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volume 44 / issue 22 Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Ryerson’s Independent Paper Since 1967





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Sometimes, An Apple Just Doesn’t Cut It.
We’re inviting students, faculty and staff to join us in a celebration for the outstanding recipients of the 2011 Faculty Teaching Awards.

March 24, 1 p.m., POD-250 (The Commons). Reception to follow.
Alan Shepard, Provost and Vice President Academic, invites you to a celebration of teaching excellence. Congratulate some of Ryerson’s most dedicated, innovative and inspiring profs. Come and see why they’re a cut above.

This year’s recipients are:
President’s Award for Teaching Excellence Alan Sears, Sociology
Faculty of Arts

Deans’ Teaching Awards: FACULTY OF ARTS Jenny Carson, History Anne-Marie Lee-Loy, English FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION & DESIGN James Nadler, Radio and Television FACULTY OF COMMUNITY SERVICES Nadya Burton, Midwifery Kiaras Gharabaghi, Child and Youth Care FACULTY OF ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE AND SCIENCE Alagan Anpalagan, Electrical and Computer Engineering Said Easa, Civil Engineering Kaamran Raahemifar, Electrical and Computer Engineering THE G. RAYMOND CHANG SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION John Edward Stowe, Arts TED ROGERS SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Roy Morley, Marketing

Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award Elaine Frankel, Early Childhood Education
Faculty of Community Services

Provost’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Award John Caruana, Philosophy
Faculty of Arts

Is there a prof that has really made a difference in your learning? Stimulated your thinking? Captured your imagination?
Now’s the time for you to make a difference. Show how much you appreciate a prof’s amazing talent and inspiration by nominating him or her for a Faculty Teaching Award.
Ryerson has tremendous profs. To give them the recognition they deserve for their exceptional efforts, we need your help. Students and faculty can nominate their choices in the following categories: • Deans’ Teaching Awards • Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award, Interdisciplinary Teaching Award, and Innovative Teaching Award • President’s Award for Teaching Excellence • Chancellor’s Award of Distinction

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Rye seeks firms to handle up to $2.5 million in projects

Ryerson is seeking an engineering and architectural consulting firms that can handle future projects of up to $2.5 million. University administration would not reveal what projects the companies are needed for but confirmed they will only be using these firms for future projects. The requests for qualifications are posted on MERX, the approved electronic site for posting potential business listings. Requests for qualifications are used by the university to find an individual qualified to complete the requested work. This is based on factors such as references and history of work in the

Turnitin Canada servers have been down since March 10. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK

Canadian Turnitin servers down
Plagiarism detection program many Ryerson professors depend on stops working during the busiest time in the semester for assignment deadlines

Any future bids will be directed to them. — Mary-Anne O’Brien Directory of Purchasing
field, says Aris Medeiros, purchasing agent. The university must find an individual who has at least the minimum number of qualifications before directing any future bids to them. “Once responded to and found to meet requirements, any future bids will be directed to them,” says O’Brien. This is unlike the universities request for proposals that asks individuals to demonstrate how they will get the work done. Ryerson currently has postings for an engineering and architectural consulting services that have the lowest billing of $50, 000 but indicates that it will range as high as $2.5 million. According to the director of purchasing, Mary-Anne O’Brien, the reason for the high cost of $2.5 million is to make sure the firm qualifies to handle such a costly project. The listing was first posted on Feb. 15 and indicates a closing date of March 15. The same website also hosts Ryerson’s requests for proposals. These include a request for a new cafe to be built in the Image Arts building which would cater to students.

The program many Ryerson profs use to avoid plagiarism and maintain academic integrity in assignments was knocked offline since March 10. An update was posted to Blackboard accounts on March 14 stating, “There continues to be problems for some students and staff attempting to use, due to a problem with their Canadian servers. All Canadian Universities are affected. Turnitin believes the problem should be fixed early this week.” Turnitin is a digital code that screens a student’s submitted work and relays any information that may have come from another source to the professor. This way, the professor can check if sources were cited properly and that the information has not been plagiarized.

Donna Bell, Ryerson’s academic integrity officer, said the university was notified of the server issue around noon on March 10 and posted an announcement on Blackboard immediately afterwards. They were told the servers would be working by 9 p.m. that night. Turnitin is now saying the issue will be fixed by early this weekend. Bell said the university’s responsibility is to update the faculty regularly because the servers are Canada wide, therefore the issue isn’t Ryerson’s. “As long as we communicated, we feel like we’ve done what we could,” she said. Kaitlyn Arcuri, a second-year child and youth care student, had to submit an assignment via Turnitin while the servers were down. Her professor

posted a thread on the class discussion board. “My impression was that he just chose to ignore it and let us sort it out on our own,” she said. “He acknowledged that it wasn’t working but told us to keep trying to submit it until we got through.” He had students email assignments to him directly so he’d know which were on time. But he asked students to continue trying Turnitin, hoping the program, which has worked sporadically, might process the assignment. Students can opt out of using Turnitin if the service is mentioned in the course outline and they speak with their professor in the first two weeks of the course. The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)

has been trying to advertise that right. RSU president Toby Whitfield said, “There are concerns that once you submit the documents to Turnitin, it’s no longer your property as a student.” Their campaign outlines that when you submit your work, it becomes the property of iParadigms, the U.S. company that owns and operates Turnitin. Four American students filed a lawsuit and lost to iParadigms in March 2008 claiming the service violated copyright. Whitfield said budget cuts force universities to use these systems because faculty isn’t paid enough for the workload required to check work. “It’s a machine. It’s not a professor,” he said. “Whether the servers are working or not, it’s still a broken system as far as we’re concerned.” ELECTION WINNERS: Senate At-Large Student Senators Steven Ryan Bently Community Services Kemoo El Sayed, Engineering Architecture and Science Andrew McAllister Communication & Design Liana Salvador Community Services, Nursing Rebecca Zanussi, Communication & Design Faculty of Arts Herberth Canas Faculty of Communication & Design Kelan Brown

Six per cent turnout at voting polls

Faculty of Community Services Neda Hamzavi Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science Sherif El-Tawil, Ted Rogers School of Management Viktoria Ovoian Yeates School of Graduate Studies Waqas Manzoor, Golam Morshed, G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education (Acclaimed) Ugochukwu E. Asagwara Serena Gasparitsch Student members of the Board of Governors Tracy Leparulo , Osman Hamid, Liana Salvador

Only six per cent of students participated in the combined online Senate and Board of Governors elections this year despite voting extended one day due to missing students on the voters’ list. “The turnout was a little better than last year,” said Erin McGinn, interim secretary of the Board of Governors. Only four per cent of students weighed in on the outgoing administration. This year, the Senate and Board of Governors elections were held at the same time in an effort to streamline the process for busy student voters. “We didn’t want a long drawn out election period,” said McGinn. The attempt at simplicity almost

backfired, after Ryerson discovered students on the Senate voter list that 158 students were missing from the were not on the Board list.” Senate voter list. The excluded students were individually contacted, and voting was extended for an extra day. Newly elected senator and thirdThe turnout was better year urban and regional planning student Steven Ryan Bentley is eathan last year. ger to make a difference on campus. — Erin McGinn, Interim He hopes to improve food quality in BOG Secretary residence and expand the options students have for minors and liberal “A Board of Governors by-law re- arts credits. quires a list of eligible student voters “Offering a multidisciplinary ap30 days in advance of an election. The proach to education is something I Senate does not have this 30-day re- strongly advocate,” said Bentley. striction. The newly elected Senate and “The day before the election ended Board of Governors will begin their we became aware that there were 158 one-year terms on Sept. 1, 2011.


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Ward 27 councillor reveals plans for Yonge Street
Revitalization plans of Dundas to Gerrard strip include potential new subway entrance and pedestrian only streets

Briefs and Groaners
Ryerson has issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) for four wind turbines for an electrical engineering research project on March 11, 2011. No word on cost, but the purchasing office says these turbines are for a farm north of Guelph. Pity, we were hoping to turn one into an impromptu Ferris wheel atop Kerr Hall. This RFP closes on March 22, 2011. Rye high has also issued an Request for Qualification (RFQ) for Architectural Consulting Services on Feb. 28, 2011. While the details are spotty and don’t name any particular projects, they do specify a project value range of $50,000 up to $1 million. Whether this means more residence space, program expansion space or a long-hoped for carnival in the quad, we’re all a flutter here at the office. The RFP will close on Feb. 3, 2012. Going hand in had with the call for new projects is an RFQ that sounds sweet to our ears: a call for Demolition and Environmental Contractors on Feb. 28, 2011. Rye is looking for folks to root out our old asbestos walls, contaminated soil and perhaps even blow some shit up. The RFP closes on Jan. 18, 2012. In order to combat the student housing crunch, Ryerson has also issued an Request for Information for a firm willing to design, build, finance and operate student housing on nonRyerson land. It was issued on June 28, 2010 and after that massive Pitman bender, who does Ryerson think will want to house students and eat the costs of the damage? The RFP closes on June 6, 2011. So, Ryerson’s Office of University Advancement produces a magazine for “alumni and friends” twice a year, boasting the achievements of current stars and notable graduates. The university is seeking an outfit to distribute the glossy. Good news: Ryerson will reimburse the mailing costs for postage and even provides the envelopes. The selected company just needs to get each edition of the magazine (Spring 2010 and Winter 2011) to 95,000 destinations. Of course, you can be environmentally-friendly and read the Winter 2011 edition online on the Ryerson website. The RFP closed on March 15.

Ward 27 councillor Kristyn WongTam revealed a plan to revitalize the Yonge Street strip between Dundas and Gerrard on Friday, March 11. The meeting brought together city councillors, community members and Ryerson faculty and staff to discuss the future of Yonge Street. The area is under talks to open as a pedestrian laneway. Similar to the closure of Gould Street this year, there was overwhelming support in favour of pedestranizing this strip on Yonge.

If the city was in better financial standing, we’d be in construction now. — Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27 councillor
This closure would be the second time Yonge Street has been closed down as it had been a pedestrian only street in the 1970s. This move would be introduced as a pilot project in the summer months, said Wong-Tam. If the pilot project doesn’t go through, Yonge Street instead might see larger sidewalks and bike lanes.

Wong-Tam also said the mixture of heavy commercialization at the Yonge-Dundas end into the smaller storefronts further up the street doesn’t allow the area to create a feel of unity within the community. Additional retail will be introduced as Ryerson unveils the Student Life Centre, to be located at the north corner of Yonge and Gould streets next month. Ryerson VP Administration and Finance Julia Hanigsberg said Sheldon Levy is pushing to bring in an Apple store into the base of the building. The now vacant space from the Yonge and Gould fire, would be an ideal spot for a new Dundas subway entrance that could ease congestion. This was recommended not only by Wong-Tam but by Ryerson adminstration including Hanigsberg. The plan is nothing new to Ryerson as it was unveiled in Sheldon Levy’s master plan back in 2006, and originally slated for the North side of the Yonge and Gould corner. With the now vacant lot the idea is much more feasible. “If the city was in better financial standing, we’d be in construction now” said Wong-Tam. Hangisberg said the university has no immediate plans to build on the Yonge and Gould Street fire area, but is interested in working with whoever is planning there.

If the area does become a subway entrance, Wong-Tam said the plan will not just be any old subway entrance, but will encourage an architecturally sound building. “Yonge Street is not as attractive as

No one will be wondering where Ryerson is anymore. — Julia Hanigsberg, VP Admin and Finance
it could be,” said Wong Tam. The Yonge Street revitalization is headed by two architects, Marianne McKenna and Ken Greenberg, the same team behind Ryerson’s master plan. A change in retailers will clean up the strip, introducing what Hanigsberg called ‘destination’ retail, An idea they believe would draw people to the area and provide the community with a better mix of retail. Developers will be challenged because this particular strip of Yonge houses many of the remaining historical buildings. The retail will aim to include stores that are conducive to student’s needs. “No one will be wondering where Ryerson is anymore,” said Hanigsberg.

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George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
The building opened in 2005 and while the four-storey structure isn’t at high risk for earthquake damage, it was built with several seismic reinforcements. Hesham Marzouk, who worked on plans for the building, said the floor is equipped with reinforced beams that are connected throughout , and the building is fitted with plastic hinges that can absorb the energy.

Jorgensen Hall
The university’s main administrative building was built in 1971 and is the tallest structure on campus at 14 storeys. The Eyeopener was unable to reach the consultants responsible for this building, so it’s unknown whether it has been built to the latest building code. But Kianoush said while last summer’s quake didn’t have any structural effect on buildings, a stronger one might cause some damage, but no collapse.
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Buildings on Ryerson’s campus are diverse both structurally and age-wise, and would face different issues if an earthquake were to strike the city. While Toronto is a Zone 1, the lowest earthquake risklevel, it was upgraded from Zone 0 after an earthquake in California last year. Reza Kianoush, a civil engineering professor who specializes in concrete buildings, said that the seismic aspect isn’t a primary concern with campus buildings, because the risk of collapse or damage is so low. “Even with last year’s [5.0 magnitude earthquake], the buildings didn’t get a lot of cracking and collapse,” said Kianoush. Simon De Vincenzo, project architect at Campus Planning and Facilities, said the university has to ensure every structure on campus meets Ontario Building Code standards before receiving a building permit. “We have to have documents stamped saying these are structurally sound buildings,” he said. According to Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president administration and finance, the newer buildings on campus, like the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, the Ted

Rogers School of Management and Eric Palin Hall have all been either built to the latest building code standards or have been renovated to meet them. The building code was last updated in 2006, and Di Vincenzo said revisions are upcoming in the next few months. “If it’s a historical building, it should be ‘beefed [up]’ for seismic response,” said Hesham Marzouk, chair of Ryerson’s civil engineering department and a structural engineer. He said old buildings have to be upgraded every time the building code changes, which is generally every five to 10 years. It is unknown whether the older buildings on campus have been updated to the latest standards, which Hanigsberg said deal more with seismic stability. Marzouk said while the civil engineering department would like to do ‘seismic evaluations’ of campus buildings, they have to talk to the consultants the university has contracted out to manage each building. According to Hanigsberg, the majority of buildings on campus have emergency generators to ensure that emergency systems (emergency lighting, smoke and heat detectors, etc.) keep working if main power shuts down.

Rogers Communications Centre
The journalism, new media, and radio and television arts building was opened in 1992 and is only three storeys, which is low in comparison to a high-rise. It also has a curved shape, and framed by a taller, rectangular frame, as opposed to a tall, thin building like Jorgensen Hall. It’s unknown whether the RCC has been updated to latest building code standards.

Oakham House
The historic structure was built in 1848 and is one of Toronto’s oldest buildings, in addition to being the oldest building on campus. It’s unknown whether the building has been renovated to meet the newest building code, which was updated 150 years after its construction. But it is attached to the Student Campus Centre, which was completed in 2005 and would help absorb some of the energy if an earthquake were to hit.

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The CM fault line runs through the centre of downtown Toronto.


The likelihood of an earthquake in Toronto is low, and it’s even less likely that there would be substantial damage to campus buildings. But just in case, Ryerson has a set of emergency procedures in place. According to vice-president administration and finance Julia Hanigsberg, any natural disaster has the potential to impact the structural integrity of buildings, or to break gas mains, live electrical wires and cause fire. Ryerson has developed evacuation plans for every building. There are specific procedures for evacuating people out of the Early Learning Centre, which is the campus daycare, and how to assist community members with disabilities. The 840 students in residence would be re-located to interim housing, according to administration. The centre for Environmental Health, Safety and Security Management (CEHSM) website advises students, faculty and staff to follow these procedures: • • • • • • • • Stay indoors, if already there. Emergency evacuations will be made when it is safe to do so. Sit under sturdy furniture or against central inside walls. Stay away from glass windows and doors. Do not use elevators. Avoid using the telephone, unless you are in a life or death situation. If you are outside, stay away from buildings, bridges, and utility wires. Avoid running through or near buildings where there is danger of falling debris. Buildings will be evacuated after the earthquake, aftershocks, and tremors have stopped. Do not re-enter any building unless you receive permission from Security and Emergency Services. — News Editor Emma Prestwich


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The campus gourmet


The cost of the Rye dining experience
Too cool for a packed lunch? A dud in the kitchen? You may think filling up on campus is a suitable alternative, but Community Editor Allyssia Alleyne shows how the convenient alternative can hit you where it hurts Breakfast
BLT Scrambler Wrap Oakham Café



Entrée Salad The Hub


Buffalo Caesar Wrap Ram in the Rye


Grande Vanilla Latte Starbucks (The POD)


Cold Drink
Coke (591 mL) Vending machine (The POD)


Molson Canadian Ram in the Rye


Pie of the Day Oakham Café


Spinach & Artichoke Dip The Ram in the Rye

TOTAL: $36.10
$180.50 per five-day school week $722 per month

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By Sonia Straface

Eating out

As you sit in a packed lecture hall, your stomach lets out a loud growl. A bagel won’t cut it anymore. You need real food and you need it now. If you’re one of the tummy grumblers at Ryerson, here are the five best off-campus places to grab some affordable grub as you dash between classes

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Kathy’s Corner Forget Swiss Chalet. If you feel like fresh rotisserie chicken, this the perfect spot to visit for comfort food. With simple hole-in-the-wall decor and fast, friendly service, Kathy’s Corner is a mustvisit for chicken-loving Rye students. 139 Dundas St. E. Recommendation: Definitely Kathy’s classic — Fresh rotisserie chicken, Greek salad, rice and potatoes. This meal is about $6 and often enough to feed two people. SUSHI QUEEN Arguably the best Japanese restaurant in downtown Toronto, Sushi Queen needs to be visited at least once. Though it’s a dine-in restaurant, this affordable establishment can be visited for a quick lunch since the service is fast. 204 Queen St. W. Recommendation: Dynamite Roll/Maki. A six-piece arrangement of tempura shrimp, mayo, cucumber and avocado, with the stickiest rice in town. Splurge for the dynamite hand-roll, if you’re extra hungry.

CALIFORNIA THAI Conveniently located in the AMC food court, California Thai is a top-notch fast food joint. Spins on classic dishes like mango tao chicken keep the restaurant exciting and fresh. Some combo options will let you sample a variety of different dishes, so this a great experiment. 10 Dundas St. W., third floor Recommendation: Medley 1 (includes one rice or noodle, one meat and one vegetable). Try it with Thai vegetable noodles, general tao chicken and their green beans. Instant bliss. THE FAT OLIVE A nice place to satisfy that Mediterranean craving. Small and cozy, this place is great for bagels, sandwiches or pitas. As its name suggests, it has a Greek flair, and yet is surprisingly affordable. This place also serves a hearty breakfast, with eggs, toast, sausage and bacon daily. 86 Dundas St. E. Recommendation: Grilled chicken pita. Try it with lettuce, tomato and their very own tzatziki sauce. SMOKES POUTINERIE Smokes Poutinerie delivers the classic Quebec dish with a twist, mixing the traditional cheese curds, gravy and fries with chicken, beef and pork. It’s like nothing you’ve tried before. 203 Dundas St. E.

Recommendation: Nacho Grande Poutine, which comes served with chili, salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

FreeFree for all? for all? food food
The Community Food Room provides free food to help students keep fed and healthy without breaking the bank. So why aren’t students using it? Allyssia Alleyne reports
Every two weeks Ryerson’s Community Food Room receives a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and an assortment of other perishable and non-perishable goods from the Daily Bread Food Bank. Though it’s meant to be distributed to students free of charge, few of them are taking advantage of the service. Johana Grande, one of the food room coordinators and a third-year nursing student, thinks this is because the stigma attached to accepting food for free. “People in the Ryerson community think you have to be a specific type of person to use it,” said Grande. According to Grande, most students think this type of person is unemployed, homeless or from a low-income background. But the food room is open to all students, regardless of their age, program or financial situation. “There is no specific group that we cater to,” she said. Along with free essential items like milk and eggs, the Room also distributes nutritional information and Good Food Boxes. The boxes are filled with local fruits and vegetables provided by Food Share Toronto, a non-profit that aims to make healthy food more accessible, and cost between $13 and $18—20 to 30 per cent less than the average supermarket. Grande said they can last as long as two weeks. The Food Room also gives out free copies of “Cooking on a Student Budget”, the cookbook that they developed in fall 2010. The book is packed full of fast, easy, affordable recipes, and has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. They also organize Food Security Week—which started Monday and will continue until the end of the week, to teach students about the issues involving food and who has access to it. Grande hopes that these efforts will raise awareness about their services and encourage those who have been hesitant about visiting the room to finally do so. “I don’t think this should be a last resort.”


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Ryerson athlete: a full-time job
Running from one side of the squash court to the other, Shannon Cosgrove chases the soccer ball as her teammates play keep away. Gasping for breath she strides forward with her left knee outstretched and manages to swiftly steal the ball from her teammate. “[Practicing in the squash courts] really teaches us how to defend and makes our touches better,” said Cosgrove, who is a first-year midfielder for the women’s soccer team. “It works on out-thinking your defender.” Cosgrove works on speed, passing and defending skills twice a week at the Recreation and Athletic Centre (RAC). Soccer is just one of Ryerson’s many Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) teams that look to boost their strength and conditioning in the offseason. In her next drill, Cosgrove has to foot handle the ball around a cone as another teammate does the same on the opposite side. The goal is to try and fake out the cone, which represents an opposing player, with a powerful sidestep. “Basically, what we’re doing is working a fundamental skill set ... in position-specific drills,” said Kevin Souter, the assistant coach of the men’s soccer team who is currently training with the women’s soccer team. “The goal is to provide a strong foundation for the upcoming season.” The players on the women’s soccer team train anywhere between one and three hours a week. “During the summer, [the] majority of them are playing with their own team like the Markham soccer club,” said Ramin Mohammadi, the interim head coach of the women’s soccer team. “If not, then we try to book a field and try to play against other clubs with players who are available.” Those who are not playing for an outside club team schedule training sessions that focus more on agility, speed, and strength, as well as body movements. “It doesn’t really matter where they do it as long as they can compete come Aug. 15,” said Mohammadi. “They need to keep up with the fitness program if they want to stay in the program.” Stephanie White, head coach of the women’s hockey team, said proper off-season training is a vital component to a successful team. “The off-season is the time for the biggest gains in your conditioning and overall fitness,” White said. “During the season you don’t really have the opportunity [to train]. It’s really important that they keep the task at hand and it’s only going to improve their game throughout the season.” This year marks the first time the women’s hockey team will take part in a serious off-season training program, as they have achieved official OUA status for the upcoming season. But unlike most off-season training programs that have athletes training between two and four times a week, White’s program will have her players practicing up to six times a week. “You do fitness testing to see where they are at the end of the season. And then when they come back at the end of the season that’s where you’re going to see the gains,” she said. “If there are no improvements it could be conditions for the athlete not to make the team.” While not as intense as White’s program, Mirek Porosa, head coach of the men’s volleyball team, has a very structured program. Starting in March, each player practices three times


While most Ryerson sports teams are finished competing, many are preparing for next season by training on a full-time basis. Harlan Nemers reports
a week for an hour-and-a-half. This time is spent focusing on upper body and lower core exercises as well as endurance. Porosa said 80 per cent of his team usually comes back in better shape than they were in last year. “When they’re coming back they should jump higher like four or six inches and they should be faster and stronger,” said Porosa. “They are charging batteries for the next season. Some of them go to school [in the summer] so they have a smaller load for the next school year.” While coaches like Porosa have their players abide by a very structured training program, the same cannot be said about their eating habits as there is not a strict nutritional program for them to follow. “They have basic information which they get during the season, which is based on some knowledge and common sense. But it’s hard to monitor their eating habits during the off-season because they are in a different environment,” said Porosa. “They are going back home and working and doing what other people do at this young age.” Jenny Young, a second-year defenseman and captain of the women’s hockey team, said although there has not been a set nutrition program, she has met with a nutritionist this year. “We’ve had meetings with a nutritionist and she’s given us information based on what we weigh and how we should be eating well,” she said. “I’m definitely going to try and eat well along with a solid weight routine. Cosgrove is also looking forward to the summer months of hard training. “We have our priorities set and we just want to work hard to become champions next year.”

Train like an athlete
Step 1: Get the right apparel Before you can start training like an athlete you are going to need to dress like one. While you can’t wear the same blue Adidas apparel that our beloved Ryerson athletes work out in, there are plenty of other alternatives. Proper footwear is essential. Any sweats will work, but I would recommend that you invest in Under Armour. While a bit more expensive than its competitors, Under Armour’s light and durable material is worth the extra few bucks. Step 2: Cardio, Cardio, Cardio While you may want to go straight to the weight room to work on your gun show, do yourself a favour and start with some cardio. You can pump all the iron in the world, but you won’t see any results unless you get your heart rate up. If your not a fan of the treadmill, stationary bike and/or elliptical machine, go to the gymnasiums and play a few pickup games of basketball, soccer or whatever sport the other gym rats are playing. Step 3: Pre-game Before you even think about lifting a weight, stretch. Not only does it lower the chances of you pulling a muscle and hurting yourself, but it will also serve as a quick break. Step 4: Hit the weight room Once you’ve broken a sweat and have your heart rate up, you can finally hit the weights. Before you start lifting, decide what part of your body you would like to work out. DO NOT sporadically change between your arms, legs, back and chest. The more detailed and specific your plan is, the more effective your workout will be. During your workout, remember to give yourself enough time to rest between sets and make sure to stay hydrated. A common myth about lifting is that you should lift as much weight as you can, but doing more repetitions with less weights is more effective. Step 5: Cool Down So you’re done your workout, you are all tired and sweaty and all you want to do is sit on your couch and chug a bottle of Gatorade. Well don’t. Resist the urge to stop and jog on the treadmill for a few more minutes. Follow that up with a few quick stretches and you can hit the showers knowing that you won’t feel nearly as sore as you would have otherwise. Step 6: Drink chocolate milk It rebuilds muscle and tastes great. ‘Nuff said

— Sean Tepper, sports editor

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See something strange on campus? Administration got you down? If you’re on Twitter, use the #eyeforatweet hashtag to share your frustration, or just make us laugh. If we like what we see, we may just print it! And be sure to follow @theeyeopener for all your Ryerson news.

ughhh. i only have one liberal course left :( fucking Ryerson changed the curriculum on us third years AGAIN.

Tis’ the season (for taxes)
Tax season often leaves people with sweaty palms and sleepless nights as they ponder deductions, dependants and debt. For many students, this year will mark the first time they’ve filed a tax return themselves. But have no fear! Though the April 30 deadline is fast approaching, there are plenty of resources at your fingertips for making it through tax season scot-free. The essentials For any tax return, students will need a few important documents: a T4 slip, which is proof of employment income, a T2202A slip for proof of tuition fees and your social insurance number. The T2202A can be obtained through RAMSS, while your T4 should be obtained from your employers. Where to go with it There are a number of prime resources both within and around Ryerson to get your taxes done quickly and easily. The Ryerson Students’ Union offers a number of free tax clinics later this month where Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) trained volunteers will do your taxes. The clinics run from Monday, March 21 to Friday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the RSU main office on the third floor of the SCC. If you miss making those dates, the clinics continue in the TRSM the following week, from Monday, March 28 to Wednesday, March 30, during varying hours. These clinics are by appointment only and can be scheduled on the RSU’s website. But if your schedule doesn’t work with these dates, what can you do? Why, go to a tax services institution! While there are a number of such services around campus, none are better known than H&R Block. While less appealing (and more expensive) than the RSU clinic, H&R Block does offer student rates for tax returns and can accommodate a busier schedule. The flat rate for students is $29.95. The DIY method There’s always the do-ityourself method for go-getters. While paper applications are available from the post office, the quick and easy way is through digital submission. A number of digital tax programs offer free or very cheap software to students and lowincome taxpayers. UFile offers a free online tax program for students, allowing you to obtain peace of mind knowing that your taxes are filed and you know exactly what went into the required fields. Other options include AceTax, which


#ryerson #ramssfail of epic proportions. Who runs this crap? Students? o_O

Tax season is upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through a mountain of paperwork. Biz & Tech editor Ian Vandaelle reports
offers an $8 online program, or TurboTax, a $17 option. These online tax returns can be printed and mailed to the Canada Revenue Agency, or can be filed completely digitally through NETFILE, Canada Revenue Agency’s online portal. If this is your chosen option, be sure to check NETFILE’s online list of approved programs, or you may be left redoing your taxes in an approved program. Taxes driving you crazy? Let me know at business@ For more information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website at

Ryerson security making their rounds. Hello boys =)

To the kid doing parkour along the rocks at ryerson on victoria street - nice moves. Watch out for the tree next time/sorry for laughing

Dear Ryerson, Offering only four Upper Liberal Englishes is not an acceptable amount. Sincerely, Michael.

Only at #Ryerson would a prof get his midterm stolen from his mailbox

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It seems like these past two weeks have been awash with talk of new smartphone applications and the people who design and build them. Right on the heels of the DMZ Windows Phone 7 appathon came a much bigger event: the Great Canadian Appathon. This event pitted teams from across the nation against each other in venues spanning the country. For 48 hours, the teams coded, drank Red Bull and socialized. Every team was determining what the consumer has already and what they don’t even realize they need yet. But with over 350,000 apps for the iPhone and a growing number for the Windows Phone 7, Android platforms and Blackberries, when do we simply say that enough is enough? Now, I’m not talking about the particularly revolutionary apps, nor the particularly useful ones. I’m not hating on map apps, intuitive game apps or even social networking apps. What I’m hating on are the useless, frivolous apps, and worse yet, the dreaded duplicate apps. There is no need for hundreds of different apps to access Twitter, Facebook or any other social media site.

They all interface with the same website, they all have relatively similar appearances and function in basically the same way. In the same vein, there are innumerable apps that serve no clear purpose but to eat up your download cap and confuse you for a few seconds before you blissfully send them to the great app store in the sky with a few simple clicks. Apps like the 99 cent Fingerprint Protection, which pretends that your phone is capable of fingerprint recognition security, simply to “Blow away your friends and family with how cool the iPhone or iPod touch is” . Or perhaps the Fart Machine Extreme, an app that gives you access to eight individual fart apps all for the low price of 99 cents. It’s a chance to play the same hilarious hijinks as your six-year-old cousin, but with a $400 phone. The entire purpose of these apps is to act like a juvenile tool around your friends and family and waste 99 cents to boot. My point would be that there are many app developers who have good, original ideas that they execute into useful apps that serve a purpose in making our lives easier. Their goal is to design, to innovate and yes, maybe to make a few bucks. But each and every app that serves no purpose, that exist only to flaunt your technology, cheapens the hard work of legitimate developers. The men and women who work hard to provide interesting and useful apps for the world of smartphones must bemoan the existence of these cheap facsimiles.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Before you sign
Leases are up and residence move-out day looms in your future. Think you’ve found your dream place? Arts and Life editor Gianluca Inglesi offers tips to keep in mind before you put your name on the dotted line

Under your feet
When you step into a room, what are you stepping on? Be wary of carpet. It’s tough to clean, easy to stain and can hide rotting floorboards. Aim for tile in the kitchen and bathroom and hardwood (or a decent derivative) in the bedrooms or living areas. It’s easy to clean and looks the best.

What you’re paying for
Not everyone will be lucky enough to snag an all-inclusive deal. Be sure to ask the landlord what tenants should pay for bills. If you are only responsible for utilities or hydro, check how the place is heated/cooled. That will largely determine the size of your bill.

Enough space
Whether you’re shacking up with five pals or living solo, it’s important to have enough space. Shared living spaces are important for entertaining — no one wants their bedroom to double as a party room. Be sure you have a big closet and won’t be climbing over furniture to get to bed.

The air you breathe
In Toronto’s mosaic of living spaces (basements, attics), windows and ventilation are both concerns. Natural light and fresh air shouldn’t be taken for granted. If you don’t have many windows or vents and you’re behind on cleaning, your apartment will develop a stale and unwelcoming odour.

Hot and cold
Try testing the hot and cold water and check the size of the water heater. To put it simply, the more people meant to live in the apartment, the bigger the heater should be. You don’t want to race out of bed to claim that limited amount of hot water in the middle of January.

Plug it in
Check which appliances come with the place and make sure they work. Count how many outlets are in each room. Having to split an outlet between various electronics will get annoying. And power bars may not be the answer, since some old houses aren’t prepared for the extra electrical demand.

Growths and pests
Look for mould and listen for pests. Check online for bed bug warnings at that address. You don’t want to move into an unsanitary environment. Keep an eye out for water damage on the ceilings and in bathrooms and make sure sealants have been applied to cracks and crevices.

Safety first
Look for updated fire and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as fire extinguishers and an emergency exit. Also ask when big hardware like furnaces, water heaters, or air conditioners were last inspected. You don’t want to be living in a house that functions on standards from the 80’s.

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Are you Ryersonian of the Year?
When our Editor-in-Chief called me into her office to discuss our pick for Ryersonian of the Year, I wasn’t sure how to react. This was partly because I’d never heard of the award before, but mostly because I had no idea how we were going to decide on our official nominee. Here’s a bit of a history lesson to help you understand our conundrum. Every year since 1975, the Ryerson Faculty Association bestows upon someone the title of Ryersonian of the Year. Winners are individuals who have worked to better Ryerson or their community over the past year, be it through volunteer work or their paid post. Those selected are typically profs and other university big wigs, but they don’t have to be. A kindly personnel worker won in 1976 because everyone found her to be very sweet and helpful. The lucky winner doesn’t win any cash or get a golden statuette to put on their mantel, but there is a certificate or plaque involved, as well as the pleasure that comes from having one’s hard work acknowledged. In short, Ryersonian of the Year is the kind of thing that looks good on a resumé. But how do we choose who to recognize when there are many people doing good things but only one prize to be won? Is the person spearheading an important student campaign more important than the professor that continues to educate and enchant her students week after week? Is the person who brings the most athletic accolades to Ryerson more important than the most cheerful and benevolent student on campus? It’s hard to decide. So this year we’ve decided to let you decide. Here’s your chance to shine a light on the person who has made a difference in your life here at Ryerson It doesn’t have to be someone with a lofty title or a lot of power. Heck, they don’t even need to go here. (It’s true. Look it up.) And yes, you can nominate yourself. All you need to do is write us an email ( or send us a video explaining why your pick should win by March 24. We’ll then profile the top three candidates in the paper on March 30, and choose the best candidate as our Eyeopener nominee. Easy, right? Good luck, and happy nominating! Nominate someone for Ryersonian of the year.

Send us your nominations!
Do you know someone in the Ryerson Community who deserves recognition for his or her hard work? Send a paragraph to

explaining why your nominee should be Ryersonian of the Year by March 24. You could even send us a video nomination. We’ll profile the top three candidates on March 30 and officially nominate the best. Go to eyeblog

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Buying contraband cigarettes costs more than you think. It fuels other criminal activities, such as the trafficking of drugs and guns. Individuals caught in possession of contraband cigarettes face serious consequences ranging from a fine to jail time.
L’achat de cigarettes de contrebande coûte plus cher qu’on le pense : il alimente d’autres activités criminelles comme le trafic d’armes et de drogues. Les individus pris en possession de cigarettes de contrebande s’exposent à de graves conséquences, allant de l’amende jusqu’à l’emprisonnement.

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Simon was sitting in the security bit Of the airport Which looked and felt Very different to the main shiny bit Outside the ‘Staff only’ doors. The two men in dark blue shirts Still didn’t seem to be believing him But he genuinely had no idea that You can’t watch porn on a plane.
~L. Richardson




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