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The 10-storey building will be a complete glass facade with a plaza at the corner of Gould and Yonge Streets and a retail store at the base of the building. PHOTOS COURTESY OF RYERSON

Price tag for new building halts subway plans

After three years of planning, Ryerson is set to unveil the $112 million design for the Student Learning Centre (SLC) at Yonge and Gould Streets on April 6. But the costly project means no money for a potential student subway entrance. The building will finally give a facelift to the vacant corner at Yonge and Gould Streets. The other corner, the old site of the Empire Hotel fire, is still being considered for a new Dundas subway entrance. But the university doesn’t have the money to support such a project right now. “The $112 million budget leaves no room to build the entrance. Part of the discussion is how to fund [the subway entrance],” said Julia Hanigsberg, VP

administration and finance. The building of the SLC was part of the 2008 Master Plan spearheaded by Sheldon Levy. Three years later, the model has been finalized and the university will begin construction in the early months of 2012. In 2008, Ryerson purchased the land for $40 million. The land used to house iconic store Sam the Record Man. Ryerson hired Snohetta Architects and Zeidler, Toronto-based firm, to design the building that will be completed by 2014. Discussions of what should be inside the building started two years ago. Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) president Toby Whitfield said they discussed ideas such as a 24-hour study space.

While not all decisions have been finalized, Alan Shepherd, provost and vice-president academic, said that would not be a feasible option because the university cannot fund extra staff during overnight hours. In addition, he noted 24 hour study space would not be widely used in a mostly commuter school. Early renderings of the building were released in the September 2010 edition of architecture magazine Azure. One of the earliest images showed a building with a tower resembling a tooth with roots that propped up the base of the building. The current design is nothing like that. The 10-storey building has a complete glass façade with a silkscreen design on it. When light shines through it, the design will be reflected

throughout the building. Craig Dykers of Snohetta said in the early stages of design they go “really out there” to generate ideas. The first floor will be a host to a retail store that overlooks Yonge Street. “We hope the deal is with Apple,” said Levy. He compared the setup of the lower downstairs retail location to New York City’s Apple store. But the university is still in talks with potential retailers. Hangisberg said they would also be looking at U.S. retailers that want to make the transition into Canada. The entire building will generate space for 2,000 students in the 155, 463 square foot area. It will introduce multiple café bars, reading rooms, a new and additional Digital Media Zone and will be moving certain stu-

dent support facilities, like the Access Centre to the new building. The building will not house any books like the traditional library, but instead will offer open space for student learning. The sixth floor—dubbed ‘the beach’—is a wide-open space with different slopes and movable cushions so students can design the way they want it set up. The new building will be connected to the library building through the second and third floors but Hangisberg said they will stage the construction over many months so the library remains open. The next step in the process is to put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) to look for a construction company to start the project.

RSU pushes for more food options and student space

Hasan Akhter said he’s disillusioned with the university after Richard Budny wasn’t removed as a professor.

Students sign petition to remove professor

A Ryerson professor became wildly unpopular after he suspected about one-sixth of the students in his class of academic misconduct. Richard Budny, a professor in the mechanical engineering department, taught Applied Thermodynamics, a third-year mechanical engineering course in the fall semester. During the semester, he called in about 20 students out of 120 into his office for reasons such as sending an assignment from another student’s email, using an old cover page for a lab report, and replicating part of a sentence found in someone else’s report. Ravi Mathar, a third-year mechanical engineering student, said he was sent an email from Budny asking Mathar to come into his office on behalf of the four other students in his lab group. Mathar said the professor told him the picture he had inserted in the report looked “too clear” and that he suspected Mathar had pulled it from

somewhere else. Mathar said he explained the photo had come from the professor’s online notes. “It was completely unreasonable for him to call me on that” he said. , He said Budny had written in his email that if he didn’t come into his office in the next three to five days, that he would officially charge him. The Eyeopener could not reach Budny for comment after repeated attempts. Hasan Akhter, a third-year mechanical engineering student, said about 80 students signed a petition to have the professor removed as their instructor. Akhter said he didn’t think the petition and negative course surveys had any impact, because Budny came back to teach another third-year course this semester. “There’s a huge difference in what students want and what actually happens,” he said. Renee Dallaire, who books student hearings in the academic integrity of-

fice, said an instructor can’t accuse a student outright if they suspect the work isn’t the student’s own. Instead they have to meet with the student, who has the right to bring an academic integrity officer into the meeting. If the professor still thinks the student is guilty, they can then officially accuse them. “You can’t just charge left-rightand-center without speaking to the student first.” She said Budny’s name was familiar, which suggested to her that his name might have come across her desk. Mathar said he was taking another course from Budny this semester, but said it was much easier. He said while he learned a lot about details and organization from the professor, that he was difficult to dissuade once he was convinced a student had cheated. “I feel like he does that just to scare you” he said. ,

Motion: Increase Community Food Room services, and introduce new, cheaper alternatives for students The RSU continues to campaign for a larger commitment to the Community Food Room. Whitfield says students should feel comfortable going to the food room no matter who they are. The RSU will also try to get access to locally grown food near campus. Plus, the university would like to introduce a weekly farmers market on Gould Motion: Improve student space in Street. the Student Campus Centre The RSU will push to get regular users Motion: Switch back to traditional of the SCC and other student groups poll voting versus online to decide on ways to improve the The fall referendum for a $4 refugee space available. funding caused discrepancies over RSU president Toby Whitfield says the ineligibility of voters, and skewed they will open discussion at the meet- problems with online forms. ing and encourage areas like the The RSU thinks these problems could space in front of the student group to be solved by sticking to polling stabecome a lounge area. tions across campus instead of online. This way, people are able to monitor the stations and students can vote in Motion: Lobby with other students private. to increase student voters in the provincial election Motion: Campaign to permanently Working with students from across close Gould Street the country, the RSU will push to help The race to close Gould Street continengage more students to go out to ues as the temporary closure comes the provincial elections in October. to an end in September. Whitfield says The campaign will answer the ques- he feels optimistic that the closure tion: how do you get students to will become permanent. vote? Whitfield said the provincial Ultimately the decision will be up to election is particularly important be- city council. Following the closure of cause it decides budget cuts and tu- Gould Street, the RSU says they will ition increases. continue to push to close the street right up to Church Street. The Ryerson Students’ Union Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in SCC115. The spring meeting will present a motion to offer cheaper food option for students, a plan for student political advocacy and more action to permanently close Gould Street. Here’s a preview of what else to expect and what to debate:


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Grab the black marker

The culture of secrecy that has dogged Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership has seeped into Ryerson University’s media handbook. It’s not that the Eyeopener is getting completely ignored by senior management or restricted with a ridiculous 5-question limit. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. The student press is getting regular access to President Sheldon Levy, athletic director Ivan Joseph and vicepresident finance and administration Julia Hanigsberg — all who graciously deal with calls, emails and weekly meetings. President Levy even extended a cordial invitation for us to visit him at his Peterborough cottage. The problem is not access, but ac-

cess to quality information and informed sources. Regular department heads rarely speak with us without explicit permission from the higherups. Freedom of information requests have been met with hard resistance. And almost all information we get access to has been filtered by Ryerson’s PR machine. When news hit of long-time Ryerson admin Ian Hamilton leaving campus planning and facilities, the Rye spin team quickly presented his departure as early retirement. Was Hamilton punished for the mismanagement of the Image Arts Building? We’ll never know. Hamilton was one of the few people at Ryerson who could speak freely about new buildings. But for years he chose to keep campus press in the dark and now we’ll never know whether he dreaded media questions or just simply drew pleasure from torturing student reporters. For a university with a large focus on communication, Ryerson spends an awful amount of time shutting people

up. Professors are afraid to comment on simple matters of opinion — even in areas of their own professional expertise. And it’s no wonder, the parttime faculty that comprises most of Ryerson’s workforce has no job security in the face of a media slip-up. As I leave my tenure here at the Eye, there are important questions that still need answers. Do male and female varsity teams receive equal funding? What is going to happen to the Lalani Group property at Yonge and Gould Streets? And how is Ryerson going to handle another major construction project when they are already seriously behind schedule on the Image Arts Building and Maple Leaf Gardens? The Eyeopener can’t answer these questions yet. But the pile of freedom of information requests on my desk and the new crop of editors leave me hopeful for next year. Send letters to or tweet swap.ryerson.pdf 3/24/2011 8:32:26 PM me @murphyhiggins

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TA contract obligations
The obligations of a TA vary based on contracts. But here are some of the obligations contracts usually include: • • Preparing for classes Revising and maintaining course-related material Attending lectures Serving as tutors Leading discussions and supervising laboratories Demonstrating and explaining the use of equipment Holding office hours Consulting with students

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• • Ryerson student Megan Lovell has had both good and bad experiences with the university’s TAs. PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE

For the specific obligations of your TA, talk to your professor.

When teaching assistants don’t come through

Ryerson University’s student population is expanding, and more teaching assistants (TAs) and graduate assistants (GAs) are hired to help professors manage large classes and an overwhelming number of marking obligations. But some TAs aren’t upholding a standard that satisfies their students. Second-year urban planning student Megan Lovell took a mandatory statistics course where the TA did more harm than help. “He didn’t have a statistical background, but he was marking our stats work,” she said. Lovell said the TA had miscalculated her midterm mark by 17 points, and over half of her class also had to have their midterms corrected. “I felt annoyed that I had to get everything from that class re-marked or had to argue it.”

She said the professor understood that Lovell and her peers were frustrated. “But there was only so much he could do other than re-grade. He did his best, but he didn’t really do much else,” said Lovell.

I felt annoyed that I had to get everything from that class re-marked... — Megan Lovell, second-year urban planning
The university hires TAs through departments and uses a tier system with Ryerson students at the top. First choice are first-year graduate students and next are second-year or later graduate students without scholarships or stipends of more than

$21, 000. If there are still positions available, the system moves next to fourth-year undergraduates and second-year or later graduate students with scholarships or stipends of more than $21,000. After that TAs can be hired from other universities. Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) VP Education Liana Salvador said, “For grads, there aren’t enough TAships,” she said. “I think it’s important for the TAs to have the opportunity to support the professor.” But the RSU also has options for students who aren’t satisfied with their TA’s performance. The RSU provides advocacy for students and can provide information and workshops about appeals. Salvador said students need to know that no matter what the case, they have rights. “We’re going to do our work to ensure their rights are protected,” said

Salvador. Director of faculty affairs Brad Walters said TAs play an important role in student success. But the success of their students isn’t their priority. “The primary focus should be doing their academic work,” said Walters. An undergraduate TA can make a maximum of $3, 835 per term while a GA can make a maximum of $4, 972. Walters said,“We’re trying to ensure employment and income for incoming Ryerson graduate students.” But for Lovell, whose curriculum requires her to learn within a system of TAs, having an instructor who didn’t seem to have her best interest as a priority was frustrating. “I had one bad experience, but my overall experience has been pretty good,” she said. “But seeing the difference between having someone who knows what they’re doing compared to someone who doesn’t is unbelievable.”

What are your rights?
If you’re having trouble with a TA, here are some options: 1. Talk to your TA. Being assertive is sometimes the best option. If the TA knows you’re dissatisfied, they might step up their game. Try and do this before going to a prof. 2. Talk to your professor. If you explain the issue and that you’ve tried to resolve the issue by speaking to the TA, the prof can have a chat with the TA. 3. Appeal. You have the right to appeal grades and deadlines. The RSU and their website have guidelines, advice and rules about appeals and advocacy.


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The top news stories of the year
1. Empress Hotel fire
Arson gutted the historic building at the corner of Yonge and Gould streets around 4 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2011. Three months later, the only piece of publicly available evidence is grainy security footage of a person walking into the alley behind the building around 1:30 a.m., and walking out around 3:50 a.m. Police said he walked Northeast, through Ryerson campus.

3. Profs walk out of class
Two engineering professors caused a ruckus when they chose to leave incredibly disruptive lectures that they were teaching. Administration said they didn’t support the profs walking out and wished they had sought support first.

5. Rye student homeless after Wellesley fire
Rye midwifery student Khadija Boulaftali was left homeless after a fire ravaged her apartment building at 200 Wellesley St. E. on the evening of Sept. 26. Seven weeks later, she still didn’t have a place to live and was staying with a friend. She moved back into the building on Jan. 7 but many of her belongings were thrown out because of water damage. Boulaftali has not been compensated .

2. Rye student charged with hate crime
Ryerson student Eoin McManus was charged with one count of assault and one count of mischief when he and 21-year old Benjamin McCall allegedly beat up Ryan Lester and his brother in the early hours of Jan. 22. McManus and McCall will appear for their third court date on April 6th. McManus’ lawyer said the court is still waiting for more information.

4. Librarian creeps on Zanzibar
Dancers at Zanzibar were outraged when photos of them relaxing on the roof of the strip club surfaced on Ryerson librarian Brian Cameron’s flickr account Cameron was taking the photos from his office in the library. A couple of dancers quit, and Zanzibar’s owner advised the women to be more cautious when taking breaks. Cameron is still a librarian and was featured in a recent Ryersonian spread.

Expensive final projects a burden for students


Fourth-year students in the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) push their individual and financial limits in order to complete their final year projects. Programs such as film, new media and fashion have final year exhibits where they can showcase their projects. It is considered an opportunity to show off their work, while gaining exposure from the event, much of which is from industry professionals and PR. Hillary Sampliner, a recent graduate of the fashion design program, and 2010 participant in Mass Exodus had one of the most expensive collections. Her total project, including testing, promotions, press packages, and fabrics cost between $7000 and $8000. “I guess I’m a crazy artist type,” she said. “I did everything to execute my vision.” But not all students have the money to finance such projects. Leks Raamat, a third year theatre production student decided to take this past year off to make money for his project. During his year off, Reemat still won’t make as much as some students spend on their thesis. Raamat said he often invests as little as $10 into projects but as much as $300. Combined with tuition costs, 14 hour days, and what Raamat calls “educationally related expenses” money , was getting tight. “I often couldn’t bring more than one meal, plus all my supplies, plus deal with transportation,” he said. “I could have gone into fourth year but I would have felt guilty buying a meal.” Zach Bernbaum, a graduate of the film program set the bar two years ago when he spent $100,000 on his thesis film. Although Bernbaum found private investors to finance the film, he still spent thousands of dollars on festival submissions, applications and inves-

tor packages. He feels the costs were justified. “I know it’s crazy, but if that’s what you need to tell your story, then that’s what you need,” he said. But even relatively modest financial costs can be a burden for the less financially-secure. Erin Kjaer, a member of last years META curation team found it hard to afford the $200 donation curators are encouraged to make towards the exhibit. “I felt like I let some of my group members down,” she said. “We’re not all rolling in dough, but people with commitment will find ways to make up for it.” Instead of paying, Kjaer created the exhibition catalogue once the exhibit was over. “It didn’t count towards anything,

I could have gone into fourth year but I would have felt guilty buying a meal.

— Leks Raamat

but it made up for what I lacked in my financial contribution,” she said. According to Sampliner, instructors tell students early on what sort of financial commitment could be required of them. “I spend the money because I want to be a successful designer,” he said. Ryerson instructors and professors make a point of telling students about the financial commitments in each program, according to Sampliner, and most of her classmates are willing to make the sacrifice. “If you’re crazy passionate about it, you’re not going to eat for a couple of days in order to get that extra piece of fabric,” she said. “But everyone is pretty prepared to be poor and sleep-deprived,” she said. Max Lawlor, second-year film student, thinks students create the disparity within programs themselves.

“We are provided with a baseline which is enough to do the assignment, everything above that is extra,” he said. Lawlor suggested that there should be a cap on what students can spend in the film program. “It affects fairness, financial contributors, and assessment,” he said. Alexandra Anderson, the Interim Chair for the School of Image Arts, agreed that this is a huge issue, but said that there are existing budget restrictions in the film program. Students are given a guideline of $5000, but instructors can’t forbid students to use additional resources they have available to them. But more expensive doesn’t always mean better. “I’m confident in saying it’s not the most costly project that is the most successful,” said Anderson. Anderson said that students are made aware of potential costs in firstyear, and that instructors do provide additional support to students. Some instructors might give tips on how to save money but, “they don’t provide [students] with alternatives or resources,” said Lawlor. But Sampliner does not feel that she was adequately supported by her instructors when it came to tracking down funds. She wasn’t even told where she could find cheaper fabric. “Having access to that information would have saved me $2000 easily,” said Sampliner. But in spite of the financial strain, many students in FCAD seem driven by their passion for their programs to get things done. “Some people plan a project around financial limitations,” said Lawlor. “It involves reforming content and working around it.” “I had a shitty apartment, was starving and sewing the most expensive materials in the world. When you have a vision you pour everything into it,” said Sampliner. “I put everything on the line.”

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Rez students too modest about drinking: survey

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A new Ryerson survey reveals students think their friends are outdrinking them. A new section of the annual residence survey focusing on alcohol consumption appeared in the survey sent out this March. In total, 276 students of the approximately 900 total students in residence, responded to the inquiries — just a little less than the previous year — and 85 per cent of them answered the drinking questions. Of the respondents, 31.2 per cent either don’t drink or have just one or two alcoholic beverages in a night. When asked how much their friends consume, 30.5 per cent of students placed it at six to seven drinks a night.

We can let them know there’s a huge chunk of people that don’t drink. — Chad Nuttall, manager of Student Housing Services
“This isn’t the first study where this kind of behaviour has shown up on,” said Chad Nuttall, manager of Student Housing Services. Matthew Cowle, a first-year graphic communications management student, lives in Pitman Hall and answered the survey honestly. “Everyone thinks the majority of residence drinks too much, but they don’t think that they [personally] drink too much,” Cowle said.

Two other Pitman residents, Heather Norris and Chelsea Rochester, are skeptical of the survey outcome. “I think people might be lying when saying the amount they’re drinking,” said Norris, a first-year business management student. “You don’t want to get caught [for excessive drinking] even if they say it’s anonymous.” Rochester, a first-year social work student, believes peer pressure and influence cause different results. “I think people are lying,” she said. “I doubt that they are drinking one or two drinks if their friends are drinking much more.” Nuttall said students are under the common misconception that if they think their peers are drinking more then they should follow suit. David Day, associate professor of psychology at Ryerson said, “People may be minimizing the amount that they drink as a way of not taking responsibility for damage that may happen in residence due to alcohol. “Students diffuse their responsibility by saying that other people are drinking more,” he says. With these results, student housing can make changes next year for incoming residents. “We can let them know there’s a huge chunk of people that don’t drink,” Nuttall said. Norris said this could be an improvement, to a certain point. “To the people who are coming into rez not having drunk before, they might be relieved. Other than that, [consumption] probably wouldn’t go down. It’s university and it has that reputation,” he said.

Rebranding Ryerson
Although it won’t be unveiled until this summer, Ryerson Athletics is undergoing a complete rebranding that includes new logos, new jerseys and maybe even a new Eggy. Sports editor Sean Tepper reports
The current Rams logo has been part of the school’s loser mentality and sole identity of Ryerson since creation in 1965. But all of that is about to change. In conjunction with the grand opening of Maple Leaf Gardens (MLG), Ryerson Athletics will unveil a new Rams logo sometime this summer in hopes to do away with the school’s losing culture and reinvigorate their dormant fan base. “I think it’s time [for a new logo],” said Stephanie White, manager of Marketing and Special Projects for Ryerson Athletics. “We had an old dated athletic brand that wasn’t even equal to the brand of the university anymore.” spirit of where we are bringing this program,” White said. “It’s the voice and the feeling that people get when they think of your company and we really need to update that for our internal stakeholder, our athletes or students, to show them that we are serious about athletics.” White added that, although it is going through a complete overhaul, the rebranding did not come at any additional cost. “If we had gone with an outside firm, it probably would have cost us anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000 to do it ... we chose to work with University Advancement at no cost.” While it won’t be officially unveiled until the summer, the new logo is something that director of athletics Ivan Joseph hopes will get Ryerson Athletics out of the gutter and into the mainstream. “We want the new look of the Ram logo to pay homage to the past, but to clearly identify that this is the new look of our department,” Joseph said. “He’s a more assertive Ram and I think that’s who we are. I asked for it to be a charging Ram and he looks like he’s ready to do battle and protect his territory.” Although it keeps some of its predecessor features, the new logo and its accompanying font gives the Ram an angrier and more aggressive edge that Joseph hopes will help solidify the school’s new identity.

I want students to be able to identify with who our logo is. — Ivan Joseph, Director of Athletics
“I think the Ram, although classic and stylized before that, missed that sort of personality, and I think that’s who we are. People don’t walk all over us anymore,” he said. “When people play us they know that we mean business and I think that this new Ram conveys that message.” In addition to a new logo, Joseph said that every varsity team will be receiving new home and away jerseys for the upcoming 2011-2012 season, if funding permits. New Ryerson Rams apparel will also be made available for purchase at the bookstore and at MLG. Even Eggy may be getting a makeover. “I want [students] to be able to identify with who our logo is and who our mascot is and [know] that they are Rams too,” Joseph said. “I don’t think that just our athletes are Rams but that all 26,000 of us are Rams.”

We want the new look of the Ram to pay homage to the past, but to clearly identify that this is the new look of our department. — Ivan Joseph Director of Athletics
White believes the recent success of the varsity teams coupled with their new athletics facility warrants a new identity for the Rams brand. “We really felt that we needed a new logo to help bring about the

Briefs and Groaners
Security was ever-present at the March 30 World Cup cricket match between Pakistan and India. They responded to the first noise complaint in Kerr Hall to quiet down a bunch of students playing a game of hide and go seek. They also responded to a number of students playing cricket in Kerr Hall. The final complaint was extreme noise coming from students watching the game. A car speeding from Victoria Street onto Gould Street, hit a planter and sent it flying about 100 feet. The planter hit the tree in front of the bookstore and smashed the car’s own front lights. It continued on through the Gould Street closure and sped away. Imre Juurlink, security services, dubbed it “road-closure rage” . A male was caught sleeping behind a reception desk in the Ted Rogers building. The student said they wanted to have an afternoon nap and thought it would be a nice place to have one. We say its a subtle jab at administration for overworking him. We wish our lives were as exciting. Two female Pitman Hall residents were returning from a club night and decided to get street meat. While they were waiting, a guy in his early 20s started to call the vendor names, then turned to the residents, calling them disgusting and gross. When the students shoved him, it evolved into a small scrap. It soon calmed down and the residents left. Later on they saw the man running towards residence. He went inside to speak with security, but the two residents were unsure why. He then came back outside and the three began to fight again. According to both of the residents, the fight was ‘blurry’ and left them with minor scrapes, cuts and bruises. Police were called but laid no charges. Tragically, one lost her food after throwing it at the attacker’s face. “I saw my street meat lying on the ground, dying,” she said.

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As a Ryerson student, you are told you can be anyone you want. You can express any opinion, support any cause and study any subject. But if you bring up a contentious idea, you quickly find out that’s not the case. Your classes are sterilized and generic. Your professors avoid controversy and politics. Your campus lacks alternative voices. From lecture halls to student groups, Ryerson censors everything you hear, see and say. Why are dissident student voices silenced? Why do classes limit education? Why does Ryerson censor exploration of ideas? Associate news editor Rebecca Burton explores what we can’t hear, say and learn in the classroom. And community editor Allyssia Alleyne looks into which student views are discouraged and which groups are shut down on campus. — Mariana Ionova, Features editor




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You are free to agree
Post-secondary education conjures up notions of philosophical lectures, new ideas and self-discovery. But associate news editor Rebecca Burton discovers that, at Ryerson, it’s all about a strict formula to a normalized education
Two mechanical arms intertwine with one another. One side represents a system of beliefs that doesn’t allow men to shake hands with women. The other side symbolizes a nation that elects women as heads of state. The hands let go and the operators move to the next exhibit. The controversial piece of art will appear in Meta 2011 as fourth-year new media student Takin Aghdashloo’s final piece. While professors gave him the go-ahead to complete the project, it was accompanied by a warning. As the gallery opens its doors to the public, it is sure to draw controversy. The idea itself jabs at a subject that makes many squirm with discomfort. Within the confines of the university, this might be Aghdashloo’s only chance to show a piece that sensitive. Arguably, university is one of the places with the most freedom to say, learn and teach what you want. At a policy level, there are no limits on what can be taught. Ryerson only restricts teaching hatred, bigotry, and scientific theories that are not backed by accredited scientific research. Teaching flat-earth in a course on history of ideas is okay, just not in geography. But as students sit through mandatory courses to fulfill degree requirements and professors hide their opinions for job security, post-secondary education is eclipsed by self-censorship. Students like fourth-year film student Elaine Poon feel the pressure to steer clear of controversial projects while in university. “If you’re going to do a pornographic piece, you wait until you graduate,” says Poon. “You don’t have to be offensive to prove you’re an artist.” Ryerson’s I.M.A gallery director, Katy McCormick, agreed that controversial subject matter has its place. Nudity, for example, has had its place historically in the art world. But how the artist perceives the body matters more than the nudity itself. In essence, academic freedom encompasses the right to express views, take a critical stance, or maintain the status quo without being unfairly scrutinized. Tariq Amin-Khan, a professor in the politics and public administration department, feels Ryerson is conscious of this definition and implements its principles in many ways. “We have a degree of academic freedom [here at Ryerson],” says Amin-Khan. According to John Isbister, vice provost of faculty, professors at Ryerson are not censored as long as what they say abides by the law, is not libelous, does not create panic and does not constitute hate speech. But the reality is that the curriculum dictates much of what a professor can actually teach and places further restrictions on the development of programs. A small group within each department is responsible for determining what is taught and what courses students must take to fulfill a degree. While the individuals in this group are trained in their respective subjects, what they end up choosing can steer dominantly in one direction. The program could take a more radical shape, take a conservative mainstream angle, or remain in the middle ground. “You have to teach about what the subject matter is,” explains Isbister. According to its policy, the university has the freedom to teach all kinds of subject matter, but professors are circumscribed by a host of other issues they have to keep in mind. For instance, Amin-Khan says, at times, he has been cautious about what he says in class. While presenting Canada’s new anti-terror laws in one of his politics classes, he presented the issues but he shied away from stating his own views. “I don’t want to say there will be a problem but it’s at the back of my mind – the what if,” he says. “I often find myself self-censoring,” says Amin-Khan. According to John Isbister, the university can never step in to condemn professors for being too radical. But along with the freedom to state their own opinions comes criticism from colleagues and unspoken pressures to tame controversial viewpoints. For professors, even the difference between being tenured and not can limit their ability to express how they really feel. In order to be considered for tenure, professors must go through a five-year evaluation process before they are given a full-time position. Liana Salvador, VP education, says professors who are untenured are under harder scrutiny and have less freedom to introduce contentious topics in the classroom. “Without job security, can you really go against the grain?” Ryerson has never experienced an extreme case of a student or professor misusing their academic freedom, but there have been such instances at other Canadian universities in the past. In 2009, a tenured professor at the University of Ottawa was dismissed on allegations of assigning exceptionally high grades to one of his courses but he claimed his forced departure was tied to the political views he expressed in class, such as those about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In Amin-Khan’s view, there is potential for full academic freedom in classrooms but it requires creating a dialogue between colleagues, students, faculty and staff. And while there is room for improvement, Amin-Khan sees Ryerson as a sphere that mainly supports freedom of speech and expression. “No one is telling me what I can and cannot do. For the most part Ryerson is a happy place.” With files from Leah Wong

If you’re going to do a pornographic piece, you wait until you graduate. You don’t have to be offensive to be an artist. — Elaine Poon,fourthyear film student

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Auto-tuning student voices

It’s impossible to walk through Ryerson’s Student Campus Centre without being bombarded with different student beliefs and ideas. Campus for Christ draws in viewers with posters proclaiming, “Sex is Awesome.” A colourful, psychedelic poster promoting Wanderlust, the second- and third-year fashion show. A Beads for Beds poster asks, “How do you make money and change the world?” In total, the Ryerson Student Union (RSU) sponsors about 60 diverse student groups, which they describe on their website as “an essential part of student life and building community,” among many other campus organizations. But while religious, cultural, and liberal voices are common on campus, finding a group representing the views of Ryerson’s critical, conservative and sceptical is no easy task. Sean Carson, VP Student Life and Events, says the RSU invites students to start their own clubs to express their points of view and actively encourages students to do so during orientation week. The RSU’s current policy on student groups says each student group must go through certain steps to be made official. Aside from listing proposed executive members, creating a valid constitution and listing potential events, prospective groups must also provide a list of at least 20 current full-time undergraduate students that support the funding of the group. This last factor can prove troublesome

for students looking to share what are currently unpopular ideas. Colin MacDonald, a third-year criminal justice student, set out to start the Ryerson Objectivist Association in September. Through the club he hoped to discuss objectivist philosophies, which are egoistic, pro-capitalist and against government intervention. He had hoped to create public discussion on these theories in relation to current events and campus issues like the Drop Fees campaign, globalization and sustainability. Although he had managed to draw up a constitution, recruit executive members and come up with a list of five possible club events, he wasn’t able to track down the 20 members required to start a club. MacDonald thinks the fact that students are exposed to predominantly left-wing campaigns from the RSU, including the massive Drop Fees campaign that calls on the province to lower tuition fees, has impacted the amount of interest in clubs that offer different perspectives on such issues. “People aren’t interested in things they’ve never heard of and things that are so contrary to things that they’ve heard for so long,” MacDonald says. MacDonald was also concerned about the fact that multiple RSU bodies need to approve each group before they’re validated. He imagined that the deciding bodies might not want to fund a group with such different views from the RSU. His fears may not have been unwarranted. Carson says such a club’s ratification would be at the discre-

tion of the Student Group Committee and the Board of Directors regardless of whether they meet the requirements in the policy. Instead of following a rigid set of guidelines, both groups review applications on a case-by-case basis. “Every group that applies has the potential to be approved or denied,” says Carson. But even established campus groups can feel as though their

We’re not trying to offend anyone. We’re just exercising our right to question. —
Brianne Burnell, Ryerson University Skeptical Society co-founder

points of view aren’t important. Robert Marshall, the outgoing treasurer of the Ryerson Campus Conservatives (RCC), an RSU affiliate group, remembers bringing Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario PC Party, to Ryerson in 2009. Partially funded by a $500 donation from Ryerson President Sheldon Levy’s own pocket, it was supposed to be the group’s banner event. Weeks before the event, the club plastered the campus with about 200 posters, which had been approved by the RSU. Within an hour, all but a few had been torn down. Although they were frustrated by the situation, approaching the RSU was the last thing on their mind. “Talk to those guys about that? Are you nuts? Their response would

probably be, in my opinion, sorry we can’t really help you,” says Marshall. “So needless to say, we don’t do postering much.” But the RCC is used to hostility on campus. On Campus Groups Day last September, Marshall says someone walked up to their table and said, “the only good Tory to me is a dead Tory.” “The reality is that the political environment is not receptive to many of the ideas we might have,” says Marshall. Though he may not agree with every group, Carson thinks all groups facing problems on campus should share them with the RSU. “I would encourage whatever group that wants to talk to us about any problems they’re having because the student union treats every group equally.” To Marshall, this stifling of alternative viewpoints, intentional or otherwise, defeats the purpose of an academic institution. “Let’s face it: the situation with students is complicated. You need to encourage the diversity of opinions,” he says. “That’s what the university should be about: open discussion and free speech. People shouldn’t be afraid to speak their mind.” According to MacDonald, a strong presence of alternative voices could help students look more critically at different issues and gather as many facts as possible before drawing their conclusions. “There are so many groups and rallies and talks that are pro the way the university is being run now, that just to get people to hear these arguments that sort of refute some

of these claims would be useful,” he says. Open discussion and the critique of established ideas will be more common on campus next year if Brianne Burnell and Elizabeth Huynh have their way. As co-founders of the Ryerson University Skeptical Society, the third-year fashion communications students hope to make people question what they’ve been told about accepted concepts related to the green movement, alternative medicine, religion and even campus political initiatives like the RSU’s “Too Asian, Too Racist?” campaign against Maclean’s Magazine. “We, the few driven against the presumptions of the world around us, decide to question,” reads the manifesto posted on the group’s Facebook page. Although they anticipate some hostility from other groups in the coming year, Burnell and Huynh think they deserve the chance to voice their opinions and beliefs as much as any other group. “We’re not trying to offend anyone. We’re just exercising our right to question,” says Burnell. “It’s less about forcing our beliefs on people and [more] about getting people to think about things.” Ultimately, Carson encourages students with alternative points of view to talk to him or the Campus Groups Administrator about starting their own student group. “I think starting a student club is a great way for Ryerson students to engage,” says Carson. “If they don’t tell us they want to start a club, common sense: there’s not going to be a club.”






speak their mind. — Robert Marshall, treasurer of Ryerson Campus Conservatives






they’ve never heard of and things that are so contrary to things that they’ve heard for so long. — Colin MacDonald, third-year criminal justice student


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The Eyeopener photo team worked hard
this year to tell the stories of the Ryerson community through their cameras. Their lenses focused on everything from burnt buildings to beautiful babies.




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1. Marta Iwanek captured a view of the destruction caused by a fire at Yonge and Gould Streets. 2. Lindsay Boeckl shot this portrait of Ryan Lesser after he was assaulted in an alleged hate crime by a Ryerson student. 3. In a photo by Marta Iwanek, Ryerson student Khadija Boulaftali points to the floor she lived on after a six-alarm fire left her and hundreds of others at 200 Wellesley St., homeless. 4. Chelsea Pottage gets close for a picture of a woman who was hit by a car while crossing the Gould and Church Street intersection. 5. James Franco smiled for Chelsea Pottage’s camera while visiting the Ryerson Theatre for the TIFF premiere of 127 Hours. 6. This cute baby is all smiles for Lauren Strapagiel’s camera. 7. Marta Iwanek caught Joe Pantalone giving Rob Ford’s empty chair a disapproving look at a debate during Toronto’s municipal elections. 8. Lauren Strapagiel gets low to snap this close shot of a dodgeball and a broomstick. Ryerson formed its first Quidditch team this year. 9. Guess Who? Associate news editor Brad Whitehouse poses for Marta Iwanek’s camera after proving that the Tim Horton’s cash registers in Ryerson can be broken into. Whitehouse stole $6,614.47 from the register before turning himself in to security. 10. Chris Dale is a part of the huddle as men’s basketball coach Roy Rana goes through a play during a break in the action.

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Goof-proof steps to combat stress

Get the munchies

Work it out

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Everyone knows exercise is good for your physical health, but its mental health benefits aren’t common knowledge. During physical activity endorphins are released. These neurotransmitters have similar effects to morphine and serve as a temporary but useful distraction from your hectic schedule. Dedicate 30 minutes to some sort of exercise. Plug in your iPod and hit the gym, walk around a nearby park or just pop in one of your mother’s home exercise tapes. If this is too mundane, join your local community centre and take up racket ball or squash.

As easy as it is to head over to the kitchen to grab a bag of chips, eating junk food denies your body the fuel to stay energized and awake. Load up on fruits and vegetables, eat quinoa instead of rice, choose fiber over fat, and replace your five daily cups of coffee with green or peppermint tea.

Needless to say, the partying and drinking scene do not mesh with productivity. If you need to unwind, spend the night at home for some low-key downtime. Grab your favourite book, catch up on a beloved TV show, or invite your best friend over for something other than shots. If your friends don’t share your stuHit the sack diousness, turn to your family. Break Whether it’s a five-minute solo out some old board game and relive session in the shower or a one-hour the days of childhood innocence. romp in the sack, sexual activity is a Then, back to work. great way to release the tension of exam season. Sex releases tons of Still stressed? hormones and neurotransmitters, like Check out “Gould Street”, the Eyeopener reality show, at serotonin and oxytocin, that reduce anxiety, stress and depression.

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If you’re the athletic type, ditch the RAC and head over to North Beach Volleyball (74 Railside Rd.), an indoor beach volleyball complex. The courts boast a mural of a tropical beach, and contains 55 dumptrucks of sand to replicate a real waterfront.

Get the healthy glow of a resort without the melanoma. At Glow Tan, (9 Isabella St.) a 60-second dose of mystic tan yields the same results as an afternoon of sunbathing. You can make the glow last longer by investing in a decent self-tanner.



You don’t need a ticket to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to give scuba diving a try. Aquarius Scuba Diving Centre (4020 Dundas St.) offers a two-part introductory course. For a total of $500, you are taught the basics of scuba diving over a month-long period.

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Lisa Jordan: a perfect fit for varsity-bound Stingers

Eyeopener mourns editor-in-chief after tragic freak chimney death
The Eyeopener is sad to announce the sudden passing of their beloved editor-in-chief Shannon Higgins after her body was found stuffed up a chimney in Peterborough, Ont. Out of respect for our awesome leader, we will retell the series of events that led to her tragic and strange demise. A few weeks ago, Higgins infuriated the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) by using the word “shit” too many times in an editorial and allowing the publication of a feature article criticizing the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). In defence of their mothership, the RSU angrily released their flesh-eating, land-walking, ninja narwhals on Higgins, causing her to flee northeast seeking refuge. Higgins was unable to find anyone in the Eyeopener office with both a vehicle and a driver’s licence on short notice. She ran on foot for 18 and a half straight hours, tiring but using her will for survival to push forward. The ninja narwhals were close behind, and had more energy because of the layers of fat their bodies naturally preserve for when food is unavailable. Higgins established a good distance between herself and the chubby, land-walking sea creatures, and found a cottage which she ran into and looked for a place to hide. There was no furniture in the cottage, only bulletin boards of conspiracy pages about U of T and Ryerson’s Master Plan. With nowhere else to hide, Higgins climbed into the fireplace and up the chimney. The narwhals arrived in cottage country, and after a rigorous search, returned to the RSU without Higgins. We can only assume that Higgins found herself stuck in her hiding place. She starved to death over weeks in what we’ve learned is Ryerson President Sheldon Levy’s cottage. Levy found the body when he tried to clean the chimney. His jabbing hand motions only moved Higgins’ remains further up, and the Eyeopener masthead was summoned to use a series of investigative tools to figure out how to get her out, which we did. We’ll miss you Shannon. We find solace in the fact that wherever you are, you are no longer running from flesh eating narwhals and the CFS.

After four years of probationary status in Toronto’s Golden Blades Women’s Hockey League, the team known as the Toronto Stingers will finally be able to call themselves Rams. Ryerson’s women’s hockey team is set to enter the uncharted waters of Ontario University Athletics (OUA). So forgive them if they wanted a proven winner at the university level behind the bench. Lisa Jordan, who was named as the team’s head coach on April 1, led St. Mary’s University in Halifax to eight championship appearances and four titles in 14 years. Add that to several gold medals with Team Canada and it would be hard to argue that she isn’t a perfect fit for the job. Normally, coaches of that calibre aren’t readily available and rarely fall into your lap. If you don’t believe me check the National Hockey League (NHL) for proof. It just doesn’t happen. Ryerson deserves a ton of credit for this acquisition, as

Jordan will be a huge asset for the women’s hockey program. She’ll make the transition to varsity status a much smoother one. While the Stingers are fresh off a championship after posting an undefeated season, they must be feeling quite confident in themselves. But learning how to win at a higher level is never as simple as it seems. The games are faster, the goalies are stronger and the defence won’t be nearly as easy to get around. Jordan clearly knows the university game inside and out, and understands what it takes to become a winner. It may take some time, but she’ll take them to that next level. But Jordan’s presence may be more important than her skill set. She will make other teams take Ryerson seriously in its inaugural season. The other timely part of this hiring is current head coach Stephanie White’s situation. Like Jordan, White also has connections with Hockey Canada and will remain as an associate coach of the team. That said, her other position as Ryerson’s manager of marketing and special programs for athletics now demands more of her time than ever with

Maple Leaf Gardens set to open this fall. It’s not that White hasn’t been a solid coach for the Stingers the last three years, or that she wouldn’t have succeeded behind the bench of an OUA team. If anything, she’s guided this program through a long transition process and has built a solid foundation for Jordan to improve upon. While both women have been with Team Canada, Jordan adds an aspect that White simply doesn’t have: coaching experience at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) level. Fortunately for Ryerson, she’s had a highly successful career to this point. Perhaps none of us saw this move coming. It certainly caught me by surprise, but it shouldn’t be that shocking. Putting Jordan in charge of this team was incredibly smart on so many levels. St. Mary’s loss has become Ryerson’s gain, and the OUA better be ready for the Rams next season.
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Five sports stories to follow next semester
Sports editor Sean Tepper and some special guests fill you in on everything you need to be on the lookout for next season Sheldon Levy’s Pick: Maple Leaf Garden’s impact on Ryerson’s sports culture
“I know that we are looking at Maple Leaf Gardens not only as a place to host varsity team events, but [as a place] to have other events [that will make] a game more than just a game. I think a lot of its success will be in the imagination of the students as supported by Athletics and Recreation. I hope that in its first year MLG begins what you could call the resurgence, where wanting to participate both from a recreational sense and also attending varsity games becomes more of the norm. But I do think there are four or five teams that in two or three years can win provincial championships and I wouldn’t be surprised if in five years Ryerson has a national champion.” -Sheldon Levy, Ryerson University president

Ivan Joseph’s Pick: New Faces in the Athletics Department
“I think we’ll have some new faces in the coaching ranks ... I think you are going to be seeing a whole bunch of new faces . We [are] looking for a new associate director of athletics. We have been without one since Beth Ali left. Our sports psychologist and academic mentor is also going on maternity leave so [there] will be a new face as well ... I think new faces are always good because they inject energy into your department.” -Ivan Joseph, Director of Athletics Joseph also said that Charles Kissi, the women’s basketball interim-head coach, has had his contract extended while Ramin Mohammadi, the interimhead coach of the women’s soccer team, will have to wait until his contract expires next month before learning his fate. Kissi will retain his position on the team until former coach Sandy Pothier, who is currently battling cancer, is well enough to make her return to the bench. Rams forward Calaigh Copland gets tackled from behind in a game against the Carleton Ravens on Oct. 23, 2010. The Rams won the game 1-0. PHOTO: JORDAN CAMPBELL

The Revival of Ryerson Athletics?
Will MLG and the new rebranding of the Ryerson Rams help jump-start Ryerson’s non-existent athletic following? While this question won’t be answered for another couple of years, Sheldon Levy, Ivan Joseph and company are employing new techniques to get the student population interested in the Rams. They include pre- and post-game events and the widespread sale of Ryerson Rams apparel that used to be exclusive to athletes. To cap it off, Ryerson Athletics is set to unveil a new logo over the summer that is aimed at rebranding Ryerson Athletics with a new identity.

Teams to watch
The men’s soccer team had its best finish in school history as they made it to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) semi-finals before losing a 2-1 heartbreaker to the York Lions. As for the men’s basketball team, head coach Roy Rana overcame a slew of player injuries and a rookie-laden roster to lead the team to an 11-11 record and a trip to the OUA quarterfinals. While it will be interesting to see if these teams can build upon their productive seasons, no Ryerson team had a more impressive season than the women’s hockey team. The Stingers capped off an undefeated season by winning the Golden Blades Women’s Hockey League title as they prepare to compete in the OUA next season. It will be interesting to see if the newest addition to the Rams family can translate their recent success to the OUA next season with highly-acclaimed and newly-acquired head coach Lisa Jordan behind the bench.

Teams that need to bounce back
The women’s volleyball and men’s hockey teams left much to be desired last season as both finished near the bottom of their respective leagues. After going 8-11 last season, the women’s volleyball team finished this season with only one win for a dismal 1-18 record. With half of his roster being first-year athletes, head coach Dustin Reid has to hope that the experience his team gained over the course of the season will propel them to a better finish next year. Like the women’s volleyball team, the men’s hockey team regressed from a 12-13 finish last season to an 8-18 record this season. With MLG set to open later this year, head coach Graham Wise will need his team to perform better if he plans on attracting a large flock of fans to home games.


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Websites to keep you amused now that we’re gone
Now that The Eyeopener is printing its last issue of the year, you’ll need something else to occupy your time. In that spirit, here is a short list of amusing websites to help ease the pain. - Like A Little is a website that provides a some anonymous flirting on campuses across North America. Simply enter a brief description of the person you’re looking at and how you’re feeling and leave the rest to the internet. - Have you ever felt the cold hand of embarrassment when you realize that the sensual text you were sending to your sweet baboo has gone awry? Wrong Number Texts allows for some sweet, sweet Schadenfreude when others fire inappropriate texts to the wrong inbox.

Student entrepreneurs toil on their projects as the DMZ turns one.


DMZ a gift for entrepreneurs
As Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone celebrates its first birthday, Jeff Lagerquist looks at how the DMZ has aided student entrepreneurs
In the Ryerson Digital Media Zone’s inaugural year, 113 Ryerson students have launched 49 projects, 17 products, services developed at the DMZ are now on the market, and four companies have moved into offices of their own. The DMZ even outgrew its space on the fifth floor of the AMC building. More room on the third floor was added in January. The DMZ will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Thursday, April 7. The hightech, open-concept workspace overlooking YongeDundas Square is gaining a reputation as a hotbed of innovative digital design and student entrepreneurial success. The project has already caught the eye of industry and government leaders in Canada and around the world. Notable guests included Dalton McGuinty, Glen Murray and Atom Egoyan. Other universities are taking notice as well; some are predicting a shift in classroom culture. “Universities tend to help students get jobs, but they aren’t helping students create jobs, that’s what the Digital Media Zone is all about, creating jobs,” said DMZ director Valerie Fox. At the DMZ, students develop their ventures by collaborating with peers s and industry experts. They also get opportunities to network with industrial and political heavyweights. The DMZ is open to students from any program. Getting involved begins with an idea consultation by StartMeUp Ryerson, a program run by Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE). SIFE provides advice from industry experts, faculty, and peer mentors on how to prepare a business plan and presentation. The DMZ steering committee evaluates each plan and the skills that presenters bring to the table. If approved, you get to develop and run your business out of the DMZ. Entrepreneurs are able to collaborate with other students, have 24-hour access and pitch their ideas to every potential investor that walks through the door. “Can you imagine groups of the top CEO’s in the country just walking into your office, where you have the opportunity to directly pitch to them? If I was in my basement that would never happen,” said Brennan McEachran, a third-year entrepreneurship student and founder/ CEO of HitSend Inc. Their premier product, SoapBox, was integrated into Blackboard last year, allows users to submit questions and concerns online. Other users can then vote on the topics, to push the most important issues to the top. Christopher Alleyne, CEO of Fanfare, graduated from Ryerson’s finance and marketing program in 2009. “My co-founder and I are not tech people. We needed to know what kind of online framework to use, and how to go about development. It really helped that we could pick people’s brains and bounce our ideas off them,” said Alleyne. Fanfare streamlines job postings for companies seeking out new grads to hire. Employers cut out duplication by posting to one centralized board that reaches students at several universities. So far, 30 companies and four universities, including Ryerson, have joined. “These projects are entirely developed by Ryerson students,” said Hossein Rahnama, DMZ associate director. “We help them move from an idea, to a proposal, then through development and commercialization.” Rahnama said that the DMZ’s learning environment is going to set the trend in post-secondary education. “We’re not trying to replace the curriculum, be we really think that the next generation can learn more in this type of setting than in classrooms and labs,” he said. Check out what’s going on at

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RSU’s Annual General Meeting

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

SCC115 Student Centre,
55 Gould Street
Meet your new Board of Directors and Executive and vote on motions concerning:
• The upcoming provincial election
• New direction for the Community


ASL interpretation provided


Food Room and related campaigns Student Centre

• Student space and the

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April 7 and 8 at the Ryerson Theatre

The Mass Exodus runway has been a launching pad for a generation of Canadian design stars, like Jeremy Laing, Lucian Matis and Amanda Lew Kee and promises to spark the rise of fresh talent this weekend. Zenith + Nadir is a collaboration between upper-year fashion design and communication students as well as the theatre school. Using innovative projection technology the idea is that the collections — which range from bridal gowns to theatrical costumes — will transcend the runway on a journey from the dark depths of Nadir to the light glow of Zenith. Shows are selling out so get your tickets fast and be sure to stop by the exhibit to see short films and art pieces.

April 13 at Arcadian Court

Unleashing a world of fantasy, Wanderlust is a fashion show put on by second-year fashion communication students showcasing evening wear and menswear collections from second and third-year design students respectively. The show is a perfect ode to the coming season with rose petals and warm lighting in the promotional video to entice the viewer. Tickets are available in front of the library every day until the show.

April 28 - May 1 at the Gladstone Hotel

Looks by Moiya Thai (left) and John Hillifer (right) will be walked down the Mass Exodus runway.

Image arts students from various years will be displaying their work in the cultural beacon that is the Gladstone Hotel. Travelling throughout the space, one will find a gallery full of stills and films, created with both historic and innovative techniques. Beautiful photo sets are much easier on the eyes than the powerpoint slides from that lecture you missed.


Avoiding studying for finals? Arts & Life editor Gianluca Inglesi suggests you drop your books and venture to FCAD’s must see shows
April 7-9 at the Arta Gallery, Distillery District

April 29 and 30 at the interior Design School

Instead of watching home renovation and decor on TLC, see the action live at this year’s fourth-year interior design show. Award-winning designs and modern style living spaces will be showcased. The pieces focus on a variety of different themes and use various mediums, but tied together under the theme of perspective. After seeing the eco-design and efficient spaces you may be inspired to do some renovations yourself this summer.

May 14-16 at The Royal Cinema

Nowhere else will you find conceptual pieces that move, think, and even interact with their audience like the installations at this fourth-year new media exhibition. Incorporating various technologies, pieces will explore ideas of privacy, the internet and emotions. Grab a beer with friends at the nearby Distillery pubs and open your mind to a mode of art that has no boundaries.

Ryerson hosts the Toronto International Film Festival in the fall, but in the spring fourthyear film students bring their best work to a public showcase. The festival features short films that run up to 15 minutes and range from documentary to drama. At the end of the festival, the best project is chosen for distribution. Come judge for yourself what works the best on the big screen with a bag of popcorn.

Follow @theeyeopener & @gianluca_i on Twitter for live coverage of every event. Check out for photo galleries, reviews and video highlights.

What do YOU want from Ryerson’s E-mail and collaboration systems?
Ryerson is evaluating its E-mail, calendaring, and collaboration systems. We are seriously considering using a system like Google’s Apps for Education or Microsoft’s Office 365 for Education. We are also considering other options such as Ryerson hosting its own systems or contracting with a Canadian provider. We want to hear what you think. What features are important to have in Ryerson’s E-mail system? Should Ryerson offer instant messaging, Web-based audio chat and video conferencing, document sharing, and collaborative authoring of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations? How important are those features? If Ryerson signs an outsourcing agreement with a company that... • ensures that advertisements will not be shown to students, faculty, and staff; • prohibits data mining; • protects the privacy and confidentiality of your documents, chats, etc; • hosts your data in a highly secure environment ...would you still be concerned that your work and information would be hosted outside Canada?

Make your voice heard at Find out more about this project at
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Rachel leaned further into her cupboard To reach for her favourite shirt When she fell in and went straight through the back Landing in Lansdowne subway station Rather than being confused She was thrilled As this would make her commute A lot easier








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This year, we’re dancing in the street.

Photo: James Kachan, Image Arts ‘07

Gould Street that is, and the campus will never be the same.
When Gould Street was closed to traffic this year, our remarkable community celebrated in so many ways. What an exciting time for our campus, our neighbourhood and our city. We have accomplished so much together, and as we come to the end of another incredible year, I want to extend my very best wishes for your exams and assignments. I also want to thank you for the energy, enthusiasm and talent you have again brought to our community. You are incredible. Our reputation grows every day, all because of the amazing achievements of students, faculty, staff and alumni. You have made Ryerson known as the place for innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the possible. The future is bright for Ryerson thanks to you.

Sheldon Levy President