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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 NEWS The Eyeopener 3

Rye gets shafted by
government program
BY GRAHAM SLAUGHTER

The Ontario government has an- will “help Ontario meet the demands
nounced they will add 42,000 stu- of the new economy. “
dents to universities and colleges Liana Salvador, vice president
this year by building more classroom education for the Ryerson Student’s
spaces. Union, referred to this announcement
However, Ryerson received this fund- as an “optical illusion” because Ryer-
ing last year for 319 more spots — less son cashed in on the funding last year.
than one per cent of the new spaces. “They’re repeating stuff we already
Ryerson received $16 million last knew,” said Salvador.
year through the Knowledge Infra- A government press release on Dec.
structure Program. Ryerson’s closest 27, outlined how boosting enrolment
neighbour, the University of Toronto, would make “a high quality education
got $151 million – more than nine more accessible than ever,” but Salva-
times Ryerson’s share. York University dor disagrees.
was given $35 million. “When you’re considering going
Ryerson used this money last year to a university, you don’t consider the
for renovations to the Image Arts buildings on campus. You think about
building. whether or not you can afford it,” she
York and the University of Toronto’s said.
projects will each open up about But Levy says that these are two
1,670 spaces in new science buildings different issues.
— five times more than Ryerson’s al- The funding that the government is
lotted spots. discussing is to help additional stu-
Ryerson president Sheldon Levy
couldn’t confirm the 319 new spots,
Detective constable Dave Love shows photos of a person of interest in the fire investigation. PHOTO: LIN NGUYEN
saying that Ryerson asked the gov-
ernment for around 2, 000.

Investigation of Yonge
“You’d think that just on balance, we You can’t add students and
would be in a good position because hire professors later.
we’re in the GTA obviously, where the — Pamela Palmater,
growth is, and we have the highest politics professor

Street fire closes
demand for number of places avail-
able of any university in Ontario,” said
Levy.
“This is a continuing investment in dents who want to attend post sec-
Ryerson’s infrastructure,” said Tyler ondary.
Charlebois, a representative from the “The funding that we’re talking
A week of investigations over the fire that ravaged Yonge and Gould Ontario Ministry of Training, colleges about is necessary to increase the
and universities. number of students that have an op-
BY SARAH DEL GIALLO AND EMMA Charlebois said, “If there’s a dis- portunity to attend post secondary,”
PRESTWICH
crepancy between the numbers it’s Levy said.
NEWS EDITORS
eight months after one of the walls Yonge and Gould. because [the ministry of training, col- Rather than revamping buildings
The fire investigation on the corner collapsed last April. The building had Now that the investigation has fin- leges and universities] has said we’ll and adding students, Pamela Palma-
fund 319, and Ryerson is opening up ter, an associate professor of politics
of Yonge and Gould streets finished been slotted to open Jan. 15 follow- ished at the site of the fire, debris can
more.” and public administration, thinks Ry-
on Monday. The building has been ing renovations by Toronto Hydro. be cleared off Yonge Street, machin-
Robert Marshall, an instructor in erson needs to invest in the people at
taken down to the second floor and Police announced that they had ery and fences that occupied traffic politics and public administration, the front of the class — the professors.
fire officials were finally able to enter found a person of interest on Friday, lanes all of last week. It will be opened thinks the government invested less “You can’t put the cart before the
to conduct the investigation. who was captured on security camer- back up to vehicles, and stores on the in Ryerson because of the university’s horse,” said Palmater.
Bill Hiscott, a supervisor for the Fire as entering the back alley of the build- east side of the street will be able to reputation as a polytechnic institute, “You can’t add students and hire pro-
Marshall’s Office said samples that will ing around 1:30 a.m. and exiting the reopen. and the government’s interest in cre- fessors later. You need to do that up
hopefully determine the cause and alley around 3:50 a.m. Pedestrian traffic may be lighter as ating science-based jobs. front.”
origin of the fire have been sent away The aforementioned back alley has both sidewalks will be open. “U of T and York are bigger schools Marianna Angotti, a second-year
with stronger and longer traditions film student who sits on the image
to the lab for tests. no street exit, only loading docks at Fire officials went in to confirm that
and history of doing research,” said arts course union, agrees.
“We’ll do our best. We’re looking the back. The person is shown in the there were no victims in the building,
Marshall. “If they’re increasing enrolment, I`d
at all the debris that’s there, and we camera footage exiting onto Gould and the search yielded no bodies. But Levy says that the science pro- like to see them consider hiring inter-
will be taking samples that will be go- Street and walking north-east, which The Investigation only started this gram is what Ryerson is interested in national faculty to better represent
ing to the lab. Hopefully the samples would indicate a path through Ryer- weekend as no one could enter the expanding. the multiculturalism of Toronto,” she
will identify what the cause of the fire son’s campus. building until it was deemed safe by “It’s no secret, we want to build the said.
was,” he said. Det. David Love of the Toronto Po- engineers. The building had to be faculty of science, which is in the aca- She said she hopes that the new
Results will not be back for another lice would not identify the source of lowered to the second floor so that demic plan. But both the operating spots won’t affect the unique profes-
couple of months. the camera footage, saying only that there was no risk of falling debris. and the capital will have to be there sor-student relationship that results
in order for us to be able to do that,” from small class sizes.
The six-alarm fire overtook the heri- it came from a local business. Investigators have not yet identi-
he said. “It’s a really tight knit group and
tage building at Yonge and Gould just However, Ryerson security has 280 fied a cause of the fire, but an arson
In an email to the Eyeopener, On- I don’t think it would stay that way if
after 4 a.m. on Jan. 3, 2011. It was the cameras positioned around campus investigation has been ongoing since tario premier Dalton McGuinty briefly the start accepting more and more
same building that stood empty for and several at the intersection of Jan. 5. explained that increasing enrolment students,” said Angotti.

Student sues students’ union over health plan
BY JEFF LAGERQUIST

The Ryerson Student’s Union will in physiotherapy, as well as basic den- that he is sufficiently covered and his thing beyond that should be up to allow students to opt out of the RSU
appear in small claims court in early tal and travel coverage to a maximum request was declined. the students, not shoved down their entirely, a move he now admits would
2011 to determine if second-year of $750 per year. Single isn’t convinced that he throats by the student’s union,” he be “virtually impossible.”
engineering student and former RSU “I should have the freedom to said. The $110 annual fee that students
presidential candidate Mark Single is choose how I take care of my personal Armed with a video camera, Single pay for RSU and Canadian Federa-
entitled to the $290 in his tuition fees health,” said Single, whose opt-out re- served RSU President Toby Whitfield tion of Students membership sup-
allocated to the RSU Members’ Health quest was declined. with court documents on Dec. 10. ports campus groups like CKLN, the
and Dental Plan. Students with coverage through I should have the freedom Whitfield allegedly called security ser- Eyeopener, and the Used Book Store.
“We plan to respond based on the a family member or spouse have the to choose how I take care of vices, claiming he was being harassed Despite the set back, he sees the
policy that has been established by opportunity to opt out of the plan my personal health. by Single. health plan issue as a practical first
our board of directors,” said RSU presi- and recover the fee if they have “simi- “Some of our staff didn’t feel com- step. Single’s case against the RSU is
— Mark Single,
dent Toby Whitfield. lar benefits,” according to the link on fortable being videotaped. There was not a class action and is not intended
engineering student a back and fourth about that,” said to set any kind of official precedent.
The student policy offered by the RSU website. Single submitted
Green Shield through the RSU in- an out of province health insurance Whitfield. “I’m not convinced I will win, but I
cludes 80 per cent of prescription policy and expressed his intention to needs coverage for items like custom Last March, Single introduced a by- do want to open the eyes of students.
drug costs, $500 for massage therapy, personally pay for additional expens- foot orthotics. law amendment motion at the RSU What the RSU does is not always in
$300 for chiropractic care, and $240 es. However, he was unable to prove “OHIP covers all the basics, any- Annual General Meeting that would their best interest.”
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A suspicious six-alarm fire dev- entrance to the Dundas subway Go to page 8 for more cover-
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tape showing a mysterious “per- collapsed in April. “The fact that
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 NEWS The Eyeopener 5

One of the men involved is pinned against a police vehicle. PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL

Standoff closes Yonge
Two men being investigated for alleged firearm possession near Ryerson
BY SARAH DEL GIALLO
NEWS EDITOR

Two men were questioned after a by the driver. Only the driver was tak- search on Yonge St. in case a firearm
stand off at Yonge and Gerrard Streets en into custody. was ditched, but nothing has been
Tuesday morning. “They negotiated with the opera- recovered.
Toronto police received an emer- tor of the vehicle and after a period of Ferguson said that the standoff was
gency call at approximately 6:50 a.m. time, they exited,” said Hugh Fergu- “textbook” and was pleased that no
on Jan. 11, 2011, from a citizen driv- force was needed.
ing behind the two men. The caller
reported seeing a firearm. The standoff with
Police pulled over the dark grey the driver and pas-
PHOTOS ABOVE: MARTA IWANEK Nissan Altima in front of local pizzeria senger had streets
Big Slice.
The standoff with the driver and
closed off for two Check for more
hours.
passenger had surrounding streets
closed for two hours. — Hugh Ferguson, updates and
52 Division
Pedestrian and vehicle traffic was
blocked on Yonge St. as far south as photos at
Dundas, and as far east on Gerrard as son, superintendent of 52 division.
Church St. When the men were out of the car, theeyeopener.com
Negotiators were called to the scene investigators were able to search the
to coerce the men out of the car. The vehicle, but found no firearms.
passenger exited first, followed later Police went on to conduct a foot

Briefs and Groaners
Just to augment our collec- give her money. She missed. that we were Jesus may have
tive Christmas spirit, Ryerson She then ran up to a police led to the phone’s return.
security was called on Dec. 22 car that happened to be
to the womens’ bathroom on parked outside, stuck out her Just in case you bought a
the first floor of the RCC to tongue, and blew raspber- new bathing suit, the RAC
find a man possessing drugs ries at the officer inside. It’s Pool will be closed for the
and pornographic material. probably the most action he majority of February and
He had also circled Pitman got all day. March for renovations un-
Hall and the library on a map, der the pool deck. The RAC
and refused to tell security A residence student was has an agreement with the
why. (We say he just wanted treated by campus emergency Jewish Community Centre at
to be your Santa Claus.) staff for minor burns to her Bloor and Spadina to let their
hand after she accidentally patrons swim there when-
On Dec. 23rd at 11 a.m., put her hand on a stove el- ever there are renovations. If
security was called to the Im- ement while talking on the Google Maps says it takes 3o
age Arts building construction phone. Learn how to cook... minutes to walk to Bloor and
site to put out a small fire in Otherwise, better have been Spadina, you’re better off in
one of the big garbage bins. hella good phone sex. your bathtub.
There was no damage to the
site. We don’t care, the old Somebody has it out for the Ryerson senate will finally
Salad King burned down. Two Eyeopener News team. Two of decide on Jan. 25 to grant
words to the garbage bin ar- the three news editors have students a fall reading week.
sonist: Showed. Up. had their phones stolen last They’re considering either giv-
weekend. One may have fall- ing the rest of the week off
Security was called to the en out of a bag. The person after Thanksgiving Monday,
Theatre School on Jan. 5 to who found the second phone or an extra day after Thanks-
respond to a woman in her kept picking up, but carried giving, and then Thursday
mid-thirties who was throw- on some strange conversa- and Friday off a few weeks
ing desk objects at a staff tion in the background and later. We’re STOKED!
member who refused to didn’t say anything. Saying —Emma Prestwich
6 The Eyeopener NEWS Wednesday, January 12, 2010

RAMSS drops the ball on students
standing. Alnwick said students should then finally the full six. But by then, America, is hosted by Peoplesoft
BY REBECCA BURTON
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR “Maybe they just made as- be reminded that course intentions everything was full so I wasn’t able Campus Solutions. Since its imple-
sumptions,” said Hammoud. do not guarantee spots but rather to switch my schedule around. Now mentation, the system has since had
Students scrambled to fill empty This year not all students were what a student is interested in tak- I have class every day,” she says. its fair share of complaints among
timetables and replace dropped dropped automatically after the fall ing. Jeff Edmunds was the man re- the student body.
classes after RAMSS booted them grades came out. Instead a number The timing of winter enrolment sponsible for getting McNally back During its high-traffic times
out of classes after the winter of students had courses dropped itself makes it difficult for students into her required courses. Edmunds including enrolment periods and
break. from their schedules during the as there are no staff members avail- said students get into trouble when mark release dates, students have
Third-year civil engineering stu- week of Jan. 3; a problem Alnwick able to answer questions during reported multiple failures in the
dent Basil Hammoud signed into said he is still looking into. the break. All a student will know system.
RAMSS to find himself dropped out immediately comes from the letter “The day the marks came out,
of all his courses, making it a chal- they get indicating that they are on there was a jam on the website. I
lenge to re-enrol, especially in his probation. I’m in second year now. couldn’t check my marks for about
required labs. The day the marks Some program departments It should have gone an hour,” said fourth year engineer-
Registrar Keith Alnwick said came out, there was a will choose to drop students out smoothly. ing student Eric Liu.
the problem wasn’t technical but jam on the website. of courses as a way of getting that —Hayley Syrja McNally, Alnwick said his department
involved students on probationary student to come in to talk about the intentionally set the enrolment
— Eric Liu, second-year social work
standing. probationary contract, says Alnwick. period at 5:30 a.m. to try to balance
fourth-year the load of students logging on.
“It is assumed that students Second year social work stu-
engineering dent Hayley Syrja McNally, like Ham- Both McNally and Hammoud
will successfully complete pre they do not register for required
requisites. After the fall grades are The automated drop feature moud, logged on to find an empty courses because they assume they remain unhappy with their lack
processed, a number of students was added to RAMSS in fall 2005, schedule. McNally both completed don’t have to. of choice when it came to their
will not. As a result [the students] the year the program was imple- her course intentions and had never Still, McNally, who had com- timetables.
are automatically dropped,” said mented. During winter enrollment been on academic probation. She pleted course intentions, was left Hammoud said he already
Alnwick. of that year, the Eyeopener reported struggled for two weeks to get with no answers. skipped two classes on his first day
While Hammoud had been that students experienced incidenc- reenrolled back into her six-class “[Required courses] shouldn’t in order to pick up a shift for work.
on academic probation for the es of RAMSS randomly pulling stu- course load. be dropped,” said Edmunds. “I’m in second year now. It
past two semesters, this semester dents out of their registered courses “I got back into one class, a RAMSS, a program used by should have gone smoothly,” said
he passed with clear academic before the semester began. week later [I was in] four classes and over 200 universities in North McNally.

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The director of the Learning and work. Professors can take the pro- perienced professors as well. So far, Design
nication &
Teaching Office at Ryerson has re- gram voluntarily to improve their Britnell hasn’t noticed a monopoly • Commu
ceived $45, 000 in funding from the instructional skills using models of professors from one faculty over
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Higher Education Quality Council of based on optimal teaching prac- another in the program. on Financ
Graduate e p u ty Chairpers
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The money will be used to fund Britnell’s program won a compe- who have taken the ISW.
salaries of the four research assis- tition that HEQCO hosted last sum- Britnell said, “We’re doing it one RSU mainriday, 10am to 6pm
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tants, and to pay for travel expenses mer. Of 36 submissions, HEQCO is step at a time. Our focus has always Monday to
and long distance phone bills be- funding 13 of them. Britnell’s sub- been on the teachers.” www.rsuonline.ca
tween the four sites. mission was one of the 13. While it’s currently in the early
“We think it’s a program that can “It clearly was one of the stron- stages of completing an ethics re- The Ryerson Students’ Union represents over 24,000 full time undergraduate students
be helpful to anyone that is teaching gest proposals that we received,” view, the research will conclude in and all graduate students. Each year a Board of Directors is elected by the
at a university level,” said Britnell. said Richard Wiggers, a research di- March 2013. membership to represent and advocate for all RSU members.

The ISW has been at Ryerson since rector at HEQCO. “I think is makes sense to have at

ELECTION DAYS ARE FEB 7,8,9
December of 2008. It’s an inten- The ISW was originally for new least some supports for people who
sive three-day program, totaling 24 professors, but when it began, want to get a better handle on their
hours in the workshop plus home- there was a lot of interest from ex- teaching abilities,” said Britnell.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 NEWS The Eyeopener 7

Student dies in sleep
over winter break
BY SARAH DEL GIALLO Taborda was born in Van-
NEWS EDITOR couver, but moved with her
family to Portugal when she
In her mother’s words, she was five.
lived tremendously. In Portugal, she played mu-
Over the winter break, sic for a band called Cristy Tabs
fourth-year new media stu- and eventually decided to re-
dent Cristina Taborda had a turn to Canada.
seizure in her sleep and died When she was 18, she
on Dec. 7, 2010. moved to Toronto.
Taborda was an avid com- Close friend Jenny Johnston
munity member. She made met Taborda through her step
time for her friends and obliga- brother two years ago.
tions, playing in her band Ra- “She had a lot of energy and
dio Belle (one of the 10 bands zest for life that you don’t really
she was involved with), play- find in everyone. She was one
ing at a retirement home, and of a kind,” said Johnston.
working for OMNI Portuguese. “The energy that came from
She wasn’t prone to seizures. her, everyone just wanted to
She suffered one for the first be around her.”
time last August and was wait- When Taborda finished her
ing for an appointment with a degree at Ryerson, she wanted
neurologist at the time of her to find a placement where she
death. could work in movie or com-
“It came as a complete shock mercial editing.
to me and to the doctors,” said She was planning on tak-
Taborda’s mother, AnaBela. ing a job where she could in-
She was in the process of tern under a friend, so that she
finishing the last semester of could continue focusing on
Campus Common on Gerrard Street is owned by Horizon Legacy, a company making an official submission to Ryerson for her degree at Ryerson. her music.
a new residence partnership. PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE Taborda was a creative soul “If we didn’t see each other
and poured her talents into every day, we’d talk on the

Search slows for new rez
the arts, loving film, painting phone. It’s hard not having
and music. that person anymore. There’s
In her spare time, she liked so much I already want to tell
to listen to records. her,” said Johnston.
Developers leave Ryerson high and dry in search for a new residence partner “She needed to be creative,” “It will be hard not to have
said AnaBela. her here.”
BY EMMA PRESTWICH in two stages was to seek out The developer originally Chad Nuttall, manager of
NEWS EDITOR innovative ideas for develop- approached Ryerson three student housing services, said
ment of new student housing years ago to build Campus that he thinks there is a great
Last fall, developers stalked options,” said Julia Hanigs- Common, but the university value in residence life services
Ryerson to partner with them berg, vice-president of admin- turned it down over disagree- for students, and he has an op-
for a residence building. Now, istration and finance. ment about length of leases. portunity to influence the RFP
Ryerson is putting out Re- Those who were approved Horizon decided to offer one- process.
quests for Proposals (RFPs) in the RFI process would be year housing agreements, “I’ll need to insert myself to
from developers with creative allowed to submit a response while Ryerson wanted eight- include Rez Life staff,” he said.
new housing plans, and no to the RFP, which has more de- month leases that fit with the He said that firms have ap-
one’s biting. tailed requirements, she said. school year. proached him looking to use
President Sheldon Levy, Ryerson is not currently ac- Brian Freeman, vice-presi- Residence Life services, but
who has admitted that a pub- cepting any more RFPs and is dent at Campus Living Cen- that he has directed them to
lic-private partnership is the evaluating the submissions. tres, which has also built resi- financial services, who deal
only financial option for a new Horizon Legacy, which dences for Seneca College, the with purchasing.
residence, said Ryerson has owns Campus Common, has University of Guelph, and the Levy said that he’d like to
only received two proposals. said they are officially mak- University of Western Ontario, see proposals for housing
He expected more. ing a submission to Ryerson, said that he’s very interested ideas that can link campus
Ryerson first put out feel- according to Lourie Chopra, a in partnering with Ryerson with the Ted Rogers school
ers by announcing Requests company administrator. but said they haven’t submit- and Maple Leaf Gardens, or
for Information (RFIs), which Levy said, however, that he ted a proposal. even part of MLG. “Those are
stayed open for one year. hadn’t heard about any pro- “It’s too premature to say,” ideas that would be exciting
“The purpose of going out posal by Horizon. he said. for the university.” he said. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANABELA TABORDA

Chang School overcharges students $500
BY REBECCA BURTON curriculum. “Full time fees were more convenient for her. night courses were her only “I never noticed it until many students are affected by
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR provide students with a full As she simultaneously balanc- option to finish her degree recently. I didn’t even notice these extra costs.
course load of day classes,” in time. Over her university it when paying my OSAP,” she If the number is high
Full-time undergraduate said Registrar Keith Alnwick. career, Rawdah has spent ap- said. enough RSU Vice President
students enrolling in night If a students has less than proximately $500 extra at Part of Chang enrollment Education Liana Salvador sug-
school courses at the Ray- a full course load during the The Chang school is least three or four times just fees also include union dues gested it may be easy to get
mond G. Chang School are be- day, the money can be put still part of Ryerson. to take Chang School courses. for CESAR, association for the university to implement a
ing hit up with an extra $500 toward night courses. He said I don’t know why I’m “The Chang school is still part time students that full- change. If the university sug-
in fees for each course they if they have a full course load paying extra. part of Ryerson. I don’t know time students do not actively gests otherwise, the RSU has
take. they will be paying additional — Nisreen Rawdah, why I’m paying extra,” said benefit from. In the Ryerson said they will take action.
Full-time student fees are fees. Business management Rawdah. Rawdah signed up Students’ Union (RSU) board “The matter of fee policy
the same for anywhere be- “We expect part time, student to take Finance 601 through meeting on Monday, the is in a process of continual re-
tween five to seven courses. adult learners to enroll [in the the Chang School this year, a board decided to take action view. I wouldn’t rule the possi-
This doesn’t account for the Chang school],” said Alnwick. es a part time job and other course required to finish her to eliminate these fees for bility [of eliminating or reduc-
Chang School fees, even Nisreen Rawdah, a fourth school activities, night courses degree. She is enrolled in six full-time undergraduate stu- ing fees for full-time students]
though many of these night year business management became a simple option. With courses, but it would cost her dents. The next step is up to out. It might be considered as
courses simply mirror day student, began taking Chang the challenge of not being less to take seven daytime Vice Provost Students Heather an option in the future,” said
courses with exactly the same school courses because they able to get into full courses, courses. Lane Vetere to determine how Alnwick.
8 The Eyeopener FEATURES Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Taking over Gould Street
While police investigate how the historic former Empress Hotel was set ablaze,
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy is busy planning to take over the property and turn
it into Ryerson’s gateway. All that’s missing is the cash to do it.
Features editor Mariana Ionova reports

F or months, most students and
passersby paid little attention
to the pile of crumbled facade laying
And, while owning the former Em-
press Hotel would make a subway
entrance possible, the university is
on the sidewalk in front of the cen- not equipped to purchase a multi-
tury-old Empress Hotel. It was only million dollar property.
when a six-alarm blaze engulfed the “We don’t have the funds now
heritage building last week, reducing to say we’re going to purchase this
it to ashes and rubble, that the city and build on it. This is now looking
took notice once again. But Ryerson at $60-70 million and we don’t have
President Sheldon Levy had kept an that type of money to put towards it,”
eye on the property and now the Levy said.
charred corner of Yonge and Gould “Everything is about money in
has shot to the top of the university’s the end. You can have all these great
wish list. ambitions but there is only a certain
Ryerson first expressed interest in amount of money you can put to-
the deteriorating 122-year-old build- wards it.”
ing after part of it’s exterior crumbled Instead, the best option would be
last April. Levy has been clear about for Ryerson to work with the private
his intentions to acquire the property sector and the Toronto Transit Com-
since then. mission (TTC) in a collaborative effort
The building’s opportune location that would create both university
right above the end of the Dundas and commercial space. Also, much
Station subway platform makes it vi- like Ryerson’s partnership with Lo-
tally important to the university, who blaw in the renovation of MLG, a joint
planned to create a campus subway effort would take some of the finan-
entrance since 1998 but has lagged cial pressure off the university.
in starting the project. “I have always been hoping that we
The university’s last bid to move would have a partnership between
the plan forward was in 2008, when the private sector, the TTC and the
it announced it would connect the university and, therefore, not put the
subway to the Student Learning Cen- full burden of that cost on the univer-
tre (SLC) it planned to build on the sity because I don’t see how we could
former site of Sam the Record Man. possibly afford it,” Levy said, adding
However, the high cost of tunnelling that the project would also help the
under Gould Street forced the uni- TTC reduce some of the rush-hour
The Empress Hotel was built in 1888 but was later sold and reopened as the Edison Hotel, an entertainment versity to halt its plans once again congestion at its other entrances. A
hotspot in the 1950’s and 1960’s. COURTESY OF CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES late last year. 2008 report by the TTC found Dundas

April 2010
The saga of the Empress Hotel began
when the north wall collapsed at around
12:30 p.m. on April 16, 2010. Despite a
large lunch crowd in Salad King at the
time, nobody was injured. The incident
closed Gould Street and the collapsed
wall was never cleared from the site.

July 2010
The Lalani Group, the owners of the
former Empress Hotel filed a request to
demolish the building. But, within a few
days, City Council voted to designate
the site a heritage property under the
Ontario Heritage Act and rejected the
owners’ request.

December 2010
The Lalani Group is set to meet with
city officials to discuss the future of
the building, only a week before it was
engulfed by flames.

January 2011
A six-alarm fire is reported at around
4 a.m. on Jan. 2. The fire is attended
by 125 firefighters, who work to put
blaze out for more than six hours. Police
launch an investigation into the possi-
bility of arson and identify a “person of
interest” in the case.

The Empress Hotel in January 2010, before the collapse of its north wall. PHOTO: WILLIAM MEWES
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 FEATURES The Eyeopener 9

Station to lack sufficient fire exits and Although Ryerson was ready to
proposed a collaboration with Ryer- work with the city on heritage pres-
son to correct the problem. ervation, the fire and subsequent
But Ryerson already has several demolition of the Empress Hotel has
major projects in the works, includ- eliminated many of the obstacles
ing the construction of the SLC, the associated with the landmark prop-
renovation of the School of Image erty. A few months ago, new owners
Arts and the restoration of Maple would have been required to follow
Leaf Gardens. All three ventures have strict regulations when renovating
multimillion dollar budgets and are and restructuring the building.
riddled with problems, from the year- But its demise has cleared the way
long delay of the School of Image for new construction and made it
Arts to the looming Mar. 31 deadline much easier for Ryerson to material-
for the still unfinished MLG. ize it’s plans.
Despite the university’s determina- But Levy maintains that acquiring
tion to undertake the Empress Hotel the property is not opportunistic and
project, another new property could sees it as a possibility to positively
place an additional financial strain on transform of the corner of Yonge and
the university. Gould Streets.
Even if the university does gener- “I don’t see acquiring that property
ate the funds to purchase the lot, or jointly acquiring that property as
Levy doesn’t have any ideas yet as to anything but a good thing for the
what the university would want to do university.”
with the property. One of the reasons is that Levy sees
“We would have to go through Gould Street as the entrance to the
the process of making sure that it is university and hopes that, by making
used for the whole city,” he said, add- the property a part of it, he can create
ing that the building’s ground level some cohesion on an urban campus
would most likely be used for retail that is often seen as scattered and
and commercial space. fragmented.
But Ryerson’s plans come at a time “It would be like saying, ‘We are
when the property is surrounded by here and this is our space, our cam-
controversy. The Empress Hotel went pus.’”
up in flames when the gas and elec- The Lalani Group is not accepting
tricity in the building had been off media requests at this time and was
since April. And police are investigat- not available to comment on Ryer- The Empress Hotel was almost entirely destroyed when a six-alarm fire engulfed the heritage building on Jan. 2.
ing the possibility of arson. son’s interest in the property. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK

Everything is
about money
in the end.
You can have
all these great
ambitions but
there is only a
certain amount
of money
you can put
towards it.
—Sheldon Levy,
Ryerson president

Part of the facade of the Empress Hotel collapsed on April 16, 2010, partially closing Gould Street. PHOTO: CHRIS DALE
10 The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Go west in 2011
Arts & Life editor Gianluca Inglesi highlights some hotspots to check out in the new year

Shopping
The noisy Eaton Centre crowds can get annoying for even the most savvy
of shoppers. For a change of pace, take a streetcar ride to Jacflash at 1036
Queen St. W. for the perfect blend of class and edge. The boutique boasts
designer labels, many of which are Canadian (including accessories by
Ryerson alumni Amanda Lew Kee). Or spend a day in Kensington Market and
stop by Model Citizen. Unlike its vintage neighbours, the store sells designer
clothing from across the country. With regular on-site silk-screening work-
shops they can also equip you with the tools and skills necessary to make
your own cheeky and cheesy graphic tee’s.

PHOTOS: NICOLE SIENA
Jacflash (left) sells women’s and men’s clothing, foot-
wear and accessories. Model Citizen, 279 Augusta Ave.
(above) is known for its unique blazers, accessories and
t-shirts.

Theatre
With Billy Elliot and Lion King taking the Toronto stage this
spring there will be plenty of theatre buffs flocking down Yonge
to the Elgin Theatre. But if you’re looking to save money and
still see live productions try TOtix’s special student program
HipTix. With a wide selection of dramas and comedies, students
can take a trip to the theatre for only $5. The shows play at vari-
ous theatres around the city including Theatre Passe Muraille
which is known for its interactive experience.
Or if you’re looking for an even cheaper laugh check out
Second City’s free improv shows. Every week night they host free
productions featuring some of the company’s top comedians.

Theatre Passe Muraille was founded in 1968 and is located at 16 Ryerson Ave. PHOTO: NICOLE SIENA

Dining &
Nightlife
Looking to add more class to your drunken weekends?
Visit two of the city’s most cultural sites in the heart of
the art and design district. For dinner and music enter
The Gladstone Hotel for a intimate and delicious dining
experience or spend time next door in their Melody bar for
live performances or karaoke.
If you’re looking for a bar outside of the entertainment PHOTO: DAVID WALDMAN
district check out The Drake Hotel’s three distinct levels.
Start your night on the ground floor that features a full bar
and booths to fit your entire party. For an extension of the
lounge scene travel upstairs to the rooftop Skybar for scen-
ery and comfort. But if you’re looking to pick up the pace
move downstairs to the underground which has a full dance
floor and live music. And if you don’t feel like travelling
home at the end of the night consider staying in either of
the establishments beautiful hotel rooms.

The Drake Underground (top left) provides an
atmosphere perfect for those who are just looking
to let loose. The Gladstone Hotel (left and above)
PHOTOS COURTESY OF GLADSTONE HOTEL
is a swanky place to dine, jam and view art.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 ARTS & LIFE The Eyeopener 11

PHOTOS: MARTA IWANEK

No pants, no problem
Last Sunday at 3 p.m. Ryerson students shed their pants while riding the subway. It was Improv in Toronto’s
fourth annual run with the No Pants Ride and participants came prepared in brightly-coloured undergarments. With
concerns about hygiene out the window they provided great photo moments and are sure to have shocked the elderly.
For more photos of delicates on the subway visit theeyeopener.com/arts-life

‘Tis the season to recover
See something strange on campus?
Administration got you down? If
you’re on Twitter, use the #eyeforat-
weet hashtag to share your Ryerson
frustration, or just make us laugh. If
BY ARTS AND LIFE EDITOR we like what we see we may just print
GIANLUCA INGLESI it! And follow @theeyeopener for all
your Ryerson news.
No more stuffing Give less & Save Money
@MeganKreitzer @brysongilbert
Gone is the excuse that it’s the special time After a season based on gift giving, your bank First day back was spent icing a bro- I love it when profs expect us to be
of year and it’s alright to indulge in so much account is probably hurting. It may be appro- ken toe and eventually sitting in the far, far better organized than they
ER. Back on campus tomorrow, look are. Do as I say, not as I do — the
chocolate, egg nog and gingerbread that you priate to be selfish this month and try hoarding
for the pimp walk.#eyeforatweet Ryerson way!
feel sick. Get back to eating veggies and fruits. the little money you have for yourself. For those
They’ll give you the essential vitamins you pesky friends or family members who have early @anitadancs @MattDemers
need to stay healthy for the rest the frigid win- birthdays, consider re-gifting some Christmas 1st day back was awesome, espe- My veteran business reporter prof
ter. Also, choose light, fat free, or low sodium presents you don’t care for. They’ll never know. cially Muchnick’s humour. Gotta love just typed “Google” into Bing, and
options when possible. him! The not so awesome part: the then clicked on the search result. I
$550 spent on textbooks love #Ryerson so much.
Get moving Hitting the sack #eyeforatweet
@murphyhiggins
I’m sure you got used to cuddling by the fire Late afternoon sleep ins are exclusive to week- @jeremygesualdo Welcome back #Ryerson. You look
Really Ryerson? I have now received good. All rested and well fed. RE-
and wasting away watching holiday marathons ends now. Try making yourself go to bed earlier
the EXACT same grade on every final MEMBER THIS FEELING.
and countdowns, but it’s time to get your body every night until you’re back to getting a full rest. #eyeforatweet
for the past 4 years, this has got to
moving. Forget paying more for the TTC and When school gets stressful in a few weeks you’re
be a conspiracy... or laziness
try walking when the weather isn’t too bad. Or going to wish you spent less time on Facebook @stephanieie
get a membership at the RAC and try stretching and YouTube and more time with your head on @Max_Mertens On the first day of every class, they
those neglected muscles in yoga classes. the pillow. So I’m the only guy in my photojour- have to tell us not to use Wikipedia
nalism class. Hello #Ryersonjournalism for research for essays. Really? Every
and its unequal gender distribution. class.

Save the date: Rye Arts & Culture
Attempts on Her Life
presented by Ryerson Theatre School
Feb. 8 to 17
Choreographic Works
presented by Ryerson Theatre School
Mar. 9 to 19
New Voices
presented by Ryerson Theatre School
Mar. 28 to Apr. 2
Mass Exodus
presented by the School of Fashion and Ryerson Theatre School
Apr. 7 & 8 (more dates to come)
META
presented by New Media
Apr. 7 to 9
Maximum Exposure
presented by Image Arts
Late April
12 The Eyeopener COMMUNITY Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The idiot’s guide to
Ryerson student groups
Community editor Allyssia Alleyne helps you
find the right club to fill those free minutes
All work and no play makes for a very Rights for Iran or Journalists for Hu-
dull, poorly rounded student. Pull man Rights. Want to end violence
yourself away from your textbooks against women? Participate in the
for a few minutes this semester, and White Ribbon Campaign. The Ryer-
check out some of Ryerson’s many son Students’ Union also does a lot of
extracurricular offerings. Here’s a se- advocacy.
lection that will cater to every taste
and fancy.
For the culture clubbers
Ryerson’s cultural groups offer the
For the gamers chance to connect with your own
If your idea of a good time means culture or learn new things about an-
spending hours playing RPGs, Catan other one. The Organization of Latin
and multiplayer video games, the As- American students (OLAS) offers
sociation of Ryerson Role-Players & salsa classes throughout the year, and
Gamers (also known as ARRG) might the West Indian Student Association
be your bag. The group hosts weekly is known to organize incredible pub
game nights in the Dungeon at 6 p.m. nights at the Ram in the Rye. Most
If you’re more interested in creating cultural groups, including the Hel-
games than playing them, join Ry- lenic Students Association, serve up
erson’s Game Makers’ Union for re- amazing food.
sources related to the development
of video games.
For the artsy folk
In the Oakham House Amateur
For the faithful Theatre students participate in the
Groups like Campus for Christ, the staging of student-written one-act
Chelsea Pottage, our associate photo editor, knows how to keep warm on cold nights. PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE Muslim Students Association and productions, while students involved
Hillel@Ryerson let students practice with the Oakham House Choir get to

A week of winter trysts
their faith and meet other students perform with a professional orchestra.
who share their beliefs. Non-practi- Dancers can find their legs with the
tioners are also welcome to attend Urban Hip-Hop Union’s dance team.
their events, so curious people are But if you’re more the type to waste
BY CARLY BASIAN welcome to come and learn more. your leisure time memorizing the
day’s news, The Eyeopener is always
The weather may be cooling off, but Toronto is filled with ethnic communi- kitchen, light some candles, pour accepting new volunteers. Just sayin’.
that doesn’t mean your relationship ties. You can head to Chinatown, Little some wine and enjoy your intimate For the activists
has to. Yes, it’s cold. Yes, we all have India or Little Italy for an international meal. Then cuddle in front of a movie There’s a corner on campus for most For more information on campus clubs,
budgets to follow. But don’t let that experience on a domestic budget. It’s you both enjoy (The Social Network causes, if you look carefully. Interested check out the Campus Caravan on
get in the way of indulging your ro- fun to walk around hand-in-hand, and comes out on DVD next week). in human rights? Check out Human
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13 The Eyeopener SPORTS Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Playoff bound
The men’s voleyball team stays in the hunt for
a playoff spot. Karen Quinto reports
With only eight games left in the upon service specialist Robby Libero
regular season, the Ryerson’s men’s and team-captain Robby Earl to take
volleyball team defeated the Wind- control of the game. Earl served up an
sor Lancers last Saturday, after being ace that started the comeback and
trampled by the Western Mustangs McDonald recorded two kills to help
on Jan. 8. the Ram win the set 25-23.
“We lost to Western yesterday, but That was the inch that became a
Western is undefeated,” said head mile.
coach Mirek Porosa. The Rams kept their spirits up
After Saturday’s 3-1 comeback win, throughout the third set despite a
the Rams, who are fighting with York, rough start put them behind 4-0. Ry-
Toronto and RMC for a playoff berth, erson took charge of the game with
are now tied in the OUA standings a commanding 13-7 lead, thanks to
with Waterloo, and only four points middle blocker Roman Kabanov and
behind Laurier. outside hitter Chris McLaughlin.
The Rams played a close game for While Windsor began closing in on
most of the first set, but Porosa was Ryerson’s lead, a clutch block from
forced to call a timeout after the Kabanov sealed the set for the Rams
who were leading the game 2-1. Andrea Robinson competing at the Trent University show. COURTERSY OF THE RYERSON EQUESTRIAN TEAM
“We weren’t hungry to win, “ Wind-

Hold your horses
Ryerson’s the kind of team sor captain and setter Adam Prieur
where if you give them an explained. “We feel that Ryerson is
inch, they’ll take a mile. fighting to make it to the playoffs and
—Shawn Lippert, they were hungry to win.”
Lancer’s assistant coach That hunger persisted throughout Despite being run without any school funding, the newly formed Ryerson
the fourth set as successful serves
by outside hitter Luka Milosevic and University equestrian team is making giant leaps. Gabriel Lee reports
timely blocks by setter Aleksa Mila-
Last year, the Ryerson University While they are the newest mem- At the Queen’s University Show,
Lancers took an 18-15 lead. dinovic got the team off to a quick
equestrian team (RUEC) was nothing ber of the Ontario University Eques- which took place in October, Stapells
“Ryerson’s the kind of team where start. The game became extremely
more then an ambitious idea. But this trian Association (OUEA), many of the finished in second place while fellow
if you give them an inch, they’ll take tense midway through the set as
year it became a reality and the rook- other schools that Ryerson competes rider Laura Gilligan finished in third
a mile,” said Lancer’s assistant coach Windsor crept up through a series of
ie team is making big strides thanks against, such as McMaster and Water- place.
Shawn Lippert after the game. bad serves and costly errors by the
to some dedicated riders. loo, were only created five years ago, However, Marisa Millman finished
The Rams got back on track after Rams. Those errors quickly built up
“I think it’s really special to be in in 2006 and while they are the new in eighth place at the team’s latest
the timeout as outside hitter Greg to a 19-19 tie. However Kabanov and
sync with a four-legged 1500-pound kids on the block, Ryerson is compet- competition at Brock University.
McDonald scored three consecu- McDonald stepped it up , paving the
animal that has a mind of its own. You ing against some fairly new teams. “Our first semester as a team has
tive points, including two blocks and way to a victory as they ended the set
have to be trusting at times,” explains However, in addition to becoming worked out fantastically. Being that
a kill. Ryerson proceeded to take a 25-22, winning the game with a three
Jacquelline Stapells, a third-year psy- the newest member of the 12 team we are a new team I think our results
short-lived 22-17 lead, but the Lanc- sets to one.
chology student who rides for Ryer- league, Ryerson’s equestrian club is have exceeded our expectations,”
ers responded by scoring eight con- “Ryerson is better than what they
son’s equestrian team. “I don’t think the only team without a listed coach said Robinson.
secutive points, as they won the first say on paper,” said Windsor head
that you can really compare riding a or captain on their website. “This is a new experience [for] all of
set 25-22. coach Huub Kemmere.
horse to any other sport out there.”” Due to the expansive nature of us and the team has been extremely
Windsor was consistently ahead The Rams will play their next game
Unlike the basketball, hockey or the club, the team did not hold try- successful. There are so many talent-
in the second set until Porsosa called against York Friday night at Kerr Hall.
soccer team, most students body outs this year. Instead, they decided
aren’t aware of the first-year eques- to welcome riders regardless of their
trian team, probably because fact experience or skill level.
The biggest thing we are up
that the club is not even listed on Ry- Because of this, the team has at-
against is funding.
erson’s website. tracted a good mixture of both riders
—Caitlin Strelioff,
“We tried to get in with Ryerson with experience and riders who have
Co-founder of the RUEC
Athletics to make the club an official only recently started to ride a couple
sport club along with the golf, drag- of years ago.
on boating, and cheerleading team “Every member who joins contrib-
[but] that didn’t happen in time so utes to the teams success in some ed and confident riders on the team, I
we decided to run it independently,” way,” said Stappels.“The more people feel as though we can only improve.”
who join the more recognition the While Strelioff is just as enthusias-
team will gain.“ tic about the progress of the team,
While Robinson agrees that ex- she acknowledged that it has been
I think it’s really special
panding the club is important, but hard to overcome the lack of proper
to be in sync with a four-
acknowledged that the team will be funding.
legged 1500-pound animal
holding tryouts next semester. “The biggest thing we are up
that has a mind of its own.
“This year we just wanted to get against is funding,” she said. “It’s ex-
—Jacquelline Stapells,
our numbers up and keep growing, pensive for a student to ride.”
third-year psychology
so we wanted to give everyone a Seeing as how the team has no
chance to compete,” said Robinson. funding from the university, all riders
explained Andrea Robinson, a third- “We hope to hold tryouts for next must pay for their own lessons, $45,
year business management student year as only two people can compete as well as their entry into a show, $50.”
who along with Caitlin Strelioff co- in each of the four divisions.” Despite this challenge, Strelioff is
founded the Ryerson University Halfway through the 2010-2011 happy with the team’s season to date.
Equestrian Team. season, Ryerson finds themselves “At the beginning of the season I
Nevertheless, Stappels, who has near the bottom of the league as thought we would be one of those
riding experience, is proud to be a they currently sit in 10th place with teams that rode just for fun,” she said.
part of Ryerson’s first Equestrian team only four competitions remaining in “But we have exceeded my expecta-
she feels the team is bringing a part the season. Despite the team’s poor tions. [With] higher level riders and
of the country lifestyle to Ryerson’s ranking, the riders’ individual results some more development we could
hectic downtown campus. have been erratic. be [so much] more.”

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14 The Eyeopener BIZ & TECH Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ryerson to
school NHL
players
BY BRAD WHITEHOUSE
BIZ & TECH EDITOR

Ryerson’s list of applicants will look
a little more like the NHL draft this
year.
The Ted Rogers School of Manage-
ment (TRSM) has partnered with the
NHL Alumni Association to introduce
a program called BreakAway exclu-
sively for current and former NHL
players. The program was launched
in December to school NHL players
on skills they could need when they
retire.
“The era that I played in, the play-
ers were very conscious of what they
Websites like Studymonkey.com raise questions about intellectual property and academic integrity. PHOTO: ISABEL QUINN would do after their careers were over

Buying your way through school
because the salaries weren’t such that
you would be able to retire after play-
ing hockey,” said Pat Flatley, director
of BreakAway and NHL alumnus.
He said “the game has changed”
New notesharing websites let students skip class and pay for notes, but could land you in hot water since players now sign multi-million
dollar contracts, but they need to
BY JEFF LAGERQUIST Canada,” said Vance Lee, one of the miss a lot of classes and don’t really room. They have not authorized any know how to manage themselves so
co-founders at Studymonkey.com, want to be bothered to do the work. use of those notes for purposes out- their bank accounts don’t dry up.
Students who want to sleep which emerged from Waterloo Uni- That’s an alarming development be- side the course, including the mak- The program offers four courses to
through early morning lectures can versity shortly after Notewagon.com cause it feeds into an element of pas- ing any kind of profit,” said Ellis. players that include personal finance,
now pay someone to sit in class for with similar ambitions. siveness about student learning that Ryerson’s Student Code of Aca- leadership, privacy law, marketing
them. Both websites let students select we see increasing in classroom,” said demic Conduct makes no mention and personal branding.
Waterloo upstarts Notewagon. notes from a semester’s worth of English professor Sophie Thomas. of note sharing at the individual or But students shouldn’t expect to
com and Studymonkey.ca provide an courses, but the content available organizational level. While sharing be sitting next to an NHL all-star in
online market place where students depends on what has been uploaded material that is “submitted for assess- lecture. The courses will be taught
can buy and sell the notes they take by users. Shoppers get to preview a ment,” like essays and exams is a clear entirely online with a mere 15 hours
in class. limited portion, and if they like what The point of university breach, classroom notes are not spe- of material, and must be completed
“The point of university is to learn they see they can purchase the notes. is to learn the content, cifically referred to. within six months.
the content, not attend every class,” Students who upload their notes get not attend every class. “It’s perfectly legal. In the states Players are not required to take all
said Khaled Hashem, head of market- paid for each download. —Khaled Hashem, there are huge companies that are four courses and the program isn’t
ing and advertisement for Notewag- “There is a huge opportunity for Notewagon.com doing the same thing,” said Hashem. degree-granting.
on.com at U of T and Ryerson. students to make money,” said Hash- Notewagon.com and Studymon- Marla Spergel, a marketing profes-
“Instead of relying on a few friends em. key.ca are moderated to prevent the sor, said the courses are more of an
you can choose from several sets of First year biomedical engineering Catherine Ellis, a professor and distribution of copyrighted material introduction to basic business top-
notes on our website,” he said. student Faiza Kabir had never heard member of the Academic Integrity and content that can be resubmitted ics since most players stop going to
Hashem and a small group of stu- of online note markets, but would Council Committee raises the greater for marks. Both companies insist they school after high school. Spergel said
dents started work on the site six- consider making a purchase. “We issue of who owns the notes students have been well received at every players are marked on quizzes and re-
months-ago. Originating in the U.S., don’t always have time to take per- take in the classroom. campus they visit, and even encour- flection papers.
this innovative trend in student net- fect notes. We’re under a lot of stress,” “The notes themselves are based aged by most professors. The courses are meant to fit in with
working raises questions about intel- she said. on lectures, and the lecture mate- “People who used to take only the busy schedules of current players
lectual property and academic integ- But Ryerson’s professors say if stu- rial is the intellectual property of the half decent notes are now bringing who are on the road. Flatley said at
rity along with the potential benefits dents want good notes they should professor. The professor is providing their lap tops and producing typed, least 30 players have already enrolled
for students with busy schedules. simply come to class. the lecture only for the purpose of full colour content so they can com- in the course, but would not disclose
“We saw the trend in the States “I think this kind of business is ob- communicating the information to pete for buyers on our website,” said the names of any students.
and realized it wasn’t very big in viously catering to those who want to the students who are present in the Hashem.

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