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Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 NEWS 3

Who’s sending sex toys to the RSU?
Mysterious toys, electronics and dildos are being sent to the Ryerson Students’ Union—and the sender is still unknown
By Alanna Rizza The most recent boxes, which the
RSU received a week ago, contained
The Ryerson Students’ Union several dildos and vibrators.
(RSU) has been receiving myste- RSU vice-president equity Cam-
rious packages from an unknown ryn Harlick said he was “shocked” at
sender containing an assortment of how expensive and high-quality the
electronics and toys—including dil- dildos he saw were. “One was like a
dos and vibrators. mint greenish multi-setting vibrator
RSU president Susanne Nyaga with like a rose gold end and it was
said Amazon started shipping the so bougie,” he said. The other dildo
packages to the student union of- came outfitted in a pastel pink skin
fice just after orientation week with a rose gold tip.
in September 2017. She said the The Eyeopener obtained one of the
first package contained wireless dildos. It appears to match a model by
headphones, a Wi-Fi range ex- Libo, sold online for about $25.
tender and a tiny toy tank. There Now, at least 30 packages ranging
was no information on the pack- in size and shape clutter the student
PHOTO: CAMILA KUKULSKI
age indicating who the purchaser union office—including a corner of RSU execs don’t know why someone would send them such “bougie” dildos.
was. Nyaga said she thought it was RSU general manager Sid Naidu’s
strange and that the box must have office. is usually on the box. However, if hasn’t heard anything back. Ryerson just seriously gotten their own ad-
been sent by mistake. “Soon enough these boxes are go- the item is purchased from a third- security did not respond to these dress wrong.
ing to keep piling up in my office party seller, the original purchaser reports in time for publication. “If this is a prank—good job. It
and it will become a fire hazard,” must be the one to return it. Nyaga and Naidu said that since happened. This is a lot of money
“This is a lot of said Naidu, half joking. Nyaga and Naidu have since they are always busy managing the you’re investing into a prank,” she
money you’re After the first few boxes arrived at been trying to confirm that no cur- student union, they cannot make said. “At this point I have no idea
investing into a the RSU office in the Student Cam- rent or former RSU employee is the packages a priority. They haven’t what this could be, it’s like a never-
pus Centre, Nyaga and Naidu con- purchasing the items and having bothered to estimate the amount of ending prank and someone just has
prank” tacted Amazon to find out who the them sent to the office. They con- money spent on the items, but they all this money. I just have no idea
sender was. Amazon told them it was firmed that no one is purchasing have had to come up with an “action what the source of this is at all.”
But then more packages started a privacy issue to reveal that informa- the items using the student union’s plan” on how to deal with the boxes Nyaga said she encourages the
arriving to the RSU. At first, it was tion. Amazon also refused to take the money after checking RSU bank being sent in higher frequency. sender of the packages to come to
one package a week, then it became packages back since the RSU was not account statements. Their next course of action is to the RSU office located on the third
two per week, and at one point six their original purchaser. Naidu said he filed a report with give the items away to charity. Most floor of the Ryerson Student Centre
packages were sent in one shipment. According to Amazon’s return Ryerson security last semester and of the items and boxes have already and collect them.
In the packages were an array of elec- policy on items a receiver didn’t he asked the university’s shipping been re-sealed and packaged. “Do you want your Amazon boxes
tronic items like earphones, chargers, purchase, they can return the pack- and handling department if they Nyaga said she doesn’t know if back? Because we’re good, we don’t
wires of all sorts and even keychains. age by using the order number that knew who the sender was, but he this is a prank or if someone has want them.”

Oh, snap! Students waiting for their OSAP
Some students rely on OSAP to pay their living expenses. When they don’t get their funding quickly, they find themselves strained
By Emerald Bensadoun erson and international exchange dent who switched to journalism
students, who have unique semes- this year, had just enough money
Thousands of Ryerson students ter start and end dates which advi- saved to pay his rent, tuition and
rang in the new year without sors update individually. housing bills off by Ryerson’s Jan.
OSAP and for some, that meant Other unconfirmed files includ- 12 tuition deadline.
worrying about paying for rent ed students with incomplete OSAP He began budgeting to deter-
and groceries. applications, income restrictions, mine whether he could survive off
The Ontario Student Assis- academic progress restrictions, ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch
tance Program (OSAP) is the main and those not yet enrolled in win- and dinner until his OSAP funding
source of financial aid for post- ter courses. was released.
secondary education in Toronto. In addition to paying tuition, “I
Once a student’s enrolment is con- rely on [OSAP] for 70-80 per cent
firmed, the federal government “I rely on OSAP for of my living expenses,” said Karam, Your OSAP should be coming.
PHOTO: IZABELLA BALCERZAK

provides financial assistance in the 70-80 per cent of who is unemployed.
form of loans and grants. By Jan. 12, Ryerson had re- sion to live off campus led to her were released a month late, she
Ryerson’s Student Financial As-
my living expenses, leased $208,634,740 of the total housing situation being processed said.
sistance Office (SFAO) said that in addition to $235,133,294 funding assessed for incorrectly. She was unable to re- A full month late on her rent and
before the winter break, it con- tuition” OSAP loans. ceive full OSAP funding. unable to purchase groceries or a
firmed 19,917 of 23,672 applicants According to the SFAO, now Mboyo commutes from her Metropass, Mboyo said she consid-
were enrolled at Ryerson by check- that school is back in session, the home in East York during the ers herself “very lucky” to have had
ing OSAP data against RAMSS en- office will be regularly running school year. In the summer, she a landlord who empathized with
rolment figures. By Jan. 10 and 11, the SFAO the confirmation of enrolment called and emailed the SFAO about her financial situation.
On Dec. 27, the Ministry of Ad- had confirmed an additional 1,600 processes. Students, the statement her change in accommodations. To avoid a repeat of last semes-
vanced Education and Skills De- OSAP files and notified students read, can expect their enrolment Despite that, Mboyo said she had ter this time around, Mboyo said
velopment started to release OSAP via email. to be confirmed within days of en- to high tail it from her family home she went to the financial aid office
funding. “We’re proud of our processing rolling in a full-time course load. in Guelph, Ont. to Ryerson’s cam- to manually enter her information.
Some unconfirmed students times this year,” the SFAO said. Second-year journalism student pus to submit several pieces of OSAP students have until the
require manual processing; this But some Ryerson students use Tiffany Mboyo also uses OSAP for identification and proof of living beginning of February before late
includes students who haven’t OSAP for more than tuition. more than paying tuition. Mboyo at the ServiceHub. fees are charged to their student
confirmed their addresses with Ry- Ammar Karam, a Ryerson stu- said that last semester, a deci- Even then, her OSAP funds accounts.
4 EDITORIAL Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Find your place Fun and Satire
Emerald “Red Herring” Bensadoun
Nick “Beast” Reis
Brent “Smyth Wyth a Y” Smyth
Lidia “Avada” Abraha
Kiernan “Is it yellow? No it’s”
My spot closed, doesn’t mean you can’t find yours Media Green
Malachi “A Pup” Rowswell Michael “Of Themyscira”
By Jacob Dubé cially with such a cramped campus Mikayla “Hot Dog Water” Fasullo D’Alimonte
that lacks personality. But Mutual Editor-in-Chief Madison “Mad for Fashion” Henry
The Ryerson community has lost an Street is where I established who my Sierra “Scooby-Doo” Bein Copy Editor Sera “On point” Wong
institution. friends are. We would meet there Igor “Mayor Fred Sr.” Magun Sarah “Space” Chew
Before I started at Ryerson, my every Tuesday after (or sometimes News Lauren “8Tracks” Knowles
mom told me I needed to try this instead of) class and figure out what Annie “Daphne” Arnone General Manager Emma “The Wall” Sandri
little hole-in-the-wall deli near cam- made each other tick over their fa- Jacob “Shaggy” Dubé Liane “Angel Dynamite” McLarty Jesse “AI” Caplan
pus—all the judges from the nearby mous Twisted Chicken Joe or Break- Justin “Velma” Chandler Urbi “Labour relations” Khan
courthouse go there for lunch, she fast Pita. It was even OK if someone Advertising Manager Sefi “The Instigator” Sloman
said. I figured what was good for old occasionally ordered fish. Photo Chris “Professor Pericles” Roberts Parnika “Sleeping Beauty” Raj
lawyers was good enough for me, Living in a big city isn’t easy. Camila “Alice May” Kukulski Cassandra “Now Blonde” Sessa
so I walked in, sat in an aged booth Everything feels so stuffy and im- Kosalan “Fred” Kathiramalanathan Design Director Michael “Shaggy” Rolland
with cushions that were falling off the personal, which makes the idea of Samantha “Dooby-Doo” Moya J.D. “Weerd abd Bogel” Mowat Andrea “Stoic” Josic
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And a corn beef sandwich. Then I a support structure of people that Online Interns This week, the Annoying Talking
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had the Mutual Street Deli. But after Mutual Street Deli helped me feel Features Contributors is... however, dear Random Dildo Deal-
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Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 NEWS 5

RSU execs meeting campaign promises
RSU executives’ terms are almost over. We spoke to them about what they’ve been working on for the last year and what they plan to finish

By The News Team the RSU’s lost and found services policy for the RSU.
and establishing a pop-up shop for Daniel Lis - VP Education
As the new year begins, Ryerson the Member Services Office (MSO), Lis planned on bringing a transit
Students’ Union (RSU) executives where students can buy discount discount system at Ryerson, creat-
are tallying their campaign prom- Metropasses and movie passes. ing an internship grant project and
ises, and gearing up to complete Yousaf said a new CopyRITE adding bike lanes on campus.
the remainder of their work for system will launch this week and The Toronto Transit Commis-
the semester. With the recent res- that policies are already in place to sion (TTC) unanimously agreed to
ignation of vice-president student automate the lost and found sys- back the U-Pass project in Decem-
life & events Lauren Emberson, tem. “I’m hoping that by the end of ber. The discount U-Pass would be
remaining executives—overseen my term, that project will be done,” administered on Presto fare cards.
by RSU president Susanne Nyaga— he said. All students at participating schools
are obligated to divide Emberson’s Yousaf wants students to be able would buy in and be eligible to use
work amongst themselves until to message an automated system to the discount, since the pass would
elections in February. check if their lost items have been be included in their tuition as a
Nyaga said that before her resig- deposited at the SCC’s lost and levy. There would not be an op-
nation, Emberson wrapped up the found. He says the RSU has worked tion to opt out so students would
planning for her projects scheduled to centralize lost and found systems pay for the pass whether they use
for this semester, including the around campus so that any items it or not.
Winter Week of Welcome, Cul- collected are sent to the SCC after Lis said he expects the TTC
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ture Jam and the Montreal read- two days. to come back with a price for the
ing week trip. Nyaga said the RSU The MSO pop-up shop was not assemblance of the Sexual Assault that dealt with colonialism and ac- pass in February. He would then
doesn’t have any other big events established this year. Yousaf said it Survivor Support Line (SASSL) cessibility,” said Harlick.” be able to come to Ryerson’s Board
planned, and would rather stick to proved too difficult because the of- referendum. According to Harlick, “For SASSL, we successfully ran of Governors to approve a referen-
what they know they can do well. fice moved to a new internal system most of the pillars from his political the referendum, which will more dum to implement the pass, which
Here’s a look at each executive’s for managing pay and prices, set- platform have been met, and are on than double our budget. So they he said would probably happen in
platform and what they’ve accom- ting back the project by six to seven track to be completed by the end of can become a full-fledged equity September.
plished thus far. months. Changing the lost and found the school year, adding that his pro- centre.” Lis said he’s been campaigning
Ali Yousaf - VP Operations system also delayed that project. ficiency in achieving most of them Harlick added that he is in the for the Gould Street transition to
Yousaf says he’s met most of his Camryn Harlick - VP Equity within the first semester is a good process of meeting with Farrah a pedestrian-only zone, but it isn’t
campaign promises, which included When running for vice-presi- accomplishment. Khan, Ryerson’s coordinator for its one of Ryerson’s priorities until the
implementing an online submission dent equity, Harlick addressed In- “The Canada 150 campaign is Office of Sexual Violence Support new Daphne Cockwell Health Sci-
and payment service for the Copy- digenous and accessibility issues done, Truth and Reconciliation and Education, in order to complete ences Complex on Jarvis Street is
RITE printing service, relocating within his campaign, as well as the updates are done—I ran campaigns his work on creating a sexual assault completed.

Ex Soulpepper director
served on Ryerson’s Arts
Advisory Council
By Premila D’Sa Matthews for comment on Jan. 10.
The four civil lawsuits alleging 30
Albert Schultz—former artistic specific instances were filed by for-
director of Toronto’s acclaimed mer Soulpepper Theatre performers
Soulpepper Theatre Company and Kristin Booth, Diana Bentley, Patri-
a former member of Ryerson’s Arts cia Fagan and Hannah Miller. Booth
and Contemporary Studies Pro- graduated from Ryerson’s Theatre
gram Advisory Council—is being School in 1997.
sued by four actresses for sexual Two-hundred-and-eighty artists
battery and harassment. signed an open letter backing the
Schultz was on the advisory coun- actresses. Schultz resigned from his
cil when it was established in 2010, post as artistic director after the al-
but hasn’t been a member since it legations came out.
was reconstituted in 2013. According to Ryerson’s Senate
An outdated Ryerson webpage policy, members of program adviso-
still had Schultz listed as a council ry councils are volunteers meant to
member as of early January. provide “expert advice” on “program
The page was removed soon af- related matters such as curriculum,
ter The Eyeopener reached out to program review, technology and
program director Stephanie Walsh trends in the industry.”

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6 FEATURES Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

when we
were young
by Juliana Kedzior Kaminski

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ome of us dreamt of being a ballerina that stars in The Nutcracker,
leaping gracefully across the stage in an elegant pink tutu. Some of us
dreamt of being an astronaut, exploring the depths of the universe.
Some have even dreamt of being the president of the United States even
though we’re Canadian. Our dreams led us to where we are now. And for most
of us, it’s not exactly what we imagined when we were kids.

Whether it’s due to loss of interest, fear of putting themselves out there or
unfortunate circumstances, many childhood dreams never become a real-
ity. Only 30 per cent of 8,000 surveyed professionals landed their dream job
or work in a related field, according to a 2012 LinkedIn survey. And accord-
ing to a study by an online career training resource, almost 70 per cent of
people who didn’t follow their childhood dream job were happy with their
current job. For the adults who did, nine out of 10 of them are still happy with the author, age 6
their job. There are so many reasons why people don’t follow their childhood
dreams. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be happy doing something else.

or else she would’ve lost her balance and fallen on her face. Goldsmith’s mother also used to be a professional dancer
“There were a bunch of little kids watching me, and they all until the age of 17 when she lived in Montreal. Like mother,
sort of gasped, so I could tell that there was a visible difference like daughter. “She never wanted me to be a dancer ... she quit
... so I just sort of did this weird shrugging motion, still on my because it was ruining her life and her body. The competition
hands, popped my shoulder back in and finished the dance,” is insane and with the strain that you have to put on your body
says Goldsmith. and mind to be a dancer. She never wanted me to do that. But
I fell in love with it anyways.” Her mother eventually stopped
performing and continued on with a psychology degree. Years
She was walking across the stage later, her daughter would do the same.
upside down on her hands during Psychology was something that Goldsmith could see herself
pursuing. She needs stability and organization in her life. And
her solo routine when her shoulder seeing it now, a dance career would not have been able to give
popped out of its socket her that. “You’re actually living paycheque to paycheque audi-
tioning and hoping for gigs. You have to pay for auditions that
Since she was a child, Goldsmith thought she was going to you might not even get jobs for,” she says.
pursue a dance career. She had gone to an arts high school After high school, Goldsmith realized that she couldn’t live
where she studied drama. Outside of school she worked rigor- without dancing. Currently in her first year at Ryerson, she
Riley Goldsmith, age 3 ously to become an incredible dancer. But everything changed attends classes at The Underground Dance Centre in Toronto

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when after her diagnosis. where she dances three times a week, despite the pain.

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Doctors told her she had Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) ut psychology gave her something that dancing
iley Goldsmith is now a first year psychology student, when she was 16 years old. This means she has a larger than couldn’t. As someone with autism, she also struggles
but at 17 years old she had hoped to attend Ryerson normal range of movement in her joints. “[EDS] is the most with understanding people’s thoughts, feelings and
University’s performance dance program. However, major thing in my life right now. I can’t walk down the emotions. Her program made it a lot easier to look at “some-
over a year ago she was diagnosed with a life changing con- street without feeling pain. I can’t sit down for too long. I one as a brain with their own system.” But she still wishes she
dition that diverted her path. A few years before that at an can’t lie down at night. It affects every single part of my life.” could continue with dance.
extracurricular dance performance, Goldsmith, a then acro- EDS affects 1 in 5,000 people worldwide. There is no cure “Every waking moment I wish that the past seven years of
batic dancer, was walking across the stage upside down on her for it. “I stopped [dancing] for a year. In my Grade 12 year I my life never happened and I just constantly worked hard and
hands during her solo routine when her shoulder popped out didn’t dance at all and it was the worst year of my life ... I fell my body isn’t broken. My psychology lectures, I absolutely
of its socket. It was an excruciating pain, which followed by a into such a deep depression and my anxiety skyrocketed,” love them, and for those three hours, I can say that I’m happy
crunching noise. But she couldn’t look to see what happened says Goldsmith. with the choices that I’ve made.”
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 FEATURES 11

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licia Chan had always dreamt of being a fashion de- of herself because it was the first real fashion piece she ever
signer. She remembers watching shows like Project made. “It was exactly what fashion magazines were promot-
Runway with her older cousins. But it wasn’t until she ing that summer and I felt so cool. It was the most fashionable
received her first sketchbook for Christmas when she was sev- thing I had for two years.” She donated the piece when it got
en or eight years old that she finally put her dream to work. too small on her.
It was one of those sketchbooks with a mannequin figure on But when Chan’s father told her she wasn’t good at design,
the pages and Chan would draw her designs on top of them. the fire inside her died. “I think I turned 11 or 12, when my
When Chan was eight years old, she went to her very first dad ... said, ‘Listen Alicia, this is really cute. But you’re never
fashion designer summer camp at a local art gallery. There she going to be a fashion designer.’” He stopped buying her sketch-
would make little outfits for her Barbie dolls. books after that. She was sad for a summer but then she even-
tually got over it. Now, Chan considers fashion to be more of
“Listen Alicia, this is really cute. But a hobby for her. And although her dream died out, she moved
on quickly. Currently she is studying new media in Ryerson’s
you’re never going to be a fashion RTA School of Media.
designer” “I’m a huge cinematography person. I’m very big on aes-
thetic and on how something looks, how something is ex-
“They were all awful,” recalls Chan. “I made a tube top, and ecuted. The final product has to look good for me. I would
then I cut the edges off of old curtains … and glued them onto love to be a cinematographer or director of photography for
a fabric and I made them into a skirt.” a big film.”
Alicia Chan, age 11 The camp was a two-week program, and it was also a place Chan is happy with where she is right now because in her
where Chan would learn how to sew, tie-dye and transform program she learns technical skills, yet is still able to express
her old clothes. Outside of camp she made two dresses for her- herself creatively in a different way than fashion. To this day,
self. One of the dresses was made from a brown piece of fabric Chan will still pull out her old sketchbooks to look back at her
from Fabricland with huge floral prints. Chan felt so proud designs from when she was 10 years old.

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t the age of 11, Joshua-David Heath wanted to be a spent as an air cadet. Investing his time in learning about
marine biologist because he loved sharks, particularly planes and how they work grew to become his new passion.
the great white. “There was a book that I was read- His love of aircrafts had started at an early age.
ing called Tales of the Great White, which is a collection of
short stories all about great white sharks. I loved watching the
movie Jaws. It was actually phenomenal. I watched Jaws and I
“After hearing my friends who went
started reading the book … I loved it so much and I learned so through [biology] and literally com-
much from it,” he says. plaining about it almost every day,
When Heath was a kid, he had heard a rumor that sharks
can’t get cancer. And that idea sparked his interest in the I’m glad that I didn’t stick with it.”
species. He wanted to be a marine biologist so he could help
with medical advancements for humans. He wanted to help “For the longest time I had a poster of the F/A-18 Hornet
people. on my wall signed by an actual Canadian Armed Forces CF-18
For a school project when he was 12, he made a shark-shaped pilot that I got when I was at the Medicine Hat Stampede,” re-
board for his project about the great white. It was made of two called Heath. It was that poster and an alarm clock on his desk
bristol boards folded together. “I got help from my mom. We that had little F-16s and rocket ships all over it that he’s had
made this big bristol board thing that was shaped like a shark since the second grade.
and it had all the information on it and it opened up. It was For Heath, he’s happy that he’s in the aerospace engineering
really cool,” says Heath. program because he knew that being a marine biologist just
Even with a growing interest in sharks, Heath would even- wasn’t for him. The more he thought about biology, the more
tually realize that he lacked the passion to pursue studying bi- Joshua-David Heath, age 12 he realized he couldn’t see himself doing it every day. In his
ology. “I still love animals … but after hearing my friends who current program, he will be able to help more people through
went through [biology] and literally complaining about it al- engineering and he can see the real life impact.
most every day, I’m glad that I didn’t stick with it. My interests “Being at the age of 12 and thinking that I’m going to find
had slowly changed over time.” the cure to cancer because nobody else has done it yet, it was
Heath is now in his first year of aerospace engineering at a great dream to have, but it’s a dream that you need to think
Ryerson. His interest in the program stemmed from his time through because you might not be able to attain it.”

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bbey Humphreys-Morris always thought she would phreys-Morris.
follow in her family’s footsteps. Growing up in a fam- Humphreys-Morris was fortunate to have parents that
ily of opticians she believed she would eventually end never pressured her in joining the family business. “My par-
up being one. As a kid, she would accompany her dad to opti- ents have always upheld the belief that you do what makes you
cal showcases all over the world in convention centres like the happy and money will follow.”
Javits Center in New York City. There, other opticians come Now, Humphreys-Morris is in the process of switching
to look at frames and talk with one another. Opticians would from the history program at Ryerson into creative indus-
get together in one building, and to Humphreys-Morris, that tries. She had always loved history; as a child she would read
was really cool to see. Her father is the one talking to clients, lots of historical fiction books about Cleopatra and Marie
showing off products and making appointments in their opti- Antoinette. She didn’t want to go to school for 11 years just
cal company. to become a history professor. There was something that
She thought she would be just like her parents, but that she couldn’t place about the creative industries program
didn’t end up happening. “I got to Grade 9 math and I went, ‘I that really enticed her. Having friends in the program she
hate this. I can’t do math.’... I figured if I wasn’t good at it and I knows there are lots of opportunities within it. She also likes
didn’t like it then I didn’t want to do that anymore.” how there is more creativity to it than a history degree. She
It wasn’t just her disinterest in math that stopped her wouldn’t be as boxed in.
from pursuing opticianry, she just didn’t have the same She hopes that her younger self would be happy that she
passion for it anymore. “[My parents will] talk to me about found something she can see herself doing. “She would be Abbey Humphreys-Morris,
it and I’ll get into it but I have no drive of my own to do surprised at the major choice and what I would be doing as a
it. I’ve helped them before … but it’s something I don’t see career, but I’ll also be surprised with what I’ll be doing in four age 3
myself doing. I can’t see myself in their shoes,” says Hum- years. She’ll be surprised and I’ll be surprised.”
8 Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 ARTS & LIFE 9

Students launch film about first African-American in space
Madrzyk, who is also the direc- by the racial injustices of the time “I don’t want to disappoint Guy,”
tor of photography for GUION, said and he never intended on becoming he said. “I want to make it good for
he found Bluford’s story while re- an African American icon. its own sake so that people can actu-
searching his thesis film. “It’s a weird balance, because he ally learn something, take something
“I realized there’s only grade as a person believes that, but he also and remember something from the
school books on him and not much knows he has a responsibility to rep- story.”
more, which is quite surprising,” said resent an entire group of people who The co-writers, who are not Af-
Madrzyk. “I looked at NASA’s history will be looking up to him as a role rican American, said they worked
and Guion’s Wikipedia page, [but] model,” said Kahane-Rapport. “For diligently to ensure GUION depict-
there’s a lot of information missing him, it’s a struggle to maintain his ed Bluford’s experience as an African
and a lot of gaps in his story.” own personal identity and privacy American man accurately. They ad-
Guion Bluford, one of the 35 astronauts chosen by NASA in 1978 PHOTO: NASA ARCHIVES
Madrzyk and Kahane-Rapport while also becoming what everyone dressed the issue with Bluford him-
later called Bluford to conduct a expects him to be.” self, who gave the pair access to his
By Sarah Chew it that way but also because not many more in-depth interview. GUION’s script is the product of unpublished memoir.
people took it upon themselves to “He actually told us that when four months of research and writ- They plan on launching a cam-
If you stopped Guion Bluford on publicize his life and journey. he was studying in high school he ing, coming together after 42 drafts. paign on crowd funding platform
the street and asked him what he Two Ryerson film students hope never intended on becoming an Kahane-Rapport described feeling Indiegogo to help budget the film.
did for a living, he’d tell you a lot to change that. astronaut,” said Madrzyk. “He was an immense pressure to make the GUION will premiere at the Ryerson
of things. Bluford had an illustri- GUION, an upcoming short film always into aerospace, engineering short film “perfect.” University Film Festival on May 4.
ous career in the United States Air co-directed and written by fourth- and flight, so when he joined the air
Force as a fighter pilot and aero- year film students Adam Madrzyk force, that’s where he built his inter-

RSU ELECTION
space engineer. He holds four post- and Sagi Kahane-Rapport, will cen- est. But it was really at the end of
secondary degrees. tre on Bluford’s story. The film’s his air force career that he realized
What Bluford, 75, won’t tell plot will follow Bluford in 1983, that [being an astronaut] could be a

Nominations Open
you is that he was the first African when he finds out that he’ll be a possibility. From there, he learned
American to go to space. crew member on the Challenger for about the selection process for
Bluford, now a retired NASA as- NASA’s eighth space shuttle mis- NASA, applied and got in.”
tronaut, never garnered public at- sion, making him the first African Kahane-Rapport says Bluford
tention partially because he wanted American man in space. didn’t feel like his career was affected
Monday, Jan. 22
Fashion faux pas: real fur or faux? for the following positions
By Madison Henry California at Santa Barbara found But Schaefer said there’s an un-
that, on average, synthetic fleece certainty in ethically made furs since EXECUTIVE
As temperatures drop in Toronto and jackets release 1.7 grams of micro- the way products are made is not al- 71&2*%&-3 7 *$&1&2*%&-3/&1#3*.-2
people are looking for coats to wear, fibers each wash and will lose their ways clear. 7 *$&1&2*%&-3%4$#3*.- 7 *$&1&2*%&-334%&-3*'&5&-32
the debate between real and faux fur fibers more quickly than real fur “The bottom line is that sustain- 7 *$&1&2*%&-304*36
heats up. Popular brands such as No- items. ability is an ongoing negotiation.
bis and Canada Goose use real fur, Schaefer said typically, faux furs We are not in a position yet where
while others boast using faux fur. will wear down more quickly than all the products on the market are
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Some see nothing wrong with using real furs, resulting in a cycle of “fast 100 per cent transparent when it
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real fur as long as it has been ethically fashion.” comes to their product development
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sourced. But faux fur also has its own “[Consumers] might just discard cycle, so there are always things we
environmental impacts. or donate a worn-down fur garment cannot know,” she said.
Kirsten Schaefer is a PhD candi- to purchase a new one-but keep in Jade Hoang, a first-year urban  
date and a contract lecturer at the mind that this just uses more re- planning student, said this uncer-
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Ryerson School of Fashion. She said sources and creates more pollution tainty has led to a level of “igno-
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the debate between faux fur and than buying a real fur garment and rance” surrounding fur in clothing.
real fur is both “complex and very taking proper care of it,” she said. “Unfortunately the biggest and
simple.” This debate plays a role within most popular brands for winter 
Stories of animals locked in Ryerson’s School of Fashion. coats use fur and down. I think that 7-3&1-#3*.-#+34%&-3&/1&2&-3#3*5&
cramped cages and mistreated in fur The fashion program has a fur de- I’ve been shaped into being igno-
farms are common knowledge. sign course that introduces students rant, and dismissing animal cruelty
Ethical fur sourcing is less hurtful to the use of fur in apparel design. that is behind what goes into mak- Nomination packages are available
towards animals. Animals are killed The course is offered on a rotational ing these jackets.” starting Monday, Jan. 22
by trappers who have licenses and basis. Schaefer said since both choices 7.-+*-&#3
know how to trap animals without Robert Ott, chair of the Ryerson contain significant impacts, it could 7*-/&12.-,#*-.''*$&

inhumane treatment. According to School of Fashion, said the program be argued that it’s best to avoid these
the International Fur Federation will accommodate those who have materials altogether.
“hunting and trapping wild fur is a ethical concerns toward materials “I think it’s rare that someone Packages are due by 5pm
well-used method of wildlife man- like fur used in the program. would be anti-fur but OK with ex- on Friday, Jan. 26
agement and has little impact on the “We focus on educating our stu- cess environmental waste, so the
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environment.” The idea is to hunt dents on the environmental, ethi- two topics are closely intercon-
without having a lasting impact on cal and sustainable implications of nected. The best decision if you are )&.''*$&*2./&-.-%#63.1*%#6 #,3. /,

the wildlife population. materials to allow them to make in- against wearing fur, from an ethi-
Questions? Contact the Chief Returning Officer at cro@rsuonline.ca
But Schaefer said this doesn’t formed decisions,” he said. cal and environmental perspective,
*Seat numbers subject to confirmation by the Chief Returning Officer
necessarily give the “green light” for One of the projects displayed on is to avoid both options, faux and
faux fur. the school’s website was of students real.” The Ryerson Students’ Union represents over 30,000 full time
While faux fur does not involve making an accessory using fur that There is no correct answer in the undergraduate students and alll graduate students. Each year a
Board of Directors is elected by the membership to represent
directly harming animals, but it is was donated by the North American debate of faux fur versus ethically and advocate for all RSU members. You must be a full time
terrible for the environment. Faux Fur Auction (NAFA). sourced real fur. When it comes undergraduate or full/part-time graduate student to run.

fur is made from non-renewable On their website, NAFA says to fur, consumers should always rsuonline.ca/elections
petroleum based products such as they are concerned about the safety do their research on where the fur
nylon, acrylic and polyester. These and well-being of the animals that came from and the impact that what
chemicals are not broken down eas- they obtain fur from and they ethi- they are buying has on the environ- THE ELECTION WILL BE HELD FEB. 13, 14, 15
ily. Researchers at the University of cally trap and kill animals for fur. ment and the animal.
10 Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

The Student Campus Centre

COMMUNITY
BUILDER AWARD

Applications Open
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at 9am

Applications Close
This award is designed to Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at 9pm
recognize students within the
Ryerson community who have SUBMIT YOUR
contributed to campus life and APPLICATION ONLINE:
building community at the Student www.ryersonstudentcentre.ca
Campus Centre as demonstrated
through exceptional volunteerism.
Annual awards:
Awards are available to all
undergraduate students, all
continuing education and
$500 x4
for Continuing Education
certificate students, and all students
graduates students who are
enrolled and in good standing
during Winter 2018.
$2,000 x3
for Undergraduate students
NOTE: Members of the Ryerson Students’ Union and
the Continuing Education Students’ Association of
Ryerson or the Ryerson Student Center Board and
seniors enrolled through the Chang School are not
$2,000 x3
eligible for this award. for Graduate students
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