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Tragic murder of Rye criminolgy student
A friend remembers Ryerson student Carina Petrache who was stabbed and burned to death at age 24

Months later Sarah Wong still can’t believe that her good friend Carina Petrache (above middle) is dead.
wasn’t a social butterfly, but those
BY Brad Whitehouse Petrache had to make late night “You hear people yelling for but charges have yet to be formal- whisper on the phone and some- who were her friends were very
Associate News Editor phone calls to China. No matter help in the street all the time and ly laid. Badakhshan was in a coma times leave the house to talk. lucky.”
what, they made sure they kept it’s not serious,” she said. “This at Sunnybrook Hospital where he She said that Petrache was just
For Sarah Wong, a call from her in touch. But one day the calls was a different kind of yell.” was being treated for burns to a really sweet girl, who was always
good friend Carina Petrache was stopped coming. Firefighters pulled Petrache most of his body. She wasn’t a social but- concerned about others. She al-
part of her daily ritual. The two “I didn’t think she was in a place from the building at Huron and At the time of the tragedy, Pa- terfly, but those who ways wanted to make sure that ev-
had known each other since living of danger,” said Wong, who fig- Bloor streets around 10 a.m. and trache’s neighbour saw Badakh- were her friends were eryone was having a good time and
next to one another in residence ured Petrache, a Ryerson psychol- pronounced her dead at the shan through the kitchen window very lucky. that everyone was doing all right,
at University of Toronto, and re- ogy and criminology student, had scene. But the fire wasn’t the ex- of the rooming house. She said — Sarah Wong, friend which is why she called her good
mained pals after Petrache trans- just gotten busy. tent of the tragedy. Police said she she knew that something had friend in China everyday.
ferred to Ryerson. She tried calling Petrache and died of stab wounds and burns, happened because his shirt was Wong will be coming to Toronto The thing Wong is going to miss
messaging her on Facebook, but but wouldn’t confirm neighbours tattered. Her gaze locked with Ba- this December to visit her friend’s the most is the phone calls with her
didn’t hear from her even a month accounts that her throat had been dakhshan’s. His eyes were glazed grave. She hasn’t been able to say friend. When something happens
You hear people yelling later. Then Wong got a call from slit. over. goodbye yet, and admits that she in Shanghai, her first reaction is to
in the streets for help Toronto. It wasn’t Petrache. It was “When I saw the plain-clothed But it wasn’t the first time she is in denial that her friend is dead. call Petrache.
all the time and it’s not another friend, who told her that police and the SWAT team go in, I had seen Badakhshan at the win- She makes lists of who she is going “It’s very hard to find someone
serious. This was a 24-year-old Petrache was mur- knew that it was more than just a dows. Badakhshan lived in the to invite to her party when she vis- who you can talk to about any-
different kind of yell. dered. fire,” said Lynn Jenkins, who lived basement apartment and was of- its Toronto, and she always includes thing,” Wong said. “She was a great
— Neighbour who The morning of July 2, Pe- across the street from Petrache. ten peering out into the laneway. Petrache’s name out of habit. listener.”
called 911 trache’s next door neighbour, a She said she saw flames coming He could see when Petrache was In her obituary, Petrache is de- Petrache’s murder is still un-
nun who asked not to be named, from the basement windows coming and going from the house. scribed as an angel, and Wong der police investigation, and Det.
Wong moved to Shanghai a heard a woman screaming for Det. Ian Briggs of Toronto Police Wong said when Petrache fondly remembers one quiet winter Briggs says it could take at least a
year ago, but the 12 hour time help and called 911. The rooming Services said Petrache’s boyfriend, called her, she would say that she night when the two made angels in couple of years for the case to go to
difference didn’t stop the friends house where Petrache lived was Farshad Badakhshan, will be couldn’t talk because her boy- freshly fallen snow at Queen’s Park. trial. According to police, the case
from talking, even if it meant that on fire. charged with first-degree murder, friend was listening in. She would “She was shy,” said Wong. “She should be resolved quickly in court.

Hub cafeteria doesn’t meet pest control standards

This summer the cafeteria was slapped with “crucial” and “siginificant” infractions for failing to provide adequate pest control, food safety and to ensure
food is not contaminated. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy says the university has “dramtically” increased pest control from one to three times a week.
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Ryerson
eyes
Empress
Hotel
BY Mariana ionova
News Editor
Ryerson may be juggling a handful
of complex projects but that isn’t stop-
ping the university from eyeing a new
challenge in the Empress Hotel, on the
corner of Yonge and Gould Streets.
The university first expressed inter-
est in the property in July, when direc-
tor of public affairs Janet Mowat told
the Toronto Star that Ryerson may
consider the property “if the price
were right.”
Ryerson has since been in contact
with lawyers representing the Lalani
Ryerson is planning to build a Student Learning Centre at the iconic site of the Sam the Record Man. PHOto: lauren strapeigel
Group, the current owners of the site.

Ryerson projects lag behind
“Sure we’re interested, but it’s not
ours and we have to understand fully
what is it that the building requires
from the city in heritage,” Ryerson
president Sheldon Levy said. “And that

The university faces problems completing its million-dollar projects
BY mariana ionova dent Learning Centre, a project that level Loblaws store. By the That’s the building, of

numbers
news editor consists of building a 10-story, 160 000 The MLG redevelopment is not only all the areas, to have a
square foot library that connects to the Ryerson’s most high profile project, but it subway access.
Between the School of Image Arts, Dundas subway station. also has the most rigid deadline. —Sheldon Levy, President
the Maple Leaf Gardens and the Student But the project is still in the planning Since the federal government’s $20 mil-
Learning Centre, Ryerson is busy trans- stages and construction has yet to begin. lion contribution to the project is a part we don’t know, it’s not clear to us.”
MAPLE LEAF GARDENS
forming the campus. “The very early design ideas for the of its infrastructure stimulus fund, it came The 122-year-old heritage building
• Project began: December 2009
But not everything is going smoothly. Student Learning Centre are now emerg- with a condition that requires the facilities made news when a part of its façade
• Expected completion: March 2011
One of Ryerson’s most challenging proj- ing, leading towards a construction start to be largely completed by March 2011. collapsed in April, leading to a partial
but must only be partially complete closure of Gould Street.
ects has been the renovation of the School “It’s always been a tight deadline but
of Image Arts. The project aims to expand we’re still inclined to meet that deadline,”
• Funding: $60 million from tuition But the poor condition of the prop-
the space by 14,000 square feet and in- It would have been easier Chris O’Reilly, a partner at BBB Architects fees, federal government and fund- erty is nothing compared to its strate-
clude a Ryerson Gallery and Research Cen- just to kock down this build- and one of the chief architects for the raising gic value to the university, according
tre. The deadline for the project was origi- ing and start again. project. to Ryerson president Sheldon Levy.
nally set for this fall but it has been pushed —Sheldon Levy, President But Levy said that it is difficult to envi- Student Learning “It’s sort of like the entrance to your
back until next September. in 2011 and a completion in 2013,” Ian sion a site that was still undergoing exca- Centre campus,” Levy said, adding that the
• Project began: February 2010 site is important to the university and
The reason for the delay is that those Hamilton,director of Campus Planning and vation until a few weeks ago will be com-
must be looked after.
involved underestimated the “complexity Facilities, said in an email. plete by next March. • Expected completion: 2013
Since the Dundad station subway
of changing a brewery into a gallery,” Levy Connecting the SLC to the subway has “This ship in the bottle will start form- • Funding: $45 million from provin-
platform ends directly below the
said. been a major contributor to the slow start, ing but, when you look there, you think cial government
building, the location is also important
“We kept on saying to ourselves ‘it according to Levy. and shake your head and say ‘you must
for Ryerson because it could make the
would have been easier just to knock “Where is the subway going, are we be smoking something really dangerous,’” Image Arts subway accessible on campus.
down this building and start again,’” Levy going to spend the money to tunnel un- Levy said. • Project began: March 2008 “So, that’s the building, of all the ar-
said. “And maybe, if we could move the derneath Gould Street to connect to the It may seem that pressure to complete • Expected completion: September eas, to have a subway access directly
clock all the way back, we may have done Student Learning Centre, who pays for the MLG threatens to take focus away 2011, delayed by 12 months on campus,” Levy said.
that.” that - all of this is a very complex discus- from Ryerson’s other developments but But, although the Lalani Group has
• Funding: $32.9 million from pro-
Levy added that the project is back on sion,” Levy said. Levy insists that won’t happen.“The re- been disputing with the city as the
vincial and federal government
schedule and he is confident it will be com- Ryerson is also working to complete the sources are different, the groups working whether or not the building should be
pleted for the upcoming school year. $60 million redevelopment of Maple Leaf on it are different, there’s lots of problems demolished, it is unclear if they are in-
— Mariana Ionova
The university has also faced some com- Gardens, which will house the Ryerson but that isn’t one of them, I can assure terested in selling the property.
plications with the construction of the Stu Sports and Recreation Centre and a street- you.” — Mariana Ionova

Ryerson settles on $70,000 library deal
By michael duncan whereas the new agreement charges T policy, this access is not extended
Ryerson on a per student basis and to undergraduate students who can
Successful negotiations between can be pro-rated for students access- only access Robarts through inter-
Ryerson and the University of To- ing Robarts later in the year. library loans.
ronto have resulted in a three-year “It’s a major research library so
agreement allowing Ryerson Gradu- The deal will be based on they have a lot of hard copy books
ate students full access to U of T’s Ro- actual usage as opposed to and our collection is very small in
barts library. last year. comparison,” said Lefebvre about U
The negotiations, which were — Madeleine Lefebvre , of T’s Robarts library.
completed in late August, took place Chief Librarian But even though Ryerson’s library
throughout the summer between space may be small, and undergrad-
both Ryerson’s chief librarian Mad- “It is a more favourable deal than uates may be limited in access to
eleine Lefebvre and U of T’s chief li- the one we had last year because Robarts, Ryerson’s online research
brarian Carole Moore. we had time to think it through and databases are also great tools for re-
“The deal will be based on actual negotiate it,” said Ryerson Provost search.
usage as opposed to last year the and Vice President Academic, Alan “Ryerson’s electronic database
provost paid a blanket fee based on Shepard. has been sharply increasing, and we
the year before,” said Lefebvre. While the deal allows Robarts ac- have a really superb database and
Last year’s deal cost Ryerson cess for all Ryerson Graduate stu- have put a lot of money into it,” said Ryerson graduate students will be back at Robarts library after
$70,000 and was a interim fee, dents, staff and faculty, under U of Shepard. talks settled with U of T. PHOTO: Chelsea pOTTAGE
6 The Eyeopener NEWS Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Students line up in the Student Campus Centre to get their photos taken for the TTC identification card. PHOto: jennifer tse

New discount metropass
Post-secondary students can now buy discounted passes from any TTC thanks to student lobby groups

Discount
BY Josh o’kane ondary students effective this month. “You need a standardized one so But a similar universal pass would not
Unlike the VIP pass, the student metro- you can evaluate if it is valid or not,” be so easy to achieve in Toronto, said Ha-
Despite having access to new dis-
counted student passes, students bought
pass is available across the city at all TTC
stations.
Giambrone said.
While student unions lauded the new
mid Osman, the Ontario National Execu-
tive Representative with the CFS.
passes across
fewer TTC metropasses through Ryerson So while only 2,736 student metropass- pass a victory for Toronto students, it’s a “The issue is, one, that the price is too the province
this September. es and 2,173 VIP metropasses were sold small discount compared to mandatory high; secondly, there’s not an opt-out op-
And that’s something Ryerson Stu- for the month of September —down 10 universal transit passes available in other tion,” Osman said.
Toronto: Adult Monthly is $121;
dents’ Union president Toby Whitfield per cent from last year— he said it’s just an jurisdictions. He also noted that Ryerson stu-
Student Monthly is $99; Ryerson
considers a good thing. indication that students have the freedom At the University of Guelph, students dents who use other transit systems like
VIP Monthly is $107.
“We actually expected to sell less, be- to buy them elsewhere. pay $82.15 per semester for a mandatory GO Transit, VIVA and YRT have additional Guelph: Adult Monthly is $72;
cause with our new student passes . . . stu- To use the student metropass, students universal bus pass. transit needs that must be met. Guelph U-Pass is $ 164.30 per year.
dents can now purchase them across the have to purchase a $7 student ID card that But the $99 student metropass is the Hamilton: Adult Monthly is $87;
city,” said Whitfield. must be shown when boarding a TTC ve- right step for the students who need it, McMaster U-Pass is $102.70 per
In previous years, the Ryerson com- hicle. None of the ID card costs go to the he said year.
munity had access to discounted passes RSU, but rather to the TTC and the printing It’s amazing. Students “It’s amazing. Students are now saving London: Adult Monthly is $81;
through the TTC’s Volume Incentive Pro- company. are now saving upwards upwards of $22 a month.” Western U-Pass is $ 136.84 per year.
gram (VIP), which are currently priced at However, Whitfield said the RSU gets of $22 a month. Giambrone’s just happy it means more St. Catherines: Adult Monthly is
$107. But only a limited number of passes a small commission ­— between 0.1 and — Hamid Osman, CFS transit riders. $80; Brock U-Pass is $145.85 per
were available and they were sold exclu- one per cent of the sales of the student “We know that one of the largest seg- year.
sively in the Student Campus Center (SCC). metropass. The result is that students pay just un- ments of transit riders are young people,” Waterloo: Adult Monthly is $60;
But in November 2009, the RSU and TTC chair Adam Giambrone, city coun- der a quarter the price of Guelph’s transit said the TTC chair. Laurier U-Pass is $107.84; Waterloo
other Toronto student unions banded to- cillor for Ward 18 (Davenport), explains pass ($288 over four months) and almost “We also know that if we can . . . keep U-Pass is $99.50 per year.
gether with the Canadian Federation of that additional ID is necessary because a fifth of what Toronto students pay per them on transit through their early 20s, Windsor: Adult Monthly is $79;
Students (CFS)–Ontario, and successfully drivers can’t possibly memorize all varying semester (four monthly metropasses costs then we have a very good chance of Student Monthly is $55.
lobbied for a $99 metropass for post-sec- types of student identification. $396). creating lifelong transit riders.”

Ryerson desperate to buy more beds
BY travis myers an ever-increasing student population. Ryerson’s formal request sought “quali-
That means that only about three per cent fied and experienced parties” interested
While new students are finding their of Ryerson’s student population is housed in “designing, building, financing and op-
way around campus and into classrooms, in residence, compared to 13 per cent of U erating” an off-campus residence close to
it is still unclear whether they will be find- of T’s student body. the university.
ing their way into Ryerson residences in Non-affiliated residences like the Neill- “That’s not like buying property,” Levy
the near future. Wycik student housing co-operative are said. “They’re self-funded so it’s sort of
Ryerson has been striving to find a so- also an option but they do not guaran- like ‘Can you develop a business case that
lution to its residence shortage for much tee the quality and accountability that so makes them self standing?’”
of the summer. many first-year students and their parents Officials would neither confirm nor
The university made two formal re- deny if developers have expressed any
quests within five months, which called interest in providing Ryerson with new
upon private investors and development We’re so short on residence residence spaces since the request was
companies to create new off-campus resi- space and have been just filed in April.
dence for students. not successful in moving They also refused to comment on why
“We’re so short on residence space and this agenda forward. Ryerson changed the wording of its re-
have been just not successful in moving — Sheldon Levy, quest in the second notice filed in August,
this agenda forward,” Ryerson president Ryerson president which specified that the university is look-
Sheldon Levy said. ing to enter “some form of agreement”
“I think this year we’re going to re- with investors regarding the “develop-
ally do our very, very best to see if there is seek. ment and/or ongoing operation” of pos-
some way we can move on the residence Ryerson president Sheldon Levy spoke sible residences.
agenda because we’re so short.” out in April when the first formal request At this time it is unknown if any deals
Student Housing Services’ Chad Nuttall was made to developers, telling the To- have been brokered for new residences
confirmed that Pitman, the O’Keefe House ronto Star that he aimed for new resi- close to campus, but Ryerson’s 25,000
Residence house only three per cent of Ryerson’s student population. and the International Living and Learning dences that can house up to 3,000 more member student body can expect devel-
PHOto: Eric zaworski Centre only offer 852 residence spaces for students. opments in the future.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 news The Eyeopener 7

Gould street closure a
pain for drivers
By Emma Prestwich Hall, which is a foot higher than
the sidewalk. He said he’s worried
The closure of Gould St. has about the winter, when snow and
created a new community hub slippery surfaces may affect ac-
on campus that many say is posi- cess.
tive, but it has also cut off access “But they’ve already decided to
to service vehicles, forcing service [close], so what can we do?”
personnel to get creative. Abdullah Dar was going to be
Chris Regalado, a delivery driver ticketed Thursday for parking in
with Food and Ancillary Services, front of the Student Campus Cen-
said that the closure is “unbe- tre until he told the officer he was
lievable” and “slows everything moving supplies for an RSU fund-
down.” He said that he used to use raiser.
the alleyway behind the Victoria The third-year accounting stu-
building, but now parks down dent said that he supports the clo-
by Victoria and Dundas because sure, but that parking is a “hassle.”
of renovations to the Image Arts Others say that that the closure
building, which has coincided with won’t really affect drivers.
the closure.
“It was a good idea to have a
small corner to get together,” he
Andrew McAllister spearheaded the campaign to ban bottled water on campus. PHOto: lindsay boeckl said of the new student space, “but They’ve neglected one
they’ve neglected one thing for thing for the benefit of

Rye slow to go bottle-free
the benefit of the other.” the other.
Ian Peters was at Ryerson Thurs- — Chris Regalado,
day to check out how the closure delivery driver with food
will affect the path fire trucks will and ancillary services
by rebecca Burton less disposable waste. We’re do- out the year. each year as new students come take in case of an emergency on
ing what we think students want,” One of the main battles that on campus,” said Whitfield. campus.
Earlier this year, Ryerson en- said Rick Knapp, food and bever- the university is currently facing is Whitfield recognized that a The captain of Toronto Fire De- “People just don’t expect to
tered a three-year agreement to age manager of the SCC. around infrastructure. main challenge for Ryerson stu- partment Aerial #325 said that Ry- drive on it,” said Baruch Zone, a
phase out bottled water on cam- The first floor of the student “We need to improve infra- dents would be not having the erson security would move plant- professor of architecture science,
pus by 2013. The initiative will re- campus centre is the only place to structure. Many buildings and convenience of bottled water to ers or other roadblocks if a vehicle who said he usually walks to cam-
duce the amount of bottled water find a refillable water station so far. infrastructures aren’t designed to bring into class. Yet a personal needed to get through, but that pus from Queen and Dovercourt.
on campus while increasing the “I always hear ‘there’s not be bottled water free,” said RSU victory for the RSU will be the the first truck will have to come Gould isn’t built to be a high-
amount of filling and drinking sta- enough fountains on campus president Toby Whitfield. amount of money they will save down Church St. instead. traffic street, said Nick Milhovic, a
tions across campus each year, en- from students,” said McAllister. Water fountains in Kerr Hall, the by not providing bottles of water Toronto resident who was on cam-
couraging students to try the tap. McAllister says that the RSU library and podium buildings have at their events throughout the pus Thursday for the Toronto Inter-
“It’s a gradual process,” said will try to install these stations on to be repaired before students can year. In the long run, there will be national Film Festival. He said that
Andrew McAllister, the board of every floor of the building by the begin using these fountains. Cur- a huge savings by offering the al- It was not possible to he didn’t think the lack of parking
governor’s sustainability commis- end of this year. They have also rently, the ductwork around the ternative of jugs of tap water at all be honest and say... on Gould would affect those flock-
sioner. been committed to handing out water piping contains asbestos public student events. it won’t make a differ- ing to Ryerson for TIFF.
Ryerson will have a three-year free reusable water bottles at ev- and has to be replaced before the “Their intentions are good but ence. “From a business perspective,
grace period to phase in alterna- ery Ryerson student event during building can commit to eliminat- there’s room for improvement,” — Sheldon Levy, Ryerson even if this was a mecca for park-
tives for students, like drinking the past two weeks of Frosh and ing bottled water. said Jillian Robinson, 22, first year president ing, there are a million other places
fountains and reusable water bot- The university still sells bottled criminal justice student. around here,” he said.
tle vending machines. water at the cafeterias in Pitman “Perhaps they should give away
So far the entire student I always hear there’s not Hall, ILLC, and Jorgensen Hall yet reusable bottles at the bookstore “Obviously, it would be easier to
campus centre, including both enough fountains on have cut down on the amount instead of free bags,” she said. get through if [Gould] was open,”
Have a news tip? Do you
Oakham House and the Ram in campus. that they purchase in their con- John Corallo, head of ancillary he said. “I don’t know what’s going want to volunteer for the
the Rye have committed to the —Andrew McAllister tract. services, also noted that other to happen.” Eyeopener? Email us at
news@theeyeopener.com
pledge and have eliminated bot- The Ryerson Student’s Union water products, such as Vitamin Hot-dog vendor Kevin Ababi
tled water from their menu. main focus right now is educating water, were not included in these said that he is now forced to park
“We certainly lost some rev- Week of Welcome. They have also students on why they are going discussions and will continue to on Church and lug his cart up onto
enue but the issue is more than promised to continue to distribute bottled water free. be sold on campus. the pathway that runs between
loss of revenue, it’s about creating bottles around campus through- “We need to educate people the Podium building and Kerr

Copyright plan may cost students more
BY Lee Richardson they’re saying that that should is get a fair rate for our members Due to the method
News editor count as copying,” said Noah Stew- who are Canadian, and interna- that Access Copyright would use
art of the (CFS) Canadian Federa- tional authors and publishers,” to evaluate the amount of copying
Ryerson University is one of a few tion of Students. said Erin Finlay, Manager of legal carried out in educational institu-
universities involved in creating a Such a shift would see services at Access Copyright. tions, privacy concerns have been
legal position against a potential the current flat-rate fee of $3.38 “We’re trying to get brought forward in an objection
copyright system that could sig- per student plus 10 cents per a fair rate for when colleges and filed by the CFS and the Canadian
nificantly increase student fees. page of copied material (such as universities use or copy works in- Association of University Teachers.
The new proposal by pages of a course pack) increase stead of buying them.” “The institution has to
Access Copyright – a leading Ca- to a blended flat-rate fee of $45 A collective legal position from hand over to Access Copyright ac-
nadian copyright license provider per university student. College universities across Canada has cess to the email accounts of ev-
– aims to overhaul copyright poli- students would see an increase to been set up in response to the ery single professor in the institu-
cy in the age of increasing digital $35. proposal. tion as well as every student,” said
course material. “That’s ridiculous, it’s “This doesn’t happen Stewart.
“If a teacher tries to already expensive to go to school,” very often that you would have an The proposal, if passed,
send out a hyperlink to an article said Second year Social Work stu- uniform position all across Cana- would almost double costs that
to a class, saying to the class ‘Go to dent, Sawyer Pow. “You’re just da, all worrying about the costs of educational institutions are re-
this website and read this article,’ sharing information, there should it and taking a collective action,” quired to pay.
be a difference between sharing said Ryerson President Sheldon “Like everyone I’m concerned that
information and using it for your Levy. there isn’t new costs and double
There should be a own gain.” The proposal, which costs, said Levy. “We’ll have to
difference between However, Access Copy- has been filed to the Copyright watch out very carefully at this is-
sharing information and right maintains that this simply an Board of Canada, may affect the sue.”
using it for your own eventual development as course workloads of institutional staff
gain. reading materials gradually shift by requiring them to keep track Students may face more fees if the proposal is passed.
— Sawyer Pow, second- towards digital. of every instance of copying, said Photo: Marta iwanek
year student “All we’re trying to do Stewart.
8 The Eyeopener NEWS Wednesday, September 15, 2010

RSU introduce new $30,000 position
A controversial fifth executive position was created last year to lessen workload of the Ryerson Students’ Union
portfolios.
BY nicole siena “It has actually allowed for more work
to be done. Especially with the equity
The Ryerson Student’s Union (RSU) has and sustainability issues, to solidify our
a fifth executive position on the board for commitment as a students union to do
the first time. equity and sustainability work,” said
The decision to create a vice -presi- Diverlus.
dent equity was voted in favor at last falls “I don’t remember if I had approached
Semi Annual General Meeting (SAGM). him [for the position],” said Whitfield. “It
Rodney Diverlus, a third year dance was months ago.”
major, was elected to take the position. Each RSU executive is required to work
“He was elected the same way all the a 40-hour week, and gets paid accord-
executives were elected, by the students,” ingly.
said Toby Whitfield, president of the RSU.
100811-0927
The decision to create a fifth executive Ryerson
In BSC
order to fund a fifth executive posi-
tion, RSU members had to “determine
was submitted to last falls SAGM due to
ExxonMobil
the VP education’s over stressed
how to save money,” said Whitfield, even
portfolio. though the budget has an increase due
“The equity committee had ideas
DeAnne Dawkins
for stuff they wanted to do, but the v.p.
/ Neelu Walia
to inflation.
“Everyone is funded the same way, and
education was just not ableRyerson
to do,” said Eyeopener
everyone is paid the same way,” he said.
Diverlus. “They simply didn’t have the Diverlus has already spearheaded
resources.” many events on campus, including Dis-
At the SAGM, the creation of the posi- orientation day, which took place during
tion came, taking equity and8” x 10” Orientation week.
sustainabil-
ity from the VP education and putting it
into the new position- v.p. equity. “Students are going to see vp equity
“That makes it one stream line portfo- campaigns, and we want students to be a
lio that takes care of equity and sustain- part of it,” said Whitfield.
ability issues,” said Diverlus.
From previous years, people have
been talking about how the expansion of Rodney Diverlus is the first to hold the position of VP Equity. PHOto: CHELSEA POTTAGE

Briefs & Groaners

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pressive thieves broke in
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and looted the building of
$10,300 worth of computer
equipment. No word yet on
whether Ethan Hawke is in-
volved or not.

Security was called af-
ter complaints that a man
was walking around tap-
ping students’ heads in the
quad. The individual was a
student and was trying to
make friends during Frosh.
We recommend a simple
“hello” and asking them if
they want to go for a drink.

Police identified three
male students who they
believe were shooting pel-
let guns at Pitman Hall and
ILLC residences. The men
were taking fire from the
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a “plethora of items” had
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Monday Sept. 6. Included
were an old TV, one down-
hill ski, a construction py-
lon, couch cushions and an
emergency exit sign which
was hanging from a tree.
— Lee Richardson
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 PARADE & PICNIC The Eyeopener 9

When I say Parade... you say Picnic
Last Friday Ryerson students marched down Yonge Street and partied on Toronto Island with JFK of MSTRKRFT (centre),
Kid Sister and Shad (bottom right). Photos by Marta Iwanek, Chelsea Pottage and Lauren Strapagiel

Wanna see yourself in the Eyeopener? Model for us! All levels of attractiveness accepted.
Email photo@theeyeopener.com
10 The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE Wednesday, September 15, 2010

There are nine blank doors in the downtown core. They all lead to clubs that might encourage the lust and pleasures of their gay or straight guests. These places are closer to
Ryerson than you might think.

The night I went to a sex club
PHOto: lauren strapagiel

An anonymous Ryerson student recounts the night he received a frequent fucker card and travelled into the depths of a bathouse
I was curious. I’d heard of them sive windowpanes on either side. All I could see were the scarcely noticed seductive looks coming tiful man was passed out on the pers (an aphrodisiac that relaxes
before, but now that I was getting Through the glass I could see the clothed men brushing past me from the men inside who were bed. Rob could tell I wasn’t re- the rectal muscles) and he gave
ready to go I couldn’t help but outlines of men sitting at the whose hungry looks made me already engaging in oral sex. We laxed. My previous fears about me Cialis (an enhancer) because I
think of the negative stereotypes bar — some naked, some in small uneasy about the policy against made stops in the sauna and the my sexuality started to creep back asked for it. I was straddling his
that surround these places. I never white towels. An attendant ap- clothing. When I reached my sling rooms, which is where he up and I told myself to calm down, chest when I noticed the man who
saw myself actually doing this. proached me asking for the locker locker I undressed and quickly explained that he had been a which didn’t help. was previously unconscious was
But still, a part of me wanted to. and towel fee and at the push of wrapped a towel tightly around paramedic who later received a now pleasing himself. I invited
I was interested in the dark and a button the solid door unlocked, my waist. One of the men ap- Masters in Psychology but now him to join us.
unknown world I was preparing to welcoming me inside. As I pushed proached me and sat on the bench practices law. He explained that He told me who to stay Rob could tell I was finally en-
enter. Ignoring the no drug policy the door open my nerves spiked — next to me. He was sitting close many other men from the top of away from, who to get joying myself and told me to turn
I had read about, I popped some there was no turning back. I en- to me and was clearly excited, but society were regulars at the spa as drugs from, and who over so I could witness the act in
MDMA to open my mind to what tered the room and could barely I fought back the impulse I had to well. had AIDS but would the mirror. I felt as though I had
I was about to encounter. Here I see. The walls were black, lighting run. He knew immediately that I We spoke about our personal fuck me bare anyway. seen myself for the first time. I
was, on my way to a gay sex club. was dim and the entire place felt wasn’t a regular. experiences with self-discovery was finally experiencing solace in
The closer I got to St. Marc’s Spa industrial. I decided to be open with him and found that we both shared my own sexuality and I was more
the more nervous I became. But I about my lifelong journey of the impulse to run from homo- comfortable with myself than ever
forced myself to enter. The room sexual exploration. We discussed sexual activity and the need to He asked me if I wanted to before.
was stark and I saw a man sitting He was sitting close to human sexuality and I mentioned scrub our bodies raw immediately watch them fuck. I entertained When I left I felt a sense of
behind a desk who looked bored. me and was clearly ex- that I recently decided to overlook after it. Our talk made me more the idea and told him to go for accomplishment. Stepping into
He turned his attention towards cited, but I fought back labels like gay, straight, and even comfortable with the entire scene. it. They got sensual, but I wasn’t the crowds of people hustling
me and I could see a quick burst of the impulse I had to bisexual. I became less concerned with the aroused. He offered to give me down Yonge Street I felt I had ex-
excitement in his eyes. Since the run. I asked him to show me around towel that I was previously clench- a massage. I accepted. He was perienced an exhilarating secret
elevator was broken the man di- and he agreed. He introduced ing to my hip. He asked me to re- good with his hands and I finally world. I was proud of myself for
rected me towards the stairs. himself as Rob and knew the en- turn to his room, assuring me that relaxed. He started to work his having the courage to enter these
As I climbed the stairs, the bass I began to feel as though I was tire spa inside out. He told me nothing had to happen. I agreed. tongue down my body and to my blank doors that most people walk
from the club above grew louder travelling through a maze and the who to stay away from, who to get On our way over he explained rear, and asked if I was enjoying it. by everyday, without a second
and the drug started to kick in. dark and narrow hallways were drugs from, and who had AIDS but that there was a guy in his bed I had to admit that I was. He asked glance.
When I reached the top I was fac- daunting as I tried to find the lock- would fuck me bare anyway. sleeping off drugs. We entered to suck me off. I said yes. Will I ever go back? I don’t
ing a large metal door with mas- ers. As we past door after door I the room and the sculpted, beau- We’d been sniffing Pop- know. But, I wouldn’t rule it out.

* student chose to remain anonymous to protect his privacy. Retold by Gianluca Inglesi
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 ARTS & LIFE The Eyeopener 11

Gloryholes, saunas and sex tapes, Oh My
With Oasis Aqua Lounge scheduled to open just steps from Ryerson, Sarah Del Giallo and Gin Sexsmith investigate why
you should consider a new type of club this fall
Decrepit back alleys and non- Albeit controversial, Johnson women is $10 while the fee for sick of being badgered in clubs. With tuition these days, you’re in well trained with strict guidelines
descript doors are features of said her club poses a great situa- couples is $80. “A guy hits on you, you say debt for the rest of your life and to ensure cleanliness. Along with
downtown living. And on your tion for students worried about Johnson says that a student rate no thank you. He asks you again. that doesn’t leave much room to beds being stripped and wash-
walk to school, passing these plac- disturbing a roommate, or being is currently under consideration. You say no thank you,” she said. “I get laid.” rooms being cleaned, all surfaces
es probably wouldn’t phase you. heard through the paper-thin resi- While enjoying yourself, stu- hope this would prevent a lot of Spa Excess has a lounge and bar, in the rooms are scrubbed clean.
But you might take a second dence walls. dents have the perfect opportuni- date rape type stuff.” steam room, private bathrooms, “It’s probably the harder thing
glance if you knew that behind Johnson’s facility provides pri- ty to stock up on free condoms and The Aqua Lounge does care gym, massage room, Jacuzzi, food to do, but the health board loves
these doors lie sex clubs, for both vate rooms for the more timid of hors d’oeuvres that the club offers. about your safety. Employees are service, pool table, DJ booth, in- us,” he said.
gay and straight guests. And the students. But for those who can Once inside you are welcome trained to keep an eye out for ternet access, lockers, rooms and a Still, Ryerson students thinking
distance of these places from Ryer- appreciate a little voyeurism, semi- to stay until closing, meaning the anyone who looks uncomfortable sun deck. Clothing is optional. of checking out a sex club should
son keeps getting shorter. private rooms provide anonymous potential for 15 hours of play — — this includes anyone being pres- “And of course,” said Bochove, do a little research to check out
If you travel north on Mutual viewing, or the option to put on perfect for your day off classes. sured to do something they don’t pointing to a wall of computer how safe and clean it really is.
Street you will see ILLC, a residence your own show. “Everyone has a lot of miscon- want to. monitors, “Those computers are Sick of hooking up at themed
building that houses 11 floors of If you’re having a boring school ceptions of what a sex club is, they Johnson’s Aqua Lounge is not pumping pornography to all of rez parties? Try one of the Aqua
Ryerson students. On the left, Pit- week try being adventurous and think it’s a dog pile of sex crazed the only club of this nature on Ry- the [areas]”. Lounge’s themed rooms like the
man Hall, home to another 14 hooking up wherever the mood people,” said Johnson. erson’s radar. Just around the cor- You may be worried about the ‘Shaggin’-Wagon’ room, and a
floors. Venture further up, a red strikes — the lounge, dance floor, If you’re nervous your first time ner at 105 Carlton sits Spa Excess, a cleanliness of these places, but Western Bordello — fully equipped
door on the right will take you to Jacuzzi, pool, aromatherapy steam out, don’t worry — there isn’t any gay bathhouse. Bochove assures that in his bath- with velvet drapes and a stripper’s
the Oasis Aqua Lounge — a sex room, sauna, or any of the rooms obligation to have sex at Oasis Directing manager Peter Bo- house, cleanliness is a top priority. pole.
club due to open in about three that “aren’t private at all”. Aqua Lounge. chove, 62, has been with Spa Ex- “[All surfaces] are washable. The And if you are looking to be a
weeks. “Half [of my clientele] are actual cess since its opening 13 years ago. water in the Jacuzzi is regularly star of your own sex tape visit the
Toni Johnson, 40, took over the swingers, half are voyeuristic — On a Thursday at 1 p.m. there are cleaned and checked for bacteria porn room, with cameras installed
Mutual Street site of Club Toronto, They think it’s a dog pile more interested in watching other already 60 patrons using the facili- and fungus.” on all sides of the room that will
a now defunct sex club, to open a of sex crazed people. people have sex,” she said. ties. capture the steamy action. You
19+ water sex club for consenting —Toni Johnson, owner And to keep people safe, John- Being close to Ryerson’s Cam- get the only copy and the Aqua
couples and single women. She of Oasis Aqua Lounge son has a strict policy to keep pa- pus, Spa Excess has a half price dis- I was always broke and Lounge also edit and dub music to
believes that Toronto has a de- trons from being pressured. count for students. Bochove said always horny. your video if requested.
mand for her club. “We’re not obligating anybody. this decision was based on what he — Peter Bochove, “We really just want to provide
“Everyone knows everyone is “We just want people to have You’re allowed to ask once, and remembers from his days in school. manager of Spa Excess a safe, clean environmnet. [Up to
going at it in parks, parking lots, more options, that’s all it comes only once,” she said. “I was always broke and always now bathhouses in Toronto] have
bathrooms. So why not let it hap- down to, ” Johnson said. Johnson said this could be re- horny,” he said. “We wanted to had a bad connotation. We’re try-
pen here,” said Johnson. Interested? The fee for single freshing for some women who are make it as affordable as possible. He said the cleaning staff is ing to change that,” said Johnson.

Club Excess features rooms ranging from saunas, massage rooms, a sun deck, Photo: Lauren Strapagiel
steam room and a gym that are free to be used by all their patrons.
12 The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Carey Mulligan (above) and James Franco (right) on the Ryerson red carpet last weekend. PHOto: Lauren STrapagiel

TIFF fails to support film school
BY Nicole siena the hottest films are slated for release or ed to professors who then narrow the se-
showings in the theatre. lection down before passing it on to TIFF
The Toronto International Film Festival “But, I don’t think that Ryerson has re- for the Student Showcase.
(TIFF) has launched and is once again us- ally taken advantage of the fact that TIFF “I always found TIFF mysterious. I al-
ing the Ryerson Theatre as a main venue. uses our theatre,” said Waterson. “They’re ways wondered what happens during photo: Chelsea pottage
Each year moviegoers, actors and film- just letting TIFF slide in, and [could be the application process,” said Radwanski,
makers flock to Ryerson for some of the helping] Ryerson students get their who to date has had three films featured
biggest premieres of the year. names out there. I definitely think they at TIFF.
However, some Ryerson film students should be doing more to promote our “The Showcase really put a face to it, it
believe that both the school and the fes- film program.”
 humanized it for me.”
tival could cooperate better to include Kazik Radwanski, a 2008 Ryerson film Applying to film festivals with reputa-
student talent in the festival. school graduate, directed “Green Crayons”, tions like TIFF can be daunting. After fill-
“I think it’s great that TIFF has gotten a film being featured in TIFF. “It would be ing out several applications, it can take up
this big. Taking the big films from around great for Ryerson to integrate student to five months to receive a response.
the world, and have their world premieres work because it’s such an amazing oppor- “It’s a complex world all on its own, and
here,” said Kristin Waterson, director of the tunity,” said Radwanski. it’s important for students to learn about
film “Drop”, which played at the Ryerson So far Ryerson has given some oppor- it,” said Radwanski.
University Film Festival (RUFF) this past tunities for students to showcase their “Students should have the opportunity
May. work at TIFF, but Waterson said, “teachers to see films, to be inspired, to learn and to
The festival draws international at- opinions are usually biased.” ask questions, because that’s what Ryer-
tention to Ryerson, considering some of Fourth year student films are present- son should be about,” said Waterson.

Megan Fox (left), Amber Tamblyn (middle), and Mickey Rourke (right) greet eager Ryerson students.

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Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich at the premiere of “Stone”, just a few PHOto: Nicole siena and marta iwanek
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12 The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Carey Mulligan (above) and James Franco (right) on the Ryerson red carpet last weekend. PHOto: Lauren STrapagiel

TIFF fails to support film school
BY Nicole siena the hottest films are slated for release or ed to professors who then narrow the se-
showings in the theatre. lection down before passing it on to TIFF
The Toronto International Film Festival “But, I don’t think that Ryerson has re- for the Student Showcase.
(TIFF) has launched and is once again us- ally taken advantage of the fact that TIFF “I always found TIFF mysterious. I al-
ing the Ryerson Theatre as a main venue. uses our theatre,” said Waterson. “They’re ways wondered what happens during photo: Chelsea pottage
Each year moviegoers, actors and film- just letting TIFF slide in, and [could be the application process,” said Radwanski,
makers flock to Ryerson for some of the helping] Ryerson students get their who to date has had three films featured
biggest premieres of the year. names out there. I definitely think they at TIFF.
However, some Ryerson film students should be doing more to promote our “The Showcase really put a face to it, it
believe that both the school and the fes- film program.”
 humanized it for me.”
tival could cooperate better to include Kazik Radwanski, a 2008 Ryerson film Applying to film festivals with reputa-
student talent in the festival. school graduate, directed “Green Crayons”, tions like TIFF can be daunting. After fill-
“I think it’s great that TIFF has gotten a film being featured in TIFF. “It would be ing out several applications, it can take up
this big. Taking the big films from around great for Ryerson to integrate student to five months to receive a response.
the world, and have their world premieres work because it’s such an amazing oppor- “It’s a complex world all on its own, and
here,” said Kristin Waterson, director of the tunity,” said Radwanski. it’s important for students to learn about
film “Drop”, which played at the Ryerson So far Ryerson has given some oppor- it,” said Radwanski.
University Film Festival (RUFF) this past tunities for students to showcase their “Students should have the opportunity
May. work at TIFF, but Waterson said, “teachers to see films, to be inspired, to learn and to
The festival draws international at- opinions are usually biased.” ask questions, because that’s what Ryer-
tention to Ryerson, considering some of Fourth year student films are present- son should be about,” said Waterson.

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Nine players on the Waterloo football team were caught using steroids last season. The team was suspended for this season. PHOTO: STEVE BROOKS, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

Overdosed and underfunded
The CIS wants to get serious about steroids, but without proper funding it’s the same old story of no money, mo’ problems
BY ROB MOYSEY nine members of the Waterloo Warriors the system, the CIS decided to order 58 of off-season testing. ter what the rules are? No, absolutely not,
SPORTS EDITOR football team tested positive for steroids fewer tests for last season. An athlete can be tested throughout we can never do that. But I think we’ve
after a police investigation unearthed While it may have saved them $30,000, their playing career and up to 18 months done a good job of educating our students
It’s a Tuesday afternoon and Matt Sch- thousands of vials and pills in the home of it cost them their reputation. after their last day of school. Positive drug and creating values in keeping with what
mermund reluctantly sits down at his com- wide-receiver Nathan Zettler. In response, “The fact that the Waterloo incident tests can be penalized with up to a four- the CIS wants.”
puter. It’s time for the anti-doping test the CIS changed its drug testing policy in came to light from a police investigation year suspension — essentially ending a Ryerson’s lack of a football team likely
that all university athletes have to take to September in hopes of more effectively and not our drug testing program shows young athlete’s career. puts them low on the list of steroid-using
be eligible to play. deterring and catching steroid use. that there’s a lot going on out there,” said Since 2007, all CIS athletes must also suspects, but that hardly precludes its ath-
The series of educational videos and The changes look impressive on paper: McGregor, CEO of Canadian Interuniver- complete an hour-long online educational letes from partaking in recreational drugs
multiple-choice questions about the evils tripling the number of drug tests for foot- sity Sport. “We don’t have the resources to program in their first year and a shorter that still violate the program. A Ryerson
of steroids isn’t something he looks for- ball players, targeted testing of players test every athlete so we’re trying to cre- version every following year in order to be athlete, on condition of anonymity, said
ward to, but he plows through it in 25 who show marked performance or weight ate a program with a reasonable level of eligible to play. she has seen Ryerson athletes high at par-
minutes and quickly puts it out of mind. gains, and more intensive testing of foot- deterrence.” ties, and a few years ago, three members
“I’ve done it four years in junior hockey, ball players during the high-risk doping Doug MacQuarrie, the CEO of the Ca- It’s college. Anyone who says of the women’s basketball team were
so it’s a bit of a chore by now. It’s just some- months of January and February before nadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), athletes aren’t smoking weed in caught by a coach smoking marijuana and
thing I expect to do,” said the second-year the playoffs. said the football-intensive measures put in the off-season is naive. were kept out of play for several games.
winger for the men’s hockey team. place for this season are not sustainable in — Senior Ryerson athlete “It’s college. Anyone who says athletes
Schmermund might not take it too seri- The fact that the Waterloo incident the future unless funding for the CIS in- aren’t smoking weed in the off-season is
ously, but Canadian Interuniversity Sport came to light from a police creases dramatically. Those at the CIS are desperately pray- naïve. And that’s not just at Ryerson, but
(CIS) certainly does. Right now, this video investigation and not our drug “Reallocating tests is not a sustainable ing that CIS members are willing to make in all of the CIS,” said a senior Ryerson
is practically the only thing standing be- testing program shows that there’s course of action, nor preferred over the contributions to the program to help give athlete.
tween athletes and steroid use. a lot going on out there. long term,” he said. “Additional funding it some teeth. For universities that boast Ryerson has never officially had a drug
That’s because drug testing in the CIS — Marg McGregor, CEO of and other strategies are required in order football clubs, there may be some genuine infraction under the CIS program, but the
is nearly non-existent thanks to a woe- Canadian Interuniversity Sport to increase testing in football without interest; for others like Ryerson, there is severe lack of testing makes this a dubious
ful lack of funding. And no amount of negatively impacting the level of testing little incentive to do so. Understandable, distinction at best. Last year, only the bas-
cosmetic changes will ever meaningfully The CIS also partnered with the Canadi- within other Canadian sports.” given that of the 56 total drug infractions ketball teams were tested at all, and nei-
curb drug use until enough funding for an Football League, which will pay for the The problem lies largely with the drug recorded under the CIS doping control ther of the soccer teams has been tested
adequate drug testing is found. testing of the top 80 to 100 draft-eligible program’s funding structure. Currently, program since its creation in 1990, football in four years.
As it stands, virtually every athlete football players and have its professionals the program relies entirely on government has accounted for 45. “I’m sure people could get away with
could be violating the program and the give CIS athletes the proverbial wag-of- funding distributed through the Canadian Ryerson Athletics Director Ivan Joseph it if they wanted to, but I’d say you’re an
CIS — even with triple the amount of test- the-finger about steroid use. Centre for Ethics in Sport; individual uni- says that while Ryerson will comply with idiot for trying. Everything you worked
ing in football — would not catch even 10 Yet when put into perspective, the versities do not pay a cent. But at $500 the new program, the university will not for your whole career could go down the
percent of them. Instead, the CIS must de- changes are more meager than meaning- to $800 a pop, current urine and blood take additional steps to bolster drug test- drain,” said Caitlin Fraser, a fourth-year
pend almost entirely upon athlete honesty ful. Only 269 drug tests were issued in testing methods are too expensive for the ing or education. guard for the women’s basketball team.
and a handful of random tests. 2008-09 — enough testing for less than cash-strapped CIS, so the program’s ef- “I don’t think you can make a knee-jerk “Obviously there are pressures, but if
Back in March, the CIS was rocked by the 3% of all CIS athletes. And as the Warrior fectiveness hinges on deterring would-be reaction,” said Joseph. “Are you ever go- you break under them then maybe you
biggest drug scandal in its history when players were popping pills and cheating ‘roiders with stiff penalties and the threat ing to control deviant behaviour no mat- shouldn’t be at this level of competition.”

CFL sending the wrong message about ‘roids The science behind steroids and testing
How Steroids Work to stop producing its own testosterone.
BY Rob moysey psychiatric evaluation that looks for un- the only professional sports league in Steroids are synthetic versions of This can cause rapid strength loss when
Sports editor derlying causes behind their decision to North America that didn’t have a drug testosterone that are either a liquid an athlete stops using steroids. Usually,
use steroids. testing program until this year. The Wa- injected directly into a muscle, a tablet athletes will need to take other drugs in

What is this, a Dr. Phil episode? Get real. terloo scandal gave them the chance to or capsule taken orally, or a gel rubbed order to offset the imbalance once they

When I think of the new anti-doping Cheaters dope because they want success implement a truly progressive program, onto the skin. They work by stimulating stop taking steroids.

partnership between the CFL and the CIS, without the hard work and the talent. yet they opted for one that’s nothing more receptors in muscle cells that signal the
body’s DNA to build proteins. They are Testing for Steroids
I think of that old saying like father, like That isn’t the type of athlete that should then window dressing.
typically taken in cycles of seven to 14 The CIS uses urine samples to detect
son. be getting second chances, let alone third For there to ever be a sea-change in the
weeks. steroids in its athletes. A drug tester will
Problem is, the CFL’s new anti-doping or fourth ones.The message that sends to attitudes of student-athletes towards drug
As the steroids travel through the show up after a game or practice and
program tacitly encourages drug use with student-athletes looking to break into the use, the CFL must institute a drug policy
athlete’s body, they trigger muscle randomly select two athletes for test-
butter-soft penalties and a plethora of CFL is exactly what the anti-doping mea- with career-ending consequences. Perhaps
growth, bone growth, connective tissue ing. The tester waits in the washroom
second-chances. And when the father’s sures are supposed to be addressing: the then, wayward athletes would give pause
development, and red blood cell cre- stall as the the athlete provides a urine
a drug addict, the son will likely wind up notion that cheating’s okay, so long as you before using steroids to further their ca-
ation. Because of this artificial growth, sample.
one too. put up the numbers. reers.
the athlete will see rapid increases in At the testing lab, the athlete’s urine
I don’t hesitate to label the CFL drug- Is it any wonder that CIS football players How about this: if you get caught us-
their strength, allowing them to train is split into an A and B sample. The A
addicted because under its new anti- are turning to steroids? Why not do ste- ing steroids, you’re name is made public,
harder for longer. It also accelerates sample is tested; if it turns up posi-
doping policy, football players need four roids when you have a snowball’s chance you’re banned for life and your name is
muscle recovery time, meaning athletes tive for any banned substances, the B
— count ‘em, FOUR — positive drug tests in hell of getting caught, and if you do you stricken from the record books. It’d be like
can recover from injuries much faster sample is tested to confirm steroid use.
before being kicked out of the league. On get a menial slap-on-the-wrist? you never even existed. than normal. It is incredibly rare that the two samples
the first offense, the offender’s name isn’t The CFL has never been a role model It’s high time this father figure gave his The artificial injection of testosterone will not match.
even made public. Instead, they receive a when it comes to anti-doping. They were bratty son an old-fashioned spanking. typically confuses the body, causing it — Rob Moysey
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 SPORTS The Eyeopener 15

Hittin’ the floor(boards)
Sports editor Rob Moysey hits the court to see if he’s got what it takes to
make the Ryerson men’s basketball team. Turns out, he doesn’t
There’s a tradition we have here at the Eyeopener: every year little basketball-loving boy quietly crawls into a dark corner and
the sports editor tries out for a bunch of teams to get to know dies. I don’t even make it halfway through the set before collaps-
the players and coaches. But more importantly, they make a com- ing onto the bleachers once again. Thank goodness they’re pad-
plete and utter fool of themselves and put it into print. ded.
Having played basketball for a good portion of my young life, I I’m not the only one who drops out though — two others join
decided I would tryout for the team and be the first sports editor me on the bleachers. As I suck down my Gatorade like a starving
in Eyeopener history to actually make it. I averaged 30 points a infant grappling at its mother’s teat, Rana looks right at me and
game playing in Mississauga house league. I was ready for the big says, “How can you expect to make the team if you can’t even do
time — or so I thought. 17’s?”
Here’s a little disclosure about my athletic abilities. I’m a 6-foot- I put my head down in shame. I’ve failed him, myself, and every
tall wiry white boy with no muscles and a lingering case of asth- Eyeopener sports editor past and present who’s ever tried out for
ma. I haven’t set foot in a gym since first-year and my half-baked a team. Dejected, I turn to the guy beside me. Turns out, he was
plans to eat healthy are inevitably spoiled by a Popeye’s craving. his high school athlete of the year. He worked all summer and
Perusing through my closet, I plunge my arm into the thick didn’t have time to maintain his cardio.
of material and decide to rock my Mississauga Monarchs jersey “I tell ya, I must’ve hit my peak physical fitness at age thirteen,”
from 11th grade. They say to dress for the job you want, so I felt I I joke.
was looking rather svelte, at least in basketball terms. He clearly isn’t in the mood for it.
I make it to the Upper Gym and hear the symphony of shoes “Man, I’m just hurting right now…” he trails off.
squeaking and squealing on the floorboards, the thudding of Before I have a chance to reply, Rana looks over at us. “Guys, if
basketballs rapping the backboards, the swishing of mesh sway- you’re out, you’re done. You can leave.”
ing with each scored basket. I feel good. That’s a polite way of saying get out of here.
Then I walk in. Virtually everyone there is bigger, taller, faster, I look up at the clock and see that it’s 2:25. Not counting the
and stronger than me, not to mention more talented. My mojo 10-minute pre-stretch warm up, I lasted the grand total of 15
shrinks like a cold t-shirt in the wash. I had gravely underestimat- minutes. As I collect my things and walk out the doors, I see the
ed my competition; now I was going to pay for it. next drill was dunking. That makes me laugh in spite of myself.
Everyone is shooting around, but I don’t dare touch a basket- Back at the office, I endure a little good-natured ribbing. Okay,
ball. They all seem like kryptonite to me now. Luckily I don’t have so maybe I won’t be the first sports editor to make the team, but
time to faint because coach Rana calls everyone to center court. at least I have one hell of a funny story to tell. And that in itself is a Rob Moysey feels the heat during suicides. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK
Everyone forms a semi-circle around him, and I struggle to peek victory of sorts.
over the mass of broad shoulders.
We start with a series of warm-up drills to limber up before
getting down to business. Hip flexes, toe touches, leg stretches
— the works. By the end of it I’m embarrassed to find that I’m
Goals galore in
already sweating.
We move onto a simple enough drill: dribble the ball from
baseline to baseline and finish with a layup. The hitch: you can
home opener
only dribble the ball four times. The problem: I can barely do BY Sean tepper
it in five.
On my third attempt, I manage to hurl myself close The men’s soccer team shut out The Royal Military College of
enough to the net to bank the ball off the boards and in. Canada Paladins 4-0 during Saturday’s home opener at Lamport
Two points for the basket, but minus two for the circus Stadium.
routine. Both offenses appeared to be stalled in the opening min-
Next is the three-man-weave, where three players line utes of the game, as both the Rams (2-0-1) and the Paladins
up along the baseline and pass the ball to each other (0-2-0) had trouble maintaining possession in the other team’s
while shifting positions. I’m surprised to find that I’m not end. Ryerson finally took a 1-0 halftime lead when rookie for-
fast enough to keep up with the other guys. So much for ward Viktor Anastasov broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute.
my track and field accomplishments. In the second half, third-year mid-fielder Adrian Mancini
Then came the 17’s – the dreaded, miserable, soul- scored two nearly identical second half goals with shots that
sucking 17’s, otherwise known as suicides. We’re instruct- bounced off of the post and into the back of RMC’s net.
ed to line up along the sidelines and sprint the width of “I was just trying to test the goalie from anywhere,” Mancini
the court 17 times. With one foot planted on the sideline, said after the game.“We saw that their goalie was a little shaky
I suddenly have visions of my summer days sitting on the from previous seasons so I had no preference on which foot
couch covered in chip crumbs watching Seinfeld reruns. to use. Whether it be my left foot or my right foot, I was just
Right off the bat I’m trailing the pack, but I’m focused hoping to target the net and I pretty much got lucky twice.”
on one thing only: not being that one guy with the ig- Second-year mid-fielder Armin Tankovic also scored.
noble fate of dropping out. It’s time to nut up or shut up. “I think that the reason there wasn’t as much physicality
We’re supposed to call out what lap we’re on each time from RMC as there was last year was because this year we re-
we touch the sidelines, but by lap nine I’m already pant- ally focused on getting fit and I can easily say that I think we
ing too heavily to say a word. are the fittest team in our conference,” Tankovic said.
With each passing moment I’m barely defying my “I don’t think that we are going to get pushed around easily
body’s urgings to assume the fetal position, but I plun- this year.”
der onward, barely sputtering to the finish line. The Rams have yet to be scored upon. They trail conference-
I throw myself onto the bleachers like a heap of dirty leading University of Toronto by just two points. Yet despite
laundry, hardly able to keep my eyelids open from the their undefeated start, head coach Ivan Joseph still sees room
avalanche of sweat racing down my forehead. I feel like for improvement.
a weary climber who’s just conquered Mount Everest. I “We have to work on our distribution from the centre of the
made it. It’s finally over. park, our missed headers in the back and most importantly
But it’s not over — far from it. That was just the first our poor choices in the final third that led us to lift shots over
set, with two more to go. Somewhere inside of me, the the top of the goal,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do.”

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Bookends: textbooks on the cheap
You’ve got better things to spend your money on. When it
comes to books, three Ryerson students are here to help
BY JefF Lagerquist “We spent many hours at Ryerson,
on the whiteboard, constantly brain-
Napster revolutionized the way we acquire and con- storming and throwing around ideas,
sume music. So what if the same kind of quantum leap just trying to figure out how we [could]
were possible for academic texts? Three ambitious Ryerson make this work,” said Di Giulio.
students might have what it takes to make that happen. Other sites, like Textbooks.com and Chegg,
Called Peertexts, the website is a peer-to-peer book rely on costly warehouses and inventory sys-
sharing service that allows students to borrow and lend tems to sell their books. Peertexts, however
textbooks required for the upcoming year. Not only can aimed to cut out the middle-man and rely on
they be significantly cheaper than book store prices, but a peer-to-peer style of exchange instead.
the concept could prove a resounding success with mon- Not only does the strategy save students
ey-conscious students hoping to save during the year money, but it means the site can remain profit-
ahead. able, despite its smaller size; Peertexts pockets a
“We’re hoping to revolutionize the way people get text- fee of $3.99 from each successful sale.
books,” explains Ade Labinjo. The system has worked well for Zakaria
“Instead of buying a book for $100, borrow it for $30, Kibria, 22, a fourth year ITM student who
and [the lender] makes money at the same time.” heard about the site through friends. He’s
The 20-year-old business management student since used the site to lend two textbooks,
launched the initial site last year with friends Mike Di Giulio, and borrow at least three so far — saving
21, and Justin Yee-Ching, 20, both in Ryerson’s information over $100 in the process.
technology management (ITM) program. “It’s very easy to use. The transactions are smooth,”
After registering on Peertexts, students can search for said Kibria.
books and send requests to potential lenders. If accepted, However, Peertexts is not without its shortcom-
both parties agree on a price, due date, and place to meet ings.
on campus where the book can be exchanged. “It’s really just core courses. It would be better if
Compared to other sites like Craigslist or Kijiji, “the it had more in depth courses, more elective ones,”
benefits are continual, whereas with selling, you just lose he continues.
[money],” says Di Giulio. “We have to educate [students] The site’s creators echo this sentiment. So far
and show them there is a better way.” 83 titles are available for Ryerson students, and
Conceived during their first year of classes, the original 219 in total are listed from the nine southern
idea was to create a micro-loans service for small busi- Ontario schools that currently participate. With
nesses. They pitched a business plan at the RBC Innovators students returning to class, they hope the spike in
Challenge, but the legal and logistical problems were too traffic will be enough to make the site go viral.
great for three first year students to pursue the idea further. “Our overall mission is to make university and col-
It wasn’t until the fall of 2008 when Labinjo contacted lege more affordable and accessible for students,”
Di Giulio and Yee-Ching, and their focus was shifted to text- said Di Giulio.“That will be the turning point.”
books instead.
Photo: Matthew Braga

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Get on your soapbox and shout it
There’s a new application coming to Blackboard, explains business and technology editor
Matthew Braga, and administrators will have no choice but to listen
If you’ve got a problem, shouting it out The service works similar in theory to where any issue — from the smallest pro-
on Gould Street won’t do you much good. sites like Digg or Reddit, where submis- gram-specific grievances to more serious
But if you so happen to live in industrial- sions are voted up or down based on problems — can be raised with ease.
era London, that’s a completely different popularity. Anyone can submit an idea “It’s not necessarily for personal issues,
story. — limited to 200 characters, keeping sug- [but] issues that are for the entire com-
It was then that citizens of Hyde Park gestions simple and concise — with the munity,” explains McEachran. “Our goal is
would use soapboaxes as makeshift stag- hope that important or popular ideas will to get an actual response for you.”
es to air grievances and other complaints rise to the top. That means organizing ideas in an ac-
to the people around them. cessible way, one that’s easily searchable
“And if you gathered enough people by students and faculty. A vast system of
you would march over to parliament hill Our goal is to get an tags and categories will help sort that in-
and rally for some change,” explains Bren- actual response for you. formation, while a front page widget will
nan McEachran, 20, a third year student — Brennan McEachran, promote new, controversial and popular
in Ryerson’s business management pro- creator of Soapbox ideas.
gram. “Fast-forward two hundred years McEachran stresses that the version of
and we’re taking that exact same concept The project is one of many to come Soapbox launching today is just the be-
and putting it online.” from Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone, an on- ginning.
The result is a project called Soapbox, campus workspace for entrepreneurs and An improved notification system, so-
a new BlackBoard application created by online startups. McEachran admits that cial media integration and even commu-
McEachran and set to launch today. Users it’s been tough to convince Ryerson to nity features like trophies are planned for
submit questions and concerns about Ry- integrate a student project into the Black- release in the coming months, all with the
erson to the site, which are then voted on Board service, but believes the benefits hopes of improving the Soapbox experi-
by other students. The most popular sub- are well worth it. ence.
missions are then sent directly to school For example, a student’s Ryerson ID will After all, it’s easy to suggest an idea,
officials — and in some cases, to Ryerson be linked to the service, meaning no reg- says McEachran, but “if this system does
president Sheldon Levy himself. istration or login will be necessary. And all that heavy lifting for you, maybe we
“The same way people moved from hopefully by the end of the month, Soap- can make positive change that Ryerson
Hyde Park to Parliament Hill, we take that box will have its own tab on BlackBoard, wants — that students want — in the
idea from Soapbox and put it in the email right alongside RAMSS and the library. future.”
inbox of someone that can make change,” The hope is that Soapbox will become And if you don’t like it, you can take
McEachran continues. a core part of student life at Ryerson, that issue straight to Soapbox yourself.

Brennan McEachran created Soapbox to give students a voice on Blackboard. PHOTO: MATTHEW BRAGA

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20 The Eyeopener Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Welcome Back!

This is going to be an amazing year at Ryerson
To our returning students, it is great to have you back. You bring The coming year will bring more wonderful new developments.
talent and wonderful vigour to campus. To our new students, thanks Innovative academic initiatives, including four new graduate programs
for choosing Ryerson. We are very proud to welcome all of you. and new research centres. Continuing construction of the Ryerson
Every aspect of our university is on the move. This year, the end of Sports and Recreation Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens, and the School
summer brought a special gift: portions of Gould and Victoria Sts. of Image Arts building. The design unveil of our new Student Learning
in the heart of campus were closed to traffic and are now open as a Centre on Yonge Street. And endless opportunities that challenge
pedestrian-friendly zone. The area is filled with student activity you to expand your boundaries.
and vibrant street life. Plans are afoot to make Gould St. a fantastic Ryerson is you. When you succeed, so do we. Our students,
downtown destination with regular exhibits, performances and faculty, staff and alumni build our reputation, with urban edge and
demonstrations showcasing the incredible talent of our community. distinctive energy. We are committed to your Ryerson experience,
and look forward to your part in our progress.

Sheldon Levy,
President

Everyone Makes a Mark