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Volume 52 - Issue 7

October 24, 2018
Since 1967



Students prefer local dispensaries despite illegality
Cannabis dispensaries can apply for licences in April 2019, but stores close to Ryerson University continue to operate in the shadows anyway

By Peter Ash also prolonged, turning a three-day of the store’s “hybrids” over the on- tain types of alcohol and forces you had to wait until next year to get a li-
waiting period into five. line site’s goods. to buy what they usually sell.” cense,” he said. “[The government’s]
Local dispensaries near Ryerson Because of the long waiting pe- The store, which usually has a Wilson, who goes to multiple just been sketchy about the whole
University are continuing to ille- riods, students are returning to the decent amount of traffic and up to dispensaries and has been smoking thing, and it’s making things harder
gally sell cannabis, despite the con- comfort of their local dispensaries. six staff members working at a time, since she was 13-years-old, said she for everyone.”
sequences they could face. Allevi8, a local dispensary around has a clean look with signs and TV wouldn’t be surprised if all dispen- The dispensary, which is shack-
According to the Government of the corner from Ryerson, has in- monitors that show what strains are saries were gone in the next three sized, offers customers pre-rolled
Ontario website, the province won’t creased sales since legalization. available and how much they cost. to five years. “I hope they don’t go joints and multiple strains in numer-
issue any licences to private cannabis Allevi8 staff members declined to away though,” she said. ous sizes. After legalization day, the
storefronts until April 1, 2019, mak- “As long as they’re comment on their business since, “it “I’d rather buy my [cannabis] in- company has also seen a rise in sales,
ing it illegal for them to sell the prod- open we’re going to wouldn’t be good for us.” store because I get to see and look at with the staff member stating the
uct in the meantime. First-year fashion design student it before I end up buying it. I can’t do store has “run out of stuff” through-
As of its legalization on Oct. 17, keep going” Kyra Wilson said dispensaries should that online.” out the week.
the only way to legally buy canna- have every right to sell cannabis, but Other low-profile dispensaries Because of the amount of atten-
bis is online via the Ontario Can- “We’ve been going to [Allevi8] should be careful because their busi- near Ryerson have been worried tion other dispensaries are receiv-
nabis Store. It offers multiple items, for a while,” said an anonymous ness is infringing on the government’s about their future as well. ing, Yellow Sign constantly tells
such as bongs, multi-tool kits and third-year early childhood education potential to make money. An anonymous staff member at their customers to “keep things
all sorts of strains for customers to studies student. “[They’ve] been low- “You can even see that with liquor Yellow Sign, another dispensary lo- quiet” whenever they come and go.
choose from. key…as long as they’re open we’re go- licensing,” Wilson said. “I’m from cated steps away from campus, said “We just have to be careful, be-
On its first day of business, the ing to keep going.” [British Columbia], where there’s other stores don’t want to be “caught cause you never know when it
store nearly sold out, racking up Despite knowing the risk of buying privatized liquor stores. But over up in what the government’s trying could all go down. Things could
over 100,000 orders throughout the pot illegally, the student preferred to here, there’s none of that and [the] to do.” change, but for now, we just have
day. As a result, delivery times were get items “faster” and preferred some LCBO has really cut down on cer- I wasn’t shocked when I heard we to watch out.”

There are a number of dispensaries operating illegally near campus | ILLUSTRATION: DEANNA KRUEGER

RSU drains beverage club funds Toronto elections: Mayor,
councillor resume their roles
By Nathaniel Crouch and saw no booze containers. She when it comes to putting a group on
then conducted a walk around the probation. However, with the BES
The Beverage Enthusiasts Society building, according to the report. case, the RSU ruled the group’s ac- By The News Team fighting gun violence, advocate for
(BES), a student group at Ryerson About 10 minutes later she saw tions were severe enough to revoke a handgun ban in the city and hire
University that celebrates non-al- a girl with a flask in the SCC’s 3rd their status and funding as an official For Ryerson University students more police officers.
coholic mixology, has been stripped floor hallway. Once again, she RSU student group immediately. who live downtown, it’s almost Fun fact: Tory wants to create a
of its official student group status peaked into the Riel Room—where “Drinking outside or in non-des- like the municipal elections on Oct. city-wide public art plan and vowed
and funding. there were 30 students—and saw a ignated areas can result in the Ram 22 never even took place. Both the to declare 2020 the year of public art.
The Ryerson Students’ Union Molson cold shot on one table and in the Rye losing its license,” Sofo mayor and the councillor who over- Ward 13 councillor Kristyn
(RSU) put BES on probation after a bottle of what appeared to be dark told The Eye. sees Ryerson’s ward were re-elected. Wong-Tam
learning students drank alcohol in alcohol on the back table. “Not only do we have to deal with Nevertheless, here are the incum- Both the number of her ward
a campus building without a liquor That’s when she called security. student safety and communication bents who will implement policies and of her constituents—a popu-
licence at the club’s meet and greet. Edmund Sofo, the RSU’s vice-pres- of rules on campus, we have to make that affect Ryerson students over lation almost double its previous
BES hosts events both on and off ident student life and events, said that sure the Ram in the Rye’s liquor li- the next four years: size due to council being down-
campus, where members meet to after much deliberation, the RSU ex- cence is also secure,” said Sofo. Toronto mayor John Tory sized—are different, but Kristyn
discuss their love of non-alcoholic ecutives decided to disband BES. BES president Hamish Mackay After winning 64 per cent of votes Wong-Tam’s status as a councillor
drinks and consume them together. “There are penalties,” he said about declined to comment on the inci- cast in the election, John Tory will for Toronto’s downtown ward will
This year’s meet and greet was held drinking alcohol on campus in areas dent, citing respect for the RSU’s resume his position as mayor of be the same next term.
in the Riel Room in the Student where the substance’s consumption decision. However, The Eye ob- Toronto. He won 40 per cent more Wong-Tam secured a seat on coun-
Campus Centre (SCC) on the eve- isn’t allowed. tained an email between Mackay votes than the city’s former chief cil by a landslide. She won 50 per cent
ning of Sept. 28. “Any student group has an obliga- and Dawn Murray, campus groups planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, who of the votes cast for Ward 13 candi-
A security report describes a wom- tion and responsibility ensuring their coordinator for the RSU. came in second place. dates, which is three times as many as
an hearing someone chanting, “drink, events are up to par,” Sofo added. After the RSU’s decision, Mackay Tory’s resume boasts implement- runner-up George Smitherman.
drink, drink!” coming from the Riel The RSU doesn’t usually have a wrote, “I can’t say I’m not disap- ing free transit for kids under 12 Pushing for affordable housing
Room. So she peeked into the room one-strike-and-you’re-out policy pointed, however I do understand and discounted TTC rates for low- units and investments in public parks
the Student Groups Committee’s income residents. He has also spent downtown are among her accom-
perspective and final decision.” the last four years working on ex- plishments as Ward 27 councillor.
The group, he said, will take the panding transit in Toronto to create Wong-Tam campaigned on
rest of the semester off to focus on relief lines in the city. promises to lobby the province to
their studies and apply for status As for the future, Tory has prom- invest in mental health and addic-
again in the winter with an improved ised to create 40,000 new affordable tions funding. She will also advocate
understanding of safe event environ- rental homes over the next decade. for a ban on the sale of handguns in
ments and event supervision. He wants to follow through with the city, as well as the preservation of
“I would like to apologize for our his council-approved transportation green spaces and cultural landscapes.
event jeopardizing the liquor licence expansion, including adding more Fun fact: An active biker her-
of the building, and assure that GO stations and light rail rapid tran- self, she plans to continue advocat-
this will never happen again,” said sit lines. Tory also plans to match ing for more bike lanes and bike-
| ILLISTRATION: ALANNA RIZZA Mackay. the province’s $25 million towards sharing services downtown.
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Who is campus really for?

A safe injection site is right next to campus, but people don’t want to think about it | PHOTO: KOSALAN KATHIRAMALANATHAN

project, but it’s really there to sepa- for students—he was just forced to
By rate the people who frequent the move to a worse location.
Jacob site from the rest of Ryerson. The difference with this fence is
Dubé The fence lines the green area in that no one is even trying to pretend
front of the Victoria building and is it’s for anybody’s good. It’s imposing
pretty obviously trying to keep peo- and creates a very uncomfortable
While construction workers were ple off the soil, forcing them onto feeling when you’re anywhere near.
putting fences all across Gould the sidewalk or street. In other words, it’s doing exactly
Street and turning Ryerson into one Anybody who was on campus what it set out to do.
big petting zoo (spoiler: we’re all the last semester will remember the Especially considering Ryerson’s
goats), another fence was going up planters installed by the Downtown plans to beautify Gould Street in
not that far away. Yonge Business Improvement Area the coming years, it’s baffling that
Next to the Toronto Public (BIA) specifically to remove one the school and the city would make
Health building on Victoria Street, man from the location in front of an effort to create a more hostile
also called The Works—a city- the Tim Hortons where he’s stayed environment for the community.
owned building which houses one for almost 10 years. A spokesperson Sure, the campus might look a little
of Toronto’s safe injection sites—is for the BIA said it was in an effort to aesthetically better in the future,
another huge fence. At first, it seems “help” him, but he’s still in the area but who’s going to be around to
to be for some sort of construction and holding the Tims door open enjoy it?

Fun Denise “Cold hands” Paglinawan
Nathaniel “Snappy” Crouch Tim “Leg day“ Falco
Emma “Cool beret“ Sandri
Media Kosalan “Can’t stop, won’t stop“
Parnika “Tuned out” Raj Kathiramalanathan
Katie “Relax” Swyers Sara “Stuck in the elevator“
Pernia “You can’t have my #” Jamshed Jabakhanji
Editor-in-Chief Raine “Bringer of Raine” Hernandez
Jacob “Peter is sorry” Dubé Podcast Producer Libaan “Got the time” Osman
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News Tom “Is it cool” McCabe
Raneem “Something deep” Alozzi Copy Editor and Aaron “Freaking” Siblall
Maggie “Still salty” Macintosh Circulation Manager Emeraude “Gotta hit rehearsal”
Sherina “Probably a dealer” Harris Igor “OutSTANDing” Magun Mbuku
Heidi “In it to win it” Lee
Photo Interns Tyler “Goddamn trade wars” Choi
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Deanna “Uppercut” Krueger Ashanti “Best intern” Anderson Tyler “Little Ottawan Boy” Griffin
Alexander “Best intern” Moore
Online Christopher “Best intern” Sarkar Thanks to DoFo’s belief in “The Mar-
Skyler “On hold” Ash ket” there will be no green celebrations
Bryan “Snacks” Meler General Manager for you. I was away in Nova Scotia last
Liane “Blue Lobster” McLarty weekend and I was amazed and pleased
Features by what a government can create if the
Sarah “The disruptor” Krichel Advertising Manager government thinks that it should be cre-
Chris “Best Dressed” Roberts ating things for its citizens, instead of
Arts and Life cutting taxes and being a business with
Premila “Predila” D’Sa Design Director clients. The Nova Scotia Cannabis Store
J.D. “KoBAE” Mowat was a “thing of beauty and a joy forever.”
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Students raise security concerns at HOEM residence
Students have noticed people sneaking into the HOEM building on Jarvis Street because some residents are sharing their faceless access cards

their faceless access cards could lead For Kate Yien, a resident of
to security issues within the building. HOEM and first-year journalism
First-year electrical engineer- student, the physical building itself
ing student Maggie Malkin said the feels safe—especially since she was
misuse of the access cards began as told the rooms are shooter secure.
soon as students moved in. But she said she can see how the
“The first day people were bor- faceless cards are an issue, and how
rowing each other’s keys,” she said. the easy access to these cards can
“And if a whole crowd comes in, all lead to the lack of safety in the build-
you have to do is flash your card.” ing for students.
Malkin said there is a procedure “If someone gets a hold of your
to sign guests in. HOEM’s proce- card there is no defence, if you just
dure to sign guests in is limited to flash the card the front [desk] is
three people each, much like Pitman probably not going to recognize
and ILLC. this person and because of that, if
Malkin said residents are required you lose your card you compromise
to show their OneCard and guests the security of the entire building,”
must provide identification, but no said Yien.
Faceless ID cards are a security concern for HOEM residents | PHOTO: NATHANIEL CROUCH wristband is provided to guests as is Heidi Lee, a first-year journal-
done at Pitman and ILLC. ism student and resident of HOEM,
By Rhea Singh Ryerson and Canadian Student flash their card to desk staff, proceed “Over the first couple of days at shared similar concerns to Malkin
Communities Inc. to use the card to access their floor parties, residents would give their and Yien, and has seen people sneak
Students living in the HOEM resi- Both Pitman and ILLC require on the elevator and finally to access friends their cards and people would in to the building without a card.
dence building on Jarvis Street are students who live in the building their rooms. pretend they live there,” she said. “Sometimes when the door opens
concerned about the building’s se- to scan a residence ID with a pho- “Housing and residence life takes The Eye contacted five staff mem- when I go in, people that are friends
curity due to their faceless residence to of their face, name and Ryerson this very seriously, including staff- bers within the building who de- of residents of the building sneak
access cards. OneCard number on it to enter the ing all residences with services desks clined to comment, citing the uni- in,” said Lee.
Since Ryerson University stu- living area of the building. Students offering peer and security support versity’s policy on media requests. What’s most concerning for Lee
dents moved into HOEM in late also have separate keys that unlock 24-7,” said Valerie Bruce, assistant “In any instance of concern, se- is that desk staff don’t take notice of
August, they’ve found the building’s their rooms. director, housing operations and curity or emergency, residence ad- this when it happens.
security system differs from that of HOEM, however, provides stu- administration for housing and resi- visors (RAs) on-call will respond HOEM staff should receive more
on-campus residences Pitman Hall dents with grey faceless access cards dence life at Ryerson. and assess the situation contacting training about student safety, she
and the International Living and that take them through a step- Security guards oversee the wel- necessary support (i.e. live-in RU said, adding the RAs are more con-
Learning Centre (ILLC). by-step security process. Students come desks at all three residences professional residence life facilitator, cerned about technical issues like
Unlike Pitman Hall and ILLC, initially use that one grey card to during off-hours. But some students on-call Ryerson security, 911, etc.) as fire safety and WiFi issues. “But
HOEM is a partnership between unlock two doors in the building, in HOEM are still concerned that needed,” Bruce said. how do we spot strangers?”

More students attending free group fitness classes: Ryerson University Athletics
By Tim Falco improvements ever since they made Taylor said athletics staff also no- diverse communities, Pettit said. of students while unfairly charging
the change, said Katie Wilson, Ryer- ticed many new faces during reading That meant, he said, the universi- another group of students $45.
Starting this semester the cost of son’s instructional program assistant. week, a time typically known for be- ty was offering free classes for a pro- “We wanted to make it accessible
group fitness classes stopped be- “The sizes have been incredible. ing filled with regulars. gram that mostly serves one group to everyone,” Wilson added.
ing a valid excuse to avoid leg day Our goal was to have a problem Ryerson Athletics decided to strip
at Ryerson University—and recent of too many people instead of not the fees to make athletics more ac-
class turnouts are proof, according enough,” she said, adding that many cessible to everyone, said university
to athletics. classes have had to be moved from recreation manager Andrew Pettit.
Ryerson Athletics removed smaller rooms in the RAC to the fa- A $45 fee per semester is an extra
fees for fitness classes—including cility’s bigger gyms due to the num- barrier that might stop people from
strength and weight training, yoga, ber of students showing up. becoming active, Pettit said.
spinning and zumba—at the Matta- “We need to fulfill our role in de-
my Athletic Centre (MAC) and Rec- ‘We wanted to make it livering wellness on campus, and if
reation and Athletics Centre (RAC). we can provide more opportunities
Until this year, students had to
accessible to everyone.” by removing financial barriers, then
pay a $45 membership fee each se- that’s where we have to go,” he said.
mester to partake in an unlimited There are currently more than 25 Pettit said the decision was also
number of classes. Instead of mak- classes that run every week at the influenced by Ryerson’s intramural
ing students pay for those classes out RAC and MAC. Classes in the stu- program being free.
of their own pockets, Ryerson’s ath- dios average 20 participants, while Male students make up the major-
letics and recreation budget is now classes in the gyms average 30, ac- ity of intramural teams—about 80
footing the bill. cording to instructional programs per cent—while group fitness classes
There have been “stark” turnout coordinator Evangelia Taylor. are favoured by women and gender The $45 fee for group classes was waived this year | PHOTO: LAURA DALTON

lowing incidents on Oct. 15 is the and turned off the lights as he left. But fear not, the two Breaking Bad- on you, just secure it somewhere.
BRIEFS & same man. First, an assault was re- Later that day, a student reported wannabes were barred and escorted Trust no one to watch your stuff
ported in Kerr Hall after the man the man was throwing an unlit ciga- off campus, to continue their finan- when you make a trip to the loo—
GROANERS entered a workshop. When asked to rette at the corner of Victoria and cial training in the world of dank not even the nice girl on the eighth
leave, he threw a helmet and bran- Gould streets. elsewhere, no doubt. floor of the library building. Try a
dished a broomstick towards indi- Totally legal business deal Just keep ya stuff on you, people locker instead.
By Nathaniel Crouch viduals in the room. Afterwards, On Oct. 17, Ryerson security was Just this week alone, a whopping At this point your carelessness
he entered a nearby washroom and called to the first floor of the park- 21 unattended items were stolen with your belongings is making the
Local man has hell of a freaking looked inside an occupied stall. He ing lot at 300 Victoria St. Two non- from buildings across campus. From Wet Bandits look like Vincenzo Pe-
day at Ryerson then threw pamphlets in the adja- community members were caught laptops to tool kits, cell phones to a ruggia (he stole the Mona Lisa once,
Note: the suspect in all of the fol- cent stall, which was also occupied, in the middle of a “drug transaction.” single bike seat, if you can’t have it history is cool).
For racially and
ethnically mixed
people, just being
a kid can be an
identity crisis

Photography by
Samantha Moya

family history and, perhaps most importantly, a real sense of When Small was 10, her sister gave birth to a daughter. But
Words by belonging. as a result of their soured relationship, she missed out on the
first few years of her niece’s life. “There’s a hole in my relation-

Tyler Griffin B ut where are you really from?” her teammate persisted, as ship with my niece…and it’s something I’ll have to live with.”
if it were the most normal question in the world to ask Having spent most of her life in a state of limbo, Small had
someone at a track and field meet. The answer was, of course, never known a place to feel like home until she returned to
Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, where Mckenzie Small, Barbados this past summer. It was her sister who introduced

G rowing up, I spent my summers in the damp heat of Bang-
kok, playing football with local boys whose language I
could hardly speak. The memories I have in my mother’s home-
a now-second-year forensic science student at the University her to the people and culture. Although she’s lighter than most
of Toronto, was born 19 years ago. Surely, she was just curi- of the people there, they never made her feel like an outsider.
ous, but Small knew her teammate just didn’t believe Small For once, she was at ease.
town, where half my family still resides, are vague: riding hors- was from here. It’s a game she’s played, reluctantly, hundreds But even with that, she’ll always have to wonder who she
es, practicing taekwondo, reading Roald Dahl by the beach and of times before. would have been if she had allowed herself to reach out to her
learning how to embroider from my aunts. I particularly always Small was the only biracial girl in her elementary school of sister during the first 13 years of her life. Her mixed identity
looked forward to Songkran, the Thai New Year’s celebration, 100 people. Questions of identity defined Small’s childhood as is also a mix of curse and blessing. Cursed to feel eyes on her
when the entire country takes part in the ultimate fantasy of an the product of a Ukrainian-Polish mother and a Barbadian fa- because she looks “different” every time she walks into a room.
eight-year-old: a nation-wide water gun fight. ther. As if there was a sense of doubt that didn’t apply to other Blessed with two Christmases, flying fish and Barbadian Cou-
I cried the majority of the 20-hour flight back to Canada, people when she said she was from Canada, the repetition and cou, and her grandma’s Polish Kapusta.
dreading the life I was returning to—the teammates on my emphasis on the “really?” reminded her of her otherness. She
rep hockey team who would address me strictly as “Asian” in-
stead of my name, the friends who would mock my mother’s
appearance, pulling back their eyelids when she walked out
struggled to find answers when people challenged her to pick
which side she was most comfortable with. T amara Habesch grew up knowing almost everyone in her
hometown of Amman, Jordan. When she went out with
Symonds categorizes those “really” questions, and similar friends, she’d see everyone she knew. “Who are their parents?”
of the room or the classmates who made dramatic gag noises comments, as microaggressions: unconscious expressions her mother would ask, because she knew every family. People
when I pulled out my Phat si-io and Yakult at school. of racism that come out in the form of seemingly innocent in Jordan are prideful of their roots. A culture of isolation and
But every time, I laughed along with it all. I didn’t want to up- questions. A common one for Black women is being asked if solitude reigns more in the Western world, but in Jordan,
set anyone, but I was desperate not to be reduced to the butt end someone can touch their hair—a gesture that Small knows all they’re passionate, highly-social and never without visitors.
of another cheap Asian joke. So I stopped speaking Thai and too well. In high school, every other visibly Middle Eastern person
told my mum I didn’t want to go back. I was intentionally rude “Of all the questions I get, most of them are about my hair,” was suddenly her sibling or cousin. They started making com-
to my relatives because some part of me blamed them for what Small writes in a piece for the The Globe and Mail. “Yes it’s hilari- ments on her Middle Eastern friends’ body hair, calling them
I faced at home. One day I sat down and pressed in the outer ous how I could hide anything in it. Yes, I do brush and wash it. “pube head.”
corners of my eyes for 10 straight minutes, hoping I could make Nope I’d rather not straighten it, I kind of like it. Fine, touch it. Out of embarrassment to call herself Arab, Habesch began
them look less squinty and to assimilate as a means to sur-
more like my blonde, Scottish, vive. She started faking a Ca-
blue-eyed father. I didn’t want nadian accent but the enuncia-
to be Thai anymore. tion of words were so different
The experiences of in- than they were in Arabic that it

dividuals who identify as would put a strain on her jaw.
mixed-race or ethnically “I’d go home and be in physical
mixed are unique in rela- pain.”
tion to privilege and identity, It wasn’t until she visited her

whether it be from being vis- brother at the University of To-
ibly excluded, to being made ronto, home to a diverse range of
fun of for an accent or having cultural identities, that she made
a home culture that differs a conscious decision to get out of
from the ones on TV. Those the suburbs and move to a more
experiences can contribute to multicultural city. She came to
a sense of being within and Ryerson and stopped assimilat-
without the community one ing, to a certain extent. For once
is supposedly a part of. she felt she could just be herself.
Dr. Camille Hernández-Ramdwar, a Ryerson associate My hair is a mobile museum for some people,” it reads. She even worked on losing her fake accent in favour of her
sociology professor, said that this “in-between” feeling cre- Black women face heavy social pressure to change their ap- natural one.
ates uncertainty for people on the outskirts of racial and pearance in order to fit European beauty standards. According Habesch still feels like an anomaly and her only solace comes
ethnic categories. Existing outside of those limits could to Symonds’ study, notions about beauty surrounding physi- from when she’s immersed in Jordanian culture. But being
mean being embraced, but there’s the risk of being reject- cal features like hair, nose and complexion are often revolved mixed means your identity isn’t always immediately accessible
ed—sometimes, it’s both. “It’s very destabilizing,” Hernán- around Eurocentric and caucasian features. to you—sometimes it’s there and sometimes it’s far away.
dez-Ramdwar says. One day, one of her cousins referred to Small’s hair as “Black Now, Habesch is trying to figure out who she is while si-
A 2017 Ryerson study from the faculty of community ser- hair.” She recalled feeling offended that she would ever call it multaneously trying to regain who she once was.
vices explored racism against mixed-race individuals, in which such a thing. Her white mother defended her hair in a way Experiencing extreme culture shock at a time when you’re
author Shala Nakaw Symonds, who has a masters in social that belittled the beauty of Black hair: “She has mixed hair, not supposed to be figuring out who you are for your adult years
work, touches on the need for community. When your culture black hair.” Too Black for the white girls and too white for the has its lingering effects, but she views those burdens with
exists outside of traditional and distinguishable ones, mixed Black girls, Small took to making friends with a group of Fili- purpose; they’re a reminder of how far she’s come fighting
people can be isolated and left without an outlet to share their pinx kids, who taught her about their culture and never made for her identity.
unique experiences with racism. One participant in the study her feel inadequate. “It had more to do with my insecurities Habesch returned to Jordan again this past summer. She felt
said they felt “‘stuck’ in white spaces,” with less sense of a com- than anything else, but I was grateful for those friends.” immersed in her culture as soon as the plane landed. The years
munity than a monoracial person might have. Although blending in or assimilating might work for some spent changing and adapting made it easier for her to step out-
At Ryerson, students have opportunities to learn about mixed kids, Hernández-Ramdwar says these options aren’t side of her comfort zone. Now she can adjust to any environ-
specific cultural identities by participating in student group available for people of non-white mixes. Kaylah Wilson, a ment or subculture, allowing her room to try new things and
activities, such as those of the South Asian Alliance or the fourth-year marketing student at Ryerson, often gets asked if to grow as a person.
Caribbean Students’ Association. But for people with multi- she speaks “Chinese.” “First,” she replies, “Chinese isn’t a lan-
ethnic identities, these groups can fall short, because they
don’t encapsulate their full experience. While a mixed iden-
tity collective could, in theory, have some sense of solidarity,
guage.” But shamefully, she replies no, and is almost always
pressed to justify why not. I didn’t cry once on the 20-hour flight coming back to Cana-
da from Thailand, where I spent my first summer since the
Wilson, removed from her Chinese origins, identifies more age of 10. I rekindled relationships with my family, made new
the different identities of each person makes common ground with her Jamaican side, and never even had the option of fit- friends and honoured old traditions. Thailand has changed a lot
hard to find. ting into white spaces. Hernández-Ramdwar attributes that since I was a child, but my aunts cried and hugged me the same
For those of us with mixed ethnic identities, assimilation lack of space for mixed race people to colonial history. “If you when they dropped me off at the airport terminal a decade ago.
is often a mode of survival. I learned quickly there were few could pass for European…your life was going to be infinitely I left, still facing doubt and uncertainty about my place in
spaces where I wasn’t an outlier, so I found ways to blend better than someone who wasn’t [able to].” Canada, but now with a better understanding of who I am and
in. I was white-passing enough to be included, but with For Small, suppression of her Black roots extended beyond where I come from. For the first time since I was 10, I felt
stark reminders that I was not the same as everyone else. her curls—she purposely distanced herself from her fully Black proud to be Thai. I looked out the window at the bustling city
A pseudo-acceptance from my peers made throwing away half-sister as children because she didn’t want to be associated infrastructure, the idyllic islands and clear blue water, at the
my cultural identity an easy trade-off. But as I grew older, I with her Blackness. She only saw her a few times a year, but crumbling temples and relics of centuries gone by. I’ll see it all
came to realize what I’d lost in the process: ties to relatives, didn’t make a conscious effort to do more than that. again soon, I thought.

STARVING ARTISTS how we can make projects that are

No money, Mo’ practicum problems
really good looking but don’t cost a
lot of money.”
Weiditch thinks the whole concept
of the practicum needs a redesign.
For Ryerson’s RTA Media and Film students, final year practicum projects define a “You can be sitting there on a shoot “I think everyone kind of having
four-year degree. That’s if they can afford it. Premila D’Sa reports. day with a broken mic and all that that level playing field of money
money you spent starts to go down would allow people to kind of just

T he night of Sept. 27 was an un-
usual one at Dance Cave—the
popular weekend dance spot above
the funding yourself, you can’t make
them, and Ryerson won’t help.
Practicums start at $500. But
“Crowfunding is just not as popu-
lar as it used to be,” he said. “I think
we’re just less inclined because it’s so
the drain because you’re not getting
proper audio,” said Weiditch.
Weiditch’s group also found fur-
be creative,” he said. “And to trouble
shoot technical problems as op-
posed to these kinds of production
Lee’s Palace. The club’s regular in- that’s a really low budget, usually common now.” ther financial trouble with The Cage’s problems.”
die rock playlist had been swapped only a reasonable budget for proj- Bobkin said their fundraising strict fines. He said while returning Weiditch has heard the “that’s just
out for psychedelic jams, and a few ects like “Sonic Haze”, an animated methods made sense because “Sonic equipment, the group lost a pouch the way it is” spiel too, but he said its
people were sporting some hot ‘70s short that doesn’t need actors, loca- Haze” was low budget, but he knows for a recorder—a cosmetic item he pushes back to a bigger institutional
attire. There were also an unusual tion permits and expensive filming it wouldn’t be a feasible option for said The Cage charged them $237 for. issue in the industry.
amount of Ryerson kids on the usu- equipment. More commonly, pract- practicums with bigger budget goals. “We were thinking we wanted “We spend a lot of time talking
ally University of Toronto dominat- icum projects start in the thousands; “There was no one really to turn about the industry as a place that
ed dance floor. usually hitting costs that sum up to to if you just needed the money,” lacks diversity,” he said. “This is 100
The theme and audience was more than a couple years of tuition. said Ki, recounting her fundraising “It’s kind of something per cent where those problems start.
planned. The night was organized “I’m spending more on this film process. She said the school doesn’t you have to accept “Right out of the gate that
by an RTA group promoting their offer much in grants. Even with the because you need to sends a specific set of people in the
final year practicum project. “There was no one to ones that are available, the criteria move forward with door.”
The event killed two birds with really turn to if you are strict. Many grants given out by trying to complete the Weiditch said that he knows of
one stone. The theme of the night the faculty require the film’s context project.” fellow students in the program who
was essentially an interactive ad for needed the money.” to touch on certain social issues. didn’t even bother pursuing practi-
their film “Sonic Haze,” an animated “Which is perfect if your practi- to reshoot—but at that point it’s cum because of the financial burden.
comedy based on the psychedelic that I have spent on anything,” said cum is like that,” said Ki. “But ours is like do we pay the EDC or finish “I feel like everybody deserves to
‘70s, and your Dance Cave cover, if Hazel Ki, another 4th year RTA just a fiction mystery thriller.” the movie?” have that at least one time, to pur-
you went, was helping fund it. student whose group is working on Bobkin, Weiditch, de Bem and Ki The practicum, for better or sue a project successfully and pract-
This practicum group was one of a 35-minute high school mystery added that they found a lot of ex- worse, is designed to emulate real icum is kind of like your one op-
many in Ryerson’s RTA program thriller. Her group’s Indiegogo was ternal grants didn’t qualify student life, something the students are portunity to be able to be allowed
figuring out ways to make money set at $10,000. Their production projects as recipients. reminded of. Ki said she’s “bitter” to make something guaranteed,”
to fund the projects that define their costs have gone above that. “There always seems to be an eli- about the fact that they’re paying to said Grosman.
four years at Ryerson. “It just kept adding up because gibility criteria that disqualifies us,” make their thesis film (there’s the For students like Weiditch,
Practicum projects are final year there were just more things that we said de Bem. cost of the course on top of the pro- who’ve still picked the practicum
creative projects put together by needed that we didn’t account for,” There is one grant specifically duction costs), but she said there’s route, the learning experience has
RTA students. They can take the she said. set out for RTA practicum proj- an “unspoken” expectation and un- been bogged down by the costs—
form of a short film, a web series pi- Ki and her group have paid a lot ects, the ORT Micki Moore Proj- derstanding in the program that ones that forced creative compro-
lot, or in this case, an animated short. of their project’s expenses from out ect Award. But it’s only valued at you can’t make a film without “time mises that drastically changed the
It’s an intensive process that starts of pocket. They’re relying on their $1000, given out to only three stu- and money.” original projects.
before their final year even begins parents help with transportation, dents, and requires a 3.0 GPA and a “It’s kind of something you have On Nov. 1, Bobkin’s practicum
and spans over three semesters. housing, food and more funding. budget form proving the student is to accept because you need to move crew will return to Lee’s Palace to
“It’s kind of your degree,” said Family support is a big factor in in financial need. forward with trying to complete the host their second fundraising event.
Alexander Weiditch, a fourth-year how well an Indiegogo campaign There’s also a personal contract project.” Toronto-based musician Luna
RTA student. can go, and if you don’t have a big that practicum participants have to Grosman said she has the same Li will be headlining. The event
one or any members that can spare sign, stipulating that they will put in understanding, but wish- will draw the group members’
“I’m spending more you some cash, you’re pretty much a certain amount of money. es faculty was more friends, the same ones enthusiastic
on this film than I’ve out of luck. “They tell you in first semester straightforward about enough to hit their psychedelic cave
“It’s almost nonsensical, the whole you will not be greenlit if you do not it. event in themed costumes. And
spent on anything” concept of Indiegogo,” said Wei- have a contract that says what each “It would’ve been they’ll bring more friends, who’ll
ditch. “No one’s Indiegogo goes viral of your members will be donating to more responsible willingly pay the $10 cover.
“I’ve heard it reiterated through- and gets random people to donate— the project,” said Weiditch. of our advisors It’s the cost of a couple acts, the
out my four years here that you it’s all family and friends. Even the stuff the practicum stu- to suggest that cost of a fun night, the cost to
can show them a piece of paper but “It’s almost luck of the draw at dents manage to get their hands on we don’t try fund a dream four tedious
no one in the industry cares about that point that you’re going to have for free from the faculty comes with these crazy am- years in the making.
that,” he said. “What they would one project member whose parents tight conditions. Groups can rent bitious things
care about is a short film that’s good. are generous.” out equipment from the Equipment to begin with
You do a good [practicum], it’s es- Weiditch’s group had no such Distribution Centre, colloquially or give us better
sentially your paper.” member. It meant some serious com- called “The Cage.” strategies of like
“This is the one thing that you’re promises for their project—they had But The Cage doesn’t promise
going to have to show for yourself,” to cut 10 pages out of a 30-page script availability. Students can book a cer-
said Shuli Grosman-Gray, another because they couldn’t afford the loca- tain time, but if a project before
RTA practicum student. tion needed to make the scene. it extends their use or the
But the process costs time and Stephanie de Bem, a fourth year equipment isn’t available for
money. Incredibly large amounts film studies student who’s working some other reason, they’re
of money—especially if you have an on two thesis projects—the image straight out of luck.
ambitious project. arts equivalent of a practicum—said “[They] could really fuck
Towards the last weeks of Sep- she and her group members have someone’s project if [they]
tember, what seems like barely any been saving up for years. go all the way along,” said
time into the year for the rest of “I personally have been setting Grosman. “It’s literally the
the student body, RTA practicum aside money from my summer jobs last possible moment where
students were already stressing. In- since first year for this,” she said. they could be like ‘just kid-
diegogo, an online crowdfunding Another thesis project she’s work- ding [about equipment].”
platform, consumed their Facebook ing on is depending heavily on pa- On top of that, Cage staff
feeds, their Instagram stories and rental loans. isn’t available on the week-
their lives. Whatever platform they Ryan Bobkin, a member of the ends. So if the equipment is
could ask you to donate on, they did. “Sonic Haze” project, said his group faulty, there’s no way of get-
There’s a big reason they sounded turned to Dance Cave as a fundrais- ting your hands on a work-
so desperate—the reality of practi- ing alternative because of something ing machine unless you rent Shuli Grosman-Gray’s practicum group is producing a short film about kids escaping captivity
after a troubling incident
cums is that if you can’t figure out he describes as “Indiegogo fatigue.” externally. | PHOTO COURTESY: MILK KIDS

Don’t call it a After taking three years off from playing the sport she loves, Brett Hagarty is back and looking
to make an impact on the Rams women’s volleyball team

By Tom McCabe volleyball in her fourth year.
Knowing she wanted to keep play-
Brett Hagarty considers herself to be ing, she reached out in 2015 to Reid
a rookie on the Rams women’s vol- and expressed interest in switching to
leyball team. Ryerson. The idea didn’t pan out, and
Although 24 years old, with a de- it was then when Hagarty figured she
gree from Queen’s University and was likely done playing the sport she
three years of experience playing loved. She then put her focus toward
Ontario University Athletics (OUA) completing two more years at Queen’s
volleyball on her resume, she is to earn a film studies degree in 2017.
blurring the line between rookie After spending her first year out
and veteran. “Oh yeah, I think I’m a of school working a few jobs and
rookie,” Hagarty said, followed by a travelling, it seemed like “real life”
chuckle. “[I might be] the oldest one had begun. That was until a run
at Ryerson, but [I’m] still a rookie.” in with Rams assistant coach Tine
Her route to Ryerson certainly Lee on the beaches of Ashbridges
differs from her new teammates. Bay this past July, where Hagarty
While initially recruited out of high- was coaching Team Ontario’s beach
school by Rams head coach Dustin volleyball team.
Reid, the outside hitter opted for Lee noted the openings on the
the tricolour of Queens University, roster at the outside hitter position.
where she played three seasons for Knowing Hagarty still had two years
the Gaels between 2012-15. of eligibility left out of the five that
all U SPORTS athletes are granted,
he tried to gauge her interest in re-
“[I might be] the
turning to the court.
oldest one at Ryerson, “I thought he was joking, but Even though Hargarty (pictured left in a Rams jersey and right in a queen’s jersey) hasn’t played competitively since 2015, the Rams think they
but [I’m] still a rookie” he was being serious. From there can get a lot out of her this season | ILLUSTRATION: ALANNA RIZZA
I started thinking about it,” said
Hagarty, who had not played com- themselves in need of strong serve native to compete, noting that her looked at her as someone who could
petitively in nearly three years. “I receive players. communication and desire to succeed be a leader and a contributor,” Reid
Individually, Hagarty found was so excited, because I had known “That’s a difficult area to replace alone can help win rallies. “What she’s outlined. “She wasn’t given anything,
success. In 2013, she was named to Dustin since high school and I [re- at any time and I think it’s one of really good at is finding a number but she certainly didn’t take long to
the OUA all-rookie team. In years ally] wanted to play for him.” the skills Brett possesses,” explained of ways to contribute and help the earn some of that trust.”
two and three, she was named an What started as a joke in July Reid. “Whenever you’re proficient team. I think whether it’s attacking Hagarty’s journey to Ryerson may
OUA second team all-star and was morphed into a reality by the in a skill that’s important and that or serving or even blocking, you see seem unconventional, but the next
recognized as one of the better middle of August. With two years we need, that provides an opportu- the true all-around player, and those two years will allow her to compete
players on the team. Additionally, of eligibility remaining, Hagarty nity right away.” are hard to come by.” with a reignited passion for the sport
Hagarty played with the Canadian has roughly the same amount of Joining a successful program she has so long cherished, while
Junior National team the summer time it will take to earn her second excites Hagarty, and despite the age providing closure on her varsity
heading into university and spent undergraduate degree, this time “I want to win. Win the gap between most of her teammates, career. This season, she’ll be joining
the following summers training in business management from OUA, win a national she’s grateful to be involved with a team with multiple OUA all-stars,
with Team Ontario. Ryerson’s Chang School. championship” what she describes as “an amazing who are fresh off a national title.
On the court, Hagarty had begun On the court, Hagarty also seems group of women,” with added When asked her goals for her final
crafting an impressive career. How- to fit perfectly with the defending emphasis on amazing. Although two years, she barely had to think.
ever, off the court, she found herself national champions. After libero she insists she’s a rookie, Reid said “I want to win,” she said. “Win the
unhappy. A coaching change in her Julie Longman graduated and out- Reid is also quick to point out that her maturity has already allowed OUA, win a national championship.
third year led to turbulence and she side hitter Janelle Albert moved it’s not just Hagarty’s ball control her to develop a voice of leadership. After that I can get a real job, but for
ultimately decided to press pause on on from Ryerson, the Rams found skills that will allow the Aurora “It didn’t take long before the team now I want to win.”

Working her way to the top
women’s youth national programs “Coaching the best players in said the Halifax native. “It put me in
from ages ranging from the U16 our country and going against the a different position, which I was re-
level. Her biggest accomplishment best players in the world. [I’m] ally appreciative of...I got to look at
with the youth program came in really trying to make sure that I’m the game a different way.”
Rams women’s basketball head coach Carly Clarke has translated 2015, when she contributed towards learning things throughout the Using these learning experiences
her collegiate success to the national level, earning a reputation as Canada’s first gold medal at the FIBA
Americas U16 Championship.
journey,” Clarke said.
One of those things was serving
as a pedestal, the Ryerson coach
translates her time with the national
one of the best coaches in Canada “She has demonstrated the ability as an assistant, a role that Clarke team to guide her Rams’ squad to de-
to develop athletes and has excelled embraced despite normally working velop as a program. Despite reciev-
By Chris Sanders coach turning the team into a legiti- at every level, including achieving as a head coach. The last time Clarke ing an automatic berth as the host
mate force in the OUA. During her historic results at the international worked as an assistant coach was in of the U SPORTS national cham-
In 2012, Carly Clarke took the job as seven-year tenure as head coach for level as head coach of our women’s 2008, when she helped the Dalhou- pionship this season, Clarke’s goal
head coach for Ryerson’s women’s the Rams, Ryerson has qualified for age-group national teams over the sie Tigers’ women’s basketball team. remains the same as it would every
basketball team. Now, she’s regarded the playoffs every year. In 2015, her past seven years,” Denise Dignard, year. With star players in Sofia Paska
as one of the best coaches in Canada, team set a program best 16-3 record director of Women’s High Perfor- “[I’m] really trying and Cara Tiemens leading the way,
which has been largely credited with to go along with the team’s first mance, told Canada Basketball in a to make sure that Clarke is looking to guide her team
her ability to upraise one of the uni- OUA gold and U SPORTS silver fin- press release. I’m learning things to national glory.
versity’s top athletic programs. ish the following year. Her most recent work represent- “I always want to grow and get
Before Clarke’s arrival, the team Clarke’s success in the OUA war- ing the maple leaf was this sum-
throughout the better and with that being said,
never surpassed the semifinal round ranted a role with the women’s na- mer‘s FIBA Women’s World Cup, journey” our program is always trying to
of the Ontario University Athlet- tional senior team in 2017, provid- assisting Canada to a perfect group expand. Over the past six years, our
ics (OUA) playoffs. Things have ing Canada invaluable experience, stage record, before the team’s loss to “It was my first time being an as- program has evolved, but our goals
greatly changed since then, with the as she previously coached various Spain in the quarterfinals. sistant in a really really long time,” haven’t changed.”
10 FUN

Mother Nature enrolls at Ryerson
Mother Nature will enroll in the Bachelor of Arts program to discover herself after being given 10 years to live
By (One) Concerned Citizen There are two people who aren’t
freaking out about how much time
The world has 10 years to live be- we have before the earth burns.
fore reaching an irreversible tem- Technically, it is really only one
perature change that will change person, seeing as the other is Jeff
the face of this planet in horrible, Bezos, someone who doesn’t do
unimaginable ways. shit but constantly tries to make
This news has been the work of life here into the Bad Place, so he
centuries of unchecked pollution doesn’t count.
and unsustainable use of Earth’s The only person really not
natural resources. stressed by this news is Mother Na-
Regardless of the debate behind ture, not just because she arrived in
this news, and the inevitable ques- Toronto after weed was legalized
tion of “is it too late?” it’s easy to see but because of where she was head-
the panic taking over. ed: good ol’ Rye high.
People are now taking an extra She’ll be working towards a Bach-
0.567 seconds of thought before elor of Arts, majoring in English. Mother Earth studies hard after being given the terminal illness of “humans” not too long ago | PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA
throwing what is clearly disgust- She’s headed to Ryerson University
ing garbage into the recycling bin, and will be using the logic of “What Like any good Ryerson student, finally understand the minds of the as “humans” spreading and not
according to the Human Collective courses can I take that will tell me to she’ll try to take seven courses in billions of people that have been seeming to slow down despite the
of People Who Want to See Their go read books, then not actually go the fall semester but will barely pass screwing her over since the indus- countless documentaries, studies
Grandchildren Play Outside (HCP- read them?” for the entirety of her five. Nature will be taking courses trial revolution. and just OK James Cameron space
WWSTGPO). time there. like Intro to Psychology, so she can When she gets assigned to read A movies that have warned people
Midsummer Night’s Dream, she’ll no of climate change and pollution,
doubt be confused by the Sparknotes Mother Nature will now be enjoy-
Crosswalk light at Gould and Church streets page about the book, as it absolutely
doesn’t do the masterful play justice.
ing her next few years being hip and
disovering herself.
is still trying its darndest despite construction No word yet on if Mother Nature
will also pursue a minor, however,
There doesn’t really seem to be
any way to stop this chronic con-
like any good arts student it’s guaran- dition from spreading and the
teed to change every three months. HCPWWSTGPO is very adamant
Her wish to become a Ryerson about what Mother Nature enroll-
student is surprisingly understand- ing in a post-secondary education
able, according to scientist Duke El- really means.
mont at the HCPWWSTGPO. “If she truly has only 10 or so years
“Mother Nature is experienc- to live, this will easily take up half of
ing what we commonly see in trees it. Just think of yourself in her shoes,
when they’re zoned to be cut down surrounded by people that’ve done
or when pumpkins learn it’s fall sea- nothing but drain and exhaust you.”
son,” he said. When asked how that differs from
“The usual responses to death are the average student experience, El-
trees looking for hobbits to carry mont changed his answer.
around and pumpkins reading the “She has given everything for the
recipe for what kind of lattes they’ll people she’ll now study beside. In
be blended into.” that crappy movie cliche way, she’ll
PHOTO: ASHANTI ANDERSON With the terminal illness known be there, in the end, for humans.”

By The Other Crosswalk Light The crosswalk light refused to cars can no longer drive, was the hot
make a statement to The Eye. They spot of shitty, rich drivers. I can not Hello students! Tis’ I, Nathaniel Crouch, the Fun & Satire editor. I hope
The watermain upgrade construc- only insisted on everyone under- count the amount of Teslas I saw everyone has been keeping warm and staying afloat in school. The next
tion on Gould Street that we all standing, “You may now walk”, “You breaking Mach 2 down Church street. few weeks are only going to get colder, therefore this weeks contest will
know is really to discover an an- now have 16 seconds to walk,” and, It is still my dream to get smacked by be something to really warm up your frigid, calcium-deprived bones.
cient sarcophagus has drawn the “STOP WALKING.” a Tesla owner, someone you know Laughter is a very good way to get some feeling back in your fingers and
attention of Brendan Fraser as well The intersection in question was will just throw money at a problem to nothing makes someone laugh more than a really, really shitty pun. If
as hate from Ryerson students for always a place where the rules were make it go away.” you’ve got one that’s so bad it’s good, please share it below. You’ll be en-
how crappy the construction makes slightly ignored, with students jay- Reports say it will only get worse tered to win a $25 Metro gift card! Just cut out this piece of the newspaper
walking around campus. walking and cars acting like a mak- for the crosswalk light, as contruction and bring it to our office, SCC 207 (look for the X-Men box of destiny).
Yellow fences now block off ing a right turn only meant slowing is planned to stop by 2056 or when- Stay warm and happy punning, Ryerson!
Gould Street, leaving only the side- to a nice 40 km/h. Now, as construc- ever Jennifer Keesmaat wins any
walks and some designated passag-
es clear for students. The intersec-
tion goes well into the fall semester,
students are in awe of the light and
election, which ever comes first.
The crosswalk sign could do what Set-up:
tion at Gould and Church streets is how unfazed it is. YouTubers are doing­ —stop func-
one of the places the troublesome “Just look at that little fucker go!” tioning in the face of many people
construction comes to an end. At said Alex Balogne. “Literally just a they don’t know telling them they
this end, constantly working, is a
crosswalk light that has never been
waste of electricity at this point and
its still got the guile to tell you when
suck—yet reports say otherwise.
This crosswalk light is planning Punchline:
more irrelevant. or not to walk. Incredible.” on staying positively lit throughout
The intersection of Gould and
Church streets is now a three way
Dennis Biggins, a struggling
fourth year student, was outraged
the semester, and most are for it.
Because it wouldn’t be a university Email:
intersection as opposed to its usual that students may have ever listened without having something tell you
four, meaning the crosswalk light
have literally zero purpose.
to the crosswalk light.
“This intersection, especially where
to do one thing and only be able to
watch as you do the exact opposite. Name:


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