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volume 44 / issue 19 Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Ryerson’s Independent Paper Since 1967








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Wednesday, February 16, 2011



Voice your opinion!
Your opinion will help us to understand how to improve the quality of the student experience here at Ryerson. This is an exciting opportunity for you to give us your input and ensure we have an accurate picture of student life. I urge you to complete your online survey promptly. This year, all universities across Ontario are participating in NSSE, a survey of first- and fourth-year students, which focuses on five key characteristics of a high quality university education: • academic challenge; • active and collaborative learning; • student-faculty interaction; • enriching educational experiences; and • a supportive campus environment.

The 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is underway. This is an important initiative to measure Ryerson’s performance and improve the quality of the student experience. I urge first- and fourth-year Ryerson students to complete the online survey about which you first received an email two weeks ago. Please check your @ryerson email account which provides more details and the survey link.

Win an iPad or an iPod touch
A 32GB iPad (Wi-Fi + 3G capable) and two 32GB iPod touch media players are available to be won at Ryerson, and students who complete the survey will be entered into the prize draw. Your opinion matters. Thanks to each of you, in advance, for being part of this exciting initiative.

Sheldon Levy President

Simply completing your graduation requirements does not mean you have graduated. If you are a student in your final year/semester/course, you are required to apply to graduate on RAMSS (

Monday, February 28, 2011
Final date to apply for graduation on RAMSS for the Spring 2011 Convocation (with $40 graduation administation fee)

Applications to graduate will not be accepted after March 18, 2011. Eligible students who either have outstanding debts in excess of $10 or who have equipment, cage cards, library books or RESNET cards overdue as of May 11, 2011 will still be invited to attend their Convocation ceremony but will not receive their award document at that time. Log in to RAMSS to determine if you have a 'Negative Service Indicator' (Withhold) and contact the appropriate department immediately to make arrangements to clear the outstanding debt.

Friday, March 18, 2011
Final date to apply in person to graduate for the Spring 2011 Convocation (with $40 graduation administation fee and $50 late fee for a total of $90)
Please remind your friends and classmates of these deadlines, especially those who are not regularly on campus!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011


The Eyeopener


Rye hires company to manage Gardens

Student Housing Services manager Chad Nuttall said residents’ recent behaviour has been against standards. PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL

Residence gets strict on parties after $4,000 rampage
Student Housing Services is enforcing policy after parties in residence reached a breaking point on Feb. 2 with thousands of dollars in damages from one floor

Student Housing Services (SHS) is cracking down on residence parties after sixth-floor residents in Pitman Hall left over $4,000 in damages on the night of Feb. 2. As a repercussion, SHS is considering implementing community billing, a process that charges the entire floor for damage costs. This system hasn’t been used in years. The loss of guest privileges is also being discussed. “The behaviour that has been exhibited over the past couple of weeks is absolutely against community standards,” said SHS manager Chad Nuttall. “We need to find out who’s responsible for those damages. We know that people know who’s responsible, and we need to know who those people are so we can hold them accountable for their actions.” Nuttall said a major part of the bill was cleaning, which totalled over $1,000. SHS had to hire external cleaning services to help the employed staff. Many of the light fixtures were broken, garbage bins were pushed

over, and there was vomit in the carpets, which required deep cleaning. Despite rumours that parties have been banned, Nuttall said residents are being reminded of policies they agreed to when signing their contracts. “It’s an understanding of policy. Parties in the sense that we saw two weeks ago, where all of this damage happened; where a hundred people are in a suite, and when they left, they wrecked the building, have never been allowed in the history of Pitman Hall or Student Housing Services,” said Nuttall. The issue isn’t parties, but “out of control” parties, which are outlined in the residence community standards as a gathering that cannot reasonably be controlled by the host. Also outlined are issues against unacceptable noise, excessive noise, and underage drinking, all of which cost a resident demerit points if caught. If students reach nine demerits, they are evicted from the building. Although the sixth floor of Pitman accumulated the most damage, floors

three, five and 14 were also an issue. Floor 14 president Trevor Coll said the idea of community billing is unfair, and a more reasonable solution would be to have security cameras installed. “I think what they’re doing is trying to control an environment which is naturally uncontrollable,” he said. Even though all of the problem floors on Feb. 2 were in Pitman, The International Living and Learning Centre (ILLC) and O’Keefe House are also facing stricter rules. “I don’t think it is fair,” said Daniel Finlan, an O’Keefe House resident. “It’s part of the residence lifestyle. Students are more safe in residence then they would be partying out in the city.” John Pilla is a first-year graphic communications management student who lives on ILLC floor eight. On Feb. 5, he drank too much and passed out. When his friends couldn’t wake him up, they called the residence advisors who called security. When security couldn’t wake him, he was sent

to the hospital where he woke up, still drunk and in a diaper. “I was still hammered when I woke up,” he said. “I barely remember the walk back to rez.” Pilla’s hospital trip could have had him evicted from residence because the demerits from excessive drinking and underage drinking would have passed the nine-demerit limit. He was able to work out a contract at a meeting that restricts him from drinking for two weeks. “If I drink, I’m out. The fact that I could be evicted scares the shit out of me.” Despite the fact that Pilla recently woke up in the hospital after a rez party, he doesn’t think the crack down on policies are fair or realistic. “Parties are going to happen anyways, whether there are rules or not,” he said. “I think as soon as reading week’s over, there’s going to be some mayhem that no one will be able to control.”
— With files from Marilee Devries

Ryerson is in final talks with a company to manage Maple Leaf Gardens. Global Spectrum, a Connecticutbased company that manages arenas and sports facilities, is in contract negotiations with the university to operate and manage the Gardens before and after it opens. “There’s no question that we’ve been hired to provide management services,” said Frank E. Russo, senior vice-president of Global Spectrum. “We’re not in a trial period.” He said the company, which was hired in mid-December, will be responsible for every aspect of the facility’s management from preparing the budget to hiring and training staff and selling tickets. The company is the winning bid in Ryerson’s search for a management partner through the RFP (request for proposals) process, according to Adam Kahan, vice-president of university advancement. “We’re looking to improve on what we have through their involvement,” he said. Russo was in Toronto Tuesday for a series of meetings with the university to finalize negotiations and to take a walk-through of the Gardens to make sure there are no operational issues with the design. “Today is literally a kick-out,” he said. Kahan wouldn’t disclose the amount of money negotiated in the contract, but said that it would be finalized in the next two days. One of the company’s big projects is to come up with strategies to boost and maintain student attendance at sports games when the facility opens. “I think that’s a big challenge, to be honest,” said Ryerson president Sheldon Levy. Russo said some of the company’s strategies will include providing entertainment before and after games, as well as promoting the Gardens’ ties with the past. However, he said if the company can’t find ways to connect with students, that they’ll look elsewhere. “If not, we’re looking to sell tickets to the outside community.” Levy said that the idea is to make every game an event. “Free wings or beer, or whatever it is, trying to bring students out,” he said. The target date for the facility’s completion is Nov. 12.

Ryerson Student Emergency Response Team unresponsive

But RyeSERT has been absent from The Ryerson Student Emergency residence emergency situations since Response team (RyeSERT) has taken a break from servicing the university’s September. three residence buildings to reconstruct their team of volunteer medical responders. The group is not currently Since it was founded in 2005, RyeSactive. ERT has worked with Ryerson security — Tony Conte, to provide pre-hospital health care to first-year students living in residence. office of vice provost When security receives an emerstudents gency call from residence, both a se“The group is not currently active,” curity officer and a RyeSERT responder said Tony Conte, head of the office of are dispatched.

vice-provost of students. Conte acts as a liaison between the upper administration of Ryerson and RyeSERT, helping the group navigate the university’s many rules and regulations concerning health and safety. “They’re building up their volunteer base,” said Conte. RyeSERT is made up of student volunteers with backgrounds as paramedics, firefighters, nursing students and lifeguards as well as students with an interest in community or health service.

“We are actively recruiting new members,” said Greg McGrath, the equipment officer at RyeSERT. According to their website, RyeSERT is looking to recruit inoperative and active members. Inoperative members are invited to attend meetings, training, vote during elections, and could run for the executive position of administrative officer. Active members are those who are available on-call and are able to respond to medical emergencies. There fore they must undergo extensive

training. “I’ve always wanted to have the training to be able to help a person in distress, and RyeSERT allows me to do that by providing me with advanced medical training and equipment,” said McGrath. RyeSERT is financially able to provide training and obtain equipment because of their affiliation with the RSU. Additional funding comes from the project funds allocation committee for students.


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Students United celebrates at the pub after sweeping the RSU election on Feb. 9.


A better union in five steps

As expected, the Students United slate swept the Ryerson Students’ Union election on Feb. 9. But, like most ‘normal’ students, you probably don’t give a shit about this and you most definitely don’t follow petty RSU politics. But I do (lucky me) and if you keep reading this editorial I’ll give you a $300, 000 reason to care about what’s going on in the Student Campus Centre. Here’s what you need to know about the election: • The results were boring and painfully predictable. • Only one team or ‘slate’ had a chance in hell of winning. • Almost no one voted (BIG SURPRISE). • And the status quo of RSU politics remains the same. Yet again, the outgoing RSU executives handpicked their successors. Well, whoopee. No new faces. I’m not surprised. Ryerson student politics weren’t always this boring. Back in 2009 RSU infighting drove President Sheldon Levy to pay for thousands of dollars for an audit from Deloitte to look for

the source of systemic RSU bullshit. That wad of cash might as well have been flushed down the drain — the audit’s suggestions were largely ignored by the RSU. Today, RSU political infighting has reached a cease fire. But that’s because most dissenting and diverse student voices have been squashed by minions of the Canadian Federation of Students. In my opinion. Now, stop drooling and read my earnest and heartfelt suggestions for a better student union in five easy steps. 1) Give away more free shit Students are poor. Most love free shit — particularly free food. Stop wasting cash on buttons and posters and just give away free food. A surefire way to a student’s heart. 2) Stop taking stances on non-student issues and get local The RSU lobbying about student fees, equity issues and Ryerson-specific education issues makes sense. Becoming involved in discussions about divisive international problems is just polarizing. Stay hyper-local, stop pushing an aggressive leftist agenda down our throats and students will connect better with your campaigns. 3) Ban slates during elections The RSU slate system stops keen Ryerson students from becoming involved in student politics. It’s almost impossible for students to get elected

on their own within the current system. Candidates should be forced to run alone and gather votes the oldfashioned way. And what happened to the fabled days of campus politics where debates over policy could flourish? There is virtually no difference of opinion within the upcoming RSU executive team. This is a systemic problem and banning slates in the next election would help solve it. 4) Trim the executive fat Why is the RSU spending approximately $30, 000 in salary for five executive positions? Let’s channel Rob Ford here and cut the exec team down to three positions. 5) Defederate from the CFS Fuck the approximate $300, 000 in yearly CFS fees. Defederate and spend the cash on step one — more free shit. Flip to page eight to read more on the RSU and the history behind Ryerson student politics.

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The Eyeopener


Should CKLN stay on the air?

“The school should support it, especially since there are programs that involve broadcasting.” — Michael Licey, food and nutrition student
Community station CKLN, located on the second floor of the Student Campus Centre will remain open until at least April.

CKLN stays on the air, for now
Station originally slated to go off-air Feb. 12 gets stay of execution, Alexa Huffman reports
Ryerson-based community radio station CKLN was granted a stay on Friday, allowing it to remain on air for the time being. The station will continue to broadcast until a federal judge determines whether the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission’s decision to revoke CKLN’s broadcasting license can be appealed by the radio station. “Because of the submission of our materials to the court, the judge saw good reasons for the stay to be granted,” said Lauren Speers, chair of the legal defence committee at CKLN. “The most important part was demonstrating irreparable harm from not having a stay granted,” Speers explained. “For us, it was if they pulled CKLN off the air before hearing the actual case, then it would not have an easy time getting its frequency back.” CKLN also argued the process the CRTC used when deciding to shut down the radio station was a serious issue. The CRTC decided to revoke CKLN’s licence after alleging the station did not meet CRTC regulations, such as filing financial returns correctly and on time. The radio station said the CRTC didn’t use their usual procedure and brought issues from past dealings with CKLN into their decision to revoke the station’s license. “Besides the CRTC, another point brought up was that if the radio station were to close down, we would lose our relationship with the students,” said Speers. Ron Nelson, the CKLN board chair, is happy Ryerson students and the community have not lost this media outlet yet. “We are thankful that we got more time to get it together,” said Nelson. “It looks like it could be April or later before it makes its way to the federal courts.” According to Nelson, during the next few months the station will prepare all its evidence and put through all the promises it made to the CRTC. Nelson also said CKLN will work toward changing the station so an incident like this does not happen again. “People will have to start caring about what’s going on in the administrative and management levels in CKLN even if they are just a programmer,” said Nelson. “You can’t sit back anymore and let the station run itself or let a handful of people run the station for you.” Nelson said it’s important to deliver good community radio. That means clear management, better publicity and marketing to promote CKLN, engaging the community by sponsoring and hosting events, and most importantly, student involvement. “The future looks brighter for CKLN,” said Nelson. “By the end of the month, we are going to have a station manager. We have instituted a new set of bylaws that are a lot more clear.” To run the radio station, CKLN uses finances from advertising and fundraising as well as money from a student levy at Ryerson. This year, the university collected $10.09 per student from the Ryerson Students’ Union, which in turn was re-distributed to CKLN. CKLN will continue to get their allotted money as long as they keep broadcasting. “The fee is established for CKLN only. I imagine if CKLN didn’t exist than the fee wouldn’t exist either,” said Toby Whitfield, the Ryerson Students’ Union president who also holds a seat on the CKLN board. Levy said that if the station shut down, the money should go back to the students. “If there is a fee that students pay for CKLN, if that fee is not required, then it should be returned to the students.” Nelson hopes that discussion never takes place. “We have come so close to losing something but never again,” he said.

“We have a lot of journalism students here and we need a place to get practice before the big game. Eliminating the station is eliminating opportunity.” — Andrew Elliston politics student

We have come so close to losing something but never again. — Ron Nelson, CKLN board chair
“We would also lose listenership, programmers and volunteers. We wouldn’t be able to do what we’ve been doing quite well which is representing marginalized, underrepresented, and misrepresented voices on an alternative media outlet.” Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said CKLN has nothing to do with the university. “I just separate the affairs of the university from the affairs of CKLN,” he said.

“It’s too bad they lost their licence, I hope they get it back.” — Eva Kukar arts and contemporary studies student

Architecture program called out on ‘excessive workload’

RSU Election Results:
Students United swept the polls
The results came in close to 2 a.m. on Feb. 10 with Students United taking all of the executive positions for the RSU. But we would like to take credit for the 644 of you who spoiled your votes. Eyeopener action works. For the official results on all positions, visit

You know you’re in architecture when you lose your house keys and only realize one week later. And ‘sleep is for the weak’ becomes your mantra. But these sort of student complaints may not be totally off-base. A FIPPA filed by the Eyeopener revealed reports indicating that the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) is saying the program has “an excessive course load, a very concentrated weekly timetable, and numerous assignments,” that need to be addressed. The Visiting Team Report issued by the CACB after their visit in March of 2010, showed this was not the only concern in the accreditation process. “Every school gets at least five or six problems,” said Kendra Smith, chair of architecture. Along with excessive coursework

the department was asked to fix the size of the drafting studios and to improve its students’ general writing and reading abilities. Mourad Mohan-Said, executive di-

It’s way too much. It should be five years. — Micheal Rosada, architecture student

rector of the CACB, said there are no set guidelines or amount of corrections for each school because each evaluation is very different. This was the accreditation board’s

first visit to Ryerson. The program’s status will only last for three years before the team returns to Ryerson. Neighbouring schools such as University of Toronto or Waterloo University have been accredited as early as 1993, just two years after the board initiated the accreditation program. “The accredited body is concerned about the quality of [the program] and how prepared the students are to enter the workforce,” said Levy. The program has already proved that it is in constant transition. The current fourth-year students’ are considered the ‘guinea pig’ year after the program added an additional three hours of studio time to their week. The grand total came to nine hours of studio time in order to meet the accreditation board requirements.

For the fourth year student, the average week amounts to about 21 hours of class. But as fourth-year architecture student Michael Rosada said, the total time really comes to approximately 60 hours. “It’s way too much. It should be five years,” he said. Levy said a group of people will continue to revise the workload and change the curriculum before the next visit, which is scheduled in 2013. “Beginning in winter of the 2011 term, the department will be assigning fewer but more targeted projects and the faculty are discussing how to combine courses with studios to better deliver the required material,” he said. “A lot of work is going on to prepare for the next visit.”


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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ryerson’s own Cate Middleton

Julia Lewis is the chair of a business improvement group that includes Ryerson campus.


Rye admin heads downtown business group

One of Ryerson’s top administrators is also the board chair of an association of downtown businesses responsible for Ryerson campus. Julia Lewis, director of Ryerson’s centre of environmental health, safety and security management (CEHSSM), is also the board chair of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Association (BIA) is a nonprofit advocacy group that works with downtown businesses. “I had the Ryerson reputation so it was simple [to be elected],” she said.

Lewis said she uses her professional background to provide governance and oversight to the organization to ensure it moves forward. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said he doesn’t know why Lewis in particular was elected to the position, but the university was asked to nominate someone who would have an understanding of the university. “ I don’t know what particular expertise she might have over someone else, I don’t know what particular expertise the BIA was looking for,” he said. Downtown Yonge is responsible

for the land that Ryerson occupies, but Lewis said she doesn’t think this constitutes a conflict-of-interest because she’s a volunteer and the organization focuses on “strategic initiatives” instead of certain businesses. She said the organization is funded by the tax-base of downtown and doesn’t own Ryerson land, so they still have to consult the university before using it for events. Levy said he is sure that the BIA has conflict-of-interest guidelines that every employee has to follow. “You can imagine with the BIA

in particular, that they would have [guidelines] because every member there has reason to have economic interest in the success of the BIA,” he said. James Robinson, executive director of Downtown Yonge, said he is grateful for the objectivity and openmindedness that Lewis maintains with the organization. “She does not push a Ryerson agenda but [instead] does a great job of lining members of the community around a common cause,” he said.
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The engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton seems to have created a media frenzy that jumps on anything, even if it’s only just a name. Ryerson University’s own Catherine Middleton has been getting royal treatment from local papers with the hype of the upcoming royal matrimony. But Middleton, a professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, knows it’s just a passing gag. “It’s not really a big deal,” she said. “It’s more of an amusement than anything else.” Even so, her colleagues in the mailroom have been referring to her as ‘princess’ and her students have taken notice as well. But Middleton doesn’t think she’ll be receiving any more attention. Kate Middleton is a common name and others around the world (as The Toronto Star reported) have been receiving the same recognition. The Kate Middletons in Australia, Ohio and Birmingham, England have had people comment, bow and even had their Facebook accounts suspended. The social media sites suspended those accounts named ‘Kate Middleton’ after the site’s security identified them as imposter profiles. In response, annoyed Middletons have created a group “Don’t delete me facebook . . . guess what? There’s more than one Kate PM Page 1 Middleton.” 6:09

Pantaloons and Groaners
Security was called to an Eric Palin classroom on Feb. 9 after reports that a homeless male entered the class. The male sat in the middle of the ongoing class and proceeded to remove his shoes. When security arrived they asked him to put his shoes back on and the man left. Looks like security will have to start carrying Dr. Scholl’s foot cream. A disturbance was reported at Chang School on the evening of Feb. 10. A woman was upset that the school didn’t have any skates that her son could rent out so he could skate on Lake Devo. Sorry lady, this is a university. Our tuition is too high to start spending money on skates for your kid. A student reported a stolen guitar in the first floor of ILLC. The student had been writing an exam and was asked to keep his belongings at the rear. The student was one of the last students to finish writing and when he went to collect his stuff, the guitar was gone. Poor guy. We find it ironic that the option of musical healing was literally stolen from him. On Feb. 11 security arrived at the Kerr Hall Rye-O-Mat (AKA the dungeon) to catch a male student and four female students drinking in the building. Staff chatted to the students and they left. Security caught the same students in a verbal argument later that night but the students ran away. If that wasn’t enough, security found them once again, this time in a physical fight on Gould St. They refused to stop fighting so Toronto police reported to the scene and eventually everyone went home. We guess this is what happens when parties are veto’d in residence. Security got a smelly surprise on the afternoon of Feb. 12 when they reported to Pitman hall to find a chair in the elevator littered with human feces. Maintenence was called to clean up the mess which stunk up the elevator for the remainder of the day. Keep it in the toilet folks. A “sketchy looking” homeless man was reportedly whispering to patrons skating on Lake Devo on Feb. 13. No reports indicate what exactly he was saying but we assume they were raunchy sweet nothings. After reports that a woman was screaming in the POD building, security rushed to the scene. Turns out the woman was part of a charity event. That wasn’t screaming, they were cheering. A friendly warning to future charity events: ever hear of the boy who cried wolf? On Feb. 8, security was called to the first floor of the TRSM building to deal with an intoxicated non-community member. The male was making inappropriate racist comments to students and said he had come to pick up a woman. A student turned in another student after he saw him steal another’s iPhone. He confronted the man stealing and called security. Police finally arrived four hours later. By that time everyone involved finally gave up. Epic fail on police. Two thefts were reported in the men’s change room on Feb. 6. The perp tore back the top of both locked lockers and stole a wallet from one and a cellphone from the other. Either this guy is crazy strong, or the Incredible Hulk has been visiting campus. On Feb. 10 on the 9th floor of the library building a woman left her bag unattended. When she returned the bag was stolen. (Whoop, big surprise.) Another student found the bag later in the garbage of a men’s washroom. Everything was returned except for the cash. Thank you Toby. We asked and you listened. You had that disgusting toilet cleaned up. We can now breathe a little easier in the SCC second floor washroom. And to you readers, we are sorry for that alarming photo last week. But come on, that was SHIT. — Rebecca Burton

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011


The Eyeopener


Mark Single backs down from RSU lawsuit

First look at new Salad King

Salad King owner Ernest Liu and employees re-vamp the restaurant for its reopening on Feb. 22. The popular restaurant will now be located on the second floor of Foot Locker on Yonge Street.

The small claims lawsuit Mark Single filed against the Ryerson Students’ Union was settled out of court in a meeting on Feb. 9. Single, who was suing the RSU over the $290 cost of the health and dental plan said he was advised by the judge to settle and must now pay $200 of the RSU’s legal costs. “[The judge] said I had a valid claim, but I would have to take it to superior court,” said Single. “I could have been viable for paying thousands of dollars in legal costs [to the RSU], so I decided to back out.” Single said small claims courts don’t have the authority to say whether rules are right or wrong, and since the RSU’s rules on the health and dental plan are clearly outlined, he would likely lose his case. Single filed the claim early last month. He wanted to opt-out of the

health and dental plan because he felt he could pay for his own health costs. The RSU health plan will not allow a student who does not already have health insurance to opt-out. “Our policies, I think, are pretty clear,” said RSU president Toby Whitfield. “I think it’s consistent with most student health and dental plans across the country.” Whitfield said about half of students have opted out of the health and dental plan in the last few years. Single said he thinks the plan is beneficial for students, but thinks students should not be forced to pay. “I think the current system is fine, but they should let anyone opt out,” he said. Single plans to pursue a case in superior court, despite the fact that it will cost him thousands of dollars. “It’s not about the money, it’s about the principle,” he said.

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Frank Nyitray is suing Hakim Kassam for $100,000 PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK

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Student sues students’ union election official for $100,000
An image arts student takes chief returning officer to the superior court for defamation, libel, slander and villification

A part-time image arts student is suing the Chief Returning Officer of the recent Ryerson Students’ Union election. Frank Nyitray is suing Hakim Kassam for $100, 000 alleging defamation, libel, slander and vilification.

The suit was filed and served on Feb. 9. Kassam has been advised by his lawyers not to comment. Nyitray, who is representing himself, is currently involved in a number of other lawsuits. He and previous VP Equity candidate Donna Ryder filed suits against the RSU, the Palin Foundation, the

general manager of the Student Campus Centre and the Continuing Education Students at Ryerson (CESAR) on Jan. 28. Those suits amass a total of $800, 000 and are not yet resolved. Nyitray would not comment on circumstances that required a lawsuit because the information is evidentiary.


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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

As Ryerson Students’ Union president Toby Whitfield prepares to head to his new job for the Canadian Federation of Students, his sucessor is another darling of the advocacy giant. For the past five years, RSU executive seats have been filled by CFSfriendly candidates. Vidya Kauri and Features editor Mariana Ionova investigate the intimate relationship between the RSU and CFS
When Toby Whitfield’s term as Ryerson Students’ Union president is up in May, he will head to Ottawa to work for the lobby group that has been influencing Ryerson student politics for the last ten years. As the new treasurer for the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), Whitfield will be managing the bank account of the most powerful student advocates in Canada. When it comes to student politics, the CFS calls the shots on more than 80 campuses across Canada. It has the power to help elect candidates into executive positions in student unions. Whether the average student knows it or not, the CFS has played a role behind the scenes at Ryerson for over a decade. The CFS is the largest student advocacy organization in Canada and was established in 1981 to lobby the government for policies that protect students and address their concerns. The federation has separately-run, regional branches like CFS-Ontario that put pressure on provincial governments for such initiatives like tuition freezes, elimination of poverty and the phase-out of bottled water on campuses. It boasts a membership of nearly half a million students and operates on fees from students’ unions like the RSU, which paid the federation approximately $300, 000 last year. The relationship between the RSU (formerly RyeSAC) and the CFS intensified in 1999, when president Erin George began aligning Ryerson’s campaigns with those advocated by the CFS. George was the Ontario chairperson of the CFS during her term as president. Since then, there has been only one candidate who has won the presidential seat without supporting the federation. Dave MacLean, who ran and lost in 2003, beat CFS-friendly presidential candidate Carlos Flores in 2004. Over the last 10 years, The RSU board of directors has squashed all real attempts to separate from the CFS. When MacLean took office, his motion to hold a defederation referendum was shot down by the RSU board of directors. More recently, 2007-2008 president Nora Loreto spoke out against fellow executive, VP student life and events, Abe Snobar, who put forward a motion proposing a defederation referendum in 2007. After a five-hour board of directors meeting, the motion was defeated by a 12-12 tie vote with one abstention. Later that term, Snobar ran for president but faced opposition from Loreto and lost the election to Muhammad Ali Jabbar, who supported CFS campaigns. Three years later, Snobar says he thinks he lost the election because he made enemies by speaking out against the CFS. “If you do not have the support from any CFS-affiliated individual, the chance of you false and a rather dubious accusation” made in “an attempt to scandalize where there is no scandal.” Molenhuis says there is no political solidarity within the federation. “There is no role of the federation in student unions. It doesn’t have any role in local elections nor should it, frankly.” Two-time RSU president Jabbar (2006-2007, 2008-2009), also rejected the idea of a CFSdriven RSU agenda, saying group membership in fact helps students’ unions achieve their goals. “You have to look at what are the goals that you want to achieve, what it is that you represent, what do you stand for. If you stand for equity, if you stand for social justice and student rights, you need a strong voice to represent In the Feb. 9 RSU election, the CFS-friendly Students United slate and their supporters cheered in the nearly empty Ram in the Rye as the final numbers rolled in around 1 a.m., — revealing their overwhelming win. Current VP operations Caitlin Smith won nearly 79 per cent of the votes for the presidential seat. No member of the opposing executive slate, RU Change, received enough votes to even stand a chance at being elected. Almost no one from RU Change appeared to watch the results roll in. A week before the election, Mark Single, who was disqualified from running for the VP operations position, said his slate had little hope of a victory. “There is a zero per cent chance we are going to win and we know that. Their posters are totally professional. They have a polished campaign and the time to do it.” But, in Jabbar’s view, the reason why students with less experience and fewer connections don’t get elected is because they have not made an effort to get involved in campus initiatives and political action in the Ryerson community. “Of course you’re not going to get elected because you don’t have a track record. It doesn’t mean that you didn’t have a fair chance. It means that you were not passionate, you never did [the] legwork,” he says. Students who run as part of a CFS-friendly slate have one big advantage: there is a federation on their side that knows what it takes to get a candidate elected. Coleman says in the past CFS-friendly executives from locals have campaigned on behalf of other CFS-friendly slates at different schools. Last year, RSU and York Federation of Students (YFS) executives were reportedly distributing election material at the University of Toronto. The Varsity, U of T’s student newspaper, reported that Smith, Whitfield and other

If you do not have the support from any CFS-affiliated individual, your chance of winning, especially in an executive position, is highly unlikely.
— Abe Snobar, former RSU VP student life and events

winning, especially in an executive seat, is highly unlikely,” Snobar says. Like Whitfield, when CFS-friendly executives leave Ryerson student politics they often remain intertwined with the federation. Rebecca Rose, RSU president in 2005-2006, went on to work as a Maritimes Organizer for CFS-Nova Scotia, while Loreto now works as CFS-Ontario Communications and Government Relations Coordinator. Despite CFS links to Ryerson, David Molenhuis, national chairperson of the CFS, says there is no truth to allegations that the organization influences local political agenda and outcomes. He said the statement is “patently

you,” Jabbar says. “A student union by itself is just a student administrative council.” In his opinion, organizing together allows students’ unions to represent student interests because, “you do advocacy when you have strength in numbers.” Joey Coleman, a writer for the Globe and Mail’s blog, has been covering post-secondary education issues for five years and has seen how difficult it can be for independent candidates to run a campaign against a CFS-friendly opponent. In his opinion, “it has become very rare for student union presidents across the country to actually be ‘students’. “

Which RSU presidents have worked for the CFS?

2005-2006 Rebecca Rose YES

2006-2007 Muhammad Ali Jabbar NO

2007-2008 Nora Loreto YES

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Students rally to support the CFS campaign for lower tuition fees on Nov. 5, 2010. executives were seen campaigning for U of T’s CFS-friendly slate March 2010. Sam Rahimi, a former VP of U of T’s students’ union, wrote a letter to the Varsity after he graduated in 2006. In it, he detailed a similar experience while in office as a part of the CFS-friendly Unity slate in 2004. From the letter: “My trip to York especially stands out in my mind: I had received an urgent briefing from Alexandra Dodger, then a CFSOntario executive, about a bunch of ‘right wing extremists’ running for re-election to YFS, and asking for my help to defeat them. I was picked up in a white van driven by CFS staffer Ashkon Hashemi and taken to York, stopping at Ryerson, OCAD, and George Brown along the way to pick up additional campaigners. We were sent on our mission with strict instructions to pretend we were each there as a ‘friend’ of one of the candidates and plastered the campus with posters.” Whitfield denies the CFS plays any role at all in local elections, and says each candidate has access to the same funds and that fair procedures are followed at all times during campaigning. When he was asked why RSU executives would campaign to elect similar slates at other universities, he said it had nothing to do with political solidarity. “If you are asking if I have friends on other campuses, yes — I do have friends on other campuses.” CFS-friendly slates often have seasoned, media-savvy, former student politicians helping manage their campaigns. According to Whitfield, Smith lead the CFS-friendly Students United slate this year. (Smith interned at CFS-Ontario as an executive assistant-services in the summer of 2009.) Whitfield also helped with their campaign. Similarly, in 2008 Loreto helped manage the campaign for the Renew RSU slate headed


by Jabbar. Other students running for positions alone don’t have that kind of advantage, says Coleman. “A ‘regular’ student can run in theory. However, the student has a very small chance of ever winning.” Talk of too much CFS involvement in Ryerson politics goes as far back as 2002, when bitter internal fighting culminated in VP finance and services Sajjad Wasti’s resignation from the RSU. Wasti wrote an open letter to the Ryerson community accusing union executives of corruption, saying that their handling of business dealings was allegedly tainted by their connection to the CFS. The letter said the union gave priority to an “external agenda” which resulted in , students’ interests being “sidelined.” The RSU board of directors motioned and failed to impeach Wasti, but he resigned in November of 2002, after five weeks of conflicts within the union. The long streak of CFS-friendly executives has prompted criticism that the RSU is surrendering its autonomy to the federation. But dissenting voices like MacLean, Wasti and Snobar have slowly disappeared from Ryerson’s political landscape. The 2007 motion for a defederation referendum was the last organized effort to bring up the question of Ryerson’s link with the CFS. Snobar says he wasn’t surprised that his defederation movement failed. “It’s a movement that you have to build from scratch against a movement that’s been around for 25 years,” he says. But there are campuses where defederation isn’t dead yet. Over the last year, 13 colleges and universities tried to defederate. In June, the Concordia University Students’ Union (CUSA) won a referendum to cut ties with the CFS. CUSA was one of the founding members

of the CFS and had been Local 91 of the federation since 1981. But Katherine GirouxBougard, CFS chairperson at the time, rejected the results, saying the union had no right to hold a membership vote because it owed the CFS $1,033,278.76 in unpaid fees. In 2006, Robin Mowat also struggled to raise concerns about the CFS on the University of Saskatchewan campus. Mowat, a former president of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) won a lawsuit against the union and CFS regarding improper procedures during a referendum. Allegedly, the students’ union held the referendum asking students to join the CFS and the results narrowly called for federation. Despite concerns that referendum bylaws were not properly followed, USSU deemed the results valid and gained CFS membership. Mowat decided to sue shortly after and won the lawsuit in October 2006, causing USSU to lose their CFS member status. Snobar says the CFS is not a bad way to advance student initiatives, in theory. “If they took their constitution and their bylaws and they followed [them] strictly, then it would be a good organization.” But, in Snobar’s opinion, their aptitude in organizing is most often used to exclude dissenting voices and not to further student campaigns. Still, supporters of the CFS and CFSOntario maintain that the organization stands for important initiatives like the Drop Fees Campaign and the Poverty-Free Ontario campaign, which would not be effective if they were spearheaded by local, individual students’ unions. To Jabbar, affiliation with the CFS is the only way to make your voice heard. “You know that, when you’re together, your issues are heard better and more effectively. You have a stronger voice.”

Cutting ties with the CFS
To defederate, students’ unions must go through a lenghty process that is riddled with obstacles and technicalities. Here is a guide to how the defederation process works. 1. To be able to introduce a motion to hold a defederation referendum, CFS bylaws require a petition signed by 10 per cent of the student population requesting the referendum at least six months in advance. For Ryerson, approximately 2,800 signatures have to be collected before a motion is put forward. 2. Once enough signatures are collected, the motion is put forward and the students’ union votes on it. A majority vote means that the union must now hold a referendum and ask all students to vote on whether they agree to cease ties and monetary contributions to the CFS. 3. For defederation to move forward, more than half of the votes must be in favour of separating from the CFS. The CFS chairperson has the right to refute the results if they were obtained by means that breach CFS bylaws or constitution. — Mariana Ionova

2008-2009 Muhammad Ali Jabbar NO

2009-2010 Jermaine Bagnall NO

2010-2011 Toby Whitfield YES

2011-2012 Caitlin Smith YES

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Cowathamen Mohan spends a lot of his free time at the gym playing basketball and working out, but more importantly it helps him to escape reality.


A home away from home
To some the gym is a place where you go to run around and break a sweat. But as Shannon Cuciz and Sports Editor Sean Tepper report, others use it to escape their everyday lives
It was just another night in Ridgeway, a Mississauga governmental housing complex. As nearby police sirens went off and mothers yelled at their sons to come home for dinner, a vicious fight broke out across the street. Amidst all of the noise, all Cowathamen Mohan could hear was the swoosh of a basketball going through his beaten-up hoop. He had just scored the game’s winning basket. “We had this little Fisher Price net that we would play on every day,” he said. “We would stay there for hours until our parents called us in for dinner. We had to keep fixing and re-setting the net up every time too, because the guys were so good, they would always be dunking,” Mohan said. “We played on that same net for years.” Most university students spend Thursday nights out drinking at a bar with friends or recreating a scene out of Jersey Shore at one of Toronto’s nightclubs. But not Mohan. Instead of indulging in the city’s vibrant nightlife, Mohan and 30 other basketball diehards are usually begging the supervisors at the RAC to keep the lights on for just five more minutes so that they could finish up their game. “This is our home away from home,” he said. “People deal with One of Mohan’s friends was recently released from jail after he was charged with possession of a weapon in school and is now on probation for a year. Mohan initially came to Ryerson wanting to try out for the men’s varsity basketball team. But he found that playing intramural sports has helped him keep focused on his school work as well as his physical fitness. “Every kid’s dream is to become a pro athlete, but when life hits and peer pressure comes into play, they give up on those dreams and try easier options,” he said. “They turn their heads toward drugs and violence.” The RAC serves as a safe haven for Mohan. He is just one of the many dedicated players who commute over an hour and a half each day to play intramurals at the RAC — even on the days he doesn’t have class. First-year graphic communications management student Ben Bonsu also commutes to Ryerson from the Jane and Sheppard area every day in order to play intramurals. “Nowhere at home compares to this,” he said. “I’ll devote my days to coming to the gym. It gives me something to look forward to.” Not only do intramurals give students a chance to compete in a tame, yet vigorous environment, it also serves as an escape from the peer pressure that goes along with living in one of Canada’s largest cities. come here, sweat and feel good about what I did the next day. It’s an outlet for us to get away from the real lives we face.” While intramurals have always been a part Ryerson athletics, this year has seen a the number of students that participate in intramural sports skyrocket. To accommodate the demand, Randy Pipher, the intramural and day camp coordinator, said gym times are being expanded and teams are being added to intramural leagues. “This year our numbers have gone way up,” Pipher said. “More and more commuter students are starting to show up on a regular basis. For some sports our team numbers have doubled.” Even though the gym space is limited and waiting for a court has turned into a long process, students are flocking to the RAC in an attempt to escape their real world difficulties. “It’s like an escape for your body and your mind,” said Mohan. “You feel like a weight is lifted off your shoulders.”

Downtown here you feel constant pressure to go out, drink, and get involved in drugs. — Cowathamen Mohan, first-year student
yelling, screaming and violence that you don’t want to go home to after school. In the gym, you don’t face that.” Mohan knows how important it is to have a productive passtime. The a first-year international economics and finance student has seen some of his best friends get involved with the wrong kinds people.

It’s like an escape for your body and your mind. — Cowathamen Mohan, first-year student

Going to play competitive sports late at night with friends has become a popular alternative from the nightlife that so many students become addicted to. “Downtown here, you feel constant pressure to go out, drink, and get involved in drugs,” Mohan said. “I personally would rather

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MLG won’t live up to the hype

See how Tessa Dimitrakopoulos and the Stingers fared this weekend and catch up on Rams’ games at PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE

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Maple Leaf Gardens is one of Canada’s most cherished landmarks. Over its 60-year legacy it has housed such legends as Dave Keon, Darryl Sittler, Wendel Clark and Tim Horton. But MLG is not going to revive Ryerson athletics and it certainly won’t miraculously transform the student body from careless commuters into a tight knit Rams-loving community. Why? Because of you, the apathetic commuters that, Ryerson’s student body comprises. Senior admin at Ryerson see MLG as instantly fixing the school’s identity crisis. In reality, MLG will just be a stepping stone. The fact of the matter is that you cannot buy a school community with a building, not even a $60 million one. Let’s face it. Unless you are a student athlete or an avid gym rat, you don’t really care about Ryerson’s $60 million acquisition. You think you do, but all you care about is going to school, handing in your assignments, writing your midterms and heading the hell back home to your real life. Now don’t get me wrong; upon its grand opening, MLG will be jampacked with Ryerson students wanting to walk its historic halls and you will probably be very excited to take part in the whole Maple Leaf — I mean Ryerson experience. But the novelty will eventually wear off, and when it does, it will wear off fast. It won’t fade because it’s 12 minutes away from campus, and it certainly won’t wear off because students don’t have enough time on their hands.

No, it will wear off because Ryerson lacks school spirit and students couldn’t care less about Ryerson athletics no matter how well or poorly the Rams are playing. I think that MLG is an important acquisition for Ryerson athletics because it will give the Rams a place that they can call home and it will help establish an identity in the heart of Canada’s most vibrant city. MLG will marginally increase the number of fans that attend games and maybe get students more excited about varsity sports. But what MLG won’t do is make students care about the Ryerson athletics. That can only be achieved by somehow turning Ryerson into a campus oriented university. Even Ryerson’s president Sheldon Levy, who believes that MLG is one of the “best athletics centres in Canada and maybe the world,” admits that the school’s greatest challenge will be keeping MLG relevant after all of the hype wears down. Ryerson has even hired a company named Global Spectrum to essentially manage MLG, which shows that the school is very much aware of the tall task that lies ahead. But offering free t-shirts and chicken wings won’t attract the student population, at least not in the long run. Unless it is managed properly and is handled with care, MLG will have the shelf life of Kris Versteeg’s stay in Toronto. It will look good at the start, but eventually fail to live up to the hype. MLG’s success will be dependent on the student body and their willingness to embrace Ryerson’s culture and actively take part in their community — not how much money was spent on it. MLG is a significant step in the right direction but only time will tell if it can remain relevant in the long term.

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Inspired to push boundaries
Arts & Life editor Gianluca Inglesi and Colton Eddy look at the big ideas behind Ryerson’s shows
A variation of the Mass Exodus: Zenith+Nadir poster that will be revealed this week.

Fourth-year image arts show

Fourth-year fashion design and third-year fashion communication

Fourth-year new media show

Trading in her paint brush for a camera lens, Alice Zilberberg is constantly striving to translate the limitless nature of painting to her photography. For her current collection titled, “Dreaming Awake” she created abstract pieces that are images within images that play between fantasy and real life. “The mind is so complicated and not totally explainable and I think that idea comes through in my work,” Zilberberg said. Joshua Macdonald has always been an avid movie fan and hopes that after graduation he will break into film because he enjoys telling stories through his work. When searching for models for his latest project, instead he found a whole collection of aspiring actors on Most of the actors had completely separate lives to support themselves before their big break — such as a real estate agent — and their stories are what stood out to Macdonald. His goal is to create portraits that work with the themes of their personal lives. “You have to believe in your work. It helps when other people do too, like the actors I’m using for this piece. I can do so much more with the idea knowing that they’re willing,” Macdonald said. Attempting to create contemporary work using analog materials and historical processes is not always easy for Deanna Pizzitelli. Her current collection is a mix of all canons of photography — from portraits to landscapes. A regular reader of graphic novels she does get inspired by the high contrast, animated images of those pages even though it doesn’t directly translate into her work. She uses parts of that style when focusing on frames and aspects of her own photography to give the old methods that contemporary feel. When she feels challenged she just keeps going. “I’ve learned to just keep shooting and you eventually get out of any rut you might be in. Just keep shooting.”

This year Mass Exodus will be using lights, darks, and projections to bring the show to a whole new level. When producer Emma Truswell and head of set design Robyn Woytiuk sat down with their team to establish a theme for this year’s fourth-year fashion show they knew they needed something that would tie together all 57 graduating collections but also wanted something beyond. The final decision was Zenith + Nadir. They thought the attractive title would lure people in out of sheer curiosity. Zenith refers to the highest or lightest and Nadir refers to the lowest or darkest. The show will take our minds on a journey from Nadir to Zenith said Woytiuk and Truswell. “We are turning a generic theatre into a different world. By playing to the senses we are striving to make the audience feel like they’ve gone somewhere else,” Truswell said. All the collections fit somewhere on the spectrum between Zenith and Nadir whether it be based on colour, composition, or the look of the pieces. To illustrate this abstract theme, they will be incorporating projection-based technology into the show. Working alongside a company called Media Co. and the Ryerson Theatre School, they will be bringing Mass Exodus to a level it’s never been before. The projections will provide a very dynamic setting with greater possibilities than a physical set. An exhibit of fourthyear fashion communication pieces will complement the show. The goal is to make sure all the communities of Mass Exodus are cohesive, from the posters to the runway. “There are so many layers to the show. The set, the projections, the lights, the collections, the models, they are all layers that will create one incredible image,” Woytiuk said.

Kristen Bunting’s pieces always revolve around the idea of mixing earth and technology. This year, her piece is a small eco-system that Kristen intends to “represent the life and death of our planet.” She hopes that her showcase will leave an impression on the students who come out, and understand the importance and value in learning the “need to do something to make a difference.” She hopes they find inspiration to “strive to have their work showcased, whether they have a story published, make a scientific discovery or, like us, have their works showcased in a public art show.” For Ajayen Paramalingam, META is more than the end result of a four year Image Arts Media program, it is “what we as students together have gone through, and what we learned from each other” Her theme was inspired by the children she . worked with at a special needs camp in Toronto this past summer. “The main aspect of the piece is to create an environment that can be used to help kids with special needs in order to stimulate and develop senses affected by their particular disorder,” she said. “My hope is that a child will begin to notice patterns in my piece, which will prompt exploration of the environment and the formation of new associations.”

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Study. Party. Save the world.
Cold, damp February nights got you down? Try banishing the midwinter blues by donating your time to a good cause. Grace Benac reports on opportunities for every interest For fashion fanatics:
The Fashion Design Council of Canada is currently looking for helping hands for the upcoming Fashion Week, from Mar. 28 to Apr. 2. Positions up for grabs include décor and event set-up assistants. This is perfect for anyone who is enthusiastic about fashion show production and works well under pressure.

For animal lovers:
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Volunteers at the Toronto Humane Society play an active role in animal residents’ lives, from grooing and feeding to assisting with adotions. Administrative and customer service jobs are also available.

For country folk:
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For LGBT activists:
Consider giving your time to the Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youthline. Volunteers have the chance to either provide peer support to callers, or help with fundraising and event coordination. Volunteers must finish 40 hours of training in anti-oppression, self-care, safer sex and other topics in order to prepare for the job.

For gym buffs:
Why not turn your GTL lifestyle into a job? The YMCA of Greater Toronto accepts applications for volunteers yearround to run individual conditioning, group fitness and instructional programs. If customer service is a better fit for you, the YMCA also has positions in membership services and front desk operations.

For future teachers:
The Toronto Public Library’s Homework Help for Teens program caters to high school students in need of assistance with their assignments. The library is looking for tutors who can relate well to teens, and science and math whizzes are in particular demand. If you don’t have the makings of a great teacher when you start, the program offers training to help volunteers brush up on their teaching methods. Among the pros of working at the library: all overdue fees are written off after 6 months of service.

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Chair: Entrepreneurship program ‘maxed out’

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business students that the department is planning to offer inter-disciplinary programs — combining other majors with entrepreneurship courses. In the meantime, students wishing to jumpstart their own careers have resources such as Students in Free Enterprise Ryerson (SIFE), and StartMeUp to get help ranging from developing a business plan to getting funding. Tracy Leparulo, president of SIFE Ryerson said she’s seen more non-business students in the programs. “We have way more engineering students, tons of students from the faculty of community service, as well as students from the arts coming to our events. The interest from the other faculties is kind of overwhelming,” she said. This demand comes on the heels of the federal government declaring 2011 the “Year of the Entrepreneur” . But Ryerson president Sheldon Levy sees this as an opportunity for Ryerson to improve its reputation as a top-flight institution. Levy claims Ryerson is becoming known as the one of the most entrepreneurial universities in Canada. “We are becoming a model on how to do this.” Ryerson is set to unveil two new entrepreneurial projects, the Centre of Urban Energy and a new addition to the Digital Media Zone, tentatively named the “Design Zone” . “The Design Zone will be for students who have a particular strength in architecture, engineering or FCAD” Levy said. The Centre of Urban Energy will give students a place to pursue opportunities in researching green energy and technology. Students have taken advantage of the Entrepreneurship and Strategy program. Yanina Chevtchouk, a fifth-year marketing and entrepreneurship double major and CEO of Paria Lambina, a women’s fashion line, was named a 2011 Ontario Entrepreneur Student Champion on Feb. 9. Chevtchouk will now go on to represent Ontario at the 2011 Advancing Student Entrepreneurs ( Regional Exposition next month. “It presents a good opportunity to see what other entrepreneurs are doing and to see what I can learn from them,” Chevtchouk said She will compete with the other regional champions to earn the right to compete nationally, at the ACE National Exhibition in May. Chevtchouk said she will continue to develop her line by expanding into Quebec and British Columbia this year. “Hopefully this will mean more funding opportunities for student entrepreneurs,” Chevtchouk said. “It’s hard to get a hold of it.” Way to go Ryerson two escalators on floor both going way. I’d call that #eyeforatweet for having the same the same brilliance.

Ryerson’s entrepreneurship and strategy program is being stretched to the limits as students vie for an edge in workplace skills. The program, the largest of its kind in Canada with more than 500 students, has proved popular, as many have flocked to the program. “We are absolutely maxed out on our ability to give quality teaching to all these interested students,” said David Valliere, chair of the Entrepreneurship and Strategy program. “More and more students realize the importance of entrepreneurial thinking for taking charge of their future careers,” said Valliere. There is such high demand for these courses by non-

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Ryerson politics are like the cool kids vs. the misfits. You’d think at a school like ours, the misfits would stand a chance? #eyeforatweet

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