male stu- childhood education and food ad-
does, it’s often after walking halfway The code exempts older buildings female students on the floor. dents and 103 female, but the floor ministration. The Eyeopener found
across the building or making her from having to follow present-day Currently, Kerr Hall is the main has four men’s washrooms and two that the concentration of women’s
way up multiple floors. regulations, only the standard of the location of several engineering and women’s wahsrooms. washrooms on the second floor was
An Eyeopener investigation found building code from the time it was science faculties that have tradition- Ryerson president Mohamed focused in the north and east wings.
that there are fewer women’s wash- constructed. These buildings are re- ally been male-dominant and some Lachemi said the university has Cromwell often finds herself re-
rooms in Kerr Hall than men’s ones. ferred to as “grandfathered in,” since still are. The chemical engineering no plans right now to convert any turning to class late after her mis-
To be exact, Kerr Hall has a total of they are older structures. Construc- faculty, which is based on the second washrooms in Kerr Hall to either sion to find a women’s washroom.
25 men’s washrooms, 17 women’s, tion on Kerr Hall started in 1957 floor, has 322 undergraduate male women’s or all-gender washrooms, Though her professors have never
seven all-gender, accessible wash- and was completed in 1963. On- students and only 156 undergraduate but the university is in the process been angry, the ordeal is still em-
rooms, 2 unisex washrooms, 6 tario’s first building code was only female students. According to Ryer- of conducting an audit of all wash- barrassing for her. She then has to
women’s staff washrooms, and one regulated in 1975. son’s University Planning Office, the rooms across campus. maneuver between the tight desk
single men’s washroom. Besides the lack of women’s wash- number of female students enrolled Lachemi said there’s also a high spaces in Kerr Hall’s cramped class-
At least one accessible washroom rooms, there’s also a problem with in STEM fields has more than dou- concentration of women’s wash- rooms.
is required on each floor to follow location. On the second floor of bled in the past decade–but Kerr Hall rooms on the second floor of Kerr “I have to disturb everyone just to
Ontario accessibility building regu- Kerr Hall West, where fashion labs doesn’t accommodate the increase. Hall West because it was the loca- get a seat!”
lations. are housed, there are no washrooms The university’s Biomedical Phys- tion of several female-dominated Her male counterparts had al-
According to the Ontario Build- in the entire hallway. Students have ics department is based on the third programs, including fashion, early ready taken theirs.
6 FEATURES Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

lost in Illustrations by Premila D’Sa

translation
Raneem Alozzi explores the lives of the Ryerson students
who grew up speaking more than one language, and how
they identify themselves with the words they use

N ina Kirkegaard tried to be optimistic for the party.
Although she couldn’t find someone to go with her,
she was determined to have a good time. Her friend in her
es they know, and this can change the way they see and speak tain languages for different parts of who we are.
to others. Blending two or more languages in one conversation with-
out changing topics is known as code-switching. This can take
program, Antoine Plenderleith, was throwing a party for place between different dialects or forms of a language, but
professional communication students and was introducing
her to his roommates. Like her, they are francophones. As
soon as she walks into the house, the air feels different. The
L ast year, Kirkegaard worked at a gift shop. Long hours also between two completely different languages resulting in
spent greeting and welcoming customers had its ups and a hybrid, such as Franglais (French and English/Anglais) or
downs, but it enabled her to identify people’s languages. A cus- Spanglish (Spanish and English).
sounds, the people, the mood feel all too familiar. But it tomer walks in, in a hurry. Somehow, Kirkegaard just knows Sheyholislami says code-switching occurs for many reasons,
wasn’t until she spoke to Plenderleith’s roommates that she whether to say “Hello” or “Bonjour” to them before they even the most common being when someone can’t think of a word
realized why. begin speaking. “It’s just the way they’re dressed, the way they in the language they were primarily speaking. At times, people
They spoke in sentences that formed in French yet seam- look, the way they carried themselves... It’s just a feeling,” she code-switch as a sign of solidarity, to accommodate people’s
lessly flowed into English half-way through. Their conver- says with an air of fulfillment. And she was always right. needs or even as a sign of respect. “Why people code-switch
sation was easy and riddled with jokes that could only have It was how she met Plenderleith. He answered a question can be determined by looking into where and who the speak-
been shared between languages. They both watched the same in her lecture, and Kirkegaard knew he was French. “Just be- ers are,” he says.
French shows growing up, and laughed at their dialect differ- ing able to connect with someone in a certain way who comes But more often than not, code-switching between languag-
ences. They formed an instant bond that no one else in the from a similar background was refreshing and instantly deep- es allows an individual to better express and articulate them-
room had, and Kirkegaard felt whole. It felt like they had selves. This also can be done by changing your behaviour or
known each other forever. But it had only been a few manner of speaking to the people you’re with so they feel
hours. more comfortable.
From an early age, Kirkegaard’s languages “What you’re really trying to do is to say who
always seemed to be at odds with one an- you are, in the best way possible, by speaking
other. The amount of times she’s moved in the languages you are competent in,” says
around the country didn’t help, ei- Sheyholislami. When somebody can lis-
ther. About 23 years ago, Kirkeg- ten, understand and appreciate both
aard’s family moved to Quebec languages you’re speaking, you can
City to live closer to their rela- naturally create a stronger con-
tives. Although born and raised nection.
in Quebec, Kirkegaard’s first lan-
guage is Spanish, which she ac-
quired from her Bolivian mother.
She went to a French school until
she was 10, when she transferred
K ima Joulji doesn’t re-
member much, but she re-
members sitting in her classroom
to a private English school in in Aleppo, Syria, repeating the
Quebec—something Quebec law words, “Unity. Freedom. Socialism.”
states she is only able to do be- She remembers geography classes and
cause of her dad’s English Ontar- having to trace a stencil of the Middle
ian background. In Grade 12, her family Eastern region, and she remembers being
moved to Ontario, where she also attended an taught Syriac.
English school. Joulji’s religion class was instructed to students
An identity is partly rooted in language, which means in Syriac according to their Mass. This was how she
multilingual people can identify themselves in more than learned to read Syriac, a persecuted language of ethnic Syri-
one way. Last year 910,400 Canadians reported using an im- ens the bond between two people,” she says. In contrast, being acs which was not allowed to be taught in schools. However,
migrant mother tongue, which is 13 per cent more than in bilingual around someone who can only speak one language because the Syrian government at the time was secular, they
2011. Nearly 20 per cent of those Canadians speak more than can sometimes create a barrier. “I feel more like myself when couldn’t prevent schools from teaching religion.
one language at home. French-English bilingualism is also at I’m able to speak both languages.” Syriac was therefore always taught with the purpose and
an all-time high at 18 per cent. Jaffer Sheyholislami, an associate professor of linguistics and within the context of biblical and liturgical teachings. Al-
“I’ll struggle sometimes expressing myself because you can’t discourse studies at Carleton University says it’s important to though Joulji cannot fully understand the language, she can
translate everything that comes to mind,” says Kirkegaard. realize that by speaking a language, we are doing more than read its alphabet.
People can be stuck between the languages they speak, which just communicating with someone. We are revealing parts of Arabic came first, and when Joulji was in Grade 4, her
can leave them feeling isolated. But it can be in this isolation our identity. We also attribute those different languages to dif- mother went to the U.S. on a research grant where Joulji was
that they can discover who they are in relation to the languag- ferent situations because we are more comfortable using cer- forced to learn English in the American public school system.
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 FEATURES 7
When later immigrating to Canada, Joulji would come to re- Although Kirkegaard doesn’t notice her accent, she says side that I’m more attached to.”
alize how French was integrated within the Ontario school others do. In school, when students would point out her ac- According to the 2011 census, four per cent of Ontarians
system. Since her father and some of her relatives spoke it, cent, it was far from complimentary. She recalls a time when identified as francophones, and 2.2 per cent declared French
learning the language was natural. someone was surprised she could speak English so well, and to be their home language. Franco-Ontarians are the largest
For the fourth-year biomedical engineering student, each another when someone thought she was faking her accent. speaking francophone group outside of Quebec and the largest
language serves a different purpose. “English is more versatile, “Tell me why you can pick on my accent when you can’t tell minority language group in the province, according to Statis-
and so I like using it more, whereas in Arabic there are more the difference between ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’ and English
structures to jump through… But it feels unnatural to speak to is the only language you know,” says Kirkegaard. Sometimes
my mom and dad in English, so we almost exclusively speak she catches herself saying things differently than how others It feels unnatural to speak
in Arabic. It feels like putting on the wrong shoe,” she laughs. pronounce them. “It’s because languages can be difficult to bal-
ance,” she continues. Words she sometimes confuses are the to my mom and dad in
French and Spanish “sensible” (meaning “sensitive”) and the
I feel more like myself English “sensible”, meaning rational.
When we are born, we are capable of making all of the
when I’m able to speak both sounds in every language. But as we grow, we lose this ability. wrong shoe
According to the Linguistic Society of America, people often
languages cannot pronounce sounds that don’t exist in the language(s)
they first learned as children. The older you get, the harder it tics Canada.
becomes to learn and pronounce the sounds of a different lan- When talking about minority languages, we have to be
While she enjoys the exclusivity of being able to speak Ara- guage. “We all have accents. An accent is just the way we utter careful not to view them from the lens of a dominant or An-
bic in a predominantly English-speaking country, Joulji finds sounds in a certain language, and we all utter those sounds dif- glo language, said Sheyholislami. “When you look at what the
English to be especially liberating. “English is a freeing lan- ferently,” says Sheyholislami. It is when people’s accents devi- French went through in Canada, and how up until the ‘50s and
guage. You don’t have to think of different ways to circum- ate from that standard form of the accent that they know that ‘60s their language was extremely marginalized, you begin to
vent the rules. Arabic can be restrictive but there are so many it becomes strange and laughable. understand their reluctance to use English,” he says.
ways to creatively go around the system and create loopholes Like Joulji, Plenderleith is a little more comfortable speak-
for yourself. I like that there are nuanced ways to twist words ing in English after living in Toronto for some time. But
around which you actually can’t do in English,” she says. French feels different, he says. “The humour, the swearing,
But Joulji also recognizes that languages aren’t all spoken the body language and the manner of speaking all differ in
the same. While English may feel liberating to people who French… There are so many words in French that you don’t
speak it, it can be very limiting to people who don’t. “I think have to beat around the bush to say anything. You can say ex-
when you see people struggle and being alienated in a country actly what you want and still get your message across,” he says.
because they can’t speak its language, just because they don’t When talking about feelings or trying to describe someone’s
have the means or resources to learn and maintain it, it can be personality, French is more expressive and allows the speaker
very [difficult].” to play around with words, explains Plenderleith, as he listed
Speakers of a minority language are always expected to off nine different French words used to describe the English
speak English, or any other dominant language, says Shey- word “extrovert.”
holislami. But they might question why they are required to Plenderleith appreciates the openness that comes with
learn English and not the other way around. This is an espe- French because he can always articulate what he’s thinking, but
cially growing trend in post-colonial countries and comes at can’t always think of words to express himself in English. “It can
the cost of rejecting a country’s native language. “As English be a bit of a burden being in Toronto sometimes,” says Plender-
speakers we’ve become incredibly arrogant. We expect every- No matter where she went or what language she spoke, leith. “But it’s gotten better with time. It gets better by reading,
one to know English without considering what they might someone always had something to say about Kirkegaard. watching sitcoms and listening to the radio and podcasts,” he
have to offer,” Sheyholislami says. Within her bilingual friend group in Quebec, Kirkegaard was adds optimistically.
When reflecting on her ability to speak more than one set apart by her ability to speak Spanish. Around people who Still, Plenderleith says he’s been lucky enough because To-
language, Joulji cannot help but feel grateful for the ability to spoke French or Spanish exclusively, Kirkegaard would be im- ronto has never felt inaccessible. But it was always the subtle
combine the two languages and create something out of both. mediately singled out as an anglophone. In Guelph, she was things that reminded him of what he was missing. Little things
It’s conflicting at times, because Arabic remains the language the Frenchie. But here, it’s different. Toronto comfortably like hearing people speak in French on the street, meeting peo-
that replaced Syriac; it ostracized her people, and there is a housed all her languages with plenty of space for more. “Most ple who are familiar with Xavier Dolan or Jean-Marc Vallée
traumatic association that is difficult to separate. people don’t care what languages you speak or don’t speak in (two of the biggest Hollywood directors who are from Quebec),
Joulji sees that language is a tool that is beautiful to speak Toronto. Everyone is always welcoming,” she says. when people give hugs when saying goodbye and having his
and consume. “Despite the traumatic association it has with
the persecution of my people as well as other ethnic minori-
ties, I can let go of that enough to speak the language and to
appreciate it for what it is and for the good the culture can
reflect in it. It’s enough for me,” she says.
I t was the morning of his Ryerson audition for the perfor-
mance acting program. The then 19-year-old Plenderleith,
Kirkegaard’s friend, only started practicing his Shakespeare
monologue in the subway ride from Finch to Dundas Station.
The audition would be Plenderleith’s very first time acting in
It sucks because sometimes English. “I was so sure I wouldn’t get in, but I did!” he says,
laughing at the memory.
I feel subtly more ostracized Born and raised in Ottawa, Plenderleith struggled in his first
year. As someone who had never studied or acted in English,
by the side that I’m more the transition was difficult. Plenderleith distinctively remem-
bers having a professor tell him that if he hadn’t started acting
in the language he wants to pursue a career in by the age of 10,
then it’ll be very hard to break away from it.
“My prof sat me down and said, ‘Maybe you should con-
Kirkegaard finished her last year of high school in Guelph. sider going to another school’ because I’d only get typecast as name pronounced properly.
As a Quebecoise and francophone, people often assumed a French man in an English environment,” Plenderleith says. In November of his first year, Plenderleith’s ex-girlfriend had
Kirkegaard was from France. “I was born and raised in Cana- It’s hard, but he continued to work on it. But eventually he gone home to Kitchener for a weekend but had forgotten to
da, and I feel very Canadian,” she says. “There were a lot nega- switched to professional communications. return her keys. Coincidentally, her neighbour was in town and
tive responses towards me being from somewhere else and Plenderleith, a Franco-Ontarian, learned to speak English Plenderleith went to return them to her. The neighbour hap-
speaking a different language.” by the age of five. His first language, French, was the language pened to be French. “I hadn’t seen my mom in a while and I
he spoke the most. Although English was considered to be hadn’t been around many French people so I went there and we
cooler, using it was often discouraged at school and in some were just having nice small talk,” he says.

K irkegaard missed Quebec and her language the most
when people pointed out her slight Quebecoise accent
and when she could not express herself as deeply as she could
exclusively French neighbourhoods.
When Plenderleith’s family in Quebec detect a slight Eng-
lish lilt to his French accent, they switch into English so they
Before he left, the neighbour tells Plenderleith it was nice to
meet him. She says his name like “Aut-wan”, with a deep “au”
sound and a soft “wa.” Most English speakers will pronounce
in Franglais. It was at this time that she immersed herself in can accommodate him. He says it’s something he’s had to deal his name like “Ant-won”, pronouncing the first “n” which is
Quebecoise music and developed a liking for writing poetry with his entire life. “I don’t like feeling like I can’t speak just as meant to be silent. “Hearing my name pronounced properly
in French. well. It sucks because sometimes I feel subtly ostracized by the for the first time in so long, it blew me away. It felt like home.”
8 COMMUNITIES Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

Recognizing Trans Awareness Month at Rye

ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH KRICHEL

By Nicole Brumley based research project in Ontario
aimed at identifying problems in
Ryerson’s Trans Awareness Month the trans community. Presently,
will begin on Wednesday with the Statistics Canada does not record
trans flag being raised in the Quad the number of hate crimes against
outside Kerr Hall north. transgender people.
The month will be dedicated to It was only this past June that
spreading knowledge and celebrating Bill C-16 was passed to update
the visibility of the trans community the Canadian Human Rights and
on campus. Events organized by the Criminal Code to add the terms
Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclu- “gender identity” and “gender
sion and Positive Space Ryerson will expression.” The bill makes it
run until Nov. 27. illegal to discriminate based on
The flag will be lowered at half- gender identity and expression.
mast on Nov. 20 in recognition of It also made it a hate crime to
Trans Day of Remembrance to hon- target someone because they are
our and mourn the lives of those transgender.
lost to transphobic violence. With the underrepresentation
The trans flag was created by of these issues on a national front,
U.S. Navy veteran Monica Helms advocating and raising awareness in
in 1999 to unite the community. smaller communities such as Ryer-
The blue and pink stripes repre- son is important.
sent traditional gender colours for While there has been some ef-
boys and girls, and the white stripe fort towards creating a more inclu-
is symbolic of people who are tran- sive environment on campus, work
sitioning or who do not identify still needs to be done. The Student
with a binary gender. Learning Centre, Ryerson’s newest
The events will focus on educat- building to date, does not have all-
ing and promoting advocacy about gender washrooms while the Stu-
the issues transgender people face, dent Campus Centre, which is man-
including discrimination and vio- aged separately from the university,
lence. has undergone renovations to add
According to a 2015 Trans PULSE them. It begs the question of wheth-
report, 67 per cent of trans Ontar- er this inclusivity will be taken into
ians feared they would die young to consideration with new buildings
targeted violence, simply because of on the way.
their identity. Black trans people are As we look ahead to these insti-
reportedly more likely to experience tutional changes, we can also create
discrimination and physical vio- change by being allies for the trans-
lence because of the intersections of gender community. Here are six tips
their race and gender. to keep in mind for being an ally even
Trans PULSE is a community- beyond Trans Awareness Month:

Six tips for trans allies
1. If someone says they’re trans, 4. Ask people for their pronouns:
they are. Don’t comment on physical make this part of your ‘getting to
appearances, no matter what someone know someone new’ routine
looks like. It’s not up to you to decide
whether they ‘look trans enough’ 5. Going out of your way to find
pictures of someone pre-transition
2. Don’t deadname people! They is gross and unnecessary
went through a lot of work to pick
a name they like so the least you 6. Support your trans friends by
can do is use it being loud when they need help and
being quiet when they need to be
3. Defend your trans friends even the only ones speaking
if they aren’t in the room. Don’t
let other friends get away with
transphobic violence just because With files from Sidney Drmay, former
no one trans is present Communities editor
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 ARTS & LIFE 9

Clowning around at Ryerson Healing through
By Izabella Balcerzak

Elaine “Sunbeam” Lithwick always
words
gets a little nervous before she steps Growing up in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, Sulaiman Wahid witnessed
out to perform, no matter how first-hand the trauma children endure when left behind by political un-
many times she’s done it before. rest. The third-year Ryerson law and business student has taken to writing
She dresses herself in bright co- poems to acknowledge the experiences of those still struggling back in his
lours. She wears a yellow shirt, her home country. Now suffering from PTSD, Wahid feels that writing is the
mother’s hat and she takes out her only thing that can heal him.
dollar-store treasures: a crown, Wahid immigrated to the United Kingdom a week after 9/11 and lived
flowers, colourful bracelets and there until 2012. He moved to Canada at the age of 25 to pursue an education
necklaces. She isn’t trying to look in law and politics. English is his third language in addition to Pashto and Dari.
fashionable. Elvis Presley starts to He doesn’t consider himself a professional writer, but loves to write
play and Sunbeam instantly loosens short stories and poetry when he can.
up, beginning to dance and sing.

Your Song
PHOTO COURTESY OF CARING CLOWNS
All that’s left to do is to put on her Lynda Del Grande (far left) with her students.
red nose.
Lithwick is a graduate of the car- envisioned spending most of her re- The playfulness in the course is
ing clowns course offered at Ryer- tirement as a clown. the part of the training where Del When the summer ends
son through the Chang School of “I sing in the shower,” said Lit- Grande tells her students to focus and you still have a song to sing
Continuing Education. She was wick. “But as a clown, it doesn’t mat- on the part of themselves they I see a hope and light in your song
trained to bring cheer to long- ter how you sing because clowns can don’t like. As you smile and blend the words along
term care residents and currently sing however they want—on key “We learn to play with that.
spends three days per month at [and] off key.” That’s often where the fun is. Not I stand by the same poplar tree
three different facilities. Lithwick said that the course is that they’re dark places but often we and listen to your heartfelt plea
Unlike the clowns you may have carefully designed to help build block that [out].” my tears roll down, but I smile
seen on the big screen, these caring your self confidence and give you She said one of her gestures is to The joy in your song that I see
clowns don’t wear a white face or “the guts to put on a silly outfit and dust feet with a feather duster. She’ll
scary makeup. a red nose.” ask the audience and nine times out But I hurt, I bleed, I fall
The program is offered to those Del Grande, retired at the age of of ten, they raise their feet. To see the broken soul that you are
over 50 years of age, most of whom 53 after more than two decades as a “Even that motion alone, whether The known unknown that you are
are retired. The oldest working teacher. She said that, “you get to a they’ve just been still, they laugh,” The lost precious stone that you are
clown is in her 90s, and she is one stage in your life [where] all you talk she said. “I’m noticing lately I tend
of over 50 graduates. The idea be- about is aging and dying—that’s the to laugh more. If they start to smile, I take those steps, break your rhythm
gan when Lynda Del Grande, the conversation.” then I’ll laugh, so the clown height- Hold your hand, wipe your tears
program’s main coordinator and a Now at 71 years old, she spends ens the experience.” Repeat your words and sing your song
former clown, brought her experi- most of her time travelling and This is what distinguishes the I see the shiny smile that appears
ence to Ryerson. learning Italian. clowns from just a regular visitor,
“What we do brings so much hap- During her teaching career, she she said. I see the courage
piness to others but it brings happi- had taken improvisation and clown- “Do we change their lives? No. The strength in your voice
ness to us as well,” said Del Grande, ing courses to learn new skills and We change it for that moment in
who encourages people to take the constantly uses them when teaching time,” Del Grande said. “We can
course if they’re looking for some- her classes. make them smile.”
thing that’s challenging and fulfilling. Unfortunately, it’s not always sun- As for Lithwick, she doesn’t stop
The course begins each November shines and rainbows for the clowns. bragging about her clowning to her
and is split into three courses ending “Getting to see [the residents] friends and family. “Sometimes, I
in April of the next year. sometimes it’s sad, because you see even put on my red nose at family
Litwick had always wanted to do them deteriorate and sometimes functions,” she said.
something out of the ordinary once you see that they’ve passed away,” She encourages students to talk
she entered retirement. Most of her said Lithwick. “Certainly knowing to their parents or grandparents
job as a social worker for 39 years where you’re going and who to ex- who might be retired and inter-
was dealing with serious issues. She pect to see builds one’s confidence ested in this course—and for once,
began the course at 63 and never over the years.” she isn’t clowning around. Wahid’s village in ruins. PHOTO COURTESY SULAIMAN WAHID

Mo’ Events, No problem: November 2017
Day of the Dead Mni Wiconi: Mitakuyelo Toronto Christmas
Nov. 4-5 Nov. 10
Market
The 14th edition of the Harbour- Moontime Productions, comprised Nov. 16 - Dec. 23
Front Centre’s Day of the Dead European Union Film of a group of Indigenous Ryerson
(Día de los Muertos) celebrates the filmmakers, are celebrating Indig-
Ryerson Dances 2017 Rediscover the magic and excitement
life of people from Casa Maíz and
their memories through cooking
Festival enous resilience and resurgence,
land and water protection in prep- Nov. 14 - 16
of the Christmas season in Toronto’s
annual Christmas Market in the Dis-
tutorials, art installations, maria- Nov. 9 - 23 aration for their documentary film tillery District. Listen to live music,
chi music and a fully loaded Mexi- release. Listen to hand drummers, At 8 p.m. each night, bachelor of performers and carolers, check out
can marketplace. Founded in 2004, this free festival spoken word poetry and the stories fine arts dance students will per- shops and vendors and try a turkey
Take a walk down to the water and features 28 films from each of the of the youth who were part of the form a selection of works by four leg or homemade cider.
check out this free event! It runs from EU’s member countries. All films Oceti Sakowin Camp at the Stand- renowned choreographers: Valerie The festival is free during the week
12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and are screened at The Royal Cinema ing Rock Reservation. Calam, Alejandro Cerrudo, Matjash and $6 on weekends starting at 5 p.m.
then 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. located in the heart of Little Italy. Event starts at Lake Devo at 4 p.m. Mrozewski and Vicki St. Denys. on Fridays.
10 BIZ & TECH Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2016

The GTA needs more rental units
A new report from the Ryerson City Building Institute shows most of the Greater Toronto Area needs to add 8,000 more rental units

By Swikar Oli new development tends be for policy introduced in April, which slowly gotten worse,” said Haines.
high-end rentals, the report says. set aside $125 million in tax rebates To cut rental costs, first-year
Most of the GTA will need to add It recommends changes to land-use for developers. business management student
8,000 new dedicated rental units laws so developers propose rental The recent plan requires new Matt Leiper said he signed up a few
each year to meet vacancy rates ac- projects that are more dense in rental apartments to pay taxes on months ahead for a student apart-
ceptable to tenant advocates, says prime real estate areas, including the same level as houses and con- ment in Neill-Wycik on Church
a report from the Ryerson City transit hotspots. dos across the Toronto area. Rent and Gerrard streets, at the corner
Building Institute. Around a third of renters in the increases are now tied to the rate of of Ryerson University.
The report, titled “Getting to Toronto area live in condos, where inflation, with maximum increase For 150 square feet of living
8,000: Building a healthier rental tenants can be kicked out by own- capped at 2.5 per cent, although space, Leiper pays $550 a month. “If
market for the Toronto Area” says ers who decide to sell the unit or owners can set the rent to as much I’m living in the city, I don’t mind
that building dedicated rental units move into it. living in a shoebox,” he said. Between 2016 and 2017,
over condos is key to renters hav- Third-year creative industries Lower vacancy rates in dedicated rental prices for available
ing more power. student Emma Rutledge said she “If I’m living in the rental units also means more rental one-bedroom apartments in-
According to the report, 76,000 prefers living in her $850 a month city, I don’t mind discrimination based on “race, gen- creased by 8.8%
condo units were added in the past apartment in Kensington Market der, sexual orientation, immigra-
decade, compared to 2,400 dedicat- over the condo of the same cost living in a shoebox” tion status, disability and age,” the
ed rental units. close to Ryerson campus, where report says.
she lived last year. Rutledge said In the current climate, people will
her landlord in the King and Yonge as they choose before a new tenant be pushed farther out of where they 76,000 condos were added
Lower vacancy condo was “horrible.” moves in. want to live, leading to longer com- in the past decade compared
rates in dedicated “If there was a broken dishwash- The report says these changes mute times and stress. It also makes to 2,400 rental units
er, she would always threaten to came after two decades of “limited it tougher for businesses to attract
rental units also take our deposit or kick us out,” she government involvement in housing and keep employees, the report adds.
means more rental said. issues,” but it is not the only factor. The report recommends addi-
discrimination While condos make developers Between 2016 and 2017, rents tional policy changes in all levels of
money up front, the report says for available one-bedroom apart- government to stabilize availabil-
high rental demands promise lon- ments increased by 8.8 per cent. ity and make renting more afford-
“Condos make a lot of financial ger term profits from dedicated Wages at this time have remained able over a five-to-ten-year period.
sense for builders,” Graham Haines, rental units. largely flat. Other recommended policy chang-
an author of the study said. The report recommends munici- “It didn’t start out this bad but es include taxing vacant homes and
“We really haven’t built any sort palities add incentives to develop because of a lack of assessment in asking the federal government to
of new dedicated rental supply.” dedicated rental units like the On- our rental sector for three decades, only offer rebates for development
Rising land prices also means tario government’s fair housing it slowly built up to this point, it’s cost of rental units.

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ange, beige and purple dots, how-
Search for real prizes and rewards ever, require keys to open.
while you are walking with the Seek Keys can be found by opening
app. Available for free on Android common maroon-coloured chests
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virtual treasure chests that can be the “shop” option.
opened to collect real rewards. You can also tap on the backpack
Users are required to create an icon in order to see what prizes you
account before using it. This app have collected from your journey.
uses both GPS and data in order to Seek also hosts competitions
search for and display virtual trea- where users can compete against
sure chests. other players across the world to
When registering for an account, collect the most chests or coins for
the app will ask users for their in- an certain period of time. The win-
terests and hobbies. The app then ner is awarded with additional coins
generates a list of rewards that users or keys.
can collect based on them. Prizes can vary depending on the
Once starting the app, users will area and the time. They are separat-
note a virtual map is displayed on ed into two categories: virtual and
the screen, with different coloured real prizes.
dots on the screen. These dots Virtual prizes include coins and
represent treasure chests that can “chest doublers” which can double
be claimed if the user walks close the rewards in any given chest.
enough to the items. Real prizes are items like gift
By tapping the dot on the screen, cards, electronics or online dis-
users will be taken to an augmented counts.
reality display, where they can open In order to claim these prizes, us-
the chest and claim rewards. ers must collect enough “fragments”
Maroon-coloured dots on the from the chests. Once they do, the
screen represent common chests, prizes can be claimed via email.
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 FUNTASIA 11

Ryerson’s most eligible squirrels
Are you still searching for that special squirrel-ly someone? Are you nuts about love? Look no
further (or higher), these bachelors are right at your feet
By Camila Kukulski, Ben Waldman, and Emerald Bensadoun

Fritz McGonagall Heath Craig Logan Grey
This third-year image arts student Heath ‘Hulk’ Craig can bench press up to Not the kind of squirrel you’d intro-
draws his inspiration from discarded four times his own body weight—approxi- duce to your parents. Logan isn’t afraid
acorns and pinecone remains. They mately five pounds. Somebody stepped to look you in the eye while he pees in
show how temporary, yet permanent, on his nuts once and he never got over it. public. Logan doesn’t know his own
we all are. Fritz also lives with his He’s not overcompensating for anything birthday—and he doesn’t even care.
mother. though; he’s hung like a squirrel.

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