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2 The Eyeopener Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 NEWS The Eyeopener 3

Gould Street temporary close
might stick, admin hints
BY Nicole Siena the year is over, a decision will be made
concerning the future of the street.
Walking to class down Gould Street Linda Grayson, Vice-President Ad-
used to be a task all on its own, between ministation and Finance, anticipates the
swerving through slow walkers on the closure will be very successful.
sidewalk, trying to dodge moving ve- Gould Street closing is a part of a
hicles, and waiting at cross walks. But collection of 52 actions to implement a
as of Aug. 23, things got a little easier at 2009 Toronto walking strategy, designed
Ryerson. to promote and support pedestrians.
After more than a decade of pressure “We decided we would highlight six
from the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) actions that we would treat as priorities,
and Toronto city counsellors, Gould two of which were Ryerson’s closing of
Street is finally closed. Gould Street, the other was the Univer-
From now on, cars are only permitted sity of Toronto’s Wilcocks Street,” said
north on Bond Street and east on Gould Parker.
Street. “It’s important that you have a lot of
“The street has become one way,” said pedestrian use,” said Parker.
RSU president Toby Whitfield. “You have to look for places that are
“For the rest of the year we are going extremely active — ones with a lot of
to push to demonstrate how much po- people. It’s happening in two of the big-
tential the street has, and in fact, we’re gest universities in Toronto, where learn-
going to push to have the closure all the ing thrives and where everyone is think-
way down to Church Street.” ing about new ideas.”
A day after the street was closed fur- The total cost of materials on both lo-
Tracy Scott (right) on her 19th birthday with best friend Lizzie Dokurno. PHOto COURTESY OF L. DOKURNO niture was placed on the road including cations is less than $100,000, paid by the
traffic-blocking planters, tables, chairs City of Toronto.

Student dies in sleep
and appropriately coloured blue and Ryerson is paying for the plants that
gold umbrellas. fill the urns, as well as the upkeep.
According to Elyse Parker, director of During the first week of school, the
Public Realm Section for Toronto’s Trans- space is going to be used almost every

A 19-year-old student unexpectedly dies just weeks before the trip of a portation Services, “before [the furni-
ture] was even properly placed, people
Events include a Gould Street party,
lifetime. News editor Mariana Ionova reports were using them. It was an instant suc- a beer garden, a shisha lounge and live
In a few short weeks, 19-year-old Tracy geographic analysis, where friends say around her. And for the past four sum- “People know that the street closing
Scott would have been boarding a plane peers recognized her ever-smiling face mers, she worked as a camp councillor for will have a huge impact on our commu-
to finally see Europe. and infectious laughter. She put her out- the Town of Ajax, where she organized ac- We’re going to push to nity, and people are looking forward to
Since last year, she had been eagerly going personality to use by joining the tivities for kids between the ages of three have the closure all the hosting events and having activities on
counting the days until Sept. 18, when Student Association of Geographic Analy- and 12. way down to Church the street,” Whitfield said.
she would travel to Italy, Germany and sis (SAGA), where she helped organize so- At the viewing, the camp had to find Street. — Toby Whitfield There are other big plans for the
Austria with about 30 other Ryerson ge- cial events and weekly pub nights. replacements for all its councillors, who space, but,“you’re going to have to wait,”
ography students. “She loved Ryerson,” Marilyn said. “She had taken the day off to attend. There, cess.” said Grayson.
But Scott’s countdown — with each they were among 300 others who lined The closure is part of a pilot project “There are some things that will just
day neatly crossed off on a calendar up to say goodbye to Scott. that will last until Sept. 30, 2011. After have to be a secret.”
hanging on her bright pink bedroom wall When she walks in, she “She had this pleasantry about her,”
— ended abruptly on Aug. 20 when she lights up the room. said Brian Ceh, a professor of geography
died in her sleep. — Brian Ceh, geography professor who taught Tracy in her first year at Ryer-
That morning, Scott’s mother, Marilyn son.
Scott, heard her daughter’s alarm clock “When she walks in, she lights up the
blaring. was so glad to get to go there. She had room.”
When she went to check on her daugh- so much fun and she was so proud to be Scott’s life revolved around living in
ter, she found her dead. a part of it.” the moment and having fun, according to
“Her lips were all blue and I knew Scott was always getting involved, Dokurno. She loved music, themed par-
something was wrong,” Marilyn said. recalled her best friend Elizabeth “Lizz” ties and joking around.
Scott died from adult respiratory dis- Dokurno. The two met at the beginning Tracy’s motto was “Live, Love, Laugh,”
tress syndrome (ARDS), a type of lung of their first year at Ryerson and quickly which she tattooed on her right foot in
failure that can occur unexpectedly in became inseparable. swirling calligraphy last summer.
otherwise healthy adults. “We were always here, in the geogra- “Tracy definitely lived her motto,” said
“The hardest part is knowing that she phy lounge, laughing,” said Dokurno. Marilyn.
wanted to do so much and now she’ll “And when Tracy laughed, she laughed “I never saw Tracy sad,” Dokurno said.
never get to do any of it,” Marilyn said. so hard, she’d cry.” “She definitely lived, loved and
Scott’s unexpected death came as she Marilyn said Scott’s laughter and posi- laughed. Now I just want to carry on her
was about to begin her third year in the tivity touched the lives of everybody legacy.”

Ryerson hikes tuition once again
BY ALEXANDRA BOSANAC strong — are simply Ryerson’s reaction mal funding commitment like Reach
to government policy, said Janice Winton, Higher may be slim.
Returning students may have noticed Assistant Vice President of Financial Ser- “Universities needs to find revenue to
that their account balances are higher vices via email. maintain existing infrastructure and fees
than last year. Some students will pay The province’s funding for post-sec- are a major source of revenues,” said Con-
about $200 to $300 more. ondary institutions has shrunk from $6.2 stantin Angyridis, a Ryerson economics
In April, the Board of Governors voted professor. “I don’t see a reduction in fees
in favour of a 4.5 per cent fee increase for anytime soon.”
returning students and a five to eight per According to NDP education critic Ro-
cent increase for new students. I don’t see a reduction in sario Marchese, high tuition fees are creat-
Returning international students can fees anytime soon. ing a sociological crisis.
expect to see a five per cent increase, — Constantin Angyridis, economics professor “After graduation, students make a lot
while, due to a lack of regulation in inter- of decisions — where to move to? Can
national student fees, new international we afford to have a family? Where should
students enrolled in MBA programs will billion to $310 million following last year’s we buy, or, in the case of Toronto, rent a
pay 25 per cent more than last year. expiration of the Reaching Higher frame- house?
The fee increases — which outpace work. Debt levels involve all those questions,
the rate of inflation while Ryerson’s en- With the province intent on paying these are tough questions no one [in par-
rollment and retention numbers remain down its $25 billion deficit, another for- liament] is asking.” Students enjoy a car-free Gould Street PHOto: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL
4 The Eyeopener EDITORIAL Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fuck shit up Letter to the editor
How often does your day at Ryerson
resemble this: class, illegally closing a
at our university there should be spaces
to learn, grow, have fun and interact with
people, not dodge traffic. Students closed
Gould Street three times in 2008-2009
project, it’s up to students to be creative
and think of all the exciting, all-season
things that can be done with the space
whether it is outdoor patios and cafes,
BY SHANNON HIGGINS thing so new and scary. But the Eyeopener
street to cars, cramming for a mid-term? outside the annual RSU campus groups concerts, or road hockey. Closing Gould
editor-in-chief is here to help. We want you to have the
Certainly two of those things happen of- day. Two of these closures were illegal Street shows students that our actions
best fucking frosh year possible. Flip and designed to boldly raise awareness can achieve results and that we shouldn’t
ten, but closings a street to cars? Stu-
through the issue and read about the top to the issue. The last illegal closure was settle for spaces that think exclusively of
dents at Ryerson University have grown
Okay, froshies. Listen up. ten things you must do while still a froshie. the most stunning. The Ryerson Stu- cars before people. Welcome to the new
up in a world where we were told to be
In a fucked up way, now that you’re And whether you celebrate your new- dents’ Union brought in sod to cover Gould!
afraid of the streets. Told that you need a
here at Ryerson, we’re sort of like family. found university freedom by staggering car to have status, and where the design Gould Street. It was a stunning display — Chris Drew, urban and regional
And I’m the kinda gal who looks out for to Big Slice (385 Yonge St.) at 3 a.m., by of our communities makes walking, cy- on the potential for this space. Students planning graduate and member of the
her own. So take a seat. I’m gonna tell you joining the Rye Quiddtich team (tweet @ cling and taking public traffic challenging. successfully lobbied for a closure Gould close Gould Street campaign. Drew is a
something I shared with my little sister RUQuidditch), or by blowing chunks of Streets are wide. Streets are for cars. The Street to by put in Ryerson’s Master Plan. former Ryerson Students’ Union Vice-
last year when she started at Rye High. cafeteria lasagna across your new Ikea sea of asphalt is with us forever. Gould Now that Gould is closed to cars as a pilot President Finance and Services.
It seems to me that you have two op- bedspread, please, please, promise me Street wouldn’t have changed had it not
tions: 1) Go to class. Drag your ass home. you will make the most of your time here been for a group of students, leadership
Watch reruns of Jersey Shore. Play Star- at Ryerson. from the Ryerson Students’ Union and
craft II. Scratch your balls. Go to bed. Re-
peat. 2) Get involved. Make friends. Have
The Eyeopener salutes you and all of
the crazy shenanigans (we hope) you will
support from Ryerson University.
In 2008 and 2009, students real-
SMOKIN’ Homemade food
super-awesome-fun times. Enjoy lifelong get yourself into. Welcome to Ryerson. ized that the status quo was not work- BONES has arrived in your
memories of being young, beautiful and Now please, go fuck shit up. ing: Gould Street had more potential for
Southern Comfort Food neighbourhood!
Ryerson students receive
living in Canada’s largest city. FROSH TOP TEN: 1) Get tons of free shit students than a short cut for cars and a
For now, Ryerson is a commuter school 2) Get a life 3) Get laid, not screwed 4) Get place to illegally park and idle. It was a
and it’s extremely easy to come and go out and explore the city 5) Get smart and dangerous, ugly, useless space on our
15% off purchases totaling
$6* or more every day!
without ever leaving a lasting impression don’t get kicked out 6) Get wired 7) Get front door. The students took on the

on anyone. Thousands of students do it. serviced 8) Get informed 9) Get active and biggest design element that planners

They waste their time and money by leav- don’t get fat 10) Get home in one piece. and traffic engineers had espoused for Visit us at
ing Ryerson with a degree, but no sem- decades and did it in way that our gen- Hours: 11am - 9pm Mon-Wed, 11am -11pm Thur- Sat
eration doesn’t do often. Cars and their 117 Dundas St E at Dalhousie (Across from ESSO station)
blance of a university experience. We want to hear about
your frosh week! Send letters to streets will always be with us, but surely *Excludes daily specials, meal combos & taxes.
And I get it. It’s hard to put yourself out Cannot be combined with any other offer.
there, especially right now with every-

The Eyeopener
Shannon “FUCKING” Higgins
Lee “BED SHITTER” Richardson
Mariana “BEST COLD CALL” Ionova
Brad “DOOR MAN” Whitehouse
Kiera “MISSING RUBY” Toffelmire
Matthew “MARTIN” Braga
Gianluca “SOOKIE” Inglesi
Lauren “STREAKER” Strapagiel
Marta “DIMPLES” Iwanek
Chelsea “XO GOSSIP GIRL” Pottage
Kats “COME BACK” Quinto
Allyssia “IN VENICE...” Alleyne
Chris “FLAMING” Dale
John “CONTRACT” Shmuel
Liane “THX FOR THE CORN” McLarty
Chris “THE MAN” Roberts
Sarah “FLIPCUP” Del Giallo
Graham “SURVIVOR” Slaughter
Rebecca “EGG” Burton
Tasha “KIDDIE POOL” Zanin
Nicole “BACKED UP” Siena
Kim “KIMBO SLICE” Hession
Dominique “DOMINOSE” Lamberton
Jackie “JACKED OFF” Marchildon
Alexandra “UNREGULATED” Bosanac
Natalie “SEX MONITOR” Ast
Natalia “FREE SHIT” D’Amico
Megan “COCKFACE” Higgins
Playing the role of the Annoying Talking Coffee
Mug this week... The fucking computers.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 NEWS The Eyeopener 5

Staff reshuffles over
By Lee richardson an “experimental university that put a
News editor priority on the student experience” –
sounds really interesting.
There have been plenty of changes Meanwhile, there are some new
at Ryerson over the summer, with many deans on board. Gerd Hauck has been
people being appointed to new posi- appointed as dean of the Faculty of
tions while others step down. Communications and Design, while
Linda Grayson, vice-president of ad- also gaining tenure as a theatre profes-
ministration and finance, is leaving af- sor. With a PhD, three Masters degrees
ter 17 years with the university. She led and three languages under his belt,
the development of the Master Plan, Hauck’s history impressed us.
which provides ideas on how to make Mohamed Lachemi has moved up
the most of Ryerson’s limited campus the ranks from the department of Civil
space while keeping things efficient Engineering, which he joined in 1998,
and sustainable. To clarify, our favourite through as Interim to his new fully-
part of the Master Plan is the mention fledged position as dean of the Faculty
of the Spacebox — a stackable student of Engineering, Architecture and Sci-
housing unit which bring to mind ship- ence.
ping containers. For those of you who are curious
After four years of being Ryerson’s as to how Wal-Mart affects GTA neigh-
first vice-president of research and bourhoods, you may want to talk to
innovation, Tas Venetsanopoulos is Brian Ceh ­— recently appointed as
gone after stepping down back in July. chair of the Department of Geography
Venetsanopoulos, who developed a — who is researching just that. Spe-
Restaurant owner Ernest Liu at the Salad King location currently under renovation. PHOto: marta iwanek postdoctoral fellowship program, and cializing in urban and retail issues and
boosted administrative support for re- business geography, he has worked

Salad King survives
searchers, will be going on sabbatical with NASA and the U.S Department
before retuning to join the electrical of Agriculture. He replaces Shuguang
engineering department. Taking his Wang, who steps down as chair of ge-
place will be Carla Cassidy — former ography after 5 years.
Thai restaurant set to re-open on Yonge Street this December dean of Faculty of Arts — who is hold- The School of Graphic Communica-
ing the position until next June. tions Management also has a new chair
BY Brad whitehouse Mumbai-based Lalani Group, wants to Liu estimates that he lost about $1 With Mehmet Zeytinoglu stepping – Ian Baitz, who has been with Ryerson
Associate News Editor bring in the wrecking ball. But the city of million in damage from the collapse. But down as interim vice provost academic, since 2001.
Toronto claims the 122-year-old building despite the wreckage one thing remains Chris Evans has been appointed to the Before that he worked in the avia-
The collapse of the Empress Hotel is a heritage site. Ryerson has also ex- intact: the menu. Liu says they will con- first five-year-term. The position, which tion industry, and he still carries an
building this April could have been the pressed interest in purchasing the build- tinue to dish out the same fare. And don’t was introduced last year, involves plan- airline transport pilot licence. Baitz also
end of Salad King. But while plates of pad expect a makeover of the restaurant ei- ning and putting forward academic received a Canadian Forces Decoration
thai rotted away in the crumbled estab- ther. He plans on keeping the same atmo- initiatives while giving advice on aca- for his work in the Canadian Forces,
lishment, owner Ernest Liu cut a deal to sphere and aesthetic, and is working with demic issues. Chris has already been where he is still a reserve officer hold-
reopen the Thai restaurant around the I’ll be there when it reopens, design firm Munge Leung, who designed involved with academic planning, pro- ing the rank of captain. It might be a
corner in a new location this December. even if it means trekking the Gould Street location. Liu says he viding input to Ryerson’s current aca- good idea not to annoy him.
Renovations are under way on the second through the snow. wanted to involve Ryerson interior design demic plan ‘Shaping Our Future,’ while After graduating from RTA in 1979,
floor of 340 Yonge Street, above the Foot- — Lesia Polischuk, second-year students in the renovation process. authoring part of the previous plan. Charles Fazon returns to Ryerson as
locker and less than a stone’s throw away food and nutrition student Like most Ryerson students, second- John Isbister, the new vice provost RTA dean, after working in television
from the Gould Street location. year food and nutrition student Lesia of faculty affairs, is arriving to Ryerson production.
“Before we signed the lease [in July] it Polischuk, will probably want to be in- from Laurentian, where he was respon-
seemed like the whole city knew we were ing, given its location on campus. “If the volved at the end of the process, when it sible for both the Humanities and So- Have a news tip? Got screwed over?
coming here,” laughed Liu. price were right we might be interested, comes time to chow down on cheap Thai cial Sciences departments. Before Lau- The Eyeopener news team wants
Re-opening in the same location but everything would be pending board food once again. “I’ll be there when it re- rentian, john worked in the economics to hear about it. Send tips to
wasn’t an option. The Empress Hotel is approval,” said Janet Mowat, director of opens,” she says, “even if it means trekking department at the University of Califor-
in legal limbo right now as the owner, public affairs. through the snow.” nia in Santa Cruz, which – described as

Briefs &
­At about 9 a.m. on Wednesday Aug.
18, a Ryerson student reported being
grabbed by an unidentified young
male at the Victoria Street entrance to
the campus. She was walking along
Gerard when, as she reached Victo-
ria Street, she encountered a group
of 4-6 males sitting on planters. One
group member approached her, but
she didn’t hear what he said over the
music on her headphones. He then
stood in her way, and grabbed her
shoulder as she tried to walk by. She
left the area unharmed, and reported
the incident to Ryerson Security and
Emergency Services.
­Sunday August 15, a Ryerson stu-
dent reported being kicked, punched,
knocked to the ground and having his
cell phone taken outside of the The-
atre School. He was walking from the
Pitman quad to the apartment build-
ings at 40 Gerard Street at about 4
a.m. when he was followed and at-
tacked by a group of 4-6 men in their
late teens.

A froshie’s mom gets help from the men’s hockey team on residence move-in day. PHOto: marta iwanek
6 The Eyeopener FROSH Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The cheat sheet of eat
By Rob Moysey that increase brain activity by forcing your
SPORTS EDITOR body to break down complex carbohy-
drates. Fatty foods and artificial flavouring
Going to Ryerson and living in Toronto cause you to crash afterwards, making you
can bring a whole city’s worth of culinary sluggish and irritable.
temptations to wide-eyed froshies. But 5. Choose whole wheat pastas and
if you aren’t careful, it can also make you grain breads any chance you get. They’re
wide-bellied too. While a frosh week full no Wonderbread, but it’s a small price to
of burger bingeing and soft drink slurp- pay for the added nourishment.
ing won’t kill you, a semester’s worth just 6. When buying meats, choose cuts like
might. Here’s a few tips on how to ward tenderloin that are less fatty and cut off
off the dreaded freshman 15. any excess fat you can. You won’t lose any
1. The Golden Rule: eat with your head, flavour in the process.
not with your heart. The reasons why that 7. When cooking foods, use the oven or
Big Mac is so delicious are the same rea- the skillet over the deep fryer. This will cut
sons why you shouldn’t indulge too often. down on unnecessary saturated fats.
2. Make your own meals. Sensible 8. Always remember that dark green
homemade meals will go a long way to vegetables are your best friends. They
keeping your body trim and your wallet contain the most antioxidants and vita-
Suraj Singh goes for the one-handed, hand-behind-your-back catch in the quad. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK fat. Stock up on foods you can keep in dry mins, so be sure to sauté a few to compli-
storage or freeze. ment your main dish.

You don’t know RAC
3. Eat moderate proportions. A hearty 9. Use spices like basil, rosemary, thyme,
meal should satisfy you, not immobilize and even chili powder to add extra flavor
you. This is especially true of snacks, which without adding excess carbohydrates or
should only take the edge off your hunger salt.
and last you until your next meal. An en- 10. In the battle of healthy diets, toma-
Ryerson’s fitness centre: the best place on campus to stay active ergy bar or a piece of fruit should suffice. to sauce beats cream sauce every time. To-
4. Stick to foods like chicken, turkey, mato sauces are rich in vitamins and good
BY Rob Moysey minton, swimming and the dance pak for areas of your body you want to work spinach, broccoli, yogurt, and potatoes for your heart. Cream sauces, not so much.
Sports editor those who want a serious commitment. out and what type of conditioning you
There are also intramural sports like ball want: weight loss, muscle toning, flexibil-

Free swag on campus
During frosh week, the last thing you’ll hockey, basketball, 3-on-3 volleyball, ity, sport-specific training — you name it.
be thinking about is hitting the gym. But dodgeball and ultimate frisbee. Even Each one-hour session goes for $50, but if
after three weeks of boozin’ and snoozin’ counting club fees with the RAC member- you commit to over 20 sessions, the price
you might be apt to change your mind. ship, this is a much cheaper alternative to is bumped down to $40. Free printing a date to any Yuk Yuk’s comedy
Don’t worry, Ryerson’s got you and playing in a rec league in the city. The RAC also offers courses for getting You can print for free in ei- club for $7.91.
your beer gut covered. Despite being in If you’re a little sheepish about getting your First Aid, Can-Fit-Pro personal trainer, ther the journalism or Radio and Free handouts
the middle of the city, there are plenty of in shape alone, there are also group exer- and National Coaching certification. Television lounge if you have a Stand around looking pretty
places to go and things to do to keep fit. cise programs like step, zumba, and yoga, Even if you aren’t the gym-going type, friend in any FCAD program log in Dundas Square and you’ll walk
Your first destination should be the which cost $8 per session and are offered there are still places to get active around into their account for you. So away with more free samples
Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC), year-round. campus. The quad provides enough space make friends with j-skoolers. then you know what to do with.
which is located under the Quad in Kerr But the RAC isn’t just for sports — ­ it to play a small game of football, catch, or Free $300 Cheap ride
Hall. The RAC has two gyms, three studio also offers fitness programs for would-be frisbee — provided nobody else is using The Ryerson Students’ Union The SCC also sells discounted
rooms, four squash courts, a swimming gym rats. They all start with an hour-long the space. Admittedly, it can get cramped has a basic health plan that ev- Student Metropasses for $99.
pool, a classroom for workshops, and fitness assessment, which will outline ex- in the middle of the afternoon, so pick an- ery student automatically gets Passes go on sale on the 25th
plenty of activities to keep you busy. actly how (un)fit you are for $45. You can other time if possible. charged for, but you can opt out of each month. Get yours early.
Membership costs $44 for one semes- follow that up with dietary consultations Outside of the quad, skateboarders can before Oct. 8 with proof of other Free muscle
ter, $77 for two and $116 for three. It’s and training advice; a half-hour session tear up Lake Devo outside of the Chang coverage for a $300 refund. In case walking home at night
probably a good idea to go for the single will run you $30, while a four-session as- School. Because of ongoing construc- Free SPC Card gives you goosebumps, you can
semester because the RAC is packed dur- sessment and plan goes for $250. tion, security might have something to
Pick up a Student Price Card call for a Ryerson security guard
at the Student Campus Centre to escort you home from any
ing peak times during the day, so if your After you’ve been sized up, fitness fools say about it, but historically it has always
(SCC) to get discounts on any- security station around campus.
class schedule doesn’t allow for morning and freaks alike can enroll in a fitness been a place where skaters go to practise
thing from food to clothes to Free concerts
or evening workouts, you might want to bootcamp that will test your athleticism because of its low ledges and flat ground.
electronics. Keep your eyes peeled for
go elsewhere. with a series of fitness drills and exercises. Speaking of wheels, invest in a pair of
Cheap laughs free shows advertised on street-
Aside from varsity sports that are For anyone seeking one-on-one attention, rollerblades. With Gould Street closed for
Again, the SCC is your friend. posts around campus.
played in the gyms, the RAC offers com- there are also several personal trainers the year, you should be able to zip around
You can get a pair of tickets for — Rob Moysey
petitive sports clubs like dragon boating, available. the campus in no time and that’s some-
cheerleading, karate, water polo, bad- You can completely customize what thing security can’t say anything about.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 FROSH The Eyeopener 7

Surviving your first year
Make sure to take time to spot the stars
BY graham slaughter at the Toronto International Film Festival
(September 9th–19th), explore the art
In high school, maybe you were the installations of Nuit Blanche (Oct. 2) and
student council president, captain of the keep tabs on Ticketmaster to see when
football team or a wilting wallflower. That your favourite bands are making their
doesn’t matter anymore. Your first year at Toronto stops.
Ryerson is all about learning how to tread
water in what can sometimes feel like a Prepare for the worst
typhoon of classes, friends, internships Obvious fact-of-the-day: university is
and extra-curriculars. Sometimes, you’ll harder than high school. A lot harder. A
call your mom crying about why you ever dip in your grades isn’t just natural — it’s
decided to come to this stupid university expected. If you fail your first essay, don’t
in the first place. hesitate to make an appointment at the
Have no fear — the Eyeopener is here Writing Centre (LIB 272B). The folks there
to help you. We’ve talked with some up- are super friendly and know way too
per year students to compile a list of tips much about MLA style, sizing margins
on surviving — and possibly even thriv- and how to write a proper bibliography.
RSU executives Toby Whitfield and Rodney Diverlus partying in ILLC last year. PHOto: kris di pietro ing— in your first year of university. The best part — it’s free!

Party on floor shitshow
Shake a few hands Intramural sports
Your wolf pack from home has likely been Whether you’re a total juicehead or just
divvied up to a handful of colleges and a rookie, joining an intramural sport
universities across the country. If you fo- through the Recreation and Athletics
cus too much on keeping these connec- Centre (RAC) is the perfect way to make
Stained carpets, sloppy hookups and loud music. Welcome home Froshies tions tight, you’ll never have time to make friends and shed the freshman 15. Your
new ones. The best cure for homesick- options include volleyball, basketball,
BY Sarah Del Giallo Second-year journalism student Gin it was the Trinidadian rum,” said Sexsmith. ness is a night out with new friends. Try dodgeball, ball hockey and even ultimate
Sexsmith had her own drunken mishap “We’re friendly acquaintances now, but introducing yourself to the person beside frisbee. Word of warning: watch out for
Getting blitzed. Getting hammered. while living at ILLC. there were a few awkward elevator con- you in class or in front of you in the OSAP Natural Selection. We’re pretty sure they
Getting sloshed, smashed, stewed. All are “Early off in September, there was a rez versations at first.” line — you never know where another eat dodgeballs for breakfast.
expected to occur when you leave home The parties don’t end with frosh. Nick lone wolf could pop up.
for university. Saites, a second-year Radio and Television Profs are people too
First year is known for stupid, drunken Arts student enjoyed one of his first nights Go clubbin’ In grade 12, your teachers probably told
behaviour that will be remembered for I didn’t know how I got back from Christmas break with friends. Ryerson is swamped with all sorts of you that your professors won’t care about
years to come — if not forgotten entirely myself into that situation “I found everyone on my floor in my clubs that you never would’ve seen in you as much as they do. That’s a total lie
in the haziness of the morning after. — actually I think it was the friend’s room having a huge beer pong high school, ranging from the Ryerson crafted to make them look better. You can
Kristine Norris, a third-year dance stu- Trinidadian rum. tournament. We had so much fun that we Adventure Society to the Ryerson Uni- get a few bad apples, but most profes-
dent, lived in Pitman Hall her first year. — Gin Sexsmith, kept having tournaments for the rest of versity Equestrian Club. Round up some sors are happy to stay after class and chat
One night a floormate came stumbling second-year journalism the week,” Saites said. friends from class and hit up the Campus if you have questions about a lecture or
into her suite, hammered, with a bottle of “I think we were drunk for 12 of the first Groups Day (Sept. 8) to scout out which if you just want to say hi. Make sure you
maple syrup in her hands. party. I got way too wasted drinking Trini- 14 days we were back, which is a big ac- student groups tickle your fancy. take time to butter up your TA too —
“She had just had sex with some guy dadian rum, and me and one of my friends complishment.” they’re the ones who grade your papers.
on floor seven. She couldn’t remember ended up going to another floor to find Saites managed to get As in most of his Pop the Ryerson bubble
his name, but she did tell us the details. this guy,” she said. first-year classes and says the key to suc- It’s true — life exists off Gould Street. To- Don’t eat like a student
Before it started she asked him, ‘I kind of “I ended up making out with him, and it cess is time management. ronto is the one of the most diverse cities When you have a full night of studying
want to get back to drinking so will this was so sloppy. I didn’t know how I got my- “Make school work your first priority, in the world, constantly hosting various ahead, you won’t be able to function on
take long?’” self into that situation — actually, I think then spend the rest of your time partying.” festivals and events. On your day off, hop Kraft Dinner and coffee. Take an hour
on the streetcar to Kensington Market once a week to hit up St. Lawrence Mar-
or take the ferry over to Toronto Island. ket and stock up on fresh, local produce.

At RCCC’s (Ryerson Catholic Chaplaincy Centre) Are you invited to the after, after party?
Annual Welcome Mass and BBQ
Rebecca Burton spoke to rez alumni and retells their frosh memories
It was the night of ‘Fiesta del Fuego’, a huge outdoor carnival for all first-years. It was
Thurs., Sept.16, 2010 – 5:30pm the first year hosting the event so it was a huge undertaking. The night had everything
from flamethrowers to high strikers and it was up to us, Residence Council, to host the
200 Church St. – St. John’s Chapel entire night. We had done so much work for one event that we were happy just to pull
Mass – followed by a BBQ it off. At the end of the night we were exhausted, but overjoyed. We didn’t get to enjoy

our own event because we were working, so the clean up turned into our own party. As
we were cleaning up, we turned our rental van into a boom box, blasting our favourite
RSVP at music. We made a lot of noise. There were 30 of us jumping up and down in a huddle,
doing our residence council cheer. Then, all of the sudden “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black
Eyed Peas came blasting out of the stereo. We had a connection as a group so it was
one of those things that just happened. We just exploded. It turned into a giant dance
party in the quad at 2 a.m. and we just started cheering, “This is our song.” The song
definitely became our theme song for the rest of the week. It was the most epic moment.
— Alyssa Wiliams, third-year business management
— Kelan Brown, second-year performance acting

My friends and I got all decked out, looking our best for the frosh week club night held
at Cabana nightclub last year. We all gathered on the sidewalk to wait for the buses to take
us to the club. The ratio of people to buses was severely lopsided so it was a long wait
and most of residence was crammed together on the sidewalk. Suddenly, someone started
shouting from the apartments across the road. Before we knew it eggs were crashing down
on us, and people started madly running around and trying to dodge them. I heard a girl
complaining because it had taken her hours to straighten her hair and now egg yolk was
just dripping down her head. Some were too annoyed to even go to the club anymore. A
few of us stuck it out and went anyway, managing to squeeze on the school bus full of
drunken students. The night was hot and sweaty and you were lucky if you could get out
of the massive swaying crowd on the dance floor to take a seat on the couches. At 3 a.m.
we decided to walk and find our own way home. We drank enough so we were confident
to take on the challenge. Luckily the city was well lit and we made it home safely. It turned
out to be an egg-spectacular night!
— Shelby Glimore, first-year theatre production
8 The Eyeopener FROSH Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Get Out of
Dominique Lamberton, Jackie Marchildon and Kim Hession reveal
As tempting as it is to confine yourself to the concrete landmine of
glossy-eyed students and scattered construction sites that make up
Gould Street, it’s important to realize there’s life beyond the spar-
kling perimeters of Ryerson’s campus. For some students,Toronto
may seem intimidating, but if you’re brave enough to venture out-
side the Ryerson bubble, you’re sure to be delighted by the vary-
ing neighbourhoods and cultural tapestries this city encompasses.
Don’t let the old people yelling profanities in the streets prevent
you from exploring Toronto, for they too contribute to the city’s
fierce personality. So put on your walking shoes, cut off the Rye
campus umbilical chord and get the fuck out there.

1 L ittle Ita ly
Centred on College Street west is Little Italy, a lively community filled with shops,
bars and most importantly, a plethora of Italian food. For about 12 blocks beginning
at Bathurst Street and ending at Dufferin Street, Little Italy is alive — specifically at
night — with patios, bustling espresso bars, trendy shops and pedestrians. For great,
affordable Italian food, try Café Diplomatico (594 College St.), a Little Italy staple with an
unbeatable patio. If you’re in the area but aren’t craving pizza or pasta, check out Utopia
(586 College St.) for inexpensive yet delicious food ranging from gourmet poutine to
burritos and burgers. For dessert, treat yourself to a cone at The Big Chill (367 Manning
Ave.) where you can grab a spot to sit outdoors beneath a colourful mural, making your
ice cream outing as special as it was when you were five. This Labour Day weekend,
check out the Fiera Festival, a celebration of Italian cuisine, language, culture and music.
College Street is closed to traffic during the festival, catering to the street vendors, pe-
destrians and musicians who flood the neighbourhood.

2 Ca bba getown
Just northeast of Ryerson, is Old Cabbagetown, one of the oldest communities in
downtown Toronto. Along Parliament Street, you’ll find a few bars, notably the Grass-
hopper, known not so much for its class, but more for its cheap beer and karaoke. You
will also find a No Frills, for those of you who are sick of the oh-so-convenient but expen-
sive Metro, a beer store and some cheap housing. If you haven’t had much luck in the
friends deparment, check out Riverdale Farm, 7.5 acres of land that is home to horses,
cows, pigs, and donkeys you can hang out with. The farm is free to visit and open all
year round.

3 Toronto Island
With scenic picnic spots and cycling trails along the water, the island is both the
4 A lla n G a rdens
perfect summer spot and a refreshing winter getaway. Despite ferry services to only Whether you’re looking for a game of chess or a place to hide from the chaos of To-
Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point, there are still plenty of opportunities for staged photo ronto chasing you down the streets, Allan Gardens, located just west of Jarvis Street and
opps and family bonding time. Hanlan’s Point is home to both the historic Gibraltar just north of Gerrard Street, is the place for you. When you can’t feel your fingers, let the
Lighthouse, and Ward’s Island offers food and warmth at both the Iroquois and Paradise warmth of the greenhouse take you in. The not-so frequented spot houses plants of all
Restaurants. If eternal salvation (or temporary warmth) is what you are looking for, then kinds, complete with water features and seating areas. Even if you’re not into cacti or
look no further than the Island’s very own Anglican Church. Ferry rides to the island spring bulbs, the greenhouse at Allan Gardens is one of the best kept secrets in the city,
leave from the harbourfront. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and $4 for students under 19. and it’s free.

5 H igh Par k
Walking tours, a petting zoo, train rides, an off-leash park, a museum and a pond all in
Restaurants to Check Out downtown Toronto? All in High Park — 399 acres (that’s 350 football fields) of trees, grass,
dirt and water at the corner of Bloor and Dundas Streets. This park has it all, even a bison
at the zoo. This is no stopover, High Park is the event, and that event should be at least a
1. The Green Room — 296 Bruns- ute walk from campus and offers a se-
full day. Spend the morning fishing in Grenadier Pond before checking out the Sculpture
wick St. Tucked in an alleyway just lection of delicious southern comfort
Symposium and heading for lunch at the in-park restaurant. In the afternoon, join an hour-
south of Bloor, the Green Room offers food for reasonable prices. Drop by
and-a-half walking tour through the trees and let loose like a non-violent maniac on the
a warm environment with cheap pub the Eye office where we have Smokin’
Bones coupons for all Rye students.
Jamie Bell adventure playground. High Park is the perfect place to study if you are tired of
food, cheap beer, and good music.
2. Sadie’s Diner — Located at 6. Mariko — If you’re into sushi, libraries, and bored of coffee shops. At High Park you’ll have trouble convincing yourself
504 Adelaide St. W., Sadie’s is an all- Mariko, located at 355 Yonge St., just you’re less than an hour away from pamphlet-bearing homeless men on the concrete and
day breakfast joint with a vegetarian north of Gould street, offers all-you- chaos of Yonge and Dundas square.
and vegan menu. Be sure to check out can-eat sushi for $15. Feast yourself
their impressive Pez dispenser collec- until you can no longer stand straight.
tion while enjoying delicious food in a And don’t feel guilty, copious amounts
comfortable, retro-style setting. of sushi is good for you.
3. W Burger Bar — 10 College St. 7. The Dakota Tavern — Located
Just blocks away from Ryerson cam- at 249 Ossington Ave., just north of 6 Q ueen West
pus, W Burger Bar provides a modern Dundas, is the Dakota Tavern. Every Queen West has become a trendy neighbourhood in Toronto for its growing collec-
environment with cheap drinks and a Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. the tion of restaurants, bars, art galleries and vintage stores. Even with an empty wallet, it is
wide selection of delicious gourmet saloon-style bar hosts a blue-grass an enticing place to go walking. Bring a frisby or a hot date and check out Trinity Bell-
burgers. brunch. Although there are no menus, woods park, located just east of Ossington along Queen, where Torontonians gather to
4. 7 West Cafe — Known by city- the servers constantly bring out plat- relax, play sports, play music and enjoy the city’s outdoors. When the weather is nice, the
goers for its romantic ambience and ters of banana pancakes, fruit, bacon, park hosts drum circles every Tuesday night which attact hundreds of people. If you are
24-hour service, 7 West, is the perfect homefries and eggs set to a fabulous into vintage shopping, check out 69 Vintage (1100 Queen St. W). Walking west on Queen,
date spot. Located at 7 Charles St. W., live soundtrack of some of the city’s not only will you find some great clothing, and great food, but you will always be enter-
just east of Yonge, 7 West is approxi- best blue grass performers.
tained by either incoherent hollering, buskers (both talented or completely inept) or just
mately a 20 minute walk from campus. 8. Einstein’s — 229 College St. W.
by making eye contact with the plethora of attractive passersby’s.
5. Smokin’ Bones — 117 Dundas This place offers its guests cheap
St. E. On the corner of Church and drinks, cheap food, and great live mu-
Dundas, Smokin’ Bones is a three min- sic. The three staples of student life.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 FROSH The Eyeopener 9

some of the best ways to get away from Ryerson and explore Toronto
Former Rye froshies
share their wisdom

Stay off facebook during class.
I’ve learned you just can’t do two
things at once.
— Haley Pierce, second-year
performance production

Never buy a fake ID on Yonge
Street. It’s a waste of money.
— Ashleigh Jack, third-year

Don’t drink.
— Eggy, Ryerson’s mascot

I hated all the frosh week shit. If
you’re not into school spirit don’t
get discouraged by the orga-
nized activities. Get off campus
and head west. Even if it’s to hang
out in a bar by yourself, if you
head west you’ll have fun.
— Shauna Kewin, forth-year
social work

University is overrated. In high-
school people try and scare you
for post-secondary, but it’s really
not bad. At Ryerson there’s a very
chill environment, so ask your
professors questions if you need
L ittle India
7 Sandwiched between Greenwood and Coxwell Aves., lies Little India — a six block
— Sarah Somwaru, second-year
occupational and public health
stretch of ethnic delicacies to explore. Little India started up in 1971 when the Naaz The-
atre opened, which showed exclusively Bollywood films. Today Little India manages to
fuse the spirit of South Asia, with a modern Toronto backdrop to provide its visitors with
an enchanted experience. Upbeat Indian music spills onto the streets and store-front
windows are plastered with an array of colourful textiles and fabrics. If you’re looking
for cheap knick-knacks this is the place to check out. There are more than 200 shops and
restaurants crammed into this small stretch of Little India, including record shops and
Bollywood video stores. If you’re hungry, scrounge up some change and treat yourself It’s easy to get caught up in the
to one of the all-you-can-eat buffets, like Skylark (1433 Gerrard St. E.), where an endless chaos of the city. Try and find
supply of fresh nan bread awaits your arrival. If you want to experience an authentic taste a balance between school and
of India, this venture will provide you with one without having to fork over your entire your social life. Also, check out
savings account to buy a plane ticket. To get there, hop on the Carleton streetcar and the distillery district.
head east until you hit Greenwood Ave. — Curtis Wise, Torontonian

8 K ensington M ar k et
Nestled cozily between College and Dundas Streets, lies Kensington Market — one
of Toronto’s most diverse communities filled with a gamut of characters. Hippies, punks,
immigrants and hipsters roam the streets, forming a vibrant and harmonious commu- Don’t blow all your money on
nity that feels like a village. The main streets of the market — Augusta Avenue, Baldwin street meat.
Street and Kensington Avenue — are packed with second-hand shops, cafes, bars and — Lauren VanAggelen, fourth-year
food stores. Fresh produce line the sidewalks and together with the bakeries, butcher arts and contemporary studies
shops, fish markets and cheese shops, Kensington is a one-stop shop for affordable, fresh
groceries. An afternoon well spent begins with a cup of coffee and people watching at
Luis Coffee Stop (235 Augusta Ave.) before heading to Big Fat Burrito (285 Augusta Ave.)
for lunch. It is arguably the best burrito place in the city and will leave your stomach
happy for hours. Get involved with the school
For a night out, The Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave.) and The Boat (158 Augusta Ave.) community. Ryerson offers so
are great places for dancing and indulging in a few drinks. Make sure to visit Kensington many different clubs and pro-
Market on Sep. 26 and Oct. 31 for Pedestrian Sunday. On the last Sunday of each month grams, you just have to look for
from May to October, the market closes its streets to vehicle traffic and pedestrians are them. Check out the websites.
free to to dance, play music, eat and simply enjoy the day together. Kensington Market is —Kendra Welham, fourth-year
a haven in the city, a retreat from the hustle and bustle and a place to relax and enjoy the radio and television
sights and sounds of fellow Torontonians.

10 The Eyeopener FROSH Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Free buttons in pretty colours are only a small part of what Ryerson’s five equity-service groups have to offer students. PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL

Let Ryerson service you
Natalia D’Amico explains how you can take advantage of Ryerson’s equity-service groups
The Student Campus Centre is home to five equity-based
groups that offer everything from free food and condoms to Students Against Racism
information and workshops for Ryerson students in need .
Students Against Racism’s mission is simple: to create and

Community Food Room maintain an anti-racist climate on campus for all. It pro-
vides a safe space for students who have faced racial
discrimination, and seeks to share their struggles
The Community Food Room has been provid- with the community through campus-wide
ing the Ryerson community with free, non- services, campaigns and events. It hosts a
perishable food items for over 10 years. variety of panel discussions and an an-
It was opened to ensure that no student nual multicultural variety show. It is the
would ever have sacrifice food for educa- newest equity service group on campus.
tion. Aside from providing food for mem-
bers of the community, the Community
Food Room also offers nutritional infor- Women’s Centre
mation and cost-saving recipes, and al-
lows students to purchase baskets of The Women’s Centre is the RSU’s old-
fresh fruit and vegetables at a reduced est community service. Through work-
price. Though the service is open to all shops, movie screenings and other
students in need (an honour system is in events, the group works to improve
place), only 185 students use it. Be one of campus life for all women at Ryer-
the few to take advantage of this service. son. Past campaigns include Real
Women of Ryerson, which promoted

RyeACCESS realistic beauty standards, and a cam-
paign to keep pad and tampon dis-
pensers on campus full. Though the
RyeACCESS seeks to break down barri- Women’s Centre’s doors are open to
ers facing students with disabilities, from all, men must knock before entering.
inaccessible washrooms to negative ste-
reotypes. RyeACCESS advocates a com-
pletely barrier-free campus. The group, RyePRIDE
whose members are of all abilities and
skill-sets, hosts an annual barrier-label- Since 1977, RyePride has worked with
ing event to draw the public’s attention members of the LGBT community and
to accessibility issues. Last year, it hosted their allies to make Ryerson an inclusive
a series of educational events including campus through its various campaigns
the Week of Disability and a screening and events. Last year, RyePRIDE hosted
of “Shameless: the Art of Disability”, a queer-rights activist Judy Sheppard’s
documentary that explores disability in first Canadian speaking event, and a
relation to the arts, entertainment, and party in honour of National Coming
society. Out Day. RyePRIDE’s office also has a
library and provides safe-sex infor-
mation and condoms for all couples.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 FROSH The Eyeopener 11

Get laid, not screwed
Sex isn’t hard, but protection requires a little more thought
ple who only want to prevent pregnancy information. It’s open Monday to Friday
BY NATALIE AST I.E. are in long-term relationships, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at W181 West Kerr
who are healthy [people who] don’t have Hall. Health Promotion’s Sex, Substance
Frosh week is a week-long party where diabetes, heart problems, history of blood and Safety Team (S-Cubed) provides
sex is always on the table. Abstinence is clots, or smoke,” Teo says. Other hormonal information about sexual heatlth, alcohol,
the only surefire way to avoid pregnancy contraceptives include the birth control and drug-related issues. They also host
and sexually transmitted infections, but patch and the NuvaRing. interactive workshops and provide free
there are other ways to decrease your Karl Davidas, one of Ryerson orienta- condoms. You can find them at the Inter-
chances of waking up with more than tion crew members, says it’s important national Living & Learning Centre.
you bargained for. to have fun, but encourages students to
Traditional condoms are the most respect themselves in the process.
obvious form of protection and birth “There were a lot of hookups , [but]
control. If used correctly, a condom can people stop at third base, which is actu- There were a lot of hookups,
be up to 98 per cent effective. Female ally a good idea because going all the [but] people stop at third
condoms are more expensive, but they way the first time you meet someone
can be more effective than the traditional isn’t recommended,” Davidas says of his
condom. experience as a froshie last September. — Karl Davidas, ROC member
“Condoms are for everyone,” says Dr. Davidas also advises against hooking
Su-Ting Teo, the director of the Ryerson up with your frosh leader. Frosh week is a great opportunity to
Medical Clinic. “The frosh leader is there to be a men- meet people and get used to your new
“If there is a latex allergy, then you can tor. It’s really keen that the frosh leader surroundings. Having sex is merely the
get non-latex condoms.” stays the role model for their froshie.” cherry on top of it all. Staying safe and re-
Free condoms are available through- But if you do manage to contract sponsible will not only keep you healthy
out the Student Campus Centre, at the something, the Ryerson Medical Clinic is and childfree, but also prevent regretable
Medical Centre and in every residence. there to give you a=the help and resourc- desicisons.
Oral contraceptives are another way to es you need. Their wide range of services “Definitely have fun, but also have
prevent unwanted pregnancy. include STI testing and treatment, and dignity, “ Davidas says. “As long as you’re
“Oral contraceptives are good for peo- the opportunity to see physicians for open to it, everything is meant to be fun,” Make it memorable for the right reasons. PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL

Top 10 spots for hooking up at Ryerson
COMMUNITY editor 3 The Journalism Lounge: Located in the Rog-
ers Communication Centre, the lounge offers
a taste of luxury. The couches provide necessary com-
workout. The locker rooms are not co-ed, so it’ll take
some stealth and planning to sneak in opposite-sex
partners. Best time: Holiday weekends are ideal, but if
close to him or her, take advantage of their ample
desk space or sturdy office door. Best time: Whenever
teacher gives you permission.
When it comes to hooking up, location is every-
thing. To spice up frosh flings, check out some of
these campus hot spots.
fort, and the nearby microwave allows you to prepare
energy-replenishing Pizza Pops between rounds. Best
times: You might have to check in a few times before
you can’t wait until the off-season, go early.

6 Dorm Rooms: The small beds and the odours
wafting in from the hall are a bit of a mood
9 The AMC: As tempting as it might be to fool
around during a three-hour lecture, have some
respect for your classmates and your professor: save

1 The Quad: The quad’s many wooden benches are
good for those seeking a little discretion, but cou-
you find the lounge completely empty as it’s a popu-
lar spot for j-school students.
kill, but dorm room hook-ups are as much a part of
the university experience as procrastination and all-
it for after class. Buy a matinee ticket and neck in the
dark next to patrons that aren’t marking your final
ples looking for the ultimate thrill should feel free to
make use of the lush hill. Best time: Avoid being there 4 The Podium Building: This spot is perfect for
those who seek convenience. Its doors are
nighters. Best time: During the afternoon (when most
students are in class) or early in the morning if your
exam. You can get discount tickets for the AMC at the
Student Campus Centre.
after 1 a.m., unless an audience of homeless people
is a turn-on.
open 24/7, which means that you’ll have a venue at
your disposable whenever the urge strikes. Best time:
neighbours need an alarm clock.

7 Oakham Cafe: This is definitely not the right 10 The Roof of the Architecture Building: Cut
through the building’s boiler room, and

2 The Library: Have a sexy librarian fantasy?
This is the place to turn it into a reality. Take
Try to get there after midnight, when only commut-
ers are still in the building.
place to have sex, but nowhere on campus has
as romantic a vibe as the Oakham cafe. Footsie and
brave a steep set of stairs to get to one of the most
secluded hook-up spots on campus. Bring a blanket
advantage of the library’s tall stacks, private study
rooms, and lack of supervision. Best time: The library 5 The Recreation and Athletics Centre locker
rooms: Since you’re already pumping adrena-
subtle PDA are fine though. Best time: During break-
fast hours, following an exhausting night.
because the roof is covered with pebbles. Best time:
At night, when you can take in a dazzling view of the
is typically a ghost town on Sundays, as long as exams
are at least two weeks away.
line and feeling great about yourself, there’s no better
time for some action than right after an invigorating 8 A Professor’s Office: If you’re lucky enough to
meet a cute professor that will let you stand
city from the top, and the stars from the bottom.
12 The Eyeopener FROSH Wednesday, September 1, 2010

stay off the streets STAY IN SCHOOL
BY TASHA zanin BY Nicole Siena adequate advance study to master the im-
Take it outside portant concepts and less cramming,” the
For many students life in residence Smoking cigarettes or any illegal drug The transition into university is inevita- website also notes. By passing all of your
means one year of no parents and no is also prohibited in residence. Getting bly stressful. The last thing a student wants tests and assignments, you are almost guar-
rules. But don’t get too excited. Here are caught will cost you another three points. to hear halfway through a semester is that anteeing yourself a passing GPA.
a few guidelines to keep in mind to avoid they are in jeopardy of getting kicked out of
being kicked out onto the streets in the What are you doing with that their program. Avoid burn out!
middle of the year. couch? Early morning coffees, and late night study
Though you will want to spruce up Here are some tips on how to avoid sessions aren’t exactly the best things
Nine points and you’re out your room and common ar- hearing that message. for students. The best way to handle the
Student Housing Services uses a point sys- eas, stealing couches from situation is to get a hold of it before it be-
tem to keep the rowdy first-years under another floor is a one- Keep a clear comes problematic. You should be getting
control, outlined in the contract students point offence. So is academic standing enough sleep, exercising, eating three bal-
sign upon acceptance. After the first three sleeping in common To be in clear academic anced meals a day, and even, for us coffee
points, you’ll take a Residence Commu- areas; that is what standing you must crazed students, switching to decaf to help
nity Standards quiz. And if you want to your rooms are maintain a cumulative improve your focus. We already have short
keep signing your friends in, stay under for. Pornography grade point average enough attention spans, so make sure you
six points, which is probation level. The is also best kept (CGPA) of at least 2.00 aren’t running on empty.
highest level, nine points, will earn you an to your room, or (C grade).
eviction notice. three points will Don’t make stupid mistakes
be issued. Follow the rules Plagiarizing, cheating, and other academic
Sometimes you have to shut up There are some excep- misconducts are taken seriously in educa-
Those loud parties you’ve been looking Get creative tions within specific tional institutions. According to Ryerson’s
forward to all summer could earn you Themed parties programs. Competitive website for Academic Integrity, possible
anywhere between one and three points are great but keep programs often include penalties include, a requirement to partici-
for excessive noise and out of control par- in mind that there are variations such as passing a pate in the Academic Integrity Seminar, a
tying. And when the Residence Advisors limitations. For example specific course, a regular evalu- grade of “F” in a course, expulsion, or even
come knocking after quiet hours (11 p.m. the restriction on water beds, ation or achieving a satisfactory losing your degree. So don’t cheat, and
on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends) ig- small children’s pools, and hot grade ( ‘C’ or higher). Check out the make sure you use resources properly. That
noring it is a two-point offence. tubs in residence will not only get you 2010-2011 Ryerson Undergraduate Calen- means not using the ‘copy’ or ‘paste’ but-
another two points but also sink your dar for program-specific details. tons.
Don’t get caught dreams of that wet n’ wild floor party.
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The Internet: not just for porn
As far as sprawling urban centres go, Toronto
is likely one of the largest. And while you don’t Eaton Centre App
Even for seasoned veterans, Ontario’s
need to travel far to find something good to largest mall is a maze of shops and stairs
do, the trick is knowing what’s worth your time. — unless you have the official iPhone app.
Business and Technology editor Matthew Braga The portable directory and mall-wide map
sifts through the internet’s best websites and apps may be enough to give you the advantage
over your bargain-hunting comrades.
that no Ryerson student should be without
It won’t make RAMSS suck any less, but When does the LCBO close? Stop Too cool for Frosh? Why not learn
Ryerson’s mobile site is a useful way to look wondering. This handy map displays the something about the city’s past instead?
up key information on the go. Most decent locations and hours of nearby LCBOs, Downloadable walking routes and audio
mobile browsers should have little issue Beer Stores and Wine Racks. But the real tours will take you through some of
with the site (sorry BlackBerry), which can magic happens when the sun goes down Toronto’s oldest districts, giving you a
make first week class hunting a slightly less — you’ll only see stores that are currently different sort of education — one free of
embarrassing experience. open, making late night booze runs a alcohol and morning-after vomit.
relative no-brainer.

NOW/Eye Weekly
Combined, NOW Magazine and Eye Toronto’s public transit system can be a tad Take note, frugal shoppers — you won’t
Weekly will be your weekly bible for shows overwhelming for the infrequent traveller. find a better resource for sales than this.
and concerts throughout the city. You Luckily, MyTTC spares you the confusion. Fliers and promotions, on everything from
can find physical copies littered around Plug in a destination, and have the fastest video games to varnish, are posted each
campus, but their online counterparts are route and transit stop mapped on-screen. day, with the best deals vetted by the site’s
not to be forgotten. Mobile optimized too! Want a visual aid too? Google Streetview army of users. You’ll be amazed at what
support makes it happen. you can find. There’s an iPhone app too!

Two of the city’s oldest online sources for Don’t even think about taking your date If you’re as serious about eating raw fish as
hyperlocal news. BlogTO is particularly to the local greasy spoon. Instead, rely we are, Toronto Sushi is indispensable. Not
useful for its comprehensive event listings, on Yelp’s crowd sourced databased of only a great resource for local Sushi shop
and best-of lists. Torontoist couples restaurant and bar reviews. And even reviews, the site hosts a regularly updated
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How to get your ass home
Commuting can be a pain, but don’t let that stop you from having fun. Here are some tips for
getting home on time, and how to stay off the streets for the night if you can’t

BY Matthew Braga early morning, so try to plan departures
Business & Tech Editor in advance. Hey Ryerson!
GO Transit service out of the city
A commuter’s life is not easy. You’re follows a similar schedule. All trains and See something strange on campus?
awake at least an hour before anybody busses cease service shortly after 1 a.m., Administration got you down? If you’re on
else. Public transit becomes your second and sometimes earlier on weekends or Twitter, use the #eyeforatweet hashtag
bed. Don’t even try and count the number holidays, depending on the route. to share you frustration, or just make us
of hours you lose commuting each day. It Know where to sleep. There will be laugh. If we like what we see, we may just
will only depress you further. times when you miss your bus. There will print it! And follow @theeyeopener for all
For a large number of Ryerson students, be others when you pass out drunk and your Ryerson news.
commuting is the norm and the only way can’t make your way home.
with which to travel to school. Having a friend who lives nearby — or
But for all it’s shortcomings, there is one better, in residence — is indispensable. @chattttter
perk — you get to live at home and save a Not only can a friend’s room be great Oh the long line-ups at Ryerson...for
ridiculous amount of money doing it. in a pinch, but if you plan ahead, you everything!
That being said, there comes a point might even have some decent sleeping
each day where, yes, you must go home. arrangements. @murphyhiggins
And that can be a challenge. Missed Know where to stay. Just because Almost everyone working at #Ryerson
busses, delayed trains, and even simple everyone’s gone home doesn’t mean the enrollment services is fucking
forgetfulness can ruin that ritualistic school closes too. There are more than miserable. SMILES ARE FREE A-HOLES.
commute home. But even when disaster enough places to take refuge across #eyeforatweet
strikes, we’ve got a few suggestions for campus, assuming you have access.
keeping your cool and finding a way Many programs have lounges or @CloseGouldSt
home. buildings that can be accessed with your RT @gregleaver: Took a detour just
Know your transit schedule. This is OneCard after hours, though we can’t so I could walk down the middle of
important, especially if you’re drunk and guarantee sleeping arrangements will be @CloseGouldSt . Was well worth it!
out on the town. Subway service ends at ideal. #Ryerson #Toronto #eyeforatweet
1:20 a.m. each morning, as do many other Commuting can be tough. But it isn’t
busses and streetcars in the city. impossible. You can still be social and @flarkcon
24-hour routes are the exception, with enjoy the university lifestyle while living I don’t know if I can do this...The
popular streets like Yonge, Bathurst, and from home — assuming you know how to people here are retarded...No offense
Queen offering non-stop service. Just get back there when the day is done. And Ryerson students, I happen to think
remember, wait times can be lengthy if all else fails, you still have the quad. Sidewalk sleeping is a very bad idea. PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL most of you are douchebags.
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