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Ram loses $4,700 in stolen alcohol
REBECCA BURTON ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Campus pub Ram in the Rye reported 33 bottles of alcohol stolen on March 28. Eric Newstadt, general manager of the Student Campus Centre, confirmed the theft. Newstadt said the incident is currently under investigation. Imre Juurlink, security services, said they are unsure when the break-in occurred but Ram staff reported the incident on the morning of

33 bottles of alcohol stolen, according to inventory — Imre Juurlink, security services
March 28. According to inventory, the 33 bottles taken accounted for approximately $4,700. The liquor cabinet is permanently locked and only staff members have key access to the area. Staff say security asked those working on March 28 who exactly had key access to the building. Ryerson security called police to report to the scene. Police will continue the investigation. No suspects have been brought forward yet.

Dr. Ivan Joseph, director of athletics, says George Brown was responsible for uncovering the refund. FILE PHOTO

RAC to refund nine years of memberships
RAC sorts through 24,000 membership forms to refund students in the joint George Brown Ryerson Early Childhood Education program who double paid for memberships
BY SAMANTHA SIM Nine years worth of RAC gym memberships are being refunded to early childhood education students in the Ryerson-George Brown joint program. Students in that program already pay for a RAC membership as part of their tuition costs. Both the number of students affected, from 2002-2011, and the amount of money to be refunded is still unknown. Dr. Ivan Joseph, director of athletics, said the refund won’t affect the RAC’s budget, as the money will come from Ryerson administration. He said the RAC was not involved in this separate agreement between administration at George Brown and Ryerson. Joseph said RAC employees have started sorting through 24,000 forms from the past three years because memberships were not kept in an electronic database. According to Cindy Brownlee, vice-president of Ryerson services for the George Brown student association, the refund process started after she brought the issue to the attention of George Brown administration, who then notified Ryerson. “After going through the meeting minutes [from a 2009 meeting] I found out that joint program students were allowed to use the gym free,” she says. “The refund came from George Brown’s digging.” Joseph doesn’t deny there was a mix up, but he believes it was just a situation of something being lost in translation. “I didn’t know about [the arrangement] and my boss didn’t we’re going to fix it.” know [about the arrangeHowever, Brownlee isn’t breathing a sigh of relief just yet. She says that it might take a while for any refund to come to The refund came from fruition. George Brown’s “In my past experiences with digging university and college admin—Cindy Brown, istrations, I find that refunds VP Ryerson & finance don’t come too easily,” she says. Joseph assures students that services, George Brown the RAC is taking the proper steps to ensure they can, at ment],” says Joseph. “[The least, account for the past three RAC] looked into it and George years of memberships bought Brown was right. Of course by the joint program students.

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Security cracks down on drug possession in Rye-O-Mat
As many as 30 students caught dealing dope or smoking weed in the engineering ‘dungeon;’ students report feeling harassed
BY MATTHEW PRESCOTT OXMAN The Rye-O-Mat area in the basement of North Kerr Hall, also known as ‘the dungeon,’ has been the target of increased security in the past month due to a number of student complaints about drug sales and use in the area. Students also report that they have been harassed by security when in or around the dungeon. Security have received approximately seven to eight complaints from students this past week alone, says supervisor Imre Juurlink. “A lot of students have reported they feel quite unsafe in the area,” she says. “We have had some concerns raised about drug-dealing in the bathrooms there, and people feeling very unsafe in the Staas Toronov says he has been washrooms with that activity.” approached by security so many times he has lost count. Toronov says he has never been “doing anything wrong,” when security has asked him A lot of students have for his student ID. reported they feel He says security has been quite unsafe in the disrespectful and unprofesarea. sional when approaching him, — Imre Juurlink, which is why he often refuses security supervisor to show them his ID. “That’s why I’m not interThere have been between ested in talking to them,” says 20 and 30 instances of secu- Toronov. rity catching students dealing “We haven’t received any or using marijuana in the past complaints about that,” says few weeks in the dungeon Juurlink of students being haarea, says Juurlink. rassed by security personnel. According to security they She encourages all students have increased patrols in the who feel they have been aparea. proached inappropriately to Third year science student report it. Regardless of security’s approach, Juurlink says students must always produce ID when requested by Ryerson staff. This obligation is based on the student code of non-academic conduct, as well as the Ontario Trespass to Property Act, which allows Ryerson to implement its own rules for behaviour on campus. “If someone does not produce their identification, generally speaking, we would ask that person to leave campus until they have some form of ID to produce,” says Juurlink, adding that security services has guidelines and standards for when it is appropriate for staff to approach students and ask to see their ID. According to Mickey Cirak, student conduct officer, they will assess any complaints given to their office and investigate the allegation before deciding what to do. agement student Jonathan Filippone says he was once approached by police, not security, while sitting on a bench outside the dungeon. “I was just relaxing,” says Filippone, but the stranger next to him was smoking a joint. Filippone says police asked him for his Ryerson ID, and if he was associated with the person on the next bench. “They weren’t being assholes,” he says. Toronov, however, says he thinks security is making a big deal out of nothing. “They act like smoking weed is the biggest crime in the world.” Ryerson security report that so far no arrests have been made.

They act like smoking weed is the biggest crime in the world — Jonathan Filippone, student
Security says there are cameras in the area of the dungeon. One student was caught putting tape over the camera. Security said it appeared to be more of a prank and the student profusely apologized. Second-year business man-

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Our nod for Ryersonian of the Year: Quidditch Captain Suraj Singh
BY ALLYSSIA ALLEYNE COMMUNITY EDITOR

A while ago the Eyeopener invited the community to suggest who we should choose as our nominee for Ryersonian of the Year. We received several ideas, including faculty, students, and staff, but one of them stood out above the rest. Suraj Singh, a third-year radio and television arts student (and, full-disclosure, a candidate for Fun Editor at the Eyeopener) was nominated for the title by Andrew Nguyen, a Quidditch player at Carleton and a member of their student newspaper. “He’s brought a lot of positive attention to Ryerson and managed to bring a little bit of magic to the university as well,” said Nguyen in his nomination letter, refering to Singh’s leadership of the Ryerson Quidditch

team. Aside from leading the Quidditch team, Singh has displayed his commitment to leadership and the Ryerson community through his work as an RTA frosh leader. He has also helped out with RIOT, Ryerson’s sketch comedy troop, all while maintaing an impressive GPA. Why did you choose to study at Ryerson? I was really interested in RTA from high school, and another kid in my drama group was in it already. It’s what I really wanted to do, and I’d heard great things about the school and the program. What’s the best thing about Ryerson?

Ryerson students don’t take themselves too seriously. Everyone’s kind of kooky and I like it. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done during your time here? Running around on a broomstick trying to play Quidditch. Or last semester when, for a studio class, I played Shirtless Jeff, who wore jeans, a cowboy hat and lots of baby oil. What’s your favourite place to eat between classes? I would have to go with the Fat Olive. What advice would you give to prospective Ryerson students? Don’t be afraid to be ridiculous, because you’re only young once (or maybe twice). You’re a student: go crazy, be nuts, and maybe try to learn something.

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RyeSERT back in business supporting students in rez
BY CAROLYN TURGEON Hospital visits for drunk first-year students are nothing new for residence. But with the volunteer-run first aid team now back in operation, students will have another group assessing their health before being carted off to hospital and receiving demerit points. RyeSERT (Ryerson Student Emergency Response Team) provides emergency first aid care in residence. When security receives a call about a student, they dispatch both RyeSERT and a security member. However, the group took a break from operations in September to re-structure their team of emergency responders. Posters advertising the operational team and seeking new members recently appeared in Pitman Hall. While the group was defunct, Ryerson security and residence advisors took over their first-responder responsibilities . When security is called to check out a student, they have a checklist to assess the student’s level of consciousness, and whether or not they’re having difficulty breathing. The checklist helps security decide whether or not to send the student to hospital. “Once the ambulance arrives the student has the ability to say no and sign a waiver,” said Chad Nuttall, manager of Student Housing Services. Students also receive demerit points, particularly in extreme cases like this. “Whether (drinking) happens here or not they will get points, especially because most are underage,” Nuttall said. The threat of punishment could scare students from asking for medical help. “I hope they wouldn’t be,” he said. “The message we send is to make sure everyone’s safe.” He said one of the pros of having RyeSERT was students could get medical advice from their peers without getting into trouble. Several students who would have used RyeSERT’s services were sent to hospital this year, but didn’t need any medical treatment. Kelly Fitzpatrick, a first-year fashion design student, had too much to drink and got sick when she got back to Pitman Hall last semester. The security guard working the front desk called an ambulance. Fitzpatrick was put on a gurney and rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she waited for a doctor. “The doctor came and said ‘there’s the bathroom, clean yourself up and you’re good,’” said Fitzpatrick. “That was the extent of the medical treatment.” To top off her experience, she was charged with an ambulance bill of more than $200. Adrienne Rupcic, a first-year nutrition student, lost track of how much she was drinking last October and got sick on the way back to residence. She got into the building with no trouble, but was sick once again when she got upstairs. Security saw her and called an ambulance, which took her to Toronto Western Hospital. “I don’t feel like I really had to go,” said Rupcic. “My friend didn’t think so and neither did the ambulance worker or the doctor.” Though he declared that she had consumed the alcohol equivalent of 29 drinks, the doctor said she was alright and discharged her early. Rupcic was charged with a $45 ambulance bill, the amount a patient must pay when the doctor declares the ambulance necessary. If the trip to the emergency room is deemed unnecessary by a physician, the bill totals $240.

Educational officials from the provincial government visited Ryerson Monday.

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60,000 new student spots
REBECCA BURTON ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The province will introduce 60,000 new student spots for post-secondary education over the next five years. President Sheldon Levy, who is also chair of the Council of Ontario Universities, hosted finance minister Dwight Duncan along with head of the Ministry of Collleges, Training and Universities John Milloy for the announcement that was released in a pre-budget conference at Ryerson on Monday. Duncan said the provincial government wants to raise the number of Ontarians attending university to 70 per cent compared to 56 per cent in

2002. The new spaces will be implemented by 2015-2016. “No Ontarian will be turned away,” said Duncan. Next year the ministry will spend $64 million to start introducing the program. The total program will cost approximately $309 million by 20152016. The Ontario government announced its $16.7 billion deficit Monday, 11 per cent lower than estimated, according to the Globe and Mail. Duncan did not say how the spots would be funded, but said, “they have

laid out a plan to balance the budget.” Ryerson Students’ Union Vice-President Finance Caitlin Smith said the government shouldn’t be focused on providing more spots when so many students are buried in debt. “How active will students be in the economy once they graduate if they are in so much debt?” said Smith. Milloy and Duncan said there will be continued talks over where the spots will be allocated. The full provincial budget was released on March 29. Read more coverage online at theeyeopener.com

What you missed: a round-up of the March 28 Board of Governors meeting
The board approved the proposal to pass a new school of accounting and finance inside the Ted Rogers School of Management. Alan Shepard, provost and vicepresident academic, presented the board with the results of the annual survey given to first-year students. First-year students said the three areas they valued as least important were: living away from home, choosing Ryerson because their friends went here or coming here for athletics. In the meeting, President Sheldon Levy indicated that he hoped this attitude would change with the opening of Maple Leaf Gardens. Student satisfaction with Ryerson residence has decreased to 69 per cent this year from 84 per cent in 2007. The Board of Governors took time to discuss the continued debate over raising student tuition fees. Paul Stenton announced that the board does not know what the fee policy will be beyond next year. According to Stenton, if Ryerson didn’t raise tuition fees this year they would lose $83 million over the next 10 years. While Ryerson may be expanding, class sizes are getting smaller. Classes with 100 students in them now account for 8.8 per cent of all classes. Class sizes of approximately 30 students grew from 49 per cent in fall 2005 to 55 per cent in 2009. Ryerson projects to admit one per cent less students next year as more kids stay around.

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Wednesday, April 6
5pm – Registration 5:30pm – Meeting
Open to all RSU members – full-time undergraduate students and full & part-time graduate students.

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Meet your new Board of Directors and Executive and vote on motions concerning:
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Could it be drugs at Vic?

Loincloths & Groaners
On March 21, a male student was walking on Gerrard Street East, just outside of 40 Gerrard. A group of males walking in the opposite direction walked past him, then grabbed his pizza and threw it to the ground. Why are you reporting this? Do you have no work to do? Big Slice is cheap, you can get another one. At 1:45 a.m. in the morning at ILLC (International Living Learning Centre) a noise complaint was reported. Security arrived to find an alarm clock going off in an empty room. If you’re in someone else’s room, at least do your floormates a favour and turn the alarm off. Security came across a number of items left behind in a back alley on campus. The collection was a syringe, men’s underwear and a bird cage. We challenge whoever found these items together to make a short play involving all three. A male was walking on Bond Street on March 24 with a giant piece of tape over his mouth in an ‘x’ shape. He appeared to be trying to startle people by going close up to their face. By the time security arrived the man was gone. Hear no, see no, speak no... crazy? At 1 a.m. on March 25, a group of three males tipped over a vending machine in the engineering building. The group quickly ran away after the incident. Reports indicate nothing was stolen out of the machine. We wish we had the brawn to tip over something that massive. This means we should probably work out more, since we pay for RAC memberships and aren’t getting refunds any time soon. A female student was reported causing a disturbance in class in Kerr Hall East. When security came, she was flipping desks over and yelling. She was sent to the student conduct office after the incident. This violence can probably be attributed to the fact that it was Friday. Security found another collection of strange items on March 26. This time it was a microwave, a scarf and a burnt food wrapper in the Victoria building. The play challenge still stands. A student was taken to hospital this week after getting hit in the chest with a stage prop. Talk about live theatre. If you strolled around campus during Earth Hour, you would have encountered what looked like a new Skittles dance party —AHEM— we mean the Image Arts building. All the lights were in full glow at 8:30 p.m. Nice one, Ryerson. —The Eyeopener news team

Toronto Police and Ryerson security were seen searching multiple lockers on the fifth floor of the Victoria building early Monday afternoon. Several lockers were opened, and locker 409 was dusted for fingerprints. Police confirmed there was an issue about the contents of the locker but would not confirm what these contents were. Locks were collected and placed in a clear evidence bag. A Ryerson security officer was seen carrying a first aid kit into the building. Students also reported that the area smelled of marijuana. Stay tuned to theeyeopener.com to find out more.
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Mutual Street Deli owner dies
BY NICOLE SIENA

LUXURY, MEET FUN.

Koula Boulieris, the owner of the Mutual Street deli, died this past Friday. Boulieris, 72, died of heart failure when she got home from working a long day at her well-known downtown restaurant. Yesterday, family and friends of Boulieris gathered at St. George Greek Orthodox Church for her funeral. Spiro Boulieris, Koula’s son, said she had worked at the family restaurant almost every day for more than 48 years. “But she was also a homemaker. She managed to do everything,” he said Spiro said his mother always managed to have dinner on the table, and they ate together as a family every night. “The food wasn’t ever from the restaurant either,” he said. The Mutual Street Deli is known around the Ryerson as a hidden gem. Students and faculty often are found at the restaurant getting a quick, inexpensive and delicious meal. But the restaurant means a lot more to the surrounding community. “Some customers have been coming in for over 40 years,” said Spiro. Boulieris is described by many as a very giving person.

“She always went the extra mile, even for strangers,” said Spiro. Some people would go into the restaurant just to talk to Koula, even if they didn’t know her. “People would hear about the advice she gave. Walk into the restaurant, just knowing that they had to speak to a lady,” he said. Koula however, didn’t always look after herself, he said. “She chose to look after other people,” he said.“She held up everyone all the time.” The resturant will remain open, although there are talks it will be sold soon. “We’ve gone through great pains to find someone suitable for the business, that will also keep it the same.” Spiro said that his mother was looking forward to spending her time in the restaurant even after it sold. “It would help with the transition,” he said.“It would keep her happy, give long time customers what they want, and help the new owners follow tradition.” Boulieris will be missed by her husband, sons, grandchildren, and “thousands of people.” “She was a great mom, great grandmother and a very tough lady.”

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eads of sweat roll down your forehead as you stare into Sheldon Levy’s stark blue eyes. You were called to an important meeting, with no idea why you’re there or what is about to happen. “So,”Sheldon says as he eyes you from across his mahogany desk. “I think we both know why you’re here.” “Uhh, well, um, I just figured, that uhh,” you stammer. His cell phone rings, giving you the opportunity you need to not answer the question. “I have to take this,” Sheldon says as he glances at the call display. He mercifully leaves the room, leaving you all alone in his office. Just then, you spot a folder with your name on it in big, black letters. This must be what he’s talking about! In an act of desperation, you glance inside, only to see a pixelated photo of someone in a black hoody handing a folder to an older man in a suit. Beneath the photo is a caption stating it’s a photo of you giving Sheldon’s “Expansion Plan Alpha” to an unknown U of T informant. You laugh nervously to yourself, not even knowing what “Expansion Plan Alpha” is. But then your blood runs cold when you see the next words: Terminate Immediately. In a fit of panic, you grab the folder and dash from the office. You must escape! Sheldon spots you as you run into the hall. You know you have to get out of the building.

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You burst through the office doors, gasping and clutching a stitch in your side. The office is pitch black, with nary a lamp or a glowing computer in sight. Suddenly, a blinding light snaps on, making it impossible to determine the source of a voice that says “I know you’re innocent.” “But how…why…who are you?” you squeak, daring to hope that you have found an ally. “It doesn’t matter who I am, all that matters is the truth. I have an encrypted document that shows the real identity of the informant.” The shrouded figure tosses you a sheet of paper with a random jumble of letters. “Decode that, and you’ll be able to find the informant.” Unscramble the letters on each line to reveal the secret informant! The words stare out at you, but you can scarcely believe what they’re telling you. The lights in the office click on, revealing a hooded figure in front of you. “But…it’s you! Why would you frame me, bring me here and tell me who you are?! WHY!?” The figure drops their hood, revealing herself to be none other than Shannon Higgins, Editor in Chief of the Eyeopener. “You want to know why?” she cackles. “DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY?! Because, sometimes, I don’t want to report the news. Sometimes, I want to make it.”

You fell right into our trap, so now you’ll spend the rest of your existence as a copyeditor, chained to the printer and only fed old scraps of newsprint and used up sharpies.

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You escape from the POD and stand in the bright sunshine of Gould St. Just then, you spot a hooded figure identical to the one in the photo. You yell “Stop!” but the unknown informant takes off down Gould St. Do you follow the figure, or go to the authorities with what you know?

You blow through the door and into the stairwell, Sheldon’s shouts fading quickly behind you. You make it all the way to the ground floor before security comes into sight. In a desperate attempt to get away, you sprint into the POD building, but quickly get away. It’s like a labyrinth in there! Make your way through the maze to escape!

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You ignore the text. Why the hell would you go to the campus rag to figure this out? Everyone knows that if you want a mystery solved, you have to solve it yourself. You know that those images were taken from Ryerson’s CCTV, so you head to the security room. Mercifully, you arrive at a shift change. You sneak into the office and sit down in order to crack the security password. It’s unlike any computer security you’ve ever seen: a text-based logic puzzle.
Across 2. 4th year fashion show 3. Project planned for Sam the Record Man site (abbrev. ) 5. Number of floors in the library 6. Shameful past: ___________ schools 7. Email newsletter 8 Last name of RSU prez 11. Movie theatre classrooms? 12. Mascot name 15 Fanciest campus eatery 17. Campus greenspace 18. Cont. ed. 20. Famed pizza place Down 1. Ryerson development plan 4. Number of floors in the SCC 9. Ryerson President _________ Levy 10. Largest residence 13. Pedestrian-friendly street 14. Best Ryerson newspaper: 16. Reopened restaurant 19. New VP Admin & Finance:

You access the tape the photos were taken from. You zoom in, enhance the image and hit print. The image slowly prints out of the old inkjet. Just then, Sheldon bursts through the door, a throng of security on his tail. “We’ve got you now!” yells Levy as he raises a harpoon gun, ready to shoot. “No!” you yell, as you rip the photo out of the printer. “The real culprit is…Rob Ford!” Levy gasps, apologizes and thanks you briefly. He then runs from the room. You pity whoever that harpoon is destined for.

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If you came from the stairs, hurry up and follow the figure! You take off hot on the heels of the hooded figure, scaling the

unfinished Image Arts building. Knowing this may be your only chance to clear your name, you begin climbing as well, desperately trying to reach the unknown figure. You make it to the top of the building, the wind sweeping through your hair, the terrifying three-storey drop giving you vertigo. You engage the hooded figure in hand-to-hand combat, desperately trying to best your opponent. You gain the upper hand and in a desperConnect the ate grab, you wrest the hood from their face. It... it can’t be! It’s Eggy! “B-but why?” You stammer. He says nothing, dots to reveal the and merely stares at you with his great, dead eyes. identity of the figure You suddenly hear applause and turn to see Sheldon you’re chasing! walking towards you. “I knew there was a rat in the system, and I knew you were the one to root him out,” Sheldon says, his eyes twinkling. “I knew that if you saw that file, you would find the real informant!” Great work! You saved the day, cleared your name, and got mucho kudos from Shelly! Now get a cold one at the Ram and reflect on your heroics.

If you chose to take the elevator.... You dash to the elevator, only to find that it is encrypted with a text-based codelock! You have to find all of the eight necessary words or the elevator will never get here before security does!

A P O C A L Y P S EL G B C U U V S H E L D O N T E X P D Q V I A C L V S E S T R N E P K L T R B G N M S I E G Y O Q E X G C I N F O R W N R U L Y S V E U O Z S E C U A E L O Z H S T A I R S R H O N C Y E R T D O A G R E Y E O P E N E R G I O S T Y D R P E B F E D A R K U N D E R B E L

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‘I’m dedicating my ride to Michelle’
Tragic death of Ryerson student and member of the equestrian team shocks campus, scholarship planned in her honour
BY REBECCA BURTON AND MARTA IWANEK EYEOPENER STAFF

From the very beginning Michelle Monkhouse was all about horses. She sat in her first saddle at the age of seven. Riding once a week turned into three times a week, and when her dad said she would have to start paying for more lessons, she got a job. Every moment she had on her horse was her escape. On the morning of Feb. 17, 2011, Monkhouse, a first-year health and nutrition student, was driving to her barn in Stouffville to ride her horse, Wilson, when black ice caused her to swerve into oncoming traffic, killing her instantly. She was 19 years old. Family and friends of Monkhouse have come together to form a scholarship in her honour, including the team members of the Ryerson equestrian team, of which she was an active part. The scholarship will go to help a student with the same kind of passion, whether it be horseback riding or something else, in hopes that their passion is never compromised by a lack of funds. The idea originated when colleagues at the Chang School, where her father Peter Monkhouse works, collected funds in her honour. The family donated money that had been put away for her by her grandparents. Along with contributions from friends in the community an endowment is to be given out annually, starting this fall. Monkhouse was a horseback rider and pentathlete, which made her a runner, a swimmer, a fencer and long-range shooter. She was also a Ford model, practicing her runway

walk around the house in four-inch heels. Adam Li remembers first meeting Monkhouse at Pause Awhile Equistrian Centre where they both trained. She helped him become familiar with horses and he soon saw her as his role model. “I wanted everything to be the same as Michelle,” Li says. He had the same saddle, same bridle and his horse was even the half-sister of hers at the time. After Monkhouse took a year off school to work as a horse groomer for professionals, Li asked her to help him in Florida where he would be competing in a circuit. She dropped everything and helped for two months. Monkhouse shared Wilson with one of her best friends, Leslie Lewis, since November of last year. They nicknamed themselves “Team Wilson” and would spend hours on the phone talking about Wilson’s quirks, Harry Potter or the jealousy they felt for the heroine of Vampire Diaries. They also joined Ryerson’s equestrian team together. After the accident Lewis says she was explaining to Wilson what had happened and he kept nudging her, feeling something was different. Li and Leslie were among friends who attended her memorial service. Many arrived in their full rider apparel. The jacket-laden, beige pants and high leather brown boot crowd signed her coffin with sharpie markers. Memory rocks were also given out, one to leave in a fountain and one to keep.

At the Ontario University Equestrian Association (OUEA) finals on Saturday, March 26, Li had the rock in his pocket. “Every ride I’m doing, I’m dedicating my ride to Michelle,” Li said. “The reason I still ride today is because she told me not to stop.” The points that Monkhouse had earned in OUEA competions this year would have made her eligible to compete at finals on Saturday. She was Ryerson’s top rider in the intermediate category. Co-captain Laura Gilligan remembers how the seemingly shy girl would immediately become the life of the party whenever they went out after competitions. “There was another side of my daughter that I didn’t know. She was quite the party animal. Apparently she was pulling people away from the barn to go dancing or clubbing. I was thrilled to see that,” said Monkhouse’s father. Lewis laughs when she remembers the time that Monkhouse was competing in a jumper competition at the Royal Canadian Riding Academy with a horse called Austin, who would sometimes abruptly halt before a fence he had to jump. While watching Monkhouse compete, she began to see Austin ready to brake again, but Monkhouse was adamant on the horse making the jump. Despite riding etiquette of staying quiet in the ring, Lewis remembers Monkhouse yelling “Oh you’re going. You better be going.” And the horse went.

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FEATURES

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FCAD $383,000

TRSM $341,000

FCS $338,000

MISSING OUT ON MILLIONS
Last year, Ryerson spent about $15 million on student awards and scholarships aimed to help students pay for school. But few students fit the rigid applicant criteria and most don’t even know this funding exist. Samantha Edwards investigates the university’s financial aid system and looks into why most students aren’t getting any cash
Ryerson allocates millions of dollars each year to awards and scholarships meant to recognize deserving students. Thousands are awarded to student athletes, those involved in community efforts and academic superstars. Last year, Ryerson allocated approximately $15 million of its budget to awards and scholarships meant to help students financially. But most students never see a penny of that cash. Most of the awards and scholarships that Ryerson offers come equipped with rigid restrictions and specific mandatory criteria, which means that most average students in good academic standing do not qualify. Second-language skills, preferred geographic residency and specific ethnic background requirements are all caveats tied to many of the awards offered by Ryerson. Business management, one of Ryerson’s largest programs with more than 4,000 students, received only 163 applications for awards and scholarships in the past year. The program doles out more than $200,000 in awards and scholarships every year, but less than four per cent of students apply for the available funding. Joanne Dibratto, administrator of the business management awards program, recognizes that there are many restrictions, but says “it’s up to the powers above” to decide the criteria. The upper crust that chooses the qualifications is a combination of the individual faculties and the private donors that provide funding. These donors are sough out by University Advancement, the department responsible for acquiring funds from the private sector to finance Ryerson through grants, awards, scholarships and bursaries. Adam Kahan, vice-president of university advancement, says that, while sponsors do not control all the criteria, the award ultimately must meet the objectives outlined by the donor. Some require the successful recipient to be from a particular neighborhood or be of a specific ethnic background. Ryerson also offers a number of university-wide awards, which are technically available to all students but are also riddled with restrictions. Many of the awards target women, minorities, students with disabilities and Aboriginal students. Nearly half consider factors other than academic achievement. While this highlights the university’s support of traditionally disadvantaged groups, the requirements also limit the number of eligible applicants. The restrictions that come along with awards and scholarships have meant that, at times, money is not awarded because there are not enough applicants. Dibratto says that, while it’s uncommon in business management, there have been some specific instances when no money was awarded. This is particularly a problem for awards targeting entrepreneurship students and money has gone unawarded in the past.

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FEAS $196,000
ARTS $50,000 CHANG $37,000

There are a few awards that make us a little jealous of the winners. Here’s a look at those worth the most cash.
Slaight Communications Business Plan Competition: This award is available to business management students. The student who has submitted the best business plan in the competition wins a cool $25,000. John Webb Graham Q. C. Rogers Multicultural Scholarship: This is an entrance award for Radio and Television Arts Students, which is based on ethnocultural or native background, academic proficiency and career aspirations. It offers three students a full ride through university, which is valued at approximately $20,000 per winner. Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Award of Distinction for Excellence: This award is for full-time Bachelor of Commerce students who have a minimum GPA of 3.67, are in financial need and are committed to contributing to the Ryerson community. The winner of the award receives $20,000.

The awards and scholarships budgets for Ryerson’s six faculties range by hundreds of thousands. The figures above are calculations based on award information from Ryerson University’s website. ILLUSTRATION: LINDSAY BOECKL

The low number of applicants has led some programs to develop alternative ways of recruiting eligible students. While the majority of business management students are not applying for awards and scholarships, this is far from the case for those enrolled in retail management. Last year over 34 per cent of students in the program applied for awards totaling over $100,000. The high percentage of candidates is partially attributed to the streamlined application process that the program has implemented. Rather than requiring applicants to apply to each award individually, students only need to send in one all-encompassing submission. The awards com-

mittee then goes through each application and considers the student for every award for which they meet criteria. According to Sean Sedlezky, the program’s manager, this method also leads to more fair distribution of scholarships since “the committee tries to make sure that there isn’t one person that wins everything. ” This isn’t always the case in other programs. In business management, some students win multiple awards, racking up more than $17,000 in one year alone. While this is not necessarily unfair, it does make it harder for other students who just can’t compete with others in their program. Students are also disadvantaged if their faculty has fewer funds avail-

able and, as a result, has fewer scholarships and awards. Some faculties, like Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) and Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) hand out huge sums of money to students, while others have miniscule amounts at their disposal. This year, FCAD programs collectively planned to dish out more than $383,000, while TRSM had $341,000 in awards and scholarships at its fingertips. This is nearly eight times the amount available to the Faculty of Arts (ARTS). The size of the faculty does not factor into the allocation of funds either. For instance, FEAS only receives $196,000 despite being one of Ryerson’s largest faculties.

Programs within these faculties follow the same pattern. While the RTA’s $115,000 budget is the second highest in the university, Sociology only offers all of its students only $500 in awards. But the university can’t do much to make the allocation of funding more equitable, according to Kahan. Ryerson already tries to attract a variety of donors to spread the funding across faculties and programs. But, according to Kahan, looking at the stats alone shows that “donors want to support business students more than students in other programs.” In Kahan’s view, the final decision lies with the donors. “[A]t the end of the day, donors decide what awards they want to support.”

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BIZ & TECH

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Easing the end of semester pain
With crunch time on the doorstep and finals fast approaching, Biz & Tech editor Ian Vandaelle has hot gadgets and cool toys to make your life a little easier
Lexar Jumpdrive Secure II Plus This little baby can hold 16GB of important, ground-breaking assignments, or alternatively, the entire first season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Hey, I’m not judging. This flash drive makes things even easier for you with an external capacity meter to show you just how much space you have left. To boot, it has a number of spiffy features, including a digital file shredder to completely erase any traces of incriminating files and quick transfer speeds to ensure a quick turnaround so you can make it to class after an all-nighter. $39.99, Futureshop.ca 7 Port USB Hub with Power Switches You can always track down a powerbar to juice your gadgets from a wall outlet, so why not offer you USB-powered devices the same courtesy? This handy little USB hub lets you charge up to seven devices at once, and as soon as they’re at full power, you can easily kill power to the port. $19.99, ThinkGeek.com Caffeine Mug Exam season is fueled by late-night junk food, a lack of sleep and mainlining caffeine. In that spirit, may I introduce the caffeine coffee mug. For everyone who isn’t a chemistry major, yes, that’s the caffeine molecule represented on this mug. It’s heat resistant, easy on the eyes and best of all, lets your inner nerd out while feeding your crippling addiction. Recklessly charging towards a potential caffeine seizure never looked so good! $6.99, ThinkGeek.com Moleskine iPhone Case Sometimes appearance is more important than reality. Such is the beauty of this spiffy iPhone case that disguises your handy smartphone as a staid, mature moleskine. With this classy case, you can pretend that you’re perusing your notes with vigor. No one has to know that you’re actually trying to top the high score in Fruit Ninja. Cases are available for both the iPhone 4 and the 3GS. $39.99, PadandQuill.com Refurbished Kobo e-reader Yes, these neat little e-readers were all the rage this time last year, but prices were a little high when they were going for $150 a pop. Fast-forward to the present, and refurbished e-readers are hitting the shelves for more reasonable prices. Instead of having to carry a ton of heavy novels that you just have to know because it will totally be on the final, you can just load up your Kobo and go-go. The six inch screen is easy on the eyes, glare-free and makes pageturning easy. The refurbished models come pre-loaded with 100 books and have 1GB of storage space, which is enough to store 1,000 books in total. $69.99, BestBuy.ca Flying Alarm Clock It’s late. Or early. You’re in that grey area of nighttime where you’re not sure if you should stay awake or go to bed. You decide to catch a few minutes of shut-eye and suddenly, you’ve slept through your alarm! Such a situation would never happen with our final entry, the flying alarm clock. Unlike your old brick of an alarm clock, with it’s conveniently placed snooze-button, shutting off this clock requires you to actually get out of bed. This neat doohickey launches its helicopter portion into the air when the alarm goes off and won’t shut off until you secure it to the base. Never again will you shut off your alarm without waking up! $19.99, ThinkGeek.com
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I’m so grateful for Ryerson profs. Compared to other unis, we have the most laid back, helpful, personable ones out there. #ryerson

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Sundays at #Ryerson - locked doors, quiet spaces and many, many people asking to be let in. Strange crowd, that.

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