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Volume 51 - Issue 19

March 14, 2018
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DON’T LET
THE BED
BUGS
BITE
WE CAUGHT THE BED BUGS
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 News 3

We found bed bugs in VIC 205 RSU budget
shows
Ryerson will re-investgate VIC 205 after The Eye found bed bugs. The university had said the room was clear
By Stefanie Phillips surplus this
term
and Jacob Dubé

Ryerson couldn’t find any insects
in the Victoria Building. But The By Isabelle Kirkwood
Eyeopener did. A bunch of them.
On Monday night, reporters from On Feb. 27, the Ryerson Students’
The Eye went into VIC 205, a class- Union (RSU) released an updated
room in which students reported budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal
seeing bugs in the tables. They year. Following a $1 million deficit
found insects that were later con- last term, the current RSU term is
firmed by five exterminators to be expected to end with a surplus.
bed bugs. The insects were hidden The RSU represents about
inside the cracks of the tables in the 35,000 Ryerson students. Every
classroom. By Tuesday afternoon, full-time student pays an annual fee
Photo: Alanna Rizza
Ryerson posted a notice saying a Eyeopener staff captured several of the bugs found in the desk of VIC 205. of $76.92 to the RSU, which then
class was cancelled in the room. goes toward the union’s proposed
The Eye confirmed the insects termites, bugs or any other insects this semester in room 205 when bugs, depending on which method expenses for the year.
were bed bugs after sending images when the building was inspected.” one crawled across her paper. She of removal the client decides to use. According to the budget, the RSU
of them to Abell Pest Control, 24/7 Media relations gave a similar looked around to find three more Judging by the size of the bugs in is expecting a surplus of $36,700,
Pest Control, Merkem Pest Solu- statement on Tuesday afternoon that on the table and two crawling on the photos taken by The Eye, Cardaci said with expenditures totalling about
tions, Pestend Pest Control Toronto a “visual inspection” was conducted jeans of student sitting next to her. the bed bugs are in their adult stage, $2,272,000 and revenue sitting at
and Just Bed Bugs. All five compa- on March 9 of the Victoria Building’s “After that, I stopped going to meaning they’re able to reproduce. about $2,339,000. Vice-president
nies said they were bed bugs. adjacent rooms, corridors, and the class,” she said. “I’m not going to risk He said on average, one bed bug will operations Ali Yousaf said the RSU
On Tuesday afternoon, The Eye basement, but “there was no evidence getting bit by them or having them lay between 300 and 500 eggs in their financial system was in “dire need”
met with representatives from Ry- of any bedbugs or other insects.” transferred to my house.” four-to-six month lifespan. of an overhaul. He said implement-
erson to show them where the bed They said the room has been “in- AlHuneidi said she tried going If the bed bugs go untreated, ing strict financial policies and
bugs were found. Ryerson then said vestigated multiple times,” including back to class but couldn’t focus be- Cardaci said the possibility of them tightening the budget are central to
a K-9 unit trained to sniff out bed with a K-9 unit, but all results came cause she was too distracted by the spreading to other areas of the uni- recovering from last year’s deficit of
bugs will examine the room. After back negative. They said investiga- thought of bugs crawling around her versity, or the homes of students, is about $1 million.
that, VIC 205 will be sprayed to kill tions are conducted all over Ryerson and said she failed one of her tests. “very likely,” since people can pick “When I started at the RSU as
any bugs and the K-9 unit will come and usually consist of “visual inspec- Ksenia Chpak was in the same class- them up on their clothing and go to the vice-president operations, I was
back to look for more. tions” done by trained technicians in room last semester, when she found other rooms. given an over-bloated and deci-
Prior to The Eye’s discoveries, predetermined areas of the univer- brown bugs on her sweater. Chpak A study conducted by Orkin mated budget, with expenses being
Ryerson’s department of facilities, sity like kitchens, boiler rooms, load- went home with several bites on her Canada, one of Canada’s largest pest made left, right and center,” Yousaf
management and development said ing docks and any areas where pest hands, arms, stomach and back. control companies and the company said. “If things go according to plan,
on March 9 pest control was com- sightings have been reported. Mike Cardaci, the owner and op- Ryerson contracts for pest control, we should be able to end the year
missioned “to look for and eliminate Second-year graphic communica- erator of Just Bed Bugs, a bed bug listed Toronto as the top city in off on a surplus.”
any activity in this room.” Ryerson tions management student, Lea Al- exterminating company in Toronto, Canada for number of treatments At the RSU election debate on
president Mohamed Lachemi said Huneidi said she spotted the bugs on said it can take anywhere from one conducted on bed bugs. Feb. 2, then-vice-president opera-
pest control found “no evidence of the first day of her Astronomy class day to two weeks to get rid of bed With files from Justin Chandler tions candidate for Elevate Adam
Asmar said the RSU was in a $1.1

Amazon dildo mystery solved
million deficit with “years of mis-
management being at fault.”
In the same debate, then-vice-
president operations candidate for
the Rhino Party Domenic Mar-
By Julia Nowicki packages were shipped by a distrib- chese said, “I can start on a path that
utor in China and purchased with will get us out of the deficit,” adding
After more than five months of several prepaid cards. that it would take more than a year
mysterious shipments to student They alleged the distributor to do so.
unions across Canada, the RCMP shipped the packages without a The 2016-2017 fiscal year result-
confirmed that the Amazon dildos return address as a way to boost ed in a deficit of $1,068,551. Defi-
were nothing more than a tactic to shipment numbers online and cre- cits result when expenditures are
boost shipment numbers online. ate an appearance of popularity in higher than revenue. Unlike debts,
The Eyeopener first broke the their products. which occur when an individual or
now-international news story back “It’s not illegal from what [Ama- organization owes more than they
in January, when the Ryerson Stu- zon] can determine, but it is a practice have, deficits do not automatically
PHOTO: Camila Kukulski
dents’ Union (RSU) confirmed it that they don’t like their customers to A sneaky dildo purchases friends for itself on Amazon. carry over between budgets. 
had been receiving anonymous know about,” Waruk told The Eye. “I strongly believe that the stu-
packages since the beginning of the The RSU had received approxi- storage space, and finding a way to party,” URSU vice-president stu- dents weren’t aware of the differ-
fall semester. It was then uncov- mately 25 packages by January, get rid of the contents.” dent affairs Shawn Wiskar said. ences between a deficit and debt,”
ered that over 10 student unions some of which contained dildos. Some student unions across Can- “For some of the larger items like a Yousaf said. “The RSU should’ve
across the country were receiving The items originally raised concerns ada have been putting the items to turntable, we gave them up to stu- done a better job at communicating
unmarked packages that contained that the union’s identity had been good use by auctioning them off, dents as prize giveaways.” with the students about the bud-
various miscellaneous items, includ- stolen or the packages were arriving giving them out as prizes to students The RSU had donated several of get. Unfortunately, it was just used
ing phone chargers, light bulbs and, to the wrong address. or donating products to charity. its products to local charities and as a wedge issue to gain political
yes, dildos. “Right now, I’m happy knowing University of Regina Students’ other offices on campus, Nyaga said. points.”
Lakehead University Student that this isn’t jeopardizing the RSU, Union (URSU) received more than University of Manitoba Students’ Other factors contributing to the
Union reported the mysterious this isn’t jeopardizing the resources, 40 items in total over the course of Union auctioned off their sex toys budget included the Sundown music
packages to the RCMP Thunder and this isn’t harming anybody,” the school year, with the final one as a prize in a drag bingo night they festival, legal fees and vice-president
Bay, Ont. division. Const. Darryl RSU president Susanne Nyaga said. arriving in early February. run through the Rainbow Pride Mo- student life & events Lauren Ember-
Waruk and an internal investiga- “Now it’s just ensuring that these “We actually were able to give saic, vice president external Wilfred son’s resignation.
tion unit at Amazon, found the boxes aren’t taking up too much some of the items away at our staff Sam-King said. Read more online.
4 EDITORIAL Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Eyeopener
2018/2019 Elections
Sleep tight, Ryerson
We went to the Victoria Building to find the bugs Ryerson didn’t think existed
Nominations are open for all positions. By Sierra Bein of bed bugs stopped going to class looking further into this. Soon, more
Forms available at the Eyeopener offices. because he noticed them in the desk. people started coming forward with
On a particularly snowy Monday He reported it to his professor, who their own bite marks and comment-
evening, us Eyeopener folks ventured said it was taken care of. It’s hard to ing on our social media posts.
off to the Victoria Building to in- forget what a bed bug looks like when Ryerson told us they had investi-
vestigate the claims that bugs were they’ve been in your nightmares. gated the room multiple times, and
crawling (and biting) in some of the the university says the company
classrooms. they hired didn’t find evidence of a
In VIC205, where students said bug problem. But now, even other
they were getting bitten, we found students on social media are saying
the bugs. And oh boy did we find that they have reported this to their
Speeches: 5:00pm, March 29rd, in the them. On one desk we found bunches professors, and it feels like we haven’t
of bugs in clumps of four to eight (I been taken seriously.
legendary “VIP Room” of the Ram would recommend not sitting at the
PHOTO PIOTR NASKRECKI VIA WIKIPEDIA
Apparently exterminators, a K-9
Voting from 10:30am - 4:00pm, March 30nd back right corner of the classroom). Earlier this year, The Eyeopener unit and a full institution dedicated
It took us less than 10 minutes to wrote about the psychological im- to taking care of its students couldn’t
via email editor@theeyeopener.com find them. It took us 20 minutes to pacts of living with bugs. Originally identify these bugs, but a student pa-
via voice call 416-979-5262 phone four pest control companies published in January, we spoke to per could.
live and in person SCC207 to identify them, who unanimously Stéphane Perron, a physician who Bed bugs are hard to take care of, I
stated they were bed bugs. Since then, works at Montreal Public Health and think everyone knows this. Even af-
Eligible voters are students who have contributed six or more times since August 2017. two more have also confirmed. specializes in public health and pre- ter multiple treatments these things
“Those are definitely bed bugs,” the ventative medicine. might not go away fully. It’s a tall
PetsInDanger Ryerson Student Club first one said immediately. Today I “Bed bugs are a stressor,” explained order to ask Ryerson to make sure
- Attend exciting social events, develop skills learned that there are 24-hour pest Perron. Even if someone has no his- they’re gone this week—but why
transferable into further education / job searching, control services in Toronto that you tory of mental health issues, “a bed hasn’t Ryerson done a better job ex-
enhance your resume, receive a Certificate for can call for help. Probably because bug infestation will lead to some form amining this problem earlier? Why
community service hours... last year Toronto was rated the worst of anxiety symptoms in most people, did it take a student newspaper to fig-
all for a great cause: to combat pet city in Canada for bed bugs, accord- and sleep disturbance.” ure out this was such a big problem?
ing to Orkin Canada. But what about when bed bugs are Somehow I can’t imagine that if
overpopulation and help save the lives of
Starting back in the winter semes- in the space where you are supposed Ryerson’s administration had bed
4.5 million dogs and cats each year.
ter of 2017, I had heard chatter about to be focused on learning? bugs in their offices, it would take so
https://ca.petsindanger.com/studentclubs bugs in the building. A close friend It wasn’t until our writer brought long to take care of the problem. But
who had dealt with the mental stress us photos of her bites that we started that’s just one girl’s opinion.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 NEWS 5

50 students petition against ‘rude’ prof
A criminology prof is still teaching classes despite multiple complaints to the dean about his “condescending” behaviour in class
By Raneem Alozzi the letter had no impact. “[It] boiled rently teaching classes this semester.
over when he yelled at that one stu- Smith said she thought the class
Despite offering his resignation last dent and that was just completely would change but it didn’t.
term due to student complaints, a unnecessary. I was scared,” she said. “I honestly also expected them
Ryerson criminology professor is “It was very immature that when to maybe come and ask some of us
still teaching classes this semester. students raised legitimate concerns what really happened in class. But
The department didn’t accept his about his teaching abilities, he just they didn’t do that … No one told us
resignation. [tried to] quit. You shouldn’t be if it was dealt with, how it was dealt
Last term, about 50 students in focused on your ego, but rather on with and again there was no apology
Bryant Greenbaum’s violence and how you can help students and im- for that happening or even an ac-
communities (CRM318) class wrote prove on yourself,” Waltz said. knowledgement that that shouldn’t
ILLUSTRATION: SAMANTHA MOYA
and signed a letter directed to the About 50 students signed the petition, students say. Greenbaum took medical leave have happened,” she said.
chair of criminology, citing an “un- before the end of the term and stu- *Names of Mike Waltz and Sarah
pleasant learning environment” and he received from students’ course According to Waltz, Landau dents were told to contact Landau Smith were changed to protect their
a “condescending and unhelpful” surveys. Names were not attached told him she hadn’t received other for inquiries. Greenbaum is cur- identities.
attitude toward students. After stu- and The Eye could not indepen- complaints from students after the
dents presented it to the department dently verify the statements, some exam. Smith and Waltz both said
prompting for him to be reviewed, of which said the allegations against many students contacted Landau
Greenbaum offered his resignation. Greenbaum were false. with complaints, but still no steps
But in a written response directed Greenbaum confirmed that he were taken in response.
to the class, Greenbaum said the tried to resign a little over a week The Eye obtained emails and
chair of the department indicated before the class’ final exam. Mike screenshots which show students
it was not necessary for him to ter- Waltz* said the class learned that did email Landau after the incident.
minate his one-year contract at the his resignation was denied, and only Neither Landau or Greenbaum
time. Given that the first term was then did they receive the proper for- responded to these complaints when
nearly done, he was told that he mat and outline for the exam. Waltz The Eye presented them.
should finish teaching the course. said the class was left with no expla-
Students signed the petition anony- nation and very little time to prepare.
mously because they were worried About two weeks after penning “I don’t understand
their marks would suffer as a result. the letter, students pooled into the why no one ever came
The Eyeopener spoke to six stu- hall for their 8 a.m. exam on Dec.
dents to confirm these claims. 7. While Greenbaum explained the into class and sat
Cassandra Hines, a second-year exam at the front of the class, he down to audit it”
criminology student, was one of noted that the class was already 10
two students who brought the peti- minutes behind, said Waltz.
tion to the chair of the department, Waltz said he put his hand up to After their midterm, Smith said,
Tammy Landau. The two sought ask for clarification on when the she and a group of others wanted to
clarification for some of the course exam would end, since they had speak to Greenbaum in a group so
content used, and expressed con- started later than usual, “it was just they could better prepare for their
cerns with their professor. a simple question,” he said. final, but their request was denied
According to Waltz, Greenbaum by Greenbaum who would only see
screamed “at the top of his lungs,” them individually.
“We felt like we and banged his fists on the table, When the students spoke to Lan-
couldn’t talk to repeatedly saying, “Why would you dau later, Hines said she asked them
ask that?” if they had spoken to Greenbaum
Greenbaum, like it Each of the students The Eye about their concerns. Hines said
wasn’t doable” spoke to confirmed these events, they felt unsafe doing so because
but Greenbaum denies doing this. of how Greenbaum spoke to them
“It was very uncalled for,” said in class and how he reacted to their
According to student Sarah Smith. “There was no need to per- questions.
Smith*, the letter was signed by sonally berate [Waltz].” “I would’ve preferred if another
approximately 50 students in the Waltz said he didn’t know how to professor was there to kind of just
classroom. The Eye obtained a digi- respond, and put his head down and witness it and I don’t understand
tal copy of the petition. It outlined tried to focus on his exam instead, why that never happened. Why no
concerns and included allegations but said the incident ruined his abil- one ever came into class and sat
that Greenbaum was “rude” to stu- ity to write the exam. Waltz ended down to audit [it].”
dents. The letter stated Greenbaum up failing the test. According to the Ryerson Faculty
consistently “cut off students while Greenbaum did not respond to Association Collective, limited-term
they [were] answering or asking these complaints when The Eye pre- faculty (LTF) members are assessed
questions. If he does not agree with sented them to him. once per teaching semester. The
[students] he simply will not let you Hines said she felt like the depart- departmental evaluation committee
finish your thought.” ment blamed the students for not is not to conduct any other assess-
The letter also stated that, “[He] bringing the issue up sooner, and ments of LTFs and does not submit
leaves the students feeling powerless that the students’ allegations did not a year-end assessment of their per-
and hopeless as there is essentially lead to action. formance.
no one to clarify the material as we “The reason we went to speak Ryerson’s website outlined that
are all struggling to understand.” to Professor Landau was because when complaining about a course
Landau refused to comment on we felt like we couldn’t talk to or instructor, students should try to
the matter citing confidential hu- Greenbaum, like it wasn’t doable. It resolve the issue with the instruc-
man resources issues. wouldn’t have gotten us anywhere. tor and then follow-up with the
Greenbaum told The Eye in an Quite frankly, even if I had went to chair of the program or the dean if
email that the allegations against talk to him, I would’ve preferred if necessary.
him are inaccurate. He sent posi- another professor was there to wit- Following the incident during the
tive reviews and comments he said ness it,” Waltz said. final exam, Smith said she felt like
6 features Wednesday, March 14, 2018

LOSING MY
RELIGION

School changes everything­—the way we work, sleep and
socialize. It can also change your relationship with religion.
Ania Bessonov writes about the students whose ability to
practice their faith was challenged when they came to Ryerson

T
he first week of the fall semester in universities in Toronto. Ryerson University chaplaincy to operate. In August 2016, the Choina, her boyfriend didn’t have any reli-
2017, Anna Choina found her spot in prides itself on being a school that is home to Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) announced it gious values. He was certain he didn’t want
the back of a classroom at Eric Palin students from numerous countries and races. would turn the Used Book Room in the Stu- to get married or have kids, two milestones
Hall, ready for her next class. She had taken The university is also home to many students dent Campus Centre into a Wellness Centre that were important to both herself and her
two courses in this same room in previous who were raised in religious homes and prac- set to be opened in September 2016, which religion. “I knew I wanted to have kids but
years, so locating it was no problem. A young tices. Many of these students intend to keep was later decided to be home to a Muslim then I thought, ‘Maybe I don’t have to get
professor walked in and projected a syllabus these upbringings as they go through school. chaplaincy. Due to three major construc- married,’” Choina says. She found herself
on the screen titled “The philosophy of love But how difficult is it to maintain one’s reli- tion delays, the Wellness Centre didn’t of- making exceptions to be with him that were
and sex.” Choina was finally in the right place. gious habits and practices while attending a ficially open until Feb. 6, 2018, which forced important to her and her religion. Choina
Coming from a religious background, she had post-secondary institution? the Muslim chaplaincy to operate elsewhere. and her boyfriend stayed together for two
been wanting to take this course since her first They have been running their services out years. Within those two years, she gradu-
year to learn more about how other people During that time, of a space in the First Evangelical Lutheran ated high school and started her nursing de-
viewed it. With her grueling nursing schedule Church of Toronto on Bond Street. There are gree at Ryerson. During that time, she also
easing up by fourth year, she was relieved she she also continued currently other chaplaincies operating out of continued to break rules in her religion, like
had managed to fit it in. to break rules in her the Wellness Centre’s office. Hillel Ryerson, a smoking way too much weed, as she says
When the class began, the professor opened Jewish student group, created their own space and having sex before marriage. She was still
with the standardized syllabus outline and fol-
religion, smoking just off campus for their members to meet. attending church on Sundays but wasn’t in-
lowed into a discussion. way too much weed, There have been some cases of discrimi- vested in her faith. “Just because I was physi-
“What is sex?” the professor asked. Hands as she says and natory behaviour on campus in the past. In cally present didn’t mean I was there.”
shot up. 2015, some RSU election posters were de- In 2016, Choina returned to her religious
“It’s an act of pleasure,” says one student. having sex before faced with Islamophobic messages. During foundation. In addition to breaking up with
“It mostly doesn’t mean anything,” says an- marriage. an RSU Semi-Annual General Meeting in her boyfriend, she joined Ryerson Catholics
other. 2017, some students organized a walkout in her third year, once her heavy nursing
The room was filled with secular opinions Although Ryerson has made strides to re- during a motion to pass a Holocaust educa- schedule eased up. She was introduced to the
and as more people talked about their idea of spect observant students by providing aca- tion week. The number of reported discrim- club during the first week of the fall semes-
sex, Choina felt increasingly singled out. It’s demic accommodation for religious practices ination cases based on religion at Ryerson ter. They invited her to the Ryerson Catholics
not that her more conservative perspective and celebrations, the school is still experienc- went from 14 in 2009-2010 to six in 2011- meeting house at St. Mike’s Cathedral Basil-
of sex was attacked, but the overwhelming ing some shortcomings in offering religious 2012. But no update has been published ica for a barbecue. Not before long, she was
nature of the contributions and absence of education and space. Before 2017, Ryerson since these dates. a committed member attending their events
traditional ideas made her feel out of place. did not have any courses in religious stud- and leading a faith study. Since then, Choina

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She was worried that something so personal ies. Now, the school only offers introduction says she hasn’t come into many situations that
to her—her religion—would be judged if she to religious studies, introduction to world hoina was born into a Catholic home compromised her religious views, until that
brought an opposing opinion. Choina felt religions and introduction to Hinduism and in 1996 and at the age of one was bap- particular philosophy class.
there was no room for her religious views of Buddhism. Other schools such as the Univer- tized, which is the official mark of an The biggest obstacle for Choina was the
sex. Leaving that lecture, she had already de- sity of Toronto (U of T) and Wilfrid Laurier individual’s Catholic identity. Her parents im- feeling that her religious views on love and sex
cided to drop the course. University offer degrees in religious studies. migrated to Canada from Poland in the early would not be respected in a class that seemed
Attending a post-secondary institution has In 2018, U of T was ranked 8th out of 100 in 1990s and have attended a Polish-Catholic to be filled with people whose views did not
become part of the path young adults take in the world for theology, divinity and religious church since. Choina followed suit. align with hers. “For some people, it’s a mean-
their academic and professional development. studies on the QS World University Rankings Like many youth who grow up practicing ingful experience and an act of making love
It is now culturally seen as necessary for estab- by Subject, with Harvard University coming a particular religion, they often experience rather than just viewing sex as fucking, and
lishing a successful career and gaining finan- in first. a test period of time where their beliefs lose for it to be done after marriage,” says Choina.
cial stability. Being so ingrained in our societal In addition to being behind with offering importance in their lives. For Choina, this “I felt the other students in the class would just
values, universities are filled with students religious education, Ryerson does not cur- came in Grade 12 when she became serious- trash that opinion, or at least that’s the vibe
from a wide variety of backgrounds, especially rently offer a place on campus for a Muslim ly involved with her first boyfriend. Unlike I got.” Choina remembers the students who
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 features 7

ILLUSTRATION: SAMANTHA MOYA

participated throughout the discussion were tracurriculars and good marks, and an overall Sikh students at Ryerson and eight other and cultures, Shubat finds comfort in being
very passionate about their standpoints on sex well-rounded resumé. “The biggest issue that Ontario universities. For someone who surrounded by a Jewish community. But be-
and says it seemed they wouldn’t want to hear I was facing at that time was being involved in grew up in a Sikh community, SYF has pro- yond that, Shubat says that at Hillel, he learns
anything otherwise. As someone who experi- too many things,” says Singh. He participated vided Singh with the same environment in about other cultures through multi-faith
enced both ends of the spectrum of a religious in religious and academic (business-specific) university. However, despite the religious events the organization puts on in partner-
lifestyle, Choina was looking forward to the extracurriculars, played in sport intramurals, and social support Singh found in these ship with other religious groups on campus.
discussions of sex. “I have nothing against worked a part-time job and kept up with a groups, he was still experiencing certain as- “Toronto is a melting pot of so many differ-
people who want to hook up. I’ve been there full-time class load. Instead of being home at 6 pects of his academic, and more specifically ent cultures and religions,” he says. “I think
in another part of my life and I get it,” she says. p.m., Singh was ending his day closer to mid- business life, as obstacles to following Sikh- there should be more outlets for education,
Choina didn’t contribute to the discussion in night, which meant missing out on the oppor- ism how he felt was best. especially in a university. I know how much
the class before she dropped it. “It was just the tunity to do his prayers. “You’re working long For other students that Singh knows, I benefit from it.”
way when people were participating and just hours and trying to finish school work and any their religion has been a source of distrac-
talking about their views about it, I felt like time you get to sleep, you sleep.” Because of tion, which Caruana says is common. “I have “Many people think
there was no room for discussion for religion. this, he feels the stability of his life as a whole one friend who wanted to keep his religion it’s perfectly fine to
You don’t have to agree with everyone’s opin- is shaken. “I feel a strain on my personal life. I but his parents didn’t want him to because
ions, but I believe discussing different views don’t feel like I’m performing as good at work, they were afraid he wasn’t going to get a make unwarranted
never hurts.” I feel like a different person with my friends job,” says Singh. “They told him to cut his generalizations
and I get frustrated really fast.” hair and said he didn’t need to follow the
about a particular

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religion, and this is the reason we started
ut not all religious barriers come up “You don’t have Sikhia.” faith tradition that
in the classroom. For some students, Sikhia is a conference created by SYF that is many centuries
many things they do outside of the to agree with hosts professionals from a variety of indus-
lecture halls is what seems to set up hurdles. everyone’s opinions, tries, including medicine and law. Partici- old.”
Marketing major Gurdeep Singh is a Sikh, pants who attend Sikhia get the opportunity
born and raised in Brampton, Ont. He was but I believe to job shadow these individuals. They are also In our increasingly secular society, people
born into his religion and though his disci- discussing different put through a resumé-writing bootcamp and who practice religions are having a harder
pline has fluctuated, he is currently in a place views never hurts.” mock interview practice. Singh says Sikhia time in academic and professional environ-
where he practices Sikhism diligently. Yet, also establishes a network for students to bear ments. Outside of Sikhia, Singh still faces
when it comes to business networking nights, witness to people of the same religion who compromising situations and Choina ended
Singh often runs into dilemmas. Ryerson philosophy and religion professor were able to overcome obstacles regarding up dropping the philosophy of love and sex
In his second year at Ryerson in February John Caruana says he has seen religion to be their disciplines. “At the end, it was to show class she was afraid there was no room for her
2014, Singh attended the DECA Idea Chal- very beneficial for some students in main- that just because of your skin colour or your religious perspective to be heard.
lenge, a weekend case competition for busi- taining a healthy academic and professional religious views, you don’t need to bend your “It’s not just a problem at a place like Ryer-
ness students, taking place in downtown career. “I know quite a few students whose religion.” son. It’s a problem in general,” says Caruana,
Toronto. At the end of the night, all the par- religious background serves as an important referring to the lack of education that exists on

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ticipants, judges and industry professionals foundation for their success.” But he adds that the various religions that exist. But change will
engage in a networking night. But for Singh, for other students, it can be quite a distrac- s Caruana sees it, many problems sur- be slow and it begins with education. “We’re
the networking night isn’t always as anticipat- tion. “I’ve also met students who have strug- rounding religious tolerance arise in the early stages of providing students with
ed. Traditionally, business networking events gled with their religious upbringing and find through lack of education. “Religions the tools for understanding the diversity of
are held over drinks and in bar settings. As that it sometimes conflicts with certain ques- are complex phenomena,” the philosophy religious traditions and movements,” Caruana
a religious Sikh man, Singh says his religion tions or issues that they are working through professor says. “Yet, many people think it’s says, who is hopeful about the future of this
forbids being in areas around alcohol, let at the moment.” perfectly fine to make unwarranted general- issue. “I certainly think that the appetite and
alone consuming it. He’s often put in a dilem- Sikhism has grounded Singh in his life. It izations about a particular faith tradition that curiosity is there for such courses on the part
ma: stay in his room and abide by his religious provides not only a stable routine, but it al- is many centuries old (sometimes thousands of students. Educating students [and faculty]
regulations or go downstairs and partake in lows him to stay true to himself and make a of years old), remarkably diverse, and inter- about the remarkable variety of religious prac-
an event that will contribute to building his positive difference in his academic, profes- nally quite complex.” tices in Toronto and beyond can only help to
career. sional and personal life. He joined the Ry- Image arts student Gaby Shubat grew up improve our understanding and relations with
Aside from networking nights, Singh says erson Sikh Students Association in his first in a Jewish home and attended a Jewish high fellow students, colleagues, our friends, neigh-
sometimes what is expected of business stu- year and shortly after, the group, in partner- school. Now in university, he says that if it bours and people in general around the world.
dents to be successful in today’s standards ship with other universities established the wasn’t for Hillel, he wouldn’t have any Jew- The vast majority of human beings identify
compromises his ability to stay on top of his Sikh Youth Federation (SYF). The federa- ish friends at Ryerson. Because people tend to with a particular religious orientation. So,
religious practices as well. This includes ex- tion is an umbrella student association for generalize their opinions of certain religions we’re talking about a lot of people.”
8 Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 ARTS & LIFE 9

Rye film’s problematic script exchange Bringing back the
Students say the script policy mishandles stories featuring racialized narratives and representation heritage minute
By Emma Buchanan standing, and I regret what happened. But Chair of Image Arts, Blake Fitzpatrick, By Emerald Bensadoun
you know, the reasons why she was pulling said the faculty recognizes the authorship
During her second year in Ryerson’s film her script were not entirely founded because script issue and that the faculty has been You probably remember watching them in
program, third-year student Robyn Matuto there was nothing in the script particularly discussing resolutions. school when you were younger; a one-minute
had written a script about Filipinx culture, a that the students could recognize that it had “What we’re going to do is put in place clip used by your teacher during class that
story that was based on her relationship with to be a Filipino story,” Cammaer said. “If something where students will have to sign a summed up an entire period in Canadian
her mother. those things are so essential to a script, they form that says they’re in agreement with their
history. Now, a group of Ryerson grads are
As part of a second-year screenwriting should be in the script and they weren’t.” scripts being used and if they don’t want to,contributing to Canada’s history. Out of over
course in Ryerson’s film curriculum, students Scripts submitted to Ryerson are used for 170 pitches submitted to Historica Canada’s
there’s no pressure, they don’t have to.” Cam-
are asked to submit scripts, some of which learning purposes within the school, but request for proposals, Route Eleven, a pro-
are selected for students in lower years to di- students retain intellectual rights, said Cam- duction company started and run by several
rect and produce. The course outline states maer. “I wasn’t trying to be Ryerson alumni, was selected by Historica
scripts in the course are “designed to serve as Cammaer says, from her understand- antagonistic, I genuinely Canada to create two Heritage Minutes.
the student’s scripts for subsequent produc- ing, students are usually “happy” when their wanted my situation not to Ryan Tremblay, producer of the Minute
tion courses” and “all scripts will be forward- scripts are chosen to be given to lower-years. repeat itself again.” and Ryerson film graduate, said Historica
ed to the second-year production instructor.” Andres Herrera, a third-year film student Canada was impressed by their pitch and pro-
“I had always intended for that script to says the program has poorly handled his films fessionalism, looking to the film’s writer and
have a Filipina actress in it, be directed by a featuring POC and LGTBQ+ narratives. In director, Stephen Dunn, another Ryerson
Filipina, hopefully me,” said Matuto. several instances, Herrera said he has felt maer said after Matuto’s case, the Images film graduate, to tell a compelling story in a
But that’s not what happened. Matuto he’s had to explain the “very nuances of what Arts faculty are drafting a new kind of single minute.
found out from a “friend of a friend” that queer experiences can be like.” author declaration to be signed by stu- The first minute, which pays tribute to Lucy
her script had ended up as material for stu- When Herrera wrote a script about a toxic dents at the beginning of second-year Maud Montgomery, the Canadian author
dents in a lower year production class to relationship between two men he had to con- courses. best known for a series of novels beginning
produce. She followed up with the lower stantly explains aspects of the project. His pro- “It’s been implicit in practice, in 1908 with Anne of Green Gables. Historica
year students and found out that the eth- fessor did not understand Grindr and Tinder now it’s going to be explicit,” Canada unveiled the new Heritage Minute on
nicities of the characters in her script were or the implicit communication of his charac- Cammaer said. But Wright International Women’s Day, to illustrate the
changed to Spanish, which she felt had neg- ters: the idea that his characters couldn’t call says that after Matuto’s struggles felt by the celebrated writer, who
ative implications because of the historical themselves by “certain labels.” situation went public along with her mental health battles, was sub-
relationship between Spain and the Philip- “It was trying to rewire people’s head at the begin- ject to abject sexism and rejection from pub-
pines. She said it also ignored the Tagalog around that and trying to connect the dots,” lishers.
language in her script. said Herrera. “Which is not the worst thing, The brief minute took nearly a year to
“[Image Arts] doesn’t email you, the pro- but it’s something that is systemic in our pro- produce.
fessors don’t touch base with you whether or gram because it’s very saturated in white, het- “We all had to collaborate on an extreme
not it’s okay to use your script,” Matuto said. ero, cisgender people.” level with this project to satiate the client’s
The changes were especially troubling Neave Wright, a second-year film student, need for historical accuracy, communication
for Matuto, who had followed up with her has been on the other side of the script di- and visual beauty,” said Tremblay. “There was
professors after submitting her script. She lemma. a long editing process because we had to bal-
expressed that she didn’t want her story to Wright received two scripts last semester ance that fine line between beauty and com-
be given to “someone who might not under- munication.”
stand the cultural nuances.” ning of last semester, the new authorship The Canadian Heritage Minutes, founded
Matuto voiced her complaints on Facebook declaration was mentioned briefly in her by Historica Canada, are a collection of bi-
in September. The post was on her account, second-year writing class. She hasn’t heard lingual Canadian 60-second short films, each
but ended up being spread to a wider audience. anything about a new authorship since. depicting a significant person, event or story
“That’s kind of troubling because we in Canadian history. First released in 1991,
have submitted a handful of scripts. they have been shown on television, in cin-
Everyone has written a script and emas and online, and have become a part of
that’s about 90 of us, so that’s a Canadian culture. Often criticized for only
bunch of scripts that have been giv- portraying Canada’s white, military achieve-
en over and I know that not everyone ments, Historica Canada sought to revitalize
is keen on handing the rights to their script the traditional narrative of the Heritage Min-
over.” utes by re-booting them six years ago.
Matuto says she was not contacted by Ryerson film graduate and producer of the
in a second-year production course, both faculty with any information following the Minute, Peter Lilly, said it’s nice to be involved
dealing with racialized narratives. She said incident about the new authorship declara- with the reboot since the minutes are also tack-
“Welcome to the Ryerson School of Image she was unclear on whether the scripts were tion. ling controversial parts of Canadian history
Arts where your script is given to someone willingly given. “I found out through friends again, even like segregation and residential schools.
else to produce and when you express your “I would say both the scripts I received last though I was really keen on helping them. “The younger people are when they learn
discomfort about white people making your semester were kind of problematic in the And I wasn’t trying to be antagonistic, I about this stuff, the more sophisticated their
movie containing Filipinx culture you’re told sense that I am a white female, so getting a genuinely wanted my situation not to repeat attitude towards it will be as they grow older.”
by the (white male) professor that ‘the art script about a Vietnamese family, which does itself again.” But creating the minute was a tedious proj-
of film-making is not an endeavour which reference Vietnamese culture significantly Herrera said his experiences have led him ect. Tremblay said that although from start
should be constrained by racial boundar- throughout, is not something I felt that I to believe that “film school is almost like a to finish, coming up with a finished Minute
ies,’” Matuto said in her post. After sharing could speak to without getting in contact microcosm of what the industry is like.” took a full year to complete, they only had
the post, other students approached her with with a cultural advisor,” she said. “We’re not taken seriously in our pro- four days to shoot the film in Prince Edward
similar stories about usage of scripts. Wright said that following Matuto’s Face- gram. It’s even harder if you’re a woman, Island and two shoot days in Ontario. Trem-
book post, many second-years did their own and you’re a woman of colour that is a much blay said he remembered Neil Hansen, asso-
research after receiving scripts. harder thing to get into because that’s just ciate producer and another former Ryerson
“We’re not taken seriously in “That incident incited other people search- how the industry works.” student, who he said drove for over 16 hours
our program. It’s even harder ing for cultural reference points so they could Matuto said her issue was not with spe- to bring all of the team’s equipment from To-
if you’re a woman, and you’re actually properly represent the material in cific students or professors. ronto to the set of the film in Prince Edward
a woman of colour.” their stories,” she said. “I have nothing against the students who Island and back.
Wright and her production team were got my script, that was totally circumstan- But Tremblay was grateful for the “incred-
able to contact the original writers because tial,” said Matuto. “It’s a systemic thing ible” experience.
Film Program Director Gerda Cammaer their names were on the script. within the faculty and this constant problem “I think this is kind of what filmmakers
said Matuto’s case was brought to her atten- She said they met with the screenwriters to where narratives like this, maybe they’re not dream of doing,” he said. “Actually getting to
tion. discuss the script, and stayed in contact with intentionally being squashed, but at the end make a story come to life and stand in the place
“I think that there is a lot of misunder- them throughout the production of the film. of the day it’s impact over intent.” where the subject may have been. It’s cool.”
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 REGALEMENT 11

One small beep for mankind, then another
The physical, mental and emotional struggles of a Ryerson University student preparing to compete in the unofficial Beep Test

By Dylan Freeman-Grist to another a gym floor’s length away. the Beep Test. In fact, looking back
While the United Nations deemed he barely had any accomplishments
Chuck Strong wipes a giant wad of the “test” a clear and vindictive vio- at all. Yet one time after scoring an
gleaming sweat from his right eye. lation of human rights, Canada still 18.5 and collapsing into the bleachers
He inhales the grime and fumes of holds it up as a rite of passage. of his Brampton high school, he was
the Don Valley Parkway exhaust For reasons unknown to the Ry- informed he had broken the world
fog while clinging, in a spotty pair erson community, a Beep Test has record for the test. In the world of
of Vans, to the little bit of Toronto’s been scheduled for Apr. 11, 2018 in Beep Test competition there are no
Harbourfront left in his Parkdale the bridge connecting the Rogers awards, scholarships or even com-
neighbourhood. Communications Centre and Kerr petitors really. Strong’s greatest ac-
For weeks, the fourth-year biology Hall East. A Facebook group has been complishment was met with a mere
student has been hitting the pave- conscripting participants for weeks. nod of approval from Mr. Greggs,
PHOTO: Kosalan Kathiramalanathan
ment to train. Twice a day, every Despite this, the Ryerson administra- his gym teacher, and an eye roll from The struggle is real.
day he plies on the aerobic paces and tion refuses to acknowledge the ex- most of his class who had to delay
darts from one side of the industrial istence of the event nor confirm any touch football to watch him do it. cal day finds Strong hunched over down a spinach-cranberry protein
lake shore to the other. In his ear, the plans to prevent it from occurring. “When I saw the game was coming a notebook in class before crawling shake and 12 hard-boiled eggs he
polished, eloquent voice of a slight- While in no way mandatory, 288 stu- to Ryerson, I realized I had a shot to home to fix bikes and listen to the enters a one-hour hot yoga session.
ly British gentleman informs him dents are registered so far—and those relive it all,” he says. Beep Test recording on his iPod. Once limber, he lightly speed walks
which level of endurance he manages numbers are rising. For most, it’s a Since first attending university, He attempted to find replacements down to the lake’s shore, before set-
to carve out. Then, with spine-throt- self-destructive reliance on nostal- Strong has slipped into a never end- to fill the unyielding void the ting up two chalk lines and readying
tling cruelty, the dooming chill of a gic systems of structure. For Chuck ing spiral of uncertainty. With no Beep Test once filled. For a short his iPod nano.
beep forces him to pivot and start into Strong, it’s all about glory. arbitrary, gruelling aerobic test to while he would make a weekly For Strong, Apr. 11 is not merely
another sprint. “I was that asshole,” notes Strong anchor his identity on, he’s says he’s pilgrimage to the RAC and run on about beating his high score. It’s
The Beep Test is a multistage aero- as he recalled his days in Grade 12 slowly losing control. a treadmill at maximum speed until about once again proving he has
bic capacity test that progressively gym class. “You remember how you “I used to be happy. I used to have someone would notice. When he something interesting about himself
gets more difficult. Though no one is would put in a six-score run of the meaning,” Strong laments after run- tripped over a shoelace and bowled before he leaves school forever and
quite sure which shadowy organiza- test and wait on the rest of the class ning the test 12 times in a row. He over a group of freshman like a enters the utter existential darkness
tion backs the activity, it is a staple in to finish up the test so you could go adds that his four years at Ryerson cannonball he was subsequently that is his real life.
high schools and gyms all across the play soccer? Yeah I would push it to have been marked by “shocking banned for the remainder of “It’s like, what else is there after
nation. Every day in Canada, Grade at least level 14 each time.” mediocrity and abject adequacy.” his degree. all this besides paying taxes until I
9 gym students are forced to run be- At 17, Strong had literally no ath- With his average grades, his average Each day, Strong wakes up at die?” says Strong. “I just need to taste
tween one poorly painted blue line letic accomplishments outside of friends and his average life, a typi- the crack of dawn. After shoveling something real one last time.”

Egerton Ryerson sneezes from the grave
“I’m like, 80 per cent sure I heard the Egerton Ryerson statue sneeze,” Charlie Buckley shares the story that changed his life forever

It was a fateful Thursday in February; It broke the foreboding silence and decades ago, workers reported said the statue climbed off its pedestal, artist who remains completely still,
the kind a person never forgets. echoed off the Gould Street asphalt, strange sounds coming from the looked up to the moon in the sky, and covered in metallic paint, with the
I was standing on Gould Street, sending a chill down my spine. I site under the cover of night, belted out an off-key rendition of Bon goal of startling passersby.”
minding my own business, looked around, primed and ready for and movements caught from the Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer.’ Keighley Well, I don’t know about you, but
wondering what it would be like to nocturnal attackers, only to fix my corner of their eyes. According added her attempts to harmonize I was pretty damn startled when I
have a hot dog cart of my very own, eyes on the man himself–Egerton to Rye legend, the sightings were “did not go well.” Clearly, something heard that sneeze. I’ll bet that Julie
when I heard somebody sneeze. But Ryerson, cast in bronze. covered up by the school’s is going on. Keighley and those construction
here’s the thing—nobody was around. Then I saw him sniffle. administration. Evidence suggests I decided to sit down with Bozo workers were startled too. I was tired
It was 3 a.m., right in the dead of I tried calling the university the cover-up was orchestrated by the the Clown, a face-painted children’s of asking people for help; I got out my
the night. I had just left my nightly president’s office; my concerns have metal-goods supplier for the project, performer who moonlights as a living cloves of garlic, my wooden stake and
spin class by that one vent outside the fallen on deaf ears. The Toronto Police who worried about losing the “100 statue in his off-hours. my Book of Mormon. It was time to
campus store that smells like french Service, the RCMP and the an official per cent not-haunted” guarantee on “There’s no doubt in my mind,” get some answers.
fries. I know it wasn’t me, because I’m exorcist all shrugged me off. But in their products. Bozo said, sitting in his dressing All this and more in the next
not capable of sneezing—not since my search for sympathetic listeners, Julie Keighley, a fourth-year social room. “That is no ordinary statue.” installment of the Ryerson Statue
the accident. The doctors had never I stumbled across some key pieces work student, appeared on RUtv Bozo’s 2013 book, Buckingham Caper, Part Two: the time I got my
seen a pepper overdose so severe. of evidence. News last year pleading for inquiry Palace Guards Ain’t Got Shit on Me, ass kicked by a 215-year-old Methodist.
Regardless, sneeze someone did. During the statue’s construction into her own experience. Keighley describes a living statue as a “street .minister.

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