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Opt-out guidelines leave student life, unions on thin ice

Guidelines released by the Ontario government mandate that services that are not “essential” to students should not have mandatory fees
By Raneem Alozzi that these fees weren’t explicitly
and Sherina Harris mandatory.
A study from the Ontario Public
The guidelines for the Student Interest Research Group (OPIRG)
Choice Initiative (SCI) will be “di- at Carleton University, published in
sastrous” for the Ryerson Students’ The Leveller, suggests the majority of
Union (RSU), the union’s president fees that Carleton students pay will
Maklane deWever said. remain mandatory.
“[Student groups] are going to DeWever said this shows that the
lose...we’re not going to be able to only fees that would be optional are
collect mandatory fees for the base those that are student-run and es-
funding. If people opt into student tablished through referenda. could likely instead go to Certain RSU services—those made
funding the staff who administered mandatory by the government—will
[student groups],” said deWever. | ILLUSTRATION: CELINA GALLARDO remain open to the general public.
Depending on how many people Others will only be open to students
opt out of services, deWever said The report outlined that any ser- “I would need to sit down with nancial autonomy or flexibility.” who pay the fee, he said.
the RSU may shrink. However, he is vices that did not fall under the cate- our executive as well as the [RSU] Lachemi said certain RSU fees may
unsure of what the lack of funding gories, such as career services, student staff to look at our services more in fit into the category of essential fees. It’s “unsettling” that these
will look like once applied to execu- buildings, health and counselling, depth,” she said. He said students won’t be required to
tive and staff salaries. among others, will be optional. Alex Usher, president of the High- pay all of their fees to the RSU, but
fees weren’t explicitly
Currently, the RSU funds and er Education Strategy Associates, said also won’t be able to completely avoid mandatory
oversees 98 student groups, 65 af- the RSU may face a particular prob- paying RSU-related fees.
filiate student groups, 57 course “It’s going to have a lem in getting students to choose to DeWever also said a portion of “The sad reality is that in order to
unions and 25 graduate student significant impact on us in opt into their services because of this RSU fees will be mandatory. He incentivize people to do things we
unions. The RSU also hires over 60 terms of [hires]” year’s credit card scandal involving said this will include academic ad- are gonna have to make some things
full-time and part-time employees. several executive members. vocacy—the RSU has a student is- exclusive,” he said.
“It’s going to have significant im- “There’s a lot of students who sues and advocacy coordinator who He gave the example of the RSU’s
pacts on us in terms of [hires], it Vanessa Henry, the incoming [would say] these subsidies have been helps students appeal grades or ap- lost and found.
could hurt a number of people we RSU president, said in a statement mismanaged, maybe I don’t want my peal academic misconduct charges. If a student opts out of paying
employ,” deWever said. that she and her team are communi- money going to that,” he said. He said the Sexual Assault Sur- for it, “taking the minister for her
If only 50 per cent of students cating with Ryerson and student so- Ryerson University president vivor Support Line (SASSL) and words,” they wouldn’t be able to get
opt-in “you can’t pay someone 50 cieties to understand the legislation. Mohamed Lachemi reiterated that Good Food Centre (GFC) will likely their stuff back, he said.
per cent of their salary...or ask peo- “We have to understand what he will be doing his “best to protect be mandatory fees. Executive salaries will likely be
ple to come to work 50 per cent of services are essential at the RSU,” student engagement” noting that However, the RSU’s other equity included in the RSU administrative
the time. So what you end up doing she said. the university cannot protect every- service centres—including the Cen- fee, deWever said,
is you just have to cut.” Henry said she couldn’t specify thing because of the guidelines, and tre for Women and Trans People, Currently, executives are paid a
Last week, the provincial govern- which services she believes should will have to see how they can be cre- the Racialized Students’ Collective, salary of $36, 000 per year.
ment released the guidelines for the be essential or how the RSU would ative with them. RyeAccess, RyePride and the Trans Whether executive salaries are
initiative designed to give students move forward if certain fees—like He also said he doesn’t think the Collective—may not fall into the paid for the next year will be up to
the choice to opt out of “non-essen- equity service centres—will not be new policy “will kill unions.” How- category of essential fees. the incoming executive team, deW-
tial” services. mandatory. ever, he said it might “limit their fi- DeWever said it’s “unsettling” ever added.

WTF is the Student Choice Initiative anyway?

By Alexandra Holyk health and counselling, academic stakeholders to ensure compliance
support, student ID cards, student with the SCI,” he said. “We will also
After a year of Ryerson Students’ achievement and records, financial explore strategies to maintain core
Union (RSU) scandals and a history aid offices, campus safety programs elements for the student experience.”
of sketchy finances, change is final- and transit passes that were estab- Student-governing bodies will
ly coming to the union—but it isn’t lished prior to Jan. 17, 2019. Health have a say in terms of creating new,
necessarily the good kind. The On- and dental plans are also essential or changing current compulsory
tario government’s Student Choice unless students can provide proof of ancillary fees with an ancillary fee
Initiative (SCI) gives students the pre-existing coverage. protocol—a formal signed agree-
option to opt-out of certain fees Anything that does not fall under ment between the student govern-
that were previously a mandatory these categories will be optional. ing body representatives and the
part of their tuition. This means that the RU-Pass will institution’s administration.
After it was initially announced not be a mandatory fee for students.
on Jan. 17 by the minister of train- Students must be given the choice Making the students’ union | ILLUSTRATION: CELINA GALLARDO
ing, colleges and universities, Mer- to opt out of paying the fee online for levy optional puts more than
rilee Fullerton, the guidelines for the any service not listed as a compulsory
the RSU at risk governing body. Fees established cant portion of their funding if stu-
SCI were released on March 29. cost. Institutions must also individu- through a student or university ad- dents choose to opt-out of these costs,
Last year, Ryerson University stu- alize the fees which means a “student ministration-funded referenda are causing them to shut down their op-
dents paid $848.56 in ancillary fees, activity fee” encompassing the cost The student governing body rep- exempted from ancillary protocol. erations. Because of this, making the
funding services such as the RSU, the for multiple services is not permitted. resentatives serve on behalf of the They will be listed as optional fees. students’ union levy optional puts
Student Campus Centre, the Mat- Ryerson president Mohamed majority of students paying compul- The government is attempting to more than the RSU at risk.
tamy Athletic Centre and the Sexual Lachemi told The Eye that he will sory ancillary fees. help students save money by opting The Student Campus Centre
Assault Survivor Support Line. give an update on an online portal A university’s administration and out of paying for “services they do hosts over 225 student services that
In the upcoming year, students where students will opt out once the student governing body must agree not use and organizations they do could be affected by the Student
will pay several compulsory fees, guidelines are finalized. to the ancillary fee protocol for it to not support.” Choice Initiative. Student groups
including athletics and recreation, “We have been examining current come into effect. It also must have However, student groups have affiliated with faculties across cam-
career services, student buildings, ancillary fees with current student the approval of the institution’s raised concerns about losing a signifi- pus will also be impacted.

We are not going

By Jacob Dubé community and tell stories that
have affected real change on cam-
Like most other groups on campus, pus. We broke the story when the
The Eyeopener is in trouble. RSU was misspending your money,
The provincial government’s and followed through to make sure
Student Choice Initiative, which they tried to fix it. We made sure
allows individual students to opt you were as informed as possible
out of services they don’t think about OSAP changes. If you didn’t
they need, means that in the near have to worry about the bedbugs,
future, we’re going to be losing a you’re welcome.
lot of our funding very quickly. These stories are made by editors I leave The Eye as I entered it: screaming and covered in clementine peels. | PHOTO: CELINA GALLARDO
We’re going to get a lot smaller, and volunteers crazy enough to com-
and won’t be able to afford a lot of mit themselves to this beautiful mess dent group on campus exists be- Advertising Manager
the resources that allow us to re- of a paper we cobble together every cause someone cared enough to try Chris “Needs a break” Roberts
port on as many issues as we do. week. The Eye isn’t made by the din- and change something. They won’t
Everything will be much harder. It ners we share, the building we oc- just disappear when the money Design Director
will suck. These are just some truths casionally sleep in or the size of our does. They’re going to fight like hell J.D. “Garlicky summer” Mowat
we’re going to have to get used to. paper. It’s the work of a terrific team for what they believe in. The new
But The Eyeopener isn’t going any- that puts their hearts and souls into it. policy was made to break up stu- Contributors
where anytime soon. The Eyeopener is going to continue dent advocacy organizations, but Editor-in-Chief Sofia “That Red Coat” Ramirez
Not because we’ll still have sav- to fight for all the groups affected it’s only created new ones who are Jacob “Swampless Shrek” Dubé Peyton “Clutch” Flood
ings, or some secret last-minute by the cuts, and the students who angrier and more driven. Camila “I’m back, bitches” Kukulski
solution that will solve this impos- won’t have anywhere to go for ser- I love this place with all my heart. News Baba “Bob” Eslami
sible problem. It’s because The Eye is vices they desperately need. We will I’ve given it everything I have, and Raneem “Protective” Alozzi Tamara “Saviour” Zayachkowski
filled with people who care a whole continue to keep those in power on leaving it will be one of the hardest Sherina “*Devil horns*” Harris Khaled “Only” Badawi
fucking lot. campus accountable, and to amplify things I will ever do. In the end, The Emma “Still kind of vegan” Sandri Taylor “Shooting” Ball
In my five years here, of which the voices of those who are tradi- Eyeopener is just an office, some bro- Catherine “Stars” Cha
this week will be my last, I’ve been tionally unheard. ken cinder blocks and the memory Photo Matthew “Break” Sauder
able to work with some of the most No matter how hard we’re hit of a gerbil long passed. But it’s also Alanna “#1 Zeus stan” Rizza Zoe “The” Statiris
inspiring people I’ve ever met. in the coming years, or how dras- a space where students can get in- Celina “RRJ PTSD” Gallardo Hana “Mold” Tanasijevic
They forced me and those around tically the newspaper will have to volved, learn something, make mis- Elana “NO PHOTOS” Emer Julia “go to dinner pls” Mlodzik
them to try and be the best versions change, those stories will still be takes, and go fuck some shit up. Eli “What a guy” savage
of themselves. Together we’ve told. Because there will always be My time here is over, but for Online Kosalan “whAT A guy”
been able to listen to the Ryerson people who give a shit. Every stu- someone else, it’s just beginning. Skyler “Forever the fanciest” Ash Kathiramalanathan
Bryan “Dope” Meler Heidi “Faculty Feels” Lee
Madi “Vive la revolution” Wong
Features Kiernan “Minister-whisperer”
Continuing Software Courses Sarah “Officially the oldest” Krichel Green
Kashish “Conspiracy Theorist” Hura

Studies at
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Arts and Life Valerie “Can’t go to B.C.” Dittrich
Ad o b e I l l u s t ra t o r Tyler “Kinder surprised” Griffin Matt “Forward slash” Vocino

Hayden “Declaración” Godfrey
Ad o b e I n D e s i g n
Sports Lyba “Thank god you exist” Mansoor
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Julia “#NotMyPremier” Batista
Design Media Brooke “Pitch Perfect” Houghton
AutoCAD Parnika “Finsta queen” Raj Heidi “Devil” Lee
Katie “I’m sorry” Swyers Serena “Wears” Lopez
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Blender Kieona “BETTER LIDIA” George
Biz and Tech Sofia “My child” Vavaroutsos
R ev i t A r c h i t e c t u r e Izabella “Park ranger” Balcerzak Emily “Para” Moore
Rhino 3D Remy “Pemi” Guirgess
Communities Margaux “Fargo” Perrin
S ke t c h U p Lidia “Still SUCH a cancer” Abraha
User Interface and User This week’s mug is finally getting
Fun enough sleep and a stable work/life
Experience Design
Nathaniel “Fuck you in particular” balance, but somehow still missing the
V i d e o E d i t i n g w i t h Ad o b e Crouch hectic schedule, late nights that inevita-
bly end with someone putting on Shrek
Copy Editor and 2, sleeping on a carpeted floor that has
We b A r t a n d D e s i g n , Circulation Manager definitely never been cleaned, and being
J a va s c r i p t F ra m ewo r k s Igor “Always be my Ramona” Magun pushed to do your best every single day.

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Misuse & Mistrust: the RSU scandal’s affect on SASSL

By Emma Sandri will be made mandatory, it is unclear George Vari Innovation Confer-
whether or not all equity service cen- ence (GVIC) in November.
In the past year, the Ryerson Stu- tres will be made essential fees that According to Ryerson’s website,
dents’ Union (RSU) has used Sex- students can’t opt out of. GVIC provides “an academic and
ual Assault Survivor Support Line The coordinator said they be- professional platform for students
(SASSL) funds to purchase frosh lieve that many students may to share their ideas and passion for
merchandise and sponsor an engi- choose to opt-out of funding for innovation.” The “main attraction”
neering conference, all while the the RSU, which would affect the of the 2018 conference was a pre-
line has been absent a full-time co- rest of these centres. sentation by Canadian astronaut
ordinator since October. “Unfortunately a lot of students Chris Hadfield.
The alleged misspending has af- complain about [funding the RSU] In an email to The Eyeopener, Sur-
fected the trust students have in the and of course they have the right owiec said when she found out the
support line and the Centre for Safer to, when funds are being used centres’ funds were to be used she
Sex and Sexual Violence (CSSSV), wrongly,” said the coordinator. had asked the union’s financial con-
according to a part-time coordina- “Funding is scary. We don’t know troller, Dharshini Jay, to hold off on
tor there. if we will get funding for all the eq- allocating the funds. However, the
“Students rely on these services, uity service centres.” money had “already been released”
but they know corruption is hap- At a Board of Directors (BoD) by the time she replied. | PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA
pening. How are they going to trust meeting in February, the vice-pres- On Feb. 11, Jay said the first email
[us]?” said the coordinator, who ident equity of the RSU, Karolina she received from now former RSU
wished to remain anonymous. “If Surowiec, said $20,000 of funding president Ram Ganesh said the
they decide to make a donation, if had been taken from the Equity money was for a sponsorship. “I re-
they decide to volunteer, students Service Centre’s budget without plied, if this is a sponsorship that is
don’t want to support things that are her approval. more than $5,000 this needs to get
unethical and corrupt.” This included funding from the board’s approval,” said Jay.
While union president Maklane SASSL and the Good Food Centre,

deWever said it is likely SASSL funds funding which was used for the Story continued on page 6.

Editors chase after dog, ends in total tragedy

What started off as an innocent
walk in the park ended in a blood-
bath this past weekend. Eyeopener
Sports editors Peter Ash and
Christian Ryan looked onto the
scene, until Ash dangled Ryan out of
After hours of searching, Zeus
discovered that Balcerzak was poi-
soned by media editor Katie Swyers,
Biz & Tech editor Izabella Balcerzak a window and accidentally dropped who wanted to steal the fortune to
was walking Zeus, her dog and heir him. Ash is still at large. escape to Texas and start a ranch.
to the Balcerzak fortune, when she Zeus then barged into The “Kiki needs to start her rodeo,”
was poisoned by a free sample that Eyeopener office, surprising on- she yeehawed as Zeus smothered
had gone bad. line editor Bryan Meler so hard he her in her favourite blanket.
Zeus, filled with rage, went on
a rampage to avenge his owner.
choked on his plastic Kool-Aid Jam-
mers straw.
Having avenged Balcerzak, Zeus,
along with photo editor Alanna Riz-
“Now, is personal,” he barked as he Tapping his little paws against a za, ascended to dog heaven, to live
blindly ran into traffic. keyboard as fast as he could, Zeus forever covered in Cocker Spaniels.
Communities editor Lidia Abraha published an open letter to his own- Online editor Skyler Ash and Thomas Lounge
chased after him until she was hit er’s killer. photo editor Celina Gallardo missed Student Centre, 55 Gould St.
by a Dodge Ram. “It’s Aries season, “I find you, and I kill you. For Iza- the whole thing, having left early to
y’all,” she said. bella,” Zeus wrote. commute back to Mississauga. 5:00pm Registration
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Mobilizing students through social media EIC chased

by RSU exec,
By Madi Wong
and students across Ontario,” she
said. “We were able to show the co-
OSAP changes.
“A lot of the work that we’ve
Heading into summer, deWev-
er said there are some organizing then poisoned
hesiveness and collectivism across done has been on the ground like meetings lined up and it is impor-
The provincial government first the entire province.” direct outreach and tabling…and I tant that all groups can be organized
cancelled Ryerson University’s We The Students RU is Ryerson’s think that social media has helped, and ready to carry the momentum By The Entity
Brampton campus in October. chapter of the Canadian Federation the Facebook page got shared a lot,” come September.
A few weeks later it was the law of Students’ (CFS) We The Students. said deWever. Davenport said groups who are It was a beautiful chilly night
school. Before students had a chance It was founded on Jan. 24 and has 310 Though there has been a strong planning for the summer must in- when Eyeopener editor-in-chief
to settle into the semester, the On- likes on its Facebook page. presence of students advocating on- volve themselves in order to ensure Jacob Dubé died.
tario government had slashed the One of the first rallies organized line, Ryerson student groups want the student voice is prioritized. Ryerson security had gotten
provincial financial assistance pro- by CFS-Ontario was an emergency to encourage students to be active “[Even] if it means showing up to reports of a body, lying on Gould
gram and announced the Student rally following the announcement outside of social media. meetings, going into empty offices, St. being eaten by rats, but did not
Choice Initiative. of the changes and quickly garnered “I think a lot of people will get lobbying, sending letters, anything to know how it had gotten there.
By January, the government an- hundreds of attendees in 24 hours. stuck on liking and retweeting and make sure this momentum continues It all began in January, when
nounced changes to post-secondary sharing things on social media and throughout the summer,” she said. following the Ryerson Students’
institutions including cutting uni- “We’ve been encouraging that’s certainly helpful but I feel like According to Jardine, the RSS Union credit card scandal, The
versity tuition by 10 per cent, and al- students to yes be active on that’s where some students think will try to make sure their team is Eye news team combusted. The
lowing for some ancillary fees to be
Facebook, be active in person, that’s where it ends,” said David Jar- engaged and maintaining their so- stress of media requests and
optional—risking defunding student dine, vice-president communications cial media presence while looking follow-up stories had aged them
groups and services across campuses. be active in your social groups” of the Ryerson Science Society (RSS). at possible summer dates to plan 100 years. The team—known col-
The changes sparked movements Jardine said they have been en- demonstrations. lectively as “The Entity”—turned
throughout the province with stu- couraging students to engage on “We’re looking for ways to still to a puff of dust.
dent-led marches and campaigns Hermes Azam, Socialist Fightback Facebook, but also in person and in show that just because it’s summer Needing a new team to run
being spread across Facebook and Club president, said the group was their social groups and “to share this doesn’t mean you can get away with the news section, Dubé created
other online social platforms. A able to utilize Facebook and mail- information any way you can,” and taking away the quality of our edu- clones of the editors using their
province-wide walkout was or- ing lists to get students to sign up, as not just online. cation,” they said. leftover particles.
ganized on March 20 and quickly well as to spread the word of events Each looked the same, but
gained attention on platforms. such as the recent Ryerson student something was off—Emma was
With the upcoming changes, Ry- walk out on March 20. no longer vegan. But The Eye’s
erson student groups mobilized stu- “It just shows that even during the masthead was well-oiled and no
dents against the provincial govern- busiest time of the semester, stu- one would suspect that the only
ment’s Ontario Student Assistance dents are willing to mobilize on an girl in a scarf, although several
Program (OSAP) changes through important issue,” he said. shades darker than Raneem, was
social media platforms. Azam said there is always room not her, or that Sherina would
Faculty of Community Services for improvement. However, ways ever have blue highlights.
director Chelsea Davenport, one of in which the group can expand their On April 2, Dubé found on his
the organizers behind We The Stu- social media outreach, especially desk a bag of juicy clementines.
dents RU, said social media has been because many young people tend He was never one to turn down
one of the most powerful tools per- to use platforms like Instagram and the orange fruit. Jacob reached to
taining to the movement. Snapchat more than Facebook. take one and as if on cue, music
“I think social media has been Ryerson Students’ Union presi- from This is the End began to play
very powerful in that sense that we dent Maklane deWever said both and Ram Ganesh appeared in the
could reach more than just the Ry- social media and direct ground- background, ready to swipe the
erson campus, that we can connect work has played a pivotal role in tasty morsels. Jacob was trapped.
with professors, instructors, staff the mobilization of students around He could deal with the loss
of his news team, Doug Ford’s
| PHOTO: NAME cuts and the slow decay of his
Misuse and mistrust: continued | IMAGE: HANA TANASIJEVIC
beloved Eyeopener but not this,
not losing clementines to Ram
According to Jay, Ganesh told her what is this? Why are we here, this ming and I think they’ve only done “There was a large RSU Ganesh of all people.
that as the CEO of the RSU, he and is an engineering conference, it is so half of that, even less. So there’s no component to it,” said deWever. “Ram Ganesh is after me,”
the Chief Financial Officer—vice- random for us to be here?” way they could have used up the full “I know that the RSU sponsored shouted Dubé while running and
president of operations Savreen Gos- At the Feb. 11 BoD meeting, Ga- budget,” said Myers. a diversity panel lunch which simultaneously trying to peel an
al—could make financial decisions. nesh said the funding used did have Myers was also involved in the included professional women from orange with one hand.
However, Jay said she did even- an equity component because the 2018 referendum, which successfully the engineering community, voices He hit a dead end and was
tually receive an amended invoice group had a table set up at the con- levied $10 from each student, with often not in the spotlight at an trapped by construction. Ganesh
from Ganesh which did not men- ference, in addition to a sponsored $5 to be put towards SASSL and the engineering conference.” closed in, forcing the fruit down
tion a sponsorship for GVIC but in- panel discussion. GFC respectively. According to 2018- DeWever said his focus is pro- his throat. It was too sweet, it
stead asked for $10,000 for SASSL’s According to the coordinator, the 19 RSU budget, GFC was allocated a viding SASSL with the resources it had been poisoned by the news
table at the conference. idea that the funding was used for budget of $205,000 this year, while needs to “run better.” clones. Straight-faced, Dubé
equity is “embarrassing.” SASSL was allocated $200,000. clutched his floral tie. His bit was
“I had a full year of “Equity is a big deal, when we do Myer called the unapproved use “I don’t even know how done, he was dead.
programming and I think that work we want to make sure we of SASSL funds for GVIC a “manip- to put how strongly I The light left Dubé’s eyes and
are doing it right. That’s not what it ulation” of their work. glitter poured out of his eye sock-
they’ve only done half of that.” felt like at that conference.” “I don’t even know how to put feel... it’s disgusting, it’s ets and ears as the Franco-On-
They said the funding used could how strongly I feel about it into heartbreaking.” tarien anthem played in the dis-
have gone to hiring a full-time co- words. It’s disgusting, it’s heart- tance. Incoming Editor-in-Chief
Neither Ganesh nor Jay respond- ordinator for SASSL, among other breaking. I spent a full year, ignor- A job posting for a full-time co- Sarah Krichel bent over to apply
ed to a request to comment in time services the centre needs. ing my classes, ignoring all my other ordinator was posted on the RSU the shimmer to her cheekbones.
for publication. Surowiec declined The last SASSL coordinator, responsibilities to run this referen- website, however they would not From atop Jorgenson Hall,
to provide any further comment on Cassandra Myers, left at the end of dum,” said Myers. “[Ganesh] specifi- start until May­—when the new ex- photo editor Alanna Rizza un-
the matter. September following graduation. cally looked me in the face and said ‘I ecutive team enters office—accord- zipped her Lachemi suit and
“I had just come into work and According to Myers, she was re- care about [SASSL].’ Clearly, it’s just ing to the posting. watched the events unfold. It had
they were like ‘we got to go table sponsible for deciding the planning a lie. It’s just re-traumatizing.” “I just want the truth, I want jus- been four years and the campus
right now,’ and I was like. ‘I don’t and budget for the year—none of DeWever said he takes the allega- tice,” said Myers. “I want the money had not found out her secret. On
even know what [GVIC is],’” said which, Myers said, was followed. tions of misuse of SASSL funds seri- returned, I want an apology.” the roof, a single dead bee came
the CSSSV coordinator. “I was like “I had a full year of program- ously and is looking into the issue. With files from Zena Salem to life.

Doug Ford doesn’t give a fuck about the arts

Arts & Life editor Tyler Griffin makes a case for culture under the PC government’s policies and funding cuts

B ack in June 2018, Ontarians for the Arts, a non-partisan

group of Ontario-based artists, arts organizations and ad-
vocates, penned an open letter to newly elected Premier Doug
dollars from their yearly tuition.
The SCI presents a threat to culture at the post-secondary
level, where students often begin to foster a passion for the
mics and workshops with acclaimed poets that members
can learn from and engage with. If a majority of students
decide to opt out of paying for student groups next semes-
Ford. The letter congratulated Ford on his “historic election arts through student groups and programming. Whether it’s ter, Poetic Exchange will most likely be unable to afford
win” and outlined the importance of the arts and culture sec- the awkward, introverted student who improves their social such programming and return to running smaller events.
tor to Ontario’s economic growth. skills through improv or the aspiring poet who finds their That means less self-expression and opportunity for mar-
The letter came alongside a call to action. Among its pri- voice through slam poetry—the arts provide students with a ginalized artists. “We’re really dependent on that levy we
orities were higher investment into making arts and culture sense of purpose outside their mundane class schedule. get every semester from the [Ryerson Students’ Union].”
more accessible to Ontarians, guidelines to promote arts edu- “I don’t think anybody who’s been through university Smaller groups often receive considerably less funding and
cation in academic curricula and policy decisions that priori- would tell you that the most important stuff they learned attention. Every Wednesday, Improv Club at Ryerson meets
tize Canadian arts and culture. The group also requested that was stuff that they did in class,” said Alex Usher, president of in the backroom of Imperial Pub to socialize, eat fries and per-
the elected government of Ontario follow through on planned Higher Education Strategy Associates, a consulting firm for form improv skits and games. “I think it’s a great way to just
funding increases to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), the post-secondary institutions. relax and not worry about school for a bit,” said Allie Rutty,
agency that gives grants and services to Ontario-based artists Marusya Bociurkiw is the co-director of The Studio for who has run the club single-handedly for the past four years.
and arts organizations. Media Activism and Critical Thought at Ryerson University, She mentioned that many introverted students come to Im-
“We look forward to working with you and your team in a unique research centre that blurs the lines between art, me- prov Club to work on their social skills.
the months and years to come. We understand your govern- dia, activism and scholarly research. She called the SCI a direct
ment intends to develop its arts and culture priorities after the hit against radical student organizing. “Ford was very clear
“We’re really
election,” the letter read. about that,” Bociurkiw said, in reference to Ford accusing stu-
Former co-chair of Ontarians for the Arts Katherine Car- dents’ unions of getting up to “crazy Marxist nonsense” in a dependent on that
leton said the letter was an attempt to emphasize the value of fundraising email. levy we get every
the arts, and funding towards it, in a context that the Progres- “He’s not far off. Historically there has been robust, femi- semester”
sive Conservative (PC) Party could understand: economics. nist, queer-positive and left-organizing or social democratic
“We were concerned at the thinness of policy commitments organizing within universities.” In Ford’s fight to dismantle
they had made with respect to arts and culture,” said Carleton. leftist ideology at its core on university campuses, arts and While Improv Club has been able to run with little fund-
“But we were talking with politicians.” culture are simply casualties of war. ing due to the little resources needed to practice improv (just
Six months later, the Ford government slashed base fund- yourself, essentially), Rutty has always dreamed of bigger
ing to the OAC by $5 million, as well as more than $2 million
to the Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF). R obert Molloy, president of Poetic Exchange, Ryerson’s
student-run spoken word collective, said they might not
be able to compete at their biggest annual event, the College
things for the club given more funding and attention. “The
funding allows more opportunities to perform elsewhere or
to see more shows. It would be sad to lose that potential if our
Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), in the future if they funding were cut.”
Art and activism lose funding. “It’s a really big deal to have this goal to work
can be powerful
agents for social
towards,” said Molloy.
Poetic Exchange is aimed at uplifting the voices of
marginalized students; queer poets, trans poets, poets of
I n October, The Studio for Media Activism and Critical
Thought organized a workshop aptly titled #NotMyPre-
mier: Media Activism in Ford’s Ontario. They discussed
change colour. Through Poetic skills and strategies to oppose the Ford government’s attack
Exchange, “people on student loans and debt, university funding cuts and their
who don’t really attack on the arts.

I f there’s one thing Doug Ford has been transparent about,

it’s that he couldn’t give one single fuck about the arts. The
PC government’s funding cuts and policies are not just a cal-
see themselves in
the media have
a place to throw
Bociurkiw has seen firsthand the potential the arts have for
social change. At a screening of her last film, which was about
the criminalization of LGBT individuals in Eastern Europe,
culated attack on arts and culture in Ontario, but part of a out their griev- she saw audience members change their mind on issues in
long-term plan to disengage the public from ideologies within ances through real time when they discussed the film afterwards.
the arts community. an art form,” “I use art to think through social issues and I use art
At the heart of the OAC is the belief that the arts enrich Molloy said. as a way to develop conversations. Whether it’s a film
our lives, and deserve to be publicly funded and accessible Additionally, screening or a book reading or a collaborative research
to all. The Indigenous Culture Fund, set up in 2017 by the the group hosts creation project, those are all ways to build and dissemi-
Liberal government, was administered through the OAC to open nate knowledge,” Bociurkiw said. “That changes hearts
fund cultural projects designed to support Indigenous com- and minds.”
munities, connect youth and elders and reclaim Indigenous In spite of all the setbacks, Bociurkiw is hopeful that
knowledge systems and languages. The fund was part of students will step up to the call for action, having
the province’s response to the Truth and Reconcilia- been torn out of a complacency they may
tion Commission of Canada. have had with the previous provincial
“[The ICF] allows Indigenous communities to government. She said she believes
identify their own needs and create program- art and activism can be powerful
ming which best responds to it,” read another agents for social change. “Dem-
open letter addressed to Doug Ford and the onstrating may not be enough,”
Ontario PC Party which had been signed by said Bociurkiw. “We also have
more than 1,700 people. “In its short exis- to use our design skills, our me-
tence, the Indigenous Culture Fund was dia production skills and work
changing lives.” towards solutions.”

A parallel is happening at the univer-

sity level. Under Ford’s Student
Choice Initiative (SCI), post-secondary
N ow, more than ever, stu-
dents are going to have to
strengthen their organizing and
students in Ontario will be able to opt resist policies that try to disman-
out of any fees deemed “non-essential” tle student life from the inside
by the government. Mandatory fees out. And in the fight to protect life
will include services like academic at Ontario university campuses, the
counselling and campus safety pro- arts should never be an afterthought.
grams. Not included in that designa- We want nothing of a world in which
tion are students’ unions, campus the certainty of not dying from hunger
media and student groups related to comes in exchange for the risk of dying
the arts—all of which depend on each from boredom.
student throwing in a couple extra ILLUSTRATION: ELANA EMER With files from Alanna Rizza & Julia Batista


the government accountable.”

words by Content warning: The The initiative’s guidelines outline which fees are mandatory and which fees are optional.
Mandatory fees include student ID cards, health and dental plans and safety programs, among
Sarah Krichel following contains graphic and
potentially triggering content others. Fees that you can opt out of include the RSU, which funds the seven equity service cen-

& Alanna Rizza surrounding abortion. tres: the Centre for Women and Trans People, the Trans Collective, the Racialised Students’
Collective, the Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line (SASSL), the Good Food Centre (GFC),
RyeAccess and RyePride. Other optional fees include independent campus press, such as Ryer-

On the first day

son’s campus radio station CJRU 1280 AM, as well as The Eyeopener.
Organized protesting takes educational and campaign material resources, as well as a platform
to communicate from. Typically, protests or organized activism are arranged by the groups who

of spring, Ryerson
have those platforms and resources, and are funded entirely through student levies, such as the
various groups that went into organizing the walkout that took place on March 20. The walkout
saw the RSU, Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR), various course

students walked out

unions and The Eye come together to send the message to the government.
Nour Alideeb, chairperson of CFS-O, worries the SCI could mean less resources allocated to
organize movements meant to effect change and educate the community on issues. Consistent

of their classrooms.
funding has allowed student organizations to afford educational and campaign materials, along
with being able to pay staff for their work. But with less resources, student groups will have to
reevaluate how they organize on campus.

Loud chanting could

Naja Pereira, the incoming vice-president equity of the RSU, says that the first thing on her
agenda is meeting with the executive team of the RSU in the coming weeks to figure out how
to best mitigate the impacts of the SCI. For example, she wants to make use of social media

be heard from a
activism in the coming year, when resources become scarcer. But despite any efforts made, ac-
tivists part of the Ryerson community are seeing all of their work in the past years undermined
by this legislation.

The people out on Gould Street with signs, yelling into megaphones and demanding change,
are part of the groups who will be losing that funding.
“The reality is the most marginalized groups tend to be the ones without those resources,”
Alideeb says. By eliminating the resources for marginalized groups, “we are actually going to
By noon, hundreds of students were crowding the intersection of Gould and Victoria streets, see them struggle even further to talk about these issues and put forward an important cause
picket signs in hand. Some read, “Protect Students’ Independent Voices” and “Defend the Right for change.”
to Organize.” They chanted: “The students united will never be defeated.” The legislation Ford’s government put forward has triggered a mobilization of student
The protest was in response to the Ontario government’s changes to post-secondary educa- voices, coming together for various causes that affect us all. But while students work to come
tion fees, which include a 10 per cent tuition cut for domestic students, scrapping free tuition together and express their concerns, it’s the very legislation they’re protesting that will restrict
for low-income students and cuts to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). their ability to do so. Ford’s given us something to be really angry about, and made it nearly
“If I don’t fight this, the next time I renew my OSAP contract this coming fall, I’m screwed. impossible for us to do anything about it.

There’s no way I can pay it off,” a student told The Eyeopener on the day of the rally. “We have
to do something. Each of us has more power than we know.” he threat to student life, advocacy and activism in Ontario is not unprecedented. In
Ryerson’s walkout was one of 16 protests held across the province. It was organized by We 2005, the Australian government passed legislation that would remove funding for
The Students RU and supported by the province’s largest student advocacy group, the Cana- university student unions. These unions were expected to stand on their own through
dian Federation of Students-Ontario (CFS-O). voluntary memberships and investments. Like in Ontario, universities that were found finan-
Protesting has always been considered a staple in students’ ability to express their opinions, cially supporting their unions would see their government grants reduced.
beliefs and rights on campus. But as per a report by the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom, written two
Chelsea Davenport, a fourth-year social work student and Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) years after the legislation was put into effect, the unions weren’t able to stand on their own.
board of directors member, spoke at the rally. She says protesting allows students’ voices to be To appease these losses, student service organizations turned to the universities, or university-
heard and allows them to support each other. owned companies, to have those institutions take over those student services and embed those
But come September, protesting on campus, and with it, the ability to exercise free speech, fees as part of their departmental responsibilities.
may become less accessible and possible. This is due to Premier Doug Ford’s Student Choice The report stated that 25 out of 30 student organizations in Australia reported substantial or
Initiative (SCI) draining the resources that are required for such movements. The legislation total job losses. Another notable result of the legislation was how independent “student rights
gives students the ability to opt out of certain ancillary fees. “Not being able to exercise our advocacy support” became something conducted entirely by the universities themselves. Ac-
right to protest will create barriers for students to share their opinions and lived experi- cording to the report, at least six campuses saw their student advocacy services taken over by
ences,” says Davenport. “It will make it more difficult to hold [Ryerson] administration and the university or a company owned by the university.

THOUT A VOICE photo collage by

Alanna Rizza

While, in theory, it’s possible to have student advocacy rights be independent from the that provides consulting services to governments, post-secondary institutions and agencies—
school, Australian student organizations reported the precarity that comes with going doesn’t think the initiative threatens free speech, and that it’s more of a campus life issue. “You
down that route. “Our funding agreement is for one year only,” said the Australian National don’t need subsidies to have freedom of speech,” says Usher, who does not see the decreasing
University Students’ Association in the report, “and is a verbal agreement which could be inability to mobilize and protest as a threat to freedom of expression.
changed at any time.” Usher’s perspective on the issue has been the wider consensus among student bodies
In light of the SCI, some are turning to this legislation that took place in Australia as prec- across the province. Many deem it “an attack on student life,” but do not label it as an issue
edent for what might happen to Ontarian students. If this is the case, students could become of free speech.
extremely dependent on the university for student rights advocacy, among other services. But Diverlus disagrees. “What [Ford] has done is eliminated the dissenting voice. He’s cut

voices that are the loudest of criticism and criticizing him, which are students—vulnerable and
n 2013, Pascale Diverlus recalls seeing hundreds of students lining up weekly for Ryerson’s marginalized students.”

food bank, the Good Food Centre (GFC). It offers emergency food relief, inexpensive food
and workshops on meal planning and gardening. Sometimes there would be students and o this day, across Gould Street and at its intersections with Church and Victoria streets,
other Ryerson community members lined up down the staircase of the second floor of the anti-choice protesters demonstrate with massive graphic images of what appear to be
Student Campus Centre. dead fetuses. Members of the organization Toronto Against Abortion (TAA) are be-
Meanwhile, as coordinator for SASSL, Diverlus—who was also the vice-president equity ing paid to stand on the public streets with triggering signs, talk to and incite reactions from
of the RSU at the time—was working 20 hours a week on paper, but often ended up working students on what can be a stressful and traumatic issue to some.
full-time hours. It was a time of urgency, she says. To mitigate the lack In November 2016, members of the equity service centres created
of resources the two centres were dealing with, a campaign began to the Ryerson Reproductive Justice Collective (RRJC), to combat the
take form to have a student referendum, which would further fund the
two equity centres. “If there’s any triggering images being displayed on the public streets. The collective
penned an open letter to the university to call it to action against anti-
Finally, in November 2017, the Feed Students, Support Survivors
campaign was successful in pushing for $5 from each student per year attack for choice protesters, but the school could not do anything due to the fact
that the protesters stood on public property. That, however, didn’t
via ancillary fees to support the GFC and SASSL. Starting September
2018, the successful campaign provided the two of seven equity ser- students to stop the RRJC from further action. Members printed large signs—
funded by the equity centres—that read “Policing someone else’s body

get the most

vice centres with approximately $186,265, The Eye previously reported. is violence” and “Mind your own fucking body,” to cover up the anti-
Emily Kolomvos, one of this year’s GFC coordinators, says the GFC choicers’ graphic images.

mobilized, it’s
saw their member count double this year and SASSL began to work Today, photography prints of the RRJC’s members—who consistent-
on their long-term plan of adding a full-time clinical supervisor with a ly showed up when they were made aware of anti-choicers being on

background in clinical social work, as well as four other staff workers to campus—are plastered all over the SCC’s Oakham Café.
run the support line, work on upcoming projects and many other goals Although the RRJC only required funding for posters, it’s an exam-
for the line. ple of activism groups being created in response to hate or violence
But all of this was before the SCI came into play. Now, it’s unclear on campus. And without student groups that are present and able to
whether the two services will survive. Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi told The Eye that respond, we may not see conversations like this happen.
certain services the equity service centres provide are “important,” pointing to SASSL as an Andrew Hight, a fourth-year arts and contemporary studies student, says without the post-
example. It’s possible, Lachemi says, to have some of those services fall “under the umbrella” ers and materials for the counterprotesting, Hight and the other RRJC counterprotesters
of “essential” services. “I am a big believer of giving a voice to students because it’s not just the wouldn’t have been able to block the triggering imagery from TAA. He says without campaign
administration or the government that should control this. This is part of a free society, and it’s materials, movements aren’t as impactful.
very important for us to hear from students on that aspect.” “The equity service centres have shown time and time again that they actually care for
Until the provincial government further clarifies what line items will be for the opt-out the safety and well-being of the students, and to think that these could be taken away
system, all the work that went toward the referendum is in jeopardy, says Diverlus. “It’s heart- because of cuts is extremely disappointing and really upsetting that these materials could
breaking,” she says. The referendum process was worked on for years to bring higher quality just vanish,” he says.
and quantity service to the centres, Diverlus says. “You think years ahead, and the fact that so Alideeb says it was those counter-protesters who changed the conversation about anti-
many things for decades we’ve been working towards, is in the blink of an eye, going to be choice demonstrators, such as no longer referring to them as “pro-life.” It’s education coming
gone. It’s heartbreaking that students are really just not going to have the same caliber of ser- through protesting like this that she believes is at risk when equity centres are being defunded.
vices that are now being offered.” She adds that she often thinks about how right-wing and other hate groups are increasing
Although Australia’s experience with “voluntary student unionism” showed student advo- their presence around the world.
cacy becoming part of the school’s mandate, it is important to note the significance of indepen- Many students feel safer using resources that are “for students, by students,” Alideeb says. “I
dent advocacy when it comes to issues like sexual assault support, for example. In an instance really think there’s nothing better than students providing things for each other.”
where a student could have been assaulted by a university staff or faculty member, some stu- Diverlus is one of many student activists left wondering if the work they put in over the
dents would rather go to an independent body than the university itself—which has a stake in years was worth it in the end. “I think really the only thing we have to do is fight,” Diverlus
the complaint. says. “If there’s any attack for students to get the most mobilized, it’s now.”
However, Alex Usher, president of Higher Education Strategy Associates—an organization With files from the News Team and Kiernan Green.

OSAP cuts might impact Rams recruiting

By Matt Vocino certainly think the OSAP cuts will
impact recruitment, Ryerson Ath-
Ten months ago, Doug Ford and the letics isn’t quite sure.
Progressive Conservative party took “The OSAP cut has not affected
over provincial parliament, and the department’s allotment to Ath-
from the beginning set their sights letic Financial Assistance (AFA)
on cutting the province’s budget. awards, so our ability to provide
Since winning the election, the money to potential incoming stu-
Conservatives have introduced a dents has not changed,” said Ryer-
sweeping new healthcare reform to son’s Athletics department.
save money, have cut funding for More commonly known as an
children with autism and have made athletic scholarship, an AFA is based
many changes to the Ontario Stu- on athletic talent and is adminis-
dent Assistance Program (OSAP). tered by the university the student
Beginning this coming Septem- athlete is planning to attend, accord-
ber, OSAP will be removing the six- Kevin MacDonald, who pitched for the Rams men’s baseball team for four years, says that the OSAP cuts force aspiring college ing to the OUA.
month interest-free grace period, athletes to go to schools closer to home | PHOTO COURTESY: CHRISTIAN “The only real change is the
the family income threshold will be impact that the potential student
lowered, making it harder for stu- letes still require a large amount of make up the remaining costs. While the OUA requires athletes has on their own ability to afford
dents to be eligible for the program, financial capital to attend university. This means that when the OSAP to maintain an 80 per cent average or to attend university. We are still
all while cutting tuition by 10 per changes come into effect next school higher to be eligible for a maximum competing against other OUA
cent across the board. “I think OSAP will year and many more students be- scholarship of $4,500, many schools for potential students, as we
While the decision will certainly
make it harder for gin to seek part-time employment schools will cover full tuition and always have.”
affect everyday students, many of to make ends meet, athletes will compulsory fees and have slightly “It is still early in the recruiting
whom have already voiced their dis- athletes to go to still not be able to, increasing the lower academic requirements. process, so to date, none of the
pleasure with the changes on Twit- schools” amount of debt they owe. Even with “We are behind the eight ball coaches have identified the OSAP
ter, university athletic programs athletic scholarships, the OSAP re- when it comes to recruiting,” said changes as an issue,” said Ryerson
may also face challenges in recruit- In most cases, students turn forms will likely impact athletes. Rams men’s hockey goaltender Athletics Director Jeff Giles.
ing athletes because of the changes. to OSAP and part-time jobs to “I think OSAP will make it harder Taylor Dupuis. “This will only make “Going forward, we will continue
According to U SPORTS and On- cover the costs associated with for athletes to go to schools fur- things harder for Ontario schools to to address financial issues of
tario University Athletics (OUA) university, and recent data collected ther away if the scholarship is only recruit top end players as the other potential recruits on an individual
regulations, universities across the by the Canadian University Survey a partial one,” said former Ryerson leagues might be more appealing to basis and provide whatever
province have the ability to offer Consortium in 2016 suggests that Rams men’s baseball player Kevin those who need the assistance. assistance we can working with
athletes with up to $4,500 in athletic 54 per cent of second and third-year MacDonald, who will be graduating “Especially being in Toronto, other areas of the university.”
scholarships a year. However, they students are currently employed, this May. “They might start staying many of us rely on financial aid to Evidently, there are certainly
cannot offer full-rides, which is al- working about 17 hours a week, closer to schools close to home to cover the costs of living and/or tu- mixed opinions on how the OSAP
lowed in the United States. while about 30 per cent of first years cut down on costs.” ition and everything else that comes cuts will impact athlete recruitment
With tuition costing an average of are employed. Furthermore, the OUA is already with living downtown so recruiting Taylor Dupuis, but the truth of the
$6,500 in 2017-2018, not including While this is certainly an oppor- hindered by providing less financial will absolutely be affected by the matter is, financials play a huge role
room, board and transportation costs tunity for some, most athletes do not assistance than schools out west OSAP cuts.” in deciding where an athlete will
amounting to several housands, ath- have the time to find employment to and east. While MacDonald and Dupuis play next.

first year. Perhaps even more staggering with and respect him so greatly.

One Last Portrait Since then, he’s landed gigs

shooting International Ice Hockey
Federation (IIHF) World Junior
than the photos themselves is
D’Addese’s remarkably humble and
relaxed attitude towards what has
As for his future career, he
doesn’t think about it too often,
at least not in a self-fulfilling and
Rams photographer Alex D’Addese has made a huge Championships, National Basketball
Association (NBA) All-Star Games,
been an illustrious career thus far.
“Having Alex around always
idealistic sense.
He enjoys what he does, and if a
impact during his time at Ryerson. Hayden Godfrey has and the 2018 Summer Youth makes you feel like you’re part of professional team is looking for a
the story on his lengthy career Olympics in Argentina, among a great, elite program,” adds Jama team photographer, he’ll be the first
others. He was selected out of Bin-Edward of Ryerson’s women’s one to run with the opportunity.
If you’ve ever been to a Ryerson years. “The amount of effort he puts thousands of applicants to shoot the basketball team. “His ability to Still, he’ll never forget the half-de-
Rams game, you’ve definitely caught into it is unsurmountable.” Youth Olympics. capture photos is incredible.” cade he spent at the MAC.
a glimpse of Alex D’Addese, one of Even though he considers He’s also shot nearly every game He’ll never go out of the way to “I’ve sort of just gone with it,“ he
Ryerson Athletics’ photographers, himself an “above average house- for Ryerson’s men’s and women’s show off a slick shot or brag about noted with a smile. “I don’t think I’ve
running around in search of the league [hockey] player, at best”, volleyball, basketball, and hockey the connections he’s made. That’s ever gone out of my way and said
perfect shot. he’s always watched the Toronto teams—frequently travelling with part of what makes it so easy for ‘this is what I need to be doing’, it
Often seen with cameras draped Maple Leafs and Raptors with an the teams to tournaments and athletes and colleagues to get along just happens.”
around his upper body, he’s shot over interest in learning the way the championship games, both provin-
600 events in and around Ryerson. industry worked. cial and national.
D’Addese practically lives at the D’Addese’s pre-game rituals, which
Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), “I’ve never seen begin several hours ahead of an eve-
and he’ll be the first to tell you that anyone with more ning game, are something to behold.
he loves it. Perched on his wheeled stool on
“I think I’ve improved quite a bit drive. He’s already the far-right hand side of the media
since first year,” he said. “Part of it doing big things” desk at the MAC’s Home Ice, he
might be the equipment and facili- sets up multiple cameras and walks
ties I’ve gotten to use, but I think After one year of studying Com- around the arena before heading
I’ve gotten a lot better.” munication, Media and Film at the down to ice level to capture the
“I always try and beat him to a game, University of Windsor (where he team’s warm up or shootaround.
but I think I’ve only done it twice,” dabbled in sports photography, “I’ve never seen anyone with more
says Christian Bender, a second-year shooting Windsor’s football team drive,” observes Hung Le, Alex’s col-
RTA Sport Media student and Rams for the 2013-14 season), D’Addese league and fellow RTA student. “He’s
photographer who D’Addese has transferred to Ryerson and took a already doing big things. If there’s While D’Addese’s thousands of photos include many Rams landmarks, he’s quick to point
mentored over the past two school job as an event photographer in his anyone geared for success, it’s him.” to the 2016 Wilson Cup as a favourite | PHOTO COURTESY: ALEX D’ADDESE

Will the societies survive the cuts?

Here’s how the SCI will affect groups like TRSS and Science Society
By Alexandra Holyk per semester toward the RSS. “It’s going to be a completely dif-
and Izabella Balcerzak Nader Nassereddine, a first year ferent environment with [student
business management student, was life] being taken away,” he said.
Since the Student Choice Initiative elected to the position of Business He added that he’s worried about
(SCI) was announced by the Ontario Management Director. As a first- smaller student groups such as Ry-
Government on Jan. 17, there have year, he’s one of the youngest stu- erson Toastmasters, which helps
already been cuts to student life in the dents on TRSS. He campaigned on build leadership skills and public
business and science societies, leav- a platform that was centered around speaking abilities. Meanwhile, the
ing the students in charge scrambling proving to students that the roughly Top 200 program has already been
to figure out funding for next year. $70 fee is worth it. cut. It gave students networking
Paying the levy for student opportunities through conferences,
unions is one of the optional ancil- “If you haven’t been workshops, and co-op internships
lary fees, meaning that every stu- in the industry. Without it, many
involved, next year
dent-run initiative under the Ry- students worry their student life is
erson Students’ Union (RSU) will might be a being negatively affected.
be at-risk. This will include student wake-up call” Sandeep Niranjan, the president of
groups affiliated with the Ted Rog- the Ryerson Toastmasters, is unsure
ers Students’ Society (TRSS) and “We’re not going to get as much about what the upcoming cuts will
the Ryerson Science Society (RSS). money back because the trust is mean for the future of TRSS groups.
TRSS is a student-elected society lost,” he said, considering students “If students opt out of this levy,
representing over 9,500 full-time are now doubting what their fees then student groups like mine at
undergraduate students attending are being spent on. “It’s really hard TRSS may not have the same sup-
any of the five schools within the to gain back that trust.” port they had this year,” he said. Good luck getting involved next year, kid | PHOTO: ELANA EMER
Ted Rogers School of Management. Nassereddine said that his involve- “This means that [the Ryerson
This includes business manage- ment in various student groups ulti- Toastmasters] and most likely many smaller groups receive. With a small- events are crucial places for students
ment, information technology man- mately gave him enough confidence others under the TRSS umbrella er budget, they had to rely on corpo- to meet employers.
agement, hospitality and tourism to run against upper-year students in will have to seek funding from ex- rate partners for organizing events, in “When you do apply for jobs,
management, retail management the last election. These groups that ternal parties such as corporations.” addition to RSU funding. they’re going to want to look at
and accounting and finance. get first-year students involved are The cuts to student societies will David Jardine, the RSS’s vice- what you’ve done, right? It’s not go-
RSS similarly represents students the ones on the chopping block. also affect students from different president of communications, ex- ing to be [just] based on grades but
across all seven of the science fac- “It’s frightening, but it’s some- faculties. Kristen Kelly, third-year pressed his concern for future events [also] based on your experience,”
ulty’s programs, including two math thing that I’m willing to take on,” professional communication student, hosted by student groups. They said said Nassereddine. “I hope that at
programs, four chemistry and biol- he said. “It shouldn’t be something chooses to stay heavily involved with that the quality and the quantity of least [during] the summer, they re-
ogy programs, computer science that holds us back, but something TRSS student groups. She worries the different social events will de- alize how important student groups
and medical physics. Together, the we take as a positive and try to fix.” these cuts will “put a lot of pressure” crease, and it will be more difficult are, because they are what forms the
two student societies oversee about Nassereddine said his team has al- when hiring within student groups. to attract students. school community itself.”
50 different student groups. ready begun allocating funds for next Kelly was also vice-president of “There will be less leadership op- Kelly adds that, “if you haven’t been
Last year, Ted Rogers students year. The funding changes have al- events for the ProCom Course Union portunities just because there’s less involved, next year might be a wake-
paid $70.89 toward funding the ready impacted his view on how stu- (PCCU) and experienced first-hand funding,” Jardine said. They ex- up call [by saying] ‘Oh, I’m given even
TRSS, and science students paid $30 dent life will be at Ryerson next year. the importance of financial support plained that networking and alumni less opportunity than last year.”

How to pay off your loans with (or without) grace

Ontario portion of your loan (1 per Finalize details: Repayment assistance:
cent), you’ll be accumulating inter- Decide which bank account you’ll To lower your monthly amounts,
est on the Canada portion of the loan use to repay the loan, the monthly go to your NSLSC account and fill
(2.5 per cent) as soon as you gradu- amount, automatic or manual pay- out either an online or paper ap-
ate. Those fuckers. You can choose to ments and finally, how long it will plication. Your family income, size
either pay the interest rates monthly, take to release this burden. and any outstanding OSAP loans
as a lump sum, or have the amount will be considered. You must reap-
added to your loan total after the six Paying it off: ply every six months.
month non-repayment period ends. Whatever is on your account as of The Severe Permanent Disability
May 1 is what you will be charged in- Benefit is also available to students
Graduation day is full of surprises | PHOTO: ELANA EMER
Estimate monthly payments: terest on. If you want to pay off your who can’t attend work or school be-
Find out how much you think loan in full, the NSLSC must receive cause of their disability.
grants. Most importantly, that six- you owe by multiplying your loan the payment by April 30, 2019. It can
By Izabella Balcerzak month interest-free grace period amount by 0.025 (Canada interest take up to four business days to pro- What happens if you don’t repay
many of us rely on is gone–and it rate) or 0.01 (Ontario rate). It’s im- cess, so we recommend submitting it your loans?
What’s a four letter word that gives kicks in as soon as you graduate. portant to note that if interest rates by April 24, just to be safe. You don’t You will be in this weird grey limbo
your more anxiety than sleeping We’re going to try to make this change, your monthly payment stays want to spend the last week of your the government calls “default”. This
past your alarm or getting shat on as painless as possible since the Na- the same. However, the amount ap- semester stressing the fuck out. means you’ll most likely be reported
by a flock of campus pigeons? tional Student Loans Service Centre plied to your loan balance (known as to a credit bureau where your debt
The answer to the world’s worst (NSLSC) website can cause major the “principal” amount) will change. Start repaying your loans: is overturned to a collection agency.
riddle is L-O-A-N, and it’s coming headaches, yet you need it to pay off The loan is integrated, which Send payments to NSLSC and not You could be ineligible for further
faster than expected thanks to the any outstanding fees. Follow these means you can’t pay off the federal to OSAP. If you are using online OSAP and a ton of other shit you
Ford government making crucial steps to ensure you avoid whatever or provincial portion separately. You banking, the NSLSC is listed as a probably don’t want to find out about.
changes to how and when student jail time OSAP gives out to poor un- will receive the breakdown of both payee. TD and CIBC will list “Na- Whatever you owe, we hope this
loans are paid back. Access to the fortunate souls like ourselves. parts when you enter the grace pe- tional Student Loan Service” while guide answers any burning ques-
Ontario Student Assistance Pro- riod. However, you won’t be able to BMO uses “NSLS”. Payments are tions. If you have specific queries,
gram (OSAP) will be focused on So, what’s up with the six month calculate how much exact interest based on the average time a stu- call the NSLSC directly or use cam-
lower-income families, with stu- grace period? will accumulate during the grace pe- dent usually takes to pay back their pus financial services. Don’t worry—
dents receiving more loans than Although this still remains on the riod until you enter the grace period. loans—a whopping 9 1/2 years. you’ve got this and we believe in you.

Culture groups discuss new ways to survive Ford

By Lidia Abraha “This is going to hit hard, and offer students paid membership the Students to ensure the safety It may feel like student groups
for cultural groups like us that are packages. of the equity centres. We the Stu- and equity centres are being left
The Student Choice Initiative (SCI) underrepresented, [it’s] tough,” Estelle Ntusi, the vice president dents is a province-wide campaign in the dark, but Ntusi said she’s
will have an impact across the uni- said Quiroz. One of their goals is to of the ASA, said she’s looking for- to combat Ford’s changes to OSAP ready to take on the challenge to
versity with cuts to department increase outreach and make their ward to finding new ways to make and the SCI. continue supporting students that
funding, OSAP and more. In light group more visible on campus. But their organization thrive in light of “As of right now, we can’t con- identify with the ASA—and she
of the recent legislation, cultural now, with the potential cuts, tabling the cuts. firm anything yet,” said Perez, when encourages other student groups
and equity groups on campus will will be harder when they can’t af- discussing next years’ plans for the to do the same.
also struggle to continue organizing ford to give out goodies that attract
“We are creating a space for seven equity centres. “These are places where people
next year. people to their booth. Perez oversees the operations of the who identify with the cultural stu-
The SCI is a provincial legislation “That budget cut is going to make [international students] that Racialised Students’ Collective, Good dent groups can go get comfortable
that will allow students to opt out of it harder to get our name out there. will help alleviate the cultural Food Centre, Centre for Women and and find people they’re familiar
ancillary fees when they enroll for Our goal is to keep increasing our shock” Trans People, Sexual Assault Survi- with and make it a safe place for
the upcoming academic year. numbers, but now at this point, I vor Support Line, RyePride, RyeAc- students at Ryerson for their day-
Ancillary fees are used to fund can’t achieve that as well as I could,” cess and the Trans Collective. to-day-life.”
faculty-based student society fees, said Quiroz. “I don’t think [student groups]
health and dental plan, and the OLAS increased activity in the last should see it as an end all be all,” said | PHOTO: IZABELLA BALCERZAK
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)— year. Since then, they’ve added more Ntusi. “[Cultural groups] should re-
which also funds more than 80 stu- events like dance lessons and mix ally take the opportunity to reevalu-
dent groups on campus. and mingle nights. Now, Quiroz is ate essentially why student groups
unsure if they’ll be able to continue are on campus.”
“We have to find with their current momentum. The ASA provides an integral
creative ways to A potential option OLAS is con- space for international students,
make money” sidering is to ask for donations at and aids them in their resettlement
their charity fundraising events. to Canada.
However, this is not an ideal option, “It’s important to realize that
If students opt out of ancillary since it feels unethical to not give all we are creating a space for them
fees, many student organizations the money to charity. that will help alleviate the cultural
will get less funding to organize “We have to find creative ways to shock,” said Ntusi.
events and provide space for stu- make money,” said Quiroz. The RSU have been working with
dents. Isaac Quiroz, the president The African Student Association the university to get the Equity Ser-
of the Organization of Latin Ameri- (ASA) has already started strategiz- vice Centres considered as an essen-
can Students (OLAS), said that he’s ing ways to secure funding so they tial service.
worried about not holding as many can continue holding events. They Ruben Perez, Equity and Cam-
events for Hispanic and Spanish plan to reach out to organizations paigns organizer of the RSU, said
speaking students. that will support their cause, and they have been working with We

Anti-Black Racism Climate Review will continue in the Spring

By Lidia Abraha went until April 1, with more dates for Black students, staff, and faculty. ECI for the ABRCR, which incor- erson Today article—which went up
and Kieona George to be added. Since the review is tak- Walcott said he’s seen the highest porated flyering, using Ryerson’s the day after their scheduled inter-
ing place near the end of the semes- turnout for consultations with staff. social media channels, and class view with The Eye.
Ryerson is holding consultations for ter, Walcott anticipates that there There have been concerns about talks. However, Lamers said Ryer-
the first Anti-Black Racism Climate will be more student participation Ryerson’s promotion of the ongo- son is not following their plans. “What I understand is
Review (ABRCR) at Ryerson. This in the spring. ing consultations. Josh Lamers, co- Denise said that tabling was done sometimes students
is the first step to understanding If students cannot make it to the founder of BLC, said that Ryerson the same time as the Ryerson Stu-
how anti-Black racism impacts stu- consultation in person, Green said has not fully utilized its platforms dents’ Union general elections, so miss their emails”
dents, faculty and staff. Walcott will be available via email. to reach as many students as pos- students may not have noticed.
The ABRCR was first proposed “I promised to deliver a report by sible for the focus groups. He’s “This speaks to a larger thing They began outreach on March 7,
by the Black Liberation Collective the end of June. So I’ll be very flex- had several students and faculty where an institution can say they’re and their first focus group meeting
(BLC) in their 2016 demands to the ible in between April, May and say they first heard of the review going to do something, and not nec- was on March 8. They reached out
university. Consultations have now June,” said Walcott. through BLC’s social channels in- essarily want to put their soul into to the Black Faculty and Staff Com-
been implemented by the Presi- Green said the ECI is looking for- stead of Ryerson. doing that very thing,” said Lamers. munity Network, Black student
dent’s Office of Equity, Community ward to what the report will reveal He said that BLC had coordinated As for outreach, Green said they organizations, and various depart-
and Inclusion (ECI). to create an inclusive environment communication strategies with the put up posters and published a Ry- ments across campus.
Denise O’Neil Green, the head The ECI also sent emails to
of the ECI office, is co-organizing | PHOTO: SARAH KRICHEL 2,000 students. “What I under-
the assessment with Dr. Rinaldo stand is sometimes students miss
Walcott, an international expert on their emails, even though we’ve
Black cultural studies. sent multiple engagements,” said
There are different consultations Green. “So we learn from that and
for faculty, students and staff. Con- we move on.”
sultations are expected to continue Since this is a qualitative report,
up until June, and be conducted in they are not keeping track of how
the form of focus groups. many particpants attend the fo-
After consultations are done, cus group. Green said it was diffi-
Walcott will present his findings cult coordinating with everyone’s
to the ECI, which will summarize schedules, which is why the consul-
a report to senior Ryerson admin- tation process was held late in the
istration. Once the university re- academic year.
views the report, the ECI will de- “We understand that students are
cide how the report is distributed very busy right now,” said Green.
to the public. “More data collection will happen
Consultations started as early as past April whereby students can
March 8 and student consultations continue to engage.”

Students hold funeral for life on campus

Student writes
after remembering
they signed up for
Alexandra Holyk reports on the services held by faculty and students as campus becomes a very boring place to be summer courses

By Joseph Casciaro
11 per cent, one per cent more than ing the walkout. “When the oppor-
LitFest, which is much more than tunity to leave class arises, we take *Pauses for deep breath*
she originally anticipated. This was a it,” self-acclaimed Starbucks Student My summer is ruined.
significantly larger turnout than the Society president, Nathon Brajedly, I was so freaking confident in
RSU’s town hall this past month. said while sipping his tall non-fat wet my work ethic that I thought
The funeral had a BYOC policy— cappuccino with foam. taking a break over summer
Bring Your Own Casket. The student The mixed reactions were a re- was for the weaklings and stu-
groups pulled out the stops before sult of the stress exams are bringing. dents who are personal enemies
rigor groupus sets in and their bod- Without tutorials, labs or lectures to of Lachemi. What in the world
ies are all gross. The RSU covered stress them out students don’t know was going through my mind
their casket with credit card records. what to do with themselves. when I thought summer classes
The CJRU had music blaring from Third-year journalism student, were a good decision? I was
the stereos embedded in their death Meenar Izzola, told The Eyeopener smart enough to get into uni-
box; Hooked On a Feeling by Blue Swede that she has felt very overwhelmed versity, but not smart enough
played on repeat, of course. lately with the stress of the semester. to make a better decision.
The Eyeopener came without a “You know, [life] has just really been I should be getting drunk by
casket in hand. They claimed it was a lot,” she said while putting on sun- 12 o’clock in the summer, not
because they are not dead yet, how- glasses despite being indoors. rushing to an 8 a.m. lecture. I
ever, they are on life support. Lead- Former RSU president Maklane should be thinking about which
|PHOTO: KHALED BADAWI ing the previous and incoming mast- deWever was encouraging students party to hit up first, not which
head was none other than next year’s to maintain a hopeful outlook. “Af- assignment to start first. I have
With the Student Choice Initiative munication Centre (RCC), where all Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Krichel. “This ter the crazy year we’ve had, we’ve been holding back from ripping
(SCI) being implemented by the things go to die. year was a shit show,” she said, fol- got a whole four months to relax, my hair out since September,
Ontario government this upcom- The organizer of the event, Glen lowed by a long pause for effect. “Sea- reenergize, refresh and re-get our but I won’t be able to constrain
ing fall semester, activities and stu- Wazowski, had high hopes for the son 2 comes out Fall 2019.” shit together.” myself from ripping every sin-
dent spaces will take a big hit, and turnout of students. “Students need Students were seen mourning the There will be a candlelight vigil gle strand of hair off my head
Ryerson campus life will never be to have an event all of them talk deceased in their own unique ways. held for the semester and all Ryer- in July. At least I will still get to
the same. about and only 10 per cent will re- Some were crying, some were laugh- son students are expected to attend. use my beer funnel, but disap-
Students have started to mourn ally come out.” ing, some were hysterically doing a It will take place after finals are pointingly it will be to funnel
that which was and never will be Wazowski’s expectations regard- mixture of both. There were also a over, but before students figure out espresso down my throat to
again. The funeral services were ing student attendance were blown number of students at Starbucks, the the fifth way to tweet about their keep myself awake as I work all
held on April 1st at the Rogers Com- out of the water with a whopping same location they retreated to dur- summer job. night long.

Lachemi plunges into the next attempt for innovation hub

By Erina Sirrah been rejected once, and between
that and Brampton and the law
Ryerson University’s president Mo- school, he really needs a win.”
hamed Lachemi has announced his Lachemi calmed concerns of be-
plan to go down Niagara Falls in a ing swept away by the Niagara’s cur-
barrel to prove his commitment to rent after the jump by stating that,
the school’s latest expansion. if necessary, a team of other admin-
“I’m ready. Full hearts, large eyes, istration members are prepared to
can’t lose or whatever those sports swim out to get the barrel once it
people say,” Lachemi declared. lands at the bottom of the falls.
When The Eye caught up with him Lachemi will take the plunge
at one of his morning prep sessions, June 7, the one-year anniversary
he curled himself into a ball on the of Ford’s election. Whether it’s for
floor of his office and sat still for 20 spite, celebration or another motive
minutes, the approximate length of for picking that date, the president
the fall. wouldn’t comment.
“Rocketting down a raging wa-
terfall in a small wooden barrel is
going to be a breeze compared to A rendition of Lachemi as he steels his nerve and does what is necessary to secure Ryerson’s future |PHOTO: ELENA EMER Turn this
the last year of dealing with [Doug]
Ford,” he said. “When I’m in that
barrel, I’m only going to be think-
When asked by The Eye if he was
nervous about the dangers of the
Lachemi’s trainer, Chris P. Bacon,
explained. “We went with the barrel
Ryerson’s projects. They commis-
sioned a painting of Ford on the in-
corner for
ing about Ryerson.”
After Ryerson’s application for an
stunt, Lachemi slowly lifted his head
from his practice position and shook
because then no one can see the look
of fear on his face.”
side, so Lachemi can make eye con-
tact with his enemy and remember
more fun!
innovation hub in Niagara Falls was his head. Bacon said Lachemi has been his motivation.
turned down, the city of Niagara “I don’t know what Ford will planning his daredevil stunt since When the group presented it to
took things into their own hands cancel next,” he said, citing the can- January. The final stretch of his the president at one of his morn-
and re-applied. The application cellation of Ryerson’s Brampton training will involve working with ing practices, he began sniffling and
went to the federal government, not campus, law school’s OSAP funding a psychologist about how to think wiping his eyes.
the provincial one—but Lachemi and other changes to university and positively while plummeting down “I hope this gives Lachemi his
said he is not taking any chances. student finances. He began sweat- the falls. spunk back,” said one member who
“Ford is the premier of Ontario ing nervously the moment the word The barrel was custom-made and wished to stay anonymous, stating
and acts like the mayor of Toronto, “cancel” was spoken out loud. donated by Ryerson faculty and concerns Ford might cancel their
so who’s to say that this being a fed- “It was either a barrel or go- staff, who say they can’t bear to see careers if they’re seen helping the
eral decision will stop him?” ing across the falls on a tightrope,” the government cancel any more of president. “This project has already

FORD. Sincerely,
Nathaniel Crouch
The Fun & Satire Editor

A message of thanks
from President Lachemi
Thank you for an amazing year.

As you leave Ryerson at the end of term, I trust

you take with you great memories and a sense of
pride in your achievements, big and small. It has
been another incredible year at our university,
thanks to great students like you. Your energy
and talent inspire our community.

What’s next for you? If it is graduation, I hope

to see you at convocation and I encourage you
to keep in touch as your life journey continues.
Returning next year? Enjoy your summer, and
I look forward to seeing you in the fall.



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