You are on page 1of 16


volume 44 / issue 23 Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Ryerson’s Independent Paper Since 1967




The Eyeopener

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Like it and WIN it

Grad Contest


Choose the 2011 Kia Soul you like at for your chance to win.*
We Like Grads Receive a $500 instant rebate.

*Must be a member of Facebook to participate in the contest and comply with the contest rules and regulations. To access the contest, entrants must log into their Facebook account and click on the “Like it and Win it” tab on the Kia Canada brand page to access the application. Other restrictions apply. Please visit the Kia Canada Facebook Fan page for more information. ▼Some conditions apply to the $500 Grad Rebate Program. See dealer for details. Information in this advertisement is believed to be accurate at the time of print. KIA is a trademark of Kia Motors Corporation.

Follow us on

K214_10x15_FP4C_EYE.indd 1

11-03-17 2:45 PM

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The Eyeopener


Tim Hortons out of Maple Leaf Gardens name game

Tim Hortons is off the list of companies Ryerson University will sell the naming rights of Maple Leaf Gardens (MLG) to. On March 22, the Eyeopener got an exclusive tour of MLG and saw rendered blueprints and images of the completed arena. While the images didn’t look any different from the original plans, Tim Hortons’ name was all along the borders of the rink and on the jumbotron looming above the ice. Adam Beaudette said Ryerson is not helping him succeed with his learning disability.

Student ignored by learning disability policy
Students with learning disabilities should have access to help and accommodation, but Ryerson’s focus on fairness doesn’t help everyone. News Editor Sarah Del Giallo reports
When Adam Beaudette writes an exam, it’s more frustrating than stressful. Regardless of how much he studies, Beaudette understands the questions, but confuses the detailed answers in his brain. Beaudette, a second-year sociology student, has a rare learning disability that affects his memory. While he receives high marks on assignments, he will fail or barely pass his tests. He was diagnosed with a learning disability in grade nine after a psychoeducational assessment. He was reassessed in June 2010 and was diagnosed again as an adult. His testing showed that he scored average in areas like math and reasoning. His processing speed and reading fluency were average, and his passage comprehension was superior. But in memory skills, Beaudette had a percentile rank of 0.2 out of 100. His immediate memory overall ranked 2 and delayed memory overall was 0.1. “They said the problem was the same, if not worse,” said Beaudette. Beaudette is using Ryerson’s Access Centre, which accommodates students with disabilities. He is given extra time on tests, is able to write in a different room, and is allowed to use queue cards. But the queue cards can’t include specifics. Beaudette said while extra time is beneficial, his disability allows him to remember overall concepts but forget and mix details. “I’m not allowed to write [detailed] information, and I have to use acronyms,” he said. “But I won’t remember what the acronym means. I get them mixed up.” Beaudette said the Access Centre students with learning disabilities made up only 2.24 per cent of the total post-secondary student population. There are currently just under 400 students with confirmed learning disabilities using Ryerson’s Access Centre. Stefanie Marinich-Lee, manager of the Access Centre, said the accommodation process doesn’t provide an extraordinary advantage to any student. Alternate processes must still show that the student understands the course content. “Each course or placement has learning outcomes identified. Every student needs to show they’ve achieved those learning outcomes.” “The thing with accommodation is everyone is individual, but all universities are struggling with academic integrity. It’s a balance,” she said. Academic integrity refers to maintaining standards for curriculum, evaluation, and student achievement. Accommodating students with disabilities is part of the human rights code. But there are no outlines on how accommodation should work. Diane Wagner, manager public policy of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario said if accommodations are needed that the university doesn’t usually provide, negotiations are needed. “In some cases, [universities] would say memory for something is what they require, but it could be counter argued that in the real world, you could have the information with you,” she said. The Ontario Human Rights Commission provided a consultation report in 2003 titled The Opportunity To Succeed: Achieving Barrier-free Education for Students with Disabilities. The Learning Opportunities Task Force was quoted saying “Appropriate accommodations should not lead to lowered standards or outcomes: rather, an appropriate accommodation will enable the student to successfully meet the essential requirements of the program, with no alteration in standards or outcomes, although the manner in which the student demonstrates mastery, knowledge and skills may be altered.” But Beaudette doesn’t feel he’s being helped to succeed effectively in his courses. He has dropped out of three classes this semester. “I’ve asked the Access Centre about things I can do alternatively to a test,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a fair measure of my intelligence and I don’t think they understand the extent of my disability.”

Tim Hortons is not the naming donor. — Adam Kahan, VP university advancement
“It was just [there] in order to have a placeholder,” said Adam Kahan, Vice President of University Advancement. “Tim Hortons is not the naming donor.” Kahan said there would be more information in May, but Ryerson president Sheldon Levy hinted MLG could be named by then. While Kahan confirmed that Tim Hortons will not have its name alongside Ryerson University and Maple Leaf Gardens on the building, he did say that the university is in talks with them about other opportunities. “We are in discussions with them about various partnership and support opportunities but nothing has been confirmed,” Kahan said. “Sometime in May we will confirm where we are [in terms of the naming donor]. Ryerson’s President Sheldon Levy said that although Ryerson was in talks with Tim Hortons to sponsor parts of MLG, the never got back to them. “As far as I know, we are not talking to [Tim Hortons] anymore,” he said. “They never go back to us ... if they wanted to become engaged with the Gardens ... then we are always open for discussion.”

I don’t think they understand the extent of my disability. — Adam Beaudette, second-year sociology
gives a blanket solution to unique learning disabilities. “They don’t really give me anything that is really memory based,” he said. “It’s not like I don’t understand what’s going on, but when I go to write, I mix things up and can’t remember things properly.” There were 5, 546 university students with learning disabilities in the most recent statistics from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities from 2007-2008. This was a 17.9 per cent increase over five years, but

Check out to see sports editor Sean Tepper’s sneak peek into Maple Leaf Gardens.

$300,000 for new head of Rye portfolio
Head of one of Ryerson’s biggest departments steps down, and half his role is contracted out to a non-university employee

The department that controls maintenance and planning for new properties has been split in two. Campus Planning and Facilities will be divided into Capital Projects and Real Estate, which will deal with Ryerson’s real estate portfolio and capital assets, and Campus Planning and Sustainability, which will be responsible for the maintenance of buildings and custodial services on campus. Ian Hamilton, the previous head of CPF, has decided to retire early. He was unavailable for comment. The university has hired Elisabeth Stroback, currently the senior advisor of construction and real estate to VP administration and finance Julia Hanigsberg, to head up Capital Projects and Real Estate.

Tonga Pham, the current manager of maintenance and operations at Campus Planning, has been hired as the acting director of Campus Facilities and Sustainability. While Pham has been part of the department for several years, and has gone up through the hierarchy of administration, Stroback technically isn’t a Ryerson employee at all. She is on-contract for six months through her firm Tanalex Corp. and is being paid $300,000 per year in this position. It is unknown how this salary translates for a six-month period. She reports directly to Hanigsberg, who said she originally hired Stroback in October 2010 to give her support and advice in her new position as VP administration and finance.

“I brought her in to help re-orient me,” she said. Stroback has a history of involvement in real estate and infrastructure

We need people who can be in place from the get-go. — Julia Hanigsberg, VP of administration and finance
projects, including as a vice-president of Infrastructure Ontario, an armslength provincial organization. She was on the board of directors of Housing Services Incorporated from 2004-2007, a company owned by the

Toronto Community Housing Corporation. The TCHC has come under scrutiny after a recent city audit that revealed the company was grossly misspending its money and not following proper purchasing practices. The auditor-general’s report circles HSI as a yet-unstudied area of interest in the case, but Globe and Mail recently reported that it plays a big role in TCHC’s purchases and the website lists HSI as a major service provider. Hanigsberg would not comment on Stroback’s involvement with HSI. President Sheldon Levy said most universities have two separate departments to deal with real estate and maintenance, but that the two had been combined under the term of past VP administration and finance

Linda Grayson. “It’s most common that you differentiate the physical plant that way,” he said. Two different administrators will head up the two departments. Both are only acting in their roles until the university runs an open competition for the jobs, which would likely be in the next few months, once the structural aspects of both departments are sorted out, said Hanigsberg. “We need people who can be in place from the get-go,” she said. In Ryerson Today, Hanigsberg said the decision to re-organize was made on Hamilton’s advice. Manager of public advancement Janet Mowat said Hamilton was leaving for China later in the week.


The Eyeopener


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Do you like free pizza & kittens?
Then come to the Eyeopener’s Annual General Meeting on March 30 at 2 p.m. Ryerson students are welcome to come eat free pizza and check out what the Eyeopener has been doing all year. Location TBA.
‘Rye celebrates Canadian Rosa Parks’ Cassandra Thompson (not Johnson) was an event organizer for the Black History Awareness Committee. Also, Shantae Johns, a fourth-year Ryerson nursing student, received the Mattie Hayes award.

The Eyeopener
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Shannon “I DO WORK HERE” Higgins NEWS Sarah “NATALIE PORTMAN” Del Giallo Emma “I WANT BANGS” Prestwich ASSOCIATE NEWS Rebecca “HUGE BAG OF COOKIES” Burton FEATURES Mariana “ARTA” Ionova BIZ & TECH Ian “2 GUYS WALK INTO...” Vandaelle ARTS & LIFE Gianluca “GARLIC BUN” Inglesi SPORTS Sean “TRUST ISSUES” Tepper PHOTO Marta “FAIRIES ARE FEMALE” Iwanek Lindsay “TRUST ISSUES TOO” Boeckl ASSOCIATE PHOTO Chelsea “JOHNNY DEPP” Pottage FUN Kats “KATS?” Quinto COMMUNITY Allyssia “DIRECTOR” Alleyne ONLINE MEDIA Lee “BAGEL” Richardson ONLINE GURUS John “JOHN ” Shmuel Aleysha “TOBY WINNER” Haniff GENERAL MANAGER Liane “SCOOP QUEEN” McLarty ADVERTISING MANAGER Chris “THE MAN” Roberts DESIGN DIRECTOR J.D. “HIRED” Mowat CIRCULATION MANAGER Megan “SUPERSTAR” Higgins VOLUNTEERS Loren “RUN” Hendin Elayne “MTL” Millar Gabe “GREEN MAMBA” Lee Jeff “CHINCHILLA” Lagerquist Kai “GREEN GIANT” Benson Samantha “GO GETTER” Sim Tiffany “TIMBIT” Landau Carly “RUNNING?” Basian Sonia “QUEEN S” Straface Grace “SPRING FEVER” Benac Tim “1 HOUR PHOTO” Alamenciak
Playing the role of the Annoying Talking Coffee Mug this week... Timing, large corporations and tightlipped douchebags. The Eyeopener is Ryerson’s largest and independent student newspaper. It is owned and operated by Rye Eye Publishing Inc., a non-profit corporation owned by the students of Ryerson. Our office is on the second floor of the Student Campus Centre and you can reach us at



Celebrity b-ball game
Ryerson athletes hit the court for a celebrity basketball game in Kerr Hall on March 21. Check out Sports Editor Sean Tepper’s coverage of Juno Hoops 2011 and watch the highlights at

Want to be an Eyeopener editor?
Do you like wearing odd costumes? Do you have a burning desire to write, edit and expose Ryerson’s dark underbelly? Here’s your chance. All fall 2011 masthead positions are open and up for grabs. Any Ryerson student can run for a paid editorial gig. The election is on March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Wolf & Firkin. Voting takes place at 7 p.m. on April 1. You need six contributions to cast your ballot. A list of eligible voters will be printed next week. Swing by SCC 207 to pick up a nomination form and head to for more info. Up for grabs: Editor-in-Chief (1), News (2), Associate News (1), Sports (1), Arts & Life (1), Community (1), Media (1), Photo (2), Associate Photo (1), Business (1), Features (1), Online (1), and Fun (1).

Eyeopener editors are just really cool. Ahem.


Teach English Abroad
TESOL/TESL Teacher Training Certification Courses
• Intensive 60-Hour Program • Classroom Management Techniques • Detailed Lesson Planning • ESL Skills Development • Comprehensive Teaching Materials • Interactive Teaching Practicum • Internationally Recognized Certificate • Teacher Placement Service • Money-Back Guarantee Included • Thousands of Satisfied Students


Wednesday, March 23 , 2011


The Eyeopener


New design to be revealed for Student Learning Centre on April 6

Opinion: New appointment raises questions

The official design for the Yonge and Gould Street student learning centre is set to be released on April 6. The design was created by a partnership between Norwegian architecture firm Snohetta and the Toronto based firm Zeidler. PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL

Assistant vice president of campus planning Ian Hamilton has made an impromptu exit. Now, his department has been split into two separate portfolios (Read the full story on page three.) The newly appointed Elisabeth Stroback will be hired on a six month contract to act as leader of the Capital Projects and Real Estate department, starting March 24. To most students, Stroback’s new appointment means nothing. But we have some questions for the new hiree. Stroback has a full resume of vast experience with urban infrastructure and real estate. But why is the only employee at Ryerson responsible for the university’s entire capital portfolio on contract? Why is she being paid $300,000 to do it? (Twice as much as Hamilton made in 2009 .) Plus, on a six-month contract, why is her salary being measured per year? As Stroback takes on her new leadership position at Ryerson she’s still handling external projects through her own firm Tanalex Corp. Vice-president administration and finance Julia Hanigsberg said she first brought in Stroback in October, to help advise her in her new position and that she helped bolster Hanigsberg’s own experience. But while Stroback has an extensive resume, she also has an interesting link that we can’t ignore. Buried at the bottom of her resume is a three-year stint on the board of

directors at Housing Services Inc., a firm that provides housing and maintenance services to residential companies. HSI has been circled as an ‘area of interest’ in an audit of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. The audit revealed that the TCHC was grossly misspending its money and improperly managing its purchases. While the Globe and Mail reported that the company’s financial statements didn’t reveal how much their $200 million in purchases went through HSI, the TCHC website lists HSI as being a “major provider of construction and maintenance services to Toronto Community Housing.” Stroback joined HSI in December 2004, the year the company was established. Hanigsberg said Stroback directly reports to her, but she would not confirm or comment on Stroback’s involvement with HSI. At the time of deadline, Stroback was also out of the city and not available for comment. Although the appointment is only for six months, the next half a year involves a lot of decisions about Ryerson’s big construction projects and is a job for someone whose sole commitment is Ryerson. And while the university has said Hamilton’s departure was his own decision, we have to wonder why he didn’t wait until Ryerson’s most famed ongoing project, Maple Leaf Gardens, is complete in November.

why stop now?
In today’s knowledge economy, the top jobs go to people with graduate degrees.
So why not expand the knowledge and skills you’ve worked so hard to acquire by taking graduate courses in engineering at the University of Waterloo? You can compete a professional master’s program in as little as a year. A research master’s takes just two years. It’s time well spent to gain the level of qualification you need for today’s most interesting, challenging and rewarding jobs.

Station manager Jacky Tuinstra Harrison with programmer Murphy Brown. PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL

CKLN hires new station manager

Find out more!

Newly hired station manager Jacky Tunistra Harrison attempts to revitalize CKLN 88.1FM after the position had been vacant for 18 months. Filling the position is just part of CKLN’s attempt to stay on the air after they appealed a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision to revoke their licence. Andrew Lehrer, a member of the board of directors said there was insufficent funding available for the position because of internal conflict. The internal conflict among board members didn’t allow access to funding or access to the transmitter locat-

ed in Palin hall. According to Harrison both issues have since been resolved. This week the CRTC will be filing a book of evidence with the court. Within the next few months CKLN will be heading to the Federal Court of Appeal to present their case. ““We [CKLN need to make sure our case is heard, and two, we need to repair our relations with the CRTC,” said Harrison. Harrison’s plans to revamp CKLN include technical upgrades, recruitment of more student volunteers, student audio-documentaries, and introducing a program that will track the station’s complete playlist online

making it easier for listener’s to sort through broadcasts. Newly elected students, Alan Hudes, Amiga Taylor, Nooreza Rhemtulla and Kolter Bouchard will join the board of governors after an election was held last week. The group of four is one of the largest bodies on the board. CKLN is now pushing to include more student broadcasting, devoting extra time slots just for students. The CRTC refused to comment on the state of CKLN but says that hiring a station manager wasn’t a requirement from the CRTC.


— With files from Tiffany Landau


The Eyeopener


Wednesday, March 26, 2011

Briefs & Groaners
Security was called to Gould Street to check up on a female student carrying a plastic tub and filling it with mulch from the planters. She reported that it was for a school project. She also informed them that she would return it the next day. Unless you’re growing carrots, we say you are crazy. We were going to make a better joke, but you soiled it. A ruby red Thermos was reported missing on March 15. The individual said they left the thermos on the third floor of the Ted Rogers School of Management building on Thursday but didn’t realize until Sunday that it had gone missing. Also, a similar Thermos costs $11.99 at Canadian Tire. On March 16, security was called to deal with a highly intoxicated male on the second floor of the TRSM. Apparently he was trying to locate where to use the internet. Turns out he had hitchhiked here from Sudbury. Security escorted him from the building. We weren’t aware there wasn’t internet up north. A disturbance was reported in the graphic communications management building on March 17 at 10:10 p.m. When security arrived, they found a student kicking around a bag of paper towels. The student said he had been drinking and was about to return to the pub. We get the paper towels, but what is so appealing about the GCM building? At 4:35 a.m. near Yonge and Dundas Square, the wind blew a plastic tub from a nearby hot dog vendor and almost hit a truck. Allegedly, the truck drivers pulled over and got out of the car and walked over to the hot dog vendor. Police were called and the men got back into the car and left. No injuries were reported. We say pick your battles. It ‘almost’ hit it. On March 19 a male non- student approached staff asking them, “Why are you speaking my thoughts?” The staff members were confused. The man kept yelling and walked away. About a half an hour later the same man entered the Podium building. It looked like he was drawing on the wall posters. When the staff went to check it out, he told them that his pen had run out and he was just tracing the curves of the picture. We believe in free expression, and frankly, some of those posters need some sprucing up. Looks like the Canadian Federation of Students is taking over one more department. The new department is titled “Campus Facilities and Sustainability.” Shortform: CFS.

Ryan Lester and his brother were victims of an assault close to Ryerson. PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL

Hate crime case still in court
Two men, one a Ryerson student, were charged in an alleged assault against two community members just north of Ryerson campus

The trial is still ongoing in the hate crime case that involved a Ryerson student and alumnus. The trial of Eoin McManus, a thirdyear Ryerson student in radio and television arts, and Benjamin McCall, has been pushed to April 6 while the court waits for more information. Neither men appeared in court on March 16, their second court appearance after the first on Feb. 16. McManus’ lawyer, Gavin MacKenzie,

said it’s common for the accused to hand in designation of counsel, which means they don’t have to appear in court. Both McManus and McCall are facing two charges of assault and one charge of mischief under $50 after they allegedly assaulted 30-year old Ryan Lester, a former Ryerson student and fundraising director at Pride Toronto, and his brother Ben Lester in the early hours of Jan. 22.

Toronto Police have classified the incident as a hate crime. The alleged incident occurred at Mehran Tandoori Restaurant on Church Street, just north of Gerrard. Police arrested the two men outside the restaurant. McManus refused to comment, and said that he didn’t want any of his words to be misconstrued. “I really can’t talk about it, I’m sorry,” he said. He said, however, that he was still in school during the court proceedings.

— Rebecca Burton

March 28th - April 1st!!

swap.ryerson3.pdf 3/18/2011 12:43:11 PM

11:am - 3:pm

this Summer

Work in the USA
Full-time students & recent grads can work anywhere in the USA. SWAP Working Holidays gets you the J-1 visa, and you get the job and experience you want. Build a resume that stands out. Freedom & choice are what SWAP’s programs are all about.







To register & for more information: Travel CUTS, Ryerson Student Campus Centre, Lower Level

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The Eyeopener


S pringing Forward
It’s no secret that Ryerson is a breeding ground for talent in the world of art, design and performance. Artists who have trained here continue to excel on an international scale. Through the next three pages Arts & Life editor Gianluca Inglesi introduces you to some of Ryerson’s finest artists whose school days are coming to an end and careers are only just beginning
Marta Iwanek Chelsea Pottage Lindsay Boeckl Chris Dale Tim Alamenciak

Lindsay Boeckl

Gianluca Inglesi Loren Hendin Elayne Millar


The Eyeopener


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Petra Popescu-Moody
Performance production

Eva Cuo

Performance production

Intrigued by the beauty and detail of stage costumes, Eva Cuo hopes to use her knowledge of all things theatrical to become a costume designer for stage and film, maybe even Cirque du Soleil. Cuo has already made her mark at Ryerson by designing the costumes for the theatre school’s October performance of Unity (1918). “I got to design and create from scratch and it involved a lot of research and interesting inspiration, which I loved,” says Cuo. Her next step, after graduation, will be to travel to Prague and work at a Canadian exhibition that is being curated by a Ryerson professor. Once she returns she will look for work as a costume designer. For Cuo, designing for the stage will always be exciting. “If it’s a period piece, then I do a lot of research and try and really bring out the themes and image of that era. You try and present it in a new and refreshing way but you have to be true to the roots. Other times it’s about pushing boundaries and doing work that’s never been done before.”

Petra Popescu-Moody is focusing all her knowledge and creativity into writing a play that she hopes will take theatre to another level. PopescuMoody’s ultimate goal is to find a way to use theatre as social aid and a way to “bridge cultures.” This actor turned producer/scriptwriter has decided to write a play for her final independent study and is determined to produce it herself after graduation. “I wanted to get to the point where I know how to produce. I am now confident to produce my own show... part of being an artist is knowing how you want to use your medium,” she says. As for the critics, Popescu-Moody says she’s not afraid of the reviews because the play is meant to be socially powerful, which she believes is the only thing that matters. “My main goal is to stay true to what I’m doing. Whether it be to myself if it’s my creation, or if I’m working with [others]... always staying true to what’s important. Theatre is ultimately teamwork, all to achieve someone’s vision.”

Jasmine Chen
Performance acting

Virgilia Griffith
Performance acting

Even though she will be making a living off playing roles other than herself, Virgilia Griffith strives to be honest in her acting. She hopes to take the stage at the Stratford Festival and will always strive to make her characters as human as possible. Once she’s established herself in a diverse career of roles small and big, Griffith wants to share her experiences with the next generation. But more than just teaching she hopes to create a safe space for young people to be express themselves and use art as healing. One of the greatest lessons she will take away from Ryerson is that she can put more of herself in a character. “I was able to have fun and realized I didn’t always have to be that gut wrenching dramatist. There is still so much to learn. We are all learning that it takes time to build a career.”

Look for Jasmine Chen’s smile to be gracing theatre stages and screens big and small after she graduates. But she’s nothing like the Paris Hiltons of the world. She’s not in it for the money, the fame or to date Taylor Lautner. “What I really love is being challenged so I want to look for projects and jobs that will push me,” she says. And you probably won’t see her in roles like National Lampoon’s Spring Break; Chen wants to break out of her sheltered life and be able to bring about social change with her acting. She values artistry and works to become each character she plays — thinking, and even breathing as they would.

Austin Fagan
Performance dance

If you see a Broadway musical in the next few years you may see Austin Fagan leaping across the stage. Focused on pursuing his dance career, Fagan has a feel for contemporary dance but cannot turn away from musical theatre — so he is going to do both. As a dancer his main goal is to entertain. The way he sees it is that putting a message on stage is only half the job if it doesn’t touch the audience. “Messages are everywhere, but fulfilling entertainment isn’t.” After getting a taste of the professional world this year, Fagan has learned that he needs to dance as himself to be successful. “You can only move the way that you can move, so you have to use that fact to your advantage.”

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The Eyeopener


Emily Harmsen
Fashion Design

Fashion Communication

Nic Thorne

Forget New York City, Emily Harmsen is taking Ottawa. The city Harmsem describes as “up-andcoming” is where she hopes to start her own millinery company. Harmsen, a skilled seamstress and pattern maker, describes her new collection as, “artistic and textural,” a “combination of all [she knows].” She says the courses offered at Ryerson really helped her grow as a designer. “[Ryerson] really lets you explore different avenues. I took advanced illustration and it improved my work incredibly.” As difficult as it sometimes may be, Harmsen has learned the importance of criticism and has taught herself how to use it to better her designs. “You want to stay true to your vision. There will always be people who love your stuff, who hate it, and even those who could care less,” Harmsen says.

A communicator before an artist, Nic Thorne looks to convey a message through his work but strives to make that concept clear to his audience. Whether it be capturing the feel of a garment during a fashion shoot or using art direction to create his capstone book for Mass Exodus, he wants people to appreciate his work but also understand it. At Ryerson he learned the fundamentals of fashion communication but it is his individual strengths that will snag him a position at an advertising firm or magazine. Thorne hopes to see Europe and experiment with their more liberal aesthetic. But wherever he ends up he will be pushing himself, because after every success he is critical on how he can be even better.

Fashion Communication

Leigh Farrell

With big dreams of conquering the world of fashion and design, Leigh Farrel is making her way to the Big Apple this fall in hopes of snagging a spot as an intern for a magazine or website. After taking web design courses at Ryerson and working on last year’s Mass Exodus, Farrel is certain that she is ready for real work and the real world. “[Working the Mass Exodus] you learn to work as a huge team to create something fluid and complete. It was a huge accomplishment,” she says. Farrel, who has already begun designing websites for clients, wants to excel in her field but promises not to sell out. “I always want to be proud of everything I do but I also want to please my clients. I want to be sure I’m still enjoying what I’m doing while helping and impressing others.”

Connor Deachman
New Media

Oliver Banyard
New Media

He probably wouldn’t dare be this cheesy, but if Oliver Banyard had a motto it would be “go with the flow.” He has tried everything from graphic design to street art, as well as filmmaking to installation art. But mostly, he just does what he wants. “I’m really confident that it’s sorted out for me,” he says. “You just walk it out and it kind of comes together for you.” After getting rejected from Ryerson’s film program, Banyard decided to give new media a try and, lo and behold, it worked out. Four years later Banyard is ready to enter the working world with much the same mentality. He is willing to try anything from doing marketing for a company like Honda to designing the visuals for a Lady Gaga show, and he’s willing to do it anywhere from Toronto to Sweden.

Judging by what he’s working on now, you will most likely see Connor Deachman’s name on the bottom of your video game box one day. His thesis project is a video game that goes into your computer, steals names from your email and uses the names for characters in the video game. “Games today can often be very brain dead and have very little thought put into them,” he says. “So I want to get people thinking while they play.” Yeah…not exactly an idea that just anyone could think of, or for that matter, not something that just anyone could pull off. Video gamers all over the world should be thanking Connor Deachman right now.

Kelly Hutcheson
New Media

There’s no rush for Kelly Hutcheson. Right now all she’s concerned about is building her manta ray. It’s a kinetic sculpture that shows two different ways you can view the world; one view is a world in which everything is beautiful and wonderful and the second is a mathematical, structural view of the world. With her manta ray and with all her art Hutcheson has one main goal, “I think I need a good combination of aesthetic and message in my work,” she says. Considering that building a kinetic sculpture would take the rest of us at least ten years to do, that should keep Hutcheson occupied for now; she’s got time for everything that comes after.


The Eyeopener


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Michelle Wilson

Now that she’s gotten over the mid-university terror of graduating and facing the real world Michelle Wilson is ready to get out of here and do her own thing. “I’ve been a student for so long at this point,” she says. “So the idea of living for myself…I’m really excited about that.” She has one goal when she gets out there and it’s just to make a living out of doing what she loves. And Wilson will be fine. She has worked as a research assistant for a professor, coordinated the fundraising portfolio for the IMA Gallery and has built a support network to back her during her time at Ryerson. With all that under her belt, she shouldn’t have a problem out there in the real world.

Vanessa Paxton


Vanessa Paxton is one of a kind in her program. Her website doesn’t have the stark simplicity that seems to be all over photographer’s websites these days. Instead it has pink, flowery letters. Her images aren’t documentary style; they are fantasy scenes she has created, filled with vivid colors and whimsical objects. And most of all, Paxton has a plan for after she graduates. She plans on being a wedding photographer (but not one of those boring, traditional ones) and then with all her newfound riches she’ll open her own portraiture studio for people looking for an alternative to the typical family portraits. She may be different from the others in her program, but then again, she’s also the only one whose picture is being used in a whisky ad in Scotland.

Arthur Mola

For Arthur Mola, photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Patrick Demarchelier are not just idols, they are competition. Mola, a fourth-year photography student, is a budding entertainment and editorial photographer with a love for big cities and beautiful people. This year Mola was given the opportunity to do a shoot for Yorkville condominiums. “It’s a creative side of photography where you are able to conceptualize the idea of the product and the message trying to be delivered,” he said. Mola’s work can now be seen in newspapers and billboards around the city. After graduation Mola’s next move is to complete a personal photo essay of a fashion show in either New York, Paris or Milan. This project, he hopes, will demonstrate his artistic talent. “I want to make something different,” he said. “The world of photography is so saturated.” By mixing techniques and inventing his own, Mola’s work stands out. “When I use different types of film or different techniques people love it and work with it because you are doing something different. I never shoot front and centre if I have the choice cause that’s what everyone does,” he said.Mola hates the thought of a life of routine, “I don’t want to be another working photographer who hates their job. I want to do something I love and be successful at it. I never want to have a formula and I want to keep being inspired to do new things,” he said.

Clancy Snook
Interior Design

Stephen Dunn

One of Ryerson’s most well known film students is Stephen Dunn. This budding filmmaker was awarded $15,000 by the Toronto International Film Festival this year and recently gave an exceptional TEDx talk at Ryerson about bringing his imagination to life. This third-year student has big plans for his future in film. “I’m using my fourth year thesis as a pitch for a feature film. I want to navigate where to go with my career and come out of the gates strong.” Dunn finds inspiration from Ryerson and its talented film students, “you can feel it in our classes, that everyone is going to do something phenomenal. When you are surrounded by so many great artists it drives you.” He hopes to one day make feature films for a living, but is well aware that he needs to work to get there. “I may have to break into television and directing other things like commercial work – but the feature films are my passion,” Dunn said. His ultimate goal is to create films that move people. Judging by his incredibly successful year, this won’t be the last we see of Stephen Dunn.

More than just pillows, tassels and oriental rugs Clancy Snook is mastering her craft of interior design. Over the past four years Snook has been training extensively and has a job waiting for her when she graduates. Once she’s established herself as a designer she hopes to manage her own corporation because she enjoys working with others. Last year, she worked with a group of classmates to establish the Haiti Shelter Initiative, producing shelters that are still used today. After working for the next three years she will be able to take the required exams to be considered an official interior designer. “You need to make sure your designs are functional but also have that extra something that give them an edge, or make them stand out. A design is never totally finished, but you have to get as close to it as possible.”

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The Eyeopener


Last year, Ryerson took part in Earth Hour by shutting off 95 per cent of lights on campus. As the university gets ready to do it again on March 26, Kai Benson looks at how sustainable Ryerson is the rest of the year

Ryerson unplugs from the grid

Ryerson University (53,000 megawatt hours)

5,096 households

The average Toronto household consumes 10.4 megawatt hours of electrical energy each year. Ryerson consumes enough energy to power 5,096 homes.

For an hour this week, Ryerson will be immersed in darkness. The lamps in the library, the lighting in the offices, the panels in the classrooms— all of them will flicker off for Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m. on March 26. Even though it doesn’t make much of a difference in Ryerson’s energy consumption, it is meant to reflect the university’s stance on sustainability. In recent years, Ryerson has taken major steps towards making the campus an environmentally sustainable space. Between 1994 and 2002, the university cut water consumption by 50 per cent, heating energy consumption by 25 per cent and electrical energy consumption by 30 per cent. By modernizing as many systems as possible, Ryerson’s persquare-foot energy consumption became one of the lowest among Ontario universities. Ryerson also recently installed an ozone-friendly cooling system and the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre installed a “green roof,” which replaces a traditional flat roof with

soil and vegetation. Ryerson is also incorporating sustainable initiatives into the designs of new buildings like the Student Learning Centre and uses recycled building materials wherever possible. In 2008, the university also purchased a ride-sharing program through, which allows students, faculty and staff to find carpool partners close to their homes. But Ryerson still has a long way to go until it can call itself a truly green campus. The university’s annual electrical power consumption is currently 53,000 megawatt hours, which is enough to power 5,096 Toronto households. The university still wastes significant amounts of energy by leaving lights on during daytime classes in brightly-lit rooms and keeping some lights on overnight. The older buildings on campus also pose a problem since they are not equipped with energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. In some cases, inadequate insulation in buildings like Kerr Hall

leads to energy leaks. The university is trying to incorporate as many sustainability initiatives as possible but it takes time. Ian Hamilton, the outgoing assistant vice president of Campus Planning and Facilities, says the university is always looking for ways to make the campus greener. “You can always think of things to do next time.” Ryerson has been recognized for its efforts so far and has received several environmental awards in the last few years. In 2009, Ryerson’s South Bond building became the first university building in Ontario to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. Ryerson also received a Garden of Recognition award from the City of Toronto last November, which highlighted the university’s work towards beautifying the campus and making it a green urban space. Hamilton says participating in Earth Hour is an extension of the university’s green efforts and aims

to raise awareness that small actions can make a big difference. Earth Hour was launched in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, by the World Wildlife Fund to encourage people across the world to turn off their lights for an hour. It is meant to give a visual representation of how much can change if everybody does a little bit—not just for an hour, but for all 8,760 hours of the year. Its main goal is to encourage people to “go beyond the hour” by making small changes to their lifestyles. This year, at least 400 cities in Canada and thousands more from across the globe are expected to take part. “I wouldn’t say the savings are significant,” says Hamilton. “The real potency of it is that it raises awareness.” But for students, being environmentally-conscious can seems too costly. Most live in apartments more likely to be equipped with old heaters and refrigerators than newer, high efficiency appliances. The price tag of sustainable products can often be off-putting to cash-strapped

students trying to save a few bucks. Josh Laughren, director of Climate and Energy for WWF-Canada, says everyone can live green by choosing to buy items made by environmentally-conscious producers. “As a consumer, the products we buy have an impact, not only on the environment but on the companies,” he says. The switch often doesn’t cost money but involves thinking before buying. “It’s only limited by your imagination and your lifestyle. I’ve seen everything from really hard-core people, like a family who went a whole year without using any petroleum products, which is really hard to do, to people who take stay-cations— when they had time off, they would just relax at home rather than fly or drive somewhere.” Laughren reminds students who choose to participate in Earth Hour not to be extreme. “Number one, stay safe. Leave on essential lights and don’t burn your house down with candles.”




Preparation Seminars
• Complete 30-Hour Seminars • Convenient Weekend Schedule • Proven Test-Taking Strategies • Experienced Course Instructors • Comprehensive Study Materials • Simulated Practice Exams • Limited Class Size • Free Repeat Policy • Personal Tutoring Available • Thousands of Satisfied Students

Cutting energy consumption is often costly and time-consuming. Here are some quick tips for going green on the cheap:
1. Hang up your wet clothes instead of tossing them in the dryer. Drying one load of laundry uses up enough energy to toast 250 slices of bread. 2. Unplug your phone and iPod chargers when you’re not using them. You’ll save energy and a ton of money on your hydro bill. 3. Buy rechargeable batteries for your toys. You know which ones we’re talking about. 4. Do it old-school and use a pot to boil water for tea or coffee. Boiling water on your stove uses one-third the energy of an electric kettle. 5. Buy a reusable coffee mug for $10 to $15. Each year, more than 8 billion disposable cups are thrown out in Canada. Don’t be the asshole contributing to that number.


$5 Advance $7 Doors SCC115 (Student Campus Centre)

416-924-3240 1-800-269-6719


The Eyeopener


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Back on her blades
Out of the sport for two years, Alysha Gjos thought she was done with figure skating for good. But as Gabriel Lee reports, Gjos has dominated the competition since returning to the ice for the Rams
A day before leaving for Waterloo, Ont. to compete in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) figure skating finals, a few members of the Ryerson Rams figure skating team huddled around a small laptop. On the brightly lit screen, was Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette, who was performing her inspiring skate shortly after her mother’s death at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The outcome: a bronze medal. While none of the Rams had to overcome something that tragic, Alysha Gjos, 20, had a few hurdles of her own to clear on her way to winning a gold medal at the OUA’s figure skating finals. At the beginning of the season, Gjos had not skated competitively for more than two years. Her previous school, Fanshawe College, didn’t have a figure skating team. Gjos, now the reigning provincial champion, wasn’t even going to try out for the figure skating team until her friend Tori Prouse, who skates for the University of Toronto, convinced her to dust off her skates and give it one last shot. “I thought about not coming back to the rink after the first couple practises because I didn’t have any of my jumps,” said Gjos. “Looking back at the season I kind of laugh. It’s hard to believe I’ve come from falling on some very basic skating moves to where I am now.” It wasn’t until watching the first competition of the year, the Queen’s fall invitational, that she realized she could still compete at a competitive level. She placed fourth at the competition, the lowest she would finish all year. “I was the first one to go, and I didn’t have the greatest skate,” said Gjos. “Then I saw all the other skaters go and I knew that if I could get back in shape I could beat all of them. That’s when I knew I could win OUA’s.” Two months later, Gjos took the silver medal at the Winter Invitational held at the University of Toronto. Just when Gjos was getting back into a steady routine, she was hit with a sinus infection. The cold affected both her sense of balance and timing on her jumps. Because of this, she had only had one healthy practise in the month before attending the OUA finals. Her illness was a big reason she wanted to use Rochette’s skate as a motivational tool for herself and the rest of the team. There were a lot of high expectations from her coach and her teammates to do well at the finals. “I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to perform ... [but] I really enjoy working under pressure,” said Gjos. Her first-place performance continued her incredible streak of winning a provincial title every year of her post-secondary career, even if it wasn’t in figure skating. At Fanshawe College, she won national honours with their cross-country running team. Gjos credits her mental toughness to competing in individual sports all her life. “Horseback riding, skating and running have all been on my own,” she said. “That’s the funny thing a lot of people have asked me about the pressure of participating in individual sports but I haven’t really done team sports.” Head coach Janean Bruhn has referred to the last three seasons of Ryerson skating as a rebuilding process since they haven’t had many strong individual skaters. In order to do well at competitions, you need individuals to accumulate points to win as a team she says. Gjos is extremely pleased with the progress the team made this year, considering the team consists of mostly of athletes who are brand new to figure skating or have taken considerable time off from figure skating such as herself. Ryerson won four medals at the finals enroute to finishing sixth out of eight teams. It was difficult for the Rams to place in the top three as a team because they didn’t have enough skaters to compete in the synchronized portion, a dance routine that requires 16 athletes. She hopes the prospect of skating at Maple Leaf Gardens coupled with their success this year will attract more skaters to Ryerson. “I think the lack of attention of attention to the skating program is saddening,” she said. “I’m hoping because we have our own arena next year, not only us but the hockey team will get more support from the student body.” Alysha Gjos won a gold medal at the OUA finals.

12956 tech ad (4x7.5):Layout 1 12/23/10 6:09 PM Page 1


Rana to coach at Nike Hoop Summit
Make your degree work for you

take it tech
Increase your skills and competitiveness in today’s job market with a Humber graduate studies program in Applied Technology.

Project Management Supply Chain Management Wireless Telecommunications

Roy Rana, head coach for Ryerson’s men’s basketball team, was selected to coach the World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon this April. The event features the top high school basketball prospects from the United States and around the world. Read Gabe Lee’s story at

Apply now!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The Eyeopener


Ryerson to crown new student royalty
For the third year, students will duke it out on stage to determine who will be named the next Mr. and Ms. Ryerson

Celeste Salvagna is one of the hopefuls competing to be this year’s Ms. Ryerson.

29 $ave big
we make taxes easy
DOCKET/AD#: 10-HRB-047-BW-SB-E-4


On March 24, Ryerson’s most confident and entertaining students will strut and sashay for the chance to be crowned Mr. and Ms. Ryerson. The 10 finalists will compete in various pageant-inspired events at the Ram in the Rye, and the winner will hold the title for a year. According to event coordinator Alexandra Russell, the fundraiser was conceived in 2009, when she was working as a residence advisor in the International Living Learning Centre (ILLC). “One of the girls on my floor had just lost her mother to cancer after her mother had been diagnosed only three months earlier,” Russell said. “As a floor, we decided we needed


to help in some way and raise awareness.” The pageant’s proceeds go to the Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Centre in Mississauga. The 2009 inaugural pageant—in which there was only a Mr. Ryerson title, was organized in less than a month, but raised $2,500. Last year, the competition collaborated with Ryerson’s Blue and Gold Ball, and named the first Ms. Ryerson. That year, $3,800 was raised for the charity in only three hours. This year, about 30 students entered the competition. Though all students are eligible to enter, Russell finds that some programs bear more applicants than others. “Not a lot of business and math students apply, so we get a lot of the arts students applying first,” she said. This year, almost half of the finalists are from the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD), while there is only one finalist from the Faculty of Community Services. Russell thinks that misconceptions about the pageant are keeping more students from applying. “What people are scared of is that they think it’s solely a beauty pageant, for beautiful people, like a popularity contest, but it’s really not,” she said. Though competitors participate in a question period, strut down a runway in formal wear and must show off their talents like in a normal pageant, the pageant is not meant to be taken too seriously.

What people are scared of is that they think it’s solely a beauty pageant. — Alexandra Russell event coordinator
Ian Vandaelle, the reigning Mr. Ryerson and Biz and Tech editor at the Eyeopener, was registered for last year’s pageant by his friends as a joke. After a week of online voting, Vandaelle was asked to come to a dress rehearsal with the other finalists. “I only had a few days to prepare a talent,” said Vandaelle. “So I did a very serious, dramatic reading of Miley Cyrus’ song ‘See You Again’, wearing glasses and a sweater vest. I just knocked it out of the park.” Having gone through the experience, Vandaelle encourages students who are thinking about entering to give it a shot. “I mean why wouldn’t you do it?” Vandaelle said. “It’s a great opportunity to have a great time while doing it all for a good cause.” Celeste Salvagna, a second-year urban and regional planning student and one of the finalists for Ms. Ryerson, had more personal motives. “My family has been affected by cancer and it triggered my interest, knowing that it wasn’t just a fun event, but it had a good cause behind it,” she said. The third annual Mr. and Ms. Ryerson pageant takes place on March 24, 2011 at the Ram in the Rye. The show starts at 9 p.m., and a $5 donation is required for admittance.

For just $29.95, walk in with your taxes, walk out with your refund. Instantly. You’ll also get a free SPC Card to save big at your favourite retailers.*

free SPC Card


Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

© 2011 H&R Block Canada, Inc. *$29.95 valid for regular student tax preparation only. Cash back service included. To qualify for student pricing, student must present either (i) a T2202a documenting 4 or more months of full-time attendance at a college or university during 2010 or (ii) a valid high school identification card. Expires December 31, 2011. Valid only at participating H&R Block locations in Canada. SPC Card offers valid from 08/01/10 to 07/31/11 at participating locations in Canada only. For Cardholder only. Offers may vary, restrictions may apply. Usage may be restricted when used in conjunction with any other offer or retailer loyalty card discounts. Cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards or certificates.



The Eyeopener


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Campus credit union ignored by students


You won’t find the Credit Union Lounge on any of the maps at Ryerson, even though it’s full of students at all hours of the day. As students rest in the leather chairs between trips to the vending machines, most pay no mind to the small financial institution that has quietly been a part of Ryerson for more than 30 years. POD 158 is home to our very own branch of the Alterna Savings Credit Union, though not that many students have bothered to notice. Edward McDonald has been the manager of the Ryerson branch for the past five years. “We’re definitely not as well utilized as we should be. The vast majority of our members are not students,” he said. He wouldn’t

say how many students hold accounts, due to privacy policies. Living in the shadow of the big banks is nothing new for credit unions, and a prime piece of Ryerson real estate isn’t enough to combat their unassuming presence in the downtown core and on campus. A CIBC bank machine sits just steps from the Credit Union Lounge. “We are a completely separate entity from the university,” McDonald said. No formal agreement has ever existed between Ryerson and a campus credit union. Alterna offers the same services as conventional banks, however it’s owned and controlled equally by members, not the largest shareholders. They offer no fees stu-

dent bank ing and a Platinum Plus MasterCard with a comparatively low 9.99 per cent monthly interest rate. Many other student credit cards charge 19.99 per cent. “We would obviously love to be the institution of choice at the university, but that’s just the way of the world. We don’t have the dollars to throw around that the big (financial institutions) do,” said Mcdonald. Alterna holds $1.8 billion in assets, which sounds like a lot until you consider that Royal Bank holds $726 billion and TD Bank holds $620 billion. Alterna has only 24 branches in Ontario and 129,000 members. But McDonald insists that they aren’t defined by the number of branches.

He said that he firmly believes financial advice is best delivered face-to-face. The idea to offer no fees banking came from conversations with Ryerson students during frosh week. McDonald’s branch supports Ryerson theatre school with a display for upcoming performances in the branch lobby. Alterna, in credit union tradition, relies-of-word of mouth promotion and inherent popularity in the trades to expand their customer base. Urban planning masters student Thomas Green frequents Ryerson’s Alterna branch. Originally from Sault Ste Marie, he though he would have to close his account with the Community First Credit Union when he moved to Toronto.

“It’s what my parents use. My dad worked at the steel plant. The credit unions have agreements with each other so I can use this branch with no fees,” he said. Alterna’s history with Ryerson dates back to its days as a polytechnic institute. Faculty members started the Ryerson Polytechnical Credit Union as a back office operation in the early 1970s, and joined the University and Colleges Credit Union (UNICOL) in 1976. A series of mergers created Alterna in 2005. Alterna’s current president, John Lahey, is a Ryerson graduate, having earned a degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 1976.

Holding onto problems selecting courses until my final (and most important) year? Well played #Ryerson

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.

It seems I’ve chosen my seat wisely. I’m sitting beside a whole set of Ryerson female athletes. Looks like a win-win right there.


advance your EDUCATION AND career
The University of Southern California (USC) will host an information session on April 5th, 2011 to introduce its Master of Science and PhD programs in engineering. Get an overview on leading programs such as Green Technologies, Financial Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Astronautics and Space Technology, Chemical and Materials Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, among other disciplines. Prospective graduate students currently enrolled in or with an earned Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Math or a Hard Science are encouraged to attend this event. Places for this information session are limited.

GRADUATE ENGINEERING PROGRAMS AT THE university of southern california



I’m goin downtown Toronto @OllyMarie I got rejected from tomorrow at like fuckin 7. Goin to ryerson therefore I hate my life and ryerson business clue I’m quitting social work :(

Please register by friday aPril 1st 2011 at or call 514.274.0151 EXT 100



#junohoops2011 was great! good Hey ryerson you may not know this work #ryerson and @j_saran and I got but your websites a bitch. Why would to interview Donovan Bailey ...heeeey you send me a link that doesn’t work. That just screams professional!

information session: APRIL 5TH, 2011 5:00 P.M. TO 7 :00 P.M. madison ave Pub & restaurant 14 madison avenue toronto, on m5r 2s1 HORS D’OEUVRES AND DRINKS WILL BE SERVED


Ryerson doesn’t start making offers @TheNessmiester for my program until early May. @duvah Pokemon and cracked out Excuse me while I bang my head prostitutes. #Ryerson, you win. against the wall.

Late night transcribing isn’t too bad when you managed to stumble into a guy’s strip routine and record it ... #journalism #ryerson #laughs


#Ryerson students amaze me sometimes. Your leaving Studios and a MacBook Pro unattended behind me. I look innocent but still got hood in me.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The Eyeopener






Ominous Octopus
ARIES. You’re an aries. Of course you bought a pack of red sharpies and an over-sized to-do list from the dollar store and you actually intend to use it (it’s a gag item, fyi). The problem is, you’re driving everyone else bat shit crazy with your over zealousness! TAURUS. Unlike your Aries neighbour, you prepare for the big finale with a poker face. You bought a do-not-disturb door sign from the stag shop, but it’s not for THAT dirty deed. GEMINI. If quantum physicists ever invent a snooze button for life’s deadlines, you’d be hitting up the electronics store faster than you hit the snooze button every morning. CANCER. No one will ever know how you manage to get ass-face-butt-fucking smashed over the weekend and still wind up with a 4.2 average. If you’re cheating your way through university, never tell a scorpio. They will shit enough bricks to build us another Kerr Hall. LEO. Your talent is that you let everyone else do the hard work. It’s not because you’re lazy — you just know how to beat the system. You have “connections” with someone who has last year’s final exam. Luckily, you gave them a massage last week. That’s the way you roll. VIRGO. Ah virgo, what can anybody say about you? You do you all the readings one week in advance, you visit professors on their office hours and you actually use your laptop in class to take notes (you don’t even have facebook , do you?). You’re not as impressive as a Leo, but you think Leos are douchebags anyway. Keep on truckin’!

LIBRA. Somehow, no one else can do what you do when it comes to hectic schedules. That’s because no one else has the kind of money you’ve saved up. Your motto is: When the going gets tough, the tough pays someone else to do it. Ah well, that essay was only worth 10% anyway. Who cares? SCORPIO. You get through crazy times because you pick an equally diligent, honest, hard-working friend and you stick to them like fly on a piece of poo. You delegate work load and meet deadlines like clockwork. That’s why it pisses you off when people cheat. *cough* *cough* *CANCERS* SAGITTARIUS. You just don’t give a shit. You’ll learn when you want to. The world will not stop just because you got a 40% on a midterm worth 50%. There’s always summer school. It’s all good. Your philosophy is, if you don’t know the answer, don’t leave it blank. Draw a unicorn. You might get a bonus point. You never know.

a. wingless bat b. an anteater c. hairless dog
POEMS FROM MY BLEEDING <3 Man in hat Indoors (Fashionable) Isn’t aware that People are wondering If instead of being fashionable He’s just balding
~ L. Richardson

CAPRICORN. You enjoy every ounce of pain and suffering of crunch time. You looooove to stay up until 4a.m. doing essays. You complain about it to your friends, but your sick, sick, sadistic workaholic mind craves it. You plan to take on eight courses next year because seven just wasn’t enough. AQUARIUS. When a YouTube lecture about WWII or “neutrophil rolling” gets 12,000,000 hits, it’s because of Aquarians like you. You love to cut corners. Anyone who reads the actual textbook is a chump. It’s all about the funny animations and the pause button (you get up for a sandwich every 15 minutes). LOL cats are LOL. PISCES. If piscean ideologies were embraced, there would be no clocks and no schedules. What is time? What is work? What is life? Why do we do the things we do? Why can’t we just kick back with a nice fattie and touch ourselves all day? Fortunately for you, pisces, you somehow pull it off. Your calm attitude to life reduces the stresses that hinders people’s success.




Be an Eyeopenerinform the campus Editor. ask the questions – get the answers –
Anyone can run, as long as you’re a Ryerson student. Come to SCC 207 for details and a nomination form, or go to for more info. We need people to do these jobs: Editor-in-Chief (1), News (2), Associate News (1), Sports (1), Arts & Life (1), Community (1), Media (1), Photo (2), Associate Photo (1), Business (1), Features (1), Online (1), and Fun (1).

Dates to know:
March 31 – Speeches @ The 7PM at the Wolf & Firkin 43 Elm St.

What do we offer? A positive environment, a steady paycheque, a talented and wildly fun group of people, the occasional pizza, a few beers here and there and of course, a Tuesday deadline. You’ll be asking questions, chasing down stories, designing, learning, laughing, sometimes sleeping here and generally gettin’ shit done.

April 1 – Voting


The Eyeopener

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

10Dundas Nov24 BC Ad_10Dundas Nov24 BC Ad 11-01-17 5:02 PM Page 5



Date night? We’ve got your back!
Adidas • AMC Theatres • Aura Model Shop • Bagel Stop • Baskin Robbins Bell World • Bubble Tease • California Thai • Caribbean Queen • Chipotle Extreme Fitness • Future Shop • Gadget City • Harvey’s • Hat World Jack Astor’s • Johnny Rockets • Jugo Juice • Juice Rush • Kitchen Food Fair Koryo Korean BBQ • Made in Japan • Milestones • Milo’s Pita • Mrs. Field’s • Opa! Souvlaki • Petals & Twigs • Pumpernickel • Rogers Plus • Sauté Rose • Shoppers Drug Mart • Starbucks • Subway • Tim Hortons • Timothy’s • Woo’s Restaurant