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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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The photography dark room has been at KHW 64 since moving from the old Image Arts building two years ago. PHOTOS: CHELSEA POTTAGE

Ryerson darkroom may be hazardous
Air quality tests requested after students show symptoms of ether poisoning. Students petitions for better facilities.
BY SARAH DEL GIALLO
NEWS EDITOR

Photography students were barred carbon that at certain temperatures and Burley said stricter care will be tography representative for the im- essarily fit the needs of the students,
from their darkroom last week for could evaporate and become respi- taken to be sure students are follow- age arts course union has created and that’s something we need to fix,”
“health and safety” issues over dan- rable,” she said. ing MSDS safety standards. a petition against the photography said Lacroix.
gerous chemical processes being Ether is a colourless liquid that can MSDS is a material safety data sheet. program for better communication “It’s preventing people that want to
used in the badly-ventilated area. evaporate making it easy to inhale. It contains information about how to from administration to students and get ahead,” he said.
Concerns surfaced at the end of last Grad students in the photographic properly handle and work with par- better access to facilities. “It’s the people who have the best
semester when a number of grad stu- preservation and collections manage- ticular substances. “Over the past few years, out fa- GPAs and the people who are the
dents complained of headaches, diz- ment program use ether in a process While Burley said the reopened cilities have been reduced more and most dedicated to their work who are
ziness and nausea after working with called wet collodion. darkroom will follow MSDS standards more,” he said. getting the most frustrated.”
historical processes that include the Collodion is a syrupy substance, and “religiously”, the Eyeopener couldn’t “The petition is asking for a review Aaron Friend Lettner is a second-
chemical ether. locate any MSDS in the darkroom on of access to certain rooms like the year photography student who works
“We closed [the dark room] because Monday night and the person work- printing and scanning rooms.” in the darkroom’s cage. He’s helping
we suspected there might be a prob- ing the cage also couldn’t find them. Lacroix with the petition.
lem. We were concerned mostly about Health and safety issues aren’t the Friend Lettner said his frustration
It might have been
the ventilation,” said Robert Burley, only concern for photography stu- comes from paying full tuition for fa-
attributed to the chemistry dents this semester, and the dark-
the photography program director. cilities that were promised and don’t
“We’re in an interim facility, and it’s she was working with. room isn’t the only room they’ve been We’re paying full tuition but
yet exist.
not an ideal space,” he said. “It was — Robert Burley, locked out of. getting a third of what was While those creating the petition
really the only place on campus that program director Students have faced a number of promised. expect the issue to be resolved easily,
was open.” frustrating concerns with their facili- —Aaron Friend Lettner, they will be requesting a tuition-re-
The department requested an air ties including a closed darkroom, a second-year student bate if no compromise can be made.
quality test at the end of last semes- the process involves pouring collo- closed scanning and printing rooms, “We’re paying full tuition, but get-
ter. The findings of this test have yet dion onto a glass plate which is then and a smaller studio facility. ting a third of what was promised to
to come back. dipped into liquid nitrate. The darkroom didn’t reopen at the The printing and scanning rooms us,” said Friend Lettner.
Julia Lewis, director of Ryerson’s cen- Among less serious reports of illness, start of semester, students were not have already been a point of conten- “The expectation is to produce pro-
tre of environmental health, safety one student called to report that she informed until Thursday of last week tion this semester. The scanning room fessional work, and it’s hard to do that
and security management (CEHSSM) had vomited after using the collodion of the potential chemical hazard. was closed for the first week of classes when you’re not given professional
said, “To do an air quality test, you process, but Burley wouldn’t confirm Cage workers even showed up for and the printing room is still closed facilities.”
need to identify very specifically what whether ether was the cause. their shifts on the first day of class to for unspecified reasons. When the Lacroix agreed. “We feel like the lim-
it is you are looking for. The dark- “It might have been attributed to find themselves locked out of their printing room is open, it only oper- ited facilities are limiting our creativ-
room’s test is specifically looking for the chemistry she was working with, workplace. ates on weekdays from 11 a.m. until ity.”
Volatile Organic Carbons.” but we don’t know for sure,” he said. Christopher Lacroix, a third-year 4 p.m. Lewis expects the air quality test re-
“Ether is an example of an organic The darkroom reopened on Monday photography student and the pho- “The hours of the facilities don’t nec- sults in approximately two weeks.

Fall reading week: Faculties split on upcoming Senate vote
BY MATTHEW PRESCOTT OXMAN

Students in the faculty of engineer- complicated time puzzle as a “head- is dependent on accreditation, which “I’d like more, not less, if anything.” tion time before exams start.
ing, architecture and science (FEAS) ache.” limits its flexibility. Keith Poore, a third-year medi- At the town hall, Salvador encour-
are fighting over the ramifications of The motion was part of Salvador’s “If it stays the way it is, I’m ok with cal physics student and member of aged all interested students to attend
a contentious Senate motion to add a campaign platform. that,” said second-year computer en- the department council for physics, the upcoming meeting.
fall reading week. Salvador said this was because a fall gineering student, Xerxes Engineer. would welcome a fall reading week. She specified that a vote for a fall
FEAS students met on Jan. 13 at reading week was something she had “The break would allow me to focus reading week in the Senate would not
the Centre for Computing and Engi- heard students, in arts and business on my work,” said Poore. bind FEAS to having one.
neering, to voice their concerns at an particularly, said that they wanted. Many science students like Poore Faculty will vote on the issue this
emergency town hall organized by A fall reading week would give have overlapping classes with engi- December.
the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). both the fall and winter semesters 12 The break would allow me neering students. This means that Engineer said his before university,
At the event several options were weeks of classes. Currently the fall se- to focus on my work. if the engineers opted out of a fall he never would have opted for a week
presented with main concerns over mester is 13 weeks long. — Keith Poore, reading week, some science students more of school, rather than a week
increased class hours, less prep time The Senate is set to vote on a fall read- third-year student would have to stay at school that less. But, “This isn’t high school any-
before exams, staying at school dur- ing week at their meeting on Jan. 25. week to attend as little as one class. more,” he said.
ing a fall reading week to attend a Salvador said most other univer- On the other hand, if the engineer- Students in the faculty of commu-
single class. sities in Ontario have two 12-week ing students were to have a fall read- nity services are invited to their own
“Everybody’s worst case is going to semesters, with the exception of Engineer said if balancing semes- ing week, they would have to make town hall to discuss a potential fall
be different,” said RSU Vice-President some engineering programs at these ters is the issue, he would rather see a up for lost classes, which could result reading week on Thurs., Jan. 20, at 4
Education Liana Salvador, who, dur- schools. week added to the winter half of the in more hours of class per week or los- p.m., on the fourth floor of the Library
ing the discussions, described the Unlike most programs, engineering school year. ing the current weekend of prepara- Building.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 NEWS The Eyeopener 5

Student
forced to buy
marks
BY REBECCA BURTON
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Buying textbooks is nothing new
to a university student. While some
students opt out of buying them,
new online textbooks that include
mandatory quizzes make it a require-
Abigail Krogman consigned three books to the Used Book Room last year. PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE ment to purchase them ­—­no matter
the price tag.
Part time student Kyle Bickerstaffe

Missing inventory plagues Used Book Room enrolled in a marketing course at the
Raymond G. Chang school. One of
the course requirements was a $75
A total of 150 students compensated by the Used Book Room in the past year for lost books online textbook that included quiz-
zes that made up 5 per cent of his
BY VIDYA KAURI which must be 20 per cent less than expired. She was unable to visit the amount they would have received grade.
the retail price. Books are set to ‘ex- Book Room until the university re- from the sale of that book,” said Mus- “If you don’t want to buy the text-
Students entrusting their books pire’ after 12 months if they don’t get opened after the holidays. She went selman. book you shouldn’t have to,” says
with the Used Book Room may never sold. Students are then given one to collect her books on Jan. 11th, Musselman said she is confident Bickerstaffe.
see them again. Since last August a month to either pick up or re-con- which is within the one-month grace that Krogman’s books have not been While the five per cent doesn’t
total of 150 books have been lost, ac- sign their unsold books. If they do donated because books that expired seem like much, Bickerstaffe’s grade
cording to the Used Book Room. neither, their textbooks are donated in December 2010 have not yet been dropped to a B from an A- after he
Abigail Krogman, a second-year to a non-profit organization. donated. didn’t purchase the book.
arts and contemporary studies stu- Books can go missing for a num- Just before this story went to The professor of the course, who
dent consigned three of her books ber of reasons, according to Lyndall As a student that’s quite press, the Book Room found her Eng- asked to remain anonymous, agreed
in December 2009. The Used Book Musselman, the Used Book Room a bit of money lish textbook but staff are waiting to that the cost was unethical. Yet the
Room, located in the basement of supervisor. — Abigail Krogman, complete searches for the remaining textbook, chosen by the chair of the
the Student Campus Centre, has al- Sometimes, there are technical er- ACS Student two books before they give Krogman business management program,
legedly lost them all. rors with their system that doesn’t a call. Mary Foster, who was unable to
“It’s hard. To not find one book, register that a book has actually period, only to find that all three Searches are taking a back seat speak to the Eyeopener, made it a re-
two books, three books... All three been sold after the barcode has been books were missing. to serving customers who are in the quirement for him to use it.
of them, that is really weird. As a scanned. Theft has also been a prob- Musselman explains that in a situ- store during the very busy first week Third-year business student Ryan
student, that’s quite a bit of money. lem in the past. ation such as Krogman’s, the proce- of the semester, Musselman said. Madeley ended up in the same dilem-
Every single dollar counts,” said Krog- Krogman consigned an econom- dure is to have the student fill out a It will be awhile before any ma after choosing to purchase a used
man. ics textbook for $126, a philosophy book search form which helps staff students receive compensation textbook for his human resources
The Used Book Room, a free ser- book for $25 and an english text for search for the missing books. cheques. The RSU website said that class to save money. Since the book
vice provided by the Ryerson Stu- $72. None of the books, which would “If we can’t find the book after “no Used Book Room cheques will was an old edition, he couldn’t access
dents’ Union, accepts current edi- have netted a total of $223, got sold. two complete searches of our entire be issued Jan. 4 to 22 due to the high online content that included 10 per
tions of used textbooks for resale. On Dec. 16 2010, Krogman re- collection, we are on the hook for volume of sales and consignment cent of his grade. The professor’s only
Students consign their books and ceived a notice from the Used Book the price the book would have sold drop offs. Cheques will be issued advice was to spend the extra $40 to
decide on a price to sell them for Room saying that her books had for. So we pay out the student the again starting Monday, Jan. 24.” purchase the access code.

Student travel routes
“Too Asian”? might be cut off
BY EMMA PRESTWICH
NEWS EDITOR
But Binetti said he doesn’t want the
public to assume that the cuts aren’t
happening.

Talk Back: Calling Media to Account Like many other Ryerson commut-
ers, it usually takes Michael Binetti
He held an informal meeting for
people interested in fighting the cuts
an hour to get home from class. But at a King Street Starbucks on Jan. 12
soon he might have difficulty making to come up with “constructive” ways
FORUM in response to Maclean’s offensive it home at all. to lobby the TTC.
article titled, “‘Too Asian: Some frosh don’t The 9 Bellamy bus that Binetti Edmund Carlson, another urban
takes home to central Scarborough planning student working with Binet-
want to study at an ‘Asian’ university”.
is just one of 48 routes slated for ser- ti, said they’re approaching transit
Learn about the media’s role in perpetuating racism and vice reductions by the Toronto Transit comissioners with the idea of touring
harmful stereotypes, and strategize on actions to hold them Commission (TTC). Service would be the routes at night to show them that
accountable! eliminated on this route after 10 p.m. people are riding those buses.
Monday to Friday, and after 7 p.m. on Carlson, Binetti and three or four

Wednesday,
the weekends. other Ryerson students, as well as
The proposed cuts are coming af- a few community members have
ter a staff recommendation that cer- formed an unoffcial coalition called

Jan. 26 6:30-9:30pm
tain routes are carrying 12 or fewer “Better Buses Toronto.”
riders an hour in the late evenings Fourth-year journalism student
and weekends. Solana Cain, who was at the meeting,
The Ryerson urban planning stu- said she was surprised that the 26 Du-
Location: ENG103 *FREE REFRESHMENTS dent is fighting the TTC cuts on be- pont bus, which she takes everyday,
half of other students whose late- was on the chopping block because
night and weekend commutes will it’s not a bus that runs empty.
Featuring: be affected. “I feel like the (TTC) tried to do this
• Winnie Ng, • Irene Chu, • Roland Coloma, • And more... “We’re at a time in this city where sneaky thing overnight,” she said.
Sam Gindin Chair in Executive Producer, Professor, Dept. of it’s not nine-to-five anymore,” he said. Binetti said full service to many
Social Justice & "Once Upon a Time Sociology & Equity The TTC held a deputation meet- of these routes was only restored in
Democracy, Ryerson in Toronto" Studies, OISE
ing Jan. 12 to hear opinions on the 2008 after being slashed in 1996, and
proposed changes. After the meeting it takes awhile to build up ridership.
the TTC issued a recommendation to A full list of the proposed cuts is
defer the decision until Feb. 2. available on the Toronto Star website.
6 The Eyeopener NEWS Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Gardens completion delayed BOXERS & GROANERS
Maybe this will bring stu- and stashing a wallet in a
dents to the Ram in the Rye: jeans pocket didn’t stop this
Security was called three thief. The thief pulled backed
times to the pub on Jan. 14 the corner of the metal locker,
to take care of who we deem taking both the jeans and the
‘the bottle man.’ On the wallet. Too bad the student
first visit, security broke up a didn’t work out in the nude.
“shoving match.” The second
time the man was threaten- At 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 16, se-
ing that he had a weapon, curity was called to residence
later producing a broken to break up a fight between
bottle. On his third attempt two 18-year-old male guests.
back he threatened to shoot Toronto police were called to
people. Police arrested the the scene but no arrests were
man for uttering threats. If made. One male was treated
the cheap beer doesn’t get for minor medical injuries.
students to come maybe a Turns out the fight was over
bulletproof vest will. Nothing the last slice of pizza. We now
says party like a “shock to the truly know the meaning of
heart.” (Cue Bon Jovi) ‘sausage fest.’

A racist anti-Chinese post- Security caught 15 students
er was found on a campus playing hockey in one of the
pole near the bookstore. The kitchens in the Victoria build-
poster was soon covered up ing. The students denied they
and removed by security. The were playing. In true James
poster should check out the Bond style they hid their
RSU equity campaign on cam- pucks and sticks in the corner
pus. of the open room. If you’re
that stealth, the Eyeopener
A female security officer masthead officially challeng-
walked in to find a highly es you to a match – 2:30 a.m.
intoxicated male in the wom- in Kerr Hall- or maybe just
an’s washroom of Jorgenson the night we become most
Hall. He asked her what she intoxicated.
was doing in the male’s wash-
room. After she clarified what Love Blackboard? Check
was going on, the man left. out theeyeopener.com/news
for coverage on profs who
Think your stuff is safe ditch the service.
while you’re working out in
the RAC? Even using a lock — Rebecca Burton
Completion of Maple Leaf Gardens, originally slated for this March, has been pushed back to November, ac-
cording to Ryerson athletic director Ivan Joseph. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK

Urban planning students
tackle Muskoka housing issue
BY MICHAEL DUNCAN area, and in the public meeting
there was a question and answer
A fourth year project on af- period after our presentation
fordable housing by 10 Ryerson and people were quite enthusias-
urban planning students has tic and spirited about the issue,”
grown to a broad report deliv- said Cody Spencer, a group mem-
ered to and utilized by the Mus- ber who focused on researching
koka city council. public consultation processes.
What began as the group’s The group began the project in
major studio project soon grew September and chose to focus on
to the report, Moving Towards attainable housing after attend-
Sustainable Housing in Muskoka, ing the Muskoka district’s Hous-
which has been embraced by the ing for Everyone forum.

Bring Us Your
district. “We got a great response from
The report was delivered to them and they really enjoyed all
the district’s city councilors and of our findings, they really en-

BOOKS
citizens this past Thursday. joyed the project as a whole and
“The term attainable housing fortunately we were able to have
is used in Muskoka specifically the majority of the group there,”
because it encompasses their said Veltri about the presenta-
needs and the term affordable tion.
housing is usually associated The group’s report can now be
with a negative connotation or viewed on the District of Mus-
negative stigma,” said Mario Vel- koka’s website, an accomplish-
tri, a fourth year urban planning
student and the group’s project
ment cited by the group as a sign
the district has endorsed their
We Will Sell Them For You
manager. work.“We only got positive feed-
Seven out of the 10 group back and on top of that we re-
EXTENDED HOURS: (Jan 10-22)
SCC-B03
members were able to attend the ceived a lot of media attention in
presentation and deliver their re- Muskoka,” said Veltri. Mon-Thu: 8:30am-9pm / Fri: 8:30am-6pm
port, which included three main “It was a bigger project than Sat: 11am-5pm / Sun: CLOSED
sections being, policy and plan- we had anticipated and we www.usedbookroom.ca Student Centre, 55 Gould St.
ning, governance, and opera- weren’t anticipating so much at-
tional financing. tention... and they need to really
The Used Book Room, a consignment used bookstore. Run by students, for students.
“I think it will help to raise push forward and address the is-
awareness of the issue in the sue.”
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 NEWS The Eyeopener 7

Did you
find it
easy to
switch
schools?

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities speaks at George Brown campus on Monday. PHOTO: CAROLYN TURGEON
“The transfer credit of-

Transfer students cut a break
fice assured me I would
be exempted from
most of the transfer
credits.”
Minister of Training announces $73 million will be invested in post-secondary transfer system — Itzila Sanchez,
ECE student
BY CAROLYN TURGEON “Ryerson and George Brown College take courses similar to those already have to start again as first-years.
have a transfer agreement and for taken, a relief for students like Sarah The Canadian Federation of Stu-
many years have shared the Sally Hors- Virag. dents-Ontario (CFS), has been lobby-
The Minister of Training, Colleges fall Eaton Centre, but there’s lots more “Ryerson only recognized maybe two ing for changes to the transfer system.
and Universities John Milloy an- to do”, he said. credits out of my three years taken at “Ryerson has one of the most ex-
nounced on Monday the provincial The agreement is one of 500 Queens,” said Virag, a first-year pho- tensive transfer and direct entry pro-
plan to use $73.7 million in a province- throughout the province, that allow tography student. grams,” says Caitlin Smith, RSU Vice-
wide credit transfer system. students to transfer between schools, She now has to write appeal letters President of Finance and Services.“This
The system, beginning in Septem- but has trouble with credit, and coop- for each credit denied, though she’s announcement is a great first step and
ber, will allow post secondary students eration between institutions. already studying at Ryerson and spent we welcome the help to make it easier
to transfer to other institutions while According to Milloy, the agreements time applying for each transfer. on students.”
recognizing their previous academic should be broader, as well as more “It would have been much better if “The fact is there’s a growing interest “It really took time to
achievements. common. Ryerson took into account that just among students to have college and look through previous
The money will be invested over “We will ask colleges and universities because there isn’t an essay, doesn’t university experiences,” said Milloy. transcripts.”
five years for the new system and the to increase the scope of their agree- mean that the course is not valid,” said “The goal is to expand the opportunity —Priya Jain,
new Credit Transfer Innovation Fund, ments to become multi-lateral, instead Virag. for college students to come to Ryer- journalism student
said Milloy at George Brown’s Casa of bi-lateral,” he said. Not only will the system facilitate a son, as well as develop its programs.”
Loma campus “We’re going to make credit transfer a transfer to or from Ryerson, it will also “At the end of the day, it’s all about
Ryerson president Sheldon Levy also part of these agreements.” allow students to finish sooner, and the students,” he said.
spoke on the matter. The system will reduce the need to reduce the number of students who

The Best U Can Be! Students’ union attacks
Maclean’s public funding
BY TARA DESCHAMPS
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Ryerson Students’ Union is call- “Everything is based on hard work
ing for Maclean’s magazine to stop no matter what culture someone is
Where Past and Future meet being publicly funded after a contro- [from],” she said.
versial article was published by the ”Canada has a diverse culture and
magazine last November. opinions and views so while I don’t
The article discusses “Asian schools” agree with the article I don’t think
that emphasize academics so drasti- funding should be taken away.”
cally, other students feel they cannot First-year graphic communications
compete against Asian students with- management student, Ashley Lom-
out jeopardizing their time and social bardo agreed.
life. “Asians deserve to be in a university
setting as much as I do,” Lombardo

Music, Dance, Art, Law, Politics, Business and More! said. “Hard work should result in the
same reward.”
Everything is based on hard Diverlus said that until Maclean’s is-
work, no matter what culture sues an apology, the RSU and the Chi-
Applications Received by February 15th Get a $500 Discount someone is from.
— Samantha Sim,
nese Canadian National Council will
lobby for the magazine to lose fund-
FINANCIAL NEEDS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE first-year student ing.
The RSU has been slow in asking
Rodney Diverlus, the RSU’s vice-pres- for an apology. The city councils of To-
English One Year, Semester, Summer and Graduate Programs in Israel ident of equity, said the article has ronto, Vancouver and Victoria, among
“dangerous implications” because it others, have already requested an
is “blatantly racist and stereotyping apology of MacLean’s. No apology has
CONTACT: Moshik Galanty of Asians” and “creates a xenophobic yet been given.
culture.” “Our tax money should not be con-
Canadian Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem An Asian first-year journalism stu- tributing to racially-offensive stereo-
Tel: 416-485-8000 • Fax: 416-485-8565 dent, Samantha Sim said she disagrees types,” said Diverlus. “Ultimately, we as
admissions@cfhu.org • www.cfhu.org/students with the article, but doesn’t think Ma- a public need to realize that there is
clean’s should lose its funding. no kind of positive stereotypes.”
8 The Eyeopener FEATURES Wednesday, January 19, 2011

in the red
As more young Canadians get their hands on credit cards, wallets often wind up filled
with more plastic than cash. But racking up credit card debt can end up costing more
than just interest. Jeff Lagerquist and features editor Mariana Ionova report

Eighteen months ago, Tara Gianakacos found her-
self filling out the paperwork that would change her
life. She would no longer be able to get a lease, book
a vacation or buy a pair of shoes online. At the age
of 27, she had racked up $23,000 in debt and had to
declare bankruptcy.
Gianakacos got her first credit card when she was
just 17 years old and her limit had initially been a
harmless $300. Her first purchase was a glistening,
brand-new TV.
Soon, her credit limit grew—almost as quickly as
her expenses—and she came to rely on her cards
for nearly everything. Part of the problem was that
Gianakacos was able to withdraw cash advances,
which meant that she could turn to her credit cards
every time she spent her pay cheque too quickly and
couldn’t make her rent.
“When I found out [I could withdraw cash], I was
like ‘Woohoo, now I have all this money.’ But it’s really
not yours.”
Gianakacos was struggling with the minimum
payments on her credit cards and before long, she
was drowning in debt and dodging collectors.
“It got to the point where I had creditors calling
me and making me cry. I was so scared and sad, I just of Alterna Savings, said that something as simple as
wanted to start over.” forgetting to pay an outstanding credit card balance
So start over she did, filing for bankruptcy and put- can leave a lasting impression on students’ financial
ting a black mark on her credit history for the next records. “If you’ve had challenges against your credit
seven years. history it will have major effects in the future.”
“After years and years of being hounded by these McDonald added that many students use credit
people, I decided to file for bankruptcy because it cards recklessly without realizing how much dam-
just got that bad,” she said. age they can do when it comes to getting an apart-
The problem does not solely affect Gianakacos. ment, a mortgage or a loan later on in life.
Most Canadians rely on credit cards and rack up debt “Credit cards are great, but students have to real-
in much the same way. In 2009, there were 72 mil- ize that they are not meant to supplement their lim-
lion credit cards in circulation in Canada—more than ited incomes,” he said. “It seems that young people
two per person. More than one-quarter of Canadians are ultimately drawn in by the easy availability of
carry a balance on their cards month over month, credit. When they get it they feel compelled it use it.”
according to the Canadian Bankers Association. In Even though credit cards are tempting, Financial
2009, there was a total of $78 billion in outstanding Post personal finance columnist Jonathan Chevreau
debt across the nation. thinks spending money you don’t have is a bad idea
Post-secondary students are the demographic for cash-strapped students.
most vulnerable to accumulating credit card debt “It’s hard to refute the idea that a credit card is use-
because banks are serious about putting plastic in ful, especially for emergency purposes, but for the
their wallets. most part the average student doesn’t really need
Financial institutions target the post-secondary one.”
demographic in hopes to build a generation of fi- For Gianakacos, filling for bankruptcy has meant
nancial relationships they can bank on for years to she had to learn to live without credit cards, loans or
come, according to Graham Flanagen, Scotiabank financing. But she thinks that young Canadians are
manager and professor at the University of Toronto. just not fully prepared for the responsibility of credit
“You have to grow your future clients,” he said. cards and often end up making serious mistakes
Starting off on the wrong foot financially can have early on.
serious consequences for students. Credit bureaus “It does make life a lot easier but only if you know
track individuals’ ability to make their monthly credit how to use it,” she says about the plastic cash. “You
card payments and give them a credit rating accord- go out in the world not knowing and end up screw-
ing to their financial history. Those who have trouble ing yourself over.”
paying their bills on time are assigned a low credit Even though it will take seven years for her credit
score and deemed high-risk clients. Banks and credit history to be cleared, Gianakacos would rather deal
card companies then use credit scores to determine with that than live with the anxiety of debt.
whether someone can be trusted with a loan or a “Sure, I have to start over but I’d rather owe noth-
credit card and how likely they are to pay back the ing to anybody than to have to feel that stressed out
money they borrow. on a daily basis and wanting to change your phone
But financial institutions are not the only ones who number because you just don’t want to deal with it
look at credit scores. Phone companies, insurance anymore. “
providers, employers and landlords also evaluate Gianakacos plans to go back to school and study
credit ratings and students who have a poor credit naturopathic medicine but, since she is not longer
score often have a hard time landing an apartment eligible for a loan, she has to wait until she has the
lease, financing a car or even getting a cellphone money to pay for it.
contract. “Now, my lifestyle has become whatever’s in my
Edward McDonald, manager of the Ryerson branch pocket is what I have.”
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Give me some credit
Michael Chu takes a look at how students
can get a credit card into their wallet while
staying out of debt

Consider the following
There are many things to consider for your first credit card: interest
rates, type (VISA or Mastercard), and which card benefits are best for
you.
Most major financial institutions charge similar interest rates (cur-
rently 19.50%), with little difference between them – whether they are
catered to students or not.
“Interest rates are billed at the same rate,” says Justin (last-name
withheld), customer service agent for the Bank of Montreal - the largest

It got to the point where I had creditors credit card issuer in Canada.
“We offer a card with a low interest rate, 11.9%,” says Justin, but notes

calling me and making me cry. I was so
there is a $20 yearly fee.
Most student credit cards do not charge annual fees.
According to Euromonitor Canada, 59% of credit cards in circulation
scared and sad, I just wanted to start over. in Canada are Mastercards, however VISA is more widely accepted.
But thanks to changes made by the Competition Bureau in 2008,
banks such as CIBC and RBC have started to offer Mastercard, tradition-
—Tara Gianakacos ally only offering VISA, making it easier for card holders to have both
cards without having to go to different banks.

Getting carded
Banks have made it very easy for you to apply online for cards, but
they suggest you going in person to the bank, to apply.
“The best way is to go directly to a branch and speak to an account
manager,” says Justin. “It’s best to discuss your current situation and
the responsibility of holding a credit card.”

Don’t use your cootie catcher
With over 200 cards to choose from, details like rewards, loyalty
points, cashback incentives and product warranties can become the
icebreaker in deciding which card you want.
“It’s always nice to be rewarded as a customer with small incentives,”
says Michelle Bucek, a recent Ryerson graduate who has accumulated
points on her TD Rewards VISA.
“I know that points are more valuable when you do the math,” said
Angelo Pirosz, third year accounting student. “But nothing really beats
getting cashback.”
But rewards and cash back are not the only benefits.
BMO offers a Student Price Card discount with Air Miles, Desjardins
offers cell phone insurance, and CIBC offers limited insurance and
warranty on purchases made, and free extended warranties on original
manufacturer warranties.

Keep it clean
“Ensure you fully understand the services [the card] provides before
going crazy spending,” says Bucek.
“Remember to spend within your means and pay your bills
monthly.”
Pirosz, also a customer service representative for Scotiabank, has
this word of advice for students.
“Use the card when you are certain you have the money at the end
of the grace period. You build your credit and don’t end up in debt.”
Credit card debt is very manageable, but users get into the bad
habit of charging more on their card than what they can pay off.
“Debt consolidation is also good if you have too much debt. Move
all your debt over to a line of credit or a low-interest card.”

ILLUSTRATION: MARTA IWANEK

PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL
10 The Eyeopener BIZ & TECH Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Go-go-gadget Apps to help you survive the winter

anti-depressants
Ryerson Mobile your most viewed routes, which
At the bookstore? Wondering if means less time spent gloveless
you could just borrow the same looking up your stop. It also
book from the library? This app offers #ttcu tweets for status
It’s cold, you’re broke and if the weather hasn’t left you depressed, lets students know if they can updates and links to the 680
save some cash. The app scans News traffic report.
those 10 extra pounds you haven’t been able to shed since the holidays the book’s barcode and tells you
have. Biz and tech editor Brad Whitehouse offers a few gadgets to if the Ryerson library has what Date Radar
you’re looking for. After winning There’s nothing to get you
help get you through until spring. an award for technological through the cold of winter like
innovation, this one might be sharing body heat with another.
Cold weather tends to eat up battery life, leaving you shivering outside
worthwhile for students to check You can tell Date Radar whether
the club at 2 a.m.­­— unable to text your friends that you were kicked out
out. Use the money you saved to you are looking for a guy or
for excessive intoxication. This charger, available for $20 at Thinkgeek.
com, plugs into your USB port and can hold a charge for up to 3 months. pay for your heating bill. gal, along with what age range
It has adapters to fit a variety of phones, including a BlackBerry, and while you’re interested in, and it
it might not have enough juice to get you through the whole day, it’ll give TTC will search your area for other
your mobile enough muster to call for a cab ride home. This app will keep you from eligible singles using the app.
quaking in your Sorel boots. It You don’t need to upload a
lets you look up TTC schedules, photo, which also means you
so you’re not left out in the cold don’t know who you’re meeting.
No, this isn’t an mp3 player. We’re not that far squinting to see if you can spot But Canada tends get dark early
behind. In fact, it’s a happy machine. This gizmo, the rocket. It also remembers in the winter anyway.
from Finnish company Valkee, claims to help
sufferers combat seasonal depression. It shines
LED light through your ears, which it’s creators
say boost serotonin levels when worn for 8-12 @kat719
minutes a day. Other less portable LED lamps The Image Arts building at Ryerson
are widely available and might be a viable op- looks like a club where Skittles go to
tion since this product’s $240 price could leave party.
you feeling blue all the same.
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See something strange on campus? on campus...it’s now the Starbucks @
Sometimes you just need a goddamn cigarette. But as commer- Administration got you down? If you’re Gerard & Church #ryerson
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RyeRson AwARds
Celebrating Excellence

Sheldon Levy, President and Vice Chancellor and Alan Shepard, Provost and Vice President Academic
are pleased to announce the recipients of the

Counsellor Award and the Faculty Service Award

RyeRSon AwARdS
Counsellor Award recognizing a Ryerson Faculty Service Award recognizes Ryerson faculty members for their exceptional or
counsellor who has demonstrated excellence distinguished service to a department, school, faculty and/or the university.
in professional service to a unit, the university
Michelle Dionne, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
and/or the community.
Patrice Dutil, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Arts
Sahri Woods Baum, Centre for Student
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Frankie Stewart, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of
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January 25, 2011, meeting at 5 p.m.,
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 SPORTS The Eyeopener 11

Crippled Rams return for five game homestand
With an injured roster and an undersized frontcourt, men’s basketball head coach Roy Rana faces one of the toughest
challenges of his coaching career — getting the Rams into the post-season. Gabriel Lee reports

Injured forward Bjorn Michaelson practises on a limited basis despite his broken hand. PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL

As Roy Rana sits in his office star- hurt the Rams the most. record. The Rams began getting brought about by the injuries is that Hobson, the team’s youngest player,
ing blankly at the men’s basketball Michaelson, has suffered not one some healthy bodies back into the some players are now having to play has been forced to play more min-
team’s depleted roster, the head but two major injures this season, starting lineup over the Christmas out of their natural positions. Jelane utes than was originally expected
coach can’t help but wonder what the first being a broken bone, where break and their second place finish Pryce, a rookie small forward, has of him.
his season could have looked like if he lost three teeth in the process, at the Ryerson Invitational Tourna- shifted over to play power forward, “[The injuries] have been difficult
his frontcourt was healthy and he ment in December proved that. But while rookie guard Jordon Gauthier for the team. I don’t know if I’m
had more experienced big men on just when the Rams thought they has spent some time in the post. ready yet but I’m definitely getting
the court. were taking a step in the right direc- “We’re not really going to change towards it,” he said. “I haven’t played
With their entire frontcourt tion again, Michaelsen’s injury sent tactically what we do, we’re just go- much in the CIS but as a first year I
decimated by injuries, the Rams are This is by far the most them two steps back. ing to plug in new players and have just want to work hard in practice.”
hoping to limp their way to a playoff injury plagued season I’ve “Obviously the injuries have been them learn that part of the system,” After snapping a four game losing
berth. But that’s easier said then coached at any level. hard to deal with,” said fifth-year Rana said. streak by grinding out narrow vic-
done. guard and co-captain Ryan McNeilly. Dealing with injuries has been an tories over Laurentian and Guelph,
“This is by far the most injury — Roy Rana, “The younger guys have to perform issue at practise for the Rams, as they 91-86 and 73-72 respectively, the
plagued season I’ve coached at any head coach now as opposed to [waiting to] get are unable to simulate real game Rams look to build on their two
level,” Rana said. “I’ve never ever accustomed to the league. They’ll situations with the limited amount game winning streak as they are set
experienced anything like this as and the second being a broken hand have to get used to this level quicker to return to Kerr Hall for a five game
a coach. Three out of our five front he suffered in a matchup against than usual.” home stand beginning this Friday
court players are currently unavail- Carleton University. He was sup- Because of the slew of injuries that night against Queen’s.
able.” posed to be an integral player for has hit the Rams this season, Rana The younger guys have to
Third-year forward Khris Mon- the Rams at both ends of the court. has implemented a few changes in
perform now as opposed to
tague, who has been the Rams’ start-
ing centre for most of the season,
“Injuries really just decimated the
group,” Rana said. “I think part of it
his game plan in order to compen-
sate for the team’s lack of size. [waiting to] get accustomed Men’s Basketball
has been plagued with a chronic was because of the pressure to be “In the first half… we went into to the league.
— Ryan Mcneilly,
Homestand
back injury, while second-year for- successful. Mentally it’s been tough more of a motion offense off the
ward Matt Lapointe has been limited for this young group to be able to dribble [and] defensively we played fifth-year guard
by a sprained ankle for the past few handle the adversity.” a zone to mask our deficiencies,” Fri., Jan. 21 vs Queen’s 8 p.m.
weeks. The expectations for the Rams explained Rana. “Even though our of healthy bodies at their disposal. Sat., Jan. 22 vs RMC 8 p.m.
While both Montague and were higher than ever after they personnel is limited but our focus But the one positive Rana sees in Wed., Jan. 26 vs Toronto 8 p.m.
Lapointe are six foot six inches and posted a 7-3 preseason record and is on trying to continue to grow … these injuries is the fact that it is Fri., Jan 28 vs Laurentian 8 p.m.
six foot eight inches respectively the Rana believes the high expecta- developing great habits offensively accelerating the maturation of this Sat., Jan 29 vs York 8 p.m.
loss of highly touted six foot seven tions and the injuries are partially and defensively.” young Rams team.
rookie forward Bjorn Michaelsen has to blame for their unimpressive 4-8 Another change that has been Because of the team’s injuries, Eric

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Double identity
One Ryerson athlete is helping the women’s hockey team reach varsity status while playing
another sport for the enemy. Alan Hudes and sports editor Sean Tepper report
After three seasons with Ryerson’s Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS), become an integral part of the team,
women’s soccer team, Tessa Dimitrako- Dimitrakopoulos still had two years of as she has assumed a leadership role
poulos was fed-up. eligibility remaining despite the fact both on and off the ice.
Between 2006 and 2008, the team that she currently plays for Ryerson’s “I remember when our team
boasted an unimpressive 15-21-10 re- women’s hockey team and has since entered just one tournament, and had
cord and always found themselves in 2007. This is because the Toronto a couple practices here and there,”
the middle of the pack, fighting tooth Stingers, Ryerson’s women’s hockey Dimitrakopoulos said.
and nail for a playoff berth. While the team, don’t become an official CIS Now, the Stingers are playing in
team was average, Dimitrakopoulos team until next fall. With her eligibility their final year in the Golden Blades
certainly wasn’t. In 45 games with clock ticking, Dimitrakopoulos took a Women’s Hockey League at York
the Rams, Dimitrakopoulos, who now look at U of T’s lineup and decided that University and preparing to enter the
plays hockey for Ryerson’s women’s now was as good a time as ever to join CIS next season, where they will play
hockey team, scored a staggering 29 the Varsity Blues. at Maple Leaf Gardens.
goals and was consistently near the “I was going to do it after I finished In addition to being third on the
top of the league in scoring. graduating at Ryerson and my plan team in scoring with nine goals and
She was an elite player on a medio- was to go to teacher’s college at U of four assists in 14 games, the lone
T and then play soccer at the same fourth-year veteran has embraced a
time,” Dimitrakopoulos said. more significant role among her team-
“But there were a lot of fourth-year mates with the expected jump to the
I don’t want to offend and fifth-year players this year, so I varsity level.
thought this would be the best time “Rookies look up to you to see
Ryerson when I’m saying
to play for them because they had a what’s expected,” Dimitrakopoulos
this, but I wanted to do bunch of veterans on the team.” said.“They’re not used to becoming a
better in the standings and In terms of senior representation, CIS team — they’ve never been on
maybe push for some sort U of T boasted the deepest women’s [one] before.” After playing four sea-
of title. team in the OUA. Not including Dimi- sons of university soccer, Dimitrako-
trakopoulos, the Varsity Blues’ roster poulos has one year remaining in CIS
—Tessa Dimitrakopoulos, featured nine fourth and fifth-year eligibility. With the opening face-off at

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student athlete players, more than any other team Tessa Dimitrakopoulos is a Ryerson athlete. PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE

R U N
in the league. The Stinger’s jump to

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cre team and Dimitrakopoulos realized the CIS next year was imminent and

Y

something would have to change if Dimitrakopoulos knew this was the
We always want her to
she ever wanted to win an Ontario last year that she could play soccer.
University Athletics (OUA) champion- But while Ryerson allowed her to be a Ryerson athlete and
ship. This fall, she joined the Varsity still play for the Stingers, Dimitrako- student and I think that
Blues’ soccer team. poulos was told to keep the two teams Ryerson really is in her

C E
heart as an athlete.

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“I knew this was going to be my last separate.

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year playing soccer and I wanted to “Tessa and I made an agreement —Stephanie White,

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play for a team that I thought would [that] when she is with our team, it’s all

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head coach

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go a little further in [the playoffs],” ad- about Ryerson,” said Stephanie White,
mitted Dimitrakopoulos.“I don’t want the Stingers’ head coach.
to offend Ryerson when I’m saying “We don’t talk about that other Maple Leaf Gardens only nine months
this, but I wanted to do better in the team. I understand why she needed to away, Dimitrakopoulos has no hesita-
standings and maybe push for some make some decisions [but] we always tion regarding her plans to return to
sort of title … I really like their soccer want her to be a Ryerson athlete and the ice for next year.
program and I thought this would be student and I think that Ryerson really “I’ve been with [the Stingers] since
the year that I could do it — the only is in her heart as an athlete.” the beginning,” Dimitrakopoulos said.

on
year I could do it.” As the only remaining member of “To stick with them all these years and
Since every university athlete the women’s hockey team’s inaugural then finally when it becomes a CIS

U E le c t i
RS
is given five years of eligibility by 2007-08 season, Dimitrakopoulos has team, to just leave, I couldn’t do that.”

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Attention Desperate
BY VICKI KUGLIN “It sounds like a good solution,”
said Sahel Tahvildari, a first-year ar-
Transitioning into second semester chitecture student. “But at the same
after a long holiday means struggling time, it’s not. I would consider taking
to stay awake in class. An interna- it, just because of how many nights
tionally recognized ADHD expert said we as architecture students spend
that students are turning to the pre- without sleep, and how we can’t func-
scription drug Adderall to increase tion the next day. But it’s a scary thing
their focus. because you might get addicted to it.”
“It’s a stimulant. It diminishes ap- “It’s people’s choice to take what-
petite and sleep. For people who ever they want, as long as they un-
are trying to do better in school, derstand the risks of taking Adderall. I
Some students use Adderall to help them stay awake during late study nights. PHOTO: STEVE GOETZ who cram and pull all-nighters, Ad- wouldn’t criticize someone who took
derall XR serves their purposes,” said it, but I wouldn’t do it,” says Matt Gel-
Dr.Umesh Jain, the founder of the Ca- owitz, another first-year architecture
nadian ADHD Resource Alliance. student.
Adderall is an amphetamine/ “It’s a sad story of people in des-
dextroamphetamine-type drug that peration,” said Jain.“People take short
is usually prescribed for those with ways of getting around the basic is-
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivi- sue: take your life seriously.”
ty Disorder) or ADD (Attention Deficit Jain said passing a controlled sub-
Disorder). The drug is a combination stance to a friend is dangerous.
of stimulants that helps to treat hy- “They might have an underlying
peractivity and concentration issues. cardiovascular condition. People like
However, it quickly turned into a high performance athletes are at risk,
perfect solution for students trying to because they have bigger hearts.
cram assignments, studying, and so- Give them an Adderall, and they
cial lives into 24 hours. With sleep out might have a spontaneous heart at-
of the equation, students are able to tack and die.”
pop a pill, get minimal sleep and hit Without a prescription, users are
the ground running in the morning. skipping the vital step of consulting
“But it can be dangerous,” Jain said. their doctor to see if they have any
“If you take too much, it might make conditions or health concerns that
you hallucinate. ‘Normal’ people might trigger a negative reaction
might have more side effects.” when using Adderall.
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14 The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Do it yourself show
Artists need to share their talent with others. Priyanka Jain speaks to a student who is helping Ryerson students do just that
PHOTO: TIM ALAMENCIAK

Ana LeSage, a fourth-year psy- “I want to bring art to people, and erson’s Oakham Amateur Campus would love to have their art shown. LeSage decided to hold the event
chology student, is hosting her own create an artistic community.” Theatre members on stage, and Maybe it won’t get into a main- to create another chance for those
art exhibit where guests are encour- tables will be equipped with blank stream gallery, but it’s all about the who aren’t necessarily in theatre or
aged to come in costume. canvases and paint for guests to sharing of expression,” said LeSage. the arts at Ryerson to have the op-
“If you feel ike coming in pyjamas, exercize their own creative minds. Ankita Dasgupta, one of the portunity to use their talents.
come in pyjamas; if you want to The planning process for the project coordinators of META 2011, “People that are studying theatre
wear a business suit, go for it,” said We’re helping out exhibit, which will be held between Ryerson’s annual fourth-year new have so many opportunities within
LeSage. those who would love Feb.10-11, began with researching media thesis show said that holding their program, but people that just
The idea is to use art to express to have their art shown. various venues that would offer your own show goes beyond simply do theatre for fun can’t do any of it.”
your feelings and ideas. — Ana LeSage, LeSage and her team space for both collecting and organizing the art. It LeSage said.
With her event, entitled “Multi rehearsals and the actual exhibit. involves event planning, financing, LeSage’s goal for the exhibit is
fourth-year psychology
Medium Participatory Art Experi- After looking at several places and PR for the show. for people to explore their creative
ence,” she hopes to bring creativity they came across a reasonably “Toronto is so supportive when side. She encourages everyone to
to people’s lives. priced studio loft on Queen St. W, it comes to art but it is sometimes come out, regardless of their artistic
“People need to be able to ex- The art exhibit will focus on which will now be the venue for the difficult to get sponsorship. Which ability.
press themselves and be free.” creativity, and various ways one can art exhibit. is why you need to go out and fund- “It’s really cool to see people who
LeSage will also express the be imaginative. People are encour- Artists will also have the oppor- raise and promote,” said Dasgupta. don’t paint pick up a brush and
importance of community and show aged to come wearing whatever tunity to display their work at the And participating in events like when they’re done it’s absolutely
that everyone can be part of a com- they please. exhibit. LeSages can have a big impact on beautiful. We have this amazing art
munity that they feel comfortable in. Plays will be performed by Ry- “We’re helping out those who the spread of your work. inside us to share, so let’s share it.”

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