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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 NEWS The Eyeopener 3

Should the RSU

be making money
from convocation

It’s bullshit... the

university should
handle it.
— Christine Alcon

RSU says they provide a reliable and affordable graduation photo service for students. PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL

Grad pics pad RSU pockets

Ryerson Students’ Union rakes in $30,000 commission from convocation portraits each year
BY MARIANA IONOVA vertising the photography service and At Trent University, the school’s contract Awards office simply has not reviewed
NEWS EDITOR kept $28,666 in earnings. with Miranda Studios, a Peterborough how the school currently deals with gradu-
But Smith argued that the RSU runs the photography studio, includes free com- ation photos. I’d rather have the
The RSU earns nearly $30,000 each year service well, providing high-quality por- posite photos for graduating students in “It’s not a conscious decision not to pur- student union hold
from organizing convocation portraits for traits for an extremely low rate. exchange for using the company’s services. sue it; it’s just that they haven’t done it at that money.
graduating students. “Our sitting fee and our booking fee “What we’re getting out of it is that this point,“ said Ann MacKay, manager of — Kashif Lvalvi,
The union negotiates a flat commis- are actually one of the lowest,” she said. we’re getting the composite for free,” Convocation and Awards.
sion with Lassman Studios each year and Currently, the sitting fee for students is said Joanne Sokolowski, manager of Another reason Ryerson does not over-
spends a part of the money on advertising $25, which includes the cost of the proofs Convocation and University Functions at see graduation portraits is because the
the service, according to Caitlin Smith, RSU and the composite photograph of the Trent University. university’s Convocation office has only
vice-president of finance and services. The graduating class. Buying the larger photos been in existence for three years, accord-
remaining amount is revenue for the RSU. and packages can cost students another ing to MacKay.
several hundred dollars. “[These other universities] have prob-
According to Whitfield, the RSU has It’s just something we ably had a convocation office in existence
been running the service since the school haven’t looked at yet. for possibly longer than we have, and it’s
We recognize it as a started using Lassman Studios nearly 30 — Ann MacKay, just something that we haven’t looked at
revenue-generating years ago. Convocation and yet,” said MacKay.
service. “I think that that’s something that the Awards But this doesn’t mean it won’t happen
— Toby Whitfield, RSU RSU would want to be involved in as a way The University of Toronto’s advance- at some point when the service is exam-
to earn some funds for the RSU,” said Lise ment office also oversees the graduation ined more closely, according to MacKay.
Payne, convocation events coordinator. portraits as a part of its Alumni Circle. The “We would probably just make sure
“We recognize it as a revenue-gener- But, while Ryerson chooses to leave university uses Lassman studios as well, but that, as long as something is serving the I’d like to know where
ating service in the same was as the Used graduation portraits up to the RSU, oth- its contract with the studio provides stu- students efficiently, we can easily keep it it’s going.
Book Room,” said Toby Whitfield, RSU er schools opt to organize the service dents with free sittings and photo proofs. the way it is,” she said. — Steph Colliver
president. themselves and negotiate perks for stu- One of the reasons Ryerson hasn’t fol- “If it isn’t, then we would have to take
Last year, the RSU spent $1,214 on ad- dents in their contracts. lowed suit is because its Convocation and a harder look at the management of it.”

Residence council fears being replaced by new committee

BY DIANA HALL But Chad Nuttall, Student Housing the RRC. faced a fair share of problems. One po- about housing services and to speak up on
manager, noted that the new commit- “It’s just different stuff,” said Nuttall. sition has yet to be filled due to a small the policies that affect them,” she said.
Student Housing Services is setting up tee is not meant to replace the Residence “It’s not the kind of stuff that you can number of candidacy applications, while The committee should prove to be a
a new committee that has caused uproar Council. expect from a first-year student signed the students in residence are still waiting crucial outlet for students as it starts up
from the Ryerson Residence Council (RRC). onto very different reasons than to advise to find out more about voting procedures communications, but Whale maintained
The new group will be called the Stu- policy.” and the committee’s direct impact. the RRC must remain the “primary body”
dent Consultation Committee and its pur- The committee will consist of one first- for student feedback in residence.
pose is to give feedback to student hous- I certainly didn’t year representative from each residence “(We want) to ensure that residence
ing and help shape future policies. But the anticipate a controversy. building, one representative of the resi- students have the proper and most effi-
RRC is concerned about where they fit into Chad Nuttall, dence service desk, one student link and The purpose of the coun- cient means to have their concerns heard
this new arrangement. student housing one member of the RRC. cil is to improve student and addressed in a timely manner.”
“Residence Council wants to ensure The idea emerged from the success of housing service. “We also want to guarantee that each
that this committee does not duplicate our last year’s town hall meetings, where stu- — Angela Sucee, student is represented in the best way pos-
current practices,” said Kyra Whale, RRC “I certainly didn’t anticipate a con- dents were encouraged to come and voice Pitman Hall candidate sible.”
president and fourth-year student. troversy because I think consulting the their concerns about residence issues, ac- The elections will take place in the next
“We are in conversations with (Student students is typically something that’s wel- cording to Nuttall. “The purpose of the council is to im- few weeks and committee’s first of four
Housing Services) in the hopes that this comed. The residence council felt that I “I came up with the idea of having a prove student housing service,” said An- annual meetings is expected to take place
does not happen, and that the structure was somehow undermining their author- small committee that’s made up of student gela Sucee, the sole candidate for Pitman late this month.
and processes of the committee are docu- ity as a body that represents students.” leaders in the building, to give us more of Hall representation. “I think we’re doing the right thing by
mented and made more clear to residence He argued that the new committee that information,” he said. “I think it’s great that this opportunity consulting students about our processes,”
students.” would have an entirely different role than But the new committee has also already is (giving students a chance) to learn more said Nuttall.
4 The Eyeopener EDITORIAL Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The big picture behind

your grad photos
the RSU kudos for offering the service
on campus, other schools like the Uni-
versity of Toronto are doing it without
the $25 sitting fee.
It’s kind of ironic that a students’
union who preaches about the follies of
Convocation photos at Ryerson aren’t overcharging broke students is cashing
worth a thousand words — they’re in on a commission that is basically a
worth $30,000 in the Ryerson Students’ cash grab.
Union(RSU) coffers. Twenty-five dollars doesn’t seem
Here’s how it works: if you want like much. But it adds up with the $40
cheesy Ryerson graduation photos for convocation fee and the $28,000 of
mom and pops, you pay a $25 sitting debt most students are saddled with
fee just to get your photo taken. Then, when they leave Ryerson. Just ask the
you pay out of the nose to the photog- RSU — they’re always ranting about
raphy studio for a package. And when how students get ripped off.
convocation rolls around, the RSU gives ***
you a crappy class composite. Wonder what life would be like with-
Every year the RSU negotiates a fee out that pesky cable bill? Flip to page
with Lassman Studios for allowing the 12 and read biz and tech editor Mat-
company to set up shop in the Student thew Braga’s tips on killing your cable
Campus Centre and monopolize Rye without missing Glee. And check out
grad pics. The union uses the photos arts and life editor Gianluca Inglesi’s
as a source of revenue to pay for other feature on page 10 to see some of the
student services. And while I will give school’s best dressed.
The Ryerson Students’ Union makes about $30,000 from grad photos. PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL

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Zarel Endozo (left) and Kate Jarencio (right) are still waiting for police checks they applied for months ago. PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL

Police check backlog plagues students

After months of waiting, community service students still don’t have the forms they need for their required course placements
BY BRAD WHITEHOUSE and childcare agencies for placements, and “The reason behind that is because some Vella said the wait time is now down to agencies asking them to accept students’
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR students need to complete enough hours provinces don’t link previous criminal re- about seven weeks, but could take longer if proof of application for a police check along
in the field in order to be able to pass their cords to a name change,” said Marc LaPorte, fingerprints are required. He said Toronto Po- with a police declaration signed by the stu-
When Kate Jarencio applied for a police courses. a spokesperson for RCMP Ontario.“It’s a more lice Services is working to move the process dents stating they don’t have a criminal re-
check in July, she was told it would take eight “It takes way too long,” said Zubida Mo- rigorous check.” ahead faster, emailing electronic fingerprints cord.
to 10 weeks. But now, at the beginning of Oc- hamed, a second-year nursing student. “If But students are worried the longer pro- instead of sending them by mail. “They’re not left alone with children,” she
tober, there’s still no sign of it. And her work you miss your placement for two weeks in cess could affect their ability to get a place- According to Patricia Reto, field education added. “It’s not like we’re putting children
placement, which requires a police screening, three weeks then you’re out. Your semester ment. coordinator at the school of ECE, courses that and families at risk.”
is supposed to begin in less than two weeks. is wasted.” involve placements require students to be on Some students are worried that they
“I sent it express, and I still haven’t heard According to Const. Tonyo Vella from To- location about eight hours a day for 22 days. won’t be able to complete their course re-
anything,” the first-year Ryerson-George ronto Police Services, the hold up is caused If you miss a “We don’t have allowances for make-up quirements on time and will have to stay in
Brown early childhood education (ECE) stu- by a new RCMP process implemented four placement for two days,” she said. If a student misses a day at school longer.
dent said. months ago. weeks...your semester their placement, they have to make it up on Pimento said the backlog mostly affects
A four-month long backlog on back- Previously, the criminal database was only is wasted. their own time. first-year students. Most other students have
ground checks from the Toronto Police checked for a close match to the surname — Zyrelle Endozo, Barb Pimento, first-year ECE coordinator police checks from the year before which the
has left students in programs like ECE and date of birth of applicants. If this doesn’t first-year ECE student for Ryerson-George Brown students, said the agencies will generally except, even if they
and nursing stranded. Vulnerable sector bring up a hit, the new system now checks school only became aware of the problem in are expired.
verifications, which screen applicants for for matches to the sex and birthdate of the “I’m just really relying on the school and September and is working to make accom- At least one upper-year student had to
past criminal offences and pardoned sexual applicant only. If there’s a match, finger prints trusting they’re going to find a plan for us,” modations. postpone their placement until the spring.
offence convictions, are required by health have to be sent to the RCMP. said first-year ECE student Zyrelle Endozo. The school sent out a letter to childcare

Levy: no priority list for internationals

BY MOHAMED OMAR we would choose an international student and finally obtain a verification letter which
ahead of a Canadian.” is used for the actual application.
Like most students, mechanical Students can apply for a work permit on- The student then takes this verifica-
engineering student Hamed Sayah needs line and by mail. But the online application tion letter and applies for the work permit
money to pay for rent, food, clothes, books takes twice the processing time. either online or by mail.
and social life. But for the international stu- “Once the online process was launched, Unfortunately, even after all of this
dent in third-year getting a job off campus most people gravitated towards online is done and taken care of, things don’t
means an expensive process and frustrat- applications, so now it’s fully booked,” get that much better for international
ing limitations that domestic students Prospere said. “The processing time is students who pay roughly $20,000 a year in
might know little about. 30 days by mail, and if it’s online it’s about tuition fees.
“Students can work on campus 60 days or more.” Additionally, international students can-
anywhere they want without a work permit Sayah is only allowed to work 20 hours a not apply for a work permit as soon as they
from Citizenship and Immigration Canada,” week during the school year, but cashes in start their studies.
said Keitha Prospere, International Student on his chance to work full-time during the “Students have to wait six months
Services administrator. “For off-campus summer and holidays. before they can apply for the work permit
work permits they have to apply for and “I wasted most of my holidays and from CIC,” Prospere said.“They want you to
obtain a work permit from the CIC that weekends working when I could have come and easily transition to the Canadian
costs $150.” been at least having some fun or education system. So six months is a good
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said studying.” amount of time for a student to adjust, be
the university receives the same amount Sayah, who lives on his own, cannot pay comfortable and focus on studies.”
of funds from each student and doesn’t for tuition or rent with a part-time job. Prospere said the university is encour-
think it would be right to prioritize “Work covers food, clothes, that kind of aging international students to apply
international students for on-campus work stuff, but I can’t pay $20,000 while working for the work permit and gain important
placements. for minimum wage. I have to rely on my Canadian work experience.
“That would be unfair to non-interna- family,” he said. “You made it to Ryerson. Take advan-
tional students,” Levy said. “It’s one issue for “For the amount of money we pay, you’d tage of any opportunities you find. You
the university to do what it can to expedite expect them to help us out more.” need Canadian experience and this is one
and support international students both A student applying online or by mail of the best ways to get that experience,”
in the processing of forms and to provide must first apply at the CIC website first, she said.
them with the opportunity to work on wait for his or her student status to be And for the next 4 years of an interna-
Any student can work on campus at the Ram. PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE campus. It’s an entirely different issue to say verified with the ISS office at Ryerson, tional student’s life, it’s the only way.
6 The Eyeopener NEWS Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Free Buzz for new labour centre Briefs

New Centre for Labour Relations director’s salary to come from his own fundraising account

The newly-opened Buzz Hargrove Cen-

stantly involved in dispute avoidance,”
Hargrove said.
As external director, Hargrove will act
in January 2009.
“I immediately started talking to others
about setting up something unique that
tre for Labour Management Relations as a liaison with people in the labour could contribute to dispute avoidance. A student reported his $2,000 lap-
will be financially self-sustaining, with They were very supportive, so we started top stolen after he left it in a RCC class-
even Hargrove’s salary being paid out of meeting with the labour movements and room for five minutes. We say try to
the half-million dollars he raised for the He’s a fundraiser and corporations about a year ago,” he said. never to leave your desk. Ever.
building. supports the direction Ken Jones, dean of Ted Rogers School
“He’s a fundraiser and supports the of the centre. of Management approached other faculty There have been more locker break-

direction of the centre, so it’s a very small — Sheldon Levy, to see if they were open to participating. ins reported in the past week, with a
$350 netbook stolen from the first-
cost,” said Ryerson President, Sheldon “The primary focus is to teach people
floor of Kerr Hall East. Another break-in
Levy. “It’s more that he’s giving us his movement and companies who agree to to avoid conflict between labour and
in Kerr Hall East saw a $1,400 laptop
time.” work with the centre. He will also be in- management. “ Hargrove says. “There’s a
and wallet full of IDs taken.
The Centre for Labour Management volved in fundraising. lot of people who claim to be able to solve
Relations, which is designed to support “He has extensive contacts and com- disputes, but there is very few who are try-
Two more break-ins were reported
faculty research in labour relations and mands respect. He goes out to talk to ing to make sure they can avoid it.”
in Kerr hall South, but nothing was ac-
develop Ryerson’s teaching in the field, prospective employers in unions and has Hargrove hopes to bring in labour
tually taken in either case.
launched in September. Hargrove, the been successful in getting companies to speakers to talk to students. He also
former Canadian Auto Worker’s Union come in to support the academic centre,” wants to arrange for company unions to
A man was arrested for trespassing
national president, is under a two-year said Maurice Mazerolle, internal director hire student interns so students can ben-
after he was found acting suspiciously
contract as external director. for the centre. efit from academic and practical skills.
in the SHE building. He seemed to be
Buzz Hargrove is director of the “I have practical experience. I was Hargrove’s new role has been under Hargrove will continue to be a visiting
under the influence of drugs and had
new business center. a hands-on president for the union. I development since he began work as a English professor while taking on his new with him items – including a GPS and
PHOTO: CHLOE KERZNER headed all major bargaining and was con- distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson position. a cell phone - that were suspected to
have been stolen.

A student who didn’t feel like paying

her parking charges at 300 Victoria St
tried to change the time on her park-
ing ticket with a pen. We wish she had
gotten away with it, because then we
would have stolen the idea.

Leaving stuff to reserve your library

seat while you’re away from your desk
may seem like a good idea, but just be
careful. A student reported his Black-
berry stolen after leaving it on the sec-
ond floor of the library for five minutes.

We understand that with mid-terms

arriving stress levels are ramping up,
but with reports of students fainting
and having panic attacks, we say it’s
important to take some time to relax.
Just not too much.

A student has had two textbooks

stolen from her locker in the third floor
of Kerr Hall South, totaling a value of
$304. We say that all stealing means
bad karma, but stealing textbooks is
a new low.

A student was treated by medical

staff after complaining of itchiness on
her stomach, where she had two insect
bites. Let’s hope they weren’t bedbugs.

A student was taken to hospital say-

ing she was having trouble breathing
after a teammate fell on her chest dur-
ing a sports game. It’s things like this
that explains why The Eyeopener staff
doesn’t play sports.

A staff member was injured after

falling off her chair while trying to
stack boxes, and a drunk student was
treated by staff after sitting on her
chair and falling backwards, hitting her
head. We say don’t trust chairs.

The RSU is hosting an event on

Friday that includes a meal of Turkey,
stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin
pie. Thanksgiving? No, it’s the slightly
ominous sounding “Fall Dinner.”

The deadline for opting out of the

health and dental plan is upon us.
You’ve got until Friday at 6 p.m. to
leave the plan and earn yourself a re-
fund cheque, which will be available to
pick up in November.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 NEWS The Eyeopener 7

Navreet Saini stands in front of the OSAP office. She is still waiting for a fee refund she requested weeks ago. PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL

‘Ryerson stole my money’

Student racks up credit card debt while she waits for $2,000 OSAP cheque to arrive in the mail
BY BRAD WHITEHOUSE handed in to the student fees and enroll- money had to be put directly into her “What does happen is that a sum At the University of Toronto, students
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR ment office. The office has to review the RAMSS account. roughly equivalent to 60 per cent of receiving OSAP are able to defer any tu-
application and approve it. From there “The date’s not until Sept. 10. Why full-time Fall tuition fees (this year set at ition payments until the financial aid is
When it came time to pay her tuition the problem is handed over to student fi- would I make a partial payment before- $3,500) is deducted from OSAP awards received.
fees, Navreet Saini thought she took nancial services who writes out and mails hand of $3500?” before the funds are distributed to the “They don’t pay anything up front be-
all the steps to avoid penalties. She ar- a cheque to the student. The process can This was the question Saini said she student,” said Alnwick. cause they’ve got OSAP funding coming
ranged a bank transfer into her RAMSS take up to 30 days. asked the financial advisor, who didn’t David Sigal, assistant registrar at the in,” said David Sidebottom, manager of
account for the Sept. 10 deadline, and “I have to pay MasterCard bills for have any answers for her. student fees and enrollment office, said financial aid services at U of T.
made sure to pay the full amount to textbooks but then I have to pay a late “For me, it’s not at all organized,” that it is the university’s policy that re- He said that there is no 30 day policy
avoid the deferral fee. She didn’t expect payment on that because I’m waiting for Saini said. “I didn’t know there was a funds take up to 30 days, but that it on student fee refunds, but estimated
she would have to pay late fees on her the OSAP money.” partial payment. No one mentioned that doesn’t always take this long. it would take about a couple of weeks.
credit card, while she waited 30 days for Saini’s tuition is fully paid, and she in the OSAP papers.” “I won’t quote a concrete time He added that the university can directly
Ryerson to fork over her OSAP cheque. planned to use part of her OSAP money Saini was left in the lurch. OSAP mon- because it depends on the individual’s deposit refunded fees into students bank
“Ryerson stole my money,” she said. to pay for textbooks. But when she went ey or not, she had to buy textbooks for case,” he said. accounts to avoid any postal delays.
This year, Saini, a third-year aerospace to pick up her OSAP cheque on Sept. 7, a her class, and charged the course materi- “It depends on the volume and the “It wouldn’t take a month,” Sidebot-
engineering student, was eligible for few days before the tuition fee deadline, als, which she says cost her about $500, time of year.” tom said.
$2000 in OSAP, but right now it’s sitting she was told that all of the money would to her credit card. She’s still waiting for a When asked if there was anything that At U of T students receiving OSAP are
in her RAMSS account as excess funds. have to go into her RAMSS account. cheque from Ryerson to pay off her bills. the office could do to help students like able to defer any tuition payments until
At Ryerson, there’s no quick fix to this Saini was told that in order to pick up University Registrar Keith Alnwick said Sinai, he said that sometimes special ar- the financial aid is received.
kind of problem. After money is depos- her OSAP as a cheque, she had to already that there is no minimum payment that rangements can be made. “They don’t pay anything upfront be-
ited into a student’s RAMSS account, have made a $3500 minimum payment students have to make before they pick “We’re more than happy if there is a cause they’ve got OSAP funding coming
a request form must be completed and into her account. Instead, her OSAP up there OSAP. good reason.” in,” said Sidebottom.

Rye locker thefts continue

Locker thefts continue at Kerr Hall, even after locker thieves were caught by Ryerson Security last
year. At least six thefts were reported this week alone. PHOTO: BRAD WHITEHOUSE
8 The Eyeopener NEWS Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rye art rules Nuit

“The Swans’ Lake” which was exhibited in the pedestrian
passage on the North side of the Heidelberg Centre, was cre-
ated by the School of Interior Design and Ryerson Theatre
School. Check out the video online at

Science students could have their own faculty if proposal moves forward. PHOTO: JENNIFER CHENG

New faculty in works

Committee says faculty of science proposal is number one recommendation
BY MICHAEL DUNCAN arose in 2007 when Ryerson’s Office of the programs that are developing all the time” PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL
Provost and Vice Academic were develop- The proposal will outline items such as
Ryerson could see an independent fac- ing Ryerson’s current academic plan called curriculum issues, human resources, and
ulty of science within the next couple of “Shaping Our Future”. physical space needs, among other issues.
years, depending on the outcome of a pro- “In the consultations that we had which “The report is to try and articulate what
posal by a committee consisting of Ryerson were really broad across campus we heard it would look like to have two separate
faculties looking into academic restructur- repeatedly from a number of folks, faculty faculties­—one of engineering and archi-
ing. tecture and one of science. So it would be
The current faculty of science, amal- premature of me to say what they are go-
gamated into the Faculty of Engineering, ing to look like,” said Shepard.
Architecture, and Sciences, could splinter It’s a grassroots thing... it
from FEAS after a report released by the came from the faculty in
Provost’s Commission on Academic Struc-
tures recommended the creation of a sep-
each department.
— Maurice Yeates Teach English
arate faculty of science.
“The faculty of science was the number
one recommendation out of the commit- staff and students that they wanted a fac-
tee,” said Provost and Vice President Aca- ulty of science,” said Shepard.
demic, Alan Shepard. “A faculty of science is quite a normal
“It’s a grassroots thing,” said Mau- thing to have,” said Yeates.
The committee will begin working on
the proposal in mid-October, and it is ex-
pected to be completed and delivered to
TESOL/TESL Teacher Training
the Provost Alan Shepard during the win-
Certification Courses
We will probably be going ter 2011 semester.
forward with it, but it re- “We will probably be going forward • Intensive 60-Hour Program
mains to be seen when or with it but it remains to be seen when or • Classroom Management Techniques
how. how, we’re waiting on the report basically • Detailed Lesson Planning
— Alan Shepard, Provost to give recommendations,” said Shepard.
• ESL Skills Development
“The proposal would come first to sen-
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rice Yeates, the former dean of graduate ate for consideration sometime in the win-
studies who is heading the committee. “It ter, and then it would come to the board
• Interactive Teaching Practicum
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“Just because there’s a faculty of sci-
of physics. ence, I don’t know which synergies it will
The idea for a faculty of science first create,” said Yeates. “But they have new
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 NEWS The Eyeopener 9

Upscale housing takes over universities

More schools are converting old hotels and existing high-rises into residences
LEE RICHARDSON their residences – the 688 room Chestnut “For us to buy the land, construct the
NEWS EDITOR building – from the Colony Hotel in 2003. residence, and then pretend that we can
The largest ‘Super Single’ rooms at Chest- put the cost onto the monthly residence
As Ryerson searches for a business part- nut, which are converted double hotel rents of students would never work,” said
ner to build new student housing with, rooms, are $14,600 for a year. They offer Levy.
some universities are resorting to convert- king and queens sized beds in every room, Such public-private partnerships – that
ing old hotels, resulting in more luxuri- a fitness facility and a restaurant.
ous surroundings for students living away “We needed to come up with an al-
from home. ternative residence that could be avail- We could have never afford-
With cities becoming denser and the able faster than through construction, so ed the business school.
numbers of student residence applications we bought a hotel and it’s been pretty — Sheldon Levy
growing, universities may have to come successful ever since,” said University of
to depend on utilizing existing buildings, Toronto Residence Services Coordinator result in buildings that blend housing with
such as hotels and apartment blocks, to ac- Kate Milligan. “It’s rented out as hotel or a other services like stores or offices - are
commodate more students. bed and breakfast during the summer, to seen as one solution to dealing with how
“Toronto has a ton of old 1950’s, 60’s, tourists, conference attendees, language to utilize the most of Toronto’s restricted
70’s apartment slab buildings which need school students.” space. In fact, such partnerships have al-
a bit of reinvestment, and universities are As well as being seen at the University ready been seen at Ryerson.
in the perfect position to do that” said of Toronto, this process has also happened “We could have never afforded the
Spacing Magazine Senior Editor, Shawn right on campus. The 252 capacity Inter- business school unless Best Buy and Cana-
Micallef. “These would make perfect stu- national Living and Learning Centre (ILLC) dian Tire occupied the ground floor,” said
dent residences and they’d probably be used to be a hotel before being acquisi- Levy.
nicer too, as they were built for families tioned by the university. “The private sector made something
and would probably be a little bit bigger “Each of the rooms have a bathroom that was not affordable, affordable.”
than the spaces that students now have.” inside it, they’re just like old hotel rooms,” However, space constraints in down-
Dedicated residence buildings could be a thing of the past as universities part- said Vice Provost Students, Heather Lane town Toronto could mean that construc-
ner up with businesses to dampen construction costs. PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL Vetere. tion of new buildings could become much
We needed to come up with Meanwhile, Ryerson is still searching for more difficult.
an alternative... that could companies interested in developing new “Universities should come up with a
be available faster than student residence spaces. more creative model, like with deals with
through construction. “We approximately have 1,000 resi- condo developers, so developers building
— Kate Milligan dence rooms and we’re receiving over a 50 storey condo, a university goes in with
While post-secondary institutions in the three, four, five thousand requests, so them and 20 of those floors are student
U.S begin to invest in higher-end student we’re really short on residence space,” said residences,” said Micallef.
housing facilities, which can then be rent- Ryerson President Sheldon Levy, adding “Toronto is now at this point where
ed out to tourists during summer periods, that making construction affordable by people need to think of this creative urban
this trend is also happening locally. The partnering with a private business is seen mixing, that’s the only way you’d be able
University of Toronto converted one of as one solution. to live nearby campus, going upwards.”

Rye donates hockey history

Ryerson President Sheldon Levy stands with Mario Fatica, VP planning development and approvals at
Loblaw (left) and Bill Ballard, son of Harold Ballard, former owner the Toronto Maple Leafs. A historic
slab of concrete with Harold Ballard’s hand and footprints were donated to the Hockey Hal of Fame
by Ryerson University and Loblaw. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK
10 The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE Wednesday,October6,2010





Wednesday, October 6, 2010 ARTS & LIFE The Eyeopener 11

Clothes make the student

For some Ryerson students, style is identity. Arts editor Gianluca Inglesi and Rebecca Burton discover why our students treat Gould
Street like a runway
Melissa McCulloch spends a minimum University of Guelph, tend to dress more seems to be part of the curriculum. From
of $500 a month on clothing. The first- laidback to take advantage of those extra fashion to business, students are taking
year hospitality and tourism manage- minutes of shut eye. it upon themselves to stand out against
ment student’s wardrobe is worth much “[Ryerson]’s not a hoodie and sweat- their competition.
more than her tuition. pant university,” said Andrea Crofts, a “Going to your classes you don’t know
Second-year arts and contemporary second-year fashion communication stu- who you’re going to meet. Your profs
studies student Reid Hubick, admits dent. could one day help you, so you don’t
his wardrobe is worth, “unspeakable want to go to class looking like a slob,”
amounts. “ Hubick owns several pairs of said Buordolone.
True Religion jeans that retail for $500 Ryerson’s not a hoodie and However, the workload some students
a piece and a Canada Goose jacket that sweatpant university. have takes a toll, and sharp clothing
cost him $700. —Andrea Crofts, second-year seems more fickle than necessary.
“For me it’s worth it to spend hundreds fashion communication Nina Homami, a second-year biol-
on a pair of jeans. I definitely spend more ogy student, said that in her program
on clothes than anything else,” Hubick when people are studying for hours and VIDEO AT THEEYEOPENER.COM
said. running from lecture hall to lecture hall,
Students are camera-ready on any clothing isn’t a big concern.
given day at Ryerson. Stereotypical col- At Ryerson style seems to take promi- “It’s the tone of the program. People in Frances Gunn, a retail management prices,” she said.
lege sweaters and track pants are scarce nence over comfort. science aren’t usually as into fashion as professor here at Ryerson says even Cost is not always the issue for Brit-
on campus. Instead, they can be found “It makes me feel dirty [to wear sweat people in artistic programs or business. “ though students are influenced by the tany Devenyi, a second-year journalism
hustling to class decked out in the latest pants or pjs],” Patricia Kowlaski said. Students have a tendency to catego- towering billboards they see on their way student.
trend from military boots to circle scarves. The fourth-year fashion design stu- rize people based on what they wear. She to class, she is surprised that companies “It’s more about how you put [oufits]
No matter which faculty, most students dent won’t even walk to her local Sobey’s automatically assumes a laid back per- don’t do more to attract our students. together than what they cost,” said De-
realize the importance of image and self- in sweat pants because it makes her feel sonality when she sees someone in flowy “They don’t target the student demo- venyi.
branding when it comes to being revered self-conscious. clothing. graphic as directly as you may expect. And that creative process is influenced
amongst their peers, professors and po- Instead Ryerson has it’s own ideals of “We like to say we don’t judge, but in It’s astonishing to me that we have the by a student’s own personal sense of
tential colleagues. what is basic and comfortable. Students reality we all do,” said Buordolone. largest group of business undergrads in a style.
“With so many students at school ev- opt for trendy clothes that aren’t restric- And when judging a passerbyer’s en- school that is attached to one of Canada’s Michael Raymond Clarke, a fourth-year
eryday, people dress up because they tive. Some essentials for the Ryerson stu- semble, you may wonder where they major retail centres but no store makes photography student believes clothing is
want to be noticed,” McCulloch said. dent — leggings, fitted jeans, flowy shirts, bought the different pieces. Being in any specific effort to reach out,” Gunn a reflection of his character.
The blue and gold of Ryerson’s crest good boots and a blazer for that emer- the heart of Canada’s largest metropoli- said. “I dress for myself and like to mix it up.
are greatly ignored when it comes to gency look good situation. tan city, Ryerson is just a short walk from In comparison to other schools, Gun Clothing is really personal and as a pho-
wardrobe. Unlike the purple and white of Second-year journalism student April some of the top retailers in the world. believes our students have a knack for tography student I understand how im-
the University of Western Ontario, or the Buordolone doesn’t understand why stu- “There are more fashion options shopping. portant self-image is,” said Clarke.
red, blue, and gold of Queen’s University, dents only look to sweatpants for com- around. Even when you just go to the Hubick agrees when he calls his cloth-
Ryerson adopts the colour palette of the fort. mall to kill time or hang out you end up ing an extension of self,.
season. “There are other pants that are com- spending money,” said McCulloch, ac- I have blisters on my feet all “It’s like a second skin. What you wear
“Colour is an important part of my fortable. I don’t know where people get counting for her massive monthly cloth- the time but sacrifices need is how you present yourself to others.”
style,” said Hubick who owns a custom the idea that they are going to be restrict- ing bill. to be made. It’s the freedom to dress as an individu-
tailored olive wool coat, yellow leather ed if they wear something that’s nice.” Third-year fashion communication — Luke Greidanus, second-year al that is most attractive to students.
jacket and eggplant leather boots from And for the right occasion students student Daniel Drak can be wary of his fashion communication “It’s not obsession by any means but
overseas. will risk discomfort to wear that perfect shopping habits when he buys things more a form of self-expression. Being a
Commuter schools like Ryerson and pair of shoes. with large price tags that he may not have more artistically driven school we portray
York University are full of students who “I have blisters on my feet all the time needed at the time. that moreso than other schools. Being
are up early perfecting their look before but sacrifices need to be made,” said Luke “Sometimes you think ‘what did I do, here so many people are so open mind-
heading out the front door. Traditional Greidanus, a second-year fashion com- that money was for rent and grocery bills.’ “Our students know the retail cycle. ed to fashion and art as a lifestyle,” said
schools that house most of their students munication student. But I still like everything that I buy,” Drak They learn when things will go on sale Crofts.
— With files from Tasha Zanin
on campus, like Carleton University and Across the faculties at Ryerson styling said. and they know where to go to get good

Carleton University

There are a few staple items in every Carleton girl’s wardrobe. Most quintes-
sential Carleton outfits start with a pair of leather boots, either flat or with
low heels, often accessorized with buckles. The rest of the outfit usually falls
into one of three categories: skinny jeans with a trendy top, leggings with an
oversized sweater or tunic, or a vintage-looking dress. Throw on a printed
scarf and a leather jacket, and you could pass for one of our girls.

A surprising number of Carleton’s guys put real effort into their outfits. Some
take the simple approach: a graphic tee with a hoodie, usually from American
Apparel, and a pair of jeans. Others are a bit more adventurous and trade
the hoodie for a blazer, for instance. What really sets Carleton boys apart,
however, are proper fits.
— Hilary Roberts, The Charltan


York University
Concordia University
Design student and fashion blogger Danielle Roche is definitely a fan of
vintage. When asked what inspired her outfit Danielle said she was rushed,
wanted to be comfortable, and that, "Ponchos are fun!" Practicality is a key Living in Montreal, a city blessed to have almost as many cloth-
factor most York students consider when deciding what to wear, as many ing stores as people, it is no surprise that fashion on the Concordia
have to commute to school. But Danielle shows that comfort doesn't have to University campus is rampant. With students wearing everything from
take the place of style with her unique, layered outfit. designer labels to vintage treasures there is no shortage of people
dressed in the latest trends. Some shop at local boutiques that offer
Uche Amaechi is a political science major in his final year at York. Like a more unique spin on what’s in while others hit up stores like H and
Danielle, he chose his outfit based on both comfort and style. Uche also M and Forever 21 for cheap fashionable pieces. Regardless of where
commutes to school and had to consider the cold fall weather when getting the Concordia students shop, they all are sure to have a wardrobe full
dressed. "I figured my cardigan would keep my ears warm while waiting for of skinny jeans, leather jackets, chunky boots, plaid shirts, patterned
the bus." oxfords and retro bags.
— Fatima Reyes, The Excalibur — Emily White,The Concordian


Find more of Ryerson’s stylish students online at

12 The Eyeopener BIZ & TECH Wednesday, October 6, 2010



A lot has changed in CTV, Global and Comedy just as you’d see on TV, but means turning to other
the past few years, and Central are all good you really can’t argue for sources — like Netflix.
streaming is now a totally places to catch last night’s the student-friendly price The popular US
viable option for getting episodes the morning after of free. streaming service launched
caught up on the latest they’ve aired, and include But as great as these in Canada last month, and
season of Chuck. And a great deal of US content sites may be, they’re not is offering users 30 free
while you could hunt that’s broadcasted here too. particularly useful for days to test out the service.
through obsucre Russian And if you’re a little more watching back catalog The selection isn’t nearly as
websites for the latest tech-savvy, you might even items. Full episodes will great as in the US — some
user-uploaded links, the be able to get yourself onto often disappear from a recent shows are missing —
networks themselves are ABC or NBC’s regional sites network’s site after a few but for unlimited viewing at
often the best place to get to stream content you can’t weeks or months, and don’t $7.99 per month, including
your streaming fix these normally access here. even think about trying to movies, it’s still cheaper
days. There are ads of course, watch past seasons. That than a Rogers subscription.

The problem with and the Playstation Network always by the next day, and specifically, torrents. Websites
streaming is that it takes up a all offer video download you’ll never find yourself like are entirely
lot of bandwidth – something services with varying prices searching for a good link or dedicated to television
that every student paying for and levels of quality, though stream. downloads, and the latest
internet these days knows is you’ll most likely find yourself But the big disadvantage? episodes are often available
in short supply. Every repeat paying a few bucks per Crippling DRM, or digital online as little as an hour or
viewing requires you to episode on average, with rights management software. two after the show airs —
download that content from a slight premium for high Unlike music downloads, even faster than time shifting
the internet again, and there’s definition content. iTunes, for video content is still bundled on cable.
no easy way to share content example, has HD episodes of with software designed to Of course, illegal downloads
with friends. Glee for $3.50 each. prevent piracy, limiting where are against Ryerson’s network
Depending on how ethical But before you groan at the you can play your content, policies, so tread carefully.
you’re feeling today, you have thought of actually paying and whether your roomates Either way, while you may
both legal and illegal means for content, remember, can share it. not have cable, you’ll have
with which to download your going legal has its perks. New It’s for this reason alone more than a few ways to catch
television content online. episodes make their way that illegal downloads may the next watch Shark Week in
Services like iTunes, Xbox Live online very quickly, almost be more attractive to some – all its murderous glory.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 BIZ & TECH The Eyeopener 13

Penny Pinching
Saving money isn’t easy, but student bank accounts
can be perfect for keeping you out of the red
BY JEFF LAGERQUIST Canada Trust, and pays no fees because of
her age. The first year undeclared science
With the first month of school now student said she uses her debit card about
over, many Ryerson students are com- “twice a day, or at least 60 times a month.”
ing to terms with the reality of financial Meanwhile, fourth year of business
responsibility for the first time. But even management Filip Oliver, 23, makes
money-smart students may not be aware around 30 transactions every month from
of all their options — particularly when it two accounts and a Visa card. He pays TD
comes to saving their hard-earned cash. Canada Trust $20 per month for the privi-
After all, it’s not always enough to live lege.
between paycheques. Instead, student “I have some students that don’t
bank accounts are often the best way to even know how much they’re paying for
keep cash flow under control, and penny- school,” said Laura Grisolia, a third-year ac-
pinching to a minimum. counting major who represents the busi-
Such accounts are similar to those of- ness management program on the Ryer-
fered to regular clients, and are available son Commerce Society board of directors.
to anyone pursuing a full-time post sec- Grisolia is also a facilitator this semester
ondary education. However, students for BUS 100, an introductory business
pay no monthly fees, and have more free course.
transactions than a mid-range account. The excessive card swiping demon-
strated by younger students is often cou-
A student account could help keep you from breaking the bank. PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL
pled with a culture of blissful ignorance
Students tend to carry around matters of finance. She empha- credit union that best suits your needs, S
very little cash — in sizes the need for students to be proac- one thing is clear — financial institutions @laurenstrapa
most cases around $20. tive with their banking, and discuss their want your business and they are willing to Peter Bregg talking about consoles:
Most the ATMs about finances with an advisor instead. Some get creative in order to get a student’s at- “360 boxstation.” Adorable.
three times a week. branches have tax-free savings accounts tention. #eyeforatweet
—Graham Flanagan, that are available once a client turns 18, Facebook and Twitter are two of the lat-
Scotiabank branch for example. est mediums financial institutions are us- @chadtweets
manager But if banking with the “big five” isn’t ing to engage the student demographic. Door open to Maple Leaf Gardens.
for you, a credit union may be more your For example, the TD Canada Trust See something strange on campus? Got to sneak a peak inside. Very
In fact, the number of monthly transac- style. Credit unions offer all the same Money Lounge on Facebook encourages Administration got you down? If you’re exciting! #ryerson
tions offered and access to local ATMs are services as a conventional bank, but are students to discuss the financial side of on Twitter, use the #eyeforatweet
important factors when choosing a finan- owned and controlled equally by mem- going to school, but not without a healthy hashtag to share your frustration, or just @Tommy_Gee
cial institution, especially considering the bers, and not by the largest shareholders. dose of contests and giveaways — includ- make us laugh. If we like what we see, There are now SEVEN shawarma
way students manage their money. In fact, Ryerson has had its own credit ing concerts featuring such acts as Metric we may just print it! And be sure to shops within 5 minutes walking
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and professor at the University of Toronto, son branch, admits that the number of financial situations than they might think.

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14 The Eyeopener COMMUNITY Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Something for the ladies

Community editor Allyssia Alleyne profiles Ryerson’s oldest equity group to see how ladies are doing it for themselves
One of the school’s oldest groups is
among its most progressive. The Women’s
Centre, located in the Student Campus
Centre, is decorated with images endors-
ing freedom of choice and women’s rights.
A wall of windows lights up a display of
female condoms and Deva Cups. Back
issues of Curve, a lesbian magazine, and
Bust, a magazine written from a feminist
perspective, are scattered across the
tables. HBO’s True Blood is discussed.
“It’s a relaxed and welcoming vibe,”
Kirthan Aujilay, the centre’s events coordi-
nator, says.
Ryerson’s women’s centre was started
in the mid-70s. The goal was simple: to
give women a space to hang out and
meet other women who can relate to their
experiences as women on campus.

Some people will ask

me, ‘Where’s the men’s
centre?’ I say go into
the rest of the world.
— Kirthan Aujlay

The centre also aims to improve the

conditions that self-identified women face
on campus through both education and Women’s Centre coordinators Laura Hache and Kirthan Aujlay give Ryerson women a place to chill out or fight for their rights. PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE
It was this prospect of activism that There are also people who assume that workshops, they will also be offering other
drew Aujlay to the Women’s Centre. the Women’s Centre is a haven for man- social events, like their ‘Porn in Perspec-
Before being hired in September 2009,
Aujlay had never stepped foot in the
haters and militant feminists, which Aujlay
insists is not true.
tive’ panel discussion on Thursday, a femi-
nist social next week and a dirty bingo
SMOKIN’ Homemade food
centre, though she proudly identifies as a “All women are welcome, even if they night with RyePride later this month. They BONES has arrived in your
“To me, [a feminist] is just someone
don’t consider themselves feminists.”
But the centre’s biggest obstacle isn’t
will also be getting involved with com-
munity initiatives, like yesterday’s Sisters Southern Comfort Food neighbourhood!
who wants to be treated equally,” she says.
She applied to work at the Women’s
negativity. It’s a lack of student involve-
ment. They only have about five regular
in Spirit vigil.
Next semester, they’re looking to focus Ryerson students receive
Centre after she grew tired of not doing volunteers, but the centre’s coordinators on campaigns and events that encourage
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Confessions of a

Features editor Kiera Toffelmire investigates

the mind of a compulsive stealer

A tall, stoic-looking security guard he will let Matheson off without dollar stores sprouted into what good business for the pharmaceuti- Razavi, a security guard for Warren
dumps the contents of a blue knap- notifying police; that she seems like Matheson calls a stealing addiction. cal companies.” Protective Services. Razavi, who has
sack onto a metal table. There are a good kid, and that his lenience is In a three year span, Matheson esti- In Cupchick’s experiences, only been stationed at the Yonge and
two textbooks, a handful of pens, partially because it’s her first time mates she has stolen approximately once, out of around 800 case studies, Dundas H&M says in the past two
a red bra, a knitted sweater and a stealing. $6, 000 of merchandise, a dollar has he come across a patient who months she has only been able to
collection of keychains. All of the value that — had she been caught seemed to be a kleptomaniac. catch one person stealing, although
items, including the knapsack, are — may have led to a legal punish- Almost all of the patients Cup- she suspects there have been many
stolen. ment of up to 10 years chick sees who are compulsive steal- other incidences, many of which are
Across the table sits 21-year-old I’ve probably stolen ers have suffered loss or grievance,
imprisonment. performed by students.
*Brittney Matheson, staring wide- about $6,000 worth of though they may not be aware of it,
While Matheson says her compul- Cupchick agrees that the most un-
eyed at the items she has stolen. merchandise and their thieving habits are rooted
sive stealing may have been caused likely characters are often the most
Matheson, a psychology student at by stress, since she had just began in emotion. One of the main criteria avid shoplifters. He refers to them
Ryerson is quiet while the security — Brittney Matheson for kleptomania is that the act is not
university around the time she as Atypical Theft Offenders (ATOs),
guard begins listing consequences started shoplifting, she is still unsure carried out in anger or vengeance. shoplifters who are usually law-abid-
of having a criminal record. Among Tears of relief carve a silent path of what sparked it. Matheson says initially, her shop- ing, honest, contributing members
them, the most detrimental to down Matheson’s face. She’s off the In hopes of ending her growing lifting was a display of anger against of society. ATO stealing is compul-
Matheson’s plans of becoming an hook because the guard had been addiction, Matheson confided in a major corporations like Walmart, sive although the individual may be
international photographer, she wrong. This was not her first time few close friends, some of whom where she stole make-up, art sup- ashamed of their actions and want
will no longer be able to leave the stealing, it was the first time she had suggested she research the symp- plies and jewelry. She promised her- to stop stealing. Their behaviour is
country. been caught. toms of kleptomania. self she would never steal from small normally followed by feelings of
After more than 20 minutes of What started as an occasional A term first used in 1838 to businesses. But less than a year after being out of control, although they
scrutiny, the guard announces habit of pocketing trinkets from describe kings who stole worthless making that promise, she broke it. are aware of what they are doing.
items, kleptomania is the inability to And her habit soured into addiction, Cupchick says while he does see
resist urges to steal, according to the to the point where Matheson could many student ATOs, middle-age
Canadian Psychological Association. no longer leave a store unless she doctors and nurses are the most

Do you have the Often kleptomaniacs steal things had managed to steal something. common patients he sees.
that are not needed for personal use “As soon as I made it out of the “These people are good, honest
nor for its monetary value. store I’d feel bad. But that didn’t citizens who positively contribute to

E.Q. &
True kleptomania is a rare society,” says Cupchick, who recom-
condition. Fewer than 5 per cent of mends talk-therapy for people who
I thought, who the hell
shoplifters are kleptomaniacs, ac- cannot control their stealing habits.
would steal someone’s
cording to the American Psychiatric This past summer at a house
coat? And then I paused
Association. party, Matheson’s jacket was stolen.
for a second and realized,

the I.Q.
Dr. William Cupchick, a clinical Inside the coat pocket was her iPod,
I would.
psychologist in Toronto’s north-end, cell-phone, wallet and a bracelet her
— Brittney Matheson
has researched stealing habits for 36 grandmother had given her.
years. He says many health profes- “I thought, who the hell would
sionals are quick to confuse compul- stop me from stealing again. It was take someone’s coat? And then I
sive shoplifters with kleptomaniacs. becoming an unhealthy habit. More paused for a second and realized...I

to be the next
“These days if somebody reports than an anti-corporation movement, would,” says Matheson. “That was
stealing that they have trouble or whatever I was trying to justify it kind of a scary moment.”
controlling, many professionals as,” says Matheson, “The scary part It was that evening, standing in

great Canadian will say ‘you’re a kleptomaniac’ and was that I couldn’t stop, and I had no the backyard of a student house, an
prescribe them antidepressants” idea why.” array of rambunctious party-goers

says Cupchick. “Kleptomania is very Matheson grew up in middle- surrounding her, that she acknowl-
class suburbia. Her parents both edged how serious her problem was,
held steady jobs and funded her and that she needed to get help.
post-secondary education. She was It has been three months since
vice-president of student council Matheson last stole something.
at the Catholic highschool she Everytime she’s shopping, a familiar
attended. Teachers praised wave of temptation creeps up on
her on the charity fundraisers her which she must resist, making
she organized and fellow stu- her exit with both a lighter con-
dents were charmed by her science and a lighter knapsack.

Application Deadline: gregarious nature. Matheson,

both a model student and

October 17th, 2010 socialite, doesn’t live up to

the stereotypical description
of a shoplifter.

“It’s often the most un-

suspecting people who we * Name has been changed for
catch stealing,” says Simin students privacy
16 The Eyeopener SPORTS Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Digging down deep By the numbers

2nd place finish for

The men’s volleyball team had a solid silver showing at the fourteenth annual Ryerson Invitational. Ryerson at the tourney
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power on the serves, smashing many out of bounds.
Taking home the bling: Milosevic showed his prowess by serving eight aces and nine
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Started off slowly: He couldn’t find his groove with limited playing time early in the
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team in the Windsor game with some gutsy digs and an offensive fireworks display.
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 SPORTS The Eyeopener 17

The pain of separation

Ryan Milanovic was on the fast track to an NHL career before a degenerative back condition forced him off the ice. After a
decade of heartache, he’s looking to rekindle his love of the game

BY EVAN BOUDREAU chronic back condition forced him to leave hits and ferocious fights replaced goals
his professional aspirations behind forever. and assists. But the penalty minutes came
Twelve years might seem like a long Flash back ten years and the last thing with a price. Though he had gained a repu-
time ago to most people. For Ryan Mila- Milanovic would likely imagine himself as tation in the league, he found it difficult to
novic, it feels just like yesterday. would be a rookie on the Ryerson men’s develop his offensive skills. But scouts saw
You see, while many of us were fresh hockey team. But flash forward and here the potential.
out of elementary school, he was lined he is, working towards a graduate degree The so-called diamond-in-the-rough
up along the blueline with his teammates in nutrition and food science while try- was invited to the 1998 NHL Entry Draft
proudly butchering our national anthem ing to rekindle his love for the game he and was selected 165th overall as the Bos-
as a member of the gold-medal winning thought he would be playing for a living. ton Bruins sixth-round pick. That year he
1999 World Junior Championship team. went to their training camp, and though
Those memories don’t fade with time. he didn’t play any games for them, just be-
For most kids, playing in the NHL is a I dedicated my entire ing there was enough to inspire him.
pleasant daydream, but for the 29-year-old childhood to hockey. I “I was drafted on potential,” said Mila-
Milanovic it is a bittersweet memory. Not don’t even remember not novic.“It gave me something to really work
because he didn’t make it, but because he playing hockey, it was a towards. It gave me a real opportunity.”
came so tantalizingly close before having lifestyle. Like a child again, hockey was every-
his childhood dream ripped away from — Ryan Milanovic, men’s thing. But years of physical wear-and-tear
him. hockey player left a nagging impact on Milanovic’s body
The lifelong rink rat reached dizzy- As a young boy growing up just around that ran deeper than the occasional row of
ing heights in his hockey career — even the corner from the rink in Ajax, Ont., Mi- stitches across his face. After consulting a
getting drafted into the NHL — before a lanovic was constantly on the ice practic- physician, he was diagnosed with degen-
ing and abusing his hockey sticks on the erative disc disease, which accelerates the
driveway. natural wearing down of the spine. Sur-

University College “I dedicated my entire childhood to

hockey. I don’t ever remember not playing
gery was recommended.
Seeing his boyhood dream nearing
Ryan Milanovic poses with his World Junior Championship gold medal.
Book Sale hockey, it was a life style,” he said. completion, Milanovic chose to forego the

2010 The talented teenager’s package of

size, strength, and skill was too good to
surgery. He split his third OHL season be-
tween the Kitchener Rangers and the Sault
the NHL at all. He forgot about all the con-
nections with the players he’d known since
skates to help his brother’s hockey team as
an assistant coach.
go unnoticed. He quickly caught the eye St. Marie Greyhounds . childhood. “They asked me the first time and I said
of scouts from the Kitchener Rangers. They Little did he know, they would be the no. Then they asked me again I said I’d
University College wanted him in the OHL despite being an last competitive games he would play. come out to one practice and then I was
University of Toronto underaged player. Milanovic graciously ac- Eventually, the pain was too much for I tried everything from hooked,” he said.
cepted the offer. Milanovic to bear and he grudgingly went acupuncture to different From there he began a new career as an
15 King’s College Circle
“I had to make a decision between in for the surgery. A year later, there was medication to yoga. instructor with the Future Stars program, a
hockey and football and a lot of people still no improvement. Eventually, I just broke down side career he still continues as a Ryerson
thought I should have picked football, but “I tried everything from acupuncture and said ‘that’s it, I’m done.’ student-athlete. Though education is his
Friday, Oct. 15 I really wanted hockey,” he said. to different medication to Yoga,” he said. — Ryan Milanovic, men’s focus now, hockey once again has a place
12 to 8 pm But even the best talents need time to “Eventually, I just broke down and said hockey player in his life. Finally, he can live with the cruel
$3 admission adjust their game, and Milanovic was no ‘that’s it, I’m done.’” twist of fate that he has been dealt.
exception. During his first full season with For the next decade, he blocked out For a long time, it seemed like hockey That’s the thing about childhood
Students free with ID*
the Kitchener Rangers, his point totals took hockey completely. He avoided the rink would never again be a part of Milanovic’s dreams: no matter how grown up you be-
a precipitous drop. Soon bone-crunching like the plague. He didn’t pay attention to life, but four years later he laced up his come, they’ll always be a part of you.
Saturday, Oct. 16
10 am to 6 pm
The first one
Sunday, Oct. 17
12 noon to 8 pm is always the
Monday, Oct. 18
12 noon to 8 pm
It was a perfect cross-ice pass and a sim-
Tuesday, Oct. 19 ple one-timer along the ice to the bottom-
12 noon to 6 pm right corner. Nothing fancy, but they all
*Free admission - Sat-Tues count the same: my first goal as a Stinger.
I usually have pretty tame goal celebra-
tions — nothing more than a quick smile
and thank-you to my linemates for a good
Credit cards, interac and pass. This time my hand shot up in excite-
cheques accepted
It was so refreshing to get excited about
hockey again! The entire game was excit-
The Book Shop ing all the way up to the dying moments
of the third period. In my first game as
Visit us all year for good used and a Stinger I had a will of iron but knees of
Jell-o. Although I finished with three as-
out-of-print books.
sists and a plus-three rating, I knew I was
playing scared. This past Sunday, I was a
We are in Room B101 different animal. I arrived at the rink ready
on the UC quadrangle to play.
After a few spills earlier in the week, the
Mon. and Fri. 12 noon to 4 pm, team came together and has bonded real-
Tues, Wed, Thurs, 11 am to 6 pm ly well. Lines are starting to find chemistry
and all players are starting to play with a
little bit of swagger in their stride. We have
really been able to exploit opposing de-
fenses with our speed.

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