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Volume 52 - Issue 18

February 27, 2019
Since 1967


LAST shot
at gold


Forensic audit into RSU finances to start this week

By Valerie Dittrich Ryerson University is withhold- Ryerson University who specializes they found and then they would be “If there was a misuse of the
ing funds from the RSU until the in forensic audits. the background support as to why credit card, whoever the wrongdo-
The forensic audit into allegations results of the audit are available. According to Yarmolinsky, the they concluded there was fraud or ers were, I think there’s a significant
of misspending of student finances DeWever said the audit will also findings of a forensic audit could not fraud,” Yarmolinsky said. chance that criminal charges could
by Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) look at the RSU’s current financial potentially result in a lawsuit. The Criminal Code of Canada de- be laid against whoever those par-
executives will start this week. policies to see if they can be more PwC did not respond to request fines a fraud charge as anyone who ties might be,” said MacDonald.
The RSU is currently finalizing rigorous, along with determining if for comment in time for publication. falsely defrauds the public or any The amount is important, he said,
their engagement with Pricewater- the completed audit has any data that Yarmolinsky said forensic audits person of property, money, valuable because there are different charges
houseCoopers (PwC), according to could be grounds to take legal action. typically have three steps: first, to security or any service. for fraud under and over $5,000.
the union’s lawyer Alexi Wood. set an objective to determine what “If it’s over $100,000, it’s consid-
“We’re getting the ball rolling,” said they’re looking for in the audit. The “Is it intentional? Is it ered a large scale fraud…[and] then
RSU preisdent Maklane deWever, “I think there is a significant second is collecting evidence, which the consequences in terms of the
negligence? Maybe it’s neither”
who was elected after the former chance that criminal charges usually entails gathering receipts, penalty go up,” he said.
president was impeached. could be laid” invoices, cheques and other relevant Yarmolinsky added that it’s im-
He said the RSU is taking the alle- documents, along with conducting portant the forensic audit is done by
gations of financial mismanagement interviews with the people involved Robb MacDonald, a criminal de- an external third-party, like PwC.
under the former president seriously. “The stakes are a lot higher in a in the investigation. fense lawyer who runs his own prac- “If it’s an internal, someone can
The Eyeopener previously reported forensic audit because it could po- The third and final step is writing tice, said any potential charges would call it a [wash] and could be protect-
credit card statements under the tentially go to court,” said Larry up the report and presenting findings. depend on who did the spending and ing someone; but a third party has
names of the former RSU president Yarmolinsky, a finance professor at “The report would conclude what how far out of line it was. nothing to lose and nothing to gain.
and current vice-president opera- There’s no need to protect anybody.”
tions that showed thousands of dol- | ILLUSTRATION: CELINA GALLARDO But Yarmolinsky said people
lars of purchases in food, clubs and al- shouldn’t jump to conclusions. “We
cohol. At a board meeting, the RSU’s have to ask what happened. Is it in-
financial controller confirmed a total tentional? Is it negligence? Maybe
of $273,000 was spent between May it’s neither. We don’t know yet.”
1, 2018 and Feb. 1, 2019. DeWever said he will do what he
The audit will begin by looking can to make the audit results public,
into the credit cards and “expand and is committed to sharing the re-
as necessary” into other areas PwC sults with Ryerson administration.
recommends such as the Loud Fest While a forensic audit could take
concert. It will tie in with the RSU’s several months to complete due to its
year-end audit. scope, Yarmolinsky said he believes it
“What we’re hoping to accom- is in good hands with PwC.
plish is to answer the questions stu- “They don’t want to do it over-
dents have been asking, investigate night,” he said. “If something is done
the allegations and see what kind of quick, you’re going to wonder if
steps can be taken,” deWever said. they did a thorough job.”

RSU to reinstate GM, increase financial transparency

By The News Team They planned to split the position Faculty of Arts director. “We need a just because it’s so big.” a right to know,” he said.
into two new roles, one focusing on professional to oversee what’s hap- DeWever said he also wants the Fotak said the RSU could increase
The Ryerson Students’ Union human resources and one focusing pening and to make sure this stuff RSU to make their quarterly finan- trust from students by being more
(RSU) plans to reinstate the gen- on communications, finances and never happens again.” cial updates available to students, as inclusive in elections.
eral manager (GM) position as one RSU general operations, according DeWever said he is also planning well as reports on expenditures. “For a long time it’s been the
of several steps to increase student to former president Ram Ganesh. to host a town hall, increase the The RSU releases one audited fi- same insiders club and just the
trust, according to union president amount of financial documentation nancial statement per year. DeW- same two slates will just change
Maklane deWever. “[Having a GM is] essential to available to students and cut down ever said this audit costs $35,000, their names every two years and
The Eyeopener previously report- the RSU being a trustworthy the size of the board to increase so the RSU wouldn’t want to hire run again,” he said.
ed on credit card statements that members’ agency. an auditing firm for all of the qua- “I think when you make students
showed thousands of dollars of instutiton” He said the goal of his town hall is terly updates. feel like you can actually get in-
spending on credit cards under the to “change the dynamic at the RSU volved, that’s when they start trust-
names of the former RSU president DeWever was elected after Ga- so it’s more about listening rather ing again.”
and vice-president operations. nesh was impeached. than telling.” “They’re using the RSU Sukhmani Nijjar, a third-year bi-
In May 2018, the executive team “I think [having a GM is] essential “I think the big overlying thing credit so it’s something ology student, said the RSU needs
fired their GM on their first day in to the RSU being a trustworthy in- comes down to oversight,” deW- every student has a right to be more transparent because no
office and dissolved the position. stitution again,” said James Fotak, a ever said, adding a smaller Board to know” one knew two executives had credit
of Directors (BoD) would help cards for months before The Eye re-
achieve this. pored about it.
He said when a board has a larger According to the RSU’s bylaws, “If they are making decisions like
amount of members, directors look the vice-president of operations is that, [they should] make sure stu-
around and assume someone else required to present quarterly finan- dents are just in the loop,” she said.
will speak up. “When it’s smaller, cial statements to the board. Fahim Khan, senate representa-
you have more agency,” he said. In January, deWever told The Eye tive, said he hopes changes to the
The RSU BoD currently has 40 no financial statements had been financial policy and the structure of
members, including the five mem- presented during the 2018-19 ex- the RSU will create greater trans-
bers of the executive team. ecutives’ term. parency between the board and the
“It’s a great idea. I think it will Alex Nguyen, a third-year busi- executive level.
definitely increase accountability,” ness management student, said he “I am constantly hopeful, but
said Fotak. wants to see more regular finan- there’s so much work that needs
“It’s really easy for directors on cial statements from the RSU—and to be done over the next two
the current size of the board to kind thinks other students do, too. months,” he said. “The workload is
of hide and not be held accountable “They’re using the RSU credit so heavy...we’re slowly moving in the
RSU president Maklane deWever | PHOTO: KOSALAN KATHIRAMALANATHAN by the students that elected them, it’s something that every student has right direction.”

Kelsey “fuck a Brazilian wax”

Can shit go back to

Arts and Life Contributors
Tyler “Chips AND DIP” Griffin Connor “Get the tattoo” Thomas Demelo
Rhea “Pierogi master” Singh Vanessa “you said only SIX?!”
Katarina “Realty specialist” Ziervogel Wright

normal now?
Biz and Tech
Izabella “Nipples?” Balcerzak Khaled “*thwoorp*”Badawi Lauren “Film critic” Kaminski
Matthew “Not Gabe” Sauder Cassidy “Netflix killed the tv star”
Sports Mina “Overboard” Alam Garbe
By Jacob Dubé board to resign. Peter “Fragile masculinity” Ash Valerie “Basil Box” Dittrich Nabeeha “Dope honey kicks” Baig
The RSU has become a drama- Christian “Gout” Ryan Kiernan “Out of town” Green Libaan “Magic” Osman
On Feb. 11, the Ryerson Students’ filled meme generator, which has Emma “Ran from the room” Moore Hayden “My boys” Godfrey
Union (RSU) board of directors im- been too busy dealing with its own Communities Ram “We appreciate you” Seshardi Kintaro “Cool man” Skinner
peached their president. problems to properly focus on their Lidia “Cosmic paths” Abraha Ben “In the (re)zone” Hargreaves Sofia “The Bold and the Bootless”
If your baseline for what passes own responsibilities. Daphnée “News reporter” Lacroix Ramirez
off as regular news is a bit out of On the bright side, the board or- Fun Will “Arts reporter” Lofsky
whack, let me remind you that this dered an independent audit, reduced Nathaniel “The Grouch” Crouch Max “ ‘s mom knitted me socks” The Eyeopener is Ryerson’s largest and
is not normal. While there have the exorbitant executive salaries and Lewis only independent student newspaper. It
been some impeachment motions the new president says he wants to Media Heidi “airport sleepover” Lee is owned and operated by Rye Eye Pub-
presented and a few resignations, make changes that increase the agen- Parnika “Missing” Raj Gavin “you could be Italian” Mercier lishing Inc., a non-profit corporation
nobody has been forcefully removed cy and accountability of the board. Katie “FOI master” Swyers Adrian “I’m not Italian” Vallada owned by the students of Ryerson. Our
from the RSU in 20 years—in 1999, We’re more than justified to re- Pernia “Girls night” Jamshed Rabia “she’s not Italian!” Tahir offices are on the second floor of the
an executive and incoming executive main a little skeptical, but there’s Andrea “Joesick” Josic Student Campus Centre. You can reach
were drawing dildos on other candi- hints we’re at the end of this chap- Copy Editor and Zachary “It gets worse” Roman us at 416-979-5262, at
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Features General Manager
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Ryerson to encourage ‘non-auto’ transportation

By Benjamin Hargreaves posed development will not have struction workers who park here.”
on-site vehicular parking,” it reads. According to Ryerson’s website,
Ryerson University’s proposal to re- The building’s proposal includes of the three university-owned pub-
zone a parking lot would see some parking for 1,192 bicycles and three lic parking lots, the 202 Jarvis St.
campus parking spaces eliminated, accessible vehicular parking spots. and 160 Mutual St. lots each cost
and might discourage students from The development will also have $4.00 per half hour.
driving to campus, experts say. pick-up and drop-off areas. The lot located at 300 Victoria
The Eyeopener previously report- The application called the Jarvis St., above the campus bookstore, is
ed Ryerson submitted an applica- Street lot “an underutilized surface.” $3.50 per half hour.
tion on Dec. 21 to rezone a parking Reducing parking availability is Ryerson also has a permit-only
lot located at 202 Jarvis St. to allow a common tactic utilized by cities lot of 65 spots located under the
for the development of a 41-storey and developers to deter drivers and ILC residence, where students pay
building. It will house classrooms increase the use of transit systems, $1,312 for unlimited parking for
and lab space for the Faculty of Sci- said interim director of Ryerson’s both the fall and winter terms.
ence as well as new residences. school of urban and regional plan- “I avoid [parking on campus] at all
Ryerson currently has a total ning Mitchell Kosny. costs literally because of the cost,” said
of 740 on-campus parking spots, fourth-year student Carling Hunt.
said media relations officer Jessica “The development will not have She said she almost exclusively
Ryerson University has proposed to rezone the parking lot at 202 Jarvis St. to make Leach. These are located in the Vic- on-site vehicular parking” parks on Church Street between
room for a new building | PHOTO: CELINA GALLARDO toria parking garage, Pitman Hall Gould and Gerrard streets when
residence and International Living she drives and doesn’t consider on-
& Learning Centre (ILC) residence. campus lots. Hunt said she believes

Celebrate With the loss of 189 spaces in the

Jarvis Street parking lot and the ad-
dition of 153 spaces for the Daphne
Cockwell building—slated to open
He pointed to the Rogers Centre,
which was intentionally built with-
out a large amount of on-site park-
ing and easy access to public transit.
reducing parking on-campus may
be beneficial.
Blair Scorgie, director of business
development at SvN Architects +

Open Education week

in 2019—the number of on-campus “Rather than making it easy and Planners and a contract lecturer at
parking spots will be 704. encouraging people to drive, you Ryerson’s school of urban and re-
There are 1,362 parking spaces in try and make it difficult and change gional planning, said he is glad to
10 parking facilities near campus, people’s behaviour,” Kosny said. see Ryerson recognizing the shift

with us
according to the application’s trans- Few Ryerson students use the from personal vehicles to sustain-
portation impact report. parking spaces in the Jarvis Street able commuting methods.
Curbing car parking is a clear fo- lot, according to Tesfazgha, an “We certainly cannot view a large
cus in the application to rezone the employee who has worked in the surface parking lot within a down-
Jarvis St. parking lot. tollbooth for over two years. He de- town university campus as the most
“To discourage automobile travel clined to give his last name. desirable use of land,” he said.
and encourage the use of alternative “This lot might be too expensive The City of Toronto is currently
modes of transportation, the pro- for students,” he said. “It’s mostly con- reviewing the rezoning application.
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Trans athletes need more than a
‘new inclusive policy’ to get in the game
rowing up, Goldbloom was one of those kids who was film draws upon their experience as an athlete who is trans, expert working group is trans themselves.
active at all times. They were never amazing at sports, non-binary and queer. Goldbloom chooses to compete in the Previously, there was no policy directly related to trans ath-
but loved playing them nonetheless. They started women’s division due to the fact there is no non-binary team, letes’ capacity to participate within varsity athletics on the team
with swimming, dance and cheerleading, and later moved on creating a polarizing environment. of their true gender identity. This led to the exclusion of Jacob
to fencing. Now, the fourth-year film student is turning their Last September, U SPORTS, the national governing body of Roy, a transgender man, who was barred from participating in
passion for the sport into a film, focusing on something rarely Canadian varsity athletics, announced a new inclusive policy varsity athletics at the University of New Brunswick Saint John
talked about: the way the gender binary dominates sports. for transgender athletes. It states student athletes are now free as well as St. Thomas University because coaches and adminis-
The film, entitled Parry, Riposte, written and directed by to compete on the team that either corresponds with their sex trators were unsure of where they thought he belonged.

Goldbloom, is about a team of four fencers who arrive to assigned at birth or their gender identity. It does not require In sports, transphobia persists because of the focus on the
their studio to find it destroyed. “Tranny” is written across student athletes to go through hormone therapy to compete binary. “I think about the history of sport for the first 100
the wall, and the fencers realize they’ve been victims of a with the gender they identify with. plus years of sport, as we currently understand them, women
transphobic hate crime. “It’s a poignant way to destroy the The policy was developed by an equity committee of rep- weren’t allowed to [participate],” says Andrew Pettit, Ryer-
studio, because it inhibits them from actually competing resentatives from U SPORTS. They were guided by a 2016 son’s recreation manager. “Sports was a men’s domain and
more,” Goldbloom says. The film is being produced by a report by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). that was a problem of sexism, at one point across history they
team entirely made up of trans individuals and will premiere The report consulted various sports experts—but fewer LG- started to allow women to take part. That brought forward a
at the Ryerson University Film Festival in May. “I think a lot BTQ2A+ experts—and covers topics like inclusive policies, binary that really amplified the role of gender in sport in an
of stories with trans people are very much like trauma porn practices and sex and gender education. unnecessary way.”
for cis people. This film tries to talk about hate crimes in The report did consult trans individuals in its formulation, Issues like these are the obvious gaps Goldbloom high-
terms of what effects it has on the victims.” but Megan Cumming, corporate communications manager for lights—non-binary, non-gender-conforming and gender-
The hate crime did not happen to Goldbloom, but the the CCES, could not confirm whether any individual on the queer athletes may not identify with either team, giving them

ness for coaches and administrators about trans athletes and
issues the community faces.
Platt says that all in all, it’s important that the policy ex-
ists—even if it’s just a document, and not necessarily an all-
encompassing societal step forward. “It’s important to see the
legislation being written so that trans athletes feel welcome,”
Platt says, adding that trolls will always say trans athletes don’t
belong in sports. “So having the press release, having the poli-

words by Max Lewis & Sarah Krichel

cies, having everything written there just reaffirms that they
are accepted, they are included.”

clause high up in the new U SPORTS’ policy states all

photo by Alanna Rizza

athletes must comply with the Canadian Anti-Dop-
ing Program (CADP). This has important implica-
tions for trans athletes in post-secondary.
The CADP is provided by the Canadian Centre for Ethics
no space to play within a team they’re comfortable with. ly. “Equity training on sports teams is so so needed and it’s in Sport (CCES) and is the administrative body that regulates
“There’s only two gender categories. What, for example, if not something that people consider.” For reform to happen, anti-doping and fair sport practices. They also develop online
you’re a trans feminine person or trans masculine, but you Goldbloom just hopes people will want to take up these rec- modules and courses to educate incoming athletes on the cur-
pass—where do you fit in in those spaces?” ommendations, instead of just dismissing the “loud trans kid, rent list of prohibited substances, and administer drug tests at

talking about shit that’s never going to happen.” selected intervals during the season.
hair of the equity committee Lisen Moore says that “There’s a way to do sports and be respectful of your team- The CCES’ selection of athletes who are tested is random-
once it was given the mandate to develop the policy, an mates, and have open space,” Goldbloom says. ized across all varsity sports in Canada. The centre can choose
exhaustive, two-year process ensued, involving CCES But Goldbloom points out a bigger issue in the sports in- the women’s volleyball team, for example, and select any team
representatives who had a hand on dustry at large. Without dismantling misogyny, let alone member arbitrarily to give a urine and blood sample for testing.
the the 2016 report and experts from transphobia, policies won’t do much to change the way trans According to the report’s section on understanding policy on
the Canadian Anti-Doping Program athletes can exist in the university. hormone therapy, only 30 percent of surveyed trans individuals
(CADP). “At higher levels such as the Olympics, they put rules on ath- in Ontario were not using hormones. This stat alone shows the
“We needed a policy to address a letes demanding they have certain surgeries or have a number sheer amount of athletes affected by regulations around hor-
subset of our student populations of years under certain hormones, but that’s policing someone’s mone therapy—allowing trans players to participate in sports,
that weren’t free to benefit from body,” Goldbloom says. “You’re telling people they have to be regardless of where they are in transitioning, can play a huge
that experience [of sport],” says Da- a certain level of trans in order to cooperate in your system.” role in their ability to be included in sports at all.
vid Goldstein, U SPORTS’ chief op- A common misconception is that trans people would make
erating officer. their decision to transition motivated solely by a physical ad-

“Don’t just be a role model for

In September, The Eyeopener report- vantage. “It’s an uninformed, ignorant way of thinking,” says
ed that comparably, the National Col- Pettit, emphasizing the threat of violence and discrimination
legiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) that would come with such a decision. The National Women’s

young boys and girls, but for

policy in the U.S. allows trans women Hockey League developed the first cohesive policy to wel-
to compete for men’s teams, but won’t come Harrison Browne, the first openly trans athlete in North
let those athletes play for the women’s American pro hockey. But he isn’t allowed to physically transi-
team unless they take hormone treat- tion, as the hormone therapy would disqualify him. Goldstein
ment for a full calendar year. Trans
masculine athletes undergoing a hor- anyone whose gender is not says samples collected during a test are compared with what
is scientifically considered the normal range of testosterone
monal treatment aren’t allowed to play for a male or female. For example, a transgender woman who

those two things”

on the women’s team unless the team’s was formerly male would almost certainly test over the nor-
status is mixed. mal range of testosterone compared to a cisgender woman,
Like all other student athletes, trans generating a result that implies culpability of doping.

athletes are limited to five years of eli- Another way it would come up, Goldstein says, is if an ath-
gibility, and allowed to compete with essica Platt’s introduction to hockey was not unlike lete in the process of transitioning is taking substances to aid
one gender team during the span of many other young athletes: skating on an ice rink in her the process. That would flag a violation in the CCES testing.
an academic year. In a University Af- backyard in Sarnia, Ont. The game was ingrained into In these events, student athletes have two options to clarify
fairs piece from January by Shireen her at an early age, fostering a passion that would lead her to the reasoning for their results. U SPORTS may use Therapeutic
Ahmed, Roy also pointed out that “no the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, Use Exemptions, which athletes apply for in advance of testing
transgender or queer individual’s ex- the highest level of female professional hockey. for official permission for the medicine. The method they most
perience is identical and that an ath- At 19, Platt quit hockey for mental health reasons and de- commonly use, however, is a medical review, which clarifies
lete’s gender identity may not remain cided to pursue schooling. While at Wilfrid Laurier Univer- hormone therapy after an athlete tests positive for doping.
the same over the school year.” sity, she learned how to go about transitioning. Megan Cumming, corporate communications manager for
At the recreational level, gyms and After graduating, she joined a local recreational league. Two the CCES, confirmed to The Eyeopener that an athlete who is
change rooms can present a dangerous years later, she achieved a permanent spot on the Furies. The still in the midst of acquiring proof of their hormone therapy
environment for trans folks. Ryerson journey was “unexpected, but awesome.” wouldn’t be suspended from playing. That may only happen,
has made some progress in recent When Platt is on the ice, she wants to let her playing do the Cumming says, if there is an abnormality with the way the ath-
years for trans safety and inclusiv- talking, but being the only transgender player in the league gets lete is engaging with the process, or if they ignore it entirely.
ity. In 2014, the school implemented in the way. “I want things to be easier for people coming after, I On top of that, Goldstein points out that the concept of hor-
“women’s only” hours at the Recre- don’t want them to have to hear the kind of things I heard grow- mone levels impacting athletic performance isn’t directly sup-
ation and Athletics Centre, but the ing up, and get treated how some people have negatively treated ported by scientific evidence. “The CCES felt that to require
Mattamy Athletic Centre still does not me on the internet,” Platt says. “That being said with all the nega- an individual to undertake hormone therapy or surgery in or-
have any women’s only hours. Pettit tivity, [the experience] has been overwhelmingly positive.” der to protect the level playing field would be forcing someone
says that non-binary, genderqueer and She remembers what it was like in the men’s locker rooms, to undertake an invasive medical procedure.”

gender diverse people are also welcome at women’s hours, “pri- hiding who she was to protect herself from harassment. Al-
marily knowing that members of those communities have also though she believes that generally, people today are more ac- n fencing, the mind needs to be sharp and focused for a game.
been marginalized in sports, and have experienced violence in cepting. Due to the fact that growing athletes are often in an If it’s not, it’s near impossible to fence, Goldbloom says. But
the broader community.” educational environment, people are “willing to learn,” but be- you can’t stay sharp when you’re thinking about someone
Goldbloom says schools supporting trans athletes starts ing actively involved with initiatives and groups that promote who misgendered you two seconds ago, and you’re constantly
with dismantling misogyny, through acts like calling out that education are even more important. questioning where your gender fits into an athletic space.
transphobia, misogyny and racism when you hear it within Currently, U SPORTS is working on a document that The story of their film Parry, Riposte revolves around how
your circles. If you’re a coach, it’s your responsibility to be works toward that education; it’s about best practices and that experience affects the game. Sports are always about ‘get-
a role model at every turn: “Not just being a role model for recommendations that will be issued to its member schools, ting back up again’—but Goldbloom says sports narratives
young boys and girls, but anyone else whose gender is not detailing procedural issues such as locker room access, how to often don’t represent how mental health impedes on that.
those two things.” On top of that, don’t ask about someone’s support and cheer for your teammates, useful announcer mes- “That’s why I think ‘just do it,’ is bullshit. Sometimes you can’t
sex or gender behind their back—ask the individual direct- sages during games and breaks of play, and increasing aware- ‘just do it,’ because you’re depressed.”

Let’s get intimate­—Ryerson grad in the lingerie biz

It’s risky and frisky. Heidi Lee chats with fashion communication alumni who started their own fashion line

When it comes to the intimates, the doesn’t have padding or underwire. the fashion industry said there is a nadians (17 per cent of the work-
business behind designing women’s Coppins opened her business lack in government incentives, Ca- force) worked at least two jobs.
undergarments can be risky and called Shannon Marie in 2013. It is nadians supporting local products, P.Y. Chau, contract lecturer at
male-dominated. Ryerson fash- a made-to-measure luxury lingerie international buyers and access to the Ryerson school of fashion, said
ion communication alumni, Mary brand for consumers who struggle bank financing. The cost of business there are not many students want-
Young and Shannon Coppins, are to find well-cut undergarments. space and staff add to the bill. ing to start their own lingerie line.
exposing their relationship with According to Coppins, most “First you have to source mate- “Lingerie is not like a shirt,” said
their own lingerie brands and mak- North American manufacturers of- rials for the undergarment, then Chau. “The fitting and the mate-
ing a difference in the industry. fer women narrow size ranges and you have to make sure everything rial is much more important and
In a school like Ryerson, where are built for certain body types. is produced on time,” said Young. complex.”
over 90 per cent of fashion stu- “A lot of women were forced to “You also need to make sure that Chau said most bras in the market
dents identify as female, the num- wear uncomfortable bras that do not only your price covers your have five or six materials in each gar-
ber of female leading roles in the not give proper support,” said Cop- costs but [is] also enabling you to ment such as lace, spandex, elastic
industry is disappointing. Research pins. “I hope to provide women profit from that product.” and foam—working with all these PHOTO COURTESY: MARY YOUNG
shows that there are more men de- with custom-sized undergarments Coppins realized she needed to find materials on one piece can be tricky.
signing clothing for women than to give the perfect fit and support a full-time job to earn a steady pay- “There is no time to procrasti-
women themselves—in 2015, the they need.” check a year after she started Shan- nate when you must design some-
Business of Fashion online publi- Designing a product that is sell- non Marie. She is now a designer at a thing that you are proud of and you
cation found that only 14 per cent able is important—especially consid- nursing and maternity bra company. need to meet deadlines,” said Cop-
of executives in the top 50 fashion ering that the industry is expected “I still run my business and it’s my pins. Her job begins with drawing
brands were women. to hit $56 billion by 2024, according happy place,” she said. Aside from detailed sketches, picking fabrics,
Such statistics are surprising, to a 2018 article published by retail her collection available on Etsy—an consulting with clients, directing
considering the lingerie business analytical site Edited. online platform to sell and buy hand- photo shoots and then promoting
was invented by a woman. In 1913, She said there are different chal- crafted products­—Coppins hopes to her brand. Time management, or-
Mary Phelps Jacob, a New York so- lenges from the production process to open her own shop and get back to ganization and self-motivation are
cialite, invented the modern bra to delivering the product to customers. her business full-time in the future. the skills Coppins relies on to help
get rid of uncomfortable undergar- “It is a lot of work to build some- Coppins isn’t the only one who produce her “‘out-of-the-box’” line.
ments that damage women’s bodies. thing from scratch, get customers, has held multiple jobs at once—also As for Young, she said being CEO
More than 100 years later, continue to grow brand, market known as moonlighting. According of her own company feels “surreal,”
Young’s brand is trying to do the a brand and stand out in the noisy to Statistics Canada, the percentage and feels empowered to see custom-
same. Launched in fall 2014, her fashion industry,” said Young. of people working more than one ers rethinking the idea of beauty and
lingerie items embrace the natu- In a 2017 report from Toronto job has doubled in the last 40 years. seeing themselves in a positive light
ral shape of a woman’s body, and City Council, over 350 members in In 2017, more than one million Ca- after buying her products. PHOTO COURTESY: SHANNON COPPINS

In a Snap: From Little Brother to Defining an Era

Finishing his final year as a Ram, Jean-Victor Mukama, his teammates, coaches and roomate look back on his impact on the men’s basketball
program. It’s taken all of them through ups and downs. Bryan Meler has the story


J ean-Victor Mukama sat alone

in the living room of the To-
ronto home he shared with his
Rams, this time as one of their
three co-captains. In his fifth and
final year of eligibility, Mukama is
court factors that play a role in the
life of a student-athlete. “He contin-
ues to share his story. His resilience
slang, I’ve never had that anywhere
else I’ve played before.”
Ngom now regularly uses the
If there’s another crown that Mu-
kama wears among his teammates,
it’s in 1-on-1.“That’s what I do,” says
teammates Juwon Grannum and also playing on an athletics scholar- of taking time off and returning to word “fam”, something he picked up Mukama, who modelled his game
Adika Peter-McNeilly. While his ship by maintaining at least a 2.67 the team has inspired a lot of peo- from Mukama, who would report- after Kevin Durant, with guard-like
roomates battled in a losing effort GPA. “I never want to go back to ple,” says Rana. “I think he’s a great edly yell at him, “Fam what are you handles and range that goes beyond
for the Ryerson Rams men’s bas- being in that position,” says Mu- role model.” doing,” when he would mess up. “It the three-point arc. Small and Gran-
ketball team at Brock University, kama. “Now, we have unfinished Last year, the Rams were with- means family,” says Ngom, “JV is num both can’t remember anyone
Mukama watched them on a live business.” Mukama is entering the out another of their star players a brother...He’s always been there who’s beat Mukama, except for
stream off his TV, which served as playoffs after a career-best season, in Keevon Small, who also had to for me,” says Ngom. “He doesn’t let maybe Manny Diressa, who gradu-
the only light source in the house having led his team to a 21-2 regu- sit out to focus on his academics. anyone pick on me…one time, he ated last year with a 50-point show-
he was isolated in. “I felt guilty,” lar season record behind his 18.4 Small’s presence was missed as the dunked on someone after they tried case to his résumé.
says Mukama, thinking about how points, while snatching a team- Rams fell short in the national tour- to get in my head.” Mukama says that he’ll play any

he could have helped them win. In- high 7.4 rebounds per game. He has nament final once again. But along Ryerson student in a game of 1-on-
stead of waiting for the game film the same goal as every player on the way, Mukama made sure that hen Grannum worked 1 for a chance at his OVO gym bag,
to be posted online, Mukama called their roster: To win a national title. Small stayed focused on what he had by himself as a student which he uses on the road. It’s a
the Ontario University Athlet- to do. “Biggest advice [Mukama] maintenance worker at Ryerson level of confidence he holds after
ics (OUA) offices, asking that they “He’s the tie that gave me was about mental tough- in 2015 and 2016, he found him- playing his entire life, while hav-
send him a copy immediately. “I would bring us all ness,” says Small. “He’d say ‘What self counting away the hours. But ing represented Team Canada for
wanted to find ways to help.” happened to me, is a lesson for you’.” when working alongside Mukama, the 2018 Commonwealth Games in
Mukama had to sit out of the together” The player-coach persona is one he would “get lost in time.” From Australia. But no matter the stage,
2016-17 season in order to focus on often attributed to Mukama. Gran- changing light bulbs, cleaning up if there’s an opportunity to hoop,
school, after his GPA fell below a The Rams have come close, med- num says that Mukama is great at trash to moving around cabinets, it Mukama will take it. When he had
1.67, the basic academic requirement aling in each of the last four years in sharing his point of view, especially didn’t matter, Mukama had a smile to sit out during the 2016-17 sea-
for any Ryerson student-athlete on a the U SPORTS Final 8 tournament, when guys get mad about playing on his face. He also made sure that son, it opened up another opportu-
varsity team. “We let him be himself,” while winning silver in the past two. time. Now known for his offensive whoever he worked alongside had nity: to play intramural basketball.
says Rams head coach Roy Rana. “He To Mukama, it’s simply one game at prowess, he first made his mark with one too. If Grannum seemed tired, The time frame is on Mondays
didn’t need to have his hand held...he a time, but it also signals the end of the Rams by coming off the bench on the verge of taking a snooze after from 8-10 p.m., coincidentally the
needed a dose of reality.” an era. He’s one of two players still as a defensive stopper. It’s how Mu- lunch, Mukama would be there with same time as the Rams men’s bas-
At home, Grannum could see on the roster from when their four- kama helped the Rams secure their his phone in hand, recording anoth- ketball practice.
how much it bothered Mukama, year run began. “It really does feel first provincial title in 2016, coming er Snapchat video. “He’s like the pa- But if practice ended even a bit
who wasn’t smiling as often, but like the end,” says Grannum, who up with a steal with 10.1 seconds parazzi, he never misses good mo- early, the men’s team would go and
never dared to complain. But with became a Rams assistant coach after left, and then hitting a free-throw to ments,” says Grannum. “I’ve been a watch Mukama play. “I remember
the Rams on the court, Mukama playing between 2012-17. “He’s the make it a two-possession game. victim many times.” one time, he dropped 40 or 50. It
took care of himself. Not only aca- tie that would bring us all together... Along with the tape he watched, Mukama says he does it to get was just too easy,” says Grannum,
demically, as he worked toward his He was our little brother.” those experiences prepared him for laughing. It’s a memory that’s shared
child and youth care degree, but by To Mukama, he understands how his current role of being the team’s “One time, he dunked among teammates, one that joins
watching past games. “We’re around it could mark the end of an era, but closer down the stretch. “He’s never on someone after others such as Mukama posterzing
each other more than our actual he doesn’t want to think about that afraid of the moment,” says Tanor a fellow Ryerson student. Word
families,” says Mukama “I felt like right now. “We have a winning Ngom. The seven-foot-two Sen- they tried to get in quickly caught on, as the gym filled
I was failing my teammates by not culture, that’s what Ryerson does,” egalese centre calls Mukama his role my head” up with students. Among those
playing...I wanted to make sure I says Mukama. “Whatever happens, model, both on and off the court, were the Rams, encouraging him to
could help, that we wouldn’t make we’re working for the future.” after he helped him adjust to life at people out of their comfort zone. put on a show. “I wasn’t even part
the same mistakes once I got back.” Ryerson, having moved to Canada Small calls him “The Snapchat of the team, but guys were literally
Two years later, Mukama is still
working toward his degree, but he’s
also getting ready for what will be
G rannum credits Mukama‘s
growth to his ability to keep
everything in perspective. It’s a jour-
in 2017 after stints in Spain and
Germany. “He was the first guy to
take me under his wing,” says Ngom.
King”, especially if they go out—
noting that “Drunk JV is the same as
sober JV,” because he’s always trying
racing down to see me play. That
meant a lot,” says Mukama. “It just
speaks to the type of connection
his last playoff run as part of the ney that’s put a face to the many off- “He showed me the city, taught me to have a good time. and culture we have.”

RSU team elected on promise to commit blue-collar crimes

Incoming RSU president stands by the belief that got him elected: Students can save money through grand theft auto and similar crimes

A new party has been elected. Their campaign focused on how they’ll increase student group funds and save students money all through grand crimes ILLUSTRATION: ELANA EMER

By Zachary Roman the new Ryerson Students’ Union spiracy theorists. demonstrated why he thinks it’s the Spider-Man says he is looking to
(RSU) president. “Blue-collar crime Rogers runs an operation that has superior fundraising method to in- move past his “friendly neighbour-
With Ram Ganesh and the rest of has an air of honesty and transpar- worked smoothly so far, with the crease student group funds and save hood superhero” image and pursue
the old executive team a thing of the ency that was, like, lacking in the team already working towards a $5 students money. more serious roles for the benefit of
past, an emergency election held on previous administration, man.” meal plan by tipping over Uber Eats “I believe that if you are going to Ryerson University.
Feb. 11 saw a new team of execs take There is a forensic audit of the cars to bolt away with random orders. commit an indictable offence, you “As vice-president student life &
power. Aptly named It Can’t Get RSU finances currently underway, “We can save bank for students.” should be upfront about it,” said events, I don’t truly have a role so I
Any Worse, the party campaigned regarding the mismanagment of Rogers said. “The RU-Pass is going Rogers, who is known profession- can decide what I wanna do on a day
on a promise to “get things done two credit cards with funds totaling to become optional, all we need to ally in the blue-collar crime com- to day basis,” said Spider-Man.
the old-fashioned way” and “commit $273,000. The statements show large do is hijack a few TTC buses and munity as the third wet bandit who Gam Ranesh is an enigma. There
crimes for—not against—Ryerson.” sums of money spent at a tax-evasion then no student has to pay for tran- didn’t make the movie. “There is is no information on him at this
“Like, if it gets our students fund- seminar and a Bentley dealership. sit again.” nothing behind–the–scenes about time—but something is very famil-
ing for more accessible mental The other positions on the execu- At the team’s inauguration—the where we get our money. We sim- iar about the new VP education.
health services, I don’t see anything tive team have been filled by Spider- first ever inauguration for an RSU ply throw on our clown masks or “I’m ecstatic to see how the stu-
wrong with holding up a conve- Man, the skeleton of Michael Caine team—Rogers delivered a Power- balaclavas and head to the nearest dents of Ryerson react to their new
nience store or two,” said Shaggy and a man named Gam Ranesh, who Point presentation on the ethical CIBC branch. Then we’ve got a bud- RSU team and finally get all the
Rogers, a criminology student and has raised suspicions among con- principles of blue-collar crime. He get for next year’s concert.” money they deserve,” Rogers said.

Mother Nature fucks all of us Hail, students of Ryerson! How did your reading week go? I don’t
really care, seeing as you’re reading this and have no way of re-
Andrea Josic compiles the list of reasons Mother Nature, regardless of the season, sponding to my very boring question. But do you know what
isn’t so boring? SUDOKU! This week’s contest should help you
screws all of us over again, again and again without regret. But we like it get back into the swing of things­—the stress and crying at school
24/7, I mean. Perhaps Sudoku isn’t the only way to get back a
not so bad being wet, is it? good work flow; maybe you could go to the cinema and see a new
Pretty much every animal ever hot flick. Our prize this week is a $25 gift card to Cineplex and we
Pictures don’t do animals justice. do hope you try to win. Happy Trails, Ryerson!
You don’t realize how big they are
until you see them in person. This
includes elephants, horses, moose...
absolute units. Name:
All of a sudden, every part of your
body is shaking. Glass shatters, earth Email:
cracks and everything is quaking,
including that fat ass of yours.
The power to make the decisions
She does whatever she wants,
This photo was a very controversial within The Eyeopener, but it’s very cute. Regardless, when she wants to. She has the fi-
the photographer demanded anonymity | PHOTO: DUG FERN nal say in all your plans. Hurricanes,
Nobody has ever had a perfect weath- make you miserable again. volcanic eruptions and wildfires—
er week, because Mother Nature is al- Mid-summer heat wave she doesn’t really care how it affects
ways ready to fuck... your day. Here’s Mother Nature has set the Earth you. Oh, you wanted to go to the
some reasons why Mother Nature, in ablaze with passion and stagnant club Friday night? Here’s a tornado
all her glory, is a massive top. heat, leaving you sweaty and out of warning!
Blizzards in April breath. Get that Vitamin D. Her unpredictable beauty
Spring is around the corner and Flash floods Sometimes, she just wants to fuck
that means love is in the air. More The weather forecast looks clear, you. Other times, she’s so breathtak-
importantly, it’s time to get over so you left the house without an um- ingly fabulous that you don’t deserve
your boo from last winter’s cuffing brella. With just your luck, the skies her. Think about those sunsets you
season. Just when you think you’ve open and water pours out like a fau- never expect to witness but end up
completely moved on, she’ll bring cet. Surprisingly, the rain is refresh- staring for an hour. Mother Nature
back a reminder of winter, ready to ing. Let it tickle your body, queen. It’s is The Original Gay Icon.

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