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Volume 52 - Issue 16

February 6, 2019
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NEWS 3

WHAT IS SESXIONS ENTERTAINMENT? Here’s the
news you
RSU’s Loud Fest concert was put on by an organization that has no contacts, office or corporation status missed out
By Sherina Harris on because
and Emma Sandri
of the RSU
Sesxions, the company that put on
Loud Fest, the Ryerson Students’ scandal
Union (RSU) winter concert, is not
a registered company in Canada. The
Eyeopener has not been able to contact By Raneem Alozzi
anyone from the company, and avail-
able information on a domain lookup In addition to the Ryerson
search was incorrect. Students’ Union (RSU) finan-
Loud Fest took place at Rebel cial scandals, there has been
nightclub in Toronto on Jan. 19. It lots happening on Ryerson
was headlined by Tory Lanez and University’s campus recently.
also featured Ramriddlz, Rajan and Here’s what you missed over
| PHOTO: JOSEPH MASTROMATTEO
Jordan Solomon. the last two weeks:
A motion requesting a break- Will the RU-Pass be op-
down of Loud Fest’s expenses and said Sesxions Canada was registered who’s done this for RSU in the past,” president equity Karolina Surow- tional next year?
revenues passed at an emergency as a proposed corporate name for a Bristol said. iec—all said they did not have the According to the ministry
Board of Directors (BoD) meet- Canadian corporation on Jan. 9, 2019. At the Feb. 1 meeting, Dharshini login information for Universe. of training, colleges and edu-
ing Feb. 1. At the meeting, student A proposed corporate name is a re- Jay, the union’s financial controller, Sofo said Ganesh was the third cation, existing transit passes
groups director Maklane deWever served name for 90 days, after which said the RSU made two payments party’s point of contact for the will be deemed mandatory
said it was unusual that Loud Fest time it expires. It is not the same as totalling $300,000 to a company event. When asked by a student at essential services when stu-
was run through a third-party entity having a registered corporation. that she called Lit—which is what the meeting why the president was dents choose to opt out of
without the help of the RSU events Loud Festival Inc. was registered the concert is listed as in the budget. more responsible for the concert certain ancillary fees.
committee. twice as a proposed corporate name— Jay said she was asked to make a than the vice-president student life It is still unclear if the RU-
There was $470,000 alloted for once on Sept. 8, 2018 and again on third payment of $100,000 plus taxes and events, Sofo said the president Pass falls under the category
the concert, according to the RSU’s Jan. 9, 2019, according to an ecore in December to a company called Ses- has the opportunity to oversee any of existing passes because the
2018-19 budget. employee. The date of the concert xions. This brought the total spent portfolio or project within the RSU. referendum took place in Oc-
DeWever said the motion that was announced Jan. 11. to $415,000, she said. She said when tober 2018.
Steam leak closes buildings,
ordered a forensic audit into RSU fi- A preliminary search on the busi- she asked why the payment was go-
It would have been more
nances will have a scope wide enough ness name registration database Nu- ing to a different company, she was all now open
to cover the concert’s expenses. ans gave the same information. told that the first company’s website transparent to include the BoD Ryerson buildings reopened
The Eye used a WHOIS lookup to In January, RSU president Ram was hacked and that Sesxions was the on Feb. 5 after they closed on
find who registered the Loud Fest Ganesh told The Eye that Sesxions company’s new name. Management for Ramriddlz said Feb. 1 due to mechanical is-
website, loudfestival.ca, which the owned and operated the Loud Festi- Jay did not respond to a request that they had asked to contact Ses- sues from a burst steam pipe.
RSU used to promote the event. val brand. Ganesh did not respond to for comment in time for publication xions on the phone. They never Classes in the architecture
The website was created in Sep- request for comment for this story. when asked who told her to make received a phone number and building, Eric Palin Hall, Sally
tember 2018 and is registered under the payments. said everything was done through Horsfall Eaton Centre, the
the name Loud Festival Inc. When At the meeting, deWever and email. Management for Rajan also Monetary Times building and
The Eye called the office address list- The person who answered Faculty of Community Services di- said they were contacted through Kerr Hall East were tempo-
ed for the company, the concierge the phone...denied any rector Cristal Hines said the board email. The Eye reached out to that rarily relocated to local hotels,
said the building was not renting affiliation with the RSU violated RSU bylaws by hiring a email address, as well as one pro- churches and other buildings.
space to any company by that name. third-party that was not voted on vided by Ganesh in January, and Another rally against
A co-working space within the by the board. When the board ap- received no response. Doug Ford’s OSAP changes
building also confirmed that a com- Ganesh told The Eye in January proved the union’s budget at the Management for Tory Lanez and Unless you’ve been living
pany called Loud Festival Inc. had that INK Entertainment worked on beginning of the year they approved Jordan Solomon did not respond to a under a rock, you’re prob-
not been using their office. production and show management. the finances to go toward Lit Fest— request for comment in time for pub- ably aware that the Ford
The administrative contact for the Orin Bristol, INK’s director of ven- the name of the concert in the bud- lication. Rebel also did not respond. government has cut down
website was listed under the name ue operations, said he met with a man get—not Loud Fest, the name of the In 2017, The Eye reported that some on provincial financial aid
Charlie Frank, but the person who who represented Sesxions. According concert that actually happened. student money dedicated to 6 Fest re- for students.
answered the phone number listed to Bristol, the man is a DJ who works Alessandro Cunsolo, a Faculty funds not only went into executive’s Students took to the streets
under that name denied any affili- in the industry, but didn’t have previ- of Engineering and Architectural personal bank accounts, but also into again on Feb. 4 to protest the
ation with the RSU, Loud Festival ous event-planning experience. The Science director, said while using a private business account owned by provincial government’s re-
Inc. or Sesxions Entertainment. The payment to INK came through Sesx- a third party may have helped the Ganesh, called MERCH. cent changes to post-second-
man said he signed up for the phone ions, he said. event be successful, it would have At the time, Ganesh could not ary funding policies.
number in November 2018. “He’s not a person that puts togeth- been more transparent to include comment on how much of the stu- The rally was organized by
Ecore, a business search service, er big festivals, but neither is anybody the BoD in the planning process. dent refund money was in the ac- a student group called Stu-
Jay said Ganesh estimated the count. He was not an RSU employee dents for Ontario.
concert would bring in $50,000- when he owned the business. Ryerson in Brampton:
$60,000 in ticket sales, but added When the BoD passed a motion coming soon
she can’t confirm this as she hasn’t ordering an audit into the finances Ryerson is launching an
received the money yet. She also for 6 Fest, where $79,996.81 was innovation hub in Brampton
said Ganesh expected $350,000 in transferred into then-vice-president this spring. The Catalyst, a
sponsorships for the concert, but student life and events Harman centre for cybersecurity, will
nothing came through. Singh’s personal bank account, no include teaching and applied
Tickets for the event were sold action was taken until the new ex- research, development and
through an event management ecutive assumed office. policy development in the
website called Universe. Susanne Nyaga, the following years’ field, according to Ryerson
The three executives present at RSU president, said her team had no president Mohamed Lachemi.
the Feb. 4 emergency meeting— obligation to follow through on a mo- In January, Ryerson began
vice-president operations Savreen tion passed by the previous BoD. offering two cybersecurity
| PHOTO: JOSEPH MASTROMATTEO Gosal, vice-president student life With files from Raneem Alozzi and courses out of Brampton
and events Edmund Sofo and vice- Sarah Krichel. City Hall.
4 EDITORIAL

Don’t dump the RSU, change it Online
Skyler “And our bedtime, 8:15” Ash
Fun
Nathaniel “Burned Tyler” Crouch
Contributors
Sofia “Aquamarine” Ramirez
Bryan “Knows ping pong” Meler Khaled “MANILA” Badawi
By Jacob Dubé Copy Editor and Taylor “LUZON” Ball
Arts and Life Circulation Manager Adrian “IS” Bueno
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) Tyler “Burned by Nathaniel” Griffin Igor “Circ stan” Magun Laura “THE” Dalton
executives still have not justified the Isabelle “TRUE” Espaldon
expenses on the credit cards they Editor-in-Chief Media Podcast Producer Valentina “ALL” Passos Gastaldo
were never supposed to have, which Jacob “Custard Kryptonite” Dubé Parnika “Don’t ask” Raj Elizabeth “Up and running” Boyd Hana “STAR” Tanasijevic
are alleged to total $250,000. Katie “Making progress” Swyers Catherine “Paint me like Lachemi”
On Jan. 26, Ontario premier Doug News Pernia “Get real glasses” Jamshed Interns Cha
Ford—who announced last month Raneem “Daily reminders” Alozzi Alexander “Mysterio” Moore Cole “Ryerson hipster trash”
that his government will be making Sherina “We’re fine w math” Harris Sports Christopher “’Invisible man” Sarkar Brocksom
campus ancillary fees, like the RSU’s Emma “Jello” Sandri Peter “Thotiana” Ash Daphnee “News took my story”
and ours, optional—tweeted a link Christian “Tim’s Bits” Ryan General Manager Lacroix
to the RSU credit card news. He jus- Photo Liane “Pastry devil” McLarty Manus “O Captain My Captain”
tified his policy and said it was made Alanna “Hit me with your Greek Biz and Tech Hopkins
to cover this kind of fee abuse. shot” Rizza Izabella “The dobrest pies” Advertising Manager Tom “I can get down with that”
It’s easy for students to start Celina “Canadian tuxedo” Gallardo Balcerzak Chris “Pros and cons” Roberts McCabe
thinking like that, but when some- Elana “Week early? Sure” Emer Hayden “You guys rock” Godfrey
thing is broken, we don’t just throw Communities Design Director Joe “No problem fam”
it away. We fix it. Features Lidia “Runs the world” Abraha J.D. “Dog expert” Mowat Mastromatteo
Sarah “Going to Montreal” Krichel Libaan “just say thank you” Osman
Rosemary “this is fun” Akpan
Kieona “BLACK” George
Tajae “POWER” Gustavus
Latoya “hip-hop queen” Powell
Adriel “grind” Smiley
Ruhama “superstar” Dechassa
Alex “Overcrowding” Clelland
Ben “Math whiz” Hargreaves
Madi “We get it you love
spiderman” Wong
Mah-Noor “Feel better soon”
Mubarik
Kiernan “Came to say hi” Green
Valerie “On the phone” Dittrich
Will “Vegan king” Lofsky
Daniel “Loves innovation”
McIntosh
Heidi “Also loves innovation” Lee
Mina “Who wants to be a lawyer?!”
Alam
Kashish “Who wants to be a
politician?!” Hura
Kelly “Kerr Hall” Skjerven
Rhea “Oh-snap” Singh
Giulia “Paparazzi” Fiaoni
Raizel “Duck, Duck, Duck”
Harjosubroto
Gavin “Goose!” Mercier
Julia “on the go’s” Mlodzik
Brynn ‘OH-SNAP OSAP” Anderson
Sam “the sensual” harley
Eli “waffle votes” savage
Cassy “wizard” morrison
Lyba “Thunder Puppies” Mansoor
Andrea “Ain’t no top” Josic
Zachary “Legally Blonde” Roman
Carolyn “Hates Clothes” Galganov
Sheldomar “I’m vegan” Elliot
Faven “supermodel” Abera
Shaquille “artsy fartsy” Bulhi
Cassandra “Queen” Fullwood
Maryan “Them eyes” Haye
Carolyn “Eleventh hour” Galganov
Tamara “Ain’t missing this”
Zayachkowski

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BLACKOUT ISSUE P. 5

THE SHIT WE DON’T TALK ABOUT
By LIDIA ABRAHA they’ll never talk about the time the East African
Student Association bulletin board was set on fire in
Racism manifests differently for every minority group, 2008, or the time a Black student activist was sent
and it’s even more complex for folks with intersecting death threats in 2009, or the time Ryerson got a D
identities. When I first stepped on campus four years in diversity by the anti-racism taskforce in 2010. Al-
ago, I had a hopeful feeling of what university life would though these events happened in the past, where can
entail. Being from North Carolina, I will always aware of we point to the progress? Is it the establishment of
how my identity would be compromised, misconceived the Vice President Office of Equity, Community and
and challenged in every non-Black setting I entered. De- Inclusion? Because last I heard, they fired one of their
spite Ryerson’s diverse student body, I have witnessed few Black employees, Carol Sutherland, when she
and experienced racism at every level of campus—micro- was on medical leave.
aggressions in the classrooms, teachers getting me con- My time at Ryerson has taught me that initiatives
fused with the only other Black student in the class and don’t translate to progress. Having an office for equity,
neglect and harsher treatment from students and faculty. diversity and inclusion is meaningless when we know
It was clear that there was an appreciation for our a completely different story within these walls.
multicultural institution, and that there are initiatives Our experiences seem easy to erase, especially when
that are meant to further equity, diversity and inclu- there aren’t any public student data sets that represents
sion principles. But there was a clear disconnect be- our concerns. I want to know how many Black students
tween Ryerson’s efforts and the needs of Black com- are likely to graduate compared to white students. I
munity members. want to know how Black students are represented in
I organized this special issue because I know that my each faculty. I want to see the acknowledgement of the
experience is not unique to this campus—Black people longevity of Blackness in our curriculum across the
are just never given space to talk about it. In this is- board. I want an assessment of the anti-Black climate
sue, we’re going to get more into the shit we don’t talk on campus, so we can’t be dismissed when we talk
about. This is a small taste of what the Black experi- about our experiences on campus.
ence at Ryerson looks like. This includes, but is not There’s no goal here, nor any groundbreaking dis-
limited to our legacy, anti-black racism in the class- coveries in this issue. Just our stories, made entirely by
room, being Black in faculty, mental health, athletics a team of Black writers. This issue is told by us, for us.
and commuting. This is how we see campus, Ryerson’s student body,
Ryerson loves to use diversity as a buzzword, but administration and faculty.

C R E D I T S
MANAGING EDITOR
LIDIA ABRAHA

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
JACOB DUBÉ

VISUAL EDITORS
RUHAMA DECHASSA
CELINA GALLARDO

CONTRIBUTORS MODELS
ROSMARY AKPAN FAVEN ABERA
PETER ASH SHAQUILLE BULHI
KIEONA GEORGE SHELDOMAR ELLIOT
TAJAE GUSTAVUS CASSANDRA FULLWOOD
LIBAAN OSMAN MARYAN HAYE
LATOYA POWELL
ADRIEL SMILEY
P. 6 ORIGINS

BLACK IN SPORTS athletics was first challenged by former athletics direc-
tor, Ivan Joseph, when he was hired in 2008.
By PETER ASH Joseph, who was born in Guyana, first points of ac-
tion was to diversify Ryerson athletics programs. In-

R yerson has made strides in diversifying their athlet-
ics programs, but it doesn’t erase the experiences that
creasing Black representation was a top priority, be-
cause he knew how it felt to be misrepresented. “When
you looked at the diversity of students as a general body,
Black athletes carry with them. it was quite good. Then when you looked at it across our
Trying to break from stereotypes isn’t easy, especially athletic teams, we were significantly underrepresented.”
when the odds are stacked against you. No one knows During his time at Ryerson, he helped the athletics
that better than Rams athletes Kryshanda Green and department move to another level. From hiring men’s
Jama Bin-Edward. basketball coach Roy Rana, to leading a successful refer-
Playing in a predominately white sport, Green who endum in which students voted in favour to acquire the
is the current captain of the women’s hockey team, viv- Mattamy Athletic Centre, Joseph slowly helped the school
idly remembers having to deal with all sorts of problems develop into an athletic powerhouse while making sure
growing up as a Black hockey player. “I got my first taste that athletes of colour were still attracted to the school.
of racism when I was 11 years old,” she said. “I was play-
ing against a team and we ended up winning…during
the handshake at the end of the game, I had three girls
on the other team call me the N-word.”
“THREE GIRLS ON THE
Green says the experience changed her perspective
OTHER TEAM CALLED ME THE
on life, and from there, she started to realize that she
had to work harder than everybody else. When it comes N-WORD”
to Ryerson, Green said that she’s noticed a change, but
nothing astronomical. “ It’s good to see that we’re taking
little steps,” she said. Even though there have been steps taken to change
As a forward on the basketball team, Bin-Edward said the culture of the school, it’s clear that there are still
she observed other people close to her deal with racism. more steps to go when it comes to Black representation
“My sister…[and I] used to go to tournaments and stuff,” and athletics.
she said. “She was the only person of colour on the team, Despite all that he has achieved, Joseph still feels like
and she used to get [racist] comments on the sidelines.” he has to be the hardest worker every day. Now at the
While nothing can minimize the Black athlete experi- vice-provost of student affairs at Dalhousie University,
ence, Ryerson has tried to create a new chapter within Joseph credits his no slacking mentality for helping him SHIT YOU DON’T SAY TO YOUR
BLACK FRIEND
their athletic community—but it wasn’t always this way. throughout his career.
According to a 2016 report from Ryerson’s office of “Every day, I think about making sure that nobody
equity, diversity and inclusion, 55 per cent of students has an excuse to say he got this job because he’s Black,”
identified as racialized or of visible minorities. he said. “I know that I have to outwork everybody, be- By ROSEMARY AKPAN
“When I took the job at Ryerson, I was shocked at the cause there’s always going to be somebody wanting to
lack of diversity among our student-athletes across our put me down or [pick on me], because of the colour of Dear non-Black folks,
athletic teams,” he said. However, the lack of diversity in my skin.”

BLACK IN RADIO
No matter how harmless or funny it may seem in your head, there are
a few things you probably shouldn’t say to a Black person, especially
one you consider to be your friend.
By LATOYA POWELL “The black community—geographically dispersed and It doesn’t matter how close you two are, or if you’re also a (non-
generationally fractured—became an imagined whole Black) person of colour, it will undoubtedly come off as offensive or

T he Black community has made many contributions
to Ryerson that tend to go unrecognized, such as the
while listening to the radio, it was as if our lives and our
cultures were valued and celebrated,” said Campbell.
The Fantastic Voyage quickly became the “umbrella”
ignorant. You probably feel like you already know what and what not
to say. But just in case you needed a quick refresher, here are a few
things you definitely shouldn’t say to your Black friend.
first hip-hop radio show in Canada. for the hip-hop community and industry. “[CKLN] be- “All lives matter”
Ryerson’s campus radio station CKLN 88.1 FM was came that meeting place, that special thing that united, All lives cannot matter until Black ones do. PERIOD
the hub of hip-hop music in Toronto in 1983. Although bonded, recognized and gave credit to all of these forces
the station lost its license due to non-compliance and that were uniquely Canadian, [and] needed to be heard, “Can I touch your hair?”
infighting, their impact on the Black community will seen and represented,” said Nelson. There will never be a time when the answer is yes...unless there’s
never be forgotten. In 1989 Adrien King, also known as DJ X, launched a bug in it. However, that is a very rare scenario so the answer will
“They had provided consistency and accessibility to his show Powermove with the support from Nelson. undoubtedly be NO.
hip-hop and developmental opportunities to artists in The two were powerful influences within the Canadian The N-word
the city so they have been absolutely essential to rolling hip-hop world for the following 13 years. “I used to lis- It doesn’t matter where you’re from, who you grew up with or
out and developing the culture,” said Mark Campbell, an ten to [The Fantastic Voyage] religiously,” said DJ X. how you heard it, there will never be a plausible reason for you to
assistant professor at RTA school of media production. The hip-hop programming at CKLN helped pave the say it. This also goes for the kids reading Lord of the Flies out loud
CKLN “lifted” the anti-blackness that blanketed To- way for many Canadian hip-hop artists like Micro Fresh during high school English class.
ronto according to Campbell. “[CKLN] revealed the West and Michie Mee to promote their music. CKLN
hidden genius of Black diasporic cultural production.” was also the first to broadcast the Pride march and col- “You look just like [insert famous Black celebrity]”
laborated with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. Stop. Nine times out of ten we don’t look anything like the person
“At the time the station was considered to be radical,” you’re about to compare us to.
“IT WAS AS IF OUR CULTURES said Tien Providence a Jazz programmer at Regent Ra-
WERE VALUED AND CELEBRATED” dio. “It was the only alternative...to pop radio.” “I don’t see colour”
The influential impact that DJ Ron Nelson and DJ X Like Jackie Aina said, “If you don’t see colour, what do you do at
had on the Black community has only recently been rec- a traffic light?” By not seeing colour you’re choosing to ignore the
ognized within the Ryerson community. Campbell, who years and history of oppression Black people have faced and still face
Ron Nelson was a first-year RTA student when he is also the founding director of the Northside Hip Hop today. It’s important to see our colour in order to understand that
was introduced to CKLN in 1983. Within his first few Archive is trying to facilitate this effort. “I’m working with even though it is different than yours, it’s still equal. So when ours is
months working at the station, he was fired due to how Ryerson archive and Toronto Public Library to make sure not being treated equally you’ll hopefully understand the discontent.
frequently he played urban music. “I kept knocking on it that these things are accessible to students. You know,
the doors of the radio station to get back on the air,” said flyers, audio from the actual radio shows. All that’s stuff, Although this is just a short list of things you shouldn’t say, let this
Nelson. A few months later a CKLN staff member of- I’m in the midst of digitizing with the Ryerson archive.” act as a guide for any other random urges of offensive things you
fered him his own radio show, and the The Fantastic Voy- Campbell is also working towards integrating Nel- think are OK to say to your Black friend.

c e r e l y ,
Sin
age was conceived. The show was dedicated to hip-hop son’s work into the RTA curriculum. “In my curriculum
and funk music, and received approximately 350,000 lis- when I teach classes I’m able to use it, but I want all of
teners, according to Campbell. DJs, MCs, breakdancers, the professors at Ryerson, and elsewhere, to have access Your Black friend.
clothing labels, record labels and artists would come to to this material—to get first-hand audio archival of hip-
the radio station to show their support. hop’s earliest years in Toronto.”
EDUCATION P. 7
BLACK IN
THE CLASSROOM
his face for diversity,” said Diverlus. “Years ago, the [RSU]
brought Drake, but that same year they fired a Black wom-
en on maternity leave.” She goes on to ask: does Ryerson
By LIDIA ABRAHA

F
stand for Black students?
While Ryerson has been awarded for their progress
ourth-year RTA student Jay Roomes remembers feeling on diversity, Black students know of a complete different
weary about her white professor with dreadlocks. Although he experience when they walk through these halls. When
was a great teacher, she couldn’t help but think about her older- Hansel Smith, a third-year business management student,
brother having to shave his dreadlocks when he graduated law walked into his advisor’s office, he was hopeful to find op-
school as he got ready to enter the workforce. tions that would help him pass his classes. Instead, the ad-
“Having dreadlocks was going to be too much for so many visor was “hostile” and repeatedly told him he needed to
workplaces, and he [couldn’t] afford that,” said Roomes. She take school seriously.
listed many similarities between her professor and her brother; “He wasn’t helpful, he was probably looking at me and
both were very intelligent and aware but, “one of them is allowed judging the way I look,” said Smith, who had faux locs at
to have dreadlocks and one of them is not.” the time. “If [he] knew what I was going through [he]
Racism at Ryerson manifests in many different ways for racial- wouldn’t be saying this,” said Smith. “It was very aggres-
ized folks, but the experience is more complex for Black students. sive.” Neglect and harshness are on the very long list of
For Pascale Diverlus, an alumni from Ryerson’s School of Jour- what characterizes anti-Black racism. That same day,
nalism, the experience streamed her into a career of advocacy Smith was coming out of the washroom when two wom-
and activism. She remembers being surprised by the “rampant” en saw him come up the stairwell, screamed and then ran
anti-Black racism on campus, even though her hometown of away. “That made me feel so bad. Usually, I don’t even
Hamilton, Ont. had a small Black population. mind things like that. I will call it out when I can, but that
While sitting in The Eyeopener’s office lounge in front of a really hurt me,” said Smith.

BLACK
display of past Eye covers, Diverlus points to a cover from 2012 It’s easy to feel tokenized when discussions around race
which features Sheldon Levy sitting with his arms crossed and and identity surface in the classroom, Black students often
his snapback tilted to the side. feel they’re being looked to challenge the opposition, said

IN FACULTY
“There is no bigger example [of] how this campus utilizes and Suliana Embaye, a second year politics and governance
pushes out Black people than this,” she said. “This is the same student. “That’s a lot of pressure to put on people and some
person that did nothing for Black students. Absolutely nothing. people don’t like that.” Embaye said professors have a
Then you see him co-opting.” For the past four years, Ryerson responsibility to navigate anti-Black racism by By KIEONA GEORGE
has been named one of Canada’s top 100 employers for diversity. calling out students directly. “Even though
Without sufficient public data sets, there’s no way to confirm you don’t want to attack anybody, in Canada, we don’t wanna blow it up into a bigger thing.”

S
Ryerson is doing enough to promote diversity, equity and inclu- you shouldn’t just graze over Stating the race of desired candidates on a job posting could
sion principles throughout campus. the subject because that’s ensure applicants have the cultural background relevant for
Diverlus knows this all too well. The Black faces inflated not doing anyone a ince the course.
on posters by Jorgenson Hall, the Mandela Walk—all of the service.” 2017, the Office of the “Just openly [saying] or implying that there’s going to be [a]
grand gestures never materializing into tangible policies to Vice-President Equity and preferential treatment. I mean we can’t do that,” said Henry
make campus a safer place for Black students. Rodney Diver- Community Inclusion (OVPECI) has Navarro, an associate professor at Ryerson’s School of Fashion.
lus, her brother and former president of Ryerson Students’ been releasing annual employee diversity Diversity is a core value for the school of fashion’s vision, said
Union (RSU), was on a Ryerson flyer—she assumed self-ID data to track Ryerson’s progress towards Navarro, but it would not be possible to state the race of de-
to promote their diverse campus—even though representation. While there was some progress—in sired candidates since fashion is not in a, “cultural studies field,
he faced obstacles as a Black student on 2016, 27 per cent of full-time faculty promotions went even though it does clash directly on those things.”
this campus. to racialized faculty—there was evidence of a gap in rep-
“This institution has put me resentation between students and racialized employees.
and so many Black stu- Only two per cent of full-time Ryerson employees are
dents through hell, Black, while the number of Black students stood at seven “IN CANADA THERE IS LESS
and [you’re] per cent. OF A LEXICON FOR RACIAL
blasting This year, we experienced the firing of one the most in-
fluential Black faculty members on campus, Carol Suther- DISCUSSIONS”
land. The Eyeopener previously reported that Sutherland
was fired from her position at the OVPECI by Ryerson’s
administration while on medical leave. Navarro said that it is important for students to see them-
One of her initiatives was the Black Faculty and Staff selves reflected in their professors, so minority students can
Community Network (BFSCN), formed in 2016. It was see that, “they might be able to achieve the accomplishments
created to support and introduce Black faculty and staff to that they have achieved,” said Navarro.
each other and help Black students find mentoring, schol- Charles Falzon, dean of the Faculty of Communication and
arships and academic help. Design (FCAD) said it’s been clear since the beginning of his
Sutherland said she had been organizing the network term that there was an imbalance in terms of diversity but
since 2015. “I had to do that very quietly because it’s a there has been progress and he estimates it will be three to five
group that gets the most reprisal.” It has not been con- years until FCAD gets to a significantly better balance, “The
firmed if the BFSCN will continue, even though Suther- thing is it takes time.”
land’s email is still on the contact page. When asked if there was anything specifically taking place at
Ryerson has been named among Canada’s top 100 em- FCAD to improve the amount of Black faculty, FCAD director
ployers for diversity for the last four years. However, in of communications and special projects, Marie Crosta, said in
2016, Black employees composed of 15 per cent of the to- an email, “FCAD is committed to keeping [equity, diversity,
tal group of racialized employees. and inclusion] top of mind in all its hiring practices.”
Ryerson has partnered with Equitek Employment Eq- Danielle Taylor is the only Black employee in the profession-
uity Solutions to help their job postings reach more di- al communications department as the internship and alumni
verse candidates, said Nora McAllister, a strategic lead in liaison. “I would love to see a Black person on our faculty,” said
recruitment and equity employment in Ryerson’s Human Taylor. Part of communications is storytelling through differ-
Resources department, in an email. ent lenses and having a diverse faculty can open new perspec-
Cheryl Thompson, assistant professor in creative in- tives for students, she said.
dustries, said departments should make the job postings The purpose of providing the information available in the
more attractive to Black candidates. She has come across employee diversity report is to help bring about change, said
U.S. postings stating that they are looking for an African- the OVPECI in an email. There are many different initiatives
American candidate when concerning a job on African- that have been building over years at Ryerson to increase the
American history or culture. However having a similar diversity of faculty hires, which includes increasing the num-
practice here in Canada would spark controversy accord- ber of Black faculty members, said the OVPECI.
ing to Thompson. “If the mandate is diversity of thought, diversity of ideas,
“Just generally speaking in Canada there is less of a lexi- and yet you have the same demographic of the person teach-
con for racial discussions,” said Thompson. “[Since] we’re ing you, [otherwise] it kind of doesn’t match,” said Thompson.
P. 8 OUR LIVES

son, it took until May for her to meet with a profes- As a result, it can feel as if counselling isn’t an op-
sional. Receiving academic accommodation wasn’t easy tion for marginalized people. Susanne Nyaga, former
either. “From my experience with being diagnosed and president of the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU),
talking to professors at Ryerson, who are in programs opened up the Wellness Centre last year. The centre
that are considered to be anti-oppressive framed, I had was created as a response to gaps pointed out within
the worst experience,” she said. the current mental health resources that were avail-
She remembers one of her professors refusing to ac- able on campus.
commodate her, saying she had to figure it out on her
own. “In terms of Black women and our experiences
with mental health, we aren’t given compassion at all “THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE
[compared to] our [non-Black] women counterparts.”
May said that if it wasn’t for Carol Sutherland, for- BLACK THERAPISTS WHO ARE
mer enrollment services representative, she wouldn’t MORE ACCESSIBLE”
have been accommodated and wouldn’t have been able
to finish school. When the medical centre didn’t fol-
low up with May, Sutherland helped her find a doctor
to be able to finally receive the academic accommoda- “Those coming from racialized bodies, trans bod-

BLACK & MENTAL HEALTH tions she needed.
Sutherland said that when May trusted her enough to
ies or intersecting identities weren’t able to access
these spaces as full people,” Nyaga said. Speaking to a
By TAJAE GUSTAVUS open up to her about her mental illness, as a staff mem- counsellor who doesn’t understand how racism would
ber, she felt like she had a duty to help. She also founded impact your mental health does not help break down

M ental health is rarely openly discussed in the Black community.
Juannittah Kamera, Ryerson’s health promotions program coordinator,
the Ryerson Black Faculty and Staff Community Net-
work in 2014 which was created to provide mentorship
for Black students.
what you’re going through, she adds.
The Wellness Centre was intended to be a holistic
space that addressed wellness from a mental, emo-
says that the issue isn’t always related to stigma, but an overall lack of Having staff that looks like you and that can relate to tional, physical and spiritual aspect for students who
knowledge about mental health. Black communities in Canada often face you is an instrumental part of protecting Black mental didn’t fully resonate with going to counselling.
unique challenges and systemic barriers that can negatively impact their health. Aside from staff representation, access to Black The Eyeopener previously reported the RSU was
mental health, said Kamera. therapists is also important. planning to re-open the Wellness Centre by the end of
This is the unfortunate reality that many in the Black community encoun- “Ryerson has not taken the time to really help out February 2019. Before that, the space was being used
ter when facing mental illnesses. Part of what Kamera does at the Student racialized, Black and Indigenous students,” said Suther- as a storage room, workspace for the students’ union,
Health Assistance and Resilience Program (SHARP) is help students put a land. “Not only do we need psychiatrists who relate to and a “hang out” space, as told by an employee.
name to what they are experiencing, so they can find the right services. Black students because of the colour of their skin, but Last year, the Public Health Agency of Canada al-
Kelisha May, a fifth-year social work student, says that she didn’t seek psychiatrists who understand anti-Black racism.” located $19 million to Black-centric mental health
help until she had hit her lowest point. “I hit rock bottom. I think a lot of May, like many others, found trouble accessing ser- services. “Having the capacity to provide a space that
the time that’s when Black people reach out for help.” vices that helped her. “There really needs to be more allows students to bring their full selves and address
May was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder in February 2018. While she Black therapists that are more accessible because the few their wellness, that should be something Ryerson’s al-
was trying to get on medication and receive accommodations from Ryer- therapists that I have had have all been horrible.” ready doing,” said Nyaga.

BLACK ON TRANSIT you take, any sudden movement, all eyes are on you.
“If you’re gonna stare at me, I’m gonna stare at you too,”
Last year, Reece Maxwell-Crawford was tackled to
the ground and pinned by multiple TTC officers. He
By LIBAAN OSMAN said Augustine Onuh, a second-year chemical engineering suffered from a concussion, dislocated shoulder, and
student. “We all paid two or three dollars to get on here, so back injuries. He is someone I knew from high school

I t’s 8:20 a.m. when I arrive at King station. I drop my two dollars and 10
cents in the collector’s jar and lower the music blaring through my ears—
I don’t deserve to be stared at and made uncomfortable.”
This is an eerie feeling for Black folks on the TTC.
I remember witnessing people stare in my direction
and is now suing the TTC for racial profiling and as-
sault allegedly without justification. But nothing can
rectify the toll it took on his mental health.
just in case the TTC inspector calls me back and asks me to prove that I’m and then look away once I made eye contact. It makes Maxwell-Crawford was an athletic, funny, person-
a student. It doesn’t happen often, but I anticipate every time they will and you feel alienated, as if you don’t belong here, and that able individual, but the incident changed his life. He
I’m not taking any chances. you’re unwanted in someone else’s space. dropped out of school and moved back in with his
When the train doors swing open, I wait for everyone else to get on ahead Steppin on the train, as a Black person, it feels like you mom. The fact that common fears about the TTC
of me. I’m not sure if that’s the mannerism I was taught, or if I’m used to tak- need permission for every move you make. “I would rath- within the Black community actually happened to him
ing what’s left for me after everyone else chooses first. As I step on the train, er be uncomfortable standing, than be sitting and feeling is heartbreaking.
it feels as if I’ve triggered an alarm at a clothing store, with eyes looking at me physically uncomfortable because there are eyes on me,” Between 2009-2017, the Toronto Star reported
like they’ve never seen a Black man before. As per usual, people begin to stare said Sarah Crowe, a fourth-year media production student. 128 complaints from the Human Rights Tribunal of
from the moment I step onto the platform up until the moment I get off. I tell There’s always a need to keep to ourselves—that if we Ontario were made against the TTC for discrimina-
myself to act natural, even though I did nothing wrong. look one way or say one thing, a dangerous situation tion due to race, colour, ancestry and citizenship—and
We all have our complaints about the TTC—the annoying constant de- could unfold in a matter of seconds. “I feel like with the that’s only the amount that has been reported. I never
lays, or how ridiculously crowded it gets during rush hour. My concern officers, they actually expect you and want you to do stuff felt as though anyone treated me differently because
with the TTC is different, and sadly, it’s not a fixable one. In my early days that will implicate you, they’re just waiting,” said Xavier of the colour of my skin growing up, but when I start-
of high school, getting on the TTC wasn’t exactly a problem. I was sur- Ajilore, a first-year business management student. ed travelling alone on the TTC, I woke up.
rounded by friends and people I would call family. We did everything from The best way for me to avoid any potential confron- Thankfully, spoken word poetry gave me the abil-
travelling, to grabbing lunch to coming home together. But I was seeing tation is to leave my house super early in the morning, ity to express my feelings in a way I never thought
the world through a tainted mirror. hopping on the subway when it’s empty, around 7:30 I could. Subway rides still aren’t the greatest experi-
When all my friends graduated, I quickly learned how uncomfortable a.m. That way, I won’t have to be around a ton of people ences, but since I found an outlet, I feel one step closer
the TTC is for a Black man. It feels like you’re being watched. Every step and I can ride in peace. to conquering the TTC.
SPORTS 9

Ex-stretch yourself
Even though it might seem like a minor step, stretching
is essential to an athlete’s process
By Tom McCabe progress through the sport. But un-
til they are sidelined, the advice is
It’s no surprise to hear that the life often put aside.
of a student athlete is exhausting. Adam Simac, a former profes-
The mental side of juggling class- sional volleyball player, now the
es, study hall, a social life and pos- assistant coach and strength and
sibly a part-time job is often com- conditioning coach for the women’s
pounded by the physical demands of volleyball team, says that it wasn’t
one’s sport. until he was playing for money that
Daily practice and workouts, in ad- he started to dedicate extra time to Rams women’s hockey forward Laura Ball left) and goaltender Fanny Vigeant (right) stretching before their upcoming game
dition to games and frequent travel, taking care of his body. Nowadays, | COURTESY: ALEX
can quickly add wear and tear to the he works to instill a commitment to
human engine. As many teams’ sea- body maintenance in the athletes he Perhaps the person who under- severity, Camacho can usually iden- “Dr. Google” at your fingertips al-
sons get into what is often referred to works with. stands this sentiment more than tify a common theme. lows instant information on various
as “the dog days,” stretching and body “It’s unrealistic for athletes to anyone is Jerome Camacho, Ryer- “It usually ties into some flexibil- stretching techniques and routines,
maintenance become an equal, if not think they can just show up and son’s head athletic therapist since ity issues,” he says. Stretching prop- in addition to the growing popu-
more crucial component of success. start moving around and that they 2008. Tucked in his clinic in a back erly can both prevent an injury from larity of foam rolling, yoga and ice
When asked about stretching, a won’t get hurt,” says the former corner of the Mattamy Athletic happening and is one of the key baths. He also notes the importance
topic often met without much ea- Team Canada middle blocker. “Be- Centre, Camacho and his team treat components of an athlete’s rehab. of sleep and nutrition as recovery
gerness, many athletes will confess a ing a student-athlete, it’s a different up to 40 different athletes a week for However, Camacho understands tools, since both areas can quickly
similar thought. world...you’re always on the go.” a wide variety of aches and ailments. that hearing how important stretch- get ignored under the stress of a var-
“I wish I started stretching a lot ear- Simac went through it and ing is can become repetitive. sity schedule.
lier,” admits Rams fourth-year goalie understands time is everything “It’s unrealistic for “It’s usually the same spiel when Waiting to tweak a hamstring or
Taylor Dupuis. In the net, a goalie is at the varsity level. However, he athletes to think they they’re sitting at the table,” he ex- strain a hip flexor can surely be an
pulled a variety of different ways in an feels there is still room to grow plains. “And they’ve heard it before, unwelcome wake-up call, and lead to
instant, therefore being flexible is an among athletes understanding the can just show up and [so] it’s not new to them.” hearing the same spiel from Cama-
unwritten job requirement. importance of properly taking care that they won’t get While it is Camacho’s job to keep cho or one of his staff.
Dupuis continues to explain that he of their bodies. hurt” athletes healthy, he says that at the While the process can be tedious,
only started taking stretching serious- “It’s one thing to be told to do end of the day, it’s a two-way rela- it’s clear that athletes, coaches and
ly after his first major injury around something, but when you come to Camacho says each sport has hot- tionship. Athletes need to be respon- athletic therapists all agree taking
the age of 18. Since then, it’s become the realization of how important spot areas for injury: for basketball sible and put in the time if they want care of one’s body is vital to perform-
an integral part of his routine. “Right [stretching] is yourself, you’re much it’s the knees and ankles, volleyball to stay healthy. ing at the varsity level.
now I take it more serious than any- more likely to buy in to what you is shoulders and knees, hockey is the Luckily, the education and aware- Stretching may not look as sexy
thing,” he says. need to do,” he added. “That doesn’t hips and groin, and soccer is a lot of ness around body maintenance has as a dunk, a goal or a glove save, but
It’s a similar fate for many ath- just apply to your body, it can apply lower back, knees and ankle prob- improved since Camacho arrived they’ll never happen unless the body
letes; they’re told to stretch as they to anything in life.” lems. While each injury will vary in at Ryerson. He explains that having is prepared and taken care of.

Paddling through the storm
B team) and a women’s team. vember, the squad travelled to Wa- tion], but it was two entire teams sit-
It’s something Malick didn’t think terloo, where they finished third ting across from each other, cheering
would happen so quickly, consider- overall. But their solid finish wasn’t off instead of watching a table tennis
ing the relatively low popularity of even the story of the event. match. All of the other teams were
the sport in Canada. “We are one of the more hyped looking at us like we were weird, but
At a young age, Malick developed [and] energetic teams [there],” said for us, we were having the time of
an interest in the sport. He played at team vice-president Victoria Yumul. our lives.”
the club, high school and recreational “Our team spirit is constantly there. After that, the two teams met up
levels and was looking forward to Even if we know the game is going and ended up building a solid re-
playing at the collegiate level. to be a [loss], we are [still] cheering lationship with each other, some-
The Table Tennis club really started from the bottom, going from 30 to over 200 mem- Unfortunately, he quickly found them on.” thing that Yumul attributes to the
bers in their five years of existence | COURTESY: RYERSON TABLE TENNIS out that Ryerson didn’t have a team. program’s willingness to have a
So, he decided to take matters into “We are one of the good time.
By Peter Ash ton Hofmann. “If you have [these his own hands, as he worked with more hyped [and] Given the overall growth of the
skills], it helps your ability to make the athletics department to get the program, the group is looking to one
Reflexes, determination and spirit. quick decisions.” Having played the club started. energetic teams out day make the team a varsity club.
What do those three things have sport since his high school days, After figuring out what he needed there” With over 200 members in the
in common when it comes to table Hutton Hofmann got his spot on the to do, Malick officially started the club and teams that have had a decent
tennis? According to Ryerson’s team after talking to the captain and club in 2014. Yumul, who’s been at the club for amount of success, Malick says that
squad, they mean almost everything. founder, Mustafa Malick. “When I look back at the prog- the last four years, also says that the the goal that he imagined five years
Loaded with a team full of ener- “I saw the [tennis] tables at the ress, from where we first were to club has managed to create meaning- ago is slowly coming into fruition.
getic and high-spirited individuals, [Recreation and Athletics Centre where we are now, it just makes me ful relationships with other schools Similar to most clubs, Malick un-
the group has relied on these three (RAC)],” he added. “One day, some- feel like anything is possible,” said due to their team spirit. derstands that the process may never
things throughout their five years body came up to me and said ‘Hey, Malick. “When we first started, we “It was our school against Guelph,” go through, but he still goes back to
of existence. that’s Mustafa, he’s the president of had about 30 people in the club... she added. “And it was basically the his “anything is possible”mentality.
Fourth-year environment and ur- the Table Tennis Club’.” now, we have over 200 people who biggest possible cheer-off. Most “People at Ryerson didn’t even
ban sustainability student Jack Hut- After they finished playing, both are [involved].” people think the table tennis [crowd] know what table tennis was,” Malick
ton Hofmann says that reflexes might Hutton Hofmann and Malick de- With both the club and the team is a mixture of tennis and golf...like said. “Now, we’re at that point where
just be the most important of them, cided that they were good enough rising in numbers, the group has most people think it’s pretty quiet.” we have two tables in the RAC, two
as it helps in aspects outside of sports. to start a legitimate team within managed to have a consistent turn- The cheer-off got so intense that the in the student centre and two at the
“Reflexes and coordination are a the club. Four years later, the group out on a weekly basis. game almost became an afterthought. [Mattamy Athletic Centre], so it’s
daily part of everyday life,” said Hut- now has two men’s teams (an A and In their latest tournament in No- “Of course we were [paying atten- just getting bigger and bigger.”
10 BIZ & TECH

Bridging the pay gap between tech workers Duck, Duck,
NOT Canada
Less pay isn’t the only reason women are four times less likely to work in tech. Raizel Harjosubroto has the story Goose
Vu and his team also struggled not surprised to see the pay gap be- By Gavin Mercier
with the fact that three men were tween women and men tech work-
analyzing the data and writing the ers in the report. From peacoats to colourful
report. “We made sure to include Although Marsillo said there have snowboard jackets, your outer-
women experts on this issue in ev- been many efforts to being more in- wear can say a lot about you. In
ery step of the way.” clusive and accepting “in terms of cold cities like Toronto, a coat is
Vu emphasizes that men have pride, women and those in margin- both a necessary and a personal
a crucial role to remedy the pay alized communities,” she felt that statement. Canada Goose jack-
gap between their female coun- student groups like Science+ are ets—as seen in advertisements
terparts. He noted that they must necessary in taking those steps, es- featuring rugged mountaineers
work together in empowering pecially for marginalized students in and arctic adventurers—are
women and creating a safe space the STEM community. touted as some of the warmest
for them in tech industries, es- “We desperately needed a group on the market. But with prices
pecially when the cultural barri- like this just to combat those is- starting at $800, a Canada Goose
ers are a reality for many women. sues, to educate people who may coat raises the bar.
Combating societal barriers not be malicious, necessarily, but According to Forbes, the
Complex strategies and initia- just are a little bit ignorant and company sets the mark in the
tives are needed in order to combat how to navigate dealing with peo- financial world with revenues
these differences, said Dr. Wendy ple that [may not] look like you or growing 77 per cent since 2015.
Cukier. The Ted Rogers School of speak like you,” Marsillo said. But their business practices are
Management professor whose ex- Science+ is a student group at controversial—animal activists
pertise lies in disruptive technolo- Ryerson that “advocates for all recently attacked the firm for
gies, innovation processes and di- marginalized folks in STEM,” ac- sourcing coyote fur.
versity said that these issues are not cording to their Facebook page. Still, there are cruelty-free
just surface-level—they are deeply They were officially ratified as a and sustainable alternatives
The report outlined almost a $20,000 pay gap between sexes | PHOTO: ELANA EMER rooted in our society. student group in 2018. available. Canadian company,
“Part of what underpins this [pay “Being in computer science, it’s Frank and Oak, for example,
According to a Jan. 2019 report out industries, not just tech, he did not gap] are really deep, culturally em- been a male dominated program,” produces outerwear made with
of Ryerson’s Brookfield Institute know it was to this extent. bedded values and behaviours,” Cuk- the Vice President of finance for Sci- both recycled and humane ma-
of Innovation and Entrepreneur- Vu and his team encountered ier said. “You need equally complex ence+ said. “But it’s the reason why terials. Winter coats are priced
ship, there is a pay gap of nearly their first challenge when retrieving strategies to counter these. It’s not groups like Science+ need to exist… between $149 to $350.
$20,000 between male and female the data for the report from Statis- like there’s one thing that will fix it.” marginalized communities are kind Aziz Mohammed, a third-
tech workers. tics Canada. They realized that the Cukier said that the roots of of being shafted in STEM right now.” year environmental and urban
The report, completed by re- census did not track the gender of these values may be why women “I think people in privileged posi- sustainability student, com-
searchers Viet Vu, Creig Lamb and Canadian workers. Instead, Stats are also less likely to negotiate their tions need to be helping in speak- pared winter jackets to mo-
Asher Zafar, found that women’s Can just tracked their sex. salary than men are. “As a result, ing out [about these problems],” she bile phones: “Some people buy
salaries average to about $75,000 their lifetime earnings are going to said. Marsillo adds that, for example, Apple for the name. I think it’s
per year, while men’s average at be lower than men. When women students should be more comfort- the same thing,” he said.
$95,100 per year. “Part of what underpins do try to negotiate in exactly the able asking professors to speak up on A 2011 study suggests that
The report defines tech workers this [pay gap] are same way that a man would ne- these types of issues—where there is luxury brands “prompt favor-
“as individuals that either produce really deep, culturally gotiate, instead of being assertive a divide between those who are priv- able treatment in social interac-
or make extensive use of technol-
embedded values and and confident, they are viewed as ileged and those who are not. tions” leading to financial ben-
ogy, regardless of industry,” includ- pushy, demanding and shrill.” Science+ holds meetings and efits like jobs and promotions.
ing both digital and high-tech oc- behaviours” In addition, men are more likely gatherings for those in all commu- For some, however, buying
cupations like software developers, to be coached and mentored in their nities at Ryerson. Their upcom- a Canada Goose isn’t a matter
engineers and scientists. “[Stats Can] only tracks some- careers than women. She said that ing bystander intervention event is of flaunting status but simply a
Vu, an economist at the Brook- one’s sex assigned at birth,” Vu having someone that helps you nav- open to those who want to be better way to beat harsh winters.
field Institute, emphasizes that said. “We asked ourselves, ‘OK, are igate the culture is a huge advantage. allies. “We hold these events to edu- “It’s kind of mandatory for
Canadian tech workers, in gen- we doing justice by using sex as a The importance of allyship cate [everyone] on how to navigate a Canadian winter,” said Fer-
eral, get paid more than non-tech source of data rather than gen- Lauren Marsillo, a fourth-year certain situations, where they see nando Saino Michan, a sales
workers. But the numbers of the der?’…[we need to] improve our computer science student, said men someone being treated poorly but associate at Nordstrom. “A lot
pay gap surprised him. While he understanding and collecting of in privileged positions should be don’t know how to step in,” she said. of people go crazy to have that
knew the pay gap existed across all data surrounding gender issues.” acting as better allies. Marsillo was The full report is available online. logo on their shoulder.”

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