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Volume 51 - Issue 15

February 7, 2018
Since 1967

Ryerson students are learning
that theory trumps practice
in the arts faculty
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Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 NEWS 3

#MeToo bump in campus services Q&A with Rye’s

new head of
Following #MeToo, Ryerson services for sexual assault survivors face an increased demand from students
By Isabelle Kirkwood violence, seeing #MeToo can be
extremely triggering,” Khan said. By Michelle McNally
Following a recent groundswell in “[The OSVSE] offers a wide variety
high-profile assault allegations em- of resources and support for those The Eyeopener conducted a Q&A with
bodied by the #MeToo movement, triggered by the movement.” Ryerson’s new head of security, De-
some support groups at Ryerson are She said the beginning of the nise Campbell, over email to find out
experiencing increased traffic with school year typically brings a high how she plans to keep campus safe.
regards to cases of sexual violence. occurrence of assaults. The Eye: In your previous position
There are several services at Ry- She added that in the fall, the of- at Cape Breton University, you had a
erson a survivor may choose to use fice expanded its staff and “broad- role in forming the current sexual as-
after being sexually assaulted. One ened their outreach and program- sault policy and emergency response
such place is the Office of Sexual ming options.” #MeToo may be a factor increasing demand for service. ILLUSTRATION: IZABELLA BALCERZAK training. What are your plans for
Violence Support and Education A more long-term service for sur- implementing sexual assault training
(OSVSE), which directs resources, vivors is the Centre for Student De- have specific information on. communicate and mobilize to pre- at Ryerson?
accommodations and medical re- velopment and Counselling (CSDC) “Generally, any increase in at- vent rape and sexual assault. Campbell: At Ryerson Univer-
ferrals to survivors. at Ryerson, which offers face-to- tention on mental health issues can A staff member told The Eye the sity, we have experts in the area of
Farrah Khan, coordinator of the face counselling by a team of psy- result in more students accessing approximate wait list duration for sexual violence support and edu-
OSVSE, said that since the #MeToo chologists, counsellors, and master’s counselling at the CSDC,” MacDon- an appointment is eight months, cation who are already making a
movement picked up speed in and doctoral interns. ald wrote to The Eyeopener. but the actual duration is difficult positive impact. The Office of Sex-
mid-October, the office has seen a Director of Student Health and He added that students who’ve to predict. ual Violence Support and Education
50-per-cent increase in requests. Wellness Allan MacDonald over- been sexually assaulted are offered In January, the Toronto Star re- and the Director of Human Rights
“While the increase in requests sees the CSDC and said there were a same day or crisis appointment ported wait times at the TRCC/ have offered to provide training to
could be attributed in part to the seven per cent more initial appoint- and referred to support resources MWAR increased to as long as 15 campus security to ensure they re-
#MeToo movement, there are ments between September 2017 and that they can access without wait. months and that staff and volun- spond appropriately to reports of
other factors to consider as well,” January 2018 than compared to the Off campus, the Toronto Rape teers manning the service’s 24/7 sexual violence. Campus Security’s
Khan wrote in a statement to The same period in 2016-17. Crisis Centre/Multicultural Wom- helpline say they’ve received about priority is to ensure the safety of the
Eyeopener. He said this rise is likely due to a en Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR) twice as many calls per shift than survivor and provide them with op-
“For many survivors of sexual variety of factors the CSDC doesn’t is a group for those who seek to usual since about mid-October. tions for support.
You said in a recent Ryerson Today

Village murders rattle community

article that you want “a holistic ap-
proach to campus safety” and that “ev-
eryone must play a role in keeping the
campus community safe.” How do you
With unsolved missing and murdered cases, Rye’s neighbouring community struggles to feel safe again plan to encourage staff and students
to contribute to campus security?
By Emerald Bensadoun Ryerson’s community is “always a top It is everyone’s responsibility to
concern for the university,” campus take part in keeping the campus
Posters of missing men, all of whom security could not offer comment on safe and this starts from the ground
fit an eerily similar profile, were the safety of other neighbourhoods up. We encourage members of the
stapled across traffic poles, plas- that “are not our own.” Ryerson community to report to
tered onto walls and taped onto the “While no changes have been campus security any thefts, vandal-
inside of windows around Church made in regards to safety services ism, and disorderly conduct so that
Street. Those posters changed and programs on campus, the se- these behaviours can be addressed
the perception of the Church and curity team has and will continue in a timely manner. The campus
Wellesley Village for Emma Mar- to increase communications to our community will start seeing more
cone and Joshua Labelle. community on the resources avail- Emma Marcone said she no longer feels safe in the Village. PHOTO: CAMILA KUKULSKI campus security members out in the
Marcone and Labelle met while able,” among those referring to Ry- community engaging with people in
living in Ryerson’s Pitman Hall resi- erson’s WalkSafe program, which outside. A little anxious walking 582 Church St. by her mother and a proactive manner in an effort to
dence in 2008—Marcone was a ra- provides Ryerson students with a from her home to another location, a family friend on Nov. 29. Kalen create a safe environment for every-
dio and television arts student and protected escort by security officers Alexeichenko said she’ll often call Schlatter, 21, was arrested on Feb. one to learn, work, live and play.
Labelle was studying film. By their or supervisors 24 hours a day. parents or friends to keep her com- 4 and charged with second-degree Does this mean that you’re hiring
third year, they were happily dating Ryerson Students’ Union vice pres- pany over the phone until she gets murder in her death. Following additional security staff, or just in-
and both living in separate homes ident student equity Camryn Harlick, to her destination. criticism, police are investigating creasing their presence?
near Church and Wellesley streets. who’s also a member of RyePride, “I’ve been trying not to go out at how they handled the case. Both. Community safety is para-
At least 12 people have gone miss- an equity service group representing night as well,” said Alexeichenko. Marcone, who identifies as bisexu- mount, and our current model of
ing since April 2017 in the Church LGBTQ+ students at Ryerson, said “I’ve been trying to get my errands al, said the recent disappearances and staffing is finding it challenging to
and Wellesley neighbourhood, also instead of making a big gesture and done before it gets dark.” murders had a “paralyzing” effect on meet the needs of the Ryerson com-
known as “the village” in Toronto. risk “creating a hysteria,” RyePride For other students, the string of her. She no longer feels safe in the munity. So, hiring additional secu-
Five, including Tess Richey, Alloura coordinators made Facebook posts disappearances and murders has community where she once did. rity is something we are exploring.
Wells and Andrew Kinsman, were on their private accounts encourag- changed their entire routines. “If it can happen to Tess Richey Why is there a high turnover of
found dead. But in the wake of the ing students to remain vigilant on Since the disappearance of Richey and she can be in plain sight for staff on the security team? What im-
recent string of disappearances and their walks home from campus. in November, Labelle said he’s been four days, and no one can be able to provements will you make to ensure
the arrest of Bruce McArthur, Ryer- Ryerson third-year business man- doing his best to spread informa- find her, it could just as easily hap- that staff stay?
son students are feeling the impact agement student Miranda Alex- tion on Reddit, Twitter and Face- pen to me.” Ryerson Community Safety and
of Toronto’s first alleged serial killer eichenko, who lives at the corner of book. “For a lot of people, Church In spite of recent neighbourhood Security have experienced a high
in almost a decade. Gerrard and Jarvis streets, said she and Wellesley is a safe place that you hardships, Marcone said the Village volume of voluntary resignations.
McArthur was charged with a was surprised to discover she lived come to when you come from some- has been handling it “really well,” There are a variety of reasons why
total of five counts of first-degree fewer than two blocks away from where else that is not as accepting of volunteering safe walks home and staff resign; whether the person finds
murder, including Kinsman’s, and the scene of two different crimes. who you are,” said Labelle. “To see initiating neighbourhood watches. a higher paying job elsewhere or
Toronto police said they suspect Both Francis Doyle, 54, and Troy it slowly, in the time that I’ve lived “To be honest I don’t see myself they have found a job more suitable
he’s responsible for other deaths. Mussington, 27, were last seen steps here, morph into this place where not being afraid,” said Marcone. “But to their skill set. We are exploring
In a statement to The Eye, Tanya away from her home. people are afraid ... was very emo- I’m going to just keep living because different ideas to encourage security
Poppleton, associate director of cam- Even with the arrest of McAr- tionally difficult for me.” if we’re all scared and we all sort of personnel to stay with Ryerson.
pus Security and Emergency Servic- thur, Alexeichenko said she avoids Richey’s body was found at the abandon those places that made us This interview has been edited
es, wrote that although security of leaving her home when it’s dark bottom of an outdoor stairwell at feel safe, the Village is going to die.” for length and clarity.
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Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 NEWS 5

Rye’s role in preventing workplace harassment Briefs

Can Ryerson prepare students to deal with sexual misconduct following waves of high-profile allegations?
By Denise Paglinawan

In a time where people in positions

it’s not available for students who do
not work on campus.
First-year politics and gover-
of power are being exposed for sex- nance student Persia Ciadat said
ual misconduct, students may need sexual harassment in the workplace Just take the
to be prepared if they experience should be discussed more often in
sexual harassment at work—espe- her program because of the power streetcar next
cially those entering politics or the dynamics and negative perceptions
media industry. of women in politics. time?
After an array of Hollywood per- “It’s still such a prevalent thing,
sonalities were accused of sexual especially in politics, where it’s a Downtown Toronto parking is al-
misconduct, Canadian politics fol- power struggle between men and Students say Rye doesn’t prepare them to face workplace misconduct. ways a struggle. Apparently, that
lowed suit. In January, the former women. I do really feel that they struggle includes being beset by a
president and leader of the Ontario should do something about that evident that change is possible.” prepare students for sexual assault man not bound by mortal laws as
Progressive Conservative (PC) Par- or they should talk about it more,” She said she’s inspired by women in the workplace is not the solution. he consumes both alcohol and co-
ty, Rick Dykstra and Patrick Brown Ciadat said. who stood up for themselves in the She said a general cultural change in caine right next to your 1999 Toy-
respectively, resigned after facing Robyn Matuto, a third-year film face of harassment. the workplace and fixing the curric- ota Previa.
allegations of sexual misconduct. studies student, said the School of Faculty of Communication and ulum is needed rather than a course Reported on Feb. 2 at 300 Victo-
In the same week, former Nova Image Arts doesn’t do much to pre- Design (FCAD) Dean Charles Fal- that teaches students how to handle ria St., the dude was spotted as he
Scotia PC Party leader Jamie Bail- pare students for workplace sexual zon said the faculty is thinking con- workplace sexual harassment. double fisted a bottle of Jack Daniel’s
lie and former federal Sport and harassment. “Honestly, I don’t really stantly about how they can help pre- When asked what the School of and a line of cocaine.
Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr re- think they teach us a lot about eti- pare students for these situations. Image Arts is doing to prepare stu-
signed after being accused of sexual quette in general,” Matuto said. “I know FCAD teachers worry dents for workplace sexual harass-
harassment. The Eyeopener reached out to about their students’ safety and we’ve ment, Blake Fitzpatrick, chair of the Freaks and
But so far, several politics and Christopher Gore, chair of the de- all been shocked by the extent to school, said there is an annual event
creative programs aren’t offering partment of Politics and Public Ad- which women have been abused and called Women in Film, which pro- Geeks ended 18
anything that can prepare students
for workplace sexual harassment. It
ministration and Carolyn Johns, the
undergraduate program director of
harassed by some leaders in creative
and other fields,” he said via email.
vides an opportunity for women in
the film industry and women study-
years ago guys
looks like Ryerson has no plans to Public Administration and Gover- Falzon said there are group discus- ing film to discuss all aspects of the
change this. nance, but they did not comment in sions on the subject of sexual miscon- industry including sexual harassment. Wanting to complete the secondary
Ryerson does offer an e-Learn- time for publication. duct and the school offers support and “We invite women who work education vibes Kerr Hall provides,
ing program for employees called Ciadat said the recent expositions advice from specialists on harassment in the field to talk to our students security busted two community
Workplace Violence Prevention and in Canadian politics did not affect issues. However, he did not elaborate about their experiences, what they members breaking up weed on the
Response Program, which tries to how she feels about pursuing a ca- on which programs do or how they have learned, the good, the bad and second floor of Kerr Hall Thursday
address workplace violence that may reer in public office. “If anything, prepare students when asked. the ugly,” Cammaer said. “It would afternoon, apparently believing that
occur on-campus or at work-related it has encouraged me to pursue it. Gerda Cammaer, program direc- be very difficult to turn that into an “nobody hangs out in Kerr Hall un-
activities occurring off-campus, but With the #MeToo movement, it’s tor of film studies, said a course to academic course.” less they’re waiting for class.”

Familiar faces in RSU election Bathroom

chic is the
Run for your goddamn life. Here’s your election primer
next big thing
By Annie Arnone campaign that resulted in a list of
demands from Indigenous people The Ted Rogers building had a sur-
Campus walls lined with the faces on campus. This campaign, how- prise guest on Thursday, as a non-
of your peers and multi-coloured t- ever, was not supported by some community member was in a stall on
shirts quoting slate names only mean RSU members, some of whom will the first floor, changing his clothes
one thing—the Ryerson Students’ be running on an opposing slate, with the stall door wide open while
Union (RSU) elections are upon us. including board member Salman in possession of drugs.
For those of you who aren’t per- Faruqi who is running for vice- There’s nothing like starting
petually enthralled in the logistics of president education with Unify. your class with a potty break while
RSU elections like us at The Eyeopen- Elevate is running for its second some high-flying gentlemen in the
er, you may not have noticed there year in a row. Their platform points Get ready for posters and screenshots. ILLUSTRATION: IZABELLA BALCERZAK next stall figures out which pair of
are some familiar faces running parallel last year’s, focusing on ac- jeans he’s going to wear to take on
for executive positions—includ- cessibility, broadening student space is operating—and spending money. unions on campus. the world today.
ing current RSU president Susanne on campus and increasing access to Who do we know? Smith is well-known in campus
Nyaga, current vice-resident equity mental health resources. Nyaga—hoping to snag her sec- politics circles for criticizing RSU
Camryn Harlick and previous vice- Unify will be running on the ba- ond presidential term—will be run- decisions and its lack of transpar- You’re not my
president operations of the Ryerson sis of increasing corporate partner- ning on a similar platform to last ency. Gradually, his slate, which
Engineering Student Society (RESS) ships on campus, making a fund year’s, and hopes to provide support still spends its campaign finances on Venus. Not my
Ram Ganesh.
The three slates you should know
for student groups, and—similar to
Elevate—including 24-hour study
for students practicing their faith on
campus, as well as to expand the 24-
Rhino onesies, has become larger.
What should we do?
fire, my desire
about this year are Unify, led by Ga- spaces on campus. hour study space on campus, among Run for the hills. Just kidding. Vot-
nesh, Elevate, led by Nyaga and the Finally, we have the everlasting other things. ing will take place on February 13, The bathroom at the SLC should
Rhino Party, led by Matthew Smith. Rhino Party. Historically the slate, Ganesh is no stranger to student 14 and 15, and polls are available at never, ever be the site for a inspired
What do we know? backed by engineers, has lobbied politics. He was involved with the, or on campus in the Venus shaving commercial.
This year, the RSU saw its first for things such as transparency— transferring of funds to personal following locations: ENG, RCC, SLC, A non-community member was
split slate since the 2007-2008 term, something they believe former RSU bank accounts during the 6 Fest TRS, MAC, SHE, POD, KHE, SCC. reported shaving topless on the
resulting in a whole lot of disagree- members have not taken seriously. scandal of 2017 and that put him in On-campus voting will be avail- SLC’s eighth floor. Were they pun-
ments among executives with dif- According to their platform, they a sticky spot. According to his ex- able from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tues- ished for their indecent exposure by
fering opinions. Most notably, believe students deserve to know ecutive report, he has worked with day and Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to having to go the rest of the day with
Harlick ran the Colonialism 150 what, and how their student union over 25 student groups and course 4 p.m. on Thursday. Go! Go! Go! just a few long hairs left?
6 FEATURES Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

of others is an important skill to have whether

Making the grade

you’re in the workplace, healthcare or some
sort of multidisciplinary team,” says Muller.
He also acknowledges that some students
struggle with it and believes that accommoda-
tions are important for those who have dif-
Nathan Halnin writes about the Ryerson students ficulty. “I do support the idea of trying to get
students to engage in class, but to do it in a
who feel nervous participating in class and how way that makes it possible” says Muller. “Cre-
they handle it ate small group discussions or you can have
people participate electronically through the
classroom itself in real time.”

G rahi Desi, then 16, was about to start

her junior year in high school. She knew
where her classes were, where her locker was
extent to which lack of participation affects
students depends on the individual. There is
a disconnect with their overall engagement in
fessor in office hours,” says Kuo. “I just basi-
cally suggest that they figure out other ways
to discuss the material even if it is outside a
Hall is on her laptop in Kerr Hall, looking
over her notes before class. Now in her first-
year at Ryerson studying English, she says she
and most of the people in her grade. But there class for those who have difficulty speaking. formal classroom setting.” Things like this feels more comfortable participating in class
was one thing she was not entirely comfort- For some teachers, this means reevaluating can help lessen the impact of participating, of- now that she’s in university. Hall credits this
able with: participating in class. Desi walked how to get students to participate. fering students who have trouble a chance to change in thinking to one of her old high
into biology feeling prepared, she made sure The American Psychological Association make their grade. school teachers.
to get to class on time. She scanned the room reports that millennials face the highest stress “I had a really good teacher who would ask
and chose a desk close to the front, pulled out
her binder and placed it on her desk.
Her biology teacher was going over eco-
levels of any generation, which raises the
question of why teachers put so much empha-
sis on participation if they see their students
I n her high school math classes, Bryn Hall
absolutely dreaded the idea of being picked
by her teacher. There were times she remem-
‘Can you think of any time other students
messed up and you remember?’ I was thinking
no, I don’t, I don’t remember,” says Hall. “You
systems. Desi diligently took notes but felt struggling. bered being asked a question and feeling self- have such a focus that you think that people
confused about a detail the teacher had men- In a study from Western University in 1997, conscious after giving the wrong answer. remember all your mistakes and that teacher
tioned. Nervously, she raised her hand to ask two professors closely examined a psychol- Squirming in her seat with her face flushed in really helped me coming to university.”
a question. Instead of getting a sincere an- ogy class and kept track of the performance embarassment, she would feel her classmates While Hall faced difficulty with participat-
swer, her teacher sarcastically went over the of students by monitoring how often they glaring at her. ing in class, she believes that participation in
concept and concluded by saying that “it was participated and the outcome of their grades. school is important. However, she thinks it
clearly done like this.” Students who actively participated scored 10 *** should only count for marks if it’s in a tutorial
per cent higher in multiple choice questions She believes that her shyness setting where there are fewer students.
*** on the exam than those who only listened to She feels less shy when participating, but is
I just hated having to have has halted her from reaching
the lectures without participating. more relieved that she never has to deal with a
people look at me. So as soon Janice Kuo, a psychology professor at Ry-
*** full potential mathematical equation ever again in her pro-
as I put up my hand, everyone erson, believes that participation is important gram. Because Hall engages more in class and
turns around to look at you in class in order for professors to see how well For Hall, getting something wrong is just part has a better understanding of the material she
*** their students are absorbing the information of the reason she has difficulty participating. It is learning and is slowly taking steps to over-
they are teaching. can be more intimidating since she feels that come her fear of public speakingg.
She had always been hesitant about partici- “I think it’s important to give professors people could remember her mistakes and hold
pating, especially because the idea of having
other people look at her was unsettling. “I feel
like people in class will judge you really quick-
feedback on how well they’re integrating and
consolidating the material,” says Kuo. “I do
think that even with just participating, an-
them against her. She said that whenever she
would raise her hand, everyone would instant-
ly turn around which would trigger her fear of
I n the George Vari Engineering and Com-
puting Centre, Desi sits cross-legged on a
wooden bench on the second floor. The sun-
ly, and they decipher as to what type of person swering questions and offering up examples public speaking. light brightens the hallway as students go to
you are if you know something or don’t know does help facilitate the learning.” “It wasn’t just necessarily that my answer was and from class. Desi is now a first-year engi-
something,” says Desi. Kuo says she has larger classes where she right or wrong, it’s just that I felt like everyone neering student at Ryerson.
She sought out help from a counsellor, who doesn’t mark participation, but for the classes was looking at me when I was answering and She sometimes contemplates about some of
told her that she likely had anxiety. She should where it’s mandatory to participate, she offers that was mostly where I felt shy,” she said. the choices she made in high school, but she
just try and push herself to speak more to gain different options in order for students to still It is important to note that shyness and anxi- still has vivid memories of physically dreading
confidence. She didn’t resent speaking with the engage in the material, without necessarily ety are not the same. According to the Social participating in class. It’s something Desi is
counsellor, but admits the advice was very ge- having to speak during class. To Kuo, what Anxiety Institute, shyness is a personality trait grateful she is slowly getting over because she
neric. Desi felt like she was holding herself back, matters most is that students find a method to in which people with anxiety could possess but believes that her shyness has halted her from
and could have done more if she wasn’t so shy. discuss class content just to ensure that they not necessarily have. A 2009 study by Statis- reaching her full potential.
are understanding the information. tics Canada found that people with a current There is no use in holding on to fears that

P articipation in class has always been a

struggle for some students, no matter
what academic level they’re at. Some students
“If they are not participating in class, I en-
courage them to at least participate in discus-
sions about the course content even outside of
or previous social anxiety disorder were more
likely to feel held back in a social setting.
Robert Muller, a psychology professor from
do not exist. She used to think that people
would care about what she said during class,
but she reminds herself that there are bigger
often consider themselves as shy, but some class, whether it’s with their peers, or if they York University says that participation is im- obstacles to face. Regardless of what people
believe that it could be from anxiety. The are doing study groups, or even with the pro- portant in class. “Being able to speak in front will think, she pushes forward.

Photo by Samantha Moya

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 ARTS & LIFE 7

Creative degree or creative death?

Ryerson students in artistic programs feel like their creativity suffers under their restrictive and time-consuming curriculums

Students in many of Ryerson’s creative-based programs found their creativity crushed under constrained curriculums and repetitive assignments. PHOTO: KOSALAN KATHIRAMALANATHAN

By Valerie Dittrich just ballet and jazz. But the pro- scratch this part and give you more doing too much of one thing, you’ll addressed the problem while de-
gram’s intensive hours cuts into any freedom.’ I think they’re learning.” fall out of love with it.” signing the journalism curriculum.

E ver since I was a little girl, the

only thing I knew how to do
was write.
time Clarke has in the studio to try
out new things for herself.
“The creative freedom that they
C harlie Joy, a second-year RTA
student, was on my floor last
year in Pitman Hall. I didn’t know
Clarke said she tries her best to
keep her creativity alive, but her
jam-packed days full of high-energy
Adamson says that while the
program is concerned about damp-
ening creativity, professors design-
I would sit in front of my parents’ give you is so limited,” she said. him too well, but every time I dance classes and extra rehears- ing curriculums are restricted by
desktop computer and write fiction “Sometimes we have improvisa- walked out of my dorm for class or als, she definitely feels the fatigue. university specifications.
stories for hours on end. My dad tional classes where we can move to grab something to eat, I would “Whenever I have free time and I’m “The university is very concerned
still has every document saved to his however we want, but that’s only hear the low strum of guitar strings not super tired, I try and to do stuff […] about how specific learning
hard drive. I never finished a single one class a week. A lot of it is very vibrate through the walls and im- in my room or book a studio when goals are articulated and mapped
one of them—and frankly, looking structured, the teacher tells us what mediately knew it was him playing. I can.” out through the entire program.”
back, none of them were very good. to do and we do it.” Everyone that I talked to felt like I asked him if he was concerned
But hey, I was nine. Give me a break. She’s currently rehearsing for a the main reason they’ve lost creative with exhausting coursework being
My mind used to constantly buzz show and has the opportunity to “A lot of it is drive or energy in school was fa- behind student’s lack of creativity.
with ideas and I couldn’t get them choreograph a routine, but notes structured, the tigue. Clarke, Joy and Sauriol all cit- Adamson says he thinks reading
out of my head until I wrote them that she still is confined to working ed that balancing work and school week breaks should help with that.
down. Since writing was what I was within her professor’s expectations.
teacher tells us what meant not having enough time for “I’m not a psychologist, but I
best at, and I knew I wanted to do it Ryerson’s dance program is to do and we do it” their art and frankly, just being too know your mind only has so much
for the rest of my life, I went with known for being grueling and de- tired to exercise their skills further. energy and students need to take
what seemed like the most palpable
choice for post-secondary: journal-
ism school.
manding. Clarke told me only 40
people get accepted each year and
with students constantly leaving the
I talked to Joy about creative
roadblocks, something he’s definite-
I figured if this loss of creativ-
ity was something students even
beyond my faculty felt, the people
time during the holiday breaks,
during reading week, after the se-
mester ends to re-energize and
I haven’t been able to write a program, her class is down by 10. ly experienced as a musician. Joy’s designing curriculums must have totally leave this stuff alone for a
fictional piece or any poetry since I
first stepped on campus, even out-
side of class.
W hen second-year fashion
student Savannah Sauriol
first came to Ryerson, she prepped
solution is to try to work his cre-
ative projects into his assignments.
“There’s a lot of small, stupid tasks
thought about it too.
Charles Falzon, the dean of Ry-
erson’s Faculty of Communication
couple weeks. I think they’ll find
that the creativity and the energy
does return.”
The aim of news writing is to
make things as clear and concise as
possible. Professors rewire you to
herself for an intensive course load
and tedious work. She didn’t pre-
pare for the lack of artistic freedom
you need to do, but it’s all part of the
learning process. You have to have
the essential cogs of the process in
and Design and former chair of the
RTA School of Media, spends most
of his time thinking about creative
S o, what’s the verdict? Am I just
losing my mind?
Well, not exactly. Something Ad-
cut down half your sentences and and how it would affect her confi- your brain, like muscle memory. curriculums. The white board that amson said really resonated with me
kill any adjectives or flowery lan- dence and creativity in class. But it’s annoying to do it, especially spans one of the walls in his office about creativity in journalism.
guage. In first year, Sauriol had to make a when you just want to hop right is marked with scribbled flowcharts “I call journalism creative work,
Journalism school meant sacrific- textile for one of her classes. She want- into big projects.” representing different curriculum and you should too. You’re just do-
ing a lot of my creative freedom, and ed to get risky with the design, but But even when he thinks his cre- paths. He’s aware of the problem of ing a lot of it, and it’s using a lot of
the better I got at formulaic news she was worried about how far she go ative juices are flowing, Joy’s inten- muscles you haven’t used before. And
writing, the more my creative side could go creatively with the project. sive course load and work schedule maybe you don’t consider it creative
suffered. “I made it all California themed with leaves him too exhausted to do any- “If you’re doing too work. You really have to recognize
I found out I wasn’t the only per- palm trees; it was so cliché and over- thing about it. that what you’re doing is creative
son whose creativity suffered under done,” said Sauriol. “But I felt too scared “The earliest I’ll get out is mid-
much of one thing, work, although it is non-fiction, it
their curriculum. in that class to do something crazy, I night and the latest would be around you’ll fall out of love is very creative. It is making connec-
Second-year performance dance was just really unsure of myself.” two in the morning,” Joy said about with it” tions for audiences and readers that is
student Briana Clarke said she came Sauriol was also not ready for how his part-time job at a local restau- a benefit to them. It’s all your work.
to Ryerson as a first step in solidi- one-dimensional she felt her pro- rant. “Those days, especially when The research you do, the sources you
fying her training before hopefully gram was going to be in first year. I’m working shifts back-to-back, I’m repetitive work. talk to, the way you structure your
moving on to New York to further She spent most of her time sewing just in autopilot mode. There’s no “I think it’s easy when you are re- journalism, it’s just not fiction.”
pursue a career. and designing. The constant sew- time or energy to do something else. sponsible to help instruct students Joy feels like throughout his uni-
“I knew there were going to be ing left her craving to learn about My brain is just work and sleep.” with the craft aspect of the creative versity career, he’s learned to rethink
a lot of classes on my feet and a lot the marketing and business aspects In Sauriol’s case, creative exhaus- application to get focused on that,” his relationship with creativity.
of studio time,” she said. “But I was of the business. She tried to alter her tion came from overworking a sin- said Falzon. “But I think it’s really “Creativity is not something you
surprised to hear there would be a experience by taking more business gle skill. She started to lose interest. incumbent on us as educators to en- can really hone and control, it’s more
lot more academic classes as well. classes in her second year. But as “I don’t want to be drawing all courage students to take that foun- something you can learn how to co-
Especially in the first two years that she’s matured through her university day,” she said. “Illustration is why I dation and not let it suffocate you, exist with,” he said. “You can’t really
I’ve been here, there’s been a lot of experience, Sauriol’s felt more com- went into fashion. I love it, but I’ve but actually use it as a springboard control it and if you try, it’s just going
sitting down.” fortable about pushing back against done it in consecutive semesters I’m to new frontiers.” to go downhill. But if you learn how
Clarke mentioned that this year her curriculum. sort of over it. I feel like they need I decided to question my pro- to co-exist with and let it carry your
has been better than last, as they’ve “I think they’re getting better. A lot to give us some sort of break so I can gram’s undergraduate director, flow, it’s going to work out fucking
been doing other styles instead of of teachers will say, ‘We’re going to learn to love it again later. If you’re Gavin Adamson, about whether he great, it’s going to be grand.”
8 BIZ & TECH Wednesday, Feb.7, 2018

A Toronto Amazon HQ could drive up your rent

Toronto is on the shortlist as a potential city to
host the second Amazon Headquarters—but
that could make the city’s real estate market
even more competitive


An Amazon HQ in Toronto could mean jobs but also high rent.

By Madison Henry age price of a one-bedroom apart-

ment in Toronto is C$1,800. Recent
Many people are happy that Toron- protests in San Francisco, involving
to made the shortlist to be the loca- the blocking of Google buses and
tion for Amazon’s second headquar- demonstrations in front of Airbnb
ters. On first glance it seems great: rentals are also a sign of communi-
Amazon says there would be 50,000 ties within the city connecting the
jobs added to the city, giving Cana- dots and pointing a finger at tech.
dians, and maybe some lucky Ryer- If people who have full time jobs
son students the chance to work at are struggling to find an affordable
their dream tech company. place to live in the city, students
There is no downside…right? (who often do not work full-time)
Maybe not. With Toronto housing are going to have an even bigger
prices quickly rising, a new Amazon problem. Hungry for Knowledge,
headquarters might boost the prices the largest cross-campus study on
higher than ever before. student food insecurity in Canada,
In a Jan. 25 Financial Post article, found that 49.5 per cent of students
Ryerson associate professor Mur- surveyed said they had to sacrifice
taza Haider, and Stephen Moranis, buying healthy food to pay for ex-
a Toronto real estate agent, wrote penses such as rent, tuition and text-
about the impact the headquarters books.
could have on housing prices. In addition to rising housing
“These highly paid workers rou- costs, Haider and Moranis noted
tinely outbid locals and other work- that Toronto’s public transportation
ers in housing and other markets. infrastructure is already at a crisis
No longer can one ask for a con- point. On Jan. 30, the TTC subway
ditional sale offer that is subject to crowding reached a new level when
financing because a 20-something a series of problems caused major
whiz kid will readily pay cash to delays on Line 1. Many Toronto-
push other bidders aside,” Haider nians have called for a relief line but
and Moranis wrote in the article. funding is not in place to start the
They also said that high wages at work yet. If more people are going
Amazon are good for workers, but to be coming to Toronto and living
bad for the average Torontonian. in the downtown core, the city has
On average, Amazon employees in some major renovations to do.
the United States earn an average Haider and Moranis said in the
income of US$100,000, which is article, “Toronto may still pur-
about C$125, 316. This in turn will sue Amazon HQ2, but it should do
increase housing prices drastically in so with the full knowledge of its
the GTA. strengths and vulnerabilities.” At
Housing affordability and tech the very least, it should create con-
companies are two things that al- tingency plans to address the result-
most always go together. Many ing infrastructure deficit (not just
cities where tech companies are public transit) and housing afford-
known to thrive are having a seri- ability issues before it throws open
ous problem with housing afford- its doors for Amazon.
ability. In Menlo Park, Calif., where With housing prices skyrocketing
Facebook has its headquarters, the with no clear end in sight, maybe
average rent for a one-bedroom we should ask Alexa if Toronto can
apartment is C$2,887.07 and in San afford to get the second Amazon
Francisco is C$4,176.08. The aver- headquarters.
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 COMMUNITIES 9

BLMTO: Tips on building solidarity

Four tips from the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto for Black students to mobilize, engage and create solidarity on campus
By Lidia Abraha Even though a majority of stu- cio-economic backgrounds, religions
dents reported they were comfort- and environments for the Black com-
Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLM- able or were not sure about the munity. When launching liberation
TO) co-founder and Ryerson gradu- matter, the numbers were alarming movements, it’s important to keep in
ate Pascale Diverlus spoke to Black enough to BLMTO. They helped mind that everyone is coming from a
students at Ryerson about how they generate a successful city-wide different place. According to Diverlus,
can mobilize and engage in combat- campaign to get uniformed officers genuine change comes from a place of
ing anti-Black racism on campus. out of public schools in the largest understanding and love, making it the
“We forget that our campus is a school district in the country. heart of any movement.
microcosm of society,” she said. Di- Tip #2: Liberation efforts must Tip #4: Imagine what Black lib-
verlus encouraged students to tackle be queer and trans-led eration looks like, because it is
issues on campus before tackling is- As a follow-up to “all of us or very real
sues in the city. none of us,” Diverlus emphasized Diverlus said imagining Black
The event, hosted last week by Pascale Diverlus speaking to students at Ryerson. the need for even representation of liberation will help inspire stu-
Ryerson’s Black Liberation Collec- Black queer and trans people. She dents to fight against racism and
tive (BLC), is part of the Black On and that the only way students can shift.” told students to challenge the lack discrimination. She urged students
Campus series. The four-part series generate change is by embracing all Diverlus said BLMTO’s involve- of representation, and to be aware not to lose hope by envisioning
is an effort to promote community- Black identities on campus. ment helped to ban uniformed po- of who is at the table making all of change within society.
building for Black students while Susanne Nyaga, the first Black lice officers from all public schools the decisions. “Fight for it, because we can win
learning how to react to injustice. woman to be RSU president, said this in Toronto. A study by the Toronto “You can have the best intentions, and we will win, I promise you,”
For the first installment of the tip stuck out to her. “You can’t have a District School Board reported that but if those voices aren’t at the table, said Diverlus.
series, Diverlus outlined four major movement for certain types of people out of more than 15,500 students then it’s not enough,” said Diverlus. To find out more about the Black
tips on how to mobilize, engage and and talk about liberation because all surveyed, 1,715 students said they Tip #3: Everything has to come on Campus series, you can search
promote solidarity for Black stu- you’re really doing is reworking the felt intimidated by the presence of from a place of love the BLC on Facebook or go to their
dents on campus. power dynamics,” she said. “If your police officers at school and 2,207 “If it’s not genuine then it’s not go- office in the Real Institute College
Tip #1: All of us or none of us movement is not representative, then students said they felt watched or ing down,” said Diverlus. Students Park building on the second floor,
Diverlus said this is her mantra, it’s not really a movement. It’s a power targeted by the officer. need to understand the variety of so- room 209.

Services for pregnant students at Rye

Support for pregnant students at Rye exists, but it falls into centres and groups with larger mandates, making them less visible
By Maggie Macintosh ences or for student parents to dis- tests on the second floor of the Stu-
cuss their challenges. dent Campus Centre.
Recent Ryerson graduate Shannon According to O’Neil, there should Drop-ins to the Centre for Wom-
O’Neil*, who raised her six-month- also be an on-campus service that en and Trans People are welcome,
old child while completing her un- pregnant students who want to carry although Scott said it’s not staffed
dergrad, said she felt alone as a stu- through their pregnancy can access 24-7 so students can also contact the
dent mom. to learn about how to prepare. centre via email.
O’Neil was pregnant at another Since O’Neil graduated, the uni- When a student drops in with ques-
Ontario university. When she trans- versity announced the introduction tions about a pregnancy, Scott said
ferred to Ryerson in 2013 after her of a nursing room in the Daphne volunteers can do research and refer
baby was born, she didn’t know of Cockwell Health Sciences Com- students to on or off-campus counsel-
any resources for pregnant students plex, which is expected to open in lors and medical professionals.
or moms offered by the university. fall 2018. Scott said they’re also currently
“I think [Ryerson] should be pro- “There should be a way to pro- looking into the possibility of pro-
moting whatever they have,” O’Neil mote [services]. It’s a sensitive topic viding Plan B to students next aca-
said. “It’s not really something [peo- so it’s difficult to just have a poster demic year. In 2013, 5,423 Toronto women aged 20-24 age were pregnant.
ple] talk about, which makes it so in the middle of a corridor that Ryerson Medical Centre
tricky. I do know people who’ve had you’re walking around with tons of Allan MacDonald, Ryerson’s Di- clinic will run a blood test. can provide students with free preg-
abortions … there should be a place people around.” rector of Student Health and Well- MacDonald said all the down- nancy tests.
where they can talk about how dif- Below are services available on ness, said the first logical stop for a town abortion clinics are self-re- Hood said they’ve corresponded
ficult it was for them or if they’re go- campus for pregnant students and a student looking to access pregnancy ferral services. with students, but have yet to hold
ing through some problems after.” breakdown of what they offer: services at Ryerson would be the Ryerson’s Pregnancy Care Group a consultation.
Ryerson has supports and servic- RSU’s Centre for Women and Medical Centre, the on-campus doc- (RPCG) Consultations will be held at the
es for pregnant students on campus, Trans People tor’s office at 181 Kerr Hall West. Erika Hood, a fourth-year nurs- RPCG’s designated confidential lo-
but those services are often housed The Centre for Women and He said that physicians can be the ing student, started the group in cation on campus. There, Hood said
under larger groups and centres on Trans People—one of the Ryerson first person a pregnant student sees September because she felt there they’ll “neutrally” discuss a pregnant
campus, making them less visible. Students’ Union’s (RSU) six equity who then provides them with a list weren’t enough services for preg- student’s three options: abortion,
The City of Toronto reported a centres—has connections with coun- of other services geared towards nant students at Ryerson. adoption and parenting.
total of 5,423 pregnancies from the sellors and can provide affiliated ser- their needs. Working on a case-by- The RPCG is affiliated with the The RPCG is now working on
20-24 age group from 2013, the most vices for students determining next case basis, a Ryerson physician can Pregnancy Care Centre, a Chris- a master list of on-campus student
recent data available. Between ages steps for their pregnancies. connect them back to their family tian non-profit that consults with groups and services they want to
15-19, 1,430 pregnancies were report- Corey Scott, Equity and Campaigns doctor, refer them to an obstetri- their options and connects them connect with.
ed. Both age ranges fit into the average organizer for the RSU, said there’s a cian or give them a list of nearby to support agencies and religious “What we’re trying to do at Ryer-
age of an undergraduate student. “shortage” when it comes to on-cam- abortion clinics. counselling. The group launched son is connect with all the services
O’Neil, now in her mid-20s, said pus conversations about pregnancy MacDonald said students nor- in September and has since been on campus: financial services, day
universities should find better ways services for students, as well as re- mally have to wait two to three days challenged for its neutral stance on care, all those kind of things … so
of promoting their services for search into what students need. to get an appointment with a family abortions because of its affiliation we can help connect students with
pregnant students, as well as cre- Since the beginning of this school physician who can run a urine preg- with a faith-based organization. them,” she said.
ate spaces for students who’ve had year, students can access free trying- nancy test, covered under OHIP. If a Using their funding from the *Name has been changed to protect
abortions to talk about their experi- to-conceive strips and pregnancy student is pregnant, a doctor at the Pregnancy Care Centre, the RPCG identity.
10 SPORTS Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

Badminton looks to improve Kozak

After years of being stuck in the middle, Ryerson’s badminton team hopes to take themselves to the next level
By Atara Shields “[Coaches] obviously expect you playoff position. The team now they’ve had over the years playing,
to balance your academic and sport plays a third of the games Lam’s and how much exposure they’ve had
Ryerson badminton coach Sherman life. I feel like people don’t know teams did during his time as a player. playing at a tournament level.”

to gold
Lam knows a thing or two about how to do that yet.” Now, the budget from the athletics Even the setup of the finals can
commitment. Lam said players missing practices department only covers the OUA leave teams at a disadvantage. Teams
Lam began playing for Ryerson in is something “a lot of coaches are finals, so Ryerson has to fundraise play 10 matches against randomized
1999, and was a three-time Ontario dealing with.” to play in other tournaments. Since teams from a pool based on the
University Athletics (OUA) all-star “I do see people working harder her second year, Ng said the athletes team’s standing from the previous By Erika Dreher
and four-time team MVP. After when we know that there is this have been paying $500 each at the championship. “[Advancing in the
graduating, he became an assistant upcoming OUA championship,” Ng start of the season to cover costs. standings is] not impossible, because When Ryerson’s Mateusz Kozak
coach, a position he held for eight said. “This month, I see everyone The athletics department footing when we first started we were at the was training for the OUA fencing
seasons before becoming head coach working harder and itching to the bill for only one tournament is bottom,” Lam said of his days as an championship, he knew he had the
in 2015. improve.” “typical for a team in the category athlete. ability to walk away with a gold
Ryerson is hosting the 2018 During his time as an assistant, of the Athletics tiering model that “We’re always playing for fifth medal if he was able to beat his
OUA badminton championship Lam noticed a trend where some badminton falls under,” wrote or sixth,” said Lam. “[With] the biggest competition: himself.
tournament in February, and the team players wouldn’t show up for Andrea Elliott, a sports information variation of how the pool is set up, “I’m there physically and
hopes to break a three-season slump practices, or would come and go as specialist with Ryerson Athletics. it’s like you’re never going to get out technically in the sport of fencing,”
of finishing in sixth place. Ryerson they pleased. When he became head Since the team doesn’t have control of your pool unless you’re blessed Kozak told The Eyeopener. “I would
has been stuck in the middle for years, coach, he wanted that to change. over how many games they get to play with really good players coming in, say I’m better than most [fencers]
and Lam has a few ideas as to why. “Over the years [attendance] over the season, or how those games or the players train a lot harder aside out there, but for me, it’s been a big
“I think the main thing is discipline slipped,” Lam said. will be formatted, advancing to the from practice.” challenge mentally.” Kozak, a first-
and responsibilities,” Lam said. “It’s Although commitment has been playoffs will take time, commitment Ng said the current format year language and intercultural
really getting down to the foundation an issue, the team also has to deal and everyone doing their part. encourages players to cheer their relations student, says he has
of the core practices for them.” with a format Lam says gives players teammates on, but it also means all struggled to keep a clear mind
Unlike top teams such as the less opportunity to improve. the pressure is on the top six players during competition this season.
University of Toronto or the The OUA season has been “This month, I see to succeed. Ng said the lower-tier “I’ve been losing a lot against myself
University of Western Ontario, reformatted several times since 1999, everyone working players don’t get a chance to play mentally,” he said. “For example,
Lam says much of his team is explained Wayne King, the head in tournaments, so she couldn’t I’ll be leading and then I’ll lose [the
made up of students who’ve only coach of the University of Ontario harder and itching to accurately account for how they felt. match].”
played recreationally and don’t Institute of Technology’s badminton improve” “We’ve taken some solid steps ever At this year’s tournament,
always understand the amount of team. The changes are “probably since I’ve been here, so I’m relatively Kozak held his lead and took home
dedication that comes with joining financial based,” King wrote in an happy with where we’re at,” said Os- individual gold medal for foil,
a university team. Bernita Ng, the email. “It makes it hard to have a good car Thompson, a men’s captain. while Ryerson finished third in
women’s team co-captain, said that Under the current format, experience,” said Lam. “And it makes However, Thompson doesn’t the team event. “Your whole team
although about 60 per cent of the introduced in 2015, the season it hard to max out on potential [as a think the team has much of a shot is watching you,” he said. “And
team consistently attends practice, begins in October, with the player].” Although the championship at making nationals, even with the everyone was expecting [success]
others miss them often. championship in mid-February. is team-focused, individual perfor- improvements players have made. from me. I was the favourite to
Ng said some of the players In Lam’s playing days, the season mances are key. “[Nationals] is always the goal, win. That was the biggest success
might’ve reached a certain level, a stretched from September until the “It comes down to how well a but I think we have to make some for me—that I lived up to my
level so high they feel like they “can’t end of March, with two regular player plays,” said Lam. “And that individual improvements first.” expectation.”
improve anymore.” season tournaments to determine comes down to how much experience “This is the long haul,” Lam said. Ryerson assistant coach Samuel
Hardwicke agreed.
“This competition is difficult. He

Overwatch shoots for victory went in with the expectation to win.

And while some people (think) that
would lead to an easy result, being
the best fencer there, I would say
By Nick Reis “Honestly, we probably should people you don’t like,” he added. lack of respect for the game and its rather the opposite, because the
have gone 10-0,” Xia said. Ryerson’s team formed in 2016 competition. “There is still stigma expectation from everyone that
In November, Ryerson’s Overwatch Despite going 8-2 in pre- and has competed against teams surrounding eSports,” he said. you’re going to win leads to more
team entered the Tespa Collegiate tournament play, Ryerson lost from across Canada and the U.S. The team now practices three pressure,” Hardwicke said.
Tournament with high hopes. every game in the first round, Overwatch, a first-person shooter- times per week in two-hour blocks. At six years old, Kozak’s parents
Facing some of the best placing 42nd out of 50 teams. Now, game, has acclimated itself into the Xia also said he will start enrolled him in fencing. He
collegiate teams in North America Xia hopes to start fresh and build a competitive eSports community, recruiting only higher ranked since competed nationally with
was intimidating, but Ryerson winning culture. facilitating millions of competi- players for future competitions. Xia the Toronto Fencing Club, and
captain Antony Xia was confident “Our main goal is to rebuild tions between players of all skill didn’t mince words on his team’s internationally for Team Canada.
his team could compete for the and overall our mindset is really levels. In competitive Overwatch, lackluster performance. Kozak is currently training for a
grand prize—$7,000 in scholarship important. We all need to like each teams of six are selected out of “University students are floppy, tournament in Barcelona where he
money. other. It’s really hard to play with 25 playable “heroes” with unique they really don’t care that much,” will face international competition.
abilities. he said. “The lack of care presented Despite his success, Kozak still gets
In tournaments, the maps used itself in the way the team played nervous when competing.
are pre-selected depending on the each game. All of the teams were The Brampton native credits
round, and each map can be used beatable, our players weren’t the sport for keeping him focused.
differently to a team’s advantage or responding to [play calls] properly.” “Growing up in Brampton,
disadvantage. The team is currently preparing especially at the high school I went
Overwatch is a game of spacing, for another Tespa tournament this to, there’s a lot of bad influences
Xia said, and Ryerson was giving spring. Through scrimmaging and that could affect you,” he said. “But
their opponents too much room to practice, they hope to improve fencing was something that was
maneuver, which ultimately led to on their disappointing November mine. I worked hard, it keeps me
the disappointing outcome. performance so they can start healthy, and on top of that I meet a
“We lacked practice, individually winning come springtime. lot of amazing people.”
and as a team,” Xia said. “I’m excited to start playing for Kozak’s next goal is to get a
Xia said it’s difficult to prioritize an organized team,” Xia said. “And gold medal in the team event. And
eSports over school. Even in also start showing that we’re a team beyond Ryerson, his sights are set
eSports communities, there’s a that can’t be underestimated.” on the Olympics.
11 WHIMZY Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

Sliiide to the left, sliiide to the right

Everybody clap your hands! Ryerson to replace all staircases with slides by May 2018, Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi confirms

By Skyler Ash However, having slides instead campus is already like, really ugly. I
of stairs does pose a few problems, think this will only make it worse. I
In an effort to cheer up all you sad, the most major being how to mean, I like a good slide as much as
lonely and quite frankly pathetic get up the slides. “Down is easy,” the next gal, but this is just weird.”
Ryerson students in these cold winter said Lachemi. “Up is more of a But some people, like Greg
months, the school’s president challenge… Huh. I guess I didn’t Bloomer, a first-year raccoon
announced on Tuesday that all really think about that.” sciences student, just really like slides
stairs on campus will be replaced “Whoops,” he said. and is “overjoyed” with the news.
with slides. To get up the slides, university “I have always been saying that I
“We are very, very excited about administration suggests throwing need more opportunities to push my
this new addition to campus,” said your body against the slide and body down soft, plastic surfaces as a
president Mohamed Lachemi. “I doing the worm until you eventually means of transportation, so this is
personally love slides. I used to have reach the top. This may, however, really the best thing that could have
to go to the park to get in my sliding cause severe slide burn on parts of happened to me, ever. Really. I live a
time, but now I won’t even have to the body you don’t think could get very sheltered life.”
leave campus.” burned, which can be both extremely The slides should be fully installed
The project will take several uncomfortable and embarrassing, by May of this year, and the
months to be completed, and will because who wants to say they hurt university has already announced
cost around $4 million, a sum the themselves on a slide? that it will “100 per cent fall behind
university is “definitely willing Students have mixed feelings schedule and cost at least $1 million
to waste your tuition on.” Once following the announcement. “I more than estimated.” At least it
finished, there will be nary a stair just don’t get it,” said Tara Propp, a won’t be such a pain in the ass to get Slides are great.
on campus. third-year yodelling student. “Our to the ground floor now, right?

RSU candidate suddenly “really great guy”

Sources confirm that the RSU candidate emerged from literally nowhere mere weeks before the election, Dylan Freeman-Grist reports

Joseph Josepherson, who until re- most senior management position and left,” said Krissy Palmson, presi-
cently had never once identified to date is being the alternate captain dent of the Eco Club. “It literally
publicly as a student, is quickly for Ryerson’s League of Legends blew my fucking mind. I thought
becoming the most likeable guy team. ‘Damn. There is someone who
on campus. The seventh-year Apart from the simple fact Josep- should oversee a $2.3 million
engineering student, currently run- herson is a mediocre dude, he’s also operating budget.’”
ning for an RSU executive position been known to post his opinions In the weeks before announcing
on the JibberJabber slate, is hands about campus policy in Ryerson that he was leading the JibberJab-
down one of the best dudes you’ve Confessions. This, along with the ber team, Josepherson emerged
ever met. fact that he “knows a guy” at Burrito from literally nowhere and became
“I’ve actually never seen or heard Boyz and can thus get discounts, has a fixture at Ram in the Rye karaoke
of him but he’s 100 per cent one of made his ascension to the executive nights, as well as the Rams men’s
the smartest guys on campus ,” notes all but assured. basketball and hockey games. He
Jackson Pats, TRSM director candi- “We’re seeing JFK meets Ma- also received more pies in the face
date for JibberJabber. “He’s just got chiavelli meets Andrea Bartlett and per capita than any other candidate
like, a 360 degree view of things, su- it’s just an unreal thing to witness,” during the carnival portion of the
per big picture kinda guy.” Pats, cur- notes political science professor Winter Week of Welcome. On top
rently in second year, assured us he’s Shmalter Schwortz. “He’s playing of all this, there are rumours circu-
in no way interested in running for the game perfectly.” lating that he’s currently in the pro-
VP Operations next year, nor would Rumours that Josepherson may cess of “finessing” a dope diss track
he ever consider TRSM director not even actually be enrolled in aimed at his rival candidates—an act
“just a stepping stone,” despite the any classes at all—due in part to the which completely locks down the
fact he wasn’t asked about either. fact he is somehow at every student FCAD vote early on during the elec-
It’s not clear why Josepherson’s event on campus—have had zero tion season.
perceived ability for leading a stu- impact on his momentum. Josepherson is expected to lead
dent union is currently trending in “Last week, we were hosting a bake the JibberJabber team to a sweep
He’s really great, seriously. PHOTO: NATHANIEL CROUCH
Facebook comment threads across sale and I shit you not he showed of the RSU executive by triple-digit
campus. According to LinkedIn, his up, bought a pastry, shook my hand margins. More to come.

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