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Volume 44, Issue 20 | Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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Volume 44 / Issue 20 Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Ryerson’s Independent Paper Since 1967 theeyeopener.com

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Shannon Higgins NEWS Sarah Del Giallo Emma Prestwich SPORTS ASSOCIATE NEWS Sean Rebecca Burton Tepper FEATURES Mariana Ionova BIZ & TECH Ian Vandaelle ARTS & LIFE Gianluca Inglesi SPORTS Sean Tepper

PHOTO Marta Iwanek Lindsay Boeckl ASSOCIATE PHOTO Chelsea Pottage FUN Kats Quinto COMMUNITY Allyssia Alleyne ONLINE MEDIA Lee Richardson ONLINE Aleysha Haniff John Shmuel PHOTO ILLUSTRATION Lauren Strapagiel

GENERAL MANAGER Liane McLarty ADVERTISING MANAGER Chris Roberts DESIGN DIRECTOR J.D. Mowat CIRCULATION MANAGER Megan Higgins ZOMBIE MAKE-UP Nicole Steeves MODELS Sydney Benedet Brad MacInnis Nicholas Silveri Aleysha Haniff

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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18 YEARS LATER
THE UNDEAD CAMPUS p.9
Emma Prestwich reports on how empty lots and construction projects are turning Ryerson into a ghost town.

ZOMBIESCHOOL
GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN p.3 ANATOMY OF AN UNDEAD STUDENT p.4 ZOMBIES RULE CAMPUS p.6

DEAD ON ARRIVAL p.16

School spirit is dead at Ryerson. Aleysha Haniff investigates the time of death.

STAY TOGETHER AND LIVE p.8 HOW LONG WILL YOU SURVIVE p.14 GARDEN FEVER WON’T FIX ALL p.21 LET RYE-GONES BE BYGONES p.26 DEAD MEN ON CAMPUS p.27 RYERSON’S HALLOWED GROUND p.28 STAYING ALIVE AT RYERSON p.32

THE PRICE OF TALENT p.19
Sean Tepper discovers why recruitment could be the key to rebuilding the Rams’ reputation.

RYERSON’S UNCHARTED EDUCATION p.29

How is quality of education measured at Ryerson? Rebecca Burton reports.

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EDITORIAL

he Student Campus Centre is eerily silent as I leave the Eyeopener office in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. I head outside and my heels echo as I race down a deserted Gould Street. It’s bitter cold and missing my mode of escape is not an option. Suddenly, two figures appear on the sidewalk, hobbling towards me. Fog from a sewer vent obscures my view and I squint to check out the approaching threat. As they slowly pass under a street light their sickly faces and dead eyes disturb me. I’ve only ever seen faces like these during scary movies. Scary movies that end badly for young women walking alone in the dead of night.
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Ryerson University has been infected. It’s too late to amputate the affected area, so put down the machete and listen here. We are facing a zombie apocalypse. Seriously. Don’t believe me? Just look around campus. Hordes of exhausted bodies trudge up and down Gould Street everyday. Their bodies are contorted from lugging heavy textbooks on the commute. They are unresponsive to friendly gestures, angry about everything and mesmerized by the latest text message on their smartphone. This special magazine issue of the Eyeopener will give you all the tools necessary to survive the plague and escape a horrific fate. This year we decided to use satire and undead fun to show how Ryerson University is on the brink of becoming a zombieland campus. Stalled construction projects, poor quality education and a lack of student engagement 2

cramps Ryerson’s style and stops the university from reaching its full potential. So forget the The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, Ryerson zombies move faster than Left 4 Dead’s highly contagious Green Flu virus. Here’s what you need to do: First, flip to page 14 where community editor Allyssia Alleyne helps you determine your odds of surviving with a handy flowchart. Next, examine the anatomy of an undead student on page 4 to help keep your brains in your head and out of a zombie’s tummy. Dying to know how Ryerson measures the quality of teaching? Read news editor Rebecca Burton’s story on page 29. Also, check out page 32 for tips on how to fight the outbreak and make the most of your time at Ryerson. If my braaains are eaten before you read this message, please remember one thing. You are alive. Zombie virus or not, enjoy the time you have here — it doesn’t last forever. — Shannon Higgins, Editor-in-Chief

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Mohamed Omar barricades himself in Pitman Hall where the vital signs of student life are in danger of extinction. PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE

Get out while you still can
Mohamed Omar explains why the residence bubble won’t be a stable bunker when the T-Virus hits Toronto
Of the many pointless and pseudo-intellectual conversations I have had with my friends in Pitman Hall, not one comes close to the useless hypothetical value of the zombie question: What would you do if there was a zombie outbreak in Toronto? More importantly, where would you go? For me, a resident in Pitman Hall, the “rez bubble” is the first thing that comes to mind. YongeDundas Square, the AMC building, the Eaton Centre, Yonge Street, all of which are just a few steps away from my dorm room. They have started to feel like the only places I know in Toronto. Three blocks west and I’m at Yonge-Dundas Square. Three blocks east and I’m asking for directions. That’s why I’d probably be eaten first. Living in residence has its benefits. The average Pitman resident can wake up 20 minutes before a class, sans sobriety, and still make it before most commuters. Unfortunately, this makes for exceptional laziness which would lead to the demise and utter zombification of most rez students. Residence also limits your geographical expansions and your urban know in Toronto. That said, not every student is forever locked in the rez bubble. Some students, you might call them ‘the survivors’, make a habit of trying a new restaurant every Sunday. This way they avoid eating from the ILLC for breakfast (starts to taste like brains to the uninfected human). This however, costs money — a rare commodity in student life. So to return to the whole zombie theory, my experience with the rez bubble would help me survive temporarily Three blocks west and I’m at Yonge-Dundas Square. Three blocks in the general campus east and I’m asking for directions. area. — Mohamed Omar But what if the zombies take over the resiexcursions in one of the Pita Land has good and slowly become part of dence bubble? most diverse cities in greasy food (albeit not residence life. When hell comes to the world. Also, the most nearly as nutritious as Sooner or later, they earth, where the hell do populated city in Canada healthy human flesh). are the only thing you we go? — not a good thing in a zombie apocalypse. The rez bubble exists for one main reason: students are strangers in the big city upon arrival. I recall moving here from Calgary in August and settling into Pitman Hall. There were two destinations that we visited every day for the first two weeks: the LCBO on Yonge and Dundas and Pita Land on Gerrard and Mutual. The LCBO was for obvious reasons, and Why did we choose these two locations initially? Familiarity. We heard people mentioning Pita Land being “bomb” and “right there” or the LCBO being “two steps away from rez” . We registered them in our minds as familiar, places we recognized and knew. The rez bubble is the ultimate result of this familiarity. Locations within close proximity to Pitman Hall start as landmarks and indicators to guide guests visiting Toronto. Then they

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ZOMBIE A

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ZOMBIE B

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AUTOPSY OF AN UNDEAD STUDENT
Arts & Life Editor Gianluca Inglesi takes a stab at CSI and examines two typical Ryerson zombies on the cold table of a morgue

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ZOMBIE A
Time of death: 12:10 a.m. Cause of death: hit by moving vehicle Evidence:

♦ Upon examination of Zombie A’s ears it can be concluded that damage is a result of high volume levels from iPod headphones. This student must have listened to music between classes and on his commute. Broken ribs and skid marks on Bond Street suggest that Zombie A may have been hit by a construction vehicle before reaching Gould Street.

♦ Zombie A was discovered lying across a Gould Street picnic table and was suited up — even dead he was still ready to “hit the ground running.” Surrounding him were many shopping bags as well as a messenger bag full of heavy textbooks. This could have made it more challenging for his already wounded body to weave through the planters.

♦ Testing Zombie A’s eyesight led to a discovery of nearly perfect vision that had not been damaged by UV rays. One can only assume that this student protected them with Ray Ban sunglasses. Also, note that Zombie A ingested brains before dying but his stomach was already full of Thai food from resurrected student favourite Salad King.

ZOMBIE B
Time of death: 2:45 a.m. Cause of death: Asphyxiation Evidence:

♦ Zombie B was found in the Yonge-Dundas subway station clenching her iPhone, which displayed a recent tweet reading, ‘Must eat brains #sohungry’. Zombie B was leaving campus very late and her body showed signs of exhaustion, which could signify that she was a student in the faculty of engineering, architecture and science.

♦ Markings around Zombie B’s neck signify strangling as a possible cause of death. The shape of the markings point to a circle scarf as the weapon of choice, another trend among students. On Zombie B’s person, a debit receipt was found revealing that the student made a late night purchase of brains at the 24-hour Metro and asked for cash back.

♦ Multiple calluses and blisters on the Zombie B’s feet indicate the regular wearing of tight, constricting shoes such as oxfords or combat boots which may have made it more difficult for the zombie to run from danger. RSU forms found in Zombie B’s bag indicate that she was attempting to organize a Zombie campus group called ‘Undead R People 2’. The Eyeopener 05

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There may be hope in surviving Ryerson’s undead student life. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK

Stay together and live
Student life at Ryerson is in danger of extinction. News editor Sarah Del Giallo looks at how program cliques are battling the trend
No one survives alone in a zombie apocalypse. Think of the movies. There’s always a group of people who bond with each other for moral support, and use that community to survive – or at least survive longer than most of the human race. In regards to student life, Ryerson campus could be compared to a zombie wasteland. At other universities, like the University of Western Ontario or Queens University, the student community is alive and apparent to all those around. Ryerson’s campus, however, is full of students who come to campus for one thing and one thing only – brains. Or the student equivalent to eating brains, which is sitting alone in class, grabbing a coffee and drinking it in quiet isolation before going home. Most university campuses are a place to hang out, party and make friends. But the qualities that make Ryerson different from other universities also alter student life. We’re in the heart of downtown Toronto. There’s a constant sense of rush when you enter the core of this city, and it doesn’t stop when you step onto campus. Despite wanting to make a life-long friend or two at Ryerson, nobody seems to have the time to stop and chill while they scurry down Gould Street. Ryerson is also a commuter school, so most of the students here already live in the GTA. They live in the cities they grew up in, with their friends from high school. It isn’t necessary to make friends on campus, because their life isn’t on campus. It isn’t that Ryerson students aren’t sociable, but their social lives exist elsewhere. So here we are, on Ryerson’s metaphorical wasteland. Is there anyone else out there who wants more than a degree? There is hope, my friends. There are survivors. Groups of students who use Ryerson as a place of sociability and networking. But unless you’re already in one of these groups, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about. These groups tend to be program specific. Think of theatre, engineering, nursing or people from fashion and interior design. The programs where students tend to form stronger and faster bonds are the programs with small class numbers, an intense workload, practical learning experiences and group work. “I like having a group of five to six guys that I talk to, and the way this program works out, I end up having that group of five to six guys,” said Alex Loree, a secondyear aerospace engineering student. Jessica Raffa, a second-year fashion communication student said, “I think it’s because our program is so intense that we spend so much time together. It just almost makes it more natural to make friends.” But there’s still hope for those who’ve been infected with the antisocial zombie virus. When you’re getting coffee and waiting an eternity in line, say hello to your zombie neighbour. Or talk to the person sitting next to you in class. They’ll probably appreciate the social interaction. Step out of the wasteland Ryerson. Let yourself have a university experience that’s more than just a degree — more than just brains. Come back to life. It’s pretty great out here.

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The dead campus
Despite being in the heart of downtown, many Ryerson University buildings lacks life. Between construction and abandoned campus sites, the school has a long way to go before becoming a thriving campus. News editor Emma Prestwich reports isitors entering Ryerson campus at Yonge and Gould Sts. are greeted by a pit that is the future home of the Student Learning Centre and a fenced-off patch of gravel where the old Empress Hotel once stood. Further down Gould is the partially finished Image Arts building, and just beside it are a cluster of buildings on Bond St., most of which are either not open to the public or invisible to passerby. 2011 marks the fifth year since the implementation of the Master Plan, a 133-page document outlining a plan to enliven Ryerson’s

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campus and increase academic and research space. “Urban intensification” is the first of the three Master Plan goals, and in order to reach this goal, Ryerson has to make the most efficient use of its land and the properties around campus. But Ryerson’s three most recent projects have faced a number of delays, and the university currently owns several incomplete or invisible buildings. This combination of stagnant construction projects and underused or inaccessible facilities isn’t helping foster President Sheldon Levy’s vision of Ryerson as a New York University (NYU)-type campus; instead it’s making the

university a ghost town. George Baird, former dean of the faculty of architecture, landscape and design at the University of Toronto, said he thinks the nature of the area around campus means Ryerson can only expand through re-development, and the university’s current situation is odd and presents challenges for building community. “I don’t disagree that the interim period has problems,” he said. He said the effective use of buildings on street level is a big factor in creating animated street life. “The fact that people don’t go there means [the areas] are out of the public mind.” The Eyeopener
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The derelict Gerrard Copy Centre at Gerrard and Mutual Sts. closed last year and remains empty though the university says it has plans to re-develop the space.
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In 2007, Ryerson acquired the old Sam the Record Man property. Four years later, the university is set to bebegin construction of the Student Learning Centre (SLC) will start in the next six months, if Ryerson gets approval from the city to begin construction. The learning centre is set to be finished by the winter of 2013-14, and Levy said its success as an active hub for students will be a definitive step to achieving the Master Plan. “If we can achieve that, then there’s no stopping us,” he said. The most illustrious project, Maple Leaf Gardens, was slated for completion this March, but the date was pushed back to November after renovation setbacks. When the rink was excavated for parking, workers encountered underground water and that added time, Levy said. The university received $20 million in government stimulus funding for the project. One requirement of the funding was that the Gardens be comAnother stagnant project is the $112 million Image Arts building renovation. The building was slated to open last October, but now has been pushed to this September. “I understand this is a particularly trying year,” said Alexandra Anderson, interim Image Arts chair, in an email to students, staff and faculty in the department. We want to be as She said the staff are currently ambitious as possible. working on making sure all teaching — Ivan Joseph, and production spaces are set up by director of Athletics September. Levy said there were a lot of chal“If not, we would have moved lenges in converting the building, heaven and earth to complete it [by which had previously been a brewery, March],” he said. into a gallery. Director of athletics Ivan Joseph Along with these half-finished didn’t see the construction delays as projects, there are a string of facilian issue, and shrugged off the sug- ties around campus with bright blue gestion that it might be hard to keep Ryerson signs but no campus activity. both the Gardens and the recreation While many of these seemingly dead and athletics centre popular if both buildings aren’t necessarily empty, facilities are open. they’re still not accessible to most Ry“We want to be as ambitious as pos- erson students. Even staff question sible,” he said. how the various facilities are used. pleted this March. Levy admitted the March completion date was ambitious, but luckily, the provincial government extended the deadlines for all funded projects.

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Half of the building at 1 1 Gerrard St. is unlabeled and the other half is completely empty. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK 1 Ryerson security services supervisor Imre Juurlink said security often is not informed about the status of a building and how heavily it’s being used. The university held a contest last year to search for potential new residence designs for the copy centre through the RFP (request for proposals) process, but has only received two responses. “It’s been designated to be used in a better way — as a larger, better building,” Levy said. The other half of the copy centre is the locked Research and Graduate Studies. Half the musty facility, which contains offices on the second and third floors, requires OneCard access and an appointment to get in. The other half houses study cubicles and offices for graduate students. Across campus, the enigmatic Monetary Times building houses offices, boardrooms and labs for the civil engineering department. But the threestorey heritage building shows no signs of use from the outside. Administrative assistant Kim Kritzer, who works in the building, said part of the building’s invisibility might have to do with the fact that civil engineering students take their classes in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.

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It has been designated to be used in a better way — as a larger, better building. — Sheldon Levy, Ryerson President
Another property in transition is the Gerrard Copy Centre. It was listed as a place for printing and copying for essential campus services and departments until July 2010, but is no longer operational. Director of ancillary services John Corallo said the copy centre closed down because of a lack of customer traffic, and the university is considering using it as a food services kiosk or a satellite OneCard centre. Levy said the site has been designated for redevelopment under the Master Plan as an academic building or a potential residence.

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She said while the space isn’t ideal, the department is stuck there until the university decides to purchase more real estate to house the new faculty of science, after a provost’s committee recommended that science split from the faculty of engineering, architecture and science in October. Baird who works with an architecture and urban design firm, compared Ryerson’s stagnant campus to the Cloud Gardens park at Bay and Adelaide Streets that he helped design. He said the park sat unbuilt for a decade and a half, and that it was killed the community life around the site. “It meant that it was even more out of the way [for people],” he said. He suggested that Ryerson make use of its empty buildings by finding temporary uses, such as gallery display spaces. Vice-president administration and finance Julia Hanigsberg said the university wants to be wise about buildings like Monetary Times and the Gerrard Copy Centre. “We don’t want to leave them vacant, but we don’t want to put that many resources in them if they’re going to be re-developed,”she said. According to Levy, the school has plans to replace a number of buildings, including the copy centre. “What we’re doing is in line with urban intensification,” he said. “It’s a very long-term, ambitious goal of the university.” Kritzer said she thinks the university is making good use of its limited real estate. “I mean, the campus is like a family, and any family has kids of different ages.”

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How long will you survive?
When the campus falls to chaos during the inevitable zombie apocalypse, how long will you and your peers survive before joining the ranks of the undead? Remember: all faculties are equal, but some faculties are more zombie-proof than others

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL

Ryersonian image courtesy of Ryerson University Archives and Special Collections, RG95-1, Parades

School spirit has been ailing for years. Online editor Aleysha Haniff digs for the real reason we’re doomed to wander a lifeless campus
Kristina Kulikova’s routine hasn’t changed a bit since she started at Ryerson. The economics and finance student starts her day with a much-needed cup of coffee after trekking to campus from Richmond Hill. She goes to class. She meets with friends for lunch. Next, she might swing by the economics department and do some work. After that, it’s time to go home. Kulikova, who also trains as a competitive ballroom dancer, has followed this schedule for four years. She loves Ryerson, she says. But she hasn’t opted in to what she calls “the big picture” -- the idea that Ryerson can be more than a place to go learn. “If you’re concentrating on studies all the time, you don’t see that,” she says. When Ryerson opened in 1948, it was viewed as an experiment. The students who roamed the halls had to prove themselves by filling niche jobs after 16 The Eyeopener the end of World War II. This founding principle didn’t disappear in the following decades. If anything, it’s the foremost factor that lures students to campus and a key part of Ryerson’s marketing campaign. Yet what’s forgotten are the effects an industry-driven focus can have on campus life. School spirit is dead and has been for years. It’s part of the university’s legacy, entwined with the career-focused programs that have defined Ryerson. To a university administration, however, “the big picture” isn’t about campus spirit but campus expansion at a breathtaking pace. Ryerson was a work in progress long before the quest for Maple Leaf Gardens captivated Toronto media. But something has to be pushed out to make room for all this growth, and that something is students, condemned to wander a campus full of buildings but little else. Ryerson’s first graduating class entered

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Because it [Ryerson] was so small then, it was a more of a collective rather than just a great big huge stew.
the workforce in 1950. The institute’s first yearbook, Ryersonia, also debuted that year. Pages were spotted with pink-tinted photos of idealistic grads, mostly men with a sprinkling of women, many describing his or her respective career path in the tiny blurb under each headshot. “Alors!” reads the final paragraph of the editors’ foreword. “Turn these pages and recall our instructors, turn these pages and recall the sages and scamps among our student colleagues, turn these pages and re-live and re-create the campus life as shown in Ryersonia 1950.” The first two years of student activity were summarized in three pages about athletics, student dances and enrolment increases, with an entire subsection dubbed “lively social life.” RIOT, now a radio and television comedy production, involved every faculty. The Ryersonian, which first went to press in 1948, published a list of new students that included where he or she went to high school. Faculties each consisted of a handful of professors. Ryerson, indeed, was a smaller place. In the early 1950s, two things were important according to Ryerson’s official history: finding jobs and achieving conformity. Principal Howard Kerr, Ryerson’s first top administrator, made a point of establishing traditions to make parents and students alike feel more comfortable about the concept of a polytechnical school. He wanted all the trappings of a traditional institution — the songs, the clubs, the cheers and the teams. But then came the 1960s, and Ryerson wasn’t immune to the effects of the transformation of the outside world. Mark Bonokoski, a former Eyeopener and Ryersonian editor, graduated

from Ryerson’s journalism program in 1972. He helped lead sit-ins at the president’s office and held symposiums on the English department, which he thought was a joke. “The sit-ins at the president’s office we had maybe 50, 60 students help take it over with us. We negotiated with the president right in his office to get our demands through,” Bonokoski says. “Because it [Ryerson] was so small then, it was a more of a collective rather than just a great big huge stew,” he said. Even then, school pride came from the fact that graduates in programs such as RTA, fashion and business administration found jobs, Bonokoski says. At the same time, as editor of the Eyeopener, he helped organize marches of what he said were thousands of students, protesting both the length of the Vietnam War and nuclear testing. “It seems much more complacent today. But these are different times too,” Bonokoski says. “Of course, this was all pre-technology. There were no cellphones, no Internet.”

It seems much more complacent today. But these are different times too.

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Complacency and technology seem to describe the 2011 Ryerson Students’ Union elections perfectly. Two groups of journalists from the Ryersonian and the Eyeopener huddle around laptops, recording each fresh news tidbit with liveblogging software. Other than one group of student politicians, no one else is there to watch the predictable results trickle in. Sean Carson was elected RSU vice-president operations that night, moving from his role as vice-president student life and events. On paper, the RSU offers a plethora of student groups, course unions, pub nights, guest speakers, parades and coffeehouses. But despite the range of events, there’s still an issue to be tackled. “There are 24,000 students at Ryerson. And then there’s me,” Carson says. Carson maintains that many events are well-attended, and the student union is the key player in getting people together on campus. But he says there’s only so much he can do with a lack of student space on campus.

“Students are certainly pushing us to the edges of our capacity for we could offer here on campus for events,” he says. School population has exploded in recent years, making the need for more buildings even more urgent. Just more than 25,000 full-time undergraduates enrolled at Ryerson for the 2009-10 school year. Ten years earlier, about 14,000 walked the halls. Carson says students need more space to study, go to class and hang out. More importantly, he says, they need the time to fit all that in their schedules, which can be difficult when many students work part- or full-time. Wayne Petrozzi, who teaches in the politics and public administration department, can address both sides of the expansion conundrum. A twenty-something Petrozzi answered a newspaper ad in 1976 and started to instruct at Ryerson while he worked on his Ph.D. Petrozzi saw first-hand the camaraderie — and in some cases, the competitiveness — that existed in various programs. Continued on page 24

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The Price of Talent
By Sean Tepper Photography by marta iwanek

For years Ryerson has been the laughing stock in the world of interuniversity athletics. Some of Ryerson’s top coaches and administrators are trying to change that by recruiting the most promising athletes in the country. But how far is Ryerson willing to go to acquire the best student players?

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I’ll go into the heart of Africa if I have to. I’m willing to go whereever i have to.”
—Roy Rana, men’s basketball coach
will graduate in 2015-2016,” he says. “We need to project [now] what we will need at that time.” According to CIS rules, universities are allowed to give students a full athletics scholarship that covers the cost of their education for as long as they play varsity sports and meet the school’s academic requirements. However, under Ontario University Athletics (OUA) rules student athletes are only allowed to be given $3,500. That means Ryerson has to work even harder to sell themselves to perspective student athletes who are able to leave Ontario for full scholarships. Beyond the scholarship restriction, Ryerson’s biggest recruiting roadblock is self-imposed. The university doesn’t accept any student athletes with an average below 80 per cent. Budgetary restrictions at Ryerson also challenge coaches like Rana. Every CIS team at Ryerson is given a recruiting budget, which varies from team to team. After coaches present a proposal for their budget to Ivan Joseph, the school’s director of athletics, it’s up to the coaches to allocate their funds as they see fit. Repeated attempts by the Eyeopener to retrieve the recruiting budget were unsuccessful. Both Joseph and all of the coaches interviewed for this article declined to comment on how much or how little they receive for their team. “I would never give it up [but] I can tell you that it’s more than a dollar and less than $5000,” Joseph says. Joseph also refused to provide the Eyeopener with individual teams’ recruiting budgets. “We would never give it out; it would give a significant advantage of our competitors over us.” While Joseph is adamant that the budget is enough to “get the job done” Canadian universities have a , significantly lower budget to recruit players than their U.S. counterparts. “Your budget will dictate how far you can go,” Rana said. “I’ll go into the heart of Africa if I have to. I’m willing to go wherever I need to go. But unfortunately that’s not the reality, I don’t have that charter plane that I can jump onto to recruit a kid. “ Coaches say technology has helped them make better use of their budgets. “Just e-mail alone has changed the style of recruiting,” says Stephanie White, the head coach of the women’s hockey team, who uses phone calls, text messages, e-mails and YouTube videos to help with recruitment. “We can do a fair amount of work without having to leave [Ontario]. It helps you lower your recruiting budget.” Dustin Reid, the head coach of the women’s volleyball team, has already traveled across the country in hopes of recruiting some of the top female volleyball players in Canada. Although his budget doesn’t cover all of his travel costs, Reid says he will do whatever it takes to build a strong team. “I was hired to build a volleyball program that will [help] the school’s reputation,” he says. “If I’ve got to find a way outside of [our recruiting budget] I’ll do it.” Graham Wise, the head coach of the men’s hockey team, never has a moment to himself, even when he goes to watch his son play hockey. Jamie Wise is a left winger for Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and even when his father shows up to watch him play, he is scouting out the rest of the talent on the ice. Continued on page 25

very year, thousands of high school athletes receive DVDs, pamphlets, phone calls and e-mails from coaches hoping to lure young talent to their university. While it only takes a few moments for a prospective recruit to sign a university’s formal letter of intent, the process that it takes to get that player`s signature on the dotted line is slow and time consuming at the best of times. “In the coaching business you never get any time off,” says Roy Rana, who is in his sophomore season as the head coach of Ryerson’s basketball team. “People think that when your season is done... coaches go golfing in the off-season. But recruiting never ever ever stops.” Despite budget cuts, self-imposed academic regulations and Ontario athletic scholarship restrictions, Ryerson University is serious about developing an ultra-competitive athletics reputation and is focusing on player recruits to revive the once dead program. Like most of Ryerson’s Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) coaches, Rana is quickly learning that recruiting is a full time job. “Recruiting starts with talent identification,” he says. “Before you start to recruit [someone] you have to watch a lot of players and decide if he fits in your program. There is a lot of research involved.” When he is not running practices or coaching his team through a game, Rana can be found in his office, where he will either be sitting at his desk staring at his brightly lit MacBook, on the telephone getting inside information from high school coaches, or texting prospective players on his Blackberry. However most of the time he does all three simultaneously. “I’m [already] looking at kids that 20 The Eyeopener

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Gardens fever won’t fix all
Sports editor Sean Tepper looks at the impact Maple Leaf Gardens could have on filling empty stands
The Ryerson men’s soccer team earned its best finish in the school’s history this year, finishing in fourth place in Ontario University Athletics and narrowly missing out on qualifying for a chance to win the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championship. Too bad no one was in the stands to witness history in the making. “It’s like an empty graveyard,” said Ivan Joseph, head coach of the Ryerson Rams and director of athletics. Although soccer is recognized as the world’s most popular sport, Ryerson’s men’s team has one of the worst attendance records of any of Ryerson’s CIS teams. “Ryerson has a soccer team? I didn’t even know,” said Rachel Szereszewski, a second-year fashion student. The Rams play all of their home soccer games at Lamport Stadium, which holds 9,600 fans, nearly half of the 22,000 capacity at Toronto F.C.’s BMO field. However, the stadium is located on 1151 King St. W, approximately 30 to 45 minutes away from Ryerson’s downtown campus depending on traffic. “Most games are on Saturday and Sunday. Driving through the weekend traffic isn’t the most fun thing,” Joseph said. “If we were closer we’d see a significant turn-about.” Fans gather in semi-impressive numbers to watch the men and women’s basketball and volleyball teams play at Kerr Hall Gym, but the only signs of life in the stands of Lamport Stadium are family members and close friends of some of the athletes playing. One of the main objectives when the Gardens opens is to revive Ryerson’s dormant fan base and create excitement around their sports teams. Ryerson has even gone so far as hiring Global Spectrum, a Connecticut-based company, to manage Maple Leaf Gardens and get students to show up by turning every home game into an exciting event. Only time will tell if the facility will create a bigger fan base, but even if it does, the soccer team won’t benefit from it. They will not be making the move into the historic Toronto building. In a country where hockey holds a high importance in the hearts of sports fan, Ryerson’s hockey teams should, in theory, have the largest following. But they have as little support as the soccer teams and Ryerson is banking on the Gardens to bring new fans to the stands. Currently, the men’s hockey team plays at George Bell Arena which is located near St. Clair Avenue West and Keele Street, and the women’s team play all the way up in North York. Like the trip to Lamport, travelling from campus to either of these arenas takes anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.

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RYE OF THE DEAD “Distance is the main problem,” said Graham Wise, head coach of the men’s hockey team. “We’re quite far from campus.” Szereszewski said she could not see herself travelling that far to watch a game, especially when more convenient alternatives are offered. “If you want to watch volleyball or basketball, you just have to walk across campus,” she said. With the $60 million acquisition and renovation of Maple Leaf Gardens, both the men’s and women’s hockey teams are scheduled to play their home games a lot closer to campus in the near future. To Wise, this is the solution to poor attendance. “Once we move to Maple Leaf Gardens and everything is closer, the opportunity to connect [fans to the team] will be better,” Wise said. The men’s basketball and volleyball teams draw impressive numbers nearly every time they play at Kerr Hall Gym in front of their home fans. The men’s basketball team in particular averages more than 150 fans per game. However, the same cannot be said about the women’s teams. Dustin Reid, head coach of the women’s volleyball team, said he has no doubt that most attendance issues stem from scheduling and not because people are disinterested in the women’s teams. “We usually average 50 to 100 fans but there have been a lot of times when we’ve gotten under 50,” Reid said. “If you’re always playing on weekends, then it’s a challenge. We also usually play the first game of a double-header [with the men’s team]. When we’re by ourselves, we draw more fans.” Joseph has planned events surrounding the games in order to draw some sort of attention to the team. This year, Joseph rented a bus and offered a free meal to lure students to a soccer game. The men’s hockey team has also attempted to increase its connection to the student body. “We had our athletes meet the first-years as they were moving into residence,” Wise said. “It was a great way to connect.” Spreading the word about the men’s soccer team is also something that assistant coach Kevin Souter is looking forward to tackling. “We have to do more PR [public relations], have our guys reach out to the community and make lasting connections, and recruit more fans,” Souter said. “It’s going to take time, but ultimately it’s going to be a success. I would love to fill Lamport one day.”

“It’s going to take time, but ultimately it’s going to be a success. I would love to fill Lamport one day.
— Kevin Souter, men’s soccer assistant coach

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“Dead on Arrival “ continued from page 18.
Over the past 35 years, his faculty alone has expanded from taking up about three floors of Jorgenson Hall to filling nearly every level of the old building. Ryerson changed from a school that offered some degree programs to a fullfledged university in 1993. Enrolment went up. Buildings went up. Petrozzi suspects the campus’s growth made it harder to develop interpersonal relationships with faculty and fellows alike. The core basis of student life, however, stubbornly remained the same. “I think the student life piece was always something that was always more rooted in the program basis of the place than anything else, which in many ways I think was an advantage,” Petrozzi says. “Kind of insulated students a bit from the scale of what was going on around them and still provided a possibility to — in the way neighbourhoods provided a possibility to — know those around you while still living in this bigger thing called the city.” He says there are pros to expansion and growth, namely the increasing diversity of the school’s student body and faculty. Yet something changed in the 80s and more notably the 90s, though he can’t say if Ryerson has indeed lost its sense of community. Instead, Ryerson might have lost the carefree youthfulness immortalized in Ryersonia 1950. Petrozzi says students are forced to juggle extra work just to stay in school. And unlike earlier decades, he explains, students aren’t guaranteed a good job if they work hard in school. “At some point you reach a sizable enough percentage of students who are busily leading two lives instead of one, and it has an impact,” Petrozzi says. At the same time, Ryerson has grown substantially making it even harder to socialize on campus. “What that optimism meant — you know, the fact that you weren’t fearing all the time about your future — meant that you could kind of enjoy the day instead of incessantly worrying about the next one and the one six down from then.” Kristina Kulikova, will be graduating this April. Looking back, she thinks things would have been different if she had lived in residence. She acknowledges all the effort put into student life at Ryerson, even if she never got involved. “Even if you’re not part of the events, you still feel like that it’s not about going to class, graduating and having a job.”

At some point you reach a sizable enough percentage of students who are busily leading two lives instead of one, and it has an impact.

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“I can kill two birds with one stone,” Wise says. “There are a lot of players in OHL that we are interested in. The thing is that it’s such a competitive environment that there are several other teams talking to these kids as well. You just gotta touch base with them, watch them play and keep in constant contact with them until they say that they are not interested or they want to pursue applying [to Ryerson].” Under the watch of former athletics director David Dubois, who was fired unexpectedly in 2008, Ryerson’s men and women’s volleyball, basketball and soccer teams along with the men’s hockey team had a dismal 151-397 win-loss record between 2004 and 2007. Ryerson’s athletic history has forced the university to use its new facilities and academic programs to sell potential players on the idea of becoming a Ram. White says this strategy is working. “As an athlete, why wouldn’t you want to come to a school that is building new facilities for not only athletes, but students?” White says.

our academic performance and our number two goal is our athletic performance.” —Ivan Joseph, director of athletics
Wise agrees. “Right now it’s the fact that we are moving into Maple Leaf Gardens [which] will be a huge bonus to our program,” he says. While the impending renovation of Maple Leaf Gardens is Ryerson’s biggest sell at the moment, Ryerson’s up and coming athletics program is garnering a lot of attention from recruits around the country. But, like all of the schools in Ontario, Ryerson is put at a disadvantage when it comes to recruiting. While Joseph’s master plan is to transform Ryerson’s athletics program into a CIS power house, he says he refuses to attain that by sacrificing the school’s academic integrity. “Our number one goal is our academic performance and our number two goal is our athletic performance,” Joseph says.

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LET RYE-GONES BE BYGONES
Fun editor Kats Quinto brings back five fun facts from the dusty undead archives
Major Howard Kerr seemed like an asshole on the outside, but he attended school dances and visited sick faculties in the hospital. He even invited students without Christmas plans to his home. Just don’t let him catch you violating the dress code (neck tie and shirt) because he will seriously tell you to go home.
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IN THE 50s, THE MISS RYERSON CONTEST FEATURED MALE STUDENTS IN DRAG BECAUSE VERY FEW WOMEN ATTENDED THE SCHOOL. Walter Pitman taught a history course during his appointment as the fourth Ryerson president. Maybe he did it to qualify for the Arts Division ball hockey tournament, which he was a part of.
SMOKE BREAKS DID NOT EXIST IN THE LATE 60s AND THE 70s BECAUSE SMOKING IN CLASS WAS ALLOWED FOR BOTH STUDENTS AND PROFS. Ryerson once enjoyed an intense school spirit. The Blue and Gold Ball was all the rage, Chariot races were an exciting annual event and despite having nowhere to practise on campus, sports were heavily supported —especially football. The area was kinda shady, but it provided low-cost housing. The redevelopment in the 60s began the commuter school era.

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Dead men on campus
Ian Vandaelle reports on Ryerson’s habit of naming buildings after dead folks

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1 George Vari (Aug. 14, 1923- Dec. 9,

2010) Vari was a real estate developer, philanthropist and a civil engineer to boot. He and his wife, Helen, donated $5 million to the engineering and computing building project that was completed in 2004 and was subsequently named for him. He was also a big donor to U of T and York, but we won’t hold that against him.

3 Howard Kerr (Dec. 25, 1900- Jun. 16,

2 Ted Rogers Jr. (May 27, 1933- Dec. 2,

1984) Kerr was Ryerson’s first principal and was a huge part of Ryerson even coming to be. Kerr helped convince the Ontario government that Ryerson was worth establishing, turning the old Training and Re-establishment Institute into the Ryerson Polytechnic Institute back in 1948. Kerr served as Ryerson’s principal until 1966, and later established a template for Ontario’s community colleges.

5 Eugene O’Keefe (Dec. 10, 1827- Oct. 1,

2008) It seems like half of Ryerson is named for Rogers, but for good reason. He and his wife Loretta donated $15 million to Ryerson in 2007, and Rye subsequently obliged his gift by naming the school of management after the communications magnate. Upon his death, Rogers was listed as the fifth richest Canadian.

1913) O’Keefe is Rye’s patron saint of booze. His brewery sat at the corner of Victoria and Gould, now encompassed by the Heaslip Centre, and his former mansion is now the O’Keefe residence. O’Keefe was also noted for his donations to the Toronto Catholic community. He donated millions of dollars in his life, and helped build five Catholic churches in Toronto.

4 Eric Palin (?- Jan. 11, 1971) Palin was

a electrical whiz, and helped train radar technicians for WWII. He helped launch a school of electronics near Ryerson’s predecessor, the Normal School, in 1944 and was an original Ryerson staff member. Palin was the director of Electric technology and RTA from 1948-58.

6 William Heaslip Heaslip was the Chair

and CEO of the Grafton Group, a large men’s clothing retailer. Heaslip and his wife, Nona, were a frequent donors to Ryerson, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company.

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Ryerson’s hallowed ground
OK, so it turns out Ryerson wasn’t built on a graveyard. But the land we spend most of our time has a pretty freakin’ cool history. Kai Benson unearths Ryerson’s undead past
yerson University has history to be proud of. After all, its land carries a rich tradition of the two staples of university life—education and drinking. Sure, there were churches, houses and stores here, but the most important parts were all boozing ’n’ book learning. In 1846 Egerton Ryerson convinced the government to fund the Upper Canada Normal School, a teacher’s college that became known as “the cradle of Ontario’s education system.” The campus, called Saint James Square, was essentially where Kerr Hall quad is now. Ryerson bought the patch of swampy land before it was within Toronto city limits and made it into an educational landmark. The Normal School became a military training center during World War II, and was later a re-establishment centre for veterans. In 1948 this became the Ryerson Institute of Technology, and in the 50s, Kerr Hall was built around the three original buildings at Saint James Square. Destroying those interior buildings took until 1963. Now only the façade remains, forming the gateway arch to the Recreation and Athletics Centre. In the late 1800s, Eugene O’Keefe—yes, the

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O’Keefe House guy— bought and renovated a brewery at Gould and Victoria Streets, where we now have a bookstore, a Tim Horton’s and a parking garage. What the hell, modern world? After buying and renovating the brewery, O’Keefe moved into a house on Bond Street and added a third floor. O’Keefe House still is Ryerson’s oldest residence but it has notably fewer badass brewers living in it. The brewery was demolished in the 80s after well over a century of keeping Canadians happy and well-lubricated. Across from the brewery, at the site of today’s Victoria Building, was a public school, labeled only as “public school” on one map (apparently that qualified as a complete name for a school in the 19th century). Of course, many other historic sites grace the land in and around our campus. The Imperial Pub, formerly the Imperial Hotel, was around before the Great Depression. There was also The Empress Hotel, which until last April was the Salad King venue. It was a music hotspot in the 50s and 60s. Unfortunately, it burned down in January. Ryerson was considering buying the property— maybe they’ll build us a new brewery.

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RYERSON’S UNCHARTED EDUCATION

By Rebecca Burton Photography by Marta Iwanek

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aryn Elliot and her friends crowded around their made-up bingo cards. They weren’t waiting for a B5. Instead she was waiting to hear one of the five topics her professor constantly ranted about in class, she says. The prof begins to talk about how humans are evil. “Bingo!” Elliot, a second-year radio and television arts student, sat through this communication class for 13 weeks last semester. During the semester, the class watched a threehour movie the professor made his ex-girlfriend watch the night before, and learnt about the enslavement of horses. “He just expressed his own opinion. It’s understandable because most professors do but usually it connects back to the course,” she said. “I learned nothing in that class.” Elliot submitted a mandatory response paragraph after every class saying the class was pointless. She created an anonymous hotmail account and sent two e-mails about his teaching to her department head. She even filled out the faculty course survey. Elliot never heard back about her complaints. According to Elliot, the professor dismissed the complaints by students saying it didn’t matter what they thought, it’s what he taught. Elliot is part of only one quarter of students who give feedback to faculty professors through surveys. And even when there is an extremely negative response from students, it is nearly impossible to dismiss tenured professors, according to John Isbister, Vice Provost Faculty Affairs. Ryerson University prides itself on being a unique real-world oriented university, but the once polytechnic institute is still haunted by the persistent ‘Rye High’ nickname. And when students question the quality of their education they have no clear avenue to judge how it ranks. Is it possible to measure the level of education at Ryerson? “The true answer is no. It’s so individualized,” said Isbister. Instead, Ryerson measures the quality of education

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We’re the best of what we are. We’re a different institution — Adam Kahan, VP University Advancement
through surveys like the faculty course survey produced on a yearly basis. According to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, most schools rely solely on these annual student surveys to judge the satisfaction of their students. Now in its 18th year as an accredited university, Ryerson has developed from a small institute born to provide an alternative to apprenticeship technical training into a booming hub of 28,000 students in more than 40 programs. The province officially accredited Ryerson in 1993 when a bill was passed to grant them official status. As a university, Ryerson moderates its own academic success. The provincial Ministry of Universities and Colleges acts as an overseer — looking at the accountability of Ryerson to assist them in development and to aid prospective students. In their assessment, they look at employment rates at six months and two years after graduation, degree completion rates and Ontario Student Loan default rates. And Ryerson on paper ranks high. In the past few years, Ryerson experienced some of the highest application numbers, approximately 65 000 applicants for the 5 000 available spots. Within six months an architecture graduate is 92.3 per cent likely to already be working. Compare this to neighbouring University of Toronto that holds the historical esteem and a greater selection of programs, and Ryerson is almost on par with their 100 per cent average of obtaining a job after completing the architecture program. “We’re the best of what we are. We don’t try to compete because of what we are,” said Adam Kahan, Vice President of University Advancement. “We’re a different institution,” he said. But problems arise when Ryerson relies solely on the faculty course survey as one of the key indicators of success. Of the small population of students that completed the faculty course survey in fall of 2010, most marks remained in the high average of 1 to 2.4 out of 5, indicating most students agreed with the statements presented. The survey included 14 questions such as, ‘is the instructor knowledgeable about the course material?’ Anver Saloojee, head of the Ryerson Faculty Association, who holds a tenure professor position in the department of politics, received an average score of 1.1 to 1.2. A reasonably high average, he said. But this data remains very department oriented. If bad results come in, it is dealt with internally between the faculty member and the department. If that professor is tenure it becomes nearly impossible to dismiss them, according to John Isbister. Along with their secured position they are granted academic freedom, a problem Elliot says she faced during her many misguided lectures. “Individual data is not released and that’s the problem. The benefits are very individual. For instance, students can’t use this [data] in picking courses,” said Isbister. Instead he said students would have to rely on alternatives such as ratemyprofessor.com, which offer the same student driven perspective. The surveys also aid in the departmental decisions over choosing to promote a teacher. Close attention is paid to a teacher’s first five years when they are on probation in which they must submit reports every year. “Ryerson doesn’t want to make a lifetime commitment to someone who’s not a good teacher,” said Isbister. The idea of tenure is controversial in itself, according to Isbister. But if Ryerson chooses, after five years probation and a number of peer to peer evaluations, to grant a teacher tenure the professor will be given academic freedom. The main purpose of tenure, indicating a professors full time status, is to ensure professors will not be fired for expressing his or her own opinions. But this also grants a lot of leeway from the outlined course materials. In another survey Ryerson participates called the National Survey of Student Engagement, more disturbing scores, according to Isbister, indicated that as a student went further along in their education the scores for student engagement on campus and fulfillment of their programs dropped. As a result, Isbister said Ryerson will be undergoing a whole curriculum redesign to offer more choice for students. “We tell you what courses to take. We’re beginning to think we’re too directive,” he said. According to Isbister, students will still leave Ryerson as a professional but their four years will grant them more avenues to explore what they personally want to study. “There will still be less choice than strictly liberal arts universities but we may have gone overboard,” said Isbister. “We’re not in agreements yet but we’re working on it.”

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Staying alive at Ryerson
Between part-time jobs and full-time classes, it’s easy to become a shell of a person, groggily stumbling from one task to the next. Community Editor Allyssia Alleyne shares the secret to having a life

Explore the terrain

Maintain your health

The world extends beyond the confines of Ryerson’s inspiring campus. Take to the streets to discover what this exciting city has to offer, from the lands of our rival clans at the University of Toronto to the rich cultures of Queen Street West, and the mysterious northern regions past Bloor Street.

The undead and the uninteresting prey on the sluggish and lazy. A little exercise a few times a week — laps at the RAC or Quidditch in the quad — and a somewhat balanced diet can do a world of good when it comes to escaping zombies (who are infamously slow) or just catching the last GO Bus home.

Forge alliances

Join a team

Though it’s easy and convenient to restrict your allies to the people you see in your daily labs, people from other programs do have much to offer in terms of resources, skills and fun times. Don’t be afraid to extend the olive branch to create allies out of enemies.

Sharpen your weapons

Nothing will endanger your life like the inability to work with others. (Just ask Caesar!) To the socially-inclined student, Ryerson offers plenty of clubs and organization students can join. Find one that interests you and learn how to play nice with others. If you’re already a social butterfly, this is a great way to meet new people and do something you enjoy.

The pen is mightier than the sword. Knowledge is power. In short, those skills you learn in lecture might actually come in handy some day, so pay attention. Besides: nothing looks better to generous aunts than a transcript full of As.

Help protect yourself and your fellows from ignorant revenants by standing up against oppression and discrimination based on sex, gender or other factors (except zombie status.)

Create safe havens

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