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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 NEWS 3

Watch where you sip

The Eyeopener obtained five years worth of tests on Ryerson University’s drinking fountains. Some haven’t been as clean as you might like

By Jacob Dubé detriments to the water quality.

Some buildings weren’t tested every
You might want to disinfect the next year, and the number of fountains
water fountain you drink from at tested in each building was also not
Ryerson. consistent, meaning it’s not possible
In the last five years, there have to take testing data and calculate a
been 11 instances of fountains tested campus-wide or per-building aver-
over the safe limit for “organic mat- age for quality.
ter” in the water. In 2016, the water-bottle-filling
That’s according to testing data spout in the Architecture Building
the The Eyeopener obtained through was six times over the acceptable
a freedom of information request. levels for organic material at 61
These tests, conducted by Maxx- RLU, and a similar spout in the Hei-
am, a company that specializes in sci- delberg Centre was almost ten times
entific analysis, evaluated the water over the allowed amount of organic
from drinking fountains across cam- materials at 98 RLU. A higher RLU
pus for lead and living organisms. level is associated with being dirtier.
Only one of approximately 50 Nicholas Reid, the executive direc-
fountains tested between 2013 and tor of Ryerson Urban Water, a group Cool, thirst-quenching Ryerson water. Mmm.
2017 surpassed the safe lead limit. that does research and outreach on
But the fountains didn’t fare as well water issues in urban environments, George Vari and the SLC. “People 1990, according to the City of To- levels in the water in Ryerson’s foun-
when it came to bacteria. said testing for RLU isn’t necessar- spit in the sink, or dump their rice ronto. If water stays stagnant, the lead tains are consistently improving.
One of the main tests on the foun- ily an accurate portrayal of organic or whatever.” from pipes and connections corrodes A 2014 Toronto Star investigation
tains measured levels of organic ma- material in water. Simply testing for “We’re paying for this with our into it. Amasya said FMD isn’t aware found 13 per cent of household wa-
terial in Relative Light Units (RLU). signs of organic life means you can’t money, so it should be somewhat of any lead connections at Ryerson. ter tests in the city surpassed the ac-
That’s a unit of measurement for differentiate a harmless cell from a cleaner,” Patel said. According to the reports, the only ceptable amount of lead. Homeown-
adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an potentially dangerous one. Amasya said the water fountains time in the last five years a fountain ers were being held responsible for
organic chemical found in all living E. coli is an intestinal bacteria that are cleaned daily by a group of 20 failed a lead safety test was the water replacing the expensive lead pipes in
cells. A high RLU level on a foun- can potentially cause kidney failure, cleaners on staff at any given time. dispenser near the first-floor bath- their old homes, and some were un-
tain indicates an increased level of which Lynda McCarthy, a Ryerson Ryerson security has reported people rooms in the SCC. In 2015, it tested at able to afford that.
organic material on it, like bacteria professor specializing in aquatic and vomiting into fountains before. double the safe limit, hitting 20 ppb. After that investigation was pub-
or fungus, which can transfer into terrestrial toxicology, said is a sur- If Ryerson finds an unsafe foun- lished, the city implemented a cor-
the water a person drinks. A safe rogate for looking for fecal contami- tain, Amasya said, staff put a sign on rosion control program—it was also
level of organic matter is up to 10 nation in water. When testing for In 2015, One water dispenser it and “lock it out,” while investigat- mandatory province-wide—which
RLU, according to the testing data. something like E. coli, Reid said a in the SCC tested for ing what issues caused the high levels. added phosphate to the water to

At high enough levels, organic sample has to be incubated at about In the case of the SCC fountain, create a protective coating on pipes.
material can build up on the foun- 38 degrees for one to two days. In the unit was replaced. Amasya also According to Metro, the lead test
tain and create a visible mould-like that time, any traces of the bacteria said students should have been no- failure rate in Toronto dropped
substance—that green gunk you’ve will grow and duplicate and can then tified online. The Eye is located in from 13 per cent to 1.8 per cent , be-
definitely seen on campus. be identified. Instantly doing an RLU The safe amount of lead in the SCC but found no record of an tween 2015 and 2017.
Only two fountains—one in the measurement—like Maxxam does at email warning our staff or students. So feel free to take a drink of Ry-
School of Image Arts Building near Ryerson—can only identify if there’s drinking water and students While the levels of organic mate- erson’s water, just make sure you
room 112, and one in the Victoria any organic material in general. weren’t notified rial continue to fluctuate, the lead trust the fountain first.
Building near room 110C—were test- There aren’t any tests at Ryerson
ed every year. Seven other fountains that look for E. coli in the water, ac-
were tested in four of the five years. cording to Alp Amasya, the director “Sometimes, people do other things
of Facilities Management and De- in them,” Amasya said. “As soon as we

velopment (FMD) at Ryerson. notice something like that, we clean
In their reports, Maxxam indicat- them.”
ed workers disinfected the fountains In terms of the lead levels, McCar-
with peroxide and retested until thy said Ryerson’s levels were very
Fountains they were at safe levels, but there’s
no information as to how long the
low. Ontario’s acceptable limit for
lead is 10 parts per billion (ppb), and
surpassed the acceptable fountains were that dirty—and how the lowest readings in the tests were
levels for organic materials many students drank from them be- .5 ppb, which she said is like “one
fore they were cleaned. drop in 20 olympic sized swimming
in the last five years Jibrahn Patel, a first-year Ryer- pools.”
son biomedical engineering student, Yet McCarthy stressed there is no
started to notice that the water in such thing as a safe amount of lead,
The water dispenser in the Stu- some of the fountains on campus because it stays in a human body
dent Campus Centre (SCC) was tasted a little off—sometimes sour, and accumulates over time, which
tested every year, but the machine sometimes sweet. can lead to health and development
was replaced three times—once for So he looked under one of the plas- issues, especially if a person is ex-
failing a lead safety test by double tic fountains at the Student Learning posed at a young age.
the acceptable limit. Centre (SLC), and found what looked Typically, lead seeps into water
Since fountains are tested spo- like mould. “It wasn’t clean,” he said. from either lead pipes, which were
radically, it’s difficult to accurately “That was a little bit unsettling.” used in construction until the mid-
track their safety over time, as well Patel said the worst fountains he’s 1950s, and lead soldering, which was
as any potential improvements or seen are in high-traffic areas like used to repair pipes until as late as GRAPH: JUSTIN CHANDLER/PIKTOCHART
4 EDITORIAL Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fun and Satire

Emerald “Golden Boy” Bensadoun

Melissa “Kick It?” Salamo
Waverly “Yes, You Can!” Neufeld
Kiernan “Well, I’m Gone” Green
Sefi “The Jew” Sloman
Malachi “Money” Rowswell Jacob “Angles” Marshall By the time you read this, there will ously. We hope that if you are going
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Justin “Batman” Chandler Libaan “Cool Shirt” Osmond Last week, we broke the story about if you want to run, if you want to
Advertising Manager bed bugs on campus, and we take vote or if you want to be involved
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Wednesday, March. 21, 2018 BUG STUFF 5
Last week, The Eyeopener found bed bugs in VIC205—here’s how Ryerson is (or isn’t) squashing the problem

Students reluctant to attend classes

By Emma Sandri for classes. affected areas had been treated.
But in spite of the university’s as- The post also told students to con-
The bed bugs in the Victoria Build- surance that dogs trained to sniff out tact Facilities Management and De-
ing are doing more than just biting— bed bugs inspected the Victoria Build- velopment (FMD) if they saw any
they’re affecting students’ focus. ing, many students still feel uneasy more bugs. “It sounds like they are
Following The Eyeopener’s reports about attending classes in VIC, and saying there are still potential bed
regarding bed bugs in classrooms last some have decided not return to at all. bugs in the building,” said Heer.
week, lectures in VIC205 and 203 “It honestly makes me feel very un- She said she would feel a lot more
were moved to conference rooms in comfortable and very paranoid,” said comfortable if the university would
the Bond Place Hotel and Holiday Antonia Heer, a third-year transfer offer to reschedule her classes in dif-
Inn. Students whose classes were in student, who is currently pursuing ferent areas, or completely switch all Bed bugs doing human things.
other parts of VIC were expected to a degree in sociology. She has a class the furniture in the building.
continue to attend, as they were unaf- and a lab in VIC. “It would be nice if something students that the risk is unacceptable to VIC can get all of the material they
fected by the investigation. “I really feel like [the situation] could be done right away, because I to them,” Kornegay told The Eye. need via D2L.
In a statement to The Eye, Ryerson does affect my grades,” she added. don’t want my grade to be affected Jared Brookes, a third-year Ryer- In response to a question from The
president Mohamed Lachemi said Heer said she emailed her TA to any further.” son graphic communications man- Eye regarding what students should
the first, second and third floor of the find out whether or not her class on Jo Kornegay, a Ryerson philoso- agement student, said the bed bugs do if they feel unsafe going to class in
Victoria Building have been treated the third floor had been moved to an- phy professor, teaches a tutorial in made him feel uneasy in class in VIC. VIC, Lachemi wrote that the univer-
with steam to kill bugs and the uni- other room—it had not. She said she VIC305. She teaches the same class “I feel somewhat confident that sity “encourage[s] them to report any
versity has ordered new furniture was uncomfortable going to class. tutorials in other locations on campus they aren’t in my classroom, but at the issue of concern to facilities manage-
to replace the “I just still don’t want to risk having and in light of the bed bug problem, same time I did catch myself … taking ment. If students are taking pictures,
pieces riddled bed bugs on me.” is allowing students to attend other a look when I first got in.” it would be more helpful to our team.”
with insects. An Heer also said she sent a couple of sessions or send her answers to study Brookes recognizes it’s difficult, if “All rooms in question are in the
infested desk emails to profs regarding her concern questions for credit. not impossible, for the university to process of being checked and cleaned
in VIC205 has about the bed bugs in VIC. Their “Personally, I believe teaching in, move all classes out of VIC. To him, by FMD and pest control and will
been removed response was to forward her a post and attending classes in the VIC build- the solution is making classes more continue to make sure that we will
and the room is which acknowledged that there were ing now is an acceptable risk ... How- online-friendly for the time period, work very hard to eliminate any risks
once again open bed bugs in the building, but that any ever, I respect the views of some of my so students who aren’t ready to return to our students.”

Profs take action against bugs was included on the list, despite
classes still taking place.
Ryerson said on Monday that
or statement has been released.
Ryerson did not respond to ques-
tions about classrooms that have
it to create proof. the first three floors of the Victoria been treated in VIC or about other
“I killed it, [my professor] took Building had all been steamed on the classrooms that have been investi-
pictures of it, and she used those to weekend as a precaution, and no up- gated on campus.
forward it to public health.” date had been given on the status of “I’m not part of Ryerson’s response
According to Kraft, her professor, the remaining floors. in this matter, but from my under-
Jordan Tustin, was in contact with There have also been reports of bed standing they are taking this matter
Toronto Public Health and Ryerson. bugs in Kerr Hall East 222 and Sally seriously and following up on all re-
“I went to the student and visually Horsefall 652. Ryerson confirmed ports,” Tustin said.
confirmed it was a bed bug based on investigations into those rooms took *Name has been changed to protect
my previous experience as a certified place, although no further comment source’s identity.
public health inspector where the
identification and inspection of bed
bugs were part of my job responsi-
By Brent Smyth taking place in LIB72 when a student bilities,” Tustin said over email.
looked down at her backpack, and Tustin asked Kraft for more in-
Ryerson’s bed bug problem may just saw a bug crawling around on it. formation, such as where her bag
be the beginning. Jessica Kraft*, a first-year public had been all day, and helped her go
Last week, after The Eyeopener health and safety student, knew what through her bag before she left the
confirmed bed bugs were crawling she was looking at. class, which was cancelled.
around the Victoria Building and Ry- “I’ve seen bed bugs before, so I Since Ryerson had rooms in the
erson steamed the classroom in ques- recognized it immediately,” Kraft Victoria Building treated to kill bed
tion, more reports were made about said. Her family has dealt with bugs, the university has released a
bug sightings. their tenent’s bed bug problems statement on their facilities manage-
Last Wednesday—the night af- before. Kraft had read the reports ment page listing classrooms in that
ter Ryerson had reportedly cleared about Ryerson bed bugs in the days building that were inspected and
VIC205—an epidemiology class was prior, and knew she had to capture deemed clear. Not every classroom

ronto Public Health’s jurisdiction officer at Sherrard Kuzz LLP, a

Is Rye for protection and extermination,
according to Keisha Williams, a
Toronto based law firm, has seen
many cases of personal injury suits

Responsible? health representative for that or-

ganization. “The responsibility of
following bed bug infestations.
“It almost never works for the
private institutes falls to municipal victim, especially Toronto-based
By Nathaniel Crouch licensing and standards,” she said. individuals. There’s no liability in
A representative of Abell Pest bed bugs, no one can really point
If you get bed bugs from Ryerson, Control said Toronto’s rapidly ris- to one single person and be sure
can you sue the university? Stu- ing infestation rate is a reason why it was from their jacket, bed or
dents have been asking and the nobody in particular can be point- house because they are bugs, bugs
short answer is no, you can’t. ed to as the cause of an infestation. who could stay with one person or
The university is a private insti- Rhonda Cohen, current man- jump around and bite people all the
tution and does not fall under To- aging director and chief privacy time.”
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any service first sports story you wrote for The ger than that. I love it.
We are located at 440 Parliament Street Eyeopener? CONTRIBUTORS
Our web: BW: There’s so many memories that
Contact us at: 416-920-5643 PA: Yeah, I remember! It was two people tend to lose these days and
Email us at: years ago and I actually ended up that’s why I think this issue is great. Jasmine Bala
covering two games that day. It was “The Rise of Smash Bros. at
a hockey doubleheader, with the PA: We’ve written about sports that Ryerson” pg. 19
women playing first and the men aren’t really covered at Ryerson,
playing second. like cricket and eSports. Mostly, we Luke Bellus:
wanted to look at the history behind “Serving Up Perfection” pg. 20
BW: Do you remember any details? these cool teams and people, and
Who scored? How many people how Ryerson athletics got to where Xavier Eeswaran
were there? Which team won? it is today. “The Rising Sun” pg. 16

ANNUAL PA: Honestly, no. I don’t remember

much about that night other than
the arena being half-empty. But
BW: Even though it’d be easy to find
some of the most recent athletes, it’s
always good to take a step back. Ry-
Lior Kozai
“Eric Koreen” and “The Starters
Starts Here” pg. 11, 14

looking back at it, I wish I did. Whaterson athletics has grown so much
about you? Do you remember the over the last few years and we had Maggie Macintosh
first story you wrote for The Eye? to grow too. This year, we added a “What the Hell is a Ryette?” pg. 7
second sports editor to keep up with

BW: I actually do remember. the pace of the job. Thank goodness. Libaan Osman
Ryerson’s women’s hockey team “Cabbie on Gould Street” pg. 9-10
was playing Carleton. The Ravens PA: The athletics program is
coach had been the interim head improving so we tried to as well. Nick Reis
coach for Ryerson when their head And I think we found some really “Making Thunder in Markham”

coach Lisa Haley took a sabbatical. cool stories. pg. 15
So I wrote about how the Rams had
to face their old coach. But if you BW: Lior Kozai wrote about NBA Atara Shields
asked me who scored or which team TV’s The Starters, a TV show that “The Sisterhood of the Travelling
Tecumseh won...I have no clue. started out as a podcast by Ryerson
alumni. Maggie Macintosh asked
Rams” pg. 17

Auditorium PA: Damn. It’s crazy how quickly what the hell a Ryette is, anyway?
we can forget some of the most
Nina Shu
“Mirza Hassan’s Paddle Tale” pg. 18
Student Centre, 55 Gould St. important details of those games. PA: Atara Shields wrote about three
Especially the players. women’s basketball players and Kintaro Skinner
the connection they’ve kept after “Jamie Campbell” pg. 11
BW: It can be hard to remember graduation. Nick Reis looked at the
5:00pm Registration when there’s more to cover than Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Jacob Stoller
6:00pm Start what’s happening right now.
BW: I loved Libaan Osman’s profile
“Putting His Best Foot Forward” pg.
12-13, with photos by Brent Smyth
PA: Yeah, there’s so many things of Cabral “Cabbie” Richards. I didn’t
going on and there’s so little time. know he went to Ryerson! Online: Michael Mazzei, Matt Vocino
FREE DINNER Just look at some of the things that
happened this year. PA: I enjoyed cricket reporter Nina
Shu’s latest piece. Xavier Eeswaran’s
BW: The women’s volleyball team’s story on Dipesh Mistry, a video MASTHEAD
All RSU members (full time PERFECT SEASON. The men’s bas- coordinator for the Phoenix Suns,
ketball team winning national silver. really tickled my fancy.
undergrads and full and part-time
grads) are eligible to vote on by-law PA: The men’s curling team heads BW: Same here. I also loved Editor-in-Chief
changes, motions, & set direction! to nationals this week, and the our cover story by my fellow
women’s hockey team had their best Winnipegger Jacob Stoller. He Sierra Bein
season ever. nailed his story on Aaron Best.
Managing Editors
ASL interpretation provided. If you need other BW: We do our best to keep up, PA: All our volunteers nailed it.
accommodations to ensure your participation, but it’s tough to keep our stories Shout out to design director Aidan Peter Ash
please contact as soon as possible. fresh. So with this issue, we’ve done Lising. Ben Waldman
something different.
BW: I’m proud. Thanks for being a Director of Design
PA: Instead of focusing on today, we great co-editor, Pete. rsufb ryesu ryesu
decided to take a look back. In the Aidan Lising
past, we only did profiles for this is- PA: Stop it. You’re great. Hopefully
sue but we’ve changed the style and y’all will think this issue is too.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 EQUITY 7


Ryerson athletes are all known as Rams. But for decades, women played under sexist team monikers, Maggie Macintosh discovers

W hat do the Ramettes, Ryettes,

Ewes and Lady Rams have in
common? If you ask Carly Clarke,
between 1958 to 1961 due to
diminishing facilities. This meant
“a return to old-fashioned parlor
granted full university status.
“The culture has changed a lot in
how women are viewed and how
officer at U of A, says the names
come down to tradition. The men’s
and women’s teams used to be
son in 2017, says women are start-
ing to get more coverage and rec-
ognition. “Sometimes, however, it’s
head coach of the women’s basketball games such as elbow-bending and women’s sports are viewed,” says separate departments, and when not the right coverage,” she says.
team at Ryerson University, she’d boy-chasing.” Clarke. “It’s good that athletic teams they merged, the university stuck She wrote her digital media mas-
say what you’re probably thinking: What does that even mean? are adapting.” with the historical names. ter’s research paper on self-repre-
these names don’t exactly stand out
as being fierce sports teams.
“They don’t spark the competi-
It gets worse: “In eight games,”
the yearbook continues, “the girls
failed to win for coach Lyn McVey,
Green, who’s in her second year
in Ryerson’s politics and gover-
nance program, says people have
F or McGill University, the men’s
teams are the Redmen, a name
that evolved out of male athletes
sentation strategies of male and fe-
male pro tennis players and found
female athletes are more likely to
tive fierceness that I hope our team but the comforting attention of the been conditioned into thinking wearing red jerseys. The women’s portray themselves in non-athletic
represents when we play on the male Rams on the long bus rides women are weaker, so there’s a teams, the Martlets, are named after contexts. This reflects traditional
court, that’s for sure,” she says. home more than compensated for perception that their level of sport the cheery red birds found on the media practices, she says.
Today, the women’s basketball any humiliation.” competition is weak. “But they’re university’s coat of arms. “Even though female athletes
team—like all athletic teams at And later that year, “the girls’ gym wrong,” she adds. And then there’s Laurentian kick ass on court or whatever they
Ryerson—plays with Rams jerseys was converted to an intimate bistro, One of the biggest historical University, in Sudbury, Ont., home play, the reporters, newspapers,
in blue, white and gold. But that known as the Cloud Room.” perceptions is that sports involve of the Voyageurs. Men play as the media, etc. portray them as mothers,
wasn’t always the case. While men’s
varsity teams have always played as
the Rams—aggressive animals with
T he Ramettes and Ryettes were
both eventually phased out a
decade later, when the women’s
manly or male characteristics versus
“lady-like” stereotypes, according to
Vees, while the women’s teams are
known as the Lady Vees.
“I already feel like, at times,
or females first, athletes second,”
she says. “With social media, female
athletes have the opportunity to
horns—since the first teams started basketball and volleyball teams “It’s OK to be tough and strong women’s teams can get less campus change people’s thoughts about
competing in 1948, women’s teams started playing as the Ewes in the and physically fit and powerful as attention and school spirit solely women’s sports.”
have been given less intimidating early 1970s. a female athlete,” she says. “And I based on being a female sport, so Clarke agrees both viewership
names. Ewes are female sheep and, think, perhaps, taking us back to if there was a difference in mascots and popularity are struggles for
Ryerson’s first women’s basketball according to online sheep-raising the mascot conversation, hopefully there is definitely no way [people] female athletes, adding that more
team was called the Ryettes in the guide Sheep 101, are generally that’s one of the reasons Ryerson would take us seriously,” says Ball, people watched the women’s U
early ‘50s. The Ramettes, a second docile and non-aggressive. Rams— went away from those softer mascot a second-year student in Ryerson’s Sports basketball championship
basketball team, made an appearance male bighorn sheep—are described names.” sport media program. game this year than the men’s,
in 1954. as being “very aggressive,” especially The standard for university A 2016 report on female sport “which is exciting and maybe an
“Our team makes jokes about during mating season. teams in 2018 is to play under one participation produced by the indication that there is a fan base for
those names every once in a while,” The Ewes practiced three nights mascot: University of Calgary Di- Canadian Association for the women’s sports.”
says Kryshanda Green, a forward on a week for two hours in one third of nos, University of Winnipeg Wes- Advancement of Women and Despite their roots as the
the women’s hockey team. the gym, while the Rams basketball men, Dalhousie University Tigers, Sport and Physical Activity found Ramettes, Ryettes, Ewes and Lady
When Green’s teammate Laura team practiced five nights a week and so on. Still, there are exceptions: women’s sports only made up four Rams, women’s teams at Ryerson
Ball hears the old names, she thinks in the other two thirds, according University of Alberta athletics are per cent of sports coverage on are now treated pretty equally,
of something dainty and innocent. to a worn-out clipping from a 1978 split into the male Golden Bears and Canada’s primary national sport something Clarke says allows men’s
“If I were coming into a game edition of The Eye, in the Ryerson female Pandas. networks in 2014. and women’s teams to succeed and
against a team named the Ramettes archives. “The Ewes basketball team “I know the University of Al- Just this month, Ryerson bas- makes her proud to be part of “the
and we were named the Buffalos, charges that they do not get enough berta has a history with the Pandas ketball alum Kellie Ring tweeted Ramily.”
I would probably laugh,” she says. full gym time to practice properly,” and are very proud to be Pandas, so about the Carleton University “But, in saying all that, we still
“I would think, ‘What even is a the article reads. it’d be interesting just to know what men’s team getting more press have to continue to fight for popu-
‘Ramette?’” The Ewes were later replaced by their perspective is,” says Clarke. coverage than the women’s team, larity and equal footing in the grand
A page in the 1961 Ryersonian the Lady Rams, who competed until “I’m certainly proud to play under even though the men had lost in scheme of things,” she says. “I don’t
yearbook dedicated to female sports 1994, when athletics made all teams one name here.” the national semifinals and the want to downplay how women have
states that “girls’” organized sports play under the male animal mascot. Connor Hood, a sports women won the tournament. to continue to fight, particularly in
at Ryerson somewhat disappeared Around this time, Ryerson was information and communications Still, Ring, who played for Ryer- sport, for respect.”
8 MEN’S HOCKEY Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Two minutes For stripping

Nearly 17 years ago, a Ryerson intramural team
was controversially sponsored by Filmores, a
Dundas Street strip club. Peter Ash bares it all

n 2001, a group of Ryerson all we have to do is stop in a few

I University students decided

to take a chance and find a
sponsor for their intramural hockey
times ... that’s a hell of a deal for us.”
The jerseys featured a woman
stripping, as one might expect. At
team. But this wasn’t just any the time, it was the hotel’s logo.
sponsor. The team, dubbed “Filmores,”
Rather than looking at a local wouldn’t even get to play their first
pizza place, a clothing store, or game before then-sports and recre-
a diner, the students turned to ation director David Dubois called
a slightly more out-of-the-box them in for a talk.
option: Filmores Gentlemen’s Club,
now known as Filmores Hotel. “Obviously being
From what Andrew Abercrombie,
one of the team’s players, remembers,
the idea of using Filmores—a hotel males, we had an
and strip club on Dundas Street interest in that
East—stemmed from the fact that
the players lived in Ryerson’s
Pitman Hall residence. Dubois had been tipped off
“Obviously, being university-aged about the controversial team
males, we had an interest in that name when a first-year journalism
establishment,” Abercrombie says student did a broadcast story about
over the phone. it. And like any good journalist, he
Little did they know that the reached out to athletics officials
establishment had a mutual for comment.
interest in terms of sponsorship. Dubois wasn’t impressed with the
According to an Eyeopener article team being sponsored by a gentle- Made you look. PHOTO: TRACEY TONG

from November 2001, the hotel’s man’s club. That didn’t sit well with
manager, Howard Adams, agreed Abercrombie and the rest of the and she “didn’t have a problem” The next season, the athletics told them we didn’t want them to
to assist the team by buying their team. with it. department began to review all be affiliated with Filmores but we
jerseys and socks on two conditions: “I mean, it was a strip club,” “When I found out that the intramural team sponsorships. appreciate that they don’t want to
That they paid $10 (Adams paid for Dubois of the situation that occurred athletics department had an issue After the meeting, Dubois and pay for more jerseys,” Dubois told
the rest), and that they’d stop by the 17 years ago. “And so it objectifies with it, I volunteered to meet with the team would come up with a The Eye in 2001.
bar for drinks after league games. women and that’s something that we the director and the other guys, compromise: the team had to wear However, much to Dubois’
“I mean, we also weren’t rolling didn’t want represented at Ryerson,” because I obviously didn’t think it their jerseys backwards if they chagrin, the truce wouldn’t last
in money ‘cause we’re university he told the Eye. was right,” Abercrombie recalls. wanted to wear them at all. very long, as the Filmores played all
students,” says Abercrombie while Abercrombie said that even “There was no rule in place, and you Dubois also pledged to have but one game that year with their
reminiscing 17 years later. “So to though he could see Dubois’ point, can’t make up a rule after we already the school pay for the logo to be uniforms in their regular, forward-
have a business that would be will- he asked the lone woman in the got jerseys and socks and tell us we blacked out so as to not incur facing manner.
ing to buy us jerseys and socks and league if she was okay with the logo can’t be sponsored by it.” more costs on the players. “We Even though they’d get away with
wearing the jerseys, the team would
still find some difficulty in terms of
having their own space.
During the annual athletics
banquet at the end of the season,
the pictures that were taken of the
players mysteriously didn’t turn out.
“[Athletics department photogra-
phers] took pictures, but some-
how the pictures didn’t turn out
... which was what we were told,”
Abercrombie said. “We thought it
was interesting.”

“There was no rule

in place, and you
can’t make up a rule
after we already
got jerseys”
At the end of it all, the players
would ultimately have the last laugh.
“We won the league,” laughs
Abercrombie. “Also, I’m pretty
sure [team founder] Rocky Boyer
had a team called the ‘Cleveland
If you don’t understand what that
means, consider yourself lucky.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 ALUMNI 9


Cabbie on Gould Street

By Libaan Osman

Before making Canadians laugh with his on-air antics, TSN’s Cabral Richards was a Ryerson student finding his way

hese days, everybody calls him some day. That’s when he heard the electives and add-ons he needed
told him to take some more time segments that would air right before
Cabbie. about Ryerson. to continue his degree. He took and to come back in the fall. But it midnight. “It wasn’t a glamorous
But before he was on television “A guidance counsellor said to microeconomics, macroeconomics, was too late for Richards. He never spot in the programming grid,”
screens across Canada, interview- me, ‘Hey, you should think about and other similar classes. came back. Richards says. “Whoever is up this
ing sports legends like Kobe Bry- Ryerson. They have a really good “Nothing excited me,” he said. Which makes where he’s at now late is gonna see something that’s
ant, Wayne Gretzky and Michael TV program,’” says Richards, 40, After three years in RTA, Richards
even more impressive. kind of weird.”
Jordan, he was just Cabral Richards, who now works as a host for TSN. failed English, so Robert Gardner, Though he admits he wasn’t the He worked for free at that point,
and he came very close to staying After doing some online research, the school’s chair, asked him to take
best university student, Richards but Richards was doing something
that way. Richards decided to take the a semester off. He thought it would
found a way to make a name for he unexpectedly fell in love with; he
Growing up in Cambridge, Ont., counsellor’s word, and he applied be for the best. himself during his time away from was OK with his acting dream tak-
Richards wasn’t particularly inter- to the Radio and Television Art’s “I was like, ‘Alright,” he shrugs.
school, interviewing sports figures in ing a backseat.
ested in becoming a well-known program (RTA). a light-hearted way. “Cabbie” cared “I felt accomplished,” he says.
personality, but at a very young age, At Ryerson, he realized just how “I was just someone that less about goals and assists than he “I was just someone that looked a
he fell in love with acting. Vividly,
he recalls making home videos with
prestigious the RTA program was.
In his first year, he studied radio and
looked a lot different did about player’s personalities, and
he’s become known for establishing
lot different than your traditional
sportscaster. I wore T-shirts and
his friends while his parents were audio; in his second year, television than your traditional rapport through his exuberant baseball caps, and I spoke the way
away. But it wasn’t until Grade 10, production; and in his third year, sportscaster. I wore interview style. that I speak.”
at the Galt Collegiate Institute when
he realized acting could lead to a le-
Richards specialized in writing
documentaries and TV segments.
T-shirts and baseball In July 2001, he successfully
pitched his own show to Headline
A classmate, Steph Gagnon, had
given Richards a heads up about an
gitimate career. He couldn’t have been happier to caps and spoke the way I Sports, a network which soon internship opportunity at theScore.
In his final year of high school, take his counsellor’s advice. speak.” became known as theScore. One day, Gagnon approached
Richards figured it would be smart Even though he loved the Cabbie on the Street would feature Richards at school and practically
to gain a background in production televisual aspect of his studies, When Richards attempted to its star interviewing people and demanded he apply that instant.
if he wanted to become an actor Richards was less enthusiastic about return a semester later, Gardner professional athletes in five-minute (continues on next page)
10 ALUMNI Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Getting notoriously steely players like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan to open up and let
loose is no easy task. But for Cabral Richards, it’s as simple as cracking a smile.

From left: Adnan Virk, Huse Madhavji, John Nadalin. Bottom Row: Mike Kiss, Cabbie, Randall Thorne. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CABRAL RICHARDS

ichards didn’t have many credentials on and talk about Quentin Tarantino movies,” and I’m so happy I did,” Richards says. Though he’s proven to be one of the best at
his resumé, but he credits getting his Richards recalls. “That just made it a lot more While the Hard Eight members made interviewing athletes, Richards hopes to step
big break due to his status as a Ryerson fun and engaging for me specifically.” names for themselves, Richards did too. On out a bit more and make a name for himself
student. During his second year at Ryerson, Rich- theScore, his light-hearted interviews with in areas other than sports. He looks up to late
Gagnon now works at the Rogers Centre, ards found a group of like-minded individu- Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Kobe Bryant, night hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, James Cor-
and Richards is always sure to thank him for als he’d soon consider lifelong friends. They and Sidney Crosby made him a fan favourite. den, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah for
giving him the push he needed. called themselves the “Hard Eight,” and mem- “I was there with my antics, being a knuck- their ability to constantly improve their con-
“Every time I see him, I’m like, you’re the bers included Saving Hope actor Husein Mad- lehead, but people got to hear what Sidney tent, adapt, and learn from one another.
reason I’m here going to interview José Bau- havji and Adnan Virk, a future colleague at Crosby’s laugh sounds like,” he said. “I wanna be a legend,” Richards says. “I
tista,” Richards says. “I need to take [Steph] theScore who’s now an anchor at ESPN. Richards found his niche going against the wanna create videos that resonate in the cul-
out to a nice, adult dinner with a big-ass steak, The group would hang out until two or common sports interview tropes, and athletes ture like those guys.”
whisky, and just tell some stories.” three in the morning, Virk remembers. responded to his fresh approach. Getting no- Richards has gotten to this point in his ca-
Now, nearly two decades after Ryerson, When Richards got his first gig with the- toriously steely players like Bryant to open up reer through a combination of luck and end-
Richards hasn’t been in contact with any pro- Score, Virk was ecstatic. “I remember when isn’t easy. It’s safe to say that Richards is now less hard work. His advice? “Try to make vid-
fessors, but distinctly remembers one teacher, he and I were hugging and were like, ‘Dude, one of, if not the most, prominent sports in- eos on your own. They’re gonna suck at first,
Denis McGrath. we’re 19 years old and we’re gonna have a job terviewers in Canada. and they may only get 100 views, but you just
McGrath, who passed away last March, was in the industry,” Virk says. In 2011, Richards jumped to CTV as a “spe- gotta stick with it and get your reps in.”
Richards’ writing instructor, as well as a pro- Richards spoke at Virk’s wedding. “If ever cial correspondent,” but he currently works at He’s grateful to have the chance to do what
ducer and screenwriter who won the Canadi- anything happened to me, he’s one of the first TSN, where he hosts and produces his own he’s always wanted to do.
an Screen Award for Best Dramatic Writing people I’ll call,” Virk says. “There’s nobody show Cabbie Presents. He still works with many “At some point it’s gonna be over,” he says.
for his series, Across the River to Motor City. else you’d rather have in the room.” of the people who were there in the early days, “I’m still doing a dream job. You gotta keep
“He was funny, and then we could go off “I had no idea I was gonna meet these guys, when he did it all for free. that perspective.”
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 ALUMNI 11

Three Ryerson alumni recall their times as students and how they got to where they are today

Lyman Bostock, a 27-year-old program, and quickly felt at home. highlight show forerunner to the CBC at the 2010 Vancouver Winter
outfielder for the California Angels, While studying, he got real-world network’s Sportsnet Central, which Olympics, where he had the call for
in town to face the Toronto Blue experience from his part-time job at is now broadcast several times per Canadian freestyle skier Alexandre
Jays one year after the bluebirds Hockey Night in Canada, where he day. Bilodeau’s performance, which
joined the American League. worked as a “runner”—doing errands Since joining Sportsnet, Campbell resulted in the first Olympic gold
“He called me over to introduce and interacting with television has done just about everything a medal on Canadian soil.
himself to me and he wanted to personalities like Ron Maclean, Don young sportscaster dreams of doing. In 2010, Campbell was replaced
know what my name was, and where Cherry and Brian Williams. His first Blue Jays play-by-play by former Jays catcher/manager
I was from,” says Campbell, now a “It was basically a position opportunity came on Apr. 8, 2002 Buck Martinez on play-by-play, and
baseball analyst with Sportsnet. “It reserved for university-aged when he filled in for Rob Faulds. He began hosting Blue Jays Central, a
made me feel that I could be a part students who were asked to come also was the play-by-play announcer pre- and post-game show.
of Major League Baseball myself in on Saturday nights and help out for the Toronto Phantoms of the With the 2018 baseball season
JAMIE CAMPBELL (RTA ‘89) some way.” with the broadcast and do whatever Arena Football League for the 2002- around the corner, Campbell will
Host, Sportsnet With two weeks left in the season, was necessary,” he says. 2003 season. be entering his eighth season as
By Kintaro Skinner Bostock was murdered, so Campbell “It gave me a level of broadcasting Then, in 2005, he finally got his Blue Jays Central’s host. At Ryerson,
remembers the interaction as a that I wanted to attain myself. It big break. Campbell knew he wanted to end
Jamie Campbell always knew he had moment of luck and of tragedy. showed me a level of professionalism, That season, Campbell replaced up on TV—broadcasting the Jays or
a passion for sports. “That is a searing memory for me credibility and knowledge that I Faulds as the full-time Blue Jays the Olympics or even local sports—
He would take a GO Train from that I have ingrained in my mind.” wanted to attain on my own.” commentator, a role he’d occupy but he never thought he’d end up
Oakville, Ont., to downtown For most of his life, he wanted After university, Campbell from 2005 to 2009. When late as a host on a network as big as
Toronto, where he’d stand outside to chat with baseball players, so worked for CBC Edmonton. Toronto legend Roy “Doc” Halladay Sportsnet.
hotels, waiting for professional he knew he wanted to go into In 1998, he landed his first big pitched his final game for the Jays, Not too shabby for the kid who
baseball players to come down to broadcasting. In 1986, he applied to opportunity with Sportsnet, in 2009, Campbell was on the mic. waited outside a hotel for Lyman
meet him. In 1978, Campbell met Ryerson’s radio and television arts co-hosting Sportscentral, a daily He worked as a commentator for Bostock to show up.

in cross country meets through “I did some stuff for The connected her with Greg Ross, Since her time at CBC, Salvian
university—Salvian knew making Eyeopener,” she said. “Then, I was a CBC news producer. Salvian has landed multiple jobs in the
it as a journalist wasn’t going to be the sports editor at The Ryersonian shadowed Ross during the Toronto sports industry, including working
easy. where I also hosted a weekly TV Blue Jays’ playoff run in 2016. as an in-game host for the Oshawa
In high school, people told her newscast.” It was an exciting year to be Generals of the Ontario Hockey
it would be difficult to find a job Despite having a solid sports covering the Jays: Toronto defeated League, and doing freelance work
in sports writing. As she got older, portfolio, she ended up working in Baltimore in the American League with NBA Canada.
Salvian found out they weren’t a different field to start her career, wild card game, defeating the Even though it might seem like
exaggerating at all. getting her first gig at CBC as an Orioles 5-2 in extra innings on the it’s a lot of work for one person
“I think that the way the industry intern in the news department. strength of a three-run walk-off to handle, Salvian takes it as a
is going, to go to school and She worked as a chase producer home-run by Edwin Encarnacion in challenge.
narrow yourself down and say, and assignment producer, giving the bottom of the 11th inning. The She’s learned to become a more
HAILEY SALVIAN (RSJ ‘17) ‘OK, I’m going to be a TV sports her the opportunity to look for Jays marched all the way to the AL versatile journalist, crediting her
Journalist, CBC Toronto journalist, that really isn’t smart,” stories and interview subjects. Championship series, where they hard work ethic and willingness to
By Peter Ash Salvian says. Once she started to show her lost in five games to the Cleveland stand out because of it.
Salvian, who graduated from skills, she began going out in the baseball team. “A lot of the skills you learn in
The ability to adapt in the journalism Ryerson’s undergraduate journalism field. Her work ethic soon led But to Salvian, the result mattered news, you learn in sports,” she says.
industry is always a bonus. program in 2017, thought that to an opening with the sports less than the experience she gained. “I always thought that I would start
For Hailey Salvian, it’s everything. she would be able to dive into the department, where she got her “I got to cover the Jays when they by starting something for Sportsnet,
Even though she grew up as a industry immediately because of her first break in the industry. still had Edwin,” she says. She even but it was something else first and it
sports fanatic—watching sports previous work with sports-related Her employers knew she had got to interview Jays pitchers Joe all started to work out from there.”
as a kid with her dad and running media outlets at the school. a keen interest in sports, so they Biagini and Marcus Stroman. Adaptation is everything.

the lede of one of his stories without In the months that followed, he on a spectrum between writer and Koreen says. “But I am proud of it.”
notifying him, and he wasn’t thrilled freelanced for several publications reporter. “I’m definitely closer to the It is important to cover issues
when he saw the final product. and briefly considered changing writer side of the spectrum,” he says. beyond the scope of sports writing,
“I was 21 and full of myself,” careers entirely. Ultimately he “If I do have control over what’s Koreen says. Evidently, people look
Koreen says. “I was like, ‘How could decided that The Athletic was the happened in my life, it’s because I for more than just sports in the
he do that?’” right fit for him. developed this writing tone that columns they read.
For Koreen, writing has always “When I was laid off, it gave me drew people to me.” “They want to have a personal
been a serious endeavour.More some time to think about other But despite finding two stable jobs connection with you,” he says. “And
than a decade after graduating from options,” he said. “That’s not to say during his career, Koreen had had when I can share something that is
Ryerson’s School of Journalism, that I’m disappointed with how it’s personal challenges. For example, honest and important, that helps.”
he’s a full-time beat writer for the worked out, because my time with he’s dealt with mental health issues. Koreen continues to battle some
Toronto Raptors at The Athletic, an The Athletic has been really good.” On “Bell Let’s Talk” Day in harsh realities that millennials face:
online sports writing platform. Koreen is one of many talented January 2017, Koreen wrote about a tight job market and the issue of
But a journalism career didn’t journalists to get laid off in recent his experiences dealing with anxiety, mental illness.
ERIC KOREEN (RSJ ‘07) always seem likely, says Koreen. years. He says that most challenges and the importance of speaking up But nearly 11 years after graduating
Writer, The Athletic “When I was at Ryerson, every in life are simply not controllable. about mental health. from Ryerson, Koreen seems to have
By Lior Kozai instructor or guest would come in Even so, Koreen has managed to He says that while anxiety was not found a home at The Athletic covering
and paint a bleak world view,” he find a niche in a struggling industry as big a deal for him as some of his Canada’s lone NBA team.
Eric Koreen remembers “losing recalls. due to his writing ability, which he readers’ responses would indicate He still takes writing very, very
[his] crap” because of an editor’s Koreen was laid off from the knows is his biggest asset. it was to them, he was glad to have seriously, although he’s less likely to
changes to an article early in his National Post in January 2016 after One of Koreen’s journalism made an impact on some people’s lose his crap over a lede these days.
writing career at The Ryersonian. spending nearly eight years on the professors at Ryerson once told him lives through his writing. There are far more important
Koreen says an editor changed Raptors beat. that most journalists fall somewhere “It wasn’t very hard [to open up],” things to worry about.
12 NBA Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Putting His Best Foot

Ryerson alum Aaron Best is making a name for

I n September, when former
Ryerson basketball star Aaron
an open tryout isn’t easy, mostly because
it isn’t much of a tryout, per se. While
himself in Canada and around the world
Words: Jacob Stoller | Photos: Brent Smyth | Illustrations: Aidan Lising

compete in the dunk contest during the

G League’s all-star weekend. He lost,
a basketball powerhouse as he might’ve
wished at the time; the Mattamy Athletic
Best headed to an open tryout for the tryouts are open to anyone—as long but it didn’t matter much to him. This Centre was no Chapel Hill.
the Raptors 905, the farm team as they can afford a moderate tryout is Aaron Best’s life now.
for Toronto’s NBA franchise, he fee—most of the wannabe Raptors who “Like most kids, he dreamed of being
wasn’t too focused on his odds of
making the team.
show up don’t have a real shot at making
the club—most of them know that. Still,
the prospect of balling in front of 905
T wo years after helping lead Ryer-
son to its first-ever OUA champi-
onship in men’s basketball, Best is mak-
in the NCAA,” says Rana, a few weeks
before his Rams earned a national
silver medal—their second in
Best, 26, signed his first professional head coach and former NBA all-star ing history once again. as many years. “He did have
contract, a two-year deal with BC Ju- Jerry Stackhouse is enough for local some NCAA interest and
ventus of the Lithuanian Division 1 enthusiasts to try their luck, just for fun. He’s just the second CIS/U Sports could’ve probably made
league, after graduating in 2016. But Stackhouse, who retired from the player to play in the G League since the that choice to go south,”
after one year overseas, Best’s basketball NBA in 2013, played 18 seasons in the NBA farm system was established in he continues. “We talked
future was undecided as the summer of association, starting out with the Phila- 2001. Not only that, he gets to play for a lot about what I was try-
2017 neared. Nevertheless, he continued delphia 76ers in 1995, three years after the Raptors affiliate in the city he was ing to build at Ryerson.”
to train. As September rolled around, Best was born. “Stack” led the league in born and raised in.
Best was still without a contract. scoring, averaging over 29 points per Rana was a major
game, in 2001. Growing up in Scarborough, Best reason Best was elected
Then, his trainer suggested he check watched Vince Carter, the Raptors’ to commit to Ryerson, a
out the next open tryout for the 905, a Amidst the casual hoopsters and the high-flying superstar, with wide-eyes, school which had generally
franchise in the NBA’s G League, where handful of players who’d played in Eu- as most Canadian basketball fans did mustered mediocre-at-best
basketball prospects try to make the leap rope the year before, Best was the player during Carter’s peak around the turn of results for as long as the team
to the big leagues. Playing for the 905 who caught Stackhouse’s eye. the millennium. existed. The pair was well-
would mean a shot at a call-up to play acquainted from their days at
in the big leagues, on the same court “I just fell in love with him,” says “I wanted to be just like Vince,” says Eastern Commerce in Scarbor-
that Vince Carter and Chris Bosh once Stackhouse, who coached the 905 to their Best, with a smile beaming from his ough, where Best was a student,
dominated, where DeMar DeRozan and first-ever league championship title in face. “I wanted to do everything Vince and Rana a teacher and coach. In his
Kyle Lowry made their names. 2017. “I fell in love with his willingness to did.” Grade 12 year, Best was the Eastern
learn—being a sponge—and just soaking Commerce MVP. Best and Rana went
up everything we were teaching in our Before “Vinsanity” started, Toronto on to create a strong friendship in the
early workouts. I thought he was a hell of was a hockey city. Even in 1995, when early stages of Best’s recruiting process,
a defender, and someone who could re- the Raptors and the short-lived Van- and that relationship came in handy
ally be a nice piece for us this year.” couver Grizzlies joined the NBA as ex- when the time came for Rana
pansion franchises, selling tickets to see to sell Best on his vision
When you stand out to Stackhouse, the Dinos wasn’t an easy task. Then, in for Ryerson. As
you’re something special. During his 1998, the Raptors landed their savior in
days at the University of North Caro- a draft-day deal with the Golden State
lina, some praised Stackhouse as “the Warriors. Carter’s arrival signalled a
next Jordan,” referring, of course, to shift, and from there, the swagger
the greatest Tar Heel. At every level and pride that now comes with be-
he played, Stackhouse scored at will, ing a Raptors fan was born.
and during his career, he played with
some NBA greats: Dirk Nowitzki, Allen If you think about it, Best
Iverson, Kevin Garnett and His Airness has become like Vince. But
himself. while Carter’s impact was
nationwide and undeni-
When the G League draft came able, Best’s has been more
around in October, Best was drafted muted, more focused:
42nd overall by the Long Island Nets, without question, he el-
but was quickly sent to the 905 in a evated Ryerson’s basket-
draft-day deal. ball program to the level
As it turned out, Stackhouse’s instinct it’s now at. As part of
For Best, who starred at Toronto’s regarding Best was right: the six-foot- coach Roy Rana’s first
Eastern Commerce Collegiate Insti- four guard has indeed evolved into a class of recruits, Best
tute—a basketball powerhouse that shut key cog in the 905’s rotation, and it paved the way for local
down in 2015—the opportunity was es- happened quite quickly. Best currently talent to stay at home
pecially intriguing. He grew up idolizing leads the 905 in games played, and is rather than trying
the Raptors, and now, he had the chance averaging 26 minutes per game in the their hand whil-
to one day become one. backcourt. ing away in the
“My trainer was just like, ‘Hey, you’re The defensive and athletic abili-
in shape,” Best tells me in February. ties that he developed at Ryerson have When Best
“‘Why don’t you just go and see what translated to the pros, and now, he’s go- chose to com-
happens?’ And the rest is history.” ing toe-to-toe with emerging players on mit to the Rams,
the verge of making their dreams come he knew he
Cracking a G League roster through true. In February, Best was selected to wasn’t going to
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 NBA 13
it turned out, the two shared the same He made sure to make every mo-
dream: the dream of being a winner; ment as a Ram count; when the buzzer
the dream of building something im- sounded following his final regular sea-
portant; and the dream of making Ryer- son home game in 2016, he went over to
son—and more broadly, the OUA and all his girlfriend, who he met at Ryerson,
of the CIS—the place to be for Canadian and proposed. She said yes.
basketball players looking for a space to Aside from playing for the 905, Best
grow. has also played for the Canadian senior
men’s basketball team, and will likely
Immediately, Best became a fixture at continue to represent his country on the
Ryerson—his high-flying antics echoing international stage.
those that Vince embossed on his brain Still, he won’t ever forget his roots.
a decade earlier. What Rana was build-
ing was a new era of Ryerson basketball, “He loves the program,” says Rana.
and Best was going to be at its center. “As a coach, it’s very satisfying because
“He was, right off the bat, one of our you know you’re doing the right things
toughest guys,” says Rana. “He was our when you have kids like that coming
best athlete.” back and giving back to the program.”
After a few seasons on the bubble,
Rana’s plan started to come to fruition: Ryerson has a special place in Best’s
in 2016, with Best leading the way, the heart. Basketball aside, it gave him plen-
Rams won their first of two-straight ty of opportunities, lessons and relation-
OUA championships, a year after win- ships that he’ll never forget.
ning the bronze medal at the CIS Final
8 championship, which was held under The school has given Best a lot, and
the bright lights of the Mattamy Ath- now, perhaps, a pathway to the NBA, Making History:
letic Centre, the former Maple Leaf though he’d never say it like that—he’s
Gardens. The Raptors never won just thankful to be playing basketball in Aaron Best was the first Ryerson player to ever make the NBA’s G
a trophy in that building, but the the city he grew up in.
Rams did. League. If he does manage to make it to the NBA, he’d be the first
“You just never know,” says Rana, of
former Canadian Interuniversity Sport/U Sports player to reach the
B est is humble, thankful for
the opportunities he had at
Ryerson and the ones he’s had
his former pupil’s NBA chances. “I don’t
think it’s out of the realm of possibility,
but he’s still a long shot, and I think he association since Jim Zoet—a former Lakehead Thunderwolf—suited
since graduation. knows that as well.”
“I’m grateful that I finished my up for the Detroit Pistons for seven games in 1983. So far in the G
degree,” he says. “It’s something He might be a long shot, but he has
that I always wanted to do. My a shot, which is more than most people League, Best has held his own. Take a look at his statistics from his
mom always instilled the importance can say.
of education in me from a young age, time at Ryerson and his time so far with the 905:
so I wanted to make sure that I fin- Aaron Best is one step away from be-
ished every step of my process. That coming a Toronto Raptor.
was big for me that I graduated.”
This is his life now.
14 MEDIA Wednesday, March 21, 2018

From left: Trey Kerby,

J.E. Skeets, Tas Melas,
Leigh Ellis, Matt Osten
and Jason Doyle

IO’Neal, live on the air,”

got a wedgie from Shaquille ers growing up, and I’m just a
colleague, I’m just a friend.”
says Phil Elder, known Moments like those make
professionally as J.E. Skeets, Melas feel like The Starters has
while recounting his proudest finally made it. Kyrie Irving
moments on American and John Wall have praised the
television. show, while other stars have
He’ll tell the story at dinner been featured in programming;
parties for the rest of his life. this season, Stephen Curry
Skeets and his longtime trained Leigh Ellis in a three-
friend Tas Melas, along with point shooting segment.
co-hosts Leigh Ellis and Trey On March 6, the original TBJ
Kerby, sit at a desk every members—Skeets, Melas and
weekday at Turner Studios, in Doyle—recorded their 2,000th
Atlanta, Ga., putting their cre- career show together, and a
ative brand of basketball fan- week later, The Starters aired its
dom on display for NBA TV’s 1,000th episode. At NBA TV,
audience. Behind the cameras, the format has largely been con-
Jason Doyle directs and Matt Osten produces. sistent from the start.
Since debuting on NBA TV in October video show to complement the audio version. pick up the phone. Each Starters episode opens the same way.
2013, their show’s been called The Starters. But As production increased, so did the team’s John O’Connor, an executive producer who “I’m J.E. Skeets, and alongside me as always is
before Skeets, Melas, Doyle and Osten arrived workload, so the team expanded accordingly. oversees The Starters as well as NBA TV’s oth- Tas Melas. To his right, the international man
in Atlanta, they got their start in Toronto at In 2009, Osten joined. After graduating er programming, says the show drew the at- of mystery, taking it to the Maxx, Leigh Ellis,”
Ryerson’s School of Radio and Television from Ryerson, he studied law at McGill Uni- tention of Turner, the network that produces Skeets says.
Arts, where they worked on their fourth-year versity. He finally brought a business-oriented NBA TV, because the hosts are just like regu-
thesis together. approach to the show, which was necessary to lar basketball fans. “I got a wedgie from
Melas did an internship at CBC’s Hockey supplement the “production mindset” others “The Starters adds a lot of levity to the net-
Night in Canada, where he wrote copy and already had, Melas says. work, and it’s important,” O’Connor says. Shaquille O’Neal,
poured coffee for Don Cherry, the bombastic “The biggest thing was just treating it like a “They can get serious when they need to, but live on the air”
host of Coach’s Corner. Cherry once criticized job,” Osten says. “I basically sat down and was most of the time, they’re just having a good
Melas for giving him non-black coffee when like, ‘Who do I know, in Toronto or other- time out there like any fan would.” “Friends,” Ellis responds, to which every-
it was, in fact, black. wise, that either would be interested in this or But as pleased as O’Connor is with their one replies, “Leigh-Leigh.”
Osten says the hands-on experience at Ry- could get me in front of a person who [was].” content, it’s The Starters’ work ethic which has “And last, but certainly not least, over yon-
erson gave the students, including Skeets, the impressed him the most. der, is the bearded one—that’s Trey Kerby,”
opportunity to create their own radio shows— “I’d be lying to you if I “There are some nights when we all want to Skeets continues.
a key moment in Starters’ lore. Doyle says the check out, and they’re challenged every night “A-YO,” Kerby screams. And, as expected,
program taught him “everything that goes
thought, in 10 years, I’d to come up with new, creative ways to do everyone yells the same thing back.
into making a show.” be in Atlanta hanging out their shows, and they do it,” he says. While many shows have formats which
While each had a different Ryerson expe- with Grant Hill” After nearly five seasons on American tele- quickly grow stale, The Starters always man-
rience, they all agreed on one thing: the best vision, the core elements of the show remain ages to keep their programming exciting; the
part of university was meeting each other. largely unchanged. The lovable quirks, pas- repetition becomes part of its appeal.
In January 2006, a year after graduating, Unsuccessfully, TBJ pitched to several net- sion for basketball and outright silliness that Each day, thousands of people tune in to
Skeets, Melas and Doyle began a weekly pod- works. But theScore, a multimedia sports net- drove the show’s rise have endured. Their watch the show on TV and on YouTube,
cast called The Basketball Jones (TBJ), at a time work, displayed interest. In March 2010, the strong work ethic has, too. where episodes are posted daily. And when
when hardly anyone knew what podcasts network committed to picking up the show; Doyle and Osten have both had their roles The Starters reached 1,000 shows, the congrat-
were. They woke up early every morning to within a year of Osten’s joining, the show altered far more than the men on camera. ulations came rolling in.
record before going to their full-time day jobs. had found a home, and for the first time, TBJ “For both of us, it was a complete change “Skeets, Tas, Trey, Lee—AKA The Start-
For their first three years on the air, nobody would be paid for their work. from TBJ to The Starters,” Doyle says. ers. Big congratulations on your thousandth
made any money off TBJ. “We believed in our “It was a long and arduous process to con- “[Before NBA TV] we’d very often just show,” Indiana Pacers star Myles Turner said
own abilities to make a fantastic show,” says vince a media station that we were worthy come in and record,” Osten says. “There’s a lot in an NBA-produced video.
Melas. “But we didn’t have a business mindset, of being aired,” Melas says. “If we didn’t get more pre-production now.” “One-thousand episodes?” cracked Kevin
by any means.” that Score opportunity, I think we would’ve NBA TV has also allowed its original mem- McHale, an NBA Hall of Famer. “I didn’t think
What TBJ did have was unmatchable en- all quit.” bers to run the show at their own discretion. they’d make it to 10.”
thusiasm and skill. From then on, TBJ became their job. “You make that type of move, and you im- While Skeets, Tas, Trey, Leigh and Os-
“I always knew that what we were doing “That was a game-changer, because now, it mediately start thinking, ‘Well, what are they ten are always pinching themselves over the
was pretty high quality,” Skeets says. “But was total focus into writing for the show and going to change?’” he says. “But to their credit, chance to hobknob with the NBA’s greatest
I’d be lying to you if I thought, in 10 years, I taking the show to bigger and greater things,” they trusted us.” players, Jason Doyle, the director, is just hap-
would be in Atlanta, still with all my friends says Skeets over the phone. “It was pretty im- One change that certainly hasn’t hurt is py to be doing something he loves with people
that I created the show with, hanging out with peccable timing, and obviously gave a huge access to a wide pool of high-profile guests, who mean a lot to him.
Grant Hill.” boost of energy to the show’s life.” from NBA players to celebrity fans. Many of Doyle likes basketball, just not as much as
Some people are meant to be teachers, law- In 2010, TBJ added Trey Kerby, a bearded the group’s co-workers at Turner are former the others do.“I picked the people, rather than
yers or social workers, but The Starters’ true basketball blogger known for his eclectic style, basketball stars, which often makes Skeets the subject matter,” he says. “I wanted to do a
calling is talking basketball. and in 2012, Leigh Ellis, a perpetually plaid- marvel, like he did at the NBA’s all-star week- show with Phil, Matt and Tas.”
When he started writing, Elder began go- shirted Australian import, joined up. For end in Los Angeles in February. “The ultimate thing about it is that we’re
ing by “J.E. Skeets” because he feared his boss- three years, TBJ plied its trade on theScore, “Grant Hill’s right beside us, and we’re talk- together,” Osten says.
es would find out he was basketball blogging solidifying their style, production techniques, ing to him about playing with Steve Nash,” “In the office, sitting around the same oval
on company time. When the podcast started, and ideology. Skeets says. “And Chris Webber’s over there, table for six to eight hours a day. Sometimes
he kept the pseudonym for similar reasons. In 2012, theScore was purchased for $167 and we’re talking about his Hall of Fame chanc- those hours fly by, and sometimes they don’t,
After about a year, to keep up with a grow- million by Rogers Media, the parent company es. And earlier in the week, we’re hanging out but what is pretty consistent is that every day,
ing audience and to show then full scope of of Sportsnet, and after that NBA season end- with Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace.” you’re going to leave having laughed pretty
their skills, the podcast switched from a week- ed, TBJ ended too. “I pinch myself in those moments,” Skeets hard at least once, if not many more times
ly to a daily format, and the crew soon added a So, when NBA TV came calling, they had to says. “Those were some of my favourite play- than that.”
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 WOMEN’S HOCKEY 15

Ryerson Rams alumni Jessica Hartwick and Melissa Wronzberg are leaving their mark in the CWHL and on women’s hockey
By Nick Reis


R yerson’s women’s hockey

team just wrapped up its
most successful season in school
leagues like the NFL, NBA, NHL
and MLB have played games
overseas and toyed with the idea
to push women’s hockey forward.
“It is the effort of the athletes,
the coaching staff, the board, our
Meanwhile, Wronzberg has
shifted from a high-scoring forward
to becoming a fourth-liner, bringing
their work, it’s clear the league is
headed in the right direction. “I
think we’re still a long way from be-
history—winning its first-ever of international expansion, the partners and broadcasters,” Walzak the energy when her team needs it ing as successful as we can be, but
playoff game in the process. The CWHL has already established two says. “To see the growth of women’s most. it’s growth and that’s all we can ask
team has come a long way since league teams in China. “Although it hockey [across the world], we need With the Clarkson Cup playoffs for at this point,” says Hartwick.
its inaugural season in 2011, and does add a larger distance to travel, the support of all these various underway, the league is getting As the league grows, players like
Melissa Wronzberg and Jessica it has been a very unique experience stakeholders.” The growth may more attention, and the Thunder Wronzberg and Hartwick will be
Hartwick would know. to be a part of,” Hartwick says. seem small from the outside, but are at the centre of it. Markham remembered. They chose to play
They were among the first crop This past season, the initial every step forward means the world swept Les Canadiennes de Montreal professionally not for the money or
of recruits to suit up for head coach plan was finally implemented by to the women playing. in the semifinals to advance to the fame, but to play a game they loved
Lisa Haley. During the five seasons introducing a base stipend for every “Since my first season, we have Cup finals. On March 25, they’ll and inspire other women and girls
Wronzberg and Hartwick played, CWHL athlete, signalling a step in had so many more people in the take on either the Calgary Inferno to do the same.
the Rams won just 24 games and the right direction and bringing stands and so many more supporters or the Kunlun Red Star, one of the “I just hope women’s hockey con-
made the playoffs only once. Both newfound attention to the league. on social media,” Hartwick explains. expansion teams based in China. tinues to grow and players who are
had successful individual careers— However, the pay is nothing like In Markham, Wronzberg and Regardless of how the season ends, on the Rams now and will be in the
Wronzberg holds team records in an NHL player’s: Each team has Hartwick have taken on new roles. Hartwick and Wronzberg are a part future can do the same,” Wronzberg
points and games played, Hartwick $100,000 to distribute among as At Ryerson, they were leaders early of something spe- says.
was Ryerson’s captain—but the wins many as 25 players each season, an on. cial. Although There is outstanding wom-
were hard to come by. average of $5,000 per player. That’s Hartwick became Ryerson’s captain the CWHL en’s hockey being played
“It wasn’t always easy,” Wronzberg about 0.77 per cent of the lowest in her fourth season, and led the team still has around the world at
says. But being a trailblazer never is. NHL annual salary, as the average to its first-ever playoff appearance hurdles to both the amateur
After helping to establish Ryerson’s NHL player makes $650,000. that season. overcome, and professional
hockey team, creating paths for more “The fact that I’m able to play “I stepped into this role very young its play- levels: it’s about
women to play university hockey, hockey and get paid for it, that and I admittedly think it was a big ers have time people
Wronzberg and Hartwick are doing wasn’t even imaginable before. And deal at first,” Hartwick says. But bright took notice.
the same thing at the professional now I’m able to live that dream,” later on, something clicked, and futures.
level as members of the Markham says Wronzberg. “It’s not enough Hartwick realized being a leader was Now that
Thunder, one of seven teams in the to be a living wage,” says Hartwick. much more important than she’d they’re be-
upstart Canadian Women’s Hockey “But it still helps us cover the cost of thought. ing paid for
League (CWHL), founded in 2007. gas and equipment.”
After graduating from Ryerson While at Ryerson, Wronzberg
in 2015, both Wronzberg, 25 and and Hartwick strived to grow as
Hartwick, 24, took a chance and athletes and as leaders in the hockey
chose to pursue a career playing in community. “I learned how to work
the CWHL. At the time, the league harder, how to challenge myself,
only consisted of five teams across how to challenge my teammates
Canada, and was not able to afford in practice, and how to still enjoy
paying its players any sort of base playing even though we were los-
salary. ing,” Hartwick says. “There is always
As chair of of the CWHL board, something to learn and take from
Laurel Walzak always wanted to each experience to be better
be able to pay the athletes, but was next time.”
more focused on providing them Now, both players
with a consistent salary. are trying to make the
“The board from day one always game better for those
wanted to be in a position to pay who come after
women, but subject to being able them, Hartwick
to pay to play where we can be sus- started Hart & Stride
tainable long-term, and that was the Development Inc., a
key,” explains Walzak, an instructor hockey development
in Ryerson’s School of Sport Media. clinic that trains players
The CWHL’s founding was of all ages and skill
spearheaded by several legendary levels with the use of a
women’s hockey players, including skating treadmill, while
Canadian olympians Jennifer Wronzberg works hard
Botterill and Sami Jo Small. Players to be a positive role
like Marie-Philip Poulin, Hilary model for younger players
Knight and Caroline Ouellette have while volunteering with
all played in the league, but despite community initiatives.
the on-ice talent, most media have The league has
still treated the league with apathy. progressed tremendously,
The league has made innovative but all progress is a joint
changes in order to grow the game effort of the entire
of hockey. While other professional league pulling together
16 NBA STAFF Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Rising Sun

in store, however, when an assistant day, but thinking I was gonna get here
coach position unexpectedly opened this fast or even how things panned
up. “Third year I was doing video, but out, it was impossible for me to fore- From wiping floors
midway through the season we lost an see this,” says Mistry, who now resides
assistant coach for personal reasons,” in Phoenix and travels with the team. for his university
says Mistry. “They needed someone Despite having high hopes, Mistry team in Toronto, to
Dipesh Mistry’s journey from manager to the NBA to step up, and coach Rana gave me an says what got him to Phoenix was his developing media
opportunity to do some scouting, and focused mindset. “Take it one day at a
that helped me transition into an as- time, just keep working because op- and scouting for
the NBA’s Phoenix
I n 2011, Dipesh Mistry tried out for
Ryerson’s men’s basketball team,
just for the hell of it, and didn’t make
basketball led Mistry to the Ryerson
tryout, but missing the cut proved to
be a blessing in disguise. As team man-
sistant coach.”
Mistry was an assistant coach un-
til 2016, when he graduated from
portunities happen when you work
hard,” he says.
From wiping floors for his univer-
Suns in the heart
the cut. It was the end of his playing ager, Mistry had a heavy workload, but the Ryerson’s business management sity team in Toronto, to developing of Arizona, Mistry’s
days, but Mistry’s career in the sport Rana was certain he’d learn a lot from program. After grad, Mistry joined media and scouting for the NBA’s story is the perfect
was only beginning.
Soon after, Rams head coach Roy
the experience. “Regardless of the po-
sition,” Rana told him at the time, “no
the women’s team as a performance
analyst during the Olympics in Rio
Phoenix Suns in the heart of Arizona,
Mistry’s story is the perfect example of
example of the path
Rana tweeted that he was looking for job is beneath you.” de Janeiro, Brazil. And the next sum- the path to success: an unpredictable to success
a new team manager, so Mistry went “It was a great experience for me,” mer, Mistry would join team Canada’s journey that comes with it’s fair share
straight to Rana’s office. “I’ll do any- Mistry says. men’s basketball team as a video co- of obstacles, fueled by nothing less
thing. I’m driven and passionate about The next year, Mistry took on a big- ordinator. The team’s coaching staff, than passion and determination.
basketball,” he told Rana. “He believed ger role and became a team staple by led by Rana, featured former Toronto
in me and he gave me a shot.” analyzing game-film to help the staff Raptors head coach Jay Triano, who
For two years, Mistry filled the figure out what the players did during would later get Mistry his job with the
unpaid position, doing everything their time on the court. Phoenix Suns.
from rebounding in practice to doing After Mistry’s second year, he While working as the lead assis-
laundry afterward. Now, he’s the joined Team Canada’s FIBA Americas tant coach for McMaster University’s
assistant video coordinator for the gold-medal winning women’s basket- men’s team this year, Mistry heard
NBA’s Phoenix Suns, a far cry from ball team as a performance analyst. To Triano had become the Suns’ interim
where he was seven years ago. So how Mistry, being a part of the national coach after Earl Watson was fired
did he get there? team was the highest honour. early in the NBA season. In need of
Before coming to Ryerson, Mistry “It means everything,” said Mistry. video coordinators, Triano gave Mis-
played basketball recreationally in “As soon as that national anthem plays, try a call.
Markham, and at the high school level I get goosebumps down my spine. “He called, asking if I would be part
for Milliken Mills. Whoever we play, as soon as I hear of the new Phoenix Suns staff,” Mis-
“That’s where I fell in love with bas- that national anthem, I know it’s big- try says. He accepted the offer and
ketball,” says Mistry. “Milliken taught ger than me, bigger than basketball.” debuted as one of Phoenix’s assistant
me how to balance basketball and By third-year, Mistry became the video coordinators on Dec. 15.
school.” His experience and passion for Rams video coordinator. More was “I had a goal to make the NBA one
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 B-BALL BFFS 17

PHOTO: ALEX D’ADDESE: RYERSON ATHLETICS From left: Mariah Nunes, Keneca Pingue-Giles, Carly Clarke and Siki Jez

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Rams

No matter how far their careers take them, three of Ryerson’s best players keep each other close. Atara Shields checks in

K eneca Pingue-Giles, Siki Jez

and Mariah Nunes used to
share a home court, but now they
get more women and girls in sports.
“I know she’s going to be
successful no matter what she does,”
she heard from an agent about a
team in Spain. It seemed her luck
had turned and she could follow her
That coach then offered her a
spot on his team in September.
Meanwhile, Nunes dropped her
teammates. “I think when they come
back they’ll be great role models for
younger generations of girls.”
share a group chat. Nunes says. “I’m just surprised it dream after all, but her first season agent and used connections she However, nothing’s certain.
Two years ago, the former isn’t basketball.” was disappointing. made on her own to move to a new Careers can end with an injury,
Rams led Ryerson’s women’s But Pingue-Giles, a Winnipeg Over in the Netherlands, Jez was team in the second division in Spain. and new ones can begin faster
basketball team to their first native, has no regrets about her telling the same story. “Me and Siki, than expected, as was the case
OUA championship title and career change, and is already we’ve been going through a lot of “Even though they’ve with Pingue-Giles. As Nunes says,
snagged silver at the Canadian making a difference as a role model similar things. The ups and downs. been gone for eight “You never know what’s going to
Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national for younger athletes, just as she did Our lives are really intertwined,” months, we always pick happen.” For now, both she and
championship. during her playing days. Nunes said. Jez come home in the summers,
Now, Jez and Nunes are in Europe “I think playing my five years They both found themselves up where we left off” and when everyone’s in town, the
as the first two Rams women’s at Ryerson, I reached my pinnacle playing on teams at a much lower former Rams go out, work out and
basketball players to play overseas, when it comes to the sport,” she level than they anticipated. The Although Nunes says she’s “still play basketball together—just like
and Pingue-Giles, the 2016 CIS says. “I have no issues where I am joy in signing that elusive overseas trying to figure out where (she’s) during their Ryerson days.
player of the year isn’t playing much now. It’s great.” She might not play contract started to dim. “My going along this journey,” both “Same old thing. It’s like nothing’s
basketball at all after tearing her pro, but she is “living vicariously” confidence and everything went she and Jez are thriving, playing changed,” says Pingue-Giles. “Even
ACL in a tryout for Team Canada in through her best friends and former down so much,” Jez says. “Playing for third-seeded teams in their though they’ve been gone for eight
the summer of 2016. teammates who are pursuing their pro requires mental toughness. respective leagues. months, we always pick up where
As a Ram, Pingue-Giles fully own dreams in Europe. The twists Living far from family and friends, “It ended up happening,” Jez said. we left off.”
expected to continue playing in Jez and Nunes’ own journeys have you have a lot of time to your “And now I’m like, holy shit. It’s As for keeping up with the
professionally after graduation; surprised them as well. thoughts between morning and crazy that I was actually able to make Rams who now play under their
practically everyone she knew did. night practices.” my dream come true, because not a championship banner at Coca-Cola
She hasn’t played in an organized “I know she’s going to Instead of abandoning the dream, lot of people get this opportunity court, Pingue-Giles attends the
league since. She helps at Rams be successful no matter the two took strength from each at all.” Jez and Nunes say that they home games while Jez battles the
practice sometimes, and plays what she does“ other, and from Pingue-Giles, to want to play for as continue as long seven-hour time difference to tune
on Saturday mornings with the make it work. as their bodies co-operate. in as often as she can. It’s important
men’s team alumni, but her other For much of her life, Nunes They were constantly in contact “If I could do it for another four, for them to see how the next
exposure to the game is in her job was sure she was going to play with each other: on Skype, on social five years—bless,” said Jez. Nunes generation of Ryerson basketball
at the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, professionally, but after having media, and of course, in their round- said it would be amazing to play for players are traversing the path that
Culture and Sport (MTCS). She difficulty finding an agent following the-clock group chat. another 10. they helped to pave.
scored the job after speaking graduation, she accepted that it Jez confided in a coach she was “I hope they do have longevity “What Siki, Mariah and I did was
at an MTCS event and joining wasn’t going to happen, and was training with about needing to get in the sport professionally because historic for Ryerson,” says Pingue-
an advisory panel as part of the taking a test to be an air traffic out of Holland, and he told a coach they’re great athletes,” says Pingue- Giles. “We have this bond, this sis-
provincial government’s effort to controller. But in September 2016, in Romania about her. Giles about her friends and former terhood that can’t be broken.”
18 CRICKET Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mirza Hassan’s Paddle Tale CRICK-

How a Ryerson alumnus spread
sustained a hamstring injury half-
way through the game and couldn’t
the difficult choices they have to
make: do they focus their energy on
Some need-to-know terms
cricket across the country walk. He only sat out for a few min- school, work, or recreation? for any cricket fan
utes before jumping back to his Now, as CCC has been affiliated
bowling position, picking up three with the Cricket Council of On-
By Nina Shu crucial wickets and leading the tario, it is one step closer to being Bowler – noun
Passing his knowledge onto those Rams to victory. nationally recognized. Mirza is also
following in his footsteps has always “He loves leading from the front; one step closer to his dream of hav- [boh-lyrrh] The person who

herever Ryerson alumnus Has- been Mirza’s strategy—whether it he wants to take initiative to put ing cricket being open to everyone throws the ball to the opposing
san Mirza goes, cricket teams be in captaining a team or making runs on the board and take wickets, in every college and university in team’s batsman; equivalent to a
spring up. one. Maintaining relationships with and lead the way for the other team Canada. pitcher in baseball.
First, was the one he started at younger cricketers is how he met members,” said Ullah. “I always believe the outcome will
Monarch Park Collegiate Institute CCC’s co-founder and current chief With CCC, Mirza is also leading be good because as long as you’re Century – noun
after immigrating to Toronto from operations officer, Obaid Ullah. the way for other cricketers across sincere towards anything,” Mirza
Pakistan at 15. Next, while attend- When they first met in 2013, Canada and making the sport acces- says. “The outcome can never be [sent-churry] A significant
ing Ryerson’s Chang School for Mirza was the captain of Ryerson’s sible to everyone, regardless of ra- wrong.” landmark in which an individual
business management courses, he men’s cricket team and Ullah was a cial or financial background. One of player’s score is at least 100 runs in
organized and captained the men’s freshman, eager to get on the field. his goals for CCC is to gain enough one game.
cricket team, which received of- Mirza was looking for someone to support and sponsorships to be able
ficial club status in 2015. And in pass his knowledge to, someone to offer sports scholarships to stu- Every time I go to Fielder – noun
2014, he founded Canadian College
Cricket (CCC), an organization
with the leadership skills and
passion to fill his
dents and take some of the weight
off their shoulders.
watch one of the [feel-dur] A player on the field-
that helps colleges and universi- shoes. As a student from an immigrant Raptors games ing team who catches the ball in or-
ties across Canada form their own
cricket teams. To Mirza, Ul-
family who worked full time and
took courses part-time, Mirza downtown, I ask der to limit the batsman’s runs or to
get them out, similar to the fielding
“Every time I go to watch one of lah met those understands the struggle myself, ‘Why can’t positions in baseball.
the Raptors games downtown, I ask requirements, of other immigrants and
myself, ‘Why can’t cricket be there?’ and then cricket be there?’ Over – noun
That’s my dream,” said the 31-year-
old Mirza.
U l l a h ,
That’s my dream. [oh-ver] Six consecutive deliv-
With cricket being one of the a fifth-year eries of the ball by the bowler to
fastest growing games in Canada, mechanical the batsman. After six throws, the
and the multicultural population engineering umpire calls “over” and the bowler
of Toronto filled with immigrants student, current must be replaced by another one
from cricket-loving common- captain of Ryerson’s men’s cricket from their team.
wealth countries, the numbers team, and a big player in school
are there to make Mirza’s politics, started out by shadowing Run - noun
dream come true. Mirza both on the field and in terms
of managerial duties for the cricket [run] A basic means of scoring;

ne of the the batsman hits the ball and runs
biggest the length of the pitch. The number
things missing of runs scored depends on how far
was the sport’s the ball is hit and how many times
representation in post-secondary the batsman runs back and forth.
institutions and an organizing body club.
for that level of playing. This is As a player under Mirza’s captaincy, Tape ball - noun
where CCC came in. Ullah got to know how he took con-
While the U.S. had American trol of [tay-p-ball] A tennis ball stra-
College Cricket (ACC) with over the game, stayed mentally focused, tegically wrapped in electrical tape,
80 participating schools, Canadian and inspired his teammates. often used in street cricket and in-
colleges and universities had mostly “He’s very positive and aggressive door cricket due to its lightness.
self-contained cricket clubs. There when it comes down to the game
were annual championships, but situation,” said Ullah. “If he’s bowl-
the cricket community lacked con- ing, he wants their wicket. If he’s Wicket - noun
tinuity throughout the year. batting, he’s gonna score as many
Working closely with ACC, runs as he can. If he’s fielding, he’s [whick-it]
Mirza co-founded CCC at the end gonna take as many runs as he can 1. A set of stumps and bails;
of 2014, which currently has 12 and he’s gonna make sure the whole 2. The pitch;
participating schools, including Ry- team’s involved.” 3. The dismissal of a batsman
erson, University of Waterloo, and Ullah recalled a moment last
Wilfrid Laurier University. It runs year during the semi-final game
a summer league, championship of the ACC Nationals: Ryerson
events for both indoor and outdoor was facing their archrivals, the
cricket, a women’s cricket program, University of South Florida, to
and an All-Star series in partnership whom they’ve lost multiple
with ACC. times.
As president of CCC, Mirza faces Not only did the
challenges unique to growing an Rams have a
up-and-coming sport with a lack of low score, a
established processes. loss seemed
“When you’re trying to develop to be on
a new game, you learn as you go. the ho-
You make mistakes, you learn from rizon.
them, and you try to improve on Mirza had ILLUSTRATION:
them,” he said. AIDAN LISING
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 ESPORTS 19

How a group of students turned a classic video game into a staple in the Student Campus Centre


M onib Baray sits down in

front of a Cathode Ray Tube
(CRT) TV—the big, boxy kind—in
sends in their first player to fight in
a 1v1 match, with the winner carry-
ing their remaining stocks to battle
the basement of the Student Cam- the next opposing player. They keep
pus Centre (SCC), just like he usu- rotating in this manner until one
ally does when he’s on campus. He team completely runs out of stocks.
untangles his earphones, plugs them A lot has changed in the four
into his phone and begins listening years since the Reddit posting, but
to a song that’s been stuck in his what hasn’t changed is the club’s un-
head for a few days: Dragon Ball Su- official status.
per Ultimate Battle Theme. Bago says they’ve been trying to
“Monib is not taking any precau- get Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
tions. He’s putting his tunes on, he club status every year since 2014.
has his comfy clothes,” eSportcaster However, Bago says they’ve been
JC Olazo says loudly into his head- denied because the RSU views them
set, talking over the clamour of as part of another eSports gaming
about 45 people. club on campus—Ryerson Esports.
Baray is about to play Super “We’re so big of an organization
Smash Bros. Melee, and tonight is ourselves—an unofficial organiza-
an especially crazy night. Every Fri- tion—that we need space,” he said.
day at 7 p.m., the basement of the “We need a room to keep our stuff
SCC is packed with gamers compet- in.”
ing for a chance to win the number- While the TVs always stay in the
one weekly Melee tournament se- basement, the consoles are stored in
ries in Toronto, entitled “RU Salty,” student’s lockers when not in use.
and Baray is one of them. Last year, the group lost four con-
“He is going for the kill with his “We couldn’t live off one TV the Joseph Raimondo, president of soles from a theft—another reason
Luigi,” Olazo shouts as Baray locks “He is going for entire time, so everyone started say- Ryerson Esports and a member of why Bago wants official club status
in his favourite character. “Ladies the kill with his ing ‘Hey, I found [one] on Kijiji or the Twitch stream production team, granted by the RSU.
and gentlemen, if you haven’t seen Luigi. Ladies and Facebook’ and started bringing TVs said they wanted to use the stream “It was roughly about $500 that was
his Luigi, it is prestige.” in from all over Toronto… we kind to attract more players. stolen out of our lockers,” he said.
Baray, one of Ryerson’s top Melee gentlemen, if you of just took over the space.” “It’s come so far now that it’s at
players, looks over at his opponent haven’t seen his As membership increased, Guida the level of a professional Smash
sitting next to him. He knows that and his group created their own eS- broadcast,” said Raimondo, a sports
luigi, it is prestige.”
to decide which map they play on, ports team and joined the Melee col- media student.
he has to win a round of rock-pa- legiate circuit. The Melee eSports team, as of this
per-scissors. Rock-paper-scissors. He weeklies, with numbers peaking A year later, JC Olazo and Con- year, has partnered with Ryerson
chooses rock. His opponent chooses at 44 players. All RU Salty tourna- nor Lee became the new directors Esports. Bago, who is also the man-
scissors—Baray wins. He makes his ments are streamed on, of the club. Olazo organized the ager of the team, said he’s “really
choice: the battlefield map. a video game live-streaming plat- first tournament in 2015, and from proud” of the team “for their hard
“Good luck,” they say to each form. The group also now has their there, began hosting tournaments work this past year.” Their season
other as they bump fists. They turn own Ryerson eSports team. about once a month. When Bago came to an end last month, with Ry-
their eyes toward the bright screen In the SCC basement, the group took over as head of tournaments erson’s Melee team placing fourth in
flashing “Ready? Go!” and the battle has six CRT TVs, three HDTVs last year, he made them a weekly oc- all of Ontario and New York.
begins. and about 10 gaming consoles. But currence. Baray, captain of the Melee team,
RU Salty is open to anyone who they didn’t always have all of this. said competing with a team in crew
wants to play—not just Ryerson stu- When the unofficial Melee club first battles is a lot different than playing
dents. started, all they had was a Facebook “Everyone’s watching in 1v1 tournaments like Ryerson’s
“We’ve gained that reputation as group. you and hoping that weekly.
a tournament that everyone in On- It all began with an online thread you’re doing what “It’s very different from just tra-
tario [knows about],” head tourna- on Reddit in 2014. The thread asked ditionally going to your own tour-
ment organizer Gilbert Bago said. users to comment if they had a Me- you’re supposed naments because now you have the
If people from out of town are in lee scene at their university. The to do.” pressure of four other people on
the area, “they’re just like, ‘Hey, I’ve founder of Ryerson’s unofficial club, you,” he explained. “And it’s not like
heard of that place. Let me come by Robert Guida, commented, saying a team game where [you all play]
and check it out.’” he’d created a Facebook group for “I’m trying to build something at the same time, this one’s indi-
The person that Baray faced in his Ryerson students interested in play- this year that hasn’t been done be- vidually. Everyone’s watching you In the future, Bago plans
first game wasn’t a Ryerson student. ing. Bago, the current director, saw fore in order to keep going for the and hoping that you’re doing what on branching out the group’s
“You have that pressure of home the post and joined the group. next generation,” Bago explained. you’re supposed to do. So, [we] feel tournament scene by adding
field,” Baray said. “You have to deal The club found its first CRT TV “Before, we kind of just came down a lot more pressure to perform.” in doubles (2v2) and starting
with [the pressure of other Ryerson on a street corner, carried it into the and played video games casually… Crew battles pit teams of five tournament series for other games
students] wanting you to succeed, SCC, and put it down in the base- But now I’ve brought in more of a against each other, but they don’t as well.
but at the same time it feels good ment to “mark their territory,” Bago competitive aspect.” all fight at one time. Each player “It’s weird to think of where we
to have those people behind your said. They plugged in a console and Bago put together a production has four stocks—or lives—and each came from,” he said. “One little CRT
back.” some controllers and began to play. team of two media students and one team pools their stocks together with eight people trying to get on
RU Salty has the biggest turnout “From there, it just slowly grew computer science student to stream for a total of 20. They then fight in one set-up with four players. And
compared to other Toronto Melee into this huge thing,” he said. their weekly tournaments. consecutive 1v1 battles. Each team now we have all that down there.”
20 VOLLEYBALL Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Serving up
After years of losing, Ryerson’s women’s volleyball
team just wrapped up their first perfect season

By Luke Bellus

Ryerson’s women’s volleyball team has come a long way.

In the early days of the team’s existence, things weren’t going
so well. From 1979 to 2001, the team registered a combined
win/loss record of 37-229, meaning they won an average of
1.61 games per season.
For perspective, from 1989-1997, the team won a grand
total of one game, giving them a combined record of 1-81. In
that time span, with three different coaches at the helm, the
program had a total of seven seasons without a win.

All of the hardship I'VE gone through

over these past five years is all worth it

Thankfully, those days are over.

On Sunday, March 18, the team won its first-ever national
championship in a four-set clash against the Alberta Pandas.
Considering their past, the recent success is warranted. The
team went through difficult times until Dustin Reid took over
in the 2008-09 season. In 2012-13, Reid led the team to a 14-4
record and an OUA bronze medal.
Ten years after Reid joined, the Rams now find themselves
national champions and the owners of a 25-0 record.
“I hate using clichés,” Reid said. “But we were a special group
and we made special things happen throughout the year.”
They truly were a special team, with the squad boasting
seven players who nabbed OUA awards, including two first
team and one second team all-stars.
One of Ryerson’s biggest contributors in the season was
OUA East Award of Merit winner Julie Longman.
During her five years at Ryerson, Longman collected a
number of awards including being named OUA East Libero
of the Year and to the OUA All-Rookie Team in 2013-14, and
the Award of Merit in 2017-18.
In her first four years at Ryerson, Longman found success
individually, but the team struggled to claim any titles of their
own during that time.
And then the 2017-18 season came around—a historic
year that saw the Rams capture the schools first U Sports
championship in recent school history and the volleyball
programs first OUA banner.
“All of the hardship I’ve gone through over these past five
years is all worth it,” Longman said. “It just makes all the ups
and downs much more special.”

I hate using ClichÉs, but we were a

special group and we made special
things happen throughout the year

There is a boatload of talent within this group, with some of

the freshmen—such as Janelle Albert and Alicia Lam—having
successful rookie campaigns. The crazy part is that it doesn’t
even stop there, as the roster holds a lot of players who’ve yet
to make their presence felt.
After decades of losing seasons, the Ryerson’s women’s
volleyball team is on track to redefine their legacy. With a
national championship under their belt and a young core
returning for the coming seasons, the sky’s the limit for this
program as they look ahead.
21 Wednesday, March 21, 2018
22 CELLY HARD Wednesday, March 21, 2018

To Ryerson with love, from Starbucks

Starbucks will soon be releasing new Ryerson University student-inspired tea lattes as a final “fuck you” to Tim Hortons in 2019
By Lyba Mansoor sity experience, because what is uni- sucker punch to the gut.” Just like
versity if not commodifying every your student experience. Yum.
In celebration of Ryerson’s offi- aspect of higher education. Sounds 2. Teavana bed bug tea latte
cial breakup with Tim Hortons, exciting, right?” she said. Bed bug infestations have be-
Starbucks announced Monday that Though an official, complete come somewhat of an identifier for
they will be launching a new line list of all latte flavours have not Ryerson’s Victoria building,
of tea lattes inspired by Ryerson yet been made public, we here at thus a tea latte dedicated en-
student life. The Eyeopener were able to ob- tirely to the little suckers. Noth-
Starbucks spokesperson Kerry tain a list of the three flavours that ing starts the day off right quite
Fitzgerald said the new lattes will will be showcased at the launch. like the crunch of bed bugs in
have a soft launch in early April, Here is a list of the lattes. Sorry your latte!
before officially hitting the menu Tims, good luck topping these! 3. Teavana Gould Street stank Sweet-tea from our new sweetie.
boards of all Starbucks locations on 1. Teavana instant ramen tea latte
Ryerson campus in 2019, as a final tea latte The various, often ominous, drink menu. “It tastes exactly how drinks has already created a buzz
“fuck you,” to Tim Hortons. This latte is inspired by Ryerson scents of Gould Street are a you would expect the smell of across campus, with students
“The flavours of the new lattes are students’ main form of sustenance in hallmark of Ryerson. The odours Gould Street to taste,” one focus impatiently waiting for that
totally inspired by Ryerson students. their formative years of adulthood. that waft all around as students group member said, as he choked soft launch.
We wanted to find a way to liquefy The focus group that helped develop amble to class have now been back bile. Starbucks, you’re doing great
and sell the whole Ryerson Univer- the flavours described it as “a hard incorporated into the Starbucks The new line of Starbucks sweetie.

From typo to international holiday

The new international frenzy hitting Ryerson, “Momday” begins on Monday, March 26, 2018. Don’t forget to bring your mom

By Valerie Dittrich to invite her mother and all her invite her friends—how could I say
mom’s friends to her office on no to that?”
In a matter of three days, what Monday morning. Since then, LeBlanc’s fumble
started out as a simple misspelled Brownston’s request for has turned into a worldwide
word has turned into an LeBlanc’s help came from an phenomenon. Mothers from far
international frenzy. accident at her mattress firm. and wide come together to celebrate
When Cynthia LeBlanc, a The mattresses themselves were Momday. From east to west, north
fourth-year underwater basket indeed not firm, Brownston and south, mothers come armed
weaving student at Ryerson, needed LeBlanc’s help getting rid with shady side comments about
accidentally wrote “Momday” of a bed bug outbreak in one of their family minivans, snacks
instead of “Monday” to her fellow their factories. Brownston told The and condoms.
colleague, she had no idea how far Eye no one should ever lay on the Brownston noted that the
it would go. mattresses. treasured holiday is inherently The best typing mistake Cynthia LeBlanc ever made.
“I literally just typed an ‘m’ But to LeBlanc’s surprise, she different from Mother’s Day.
instead of an ‘n’ by mistake,” she arrived at Brownston’s office to see Instead of motherly appreciation and pure exchange between awesome Event spaces are taking further
said. “I didn’t think it would even a group of mothers, including her from their children and spouses, mothers, it has turned into what security action for the yearly
matter. I make typos every single own, hosting what appeared to be all different kinds of moms concerned fathers are calling a vicious potlucks, by only letting the
day so this is a bit of a shock.” a potluck. bring their best potluck dish and competition. mothers interact with each other
In a quick text message to her “I don’t know where she got that soak up each other’s motherliness Floria Thinka, a real estate for eight minutes at maximum to
friend, LeBlanc wrote, “I’ll swing by idea from,” LeBlanc said. “I really in the very best way possible; with broker with three sons in varsity avoid any type of conflict. Mac and
your office on Momday.” Keleigh thought she was messing with me.” home-cooked meals, unsolicited soccer, claimed that another cheese has been banned as a dish
Brownston, a recent graduate from When asked about the typo, yet always wise advice, and mother’s mac and cheese had her throughout the world because of
Ryerson’s napping program, works Brownston said she didn’t realize a lot—and we mean a lot—of “shook.” A food fight ensued. this isolated incident.
at a mattress firm and was asking it was a mistake. “I thought she cheek-pinching. “The streets were running orange This year’s first annual Momday
LeBlanc for help. Brownston, wanted me to invite my mom. And However, while Momday was with cheese, milk and butter” said falls on March 26, 2018. Don’t
confused by the text, proceeded then my mom asked if she could originally intended to be a wholesome Thinka. forget your mom.

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