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September 21, 2011
Ryerson Radio Incorporated Referendum 2011
Issued under the authority of Ryerson Students’ Union bylaw number 7. On August 24, 2011 the Board of Directors of the Ryerson Students’ Union approved a referendum from among all Ryerson students in full-time undergraduate programs and all graduate programs on a question of support for a fee to support the launch of a new campus-community radio station at Ryerson.
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Currently, Ryerson’s full-time undergraduate students and all graduate students pay $10.35 per year (tied to the Consumer Price Index) to CKLN Radio Incorporated to provide campus radio programming in music, news, and arts. Regrettably, CKLN Radio Incorporated failed to meet the needs of the campus community and had its license revoked by the CRTC, leaving Ryerson without a radio broadcasting voice.
A fee of $10.35 per year (tied to CPI) would be collected from Ryerson students in full-time undergraduate programs and all students in graduate programs to support the operations of a Ryerson radio station licensed by the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The fee will be collected annually only after a successful application for a radio signal from CRTC. A board of directors will be established with representation from among students, administration and community.
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Voting will take place from Monday, October 24 – Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Poll stations will be set up at various locations on campus between the hours of 10:30am and 5:30pm. Locations will be published at least one week before voting begins.
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September 21, 2011
Work-study policy stumps students
Changes to the work-study application process now require students to apply for OSAP and demonstrate a need of at least $1,000 in order to apply. News Editor Rebecca Burton reports
ria building on work-study but as of late has not had to complete the new OSAP application process. “I’m assuming I would’ve heard something by now but I didn’t. I’m not entirely sure how that works,” said Klie. But this is a rare case among returning work-study students who have been approaching the RSU to get assistance, says Smith. Smith said the other problem is that once a student has finished the OSAP application process, if they are eligible, is that the amount they receive will be added to their income on the work-study application sheet. If a student’s savings plus the amount they receive from OSAP no longer meets the $1,000 shortfall they would be excluded from the work study program, she said. “They are basically saying they would rather have students on OSAP than have people working to support themselves,” said Smith. Administration is arguing that OSAP is a form of financial need but not every student wants to incur thousands in debt o n c e t h e y l e a v e school. S o m e w o u l d rather work, said Smith. The RSU is collecting stories from students that have experienced problems with the new system and trying to better define what financial assistance really means.
Hate crime back in court
BY KAYLA EDWARDS
Claudia Puchiele and Jackson Klie work at the cage in the Victoria Building.
Students applying for workstudy positions this year will be slapped with a mandatory application for OSAP in order to get hired. “We need to ensure that students have demonstrated a financial need,” said Heather Lane Vetere, vice-provost students. Unlike previous years, students must now go through the OSAP application process, even if not intending to receive it, so the university can better regulate who is in more of a financial need to receive work-study placements. The minimum shortfall required to have a work-study is $1,000, said Lane Vetere. According to Caitlin Smith, president of the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), this is a new policy. Smith said that last year students who applied for work-study had to fill out a budget sheet administered by the program and, as long as they proved at least a dollar shortfall, they were eligible. Vetere said the reason for implementing this new program is to ensure that jobs go into the hands of students who need them most, particularly because the provincial government provides the funding. Students who are not eligible for OSAP will still have a chance to prove financial need to the university, but Smith said the university has not verified what this process would entail. “I’m trying to correct the rumour that students have to be put on OSAP. You just need to apply and be assessed, but not being eligible doesn’t throw them out,” said Lane Vetere. Third-year photography student Claudia Puchiele was accepted for a work-study position before this new program was put in place. She was then told she must apply to OSAP in order to be given her position.
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“It didn’t make a lot of sense to me,” she said. “The whole process was very nosey.” Puchiele is now in a four-to-six week wait for OSAP, which she said she doesn’t want. “Just because I’m not getting OSAP doesn’t mean I don’t need money. I have to pay for food, rent, schooling — that’s thousands of dollars,” she said. Puchiele is currently waiting in limbo and still working shifts at the cage on the seventh floor of the Victoria building, but unsure when or if she will get paid. According to Smith, there are significant problems with this new system, one being that the program was implemented so quickly that students didn’t have time to complete the “exhausting and very long” OSAP process. Fellow third-year photography student Jackson Klie has returned to work at the cage in the Victo-
A fourth-year radio and television arts student charged with a hate crime is set to appear in court on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Eoin McManus and his friend, Benjamin McCall, allegedly assaulted brothers Ryan and Ben Lester during the early morning hours of Jan. 22, 2011. As soon as the brothers entered the Mehran Tandoori Restaurant on Church Street, McManus and his friend allegedly began hurling homophobic remarks at Ben Lester. When Lester confronted the men, they allegedly began punching both him and his brother. Ryan Lester is a former public administration and governance student and was taking courses at Ryerson until last semester. Lester dropped out when his work as fundraising director at Pride To r o n t o became too stressful. McManus declined to comment on the case. Ryan Lester and his brother were assaulted in January.
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Man shot by police
BY MARIANA IONOVA NEWS EDITOR
A man is in serious condition after he was shot by police near the corner of Shuter and Victoria streets Monday afternoon. The incident occurred at 1:38 p.m., when police approached a 24-year-old man who was reportedly holding a knife. When police told him to drop it, he refused. Police reported the man was suicidal and apologetic but then charged towards an officer with the knife in hand. Police fired twice, shooting the man down. Passersby in the area reported hearing gunshots as far away as Queen Street. Brendan Rawlins, 22, was going to the Eaton Centre when he saw the man get shot outside of Massey Hall on Shuter Street. The University of Toronto student said the man got within five metres of police before he was shot.
“He looked really pale,” Rawlins said. “When it first happened he was squirming but by the end he wasn’t moving. It was pretty shocking,” said Rawlins, who took a cellphone photo of the man as he collapsed on the ground. Rawlins said he could see the man’s left side was soaked in blood but could not see exactly where he was wounded. Police confiscated the weapon and carried the man across the street to St. Michael’s Hospital. His injuries were described as serious but non-life threatening. The identity of the man remains unknown. The incident is being examined by the Special Investigation Unit, which probes into cases where police action leads to injury or death. Toronto Police Const. Tony Vella said he could not comment on the case while it is undergoing investigation. A witness took a photo as the man collapsed after being shot by police.
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September 21, 2011
Give fees the cold shoulder
In other completely obvious findings, Ontario students are paying more than their counterparts in any other province. On average, Ontarians shelled out $6,640 for the year. That equals 648 hours of minimum wage work. That’s before tax Last week Statistics Canada deductions, so here’s hoping you’re confirmed something our empty all getting paid under the table. wallets and lines of credit already However, over in the land of knew: we’re paying a lot for tuition. Screech and Viking settlements, A report showed that full-time there’s a tuition freeze that’s been students in Ontario paid 5.1 per in place since the 2003-04 year, cent more in tuition this year than making Newfoundland the only last. Meanwhile, inflation was only province where tuition fees didn’t at 2.7 per cent. rise this year. In fact the average
LAUREN STRAPAGIEL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
undergrad only paid $2,649, closer to what we pay for a college program here. In Quebec, average tuition is even lower at $2,519. Why? They too had a tuition freeze for many years that’s now on the thaw. Noticing a trend here? Despite every student protest asking for the contrary, fees didn’t drop anywhere. The only way the cost of a university education didn’t soar was through the benefit of tuition freezes. On Oct. 6 we get to vote in a new provincial government and tuition
costs are supposedly the most important issue to us youngins. But there’s only one party feeling the chill. On page 5, read about the NDP’s promise to freeze tuition. The other parties have plans too. Grants from the Liberals (which we covered last week) and raising the threshold for financial support from the Conservatives are both plans. But not all plans are created equal. Tuition that climbs faster than inflation is just ridiculous and it’s only going to grow until we put an icy, money-saving stop to it.
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September 21, 2011
NDP vows to freeze fees
Possible condos at Rye
Ryerson’s newest building project could include condominiums, according to a Request for a Proposal (RFP) put out by the university. The university is looking for a firm that can estimate the cost of the new Health Sciences building and mentions it may include academic space, condos, university offices and a student residence. The site of the building has not been decided yet but the university is looking at 111 Gerrard St. or the Church Street parking lot opposite the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said there are currently plans for a condo development north of Church Street, but the university is interested in offering part of the new building for condos so that it can “secure residence instead on that site.” “That site would be better for residence, while the Church site where the Health Sciences building might be could be better for condos,” said Levy. Levy said the university is considering all options at this point. The building will include stateof-the art labs and will house the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing. — Mariana Ionova, News Editor
Andrea Horwath announces the NDP education platform in front of the SCC.
BY REBECCA BURTON NEWS EDITOR
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The Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) announced a plan to freeze tuition costs and eliminate interest on student loans if elected in the upcoming provincial election on Oct. 6. The plan, announced at Ryerson on Sept. 15, will have a price tag of approximately $110 million in the first year and a total cost of $395 million by the fourth year. “Post-secondary education is increasingly out of reach [for people] in Ontario. Eight years ago the people of Ontario elected a government to do something about that,” said provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath. “Eight years later and we are paying 30 per cent more, the highest tuition in Canada,” she said. Horwath pledged to make education more accessible and afford-
able not only for younger students, but also for older adults that want additional training. Ontario students pay an average of $6,640 in yearly tuition, the highest number in Canada according to a recent Statistics Canada report. The report also indicates that students across Ontario experienced a 5.1 per cent tuition increase for the 2011-12 academic year. Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy said freezing tuition might not be the greatest option available. “I’m going to be totally agnostic on parties and I’m going to give you the straight goods. Number one, the Liberals are promising a decrease in tuition fees for any family making less than $160,000,” said Levy. “I don’t have a clue how anyone thinks that a freeze is better than a decrease.” Levy continued on to say the
program the Liberals have laid out would be better for both students and universities. During a Board of Governors meeting in March of this year, the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) tried to lobby against talks of a proposed tuition hike, but vice-provost of university planning Paul Stenton said a tuition freeze for the university would cost them almost $100 million in lost revenue over the course of a decade. RSU president Caitlin Smith said, a “tuition freeze is a good commitment, but students at Ryerson are looking for fee reduction.” Smith argued that if McGuinty had followed through with his promised tuition freeze five years ago, students would already be saving money. “There’s only a limited amount of money, so give it to the people that need it the most. And that is not a freeze,” said Levy.
By the numbers:
tuition for undergraduate students in Ontario
$6,640 — the average yearly
4.3 per cent — the tuition percentage increase for the 2011-12 academic year in Canada
4.0 per cent — the tuition percentage increased for the 201011 academic year in Canada
Festival of South Asian Literature and the Arts September 30 – October 2
3 days of reading, seminars, music and dance
Over 30 writers from Canada, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the US
What’s wrong with South Asian Canadian drama? • • Non-English languages: What are we missing? The Canadian literary identity: What is it? • The new generation: concerns
Premiere of Fallen Rain by inDANCE under Hari Krishnan
Venues for the events at the University of Toronto: Munk Centre, Trinity College & Robert Gill Theatre
Full program available at www.fsala11.com
September 21, 2011
Briefs & Groaners
A female student complained of “bite-like marks” on her foot and a male reported the same thing on the lower side of his chest. This was no coincidence. Sexsomnia is real. A rollerblader was on the corner of Victoria and Gould when he tripped on the curb and dislocated his shoulder. Don’t worry, we laughed too. A fire alarm went off in the TRSM on Friday when someone set some newspaper ablaze. Can’t you guys just make paper hats? A man was apprehended by the stairwell of the Victoria Building. He was holding a porn magazine, a crack pipe and was “making obscene gestures towards his private area.” We’re going to pin this one on @EvilEggy (follow him on Twitter). Numerous people had their laptops, wallets and backpacks stolen this week because they “just left for a minute.” WATCH YOUR SHIT. And if someone stole something that was sitting at your feet, you’re an idiot.
Lunch with a side of politics
As the elections draw closer, Arts & Life Editor Allyssia Alleyne continues to give you a closer look at the local candidates, this time sitting down with Toronto-Centre NDP candidate Cathy Crowe
tra billing on health care. A whole how to make politics real to them. range of things. That was probably It often doesn’t seem real to most the beginning. people. AA: How involved are youth with the NDP campaign and your campaign in particular? I saw you here on clubs day. CC: We’ve got a fair number of young people involved. Way more than other campaigns I’ve seen in this riding before. AA: Based on your interaction with students, what issues do you think are most important to us this election? CC: I think students want to be more engaged. I think they want to see politicians who aren’t career politicians, who are more activist based and more realistic about some of the programs. I think students care about—they have to care because they’re living it—the same issues that other, older folks and working people care about. How affordable is their housing? Obviously they care about tuition fees. I think they care about safety. I think they care about getting a job when they’re done, and environmental issues. AA: What are some of the challenges in terms of youth engagement? CC: The biggest challenge for us is AA: What do you mean? CC: There’s a huge awareness of the election, but for sure younger people haven’t thought about it yet because it hasn’t been made relevant to them, and there’s a lot of mistrust. AA: How do you feel about the NDP’s education platform? CC: I think, overall, the platform has been fairly sensible in that there aren’t massive, massive promises that can’t be kept. AA: Does the NDP have any plans for Ryerson? CC: Nothing specific that I’m aware of yet. I’ve asked Sheldon Levy for a tour of Maple Leaf Gardens. I’m curious to know if, for example, there’s enough student space and community space. AA: What’s something that no one knows about you? CC: The biggest thing I gave up to run in this election was going to TIFF. Usually I go to 30 movies.
Allyssia Alleyne and Cathy Crowe chat.
AA: So I hear that you’re a Ryerson alum. CC: Yeah! I was already a nurse, but then I came back to school to get my bachelor of applied arts in nursing— that’s what it was called then. AA: What was your favourite part about going to Ryerson? CC: The courses were amazing. It was a small class, so we were allowed to pretty much shape and create what we wanted to do. We had a pathophysiology course, for example. I was able to take that and specialize in medical effects of nuclear war. That was during the end of the Cold War period. I was able to tell my teachers that I wanted to be able to write for publication, so I was then able to write an article for
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one of my courses that could then be published. It was really great because it was totally the concept of true self-directed learning. I was never told no for anything. AA: When did you first start getting involved with politics and social change? CC: It was probably just a little bit before I came to Ryerson. I helped form a group called Nurses for Social Responsibility. It’s partly because everywhere I went—I was going to police rallies and choice rallies—I was seeing all kinds of groups, and I was seeing nurses in the crowd, but not as a political force. We tackled people’s different interests. We tackled access to abortion, queer issues, trying to fight ex-
Be sure to grab next week’s issue to read up on our interview with the next candidate.
September 21, 2011
ARTS & LIFE
Best of TIFF:
The tales, triumphs and screaming hordes as told by the Eyeopener’s photo team
PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE
PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL
PHOTO: MOHAMED OMAR
Ryan Gosling spontaneously made every girl within a mile radius cry with joy. Look at those pearly whites.
Anna Kendrick looked smoking hot, or so thought the creeper standing behind her.
Alexander Skarsgard, in addition to inciting a riot that almost killed Chelsea Pottage, learned to write.
Some kid with a baseball cap absolutely lost his shit when Megan Fox signed it. His exact words were: “Holla at your boy! Holla at your boy! Megan Fox signed my hat! Holla at your boy!”
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ABOVE: Seth Rogen arrived sporting a lavish fro. One girl touched it and fell over dead. Fellow 50/50 co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a very knocked-up Bryce Dallas Howard conversed their way past spectators, making team photo’s job so much easier. Thanks assholes.
PHOTO: MOHAMED OMAR
PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL A woman standing on a chair behind Lindsay proclaimed: “It’s Channing Tatum! I think I’m going to barf!’ At which point she turned to her and said “please do so in another direction.” And for the record, no, it is not okay to “borrow” other peoples chairs even if it’s “just for a minute.”
LEFT: Melancholia star Kiefer Sutherland made Chelsea go weak in the knees. His co-star Kirsten Dunst however, did not.
PHOTOS: CHELSEA POTTAGE
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September 21, 2011
While you were sleeping
Every day, the busy Ryerson campus dwindles in people as night approaches. Yet there are those who stay behind to keep the campus going. Rhiannon Russell takes a look at four campus night workers
It’s Friday night. While most students are on their way to getting unacceptably drunk, Sam Berkun is working at the Ryerson library. The first-year urban planning student works until midnight three nights a week. Tonight, the library is quieter than usual. Berkun and three coworkers, all students, are vacuuming the bookshelves on the ninth floor. They take turns moving the hose up and down along the bookshelves. Berkun, clean-shaven and dressed in jeans, sneakers and a striped Tshirt, leans against the shelves and fiddles with his keychain. “Libraries serve a strong purpose in society,” he says over the vacuum’s faint drone. “It’s not even just about books. There’s stuff online, it’s a meeting place, there’s people studying, access to computers.” Tonight though, there are only about five people studying on the floor. “These first couple weeks are dead, but then it does get really crazy,” Berkun says. He has yet to see anything out of the ordinary, “But I’ve heard rumours about people getting down in the study rooms,” he says. Berkun and the other assistants shelve books, tidy study spaces and work at the circulation desk. Usually, the four students work in pairs, but since the library is so quiet right now, they’re all together, chatting about schoolwork. “You think you could tutor me in economics?” Berkun asks one of them with a grin. “I’d pay you.” The 21-year-old likes working nights. “It’s very peaceful,” he says. “Therapeutic in a sense.” Some students would likely never dream of giving up a few hours of their precious Friday night, but Berkun’s not worried. “It’s only 12. The night is young.”
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Hot Dog Vendor
On a cool fall night, George Walker stands inside the hot dog stand at Yonge-Dundas Square. The booth’s bright lights are blinding and the smell of roasting meat permeates the air. Walker, 60, works from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. five nights a week. It’s the nearest street meat stand to the campus during the night. “I’m here by myself,” he says. “I don’t have to worry about other workers or other people. I don’t like people very much.” Tonight, he’s wearing glasses, perched about halfway down his nose, and a grey Google polo under a black jacket. He’s balding, his face weathered. “This isn’t really a night location. It’s much busier during the day,” he says. On these nights, he has to keep himself entertained, reading the newspaper or sometimes playing on his computer. Another source of entertainment is his surroundings. “See those religious nutcases there?” There’s a cluster of people nearby standing on the sidewalk talking in raised voices. They’re two religious groups that argue with each other regularly. “Every weekend, we call it ‘battling of the megaphones.’ ‘The Bible says this’ and ‘the Qur’an says that.’ They’re usually misquoting both,” he says with a laugh. When Walker has to go to the bathroom, he flags down the Eaton Centre security officers who patrol the area. “They stick around for five minutes and I give them a free dog,” he says. The stand’s generator whirs constantly. There’s chirping from the intersection infused with the passing streetcar’s clack-clack. Gospel music with a dance beat plays loudly from a white van parked curbside. Talk radio can be heard from the nearby touristy trinket stand. Walker leans against the back counter, reading the newspaper. Periodically, he picks up the tongs and turns over a wiener. A man comes along and orders a hot dog. George is silent. He hands the customer his street meat in a napkin, then picks up his newspaper again and leans back on the counter.
September 21, 2011
Car Park Attendant
An orange fluorescent glow illuminates the darkness of Victoria Street. The usual steady stream of cars out of the parking garage has slowed, and now less than 10 vehicles remain in sight. Car park attendant Tebletse Kiros sits in a booth only slightly larger than a fishing hut. At around 10:40 p.m., a fraillooking woman with dark circles under her eyes appears at the window, asking for change. “No sweetheart, sorry. Not tonight,” says Kiros. The woman’s face remains expressionless and she wanders off into the night. Kiros shuts the window. Kiros works until 11 p.m. She wears glasses, a white lab coat and blue jeans and sits on a rolling desk chair, greeting drivers (even the grumpy ones) with a smile and a “How are you?” as they stop to pay. She says she often has to deal with rude people. “What do you think if a customer gives you 54 cents in pennies when you have a line-up at 9:00 [p.m.]?” she asks, gesturing to the parking spaces. “That’s what happened yesterday. A guy got really mad, insulted me and left. He didn’t even apologize.” But she’s not cynical. “I don’t take it personal. If I did, I’d go crazy. Not everyone’s bad. Some of them I just kind of discipline as if they were my kids.” Staticky music emanates from the radio inside the booth and is drowned out occasionally by the sound of running engines and teens’ drunken shrieks as they walk by. Kiros says she feels safe when she’s working. Ryerson security is close by. “You call them, they are sent in two minutes,” she says. There are few times she’s had to call them. “If somebody refuses to pay us, they come.” On nights when traffic in and out of the garage is slow, she likes to read. A Ryerson professor who parks her car there lent Kiros an e-reader, so she’s been reading classics for the past two months. “Recently I’ve read Anna Karenina.”
TRS Cleaning Staff
Valentina Omnov flies around the seventh floor of the Ted Rogers building, mop in one manicured hand and cleaning solution in the other. Usually, this floor alone is Omnov’s domain, but tonight she has to clean all three floors. She moves accordingly — like she’s on fast-forward — tucking in chairs, aligning desks, talking a mile a minute, her arms waving. After tidying a set of tables and chairs in a hallway, she turns and scurries to the nearest classroom, her wedges clicking on the floor. “Go go go!” she says. Omnov wears gold necklaces and a polka-dotted apron over a black dress. Occasionally, she reaches up to smooth her cropped, blonde hair. Omnov moved to Canada from Ukraine 12 years ago with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. She’s been working as a cleaner at Ryerson since 1999. Now, she works part-time from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weeknights. “It’s not my job. It’s my fitness,” she clarifies. In the classrooms, she wipes the white boards down with a mop. She moves swiftly around the room, picking empty Tim Hortons cups off the desks and stooping to collect gum wrappers on the floor. For her, the importance of cleanliness is a philosophy. “People have to be clean inside to be clean outside. It’s the heart, the soul, the mind.” Omnov says she’s 43, then in the same breath adds, “Of course that’s not true.” She has two grown children, and sings in the choir at her church. “It’s important to clean the spirit,” she says.
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September 21, 2011
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Last Week’s Matches
Friday Sept. 16
Mens’ Hockey: Ryerson 1 @ UOIT 2 Womens’ Hockey: Ryerson 4 @ York 3
D’Elia lifts Rye over Varsity Blues
Ryerson’s men’s soccer team trailed U of T for most of the game, but as Victor Ferreira reports, heroics in the game’s dying minutes helped tie the match and salvage a point for the Rams
Deep into injury time, the Ryerson Rams fans that filled the stands of Esther Shiner Stadium were silent, believing that the men’s soccer team was only seconds away from losing to the hated cross-town U of T Varsity Blues. However, the team displayed the perseverence on the field that their fans were lacking. “We showed heart and determination on the field today,” said Vince D’Elia, Ryerson’s fourthyear midfielder. “We’ve always had the heart, and that’s been [a part] of our team’s identity.” In the 93rd minute, a long throw-in was flicked on twice until the ball found D’Elia, who was able to beat U of T’s keeper with a header to tie the game and earn the Rams (2-1-1) a point in their 2-2 draw with the Varsity Blues (2-1-1) From the opening whistle, the game was a heavily contested and heated affair, as both teams battled for possession in the middle of the pitch. U of T managed to keep a firm possession on the ball, and managed to score a goal in the tenth minute on a lob that eluded Rams keeper Christian Maraldo and soared into the back of the net. Because they were down so early in the match, Ryerson was forced to counterattack, which proved effective as they managed to take advantage of the Varsity Blues’ high defensive line. Rightwinger Zach Mahrady placed a clever through ball between the yellow cards, while Rams striker Jamie Baker was lucky to avoid a red card a few minutes after coming into the game. As tempers flared, the physical play seemed to be escalating to a dangerous level. Head coach Kevin Souter revealed that his halftime message to the team was designed to keep them focused on the game, while calming his players down. “I had to tell them to stop talking to the referees and to stop giving away needless fouls,” he said. Despite Souter’s warning, the Rams almost instantly gave up another goal to U of T on a play that was nearly identical to the first goal they had given up earlier. Going down 2-1 seemed to provide a much needed wake up for the Rams, as they controlled the rest of the game’s tempo, and managed to garner two great scoring opportunities before D’Elia scored the equalizer in injury time. Varsity Blues head coach Anthony Capotosto was frustrated with the late goal. “I thought we deserved to win,” said Capotosto. “The goal came off a set piece and we should be really disappointed in our defensive play.” The tough draw was huge for Ryerson’s young team, as they are set to embark on their first road trip of the season. Over the next few weeks, Ryerson will play four of their five games away from home, including a crucial game against the Queen’s Gaels. Despite the long road trip, Souter is confident the Rams will have no trouble playing away from home because they don’t have one themselves. “We don’t have a home,” said Souter. “[This season] we play in a few different [home] stadiums. We get support from family and friends while we’re on the road.” The Rams will begin their road trip this Saturday at Queen’s. They will then head to RMC before coming back to Esther Shiner Stadium to play against Trent. The road swing will end with a weekend double header at Laurentian and Nipissing.
Sunday Sept. 18
Womens’ Soccer: Toronto 3 @ Ryerson 0 Mens’ Soccer: Toronto 2 @ Ryerson 2 Womens’ Hockey Carleton 3 @ Ryerson 0
OUA East Standings - Men’s Soccer Team Carleton Trent Queen’s Laurentian Ryerson Toronto Nipissing RMC W L T 4 2 0 3 2 1 3 1 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 4 1 0 4 0
We’ve already had the heart, and that’s been [a part] of our team’s identity — Vince D’Elia, Rams Midfielder
Blues’ defense to find forward Viktor Anastasov, who deftly struck the ball into the far side of the net for his fourth goal in as many games. The Rams’ goal inspired even more physical play in the midfield, as the two teams exchanged
OUA East Standings - Women’s Soccer Team W L T Queen’s Laurentian Toronto Ottawa Carleton RMC Ryerson Nipissing Trent 5 0 0 4 2 1 4 1 0 3 2 1 3 3 1 2 2 0 1 3 1 0 4 3 0 5 1
Vince D’Elia (far right) celebrates with his teammates after his game-tying goal.
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Conversations with a Ram: Stephen Hosier
As the only member of Ryerson’s track and field team, most people have probably never heard of Stephen Hosier. Charles Vanegas sat down with “the lone Ram” to ask him what it’s like to be Ryerson’s only track and field runner
As the only member of the cross-country team, is one really the loneliest number? To be honest, I don’t really mind being the only runner. It’s kind of cool. I’m not used to having a team. In high school, there were other runners, but I was usually the only distance runner ... so I’m used to it. What is it like to balance school and running? It’s doable, but the film program is pretty time consuming. Some weekends I’ll have to decide whether to go to a race or film, so that’s a bit of a conflict. But I’m still able to train. What’s your diet like? I eat whatever; I’m not really concerned with my diet. I probably should be. I lived in rez last year, and I definitely took advantage of the caf. Mealtimes were just whenever — I’d get something at 11 a.m. because it was open. This year, I’m going to try to eat a little healthier. Last year, you placed 12th at the OUA (being named a 2nd-team all-star), and 20th at the CIS championships. How would you grade your performance? It was an okay performance based on how much I trained, my sleep patterns and diet. Living in rez, it was tough to live a runner’s lifestyle. I did okay, but I can certainly do better. Now I’m living with two guys from U of T track and field, and with more training and better eating, I should be able to do better. What’s the most difficult part of a long distance race? It’s not just a 10 second sprint — the 3k, it’s an 8 minute-something race, and you’re all packed in there and everyone wants it pretty bad. To make it to the front and stay ahead of the pack is pretty difficult. Cross-country’s even more difficult because you have hills, but really it’s about staying ahead of the pack. Who is your favourite Ryerson athlete to watch? Bjorn Michaelsen, from the men’s basketball team, just because he was my roommate. He’s a cool guy, great accent. I didn’t get to see him much last season because he got injured. But he did a lot of training this summer so I’m expecting big things.
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September 21, 2011
ARTS & LIFE
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You at 63 Ossington Ave. has an amazing selection of vintage designer pieces for incredible prices. The Internet If your budget’s small, but you’re still lusting for that Prada bag, flash-sale sites like Beyond the Rack and The Peacock Parade have daily sales on clothing and accessories from high-end brands. These two sites have the best deals at 50 to 70 per cent off, and because they’re both based in Canada, shipping fees are low. Full-price online retailers will also bring the trends to your doorstep. “One of my favorite stores is called Nasty Gal (shopnastygal. com). They have really beautiful, unique, youthful clothing that I love, and it’s not crazy expensive. I get a lot of inspiration from their site,” says third-year sociology student Rachael Levine. The Mall Don’t write off the mall too quickly. Some stores have special offers to benefit students. For example, Club Monaco offers a 20 per cent discount to students. And don’t be intimidated by the condescending looks of the sales people: head straight for the sales rack. Fourth-year fashion communications student, Daniel Drak avoids paying full price like the plague. “I also go crazy for sales when I find out about them on company websites or via email,” he says.
This Sustainable Life: A toast for the Earth
BY ANNE-MARIE VETTOREL
ration that has funded groups who deny the existence of global warming and is currently the object of two major boycotts.
Number-crunching study sessions at the library can wait until Sunday night. On Fridays, life is good and Ryerson celebrates the successes of the week with a classic university tradition: drinking. Here are some eco-friendly libations that show that green booze isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day.
More wining, less whining
The entire Niagara growing region is committed to sustainably producing and crafting wines, so it is difficult to go wrong with an Ontario wine. The Best: Frogpondfarm is a producer of certified organic wine, and its facility is powered with 100 per cent wind power and low-impact water power. The Worst: It’s difficult to name a “worst offender” in this category. Close-to-home brands are better the faraway brands — think California over New Zealand — to cut down on carbon emissions. If you’re health-conscious, stay away from wines that say “contains sulphites,” since they often contain sodium sulphite, a preservative.
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The beer necessities
Start drinking beer from local, organic breweries. The Best: Mill St. Brewery’s award winning line-up is made in Toronto’s very own Distillery District, making the carbon footprint on these brews next to nothing. Their Original Organic Lager is made with 100 per cent organic ingredients, so not only is it a sustainable choice, it’s as close to health food as beer can get.
Ryerson’s favourite fashion destinations
Natalie Ast has the best spots for sales, steals and once-in-a-lifetime deals
Winners Trek just north of Ryerson to Winners at College Park, a mecca for reasonably priced high-end labels, even if they’re not always your size. A good strategy is to take note of when they release new merchandise, and if you see something in your size, buy it right away or put it on hold, because it might not last. Dawn Hui, a nutrition student says, “I shop in the Juniors section. It fits me because I’m tiny and sometimes it’s cheaper.” Second-hand Stores Second-hand stores are an amazing source of quality pieces, as long as you put in the time to sort through the racks. Goodwill and Value Village have a never-ending supply of vintage blazers, bags, shoes and jewelry. If you’re looking for more upscale pieces, I Miss
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Simple math behind easy food
Budget food need not be bland. We teach you how to make meals from food found at The Community Food Room
BY NICOLE SIENA COMMUNITIES EDITOR
Broth or soup
On Monday morning, Akul Goel walked into The Community Food Room for the first time. After passing by Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) posters, he finally gathered the courage to walk in and ask for help. Goel, who moved to Canada from India last year after accepting his offer for the computer engineering program, pays for all of his own expenses. “I figured if I could get even a little help, then that would be fine,” he said. The Community Food Room has been a part of Ryerson campus for 18 years. Caitlin Smith, RSU president, said students are sometimes required to wear many hats. The food
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room is there to help students in need. “We try to normalize [going to the food room]. We’re all broke, we’re all paying for rent, we’re all paying tuition,” she said. “There’s no shame in feeding yourself. That’s what we’re here for: providing services to help students be a student.” Gilary Massa, equity and campaign organizer for the RSU, said that it is an interesting experience volunteering at the food room. “There’s a diversity of people from first year students to students with children,”she said. “There’s a stigma. But it’s the nature of the education system.” Sometimes students need to make the choice between food and textbooks . “It’s sad but normal that students need this service,” said Massa. The food room gets a food delivery every other Tuesday from the Daily Bread Food Bank and accepts donations from faculties and student groups. Eighty-eight students have already registered for this year and usage in August went up to 273 students. Goel said he understands people who don’t want to get food from someone else, but “that’s just something you have to overcome.”
September 21, 2011
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The art of dining alone
Eyeopener editors Nicole Siena and Rebecca Burton explore the trials and triumphs of taking yourself to dinner
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BIZ & TECH
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September 21, 2011
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Gadgets to save you
September is almost over. With classes and deadlines in full swing, you may feel a bit scatter-brained, if not actually insane. Never fear: Biz & Tech Editor Sarah Del Giallo has found the best gadgets to help you live and study like a pro Noise-cancelling earbuds
Noise-cancelling headphones serve two important purposes. First, if you work best with music, you can crank your tunes as loud as you please without disturbing t h o s e around y o u . This makes them ideal for roommates, common areas and libraries. Second and more importantly, they keep sound from getting in. If your roommate has loud sex frequently, they serve as amazing ear plugs. If you have loud sex frequently, you may want to give these to your over-tired roommate for Christmas. A high quality set of Sonys can start as low as $69.99 at Future Shop.
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Laser Virtual Keyboard
The Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard is an investment in your posture and your bragging rights. Students, commuters especially, suffer the pain of dragging a laptop around all day. This device is only inches long and connects using Bluetooth to iPads, iPhones and other smartphones as well as many laptops. The laser projects a full QWERTY keyboard onto any flat surface and has a battery life of about 150 minutes. It can be purchased at thinkgeek.com for $169.99
Rolling alarm clock
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The snooze button is simultaneously the best and worst thing to happen to mornings. It can cause unshowered students or missed classes in exchange for a few more minutes of sleep. Clocky, the rolling alarm clock, can help with a game of hide and seek. When you press snooze, this clock rolls off your night stand and hides. When the alarm goes off again, you have to get up and find the clock. It finds new hiding spots each day and will efficiently wake you up during your cranky hunt. Clocky sells for $49.95 at rolostore.com
If you’re not big on note taking, you should consider this purchase. The Livescribe Smartpen is a notetaking pen that records your lecture as you’re taking notes. Touch “record” with the tip of the pen on the Livescribe notebook, and start writing your notes. The cool part comes when you’re reviewing. If you want to jump to a specific sentence or paragraph for context, touch the start of the sentence with the tip of the pen and it will play the recording from the moment you were writing that sentence. You can find the Livescribe Smartpen at Best Buy starting at $99.99 and the notebooks for $17.99. The pens range from two GB to eight GB.
Carzor Hot dog toaster
Ok, so a toaster isn’t crucial to your physical or intellectual survival, but this is awesome. This toaster, true to its name-sake, toasts hot dogs and hot dog buns. If you live in rez or you don’t have a barbeque, this is perfect. The toaster is quick and cheap running at only $22.99 at Walmart. Ingesting more than Mr. Noodles and beer is important, so add some hot dogs to your diet. And m a y b e some fruit. This one’s specifically for the gents. Carzor is a razor that converts into the size of a credit card to fit in your wallet. Say you didn’t buy a rolling alarm clock and slept in. You don’t need to shave for your prof, but you have a hot date after class. Pull your Carzor out on the subway or sidewalk and use a bottle of water for a quick shave. The back of the Carzor sports a mirror and replacement blades. Sure, it’s not Gillette Mach Three or whatever, but it gets the job done in a bind. You can get your conveniently sized Carzor at infmetry.com for $17.00 or $12.00 on sale.
External hard drive
An external hard drive will one day be your saving grace. If you don’t already have one and you save most of your life to your computer, make this purchase now. Some day, the gods of technology will smite you for watching too much internet porn (or whatever it is you do) and your hard drive will crash. If you haven’t backed it up recently, you could lose everything. Think of that ing to worry about. External hard final assignment you’ve spent two drives come as desktop or portable months researching, the 18 albums and can be Mac and PC compatof you and your cat ible. Prices and the porn you range based keep for special ocon brand casions. All gone. and storage If you’d backed space, but up your files, can start as you’d have nothlow as $45.00.
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September 21, 2011
The Relation Equation
Q: I’m pretty sure the guy I just started dating is a parttime cocaine user. Will this put a strain on our relationship? -Love is my Drug A: Dear LisD, I have two things to say here. Firstly, why would coke put a strain on a relationship? You could go places you’ve never dreamed of together. Secondly, if he’s only a “parttime” user, how can he stay commited to you if he can’t even commit to coke?
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