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Khadija Boulaftali points to her apartment on the seventeenth floor (left). This temporary form (right), is the only piece of identification Boulaftali has. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK

Student homeless after Wellesley blaze
Officials say it’s too early to tell when midwifery student and 1,700 others can return home and collect their belongings
BY BRAD WHITEHOUSE back. And there’s no telling when she, street, where Canadian Red Cross handed working again. happen is pretty tough.”
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR and the 1,700 other residents, will be out blankets and food. “You have to go back to zero, so I’m Boulaftali was concerned about how
allowed inside to collect their belongings. Boulaftali slept there Friday night while trying just to follow the flow.” she would continue her studies, but said
When the fire alarm blared in Khad- “What I was wearing — that’s all that she awaited the fate of her cat, Iza. Ani- Boulaftali was able to convince fire- faculty have been supportive. IMPP faculty
ija Boulaftali’s apartment, the Ryerson I have,” she said. “You need your IDs, mal services carried her cat down from the fighters to bring down some of her text- emailed Boulaftali to offer her money and
student thought it was just a drill. She you need money, you need a change building the next day. books, but these are the only belongings help to find housing. Gaul told her not to
didn’t hear sirens or any sounds of emer- of clothes. No, they don’t let anyone go She’s now staying at a friend’s house for she has. worry about her studies for the moment,
gency. Fire alarms went off for tests all the back up.” a couple of days, but doesn’t know where and that she would email Boulaftali’s pro-
time in the building. But when she looked She only has one set of clothes, which she’ll go after that. She doesn’t have fessors to explain her emergency situation.
out her balcony, she saw flames leaping she washes every day. apartment insurance and officials said it’s Gaul directed Boulaftali to CESAR (Con-
from the twenty-fourth floor. This alarm The fire broke out around 5 p.m. at 200 too early to tell when tenants will be able It’s a difficult situation tinuing Education Students’ Association Ry-
was very real. Wellesley St. E., near Sherbourne Street. to move back in. for immigrants in gen- erson) for help, but she was too exhausted
“When I looked up, then I saw the Firefighters battled the blaze until about “They told us at the beginning it’s eral, but to have some- to wait in the long line up outside.
fire. It was a huge fire coming from the 3 a.m. Saturday morning, said David Sheen, going to be about ten hours to get back, thing like this happen Boulaftali has been going to the
balcony.” Toronto Fires Services division Chief. but they start talking about 48 hours and is pretty tough. community centre everyday for updates on
Sheen said firefighters who have been now there are some who are saying three — Allison Gaul, the situation.
working for forty years described the fire weeks,” Boulaftali said. “To be homeless, Program Administrator Police said there may be water damage
as one of the hottest they’d ever experi- that’s the hardest part.” and damage to the building’s electrical
To be homeless, that’s enced. Up to 150 firefighters were on the Boulaftali, who moved to Toronto in “I want my laptop. I want my bag,” she system and, according to the Fire Marshal’s
the hardest part. scene at the height of the fire, he said. November 2008, has no family in Canada. said. office, it may take months to determine the
— Khadija Boulaftali, As many as 10 had to be treated for heat The 35-year-old was a certified midwife in Allison Gaul, program administrator for cause of the fire. The apartment where the
midwifery student exhaustion from the six-alarm blaze. Morocco and practiced there for 10 years. IMPP said that she met with Boulaftali and fire started was described as belonging to a
Fourteen people were hospitalized But when she came to Ontario, her de- provided her with text books. She said hoarder. Officials say it’s too soon to esti-
The midwifery student rushed outside Friday, including two children and a one- grees weren’t accepted and she had to be she’ll help the student out any way that mate the cost of damage.
to see what was going on. But when she month-old baby. re-certified. She enrolled in the Interna- she can. “You just have to deal with it and be pa-
stepped out of the Toronto Community Other tenants were sheltered at the tional Midwifery Pre-registration Program “It’s a difficult situation for immigrants tient and thank that we don’t have loss of
Housing building, there was no going Wellesley Community Centre across the (IMPP) at the Chang School so she can start in general, but to have something like this life,” said Boulaftali.

George Brown-Ryerson students left out of university services
BY EMMA PRESTWICH them access to Ryerson services like book- vices, but if the two institutions made an wasn’t able to get any help, she said. with 27 computers accessible to those
borrowing and printing in the Academic agreement, CCS would set up wireless. Even something as simple as borrow- with a George Brown ID and six comput-
For most students, access to online uni- Resource Centre. ing a book can be complicated for George ers reserved for those with a my.ryerson
versity resources is as easy as logging onto But they can’t access online databases Brown students. First-year ECE student account.
their my.ryerson account. But George or the wireless network. Meghan Rose, said when she went to the Even this limited space isn’t entirely
Brown College students in the collabora- Brian Lesser, acting director of Cam- They don’t understand library, the representative was confused theirs though, according to first-year stu-
tive early childhood education (ECE) pro- pus Computer Services (CCS), said he has that we exist. by her Ryerson/George Brown student dent Elizabeth, who declined to give her
gram don’t have that luxury. They’re not never received a formal request from — Meghan Rose, card and had to create a special file for last name. She said that, during busy pe-
given a Ryerson online identity. Ryerson to grant wireless access to George first-year ECE student her. riods, Ryerson students come in and use
These students do have wireless access Brown students. “They don’t understand that we exist,” the centre because their login gives them
in the Sally Horsfall Eaton centre, but only “I don’t think it would be terribly dif- “It’s not like moving a big mountain or said Rose. access to the George Brown computers.
if they stay on the sixth floor or in the ficult for us to provide access [for them],” anything,” said Lesser. Other George Brown students say “They’re George Brown students who
study area on the fifth floor. he said. For Lisa Veber, a first-year ECE student, they’re not given enough information on pay their tuition to George Brown and
“There’s too much technicality,” said “It would just take us a little time — a the lack of online accessibility posed how to use the Ryerson resources avail- that’s their home site,” said Linda Cooper,
Emiline Evangelista, a first-year student in month or two — to set it up. There would even greater problems. Veber was told able to them. Interim Associate Director Collaborative
the ECE diploma program. also be an incremental bandwidth cost to to go through Ryerson instead of George Currently, the only study space for Degree Program.
George Brown students taking the us in increased web traffic.” Brown to fill out her OSAP contract. But George Brown students on campus is the “When they are third and fourth-year
early childhood education diploma pro- He said George Brown students don’t when she went to set up an appointment, Academic Resource Centre on the sixth students they pay tuition to Ryerson and
gram at Ryerson are given a joint Ryer- have an online identity because they she was asked for a my.ryerson login. She floor of the Sally Horsfall Eaton building. are registered Ryerson students. Then
son/George Brown OneCard, which gives don’t use any information technology ser- found the whole process confusing, and But the space consists of only one room they have access to all the facilities.”
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Students on farm cycle
BY LEE RICHARDSON curriculum double cohort, which was the
NEWS EDITOR notion of reducing the number of years
in secondary school,” Jones said. “That
For students who have wondered why was believed as a rational reason for not
they cannot simply work straight through having as many three year degrees.”
the summer vacation and finish their The standard North American under-
degree faster, the answer is in the farming graduate degree is longer because of
industry. liberal courses added onto a professional
“The only reason we have summer vaca- major, which differs from other countries
tion is because in the old days of agricul-
ture we needed students to help with the
harvest,” University of Toronto economics
professor David Foot said. “Obviously that To some extent it’s kind of a
is no real reason for most people now.” terminal arts degree.
Some universities in the United States, — Glen Jones, professor
like the University of Massachusetts
Amherst, are realizing that point and
increasingly considering and implement- concepts of undergraduate education.
ing three-year undergraduate degrees. “If you go to the U.K your undergradu-
The shorter degree is created by increas- ate degree will be very focused,” Jones
ing the student workload by compressing said.
courses into a shorter timeline, so students “The notion there is that by focusing
have to work through the summer months in one area you’re really developing a
in order to finish earlier. strong knowledge.” However, some indus-
Ontario does offer three-year under- tries require a certain amount of schooling.
graduate degrees in the form of a ‘pass’ “A lot of our programs are accredited,
degree, which is intended as an introduc- and the length of time is therefore estab-
tion to the liberal arts. But these programs lished by a professional body, for example
are different to the typical four year ‘hon- engineering or nursing,” Ryerson presi-
ours’ degree as they are not intended to dent Sheldon Levy said.
Nikki Gershbain and her son, Max, waited over four years for a spot to open up at Ryerson’s daycare centre. lead into masters programs. While a shift to shorter degrees could
PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL “To some extent it’s kind of a terminal easily save money for students, there

Daycare waitlist grows
arts degree,” Ontario Institute for Studies is also a potential financial benefit for uni-
in Education professor, Glen Jones said. versities.
“But the internal logic of it was to “You obviously wouldn’t have to spend
create a more accessible degree for those as much money on teaching,” said Jones.
Parents can expect to wait years for a spot in Ryerson’s daycare centre who might not be moving into profession- However, three-year programs are un-
al fields, or might not be moving on into a likely to be seen at Ryerson. “There’s been
BY RASHI GUPTA first priority for admissions, but capacity is cilities, have not expanded enough to masters program.” no Ryerson discussion at all about this,”
an annual problem. compensate for the growing demand. Such programs, while still available uni- Levy said. “Even at four years you look at
Nikki Gershbain put her name on the The wait can be the longest for parents “There are only a certain amount of versities like Waterloo, are becoming in- the debate of whether we should go from
wait list at Ryerson’s daycare centre when with very young children since the centre spaces available which is why we need the creasingly rare due to educational reform 13 weeks to 12 for reading week and the
she was three months pregnant. can only accommodate 10 toddlers and government to provide more dollars for introduced by the Mike Harris government big debate is always how do you handle
A spot finally opened up for her son, there are already 14 kids waiting for spots universal childcare,” said University of To- in 1995. “Universities coincided with the the amount of content necessary.”
Max Gilbert, shortly before his fourth to open up. ronto associate professor Janette Palletier.
birthday. “Lack of space can only be fixed if there
Should Ryerson offer shorter degrees?
This is the experience of dozens of par- is more funding to build new child care
ents looking to place their kids in Ryerson’s spaces and to hire ECE’s to run the pro-
Early Learning Centre, which can only grams.”
accommodate 62 children between the The wait list can be very The space shortages in university day-
ages of 18 months and six years. long, for many families care facilities are also partly because
But there are currently 31 names on the up to two years. the programs’ good reputation among
centre’s wait list and, according to man- — Sally Kotsopoulos, parents creates a high demand for spots,
agement, most can expect to wait years ECE director according to former ECE professor and
for a space to open up. doctorate student Elaine Winick.
“The wait list can be very long, for One reason for the expanding wait lists “ECE lab schools have always been the
many families it is up to two years depend- at university and city childcare centres epitome of excellence in programming,
ing on the time of year and the age of is an overall rise in demand over the last simply put because they are managed
their child,” said Early Childhood Educa- 15 years. by the training programs themselves,” It’s four years now and I’d like to stay and fuck
tion (ECE) director Sally Kotsopoulos. The number of children between the said Winick. we’re going through hell. around, I’m in no rush to
“We are always full, as it is essential ages of six months and five years that are But university campus daycare centres leave.
to meet our financial obligations to the enrolled in early childhood education has are worth the wait, according to Gersh- — Sangam Kaushik, — Ryan Ferizovic,
university.” increased by 54 per cent since 1995. bain. engineering business management
Ryerson students and faculty are given However, the number of daycare fa- “It’s an absolutely amazing program.”
6 The Eyeopener NEWS Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Beloved professor
suddenly dies

Sociology professor Dr. Slobodan Drakulic died suddenly
and unexpectedly on Sept. 27 at 6:33 p.m. according to
Mark Lovewell, the interim dean of arts.
Drakulic’s death shocked Idil Omar, a fourth-year arts and
contemporary studies student who has known him since
grade 12. “We had class with him last week and he was
fine.” Omar said Drakulic was loved by students and she
“took classes just to have him as a prof.”
Ryerson advertising efforts have expanded from the campus into Dundas Square. PHOTO: JENNIFER CHENG “He was fun, loving, caring and loved to teach.”

Rye tries to up the hype
The Eyeopener offers condolences to his wife and fellow
sociology professor Patrizia Albanese. Read more tomorrow

University spends $6000 on billboards to “pump up” Ryerson students
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Ryerson spent $6000 to “pump up The typical cost of a similar space could mediums to convey its message.
Ryerson students receive
students” coming to the university this
month, according to Doug Moxon, direc-
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per month, according to Moxon. But the
“For recruiting students, I would strong-
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coming to Ryerson. “We have a great place to be able to campus doesn’t make
— Doug Moxon, university
shout our name and show the work of our
students and a variety of things.”
But the location of the ads does not do
an awful lot of sense.
—David Dunn,
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try and Biology, with Stephen Wylie chosen
to fill the vacancy until a search committee
could be formed to appoint a permanent Briefs &
The search committee’s role involves
establishing a set of criteria that a person
must meet. They usually meet just before
In a story that warmed the Eyeopener
the winter term to establish these criteria
news team’s cold dead hearts, a turtle
and advertise a position. If all goes well,
that was reported as stolen from a
they aim to interview candidates in Febru-
staff member’s aquarium last week was
ary and make a decision by March or April
found alive and well. It had been walk-
so that the new employee can begin the
ing along the baseboards of the same
position on July 1st. office it was reported missing from.
A less formal and shorter consultation
process is used to appoint interim deans A student is missing his wedding
and chairs when a vacancy has to be filled ring after he accidentally left it in a Kerr
quickly. Dr. Heyd was ushered into his new Hall East bathroom last Monday. He
role on June 1st after the dean requested took it off to wash his hands and came
chairs of various science departments to back later to find it had gone. The ring
put forward names for the job. is gold with a silver band in the centre.
He consulted various individuals and Dr.
Heyd was chosen for his outstanding expe- Security was called to arrest a man
rience, achievements, willingness and abil- who may not fully understand the rules
ity to fill a position of authority on short of commerce. He was swearing at staff
Former Vice-President, Finance and Administration Linda Grayson’s shakes hands with President Sheldon notice. while trying to leave the ILLC cafete-
Levy at her goodbye party. PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL Similarly, Dr. Debora Foster, the interim ria with two cups of tea that he didn’t

The year of interim
dean in the School of Graduate Studies, want to pay for. Having previously been
was chosen because of her reputation from barred from campus, he was turned over

her contributions to cellular microbiology, to Toronto police.

molecular biology and biochemistry, as well
Interim positions could potentially cause long-term planning problems her substantial involvement in the Gradu-
A student reported her $300 iPhone
stolen after she left it at a Kerr Hall
ate Studies office and her energetic nature.
West computer lab for two minutes last
BY VIDYA KAURI that unit through to the next five years,” “In other cases like the VP of Research In the case of Dr. Ana Pejović Milić, the in-
Tuesday. We say don’t leave anything
said Ontario Institute for Studies in Educa- we just didn’t have time to put in place the terim chair of physics, the committee search
Ryerson has been reshuffling its faculty tion professor Glen Jones. search between the leaving and the person failed because those recommended by the
over the summer, leaving many deans and “The notion is that you have to be in coming.” committee could not be enticed to leave
A laptop was stolen – possibly by the
chairs in temporary positions. the position for long enough to actually Dr. Darrick Heyd, interim associate dean their current positions and a new search
Invisible Man – from a student on the
“It seems to be the year of interim posi- get things happening and that often takes for the Undergraduate Science Program committee would have to be formed, said
library’s 8th floor. She turned around to
tions,” said Darrick Heyd, Interim Associate a year, and year and a half to do the plan- and Student Affairs said the current situ- Dr. Heyd.
talk to a friend in another cubicle and
Dean for the Undergraduate Science Pro- ning exercises to get a unit to a position ation is, “the consequence of other posi- “It does seem to be the year of interim
when she turned back to her work a
gram and Student Affairs. where it can move forward.” tions.” positions. Hopefully, by next year, we’ll
minute later her laptop was gone. No
Such temporary positions, typically last- Although the FEAS is not alone in hav- His predecessor Dr. Chris Evans, was pro- have it all sorted out,” said Dr. Heyd. one suspicious had been seen.
ing a year, could have an effect on faculty ing interim deans and chairs, it does cur- moted to Vice Provost, Academic before
planning. rently have a large proportion of them. his term expired and somebody had to be Want to volunteer for the A security member is on light duty af-
“Sometimes it’s challenging for these “A number of the chair searches didn’t found quickly to fill his shoes. Eyeopener? Email us at ter a conflict with a man who seemed to
people because they’re unable to develop materialize and we had to choose an inter- This meant Heyd had to leave his posi-
be under the influence of crack cocaine.
any kind of plan or vision that could take im,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. tion as Chair of the Department of Chemis- Security was called to a SHE building

$250,000 splurged on university fair
washroom where a man had scattered
his personal property, including crack
pipes, and had stayed for over two

Locker thefts are still ongoing. A
hard drive was reported missing from
an RCC locker and a laptop has been
taken from a locker in the VIC building.
Because being robbed is awful, we say
that if you live nearby try to leave your
stuff at home, or try to carry your most
valuable items.

A man who must love to learn was
barred from campus after sitting in on
two separate lectures in the same day
and interrupting by constantly asking
questions. Our tips: don’t draw atten-
tion to yourself, and you don’t get any
credit if you don’t pay.

A student called police after being
asked for his ID by pub staff. In a hilari-
ous turn of events, he was then arrested
for being drunk.

And finally, a student ended up in
hospital after cutting her finger while
trying to cut an avocado.
— Lee Richardson

Ryerson spent about $250,000 over the weekend to appear at the Ontario Universities Fair. The annual event draws those in-
terested in applying to universities. Ryerson introduced a new booth to the exhibit which, while busy, may not have been the An owl appeared on campus
most student-relatable. “There’s not many students working,” said Mason Waterworth (pictured right) from Oshawa. “They’re recently. What a hoot!
easier to relate to and they give you a better sense of student life.” He did add that the representatives on hand were knowl-
edgeable. “They do know what they’re talking about,” he said. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK
8 The Eyeopener FEATURES Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dominique Lamberton
explores the city’s food
trends and the strain they

resh cheese curds Woolf studied the market, was aware of the
and crispy hand-cut trends and developed his concept accord- put on students’ bank
fries smothered in
ingly — great burgers for great value.
hot, rich gravy. Hailing A hormone and antibiotic-free beef burger
from Quebec, poutine has been a Canadian costs $6.99 and is personally customized with
classic since the 1950s. But the customary as many complimentary toppings you like at
ingredients are no longer doing the trick no extra charge, ranging from cranberries to
for some of Toronto’s trendiest restaurants. cilantro yogurt.
Move over cheese and gravy, make way for Creative alterations being made to classic
guacamole, bacon and beef chilli. foods make it hard for trend-following stu-
Poutine’s not the only classic dish under- dents to keep their wallets closed and their
going changes. Traditional beef burgers with cookbooks opened.
all the fixings — lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, Fourth-year arts and contemporary studies
ketchup and mustard — have also been al- student Michael Searle admits to spending
tered, though they’ve been the standard more than $100 a week eating out. He lives in
since poodle skirts and juke boxes in the Kensington Market and says the convenience
swinging diners of the 50s. But now, the city’s of going out to grab a quick bite, combined
dining hot spots have revamped burger op- with the abundance of dining choices near
tions to include lamb, bison and veggie pat- his house — including trend-friendly joint,
ties with toppings ranging from goat cheese Big Fat Burrito — make cooking at home an
to grilled pineapple to roasted red peppers. unexciting choice. Even with a part-time job,
Toronto is a food haven — with more his budget is shot after choosing trends over
than 10, 000 restaurants to choose from and frugality week after week.
countless options bordering our campus, eat- Ryerson professor Hersch Jacobs, from the
ing out is hard to resist. But are trendy foods faculty of Geography, teaches the elective
blowing our budgets, steering us away from Food, Place and Identity: The Geography of
our kitchens, and dictating what and where Diet. Jacobs sits in his office in Jorgenson Hall,
we eat? Can we, as strapped-for-cash stu- a large ceramic hamburger rests on the cof-
dents, afford to pay the bill at establishments fee table and empty chip bags taped to his
The “Hog Town Poutine,” decked with double-smoked bacon, Italian sausage, sauteed
tempting us with their ‘cool’ cuisine? bookshelf dangle like clothes hanging to dry.
mushrooms and carmelized onions, from one of Toronto’s trendiest food spots —
For students on OSAP, sampling the new- “Food permeates virtually every aspect
Smoke’s Poutinerie.
est trends in the Toronto food scene is espe- of life,” says Jacobs. “It’s a source of pleasure,
cially difficult. OSAP provides a food allow- peril and survival. We have to eat and we rec-
ance of $7.50 per day. This means a single ognize the dangers involved with eating, but “Cupcakes might have been a trend from a The notion of rethinking and making-over
student has $52.50 each week for food — a it’s connected to pleasure.” few years ago. In the last year it got a bit more common food, most frequently seen with
reasonable sum if spent on inexpensive Food trends, are similar to trends in any specific and ‘mancakes’ came into trend,” comfort food, is a trend Jacobs identified as
groceries. However, the coined ‘OSAP diet’, other industry, Jacobs says. Shore says. ‘nostalgia’.
doesn’t leave spare change for an $8.99 “Trends come from the imagination of Created by a Liberty Village cupcake shop, “Hot turkey sandwiches, meatloaf, ramped
pulled pork poutine from campus-friendly charismatic leaders in the industry. They cre- For the Love of Cake, mancakes are exactly up mac-and-cheese, it’s nostalgic; a tip of the
Smoke’s Poutinerie (Dundas and George), or ate a template, and ideas diffuse to others.” what their titles implies — cupcakes for men. hat to the food of your childhood.”
a $9.99 lamb burger at W Burger Bar (Yonge Gourmet grilled cheese, gourmet poutine, “In an attempt to change the view that And for the ‘OSAP diet’ peers among us,
and College). gourmet burgers, gourmet macaroni-and- cupcakes are girly, we decided to create cup- there is hope. You can get these nostalgic
W Burger Bar is nearing its first anniversary cheese, burritos, organic, vegan and gluten- cakes that guys could appreciate.” The shop’s comfort foods for less than $7.50 at what
and its success is illustrative of the growing free fare are all current trends that BlogTO website reads. So they incorporate ‘man-wor- Jacobs describes as the least expensive
trend of the gourmet burger — one that is a publisher Tim Shore has identified. Shore thy’ ingredients like beer, whiskey and bacon restaurant in the city — Gale’s Snack Bar on
leading trend among students. helps keep Torontonians up-to-date on the into cupcakes that appeal to the Y chromo- Eastern Avenue.
W Burger Bar owner Sean Woolf is sitting latest trends with timely food reviews and some. Variations include Guinness chocolate If the location isn’t a big enough clue,
at his bar while servers in baby pink t-shirts top-ten lists on the popular site. and maple bacon. hipsters beware, this is not a trendy-looking
zoom past him delivering plates of vegeta- With the emergence of restaurants and Bacon is another trend, according to Shore. restaurant. But if this nostalgic trend is some-
bles and dip, a complimentary snack every shops attempting to reinvent classic dishes, It’s also listed on Toronto Life’s ‘Seven food thing you’d like to try out, a hot turkey sand-
table is served. The restaurant is packed and there have been an influx of bizarre foods trends we love’ which the magazine publish- wich will set you back $3.00.
the music is pumping. breaking onto the market. es in April every year. The trend is more about “Gramps is in the kitchen,” Jacobs says,
Woolf says their location is halfway In the past couple years cupcakes have re- revamping the meat’s common uses rather “and his granddaughter runs things out
between U of T and Ryerson, a strategic surfaced as a popular food trend rather than than simply indulging on it as is. Think bacon- front.”
decision. Students flock there and stick just a celebratory dessert and the flavours are infused alcohol, bacon cream and chocolate- Of course it’s the trendy restaurants that
around until the restaurants closes at 2 a.m. becoming more diverse. bacon toffee, according to the list. are the most detrimental to student bank
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 FEATURES The Eyeopener 9

OWN: Triple-decker curried apple and
chutney gourmet grilled cheese

6 slices of multi-grain bread (or any desired variety)
4 tbsp margarine or butter
1 apple, peeled and thinly sliced
½ tsp curry powder, or to taste
½ tsp cinnamon
Squeeze of lemon juice
8 large slices of cheddar
accounts, not the family-run, greasy-spoon 4 tbsp mango chutney
diner east of the DVP. Guu Izakaya, a new
hotspot within stone’s throw of campus has *Recipe makes two triple-decker sandwiches.
everyone talking. Shore, Jacobs and Woolf
all mentioned the new eatery on the corner Directions:
of Church and McGill. 1. Place three slices of bread side by side. Spread 1 tbsp of butter evenly on one side
Aside from its impressive exterior, which of two slices of bread.
makes the Indian take-out place next door 2. In a small pan melt 1 tbsp of butter and add the sliced apples. Cook, stirring until
look rather sad, Guu Izakaya features dishes slightly softened.
designed for sharing, another hot trend 3. Add curry powder, cinnamon and squeeze of lemon juice. Cook for another couple
Jacobs mentioned. minutes.
“Tapas, small bites, appetizer-based 4. Place two slices of cheese on the bottom slice of bread (on the unbuttered side).
menus; portion size is a trend right now,” said 5. Cover with 1 tbsp of the mango chutney and a quarter of the apple mixture. Cover
Jacobs. with a piece of unbuttered bread.
In addition to these food-specific trends, 6. Place two slices of cheese on this piece of bread. Cover with 1 tbsp of the chutney
Jacobs identified the tendency among a and again with the apple mixture. Cover with the piece of buttered bread (butter
growing number of chefs and restaurants side up).
to be increasingly ingredient conscious. It’s 7. Place the sandwich in a pan on medium-heat and cook each side until the bread
what Jacobs calls the holy trinity — organic, is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Repeat with second sandwich.
local and heritage. It’s a result of the increase 8. Cut in half and serve.
in health-conscious consumers, with local
and organic food becoming more accessible
and vegan and gluten-free choices becoming
more widespread, customers desire close to
home, unmodified ingredients.
“It’s about putting food on the plate that
is honest, letting people know who made it,
who grew it; food with integrity,” says Jacobs.
Woolf sees the importance of this trend
and the growing preference towards fresh,
locally sourced ingredients.
In addition to working with small local
farms that raise hormone and antibiotic free
beef, they make their own preservative-free
buns every morning and cut their own fries.
“People can taste the difference,” Woolf
While all of these trends are an indication
of the dishes and ingredients customers de-
sire, as well as an illustrative account of what’s
working in the food world, Shore thinks that
ultimately, eating is simply a social behaviour.
“Sure, nourishment is important. But food
just serves as a backdrop to a social gathering
among friends.”
Whether you find yourself at one of the
city’s hippest restaurants with a group of
friends or simply cramped in your base-
ment apartment all together, the experience
of coming together to share a meal is the
longest standing trend of all.
While we shouldn’t feel guilty about treat-
ing oursleves from time to time, the count-
less, ever-changing dishes the city offers can
provide inspiration in our own kitchens. And
our budgets will thank us.
10 The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Working ‘till dawn
Crumbled papers, energy drinks and sweats. Brian
Boudreau, Christina Dun, and Nicole Witkowski report
on the students who go bump in the night
Going without sleep isn’t uncommon for Stephanie Wiebe, second-year interior design
Mandala Mitton or Craig Eden. Both second- student, knows the toll that the program takes
year architecture students say they have had to on students’ lives.
stay up for the extent of two days to finish all “Your social life changes completely. Your
the projects they had on their plate. classmates become your family,” said Wiebe.
“And that’s working like 20 out of the 24 With deadline fast approaching on these
hours of that day,” said Eden. assignments, students go to whatever extent
For some students at Ryerson this is some- they need to in order to assure they get the
thing that comes with each and every project. work done.
Students are constantly battling with having “The longest time I’ve gone without sleep-
to be creative on demand as our previously ing is probably close to 40 hours. I’ve heard of
technical programs become increasingly more people who have done more. That happened in
conceptual. first year, like when you’re trying to figure out
Interior design students don’t have it any how to manage your time more efficiently,” says
easier. From the first weeks of school the fourth-year architecture student Shiloh Lazar.
program demands both passion and dedication Haponenko, recalls having to look out for her
from their students. health when skipping sleep.
“It’s been really stressful,” said Erika Van Der “I’ve come close to passing out. People get
Pas, first-year interior design student, “I feel like shakes when they stay up all night, and you can
they’ve been trying to weed out the bad guys.” get sick if you keep pulling all-nighters.”
The programs are designed as models of Though students are pressured by dead-
how the professional fields of architecture and lines, Etkind said the profession could not exist
interior design work. The practicality of both without them.
areas of study gives students what they need to “Without deadlines you could spend your
be competitive after graduation. whole life on a project.”
Masha Etkind, a professor in the School of Azure Magazine named Ryerson’s School of
Architectural Science describes the programs Interior Design in the top three schools of its
focus when he said, “[The program] turned from kind worldwide and the School of Architectural
technical and engineering to conceptual and Science is renowned amongst the best in the
creative.” country, but Mitchell thinks this only motivates
“It won’t make them better designers if you the students to be stronger.
make [the program] easier,” said Annick Mitch- “We expect them to be leaders, so they have
ell, Chair of Interior Design here at Ryerson to act like leaders. That striving for excellence
about interior design. can be challenging,” she said.
Students agree the dedication is necessary Coping methods vary among students but
to gain the necessary skills involved in these Lazar says balance is key.
practical professions. “Every week I find time to do some intra-
“It’s a love-hate relationship. It’s fun work, mural sports or something like that. And in as
but there’s way too much,” said second-year much time you spend in studio, you really have
student James Saunders about the architecture to get outside studio, get outside of architec-
workload. ture because life is about balance,” said Lazar.
Mariya Haponenko, a second-year interior Haponenko describes having to push
design student says with so much work each through it to reach an end result you’re happy
week it becomes a struggle to do your best. with.
“To be creative you need time to get inspired “To deal you have to put in the extra effort.
but with these deadlines it’s hard to. Projects Time, dedication and research is the only way to
turn out to be mediocre,” she said. cope,” said Haponenko.
And with so many assignments being signed The work these students produce shows that
out, students must master the art of time no amount of pressure can overshadow their
management. talent.
“I don’t really have much time for myself, “I’ve been east to west,” Wiebe said, “Everyone
or to go shopping or to party or anything but is sympathetic to interior designers. This is
school,” said Schembri. definitely what I want to do, though.”
Even in the first month of school students can be found labouring away in the studio. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK — With files from Rebecca Burton

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 SPORTS The Eyeopener 11

Turning over
a new Leaf

In hockey, timing is everything. Just
ask newly recruited left-winger Cassandra
Nasso scored a hat trick to lead the
Toronto Stingers past the Barrie Sharks 3-1
in their Sunday afternoon season opener.
“I feel like a leader,” said Nasso after
the victory. “I want to lead this team the
whole season.”
That kind of performance isn’t just a
game-saver — it is a team-builder that is
necessary in setting a solid foundation
in preparation for the team’s entry into
Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) next
season. The Stingers turned in sub-par
results last year and know that this year
has to be different.
“Last year, I found that as soon as we
got to know each other, we started having
better results on the ice,” said second-year
defenceman Jenny Young. “This year we’re
starting where we were halfway [through]
last season. Our team is going to definitely

Double agent Kevin Souter
be improved.”
The fourth-year team currently plays as
the Toronto Stingers in the Golden Blades
Women’s Hockey League, a competitive
women’s league based at York University.
With Maple Leaf Gardens set to be ready
Last year, he was in the pros. This year, he’s on the Ryerson men’s soccer team working as a player for next year, Ryerson athletics has com-

and a coach. How did that happen? Sean Tepper reports mitted to icing a women’s varsity team.
“The expectation is that we will go
into the CIS next year,” said head coach
Being a head coach is stressful: orga- “I’m not sure if there is any other [play- similar values so he knows the team will be the Rams squared off against the Univer- Stephanie White. “That’s what we’re build-
nizing practices, preparing game plans, er-coach] in Canada,” said Joseph with a in good hands,” said Souter. sity of Saskatchewan. Ryerson was down ing towards.”
managing players’ personalities — it’s a laugh. In May 2008, the Kansas City Wizards a few players, and needed Souter to play
lot to handle. Now imagine having all the There has always been a fine line be- signed Souter and he made his MLS de- as a midfielder in order to have enough
responsibilities of a university head coach tween coach and player, but that line has but against David Beckham’s Los Angeles players. We want to succeed. We’re
in addition to being the athletic director been muddled for Souter, playing as a mid- Galaxy. After playing in Kansas City for two “It kind of ignited the spark a little not here just to be mediocre.
of an up-and-coming university program fielder and acting as an assistant coach at years, Souter was waived by the Wizards bit,” he said. He now takes three classes —Stephanie White, coach
that is in the midst of a massive expansion. the same time. during the 2010 pre-season. through the Chang School to maintain his
Now that’s quite the juggling act, one “I am coming in a position where I want “My time [in Kansas City] was good and eligibility.
that athletics director and head soccer to learn as much as I can to eventually be- bad. I was hampered by injuries and never Joseph hopes Souter can teach his play- As part of the major change, the team
coach Ivan Joseph has to deal with on a come a head coach,” explained Souter. “At really recovered,” explained Souter. “I was ers a thing or two by playing with them. would be officially granted varsity status,
allowing them to compete as the Ryerson
daily basis, and it simply cannot continue. this point it’s a good blend because being kind of forced out. They came in with new “I think that we have several players on
Rams against other Ontario universities.
Enter Kevin Souter. on the field you can see the guys, how they ideas and I didn’t really fit in.” the team that can kick a ball harder than
For some of the veterans especially, that
The 26-year-old Scotsman is easily the are moving, where their fitness levels are Souter was claimed off of waivers by the Kevin, that have a better first touch than
thrilling opportunity cannot come soon
most experienced, accomplished, and at and where they should be in relation to Seattle Sounders, but never signed a con- Kevin and that are faster than Kevin. What
oldest member of the Ryerson men’s soc- [where you want them to be].” tract with them because their front office we don’t have is a player that has a work
“I’ve been waiting for three years to
cer team. What makes Souter the most in- Souter is a good candidate for the play- was targeting other international players. ethic like Kevin, that is as fit as Kevin and
be a Ram,” said third-year defenceman
triguing player on the Ram’s roster is not er-coach role because he knows what Jo- “I was a little disheartened,” admit- is as passionate about training and prepar-
Lee Ann Pallet. “I’m really excited. When
the fact that Ivan Joseph coached him at seph is trying to build. He came to America ted Souter. “Ivan has always been a good ing as Kevin,” said Joseph.
I was in first year, the team was in tier
Graceland University, but that he’s being by way of Scotland in 2005 and became a friend. I talked to him one day and he [told] Right now, the plan is for Souter to be
four in the Golden Blades league, which
groomed to take over for Joseph as head second-team All-American en route to an me that if you don’t plan on pursuing soc- head coach for the 2011 season with Jo- is the bottom of the barrel, and we did
coach of the team as early as next year. NAIA national championship. In 2008, he cer then there will always be a position [at seph staying on as an assistant until 2012. extremely well. Now we’re in tier two and
turned pro and played Major League Soc- Ryerson] for you.” “I have a lot of experience but I still have hopefully next year the CIS. Every year is
cer (MLS) for a few years. When Souter first came to Ryerson, he a lot to learn,” he admits.“[But] I think Ryer-

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“We expect a higher level of skill from
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and they will help develop our culture as a
team into a culture of excellence,” she said.
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Destined to fail
Sports editor Rob Moysey finds out why so many sports clubs at Ryerson
crash and burn before they’re barely off the ground
Every Sunday in the quad, Sam Racine perceived sustainability of the club. Stratton’s rugby team paid only $40
and Suraj Singh can be spotted setting up “Some clubs might have low numbers per semester compared to other clubs
quidditch equipment for team practice to start, but we know it will be around like cheerleading, which pays $200. He
in the afternoon. years later,” he said. “[But] we need to even worked out a deal with local bar
They haul the heavy makeshift hoops see the interest first before we dole out a Filthy McNasty’s to sponsor the team in
from storage at Church and Shuter Streets, bunch of money for it.” exchange for an advertisement on their
dragging a cluster of brooms and balls be- The utter lack of facilities at Ryerson jersey. But Ryerson shot down the team’s
hind them. They are constantly updating can kill even the enthusiastic interest. Cur- sponsor because the university doesn’t
the team’s social media accounts to make rently, the RAC only has gym time avail- want alcohol-related sponsors on jerseys.
sure all members are on the same page. able at inconvenient times like weekday “If we could have had our sponsor,
And they tirelessly teach new players the mornings and weekend nights. Ryerson rugby would have been free,”
rules of the game without batting an eye. “Are you going to get clubs and stu- said Stratton.
But all of their work could be in vain. dents to come practice in the morning? Pipher points to the absence of a field
Ryerson is reluctant to even partially Probably not, unless they’re really dedi- near campus for the team’s failure, but
fund or promote its sports clubs, leaving cated. We’re even finding that it’s hard to Stratton argues the team had a bevy of
virtually all of the legwork to the club get students to come play intramurals on talented players that were committed.
founders. Couple that with the severe the weekends because they have to work “There’s tons of talent in Toronto and
lack of room to play on campus and a to pay tuition,” said Pipher. rugby is on the rise. U of T has an OUA
graveyard of dead clubs begins to form team already, but with our talent we
— cricket, rugby, and poker are just a few. could beat those guys,” said Stratton.
Though the recent athletics referen- We didn’t need money, we Stratton served as his team’s supervisor
At 5'7", Greg Riggs is by far the smallest player on the men’s hockey team. dum padded the coffers of Ryerson sports had guys willing to pay. and donated the $500 back to the team,
PHOTO: EVAN BOUDREAU and recreation, that money is being We just needed support. but once he graduated and a few senior
poured into varsity sports and facilities — Ryan Stratton, rugby members left, the team fell apart.
club founder

Little man, big heart
like Maple Leaf Gardens — initiatives ath- So what does this mean for the quid-
letics director Ivan Joseph feels do more ditch team? Like rugby, they need a field
to bolster the athletic profile of Ryerson. bigger than the quad to play on that is
“Clubs are more here for socialization Ryan Stratton, a former radio and tele- nowhere to be found. They need a place
and community engagement. Their role vision arts student, toiled for three years to store their equipment, but no space in
BY EVAN BOUDREAU Cherry diehards may disagree, but coach isn’t to boost the athletic profile of the trying to start up a rugby club before ulti- the RAC exists. And they need a supervi-
Graham Wise sure doesn’t. When asked school — that’s for varsity sports to do. mately giving up. sor to officiate their games for the season,
It’s halfway through the second period if Riggs’ size might hold him back, There’s just not enough resources to give He had 100 students interested in play- which they haven’t found yet.
and Greg Riggs picks off a pass in his own Wise emphatically shouted “No!” them all money.” ing, an arrangement with the University Aside from that, it is going to take a
zone. He looks up and sees a wide-open Wise feels Riggs just needs to settle Right now, just about any group of stu- of Toronto to practice on their field, and a herculean recruiting effort for the team
neutral zone — the perfect gift for the into his coaching system, build chemistry dents can start a club, but they must be season organized between nearby Toron- to succeed where others have failed. Most
shifty 5'7" centreman. with his linemates, and adjust his game to entirely self-sufficient with team costs, to universities, yet it was still not enough importantly, the team is going to need a
In just a few strides he reaches max George Bell Arena’s small ice surface. promotion, and the $500 team supervi- to coax the university into cooperation. solid base of leaders to organize the team
speed and blazes into the offensive zone. “He’s a pretty gritty kid, an offensive sor fee. All the university does is organize “They didn’t say it was a good idea, once the original founders move on —
The opposing defensemen move into guy, quick and good on the penalty kill,” gym space and equipment storage, both they were just buzz kills. All they did was something the rugby team never had.
position and force Riggs to weave said Wise. of which are virtually non-existent. say ‘Here’s all the money you have to pay, “We hope we can get a lot of froshies
through dropped shoulders and extend- Riggs comes to the Ryerson Rams after Randy Pipher, Ryerson’s intramural here’s all the forms you have to fill out, involved,” said Sam Racine. “We need to
ed sticks as he makes his way to the net. spending five years playing for his home- and camps coordinator, is responsible for here’s all the negatives’,” said Stratton. “We make sure there are people to continue
It’s a situation he deftly dealt with in his town Pickering Panthers in the Ontario managing clubs. He bases his decision didn’t need money, we had guys willing to what we’ve started when we’re gone so it
junior hockey days, but can he do it again Junior ‘A’ Hockey League. Last season, largely on the availability of facilities and pay. We just needed support.” goes on for years and years.”
at a higher level of competition? Riggs recorded a team-leading 53 points
Before the 165-pound rookie can in 49 regular season games en route to

get a hard shot on goal, he’s knocked to his MVP nomination.
the ice, causing the puck to trickle harm-
lessly towards the goaltender. Not this
time, it seems, but he didn’t get this far by What kid doesn’t want

giving up. to play in Maple Leaf
Although Riggs is a proven star in his Gardens?
junior hockey league, he’s an unknown — Greg Riggs, first-year
quantity at Ryerson. If he has any chance centreman

Run for a Position – fill a spot
of getting all-star consideration here in
the OUA, he’ll have to overcome many It was former Rams captain Kevin Kras-
obstacles along the way. Aside from his nowski who introduced the coaching
diminutive size (he’s the smallest on the staff to Riggs. Having played against him on the Graduate Executive Committee
team by far) he’s also one of the youngest in junior hockey, Krasnowski knew Riggs
players and has no professional hockey would be a good fit for the Rams.
The first-year business student also
It looks to be a match made in heaven,
as Riggs also has a deep connection to
Nominations open for:
spends 40 minutes commuting each day
to class, two hours practicing and then
Maple Leaf Gardens. He once scored a
game-winning goal during a tournament
• Chairperson
another hour-and-a-half heading home there, and his face lights up like a red • Deputy Chairperson Education
• Deputy Chairperson Finance
to Pickering from the rink. goal-lamp at the thought of doing it on
“It’s a little tough, I’m really busy, and it a regular basis.
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Good vibrations
Songs for the deaf? That’s what a group of Ryerson
professors are planning for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.
Business and technology editor Matthew Braga reports

A group of Ryerson professors are put different frequency channels frequencies, those that can be
making songs for the deaf — and on different part of the bodies,” interpreted through vibration are far
we aren’t talking about covers of the explained Russo, “and that really is less — only between 1 and 1000Hz,
popular Queens of the Stone Age the essence of why this thing seems approximately.
album. to work.” That means composers like
By generating different types of The same theory has been applied Swoger-Ruston must be particularly
vibration, the team has developed a to another one of Russo’s devices, a careful to compose pieces that
number of devices that allow the deaf modified foam pool noodle called a translate well into a vibratory
and hard of hearing to experience vibe worm. experience. “Obviously, rhythmically
sound and music, some of which will By feeding wire through its charged stuff is most readily
be shown during a Scotiabank Nuit hollow centre, the noodle can be apparent, so anything with a
Blanche performance this weekend. turned into a makeshift speaker that regular pulse most obviously comes
Called VIBES! Feel It!, the exhibit transmits sound through “the skin through.”
can be found in the Distillery District, instead of vibrations through the “But it is quite remarkable that the
within the Deaf Culture Centre in air.” deaf can actually discern differences
Zone B. What the team finds most in vocal tambour through vibrations,
“It’s looking at ways of impressive with these devices is so it’s richer than I ever expected.”
making music accessible…[and] So rich, in fact, that one of the
experiencing music without sound,” chair’s creators, Maria Karam, is
explained Frank Russo, director of It’s looking at ways currently working to produce a
the university’s Science of Music, of making music commercialized version of the chair
Auditory Research and Technology accessible...[and] that can be purchased by deaf users,
lab. experiencing music or even musical enthusiasts like
He’s quick to point out that this without sound. Swoger-Ruston.
isn’t a new trend; Beethoven had the — Frank Russo, Professor And thanks to its inclusion in this
same idea when he began to lose his year’s Nuit Blanche festival, users
hearing, playing piano close to the will have a chance to experience
ground so he could “feel” the notes not just the ability for deaf or hard that same feeling firsthand, thanks
vibrate through the floor. of hearing users to detect change to devices like the Emoti-chair and
What has changed, however, in tone or pitch, but differences Russo’s vibe worms.
is how the technology is used to between voices or instruments as “What is particularly interesting
harness that sensation, resulting in a well, all thanks to subtle variances in about this performance, is the fact
more effective experience for those the pattern of vibration. that no-one will be “hearing” the
unable to hear. “There are certain gestures music!” explained Gwen Dobie,
One of those devices is dubbed that work very well, like sweeps a professor at York University’s
the Emoti-chair, and was first in frequencies that move up and department of theatre, and one of
conceived over two years ago down,” explained Paul Swoger- the deaf performers involved in this
by Russo and two other Ryerson Ruston, a lecturer in music at Ryerson weekend’s exhibit.
professors. University and the man responsible “The public will be placed in a
By applying vibrations of varying for composing some of the Emoti- position to feel the vibrations, to
size and power to a user’s back, the chair’s music. experience music as the deaf or hard
chair attempts to produce physical “You have to kind of think in larger of hearing.”
representations of rhythm and voice. intervals than traditional music.” Scotiabank Nuit Blanche runs
“The solution with the chair is to While the human ear is capable all night, Oct. 2, from 6:57 p.m. to
separate the low and the high, to of hearing a very wide range of sunrise.
Professor Frank Russo in the school’s SMART lab. PHOTO CREDIT: MATTHEW BRAGA

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