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Volume 52 - Issue 3

September 19, 2018


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NEWS 3

Gould Street construction fencing off accessibility


By Maggie Macintosh Located in the Sally Horsfall Eaton just by looking at them,” she said.
Centre, Ryerson’s School of Disabil- Ram Ganesh, president of the Ry-
The sudden closure of the pedestrian ity Studies is on the edge of cam- erson Students’ Union (RSU) was
street central to Ryerson’s campus is pus—and as far as it gets from the aware of the construction project.
putting students and staff with dis- subway, said Loree Erickson, a fellow Ganesh said the RSU asked the uni-
abilities at risk, advocates say. in the department who uses a power versity to arrange to delay construc-
Without much warning, city wheelchair. Naturally, Gould Street tion until after orientation week.
crews installed yellow fences to is how Erickson said she got there for Since Gould Street is public prop-
block off Gould Street for water the first week of her fellowship. erty, the city is in charge of its main-
main upgrades last week. Construc- “I like the road because it’s smooth- tenance. Construction signs went up
tion between Yonge and Mutual er and there’s more room,” she said. with the fences last week.
streets is expected to continue until Now that the option no longer In a statement, the city said con-
early December. exists, Erickson said she’s been find- struction was originally scheduled for
“As someone who is disabled my- ing longer, alternate routes or using 2019 but Ryerson contacted them to
self and who is a part-time mobility the crowded sidewalks. move up their timeline since the uni- Construction on Gould Street is expected until exams I PHOTO: DEANNA KRUEGER
[device] user myself, the barrier is versity is working on a Gould Street
one that is incredibly serious,” said
“We should be looking beautification project next year. munication about the construction students leave class early so those
Arielle Sugarman, a student enrolled Both the city and the university work, Ryerson community members with disabilities can get to their next
in the School of Disability Studies at out for each other” have been posting updates online, with special needs could’ve better class on time if construction forces
Ryerson and former lead of RyeAC- but there was no formal notice is- prepared. delays or time-consuming detours.
CESS, an advocacy and outreach On Monday morning, Erickson sued to students beforehand. “This came up out of nowhere,” To Heather Willis, Ryerson’s
group for students with disabilities. was trying to mount the curb at the “It’s one barrier after another. said Malek, a second-year nursing accessibility coordinator, the so-
A narrow, fenced-off sidewalk intersection of Church and Gould That’s kind of what it’s like on this student, who added that RyeAC- lution is showing students with
packed with students shuffling to streets. After crossing the street, she campus, a lot of the classrooms CESS is now scrambling to provide disabilities the indoor route that al-
class leaves those with disabilities “in said she couldn’t get on the sidewalk aren’t accessible, a lot of the build- notices and create maps with alter- lows them to navigate campus in
the most danger of being injured, be- right away because the corner was so ings aren’t and now Gould Street nate routes for students. all seasons.
ing left behind and not really having crowded. No one noticed or moved isn’t,” Sugarman said. “That is what They plan printing hard copies Willis said she’s leading a tour,
room to manoeuver,” Sugarman said. for her. It felt unsafe, Erickson said, the disabling effect is. We are able and posting digital copies on social which will show students how to
The Quad is also under construc- since she was stuck on the busy street. to move around in this world when media, but are still trying to figure get from the Student Learning Cen-
tion as crews fix drainage issues in “We should be looking out for there aren’t these literal barriers.” out the best way to inform individu- tre to the Rogers Communication
the Recreation and Athletics Centre each other, whether people have Both Sugarman and current Rye- als who are blind, he said. Centre indoors, on Sept. 20. Stu-
and improve accessibility with new disabilities or not—because you can’t ACCESS co-lead Mohammed Malek Malek said he also wants to lobby dents can also book individual tours
ramps and doors around the Quad. always tell if somebody’s disabled said if there had been notice and com- faculties to ask instructors to let their with her.

Toronto Public Health hires more outreach staff around safe injection site on campus
With safe injection sites seeing a significant increase in use, Toronto Public Health is making some changes. Emma Sandri has the story

additional locations have opened experience working in harm come to Ryerson because of the
up since. reduction, experience interacting area. They didn’t feel comfortable.”
“The site was chosen because with marginalized populations in Of the 22 security incident
many individuals were already the community and performing notifications in August 2018, four
accessing this location for community outreach,” Shahin said occured on Victoria Street. All of
other harm reduction services,” about the new staff. them are filed under assaults.
Shahin said. Security officers from Ryerson Campus Security did not provide
The opioid overdose crisis and also supervise the surrounding The Eye with any official statistics of
housing crisis are simultaneous, area since the Dundas and Victoria crime involving the safe injection
Shahin said. Many of those who streets intersection is steps away site in time for publication.
access safe injection site services from campus. “During the day I’m fine. I usually
have experienced severe trauma and go to the Tims [on Victoria Street],
| PHOTO: KOSALAN KATHIRAMALANATHAN continue to face challenges such as “Not everyone feels but I just feel like you have to be
homelessness and mental health, safe with cops on more careful,” said second-year Rye
The safe injection site on Victoria St. opened in Nov. 2017 she added. student Darshpreet Sangha.
She said there has been a
campus” Over the summer, Ward 7
As the opioid crisis rages on in to The Eye. significant increase in the number of Toronto city councillor Giorgio
Toronto, the city is increasing the Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 3, Torontonians using the services at “We don’t deal with anything Mammoliti visited Ryerson to
number of outreach staff around the Toronto police reported 183 Victoria Street since it first opened within the building or around it. advocate for the removal of the site.
safe injection site beside Ryerson. accidental overdoses that were in November 2017. More outreach However, yes, we do have a part Mammoliti criticized the city for
Located across from Tim Hortons linked to drug-related deaths. On staff, she said, will match the need. to play in the safety and security telling the police department not to
on Victoria Street, the site is a a larger scale, the rate of accidental At the injection site, staff of our community members on show up to Victoria Street in events
designated area where members opioid-related deaths in Ontario connect clients with health and campus and Victoria Street is part that concern substance users.
of the public are able to consume increased by 55 per cent last year social services, provide access of that,” said Ryerson President But, to students like Sangha,
pre-obtained drugs under the compared to 2016. to harm reduction supplies and Mohamed Lachemi. increased police presence is not
supervision of nursing staff. Research by the Ontario HIV pick up discarded needles. They In spite of the TPH staff presence necessarily the answer.
The move to expand outreach Treatment Network has shown are in the vicinity of the site near and Ryerson Security services, some “Not everyone feels safe with cops
downtown is based on an increased that supervised injection sites Ryerson seven days a week, from 9 students are still reluctant to walk on campus, or close to campus. I think
need for the service, said Dr. Rita reduce overdose mortality rates, a.m. to 11 p.m. down Victoria Street. Ryerson security should be there
Shahin, the associate medical as well as the transmission of TPH’s security is present on-site “I try to avoid that route going because [the site] is right off campus,”
officer of health at Toronto Public blood-borne illnesses such as HIV from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. from Monday and coming from school. I support the biomedical science student said.
Health (TPH). and Hepatitis C. to Friday, as well as from 9 a.m. to safe injection sites, because I know “That’s the whole point of
“The opioid overdose crisis The site near Ryerson, midnight on the weekends. Notably, in Vancouver they really work—but security, it’s prevention; so getting
continues to be a public health located in The Works building TPH security and outreach staff are not so close to campus,” said Shuaib into the whole nitty-gritty of
issue affecting many within our at 277 Victoria St., was the first two separate entities. Sherman, a second-year student. what’s Ryerson’s property is not safe
city,” Shahin said in a statement permanent site in Toronto. Three “These individuals have “I have a lot of friends who didn’t for students.”
4 EDITORIAL
WHILE WE’RE AT IT, FUCK VOLUNTOURISM

If Ryerson is pay to win, in the end, nobody really wins


But no matter how you got here, like an exchange program are ex- tens of thousands of dollars, and crucial part of the university learn-
By you’re here, right? Once you have pensive—one student said she bud- most students and their families are ing experience.
Jacob tuition all paid up, you should be geted $15,000, including tuition, busting their asses just to make that It shouldn’t be a surprise that the
Dubé able to enjoy the same student ex- housing, food and whatever else work every semester. That should more money you put into institu-
perience as anyone else... shouldn’t may have come up—and the effort be enough, but a huge part of the tions like Ryerson, the more you get
you? some students went through to af- post-secondary experience is all out of them. But if we’re trying to
It’s no secret that universities are de- In our features section this week, ford that cost is commendable. But about your extra activities—join- get to a point where the only peo-
signed for the wealthy. we look into Ryerson’s exchange a big common trend is that these ing a club or sports team, taking on ple getting the most out of Ryerson
Nowadays, the barriers for entry program, and how much students students were also covered in some unpaid work relevant to your pro- don’t just have titles as long as a roy-
are (very slightly) lower, thanks to have learned and benefited from way by an external source, mostly gram, or learning from some Ger- al family member, those activities
government support, student loans studying abroad, meeting new peo- their parents, who would pitch in man scholars somewhere—which need to be much easier to access.
and the increasing requirements for ple and maybe learning a new lan- thousands to help their kids live can add a load to your budget. And Do you really want the only Rye
a bachelor’s degree to dust clothes at guage along the way. out their dreams. those who can’t afford those extra students known around the world
Value Village. It’s no secret that extra activities Going to university already costs frills effectively miss out on some to be rich frat bros?

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MONEY MONEY MONEY

Your RSU’s budget breakdown


By Raneem Alozzi money will come from student services during the coming months.
fees, CopyRITE profits, interest on This year, $72,789 will be
From student bursaries cuts to raises their investments and Career Boost budgeted for equity issues, including
for athletic clubs, the newly elected funding. If things go according to Indigenous issues, equity and anti-
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) plan, the budget will leave the RSU oppression campaigns and equity
team is making a lot of changes, with a surplus of $52,708—a 84 education. Of that sum, $65,289
beginning with this year’s budget. per cent decrease from last year’s will go toward staff wages. The
The RSU approved their budget $338,669.18 surplus. remaining $7,500 will be spent on
for the 2018-2019 fiscal year—from A decrease in internship grants equity-based projects, conferences
May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019— The RSU cancelled the Student and workshops.
during a Board of Directors meeting Bursary Scholarship which was Equity service groups, which
in August. previously budgeted at $10,000; include the Racialised Students’
Among the RSU’s costliest only $250 of it was used last year. In Collective, RYEAccess, the Centre
initiatives this year are funding the its place, the RSU created a project for Women and Trans People, the
RU-Pass referendum, competitive that allocated $37,000 toward its Trans collective and RyePRIDE,
sports clubs, equity centre services total. This sum will be allocated have a total of $162,650 allocated to
and course unions so they can run for emergency and internship them. It’s a 60 per cent increase from RSU president Ram Ganesh is all about those dolla dolla bills | PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA
more networking events. grants, and other items within the last year’s $101,450.
This year, the RSU expects to department. This way, the RSU said With the exception of basement, has $50,000 budgeted RSU spends more money on
receive $2.7 million in student fees—a they can provide financial assistance RyePRIDE, which only needs to be for improvements—a two per cent itself
sum every undergraduate student when necessary and not have exact staffed once a year, all equity staff increase compared to last year’s team. The RSU board retreat, which
pays alongside their tuition to fund numbers limited to specific grants. will see an increase in their wages, CopyRITE needs to undergo integral took place in May, was budgeted at
the RSU. The budget includes this starting at $3,000. renovations this year because of their $26,000, nearly 62 per cent more
year’s executive team’s expenses, Internship grants The Good Food Centre and outdated equipment. than what last year’s team spent.
More RSU campaigns?
were slashed
their revenues and where they’ve Sexual Assault Survivor Support These expenses included food,
chosen to allocate all that money. Line are also RSU equity centres. The overall budgeted expenses transportation and accommodations
Where do those fees go exactly? from $50,000 to They have their own separate for educational campaigns and as well as materials and supplies.
The student union’s spending
priorities change from year to year,
$15,000 funding as a result of the
referendum last year.
advocacy department is $150,400, a
91 per cent increase from last year’s
At the retreat, the RSU also
approved motions to increase
so we broke down this year’s budget. Increased budget for athletes $78,643. The bulk of the budget is executive salaries by $11,000 and
More money, more revenue Internship grants were slashed Athletic groups have $120,000 in going toward staff wages, which are a $500 increase to board members
The total proposed expenses from $50,000 to $15,000. Last proposed budgets. That’s a $95,000 budgeted at $106,200—a 40 per cent during a board meeting.
budget for the fiscal year of 2018- year, 100 internship grants were increase from last year. increase from last year’s wages. 6Fest? Try LIT Fest
2019 is $2.7 million, an 8 per cent distributed to students taking an Athletic groups will also be An additional $40,000 will be The annual Week of Welcome
increase from the total amount unpaid internship related to their receiving an athletic sponsorship going towards Open Educational was budgeted at $54,000. “Loud
spent by last year’s team. studies. The RSU could not confirm for the first time, provided by the Resources. The resources aim to in Toronto (LIT) Concert”, a
The RSU’s total revenue budget how many grants will be given out RSU and Ryerson athletics. The alleviate textbook and study costs festival to be held later this term,
has also grown to account for the this school year. sponsorship is valued at $90,000, and for students by creating a space is budgeted at $470,000 with an
increase. Their plan is to bring in This year’s budget also includes a will be directed towards competitive for “course resource material,” said expected revenue of $530,000 from
nearly $2.8 million in total. The new $20,000 grant that will subsidize sports and athletic clubs—like curling Ganesh. Additionally, the RSU tickets and sponsorships.
transit for GO Transit riders. and water polo—that don’t receive hopes to provide educational equity The concert was supposed to
Equity centres get a raise funding from Ryerson. resources through this network. take place Sept. 14, Ganesh said, but
With hopes to promote the CopyRITE makeover The remaining $4,200 will there have been some “hiccups” in
RSU’s equity centres, Ganesh said CopyRITE, the RSU’s printing and go towards RSU campaigns and terms of getting the permits needed
the executive team wanted to pour binding centre for students located initiatives, a 24 per cent decrease to run the event. He said he couldn’t
money into advertising equity centre in the Ryerson Student Centre from last year’s $5,500. confirm the exact date yet.

Tims is gone but not forgotten


The Tim Hortons between Kerr Hall and the RCC bridge is permanently shut down

By Kelly Skjerven else for that matter. Coffee stand.


The counter, currently sitting Cocolakis said the school will
The coffee counter that fuels sleep- empty with old Tim Hortons logos continue to go through a rebrand-
deprived science, communication on it will be torn down, which will ing for the coffee and food kiosks.
and media students won’t be stocked widen the hallway. Until then, they will remain under
with hot drinks or study snacks ever The other former Tim Hortons the Ryerson Eats banner.
again, The Eye has learned. stands, including one in the George The only remaining Tim Hortons
The kiosk located between Kerr Vari Engineering and Computing on campus is the location on Victo-
Hall and the Rogers Communica- Centre, Ted Rogers School of Man- ria Street.
tions Centre bridge was previously agement and a location in the bridge The new kiosk suppliers, both
a Tim Hortons before it shut down between the Library building and Reunion Island Coffee and Circle Say hello to caffeine withdrawal | PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA
in the spring. The fallout was the Kerr Hall, have already been convert- & Squares bakery, are located in
result of Ryerson declining to pay ed into Ryerson Eats coffee kiosks. the GTA. chitecture student, the Tim Hortons A large coffee at Ryerson Eats
$300,000 in renovations for the The Eye previously reported a “We were looking for a com- locations in campus buildings pro- stands is listed at $2.09 and a scone
coffee stand to fit the chain’s new Starbucks Coffee self-serve location petitive price point as well as lo- vided her with a cheap and conve- costs $2.99. A large coffee at Tims
branding. would replace the Tims in George cally sourced. That was really, really nient snack between classes. is for $1.89 and a donut is 99 cents.
Voula Cocolakis, executive direc- Vari, but it’s now a Ryerson-brand- important to us—to have a locally “I feel like [Tim Hortons] is a Abraham Amini, a student at Ry-
tor of University Business Services ed coffee shop. Cocolakis said the sourced coffee,” said Cocolakis. pretty convenient place for students erson, said he tried the new baked
at Ryerson, confirmed the kiosk university may survey students to On a student budget, even a few to go. There are a lot of food options goods. He said they are “not ter-
won’t be renovated into a Ryerson- see whether or not it should remain extra dollars go a long way. around campus but there’s nothing rible,” but he’ll be grabbing a study
branded coffee stand—or anything that way or become a Starbucks For Aisha Irfan, a third-year ar- that cheap,” Irfan said. snack off campus from now on.
6 EXCHANGE

You must be this


Studying abroad is the opportunity of a lifetime, but st
consist of a wealth of the upper class, Zahraa Hmood w
C hilly 15 C weather is com-
mon for Scotland in January,
but Shannon Tinning didn’t need
the program, also points out the
benefits of having studied abroad on
your resume, showing future em-
sources of jobs, OSAP assistance,
bursaries, grants and help from
their parents. According to Statis-
portunities to enrich their education
than those who are working day-to-
day to simply afford a place to live
chance to change that. But when she
began to look into what exchange
would entail, she found it finan-
more than wind pants and a hood- ployers that you have the ability to tics Canada, more folks with a lesser and a plate to eat. cially unrealistic, so she gave up.
ie. At 251 metres, Arthur’s Seat is
the highest mountain peak in Ed-
inburgh. At the top, Tinning was
“collaborate with a diverse range of
people, navigate other cultures and
learn professional skills in a new en-
income are enrolling into post-
secondary institutions: Since 2001,
the amount of families in the low-
M elissa Chan attended an infor-
mation session for academic
exchange in the fall of 2017. About
Chan lives in downtown Toronto
and has a part-time job, and going
on exchange would’ve changed the
met with a cool breeze and an awe- vironment.” est income group of Canada who’ve 30 people from her program gath- financial stability and routine of life
inspiring view. Scotland’s capital is Exchange applications aren’t due had youth enrol in post-secondary ered in one small conference room in she’d made for herself. She was also
split into two regions—old city and until second semester, but many stu- rose by about 25 per cent—mean- the Rogers Communications Centre. concerned it would complicate se-
new—complemented by its coast- dents start thinking about where ing more students who can’t afford Chan recalls faculty from her pro- curing an internship for her fourth
line. The moment marked only the they’ll go, what they’ll study and how extra educational opportunities, gram telling the students that if they year in the creative industries pro-
beginning of Tinning’s semester at they’ll finance it as early as September. like studying abroad, are taking up take on this opportunity, they would gram. She would either have to stop
Edinburgh Napier University. In the 2016-17 school year, 196 stu- space at Ryerson. While travelling become “representatives of Ryerson living downtown or work more
The journey up the mountain was dents left Ryerson to go on exchange. can always be expected to be costly, University” while overseas. hours. “There wasn’t enough money
exhausting, but defined her experi- Ryerson International doesn’t it makes for a culture at Ryerson Looking around at the room, for everything.”
ence leading up to her exchange trip collect the information of students where the wealthier have more op- Chan said she saw several classmates Chan is not on OSAP, and when
as a third-year student. “It just felt who go on exchange beyond their she knew very well, classmates who she asked her parents for help, they
really rewarding,” said Tinning. name, student number and what Exchange is the were all strong contenders for the said no. “If you really want to go, you
Tinning is a fourth-year English program they’re in. But David Begg, exchange program—they were “peo- can take out a loan,” her parents told
student at Ryerson. To afford ex- manager of global learning and en- preserve of the ple who can adapt” and “people with her. Chan didn’t want to accumulate
change, she worked two jobs during
the summer to save up for the trip,
gagement at Ryerson International,
said that he can guess that exchange,
middle and upper good academic standing.”
Simultaneously, she was surprised
more debt, having to already pay her
parents back for her tuition.
approximately 12 to 15 hours a day.
Although it was stressful, she man-
for the most part, is “the preserve of
the middle and upper classes.”
classes that so many people were considering
exchange, because of how expensive
Madeline Schwartz, a fourth-year
retail management student at Ryer-
aged to save about $20,000. “I hated “At Ryerson, we’re not entirely it was. Chan considered her own fi- son, had to take out a student loan of
it. It’s just reminding yourself you sure that those who currently par- nances, as the faculty members broke $15,000 from Alberta Student Aid for
have this huge financial thing com- ticipate are as representative of the down the costs of the whole trip. “I exchange. Schwartz is from Edmon-
ing up, so you need to save.” university as we’d like them to be,” was thinking, ‘How would I cover ton, and throughout her two-and-a-
But she also had help from her Begg said. He added that the school this cost of $12,000 to $15,000?’” half years at Ryerson, she’s had finan-
parents. She was able to access recognizes finances as the largest The now-fourth-year creative cial support from her parents—who
around $7,000 from a Registered barrier to academic exchange, and industries student at Ryerson has also had to worry about raising and
Education Savings Plan (RESP) set that they hope to lessen that barrier, never been outside of Canada or supporting two other children. “I had
up by her parents, and they assisted as part of their mandate toward in- the United States. The third-year so much anxiety over it.”
her with the cost of rent as well as creasing equity. exchange program represented the For her third-year exchange, she
other purchases while she lived Until that mandate is reached, went to the University of West-
abroad. The $20,000 she earned was however, costs can easily be too minster in London, England, even
for her own personal enjoyment. much for students with a low in- though the exchange coordinator
“If I didn’t have that RESP money, come and lesser access to the re- warned her London was one of the
I would’ve had to work even more,” most difficult locations to secure a
she said. spot and also one of the most ex-
Tinning currently lives in an pensive. In addition to her loan, she
apartment near Ryerson campus, worked a part-time job in retail, 20
which costs approximately $1,000 hours a week the semester before
per month. In order to make rent, leaving for exchange, and additional
she had to take out a student line hours during the holidays. She also
of credit. This gave her some debt, applied for and received a variety of
which she is currently trying to pay scholarships a year before she left.
off. This summer after coming back “I’m not the person who borrows
from exchange, she held two jobs. money, I work hard for my money.”
“It kind of sucks having to work two She has until she graduates to pay it
jobs, during the summertime when off, but while away, Schwartz also
you’re not supposed to be as stressed maxed out her credit card. Current-
as you are during the school year.” ly she sits in $15,000 debt with the
The academic exchange program student loan service, and sits in the
at Ryerson consists of spending a debt with her credit card too.
semester (or more) at a post-sec- In addition to her studies in Lon-
ondary institution that Ryerson’s don, she traveled to 12 different
programs are partnered with. It’s countries in Europe, in May and
widely known by university stu- June, after the semester was over.
dents as a once-in-a-lifetime oppor- In total, Schwartz spent around
tunity to travel the world, make life- $25,000 to go on exchange, in-
long connections and diversify one’s cluding $5,000 in tuition for one
perspective on life. Ryerson Inter- semester. Schwartz said going on
national, the department that runs exchange had been one of her main
EXCHANGE 7

s rich to ride
tudents repping Ryerson overseas
writes
Illustrations by Samantha Moya

goals when coming to Ryerson, a Begg added that exchange helps with Ontario provincial government. offer less grants than Ryerson, at to pay for housing, and money given
goal she just had to achieve. professional development: travelling Following 2008, the provincial gov- $1,000 per student. Others, like at to her monthly for other expenses.
“I have no regrets,” she said. “It abroad can enhance cultural aware- ernment didn’t renew the scholar- York University, provide a custom- “My parents are worrywarts,” she
was the best six months of my life.” ness. He said that’s a “valuable” skill ship, as they took on more pressing ized amount of funding for students said. “They’re like, ‘How are you
Chan’s friend Jackie Jabson, on for those planning careers abroad, or who apply, based on how long their going to survive? We have to make
the other hand, went to Denmark in Canada. “That’s certainly some- exchange program is and where sure you eat and stuff.’”
this past winter semester, attending thing employers talk about, those $15,000 on they’ll be going. The University of In total, Jabson said she spent an
a design school in Copenhagen. She
knew right after graduating high
soft skills, appreciating difference,
learning how to talk to people.”
exchange, plus Waterloo has 450 awards avail-
able for its students, some funded
estimated $15,000 on exchange, in-
cluding her tuition for the semester,
school that she wanted to go abroad.
She began the application for the
Not including tuition for a se-
mester, the average cost to fund
$3,500 for tuition through donors, foundations, or the
university itself. One of the largest
around $3,500. For her, it was neces-
sary to raise money for her trip so she
exchange program a year and a half exchange at one of the 73 academic school grants in the province is the would be able to enjoy it: her savings
before leaving, and held a number institutes Ryerson International is economic concerns at the time. The University of Waterloo Interna- were all about being able to have fun.
of part-time jobs while studying at partnered with is $6,587.01 per se- leftover scholarship money “disap- tional Experience Awards, valued “My experiences are priceless. I could
Ryerson, a year prior to going on mester. Ryerson International lists peared quickly.” Ryerson decided to at up to $2,500, with approximately never put a price tag on that.”
exchange. But the finances needed
to support this trip scared Jabson at
first. She wanted to go to Europe,
the estimated cost for the Copen-
hagen School of Design and Tech-
nology at a total of $7,259.14. At
create its own scholarship. As of last
year, grant applications opened for
students looking to go on exchange
100 of them available each year.
There is also the Ontario Rhônes-
Alpes program, which can aid stu-
O n her last day in Scotland,
Tinning went to The Mead-
ows in Edinburgh with the first
specifically Denmark, which is one the academic exchange information in the 2018-19 school year. Other dents with a grant of $2,000 and friend she’d made on her trip—an
of the most expensive countries to session in the fall, exchange coordi- universities in Ontario already have $3,000 for one or two semesters, re- American exchange student from
live in because of the higher stan- nators told Jabson they would need similar setups. spectively. Some funding opportuni- Iowa. It was a sunny day, with few
dard of living. “It was jarring to even $10,000 to 12,000 to cushion her Some, like those at Western Uni- ties, like the program, are only avail- clouds in the sky.
consider going there.” trip. “When the time came, I was so versity and McMaster University, able to students in certain regions, She sat with her friend on the
Jabson is itching to travel again. scared, that I almost pulled out.” looking to study in certain countries. grass, talking about what they’d
While on exchange, Jabson visited Jabson was informed of an op- The year Jabson applied, students experienced over the past five
12 different countries. While study- portunity to get money through had to complete an application de- months. They were in shock at
ing in Copenhagen, Jabson said she Ryerson International for her trip: tailing how they would be good how much had changed. “We went
did some work with some Danish they were offering $1,000 as a bur- ambassadors to Ryerson while away from being super awkward on the
companies and organizations. “I was sary for a select few students going on exchange. Jabson completed the first night that we had both landed
able to present at the United Na- on exchange in the creative indus- application, unsure if she stood a there, to travelling to all these dif-
tions and work with them for some tries program. This year, Ryerson is chance against the competition, and ferent countries together in a short
things,” she said. “That really elevat- providing 40 grants of $2,000 each submitted it. Then, she won the period of time,” Tinning said.
ed my resume.” to students taking part in academic $1,000. “I was so nervous, I literally “We just couldn’t believe that this

L iving away from home includes


costs like rent, groceries, public
transit and other miscellaneous pur-
exchange. This scholarship—the
Ryerson International Exchange
Opportunities Scholarship—is open
finished the application the morn-
ing it was due at 2 a.m.”
Even after all the money Jabson
whole experience was going to be
over.” To this day, Tinning and her
friend are still close. “We still talk,”
chases. Depending on where you go, to students from all programs. had saved up beforehand, her par- she said. “She sent me a letter the
you could save money living abroad According to Begg, Ryerson for- ents still had to step in to help out. other day.”
on things like rent, groceries and merly had an exchange scholarship She got around $4,000 from her dad Prior to leaving in January 2018,
alcohol—especially considering To- years ago, which was funded by the finances were a source of stress for
ronto’s cost of living—but the road to Tinning: mainly, figuring out the
get there can set one back financially. prices of everything. “You defi-
Plane tickets, health insurance, stu- nitely have to do your research,”
dent visas and for many students, the Tinning said, in order to avoid not
cost of trips to other countries (which wasting money. Tinning explained
are optional, but known as an inte- that there was a sense of pressure to
gral part of the exchange program) all travel to several different countries,
raise the cost of the experience. while one was already overseas.
According to Begg, having more Overall, however, Tinning said
students enrol into exchange has she has no regrets. “I would do it
become a bigger priority for the again in a heartbeat,” she said, “which
school. He said the lessons learned sounds crazy because it is a lot of
on exchange can aid in a student’s money, but I would 100 per cent go
personal development. “We want on exchange again in January, if I
our graduates to be globally savvy could.”
graduates,” he said, “in terms of When asked how Chan felt, see-
things like developing intercultural ing her friends and peers travelling
communication skills, having an abroad, looking at their pictures on
awareness of what’s going on in the social media like Jabson’s, Chan said
world beyond the 416.” she didn’t feel jealous of her friends,
Ryerson International breaks “It is a missed opportunity,” she said
down costs of exchange at differ- of herself, “but I’m not bummed
ent institutions which don’t include about it.” She rather admired what
tuition, but includes flights, books, they were doing, despite being un-
food, housing, travelling and more. able to do it herself.
8 ARTS & LIFE

Who decides what gets rammed out of the Ram?


Regulars at the Ram in Rye (mostly The Eyeopener staff) were shocked to find that the crispy, fried cauliflower bites were no more
By Juliana Kaminski Joshua Kamaras-Garland wrote on “Our chefs would end up having to
the Ram’s Facebook page. “I pan- go across to the Metro and get cauli-
They were saucy, they were icked, it wasn’t supposed to be this flower almost everyday,” a Ram in the
crunchy yet soft, they were deli- way.” Rye server told The Eye. Ram manage-
cately bite sized—and now they’re The pub faced enough scrutiny ment did not comment on this.
gone. Customers of Ryerson’s be- for losing the wrap that eventually Daryn Boscorial, a third-year new
loved campus pub, the Ram in the they brought it back. So why disap- media student, who usually ordered
Rye, were disappointed to find out point the cauliflower crowd? the fried cauliflower with a mild
the fried cauliflower was taken off Decisions regarding items on the smokey barbecue sauce, said she real-
the menu. menu are made between the Ram’s ized they were off the menu as soon
The Ram revised its menu for the management and chefs. Manage- as she revisited the Ram this year.
school year, as it usually does, taking ment told The Eyeopener that cau- “It wasn’t one of my main options
out some items while adding others. liflower was taken off the menu but I liked it a lot,” Boscorial said.
But the fried cauliflower was a major because the price of the produce “They were healthy and delicious.”
crowd pleaser—so why did it have to fluctuated constantly, and it wasn’t The outrage from taking the fried
go? Who made that decision? Why cost effective. Cauliflowers are cauliflower off the menu doesn’t They were here for a good time, not a long time. | PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA
can we never have good things? hard to grow and any small drought seem to be matching up to the buffa-
This isn’t the first time the Ram or storm can ruin the entire crop. lo chicken caesar campaign of 2016. a Mediterranean version of pou- crispy fried cheese sandwich.
has stirred controversy with a But Ram staff said the reasons The Ram’s Facebook page has no tine where the fries are topped with So that’s the story behind the cau-
menu change. In September 2016, went beyond just pricing—the cau- complaints about it yet. Servers at tzatziki, feta, lemon and oregano liflower. The delicious, saucy fried
students were pissed when the pub liflower they received was never the Ram told The Eye that after the sauce. It’s not vegan, but it is vegetar- bites will be missed, and probably to-
dropped its buffalo chicken caesar consistently good. Staff said they first week they hadn’t heard much ian. The Ram also added tandoori tally forgotten in another month. But
wrap off the menu. would arrive smaller on some days, about it either. chicken and naan to the menu, while nothing, not even the satisfaction of
“I yearned for the spicy, savoury sometimes too small to make any Management replaced the cau- stepping up its grilled cheese game. Ryerson’s campus pub regulars, is
poultry more than anything else,” decent fried cauliflower bites. liflower with Greek fries, which is Grilled cheese no more—now it’s a worth going to Metro for.

Revival Recipe: Fried cauliflower may be out of the Ram, that doesn’t mean it has to be out of your life
Fried Ingredients The Prep: Season the batter with a teaspoon you’re good to go.
1 large cauliflower Wash your head of cauliflower. Cut of salt. Take the bite-sized florets of Drop in a couple florets of cauli-
Cauliflower 1 cup of all-purpose flour them up into bite-size pieces. “Bite- cauliflower. Gently pat them dry be- flower at a time. Fry until crispy and
1 1/2 cups of water size” is whatever fits in your mouth fore tossing them in the bowl of bat- golden brown. Then take them out
Bites 3 teaspoons corn starch comfortably. ter, making sure each one is at least of the pan and lay them on a paper
1/2 teaspoon baking soda That’s it. That’s the prep. lightly coated. towel to drain any excess oil.
1 teaspoon vegetable oil You’re halfway there. The Frying The Sauce
1 teaspoon salt The Batter In a pan, heat up a reasonable You can then toss them in a pre-
By Premila D’Sa Salt and pepper to taste In a bowl, mix the flour, water, corn amount of any vegetable oil. Test if made, store-bought sauce of your
Serves: 10 starch, baking soda, and vegetable your oil is hot enough by dropping choice because nobody has time to
Preperation time: 50 minutes oil until it’s a batter consistency. a little bit of batter in it. If it sizzles, make sauce.

Trauma and Uplift: The RIC’s exhibitions this season


The Ryerson Image Centre has to put on shows for the campus crowd and art world alike. Here’s how they do it
By Premila D’Sa photos by Bolivian artist Claudia Jos-
kowicz, of every building on a street
Every semester, the Ryerson Image that was the site of constant violent
Centre (RIC) puts on compelling, protests in Bolivia.
contemporary and sometime shock- The RIC’s last exhibit takes it in a
ing exhibitions. And while the RIC is different direction. It’s called The Sis-
right in the middle of campus, with ters Project, a collection of portraits by
bigger-than-life displays of some of Ryerson alumni Alia Youssef, docu-
their work, for students not involved menting Muslim women. Roth said
in photography it’s mostly just be- even though the work is modern,
come a place to stop for a smoke or Youssef’s exhibit is historical consid-
a snack. ering its work was made in the con-
But there’s a lot that goes into the text of a Trump presidency, where
centre. Co-curator Paul Roth said Muslim identity has been weapon-
many exhibitions are planned years ized against these women.
in advance. The Eye sat down with “The moment that they were pho-
Roth, who’s been in the position tographed, they are like ghosts in the
since 2013, to discuss the process of Ryerson’s Image Centre has four exhibitions on display simultaneously. | PHOTO: THE EYEOPENER FILE PHOTO universe that just continue to recur
curating exhibits at the centre and and continue to haunt the present
the tragic but compelling work in the people of the wealthy enclave he actions from audiences. Flavio, the interested in the Mexico City earth- day,” said Roth.
store for this season. lived beside. subject, received thousands of letters quake of 1985, said Roth, an event While the RIC is a hub for photog-
Roth said the curation process “One of the things that really in- and almost $30,000, according the that went on to effect the socio-po- raphy in the city, the centre’s main
usually begins around one body of trigued us was the idea of the role of RIC’s website. litical affairs of the nation for years. audience, and the one they care about
work. This year, he said, the gallery photography in helping people un- Roth said from that point, the The RIC’s second show is called Ter- the most, has always been students.
knew they wanted to showcase Gor- derstand trauma or traumatic events. museum’s collections curator De- remoto, a collection of photos docu- Roth said he hopes more of them will
don Park’s The Flavio Story, a series of So that’s kind of where we started,” nise Birkhofer brought up looking menting the city after the earthquake. drop by.
photographs that juxtapose the life said Roth. When the exhibit first dis- further into artists from Central and The centre stayed in South America All four exhibitions will be at the RIC
of Flavio, a poor 12-year-old, against played, it elicited a series of generous South America. She was particularly for their third exhibition, a series of for free from Sept. 12 to Dec. 9.
SPORTS 9

Despite winning a national championship, Ryerson’s men’s cricket club still finds
Bowling for recognition themselves overlooked. Here’s how they’re trying to change that

The cricket team celebrates their title with gold medals | PHOTO: RYERSON CRICKET

By Peter Ash nament Anees Ahmad, there’s been


a “handful” of students who have
There’s a lot of underrated teams cited the cricket club as one of the
at Ryerson. From fastpitch, to our primary reasons why they decided
volleyball teams, it’s safe to say that to go to Ryerson.
crowd attendance and coverage is “I chose Ryerson over other Ca-
inconsistent. But of them all, there’s nadian schools because of the cricket
a powerhouse that’s gradually im- team. [John-Paul Rocke] also chose
proved since its start in 2014: the Ryerson over other schools for the
men’s cricket club. same reason.”
On Aug. 31, the Ryerson Rams Rocke, who’s been called to play
won their first-ever Canadian in tournaments for the Canadian
College Cricket (CCC) national national team, was aware of the
championship, defeating University amount of success the team had
of Toronto-Scarborough to get the before he joined Ryerson. Rocke
title. But given their track record saw them perform at the 2017-18
over the last two to three years, American National Champion-
the team still feels like they haven’t ships, a tournament the Rams
received enough attention. eventually won. Ahmad also thinks
“We don’t get that much support that the club could help recruit
from the university,” said Ryerson more professional-level and inter-
Rams cricket president Zulqarnain national students.
Imtiaz. With the success of the
women’s team—added with the na-
tional championship victory—Imtiaz
“This is a stepping
hopes that it’ll start to let everyone stone for us to get
know that the cricket program is le- recognized by the
git. Imtiaz, also one of the main play- Ryerson community”
ers on the team, said that his group
is doing everything to gain more
recognition.
“A lot of people aren’t aware of Since the team doesn’t have a
Ryerson cricket. Now, winning stable organizing body, they have
this national championship, I feel to constantly work things out on
like this is just a stepping stone for their own. Richard Perkins, man-
us to get recognized by the Ryerson ager of the club, mentioned that
community.” the team creates all of its practices
Because the group is designated and organizational scrimmages.
as a “club,” they aren’t offered an Despite their lack of resources, the
official loan by the school for sup- team manages to get by with their
plies, tournaments and travel costs. own form of scouting. “Whether
They have to make a budget, and we win or lose in our [scrim-
depending on what Ryerson wants mages], we just try to observe the
to give them, they’ll likely have to team’s game plan and learn from
contribute themselves or find a our good moves and mistakes,”
source from the outside. But due said Perkins.
to their recent success, the team Moving forward, the team will
thinks that they shouldn’t have to head to Detroit from Sept. 29-30
deal with the limited amount of to partake in the American Col-
funding and support much longer. lege Cricket Regional tournament.
Having been the president for only Although the group doesn’t plan
a year, Imtiaz also said that the lack on using their lack of coverage as
of respect is something that his a source of motivation, they’ll be
team has “gotten used to.” looking to make their presence felt
Despite being under the radar, in order to keep the ball rolling
the team still gets a decent amount throughout the school year.
of recruitment. Their ability to win “We’re not just a little club,” Im-
has made students reconsider going tiaz said strongly. “Our club is open
to different schools, as they’ve won to anyone; newcomers, basic and
numerous tournaments within the advanced players…we’re just trying
country. According to Rams spin to spread the sport and let everyone
bowler and MVP of the CCC tour- know that we’re for real.”
10 BIZ & TECH

Interested in writing about new inventions, crazy experiments or dank technology? Come New cannabis business course attracts
write for the biz and tech section! Email business@theeyeopener.com for more details!
small business owners outside of Ryerson

Textbooks for the Business of Cannabis course sit on a table, as professor Brad Poulos teaches
the class | PHOTO: KATIE SWYERS

By Denise Paglinawan “I’m really excited to be part of


a groundbreaking industry and to
Professor Brad Poulos stands at the have a chance to learn at university
front of his class, watching as his and make contact with interesting
students file in, pick up their name people,” said Martin. “There are a lot
cards and take a seat. of really interesting people involved
Even though it’s late on a Tuesday with this course.”
night, the class is filled with people Martin currently runs his own
of all ages, with almost every chair small business of audio and video
in the room taken. As students in- car installations and other kinds of
troduce themselves to their peers, repairs. He said he took the course
many seem to have the same goal in because of his interest in the canna-
mind: to start their own business. bis industry, and because he hopes
With its launch this semester, it will help his business manage-
The Chang School’s Business of ment skills.
Cannabis course is the first of its Ryerson is currently the only
kind in Ontario. It has attracted en- university in Ontario to offer
rollees ranging from small business a business course on cannabis,
owners, LCBO marketing employ- but Poulos said he would not be
ees, financial analysts and craft can- surprised if other schools followed
nabis growers. Ryerson’s steps.
The course is a response to the le- Durham College recently offered
galization of cannabis in Canada on a specialization certificate on the
Oct. 17, and aims to introduce how cannabis industry and Niagara
to apply the principles of business to College offers a graduate certificate
the country’s weed industry. program in commercial cannabis
Spots filled up quickly, a reflec- production.
tion of the course’s popularity. Pou-
los says enrollment for the winter “This class could help
semester is also completely filled.
me navigate new laws...
Dean Thornback, a graduate from
York University, said he heard about if I were to develop a
the Business of Cannabis course af- startup company”
ter his mother forwarded him a
Global News interview with Ma-
rie Bountrogianni, the dean of The “Ryerson is probably the top en-
Chang School, about the course. trepreneurship school in Canada,

CJRU.CA
Thornback said he hopes to tran- and this is the most exciting new biz
sition from his job in the finance in- area to come along in a while. [It’s]
dustry to one in the cannabis indus- a perfect fit,” said Poulos. He started
try—and possibly develop his own researching the cannabis industry

1280AM
business along the way. a few years ago, and just last year
“I think [this class] could help me came up with the idea for a business
navigate new laws, regulations and of cannabis course.
licensing procedures if I were to be- Poulos plans to have his students
gin developing a startup cannabis draft their own business plans as
company,” he said. “A lot of what one of their projects. The Ryerson
will be taught in the course would professor also said he will encourage
be relevant information to know networking, as well as sharing ideas
and I feel it could help with finding and problems amongst his students.
a job in the legal cannabis industry.” He said one of the best things the
Meanwhile, small business owner course offered was its access to ex-
Kevin Martin finds the course to be perts and successful business own-
an opportunity to learn from canna- ers in the cannabis industry—some-
bis experts and network with people thing that is difficult to find outside
with the same interest as him. of a school setting.
FUN 11

BE NICE IN THE COFFEE SHOP

Ryerson employees can now tell customers Dear Artemis,


how they really feel without any consequence The Eyeopener’s top dog
took a day to walk over a
When free speech becomes free speech, being an ass and being impatient will result in immediate insults keyboard and answer the
most pressing questions of
at servers, tip decently and be gen- the day
erally unaffected if their order takes
two or seven minutes. When baris-
tas and retail workers give deserv- By
ing customers some sass back, this
group can be recognised by their Artemis
ability to apologize for the behav- Crouch
iour of whatever dick was in front
of them.
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selves (called “assholes” in common Aearrarararrarnooooooooooo
context) and have been extremely ooodddddddddddwda
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butt thinks they can just give me a Who is a good girl?
By Lyba Mansoor Doug Ford began talks of revis- ever heard. I can finally tell Denise piece of their mind­—then I’ll give ANSUFBSFYUATVDQWYU-
ing universities’ free speech poli- Haba that just because her pilates ‘em a piece of my mind.” DI BCNASFUIU YVQFBU-
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over the counter and give a piece onstrate and destroy cities without degrees,” Shute said. speech, Ryerson Why do you not like to pose for
of your mind to the rude customer fear of repercussion. It was reported by security yes- Employees are starting the camera?
you are contractually obligated to “Under this new free speech pol- terday at Balzac’s that some old to bite back mlklkokokpppoklkpkplklpoko-
serve, lest you get fired. icy, employees now have the total white lady was screaming at an jpjpijpoj
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now become really free speech, definitely making use of it,” Neil when she had asked for two. A tence was pointed out to Sessions, years?
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are pretty much allowed to interact discovered the free speech policy A group has emerged since the where customer service workers spy when I’m at school?
with customers however they see would free him of the faking kind- free speech policy began that has can finally openly demand to be

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fit, sans consequence. ness prison he’s been stuck in since been relatively unaffected. Known treated like human beings, and if
This motion for free speech starting his job. as “decent human beings” these in- they still aren’t, by god you’ll know
started up when Ontario Premier “This is the greatest thing I have dividuals are known to smile back how they feel.

Good afternoon ladies and jellybeans. It’s me, Nathaniel


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on Gould Street is getting so bad, even my love of mush-
rooms can’t seem to make me happy. If you’re at all in
the same boat or simply hate the choices being made on
our university, this week’s contest might just be your fa-
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