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New building, same old promises
The Image Arts building is set to open in only two weeks and Ryerson president Sheldon Levy says it will be all ready for students on Oct. 11. But the building still seems to be mostly dirt and dust
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For two years, Image Arts students have waited in limbo with makeshift studios and cramped labs while the university lagged on a project that was intended to be completed more than a year ago. After missing the original deadline last September, the university vowed to have the $70.95 million Image Arts building completed by this fall. Classes were scheduled in the building for this September but, shortly before school began, students were told once again the opening would be postponed. With a final two-week push until the Oct. 11 opening, university officials keep reassuring that, this time, the deadline will be met. “I wouldn’t say a 100 per cent, but the majority of activity in the building should be open,” said President Sheldon Levy. “The priority was given to student spaces and student labs.” The details were veiled by empty press releases that revealed little more than dates, square footage and staged photos. All the secrecy made me wonder whether the project was just in for another delay. I asked for a tour of the building to get some exclusive photographs of the work in progress. I was denied by Julia Hanigsberg, vice president administration and finance, and told a tour would delay the entire construction process. Instead, I asked for updated pho-
tos. Again, I was denied and redirected to the website, where the most recent photos were from July. So I took my own tour. Getting in was easy. The Bond Street entrance, across from the security building, was left open overnight. The 15-minute uninterrupted tour revealed what I expected — dust, unfinished ceilings, building materials and construction equipment. There didn’t appear to be any improvement from the photos taken in July. I’m no construction expert, but a building set to open in only two weeks should host fewer cranes and more desks. Right now the university is saying students will gain access to study spaces in the basement, second and third floors, classrooms in the basement, most darkrooms on the ground floor and the studio on the second floor. Production facilities on the third floor and offices on a number of the floors will also open. Other facilities will gradually open throughout the term. Last year, Levy told the Eyeopener that the university had underestimated the complexity of transforming a former brewery into a highend gallery. “We kept on saying to ourselves ‘it would have been easier just to knock down this building and start again.’ And maybe, if we could move the clock all the way back, we would have done that,” said Levy last September. If the Image Arts building is really set to open in two weeks, I see no point in hiding. Or maybe Sheldon was right — perhaps the project should never have been taken on in the first place. An inside look at the not quite finished Image Arts building.
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Levy says Stroback worth the big bucks
BY MARIANA IONOVA NEWS EDITOR
Rye’s top dogs
1. Sheldon Levy, President Salary: $365,000 2. Anastasios Venetsanopoulos, VP Research and Innovation Salary: $359,538 3. Michael R.J. Dewson, Vice-provost, Faculty affairs Salary: $341,116 4. Adam Kahan, VP University advancement Salary: $328,989 5. Kenneth Jones, Dean Salary: $306,639 6. Alan Shepard, Provost and VP Academic Salary: $297,900 7. Elisabeth Stroback, Executive Lead, Capital Projects and Real Estate Salary: $275,000
(Public Sector Salary Disclosure, 2010)
Even though head of projects and real estate Elisabeth Stroback is costing the university nearly a third of a million dollars per year, Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said she’s worth keeping around long-term. Through a freedom of information request of Stroback’s contract, the Eyeopener learned that her $275,000 salary places her among the university’s top-paid executives, even though the former head of Ryerson’s real estate portfolio earned $85,000 less. Stroback’s contract also states that she was required to work four and a half days a week until June 30, 2011 and four days a week for the remainder of her employment. Levy said Stroback is worth the cost and he would like to see her contract extended past next April so she can remain with the university until all projects currently underway are completed. “We have roughly a quarter of a billion dollars of construction going on. This is big stuff,” said Levy.
At the end of the day, with so much money, you better pay for talent and quality. — Sheldon Levy, President
“At the end of the day, with so much money, you better pay for talent and quality. So you are investing in talent in order to ensure you’re going to have the very best person as the senior [employee] managing a very complex and very large portfolio and capital.” Stroback was hired on a one-year contract last May, when then-direc-
tor of Campus Planning and Facilities (CPF) Ian Hamilton suddenly retired. The CPF department was reorganized and Hamilton’s position was split into two separate jobs — Capital Projects and Real Estate, which deals with the university’s real estate portfolio, and Campus Planning and Sustainability, which is responsible for building maintenance and custodial services. The former position was given to Stroback, who at the time was acting as senior advisor of construction and real estate to VP administration and finance Julia Hanigsberg. Hamilton received $190,000 per year but after Stroback replaced him the salary for the real estate management position shot up to $275,000. Levy said hiring Stroback and amping up the salary for the position was a smart financial move on the part of the university. “With Ian [Hamilton], we used to hire a lot of consultants that you didn’t see and we thought, why hire consultants to be able to handle things that [Stroback] can handle,”
said Levy. “When you actually look at what it really did cost in comparison, this is in fact a very smart move for the university and our hope is that she is going to be here for a heck of a lot longer than a year.” Prior to coming to Ryerson, Stroback was vice-president of Infrastructure Ontario, an organization dealing with the management, planning and design of projects across the province. From 2004 until 2007, Stroback was also on the board of directors of the Housing Services Incorporated (HSI), a company owned by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC). The company came under scrutiny in February after a report by the city’s auditor general found the TCHC was grossly misspending its funds and failing to follow purchasing procedures. The auditor general’s report stated the HSI’s involvement in the case was unclear, yet the company is listed as a major service provider on the TCHC’s website.
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September 28, 2011
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BY CATHERINE POLCZ
Lauren “SICKIE” Strapagiel Mariana “BREAK” Ionova Rebecca “AND” Burton Carolyn “ENTER” Turgeon Marta “CHILI” Iwanek Sarah “IN LABOUR” Del Giallo Allyssia “REALLY?” Alleyne Sean “TESTY” Tepper Nicole “PERKY” Siena Chelsea “STORMIN’” Pottage Lindsay “NORMAN” Boeckl Mohamed “DESERT STORM” Omar streetcar battle where the previously mentioned Metropass swiping occurred). It’s very fashionable for native Torontonians to hate on any large event that takes place within the downtown core and I’m probably no exception. But what was an interesting, adventure of a night in Nuit Blanche’s first year is feeling more like an excuse to get trashed and run amok until the sun rises. The crowds and the TTC bombardment are making it difficult to enjoy what should be the coolest night out in the city. So tell me Ryerson, what am I doing wrong? How does one enjoy Nuit Blanche without missing all the good stuff while still not letting crowds ruin the effect? No really, tell me. Tweet us @ theeyeopener and tell us your Nuit Blanche success secrets. Suraj “CORGSKI” Singh Lee “THE KNIFE” Richardson Emma “ROFL” Prestwich John “LMAO” Shmuel
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I like art. I do. And not in a “hey that Andy Warhol was awesome” kind of way. And thus, I like Nuit Blanche. But only in theory. In practice, my enjoyment of the all-night fest has been waning. Most of what I remember from last year was sore feet, a stolen Metropass and cursing the King streetcar. The problem possibly stemmed from poor planning. We started off at Ryerson when the sun set, then seeing the massive crowds on Yonge Street, we decided to head to West Queen West, hoping to beat the suburbanites too afraid to venture west. Bad idea. After struggling with streetcars for two hours we arrived at Trinity-Bellwoods park for a campfire installment whose description warmed the cockles of my ex-Girl Guide heart. In reality, it was a bunch of drunk teenagers sitting around a tiny fire, no one willing to move on and allow the swelling group of observers to take a participatory seat on the circular wooden bench. Moving on then. Next was a “playground” that no one was allowed to climb. By then it was nearing 1 a.m. and with work to do the following day, we headed home (which involved another
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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 28, 2011
Curriculum changes approved
BY CAROLYN TURGEON ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Lunch with a side of politics
With little more than a week until the election, Arts & Life Editor Allyssia Alleyne sits down with the final candidate, Toronto-Centre Progressive Conservative candidate Martin Abell
into skills training and apprenticeship programs and we want to make [post-secondary education] more accessible to more families by raising the threshold around access to OSAP. AA: Raised by how much? MA: We don’t have a number, but we’re going to raise it. AA: Why the focus on small businesses and job creation? MA: If you get up and working, that [student] debt load will be manageable, but if you’re stuck for two years in part-time jobs, it puts a lot of stress on young people when they should be focusing on getting a good job and enjoying themselves before they get hunkered down with a lot of kids.
Changes to the undergraduate curriculum will allow students to have more control over which classes earn them their degree. The framework was approved by the Senate on June 7, 2011 and is being assessed this year. The alterations will begin in Fall 2012 and be fully implemented by Fall 2013. “I wanted to turn (the) power over to the students,” said Provost and Vice-President Academic Alan Shepard. Professionally-related tables will be replaced by professionally-related elective (PRE) categories, which will be open to all students. “I had a lot of feedback from students that the rules were too rigid,” said Shepard. The changes will give each student the ability to modify their degree to suit their dream career. “It will be in your hands to figure out what electives to take to get you to that career,” said Shepard. The minor policy will also be revised, allowing up to two liberals to count in the required six courses. “It puts a new responsibility on students but I think they’re up to it,” said Shepard.
Allyssia Alleyne and Michael Abell talk over lunch at Oakham Cafe.
AA: Is this your first time at Ryerson? MA: I used to come here as a kid because my mom was a mature student. AA: Which program was she taking? MA: Interior design, I think it was. We used to come down and accompany her sometimes, either to pick up, drop off or sit quietly while she attended to projects and things like that. This would have been back in the ‘70s. [Ryerson] has transformed since then. AA: Definitely. What’s the biggest change you’ve noticed? MA: It’s got much more curb appeal and street presence. It’s much more pedestrian friendly. AA: Where’d you go to school? MA: I went to the University of British Columbia. It had the program I wanted and the sports I wanted. AA: What program did you want? MA: Agriculture. AA: How come? MA: I worked a lot of summers in high school — all my summers in high school basically — on farms, so that got me interested. AA: And the sports? Were you a jock? MA: Yeah, I was a bit. Major in rugby, minor in skiing. AA: And after grad? MA: I travelled in southern Af-
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rica. I hitchhiked and bused to get around. I did a bit of a walkabout AA: Does the party have any plans for six months, and then I came specifically for Ryerson? back to Toronto to work. MA: Not specific to Ryerson. We don’t want to be playing favourites. AA: In what ways are you involved in the community? AA: What are some of your favouMA: I’ve been involved with vol- rite bars? unteer work at the Nature Conser- MA: I like the Pilot. It’s at Yonge vancy of Canada and also Out of and Cumberland, just behind Holt the Cold, which is a winter months Renfrew. I also like The Rebel program where we provide meals House, Bar Volo which is further and overnight accommodation for down Yonge at the corner of ... I guests that are from the homeless always walk there, so I don’t know population. That sort of work agi- the intersection. Near Wellesley. tated me to get further involved. AA: What sets Toronto Centre AA: What is the Ontario PC offer- apart from other ridings in the ing to students? city? MA: We’re going to push for more MA: It’s the diversity. It’s a wonspaces in post-secondary educa- derful mix of people, architecture tion, to commit to get more people and different neighbourhoods.
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Briefs & Groaners
Three boxes of paper (worth $200) were stolen from Duplicating and Printing Services on Sept 19. Too bad you didn’t put those skills towards stealing something badass. A bike was reported stolen from a rack at 99 Gerrard St. on Sept. 22. The thief reportedly lifted the rack, slid the pole and lock off the bike and rode away. Seems like way too much effort to us. A baby squirrel appeared to be lost on Sept. 21 and security helped it find its way. We’re still wondering what makes a squirrel look “lost.” A naked, masturbating man was found standing in Lake Devo on Sept. 23. When approached by security, he assured them he was “just taking a shower.” A man was arrested for trespassing in a women’s bathroom on the 2nd floor of Eric Palin Hall. When asked why he was there, he said he was considering committing a sexual assault. We suggest all future criminals ponder their crimes and get caught.
Salad King: Original vs. The Hub
Last Monday, the long awaited campus location was unveiled in the Hub. Diana Hall takes a toll of student reactions to the new King, while Eyeopener Editors participate in an epic taste test
Since its Sept. 19 opening, Salad King’s on-campus kiosk has served its first customers, with mixed reviews revealing a student wish for more meal options at the Hub’s branch of the Thai food connoisseur. “I’d honestly rather just get take out from Salad King, so then I can choose what I want that day and how spicy I want it,” said secondyear occupational health and safety student Ulrica Wong. “Everything is set here, so there’s not much of a choice.” “I wish there was a little more variety,” agreed fellow second year health and safety student Sabrina Tonima. The original focus for the “King at the Court” was to find a way to balance the desire for the cuisine from the Yonge Street location with the practicality of keeping the dishes as fresh as possible at Ryerson. Tonima acknowledged this compromise in food preparation, and said she was satisfied with the Bangkok stir-fry and spring roll dish from the Hub. Tonima awarded the meal with a four out of five rating. “We haven’t been able to see a trend yet (in terms of dish preferences),” said Alan Lui, general manager of Salad King, of the three-dish-a-day menu. “We’re still refining the menu and we’re open to feedback.” Lui said the kiosk location will be looking at changing the food options in late October. They will also be dropping one server position at the front of the kiosk until the winter weather encourages students and staff to use this “more convenient and faster way to get a hold of Salad King food”. Wong and Tonima were both careful to point out their preference for location over food quality. Tonima emphasized that she preferred “the caf atmosphere, because it’s so hard to get a seat (at 340 Yonge St.) especially at around lunch time, because they’re always busy and they always rush you. You have to sit beside random people.” Lui admitted the kiosk hasn’t eased up the long lines at the main restaurant. He attributed the smaller amount of customers lining up at the Hub to the number of students, mainly those in first year, who have never had Thai food before, “let alone Salad King.” Keeping that in mind, the staff at the Eyeopener put three of the Hub’s choices up against the real Salad King THE DISH: Hot Thai Noodles with Chicken THE PRICE: $9.00 at Salad King (left) vs. $8.49 at the Hub (right) THE VERDICT: Overall, the orginal King’s more obviously cooked noodles won out with our staff.
THE DISH: Golden Tofu (vegetarian option)
THE PRICE: $8.00 at Salad King (left) vs. $8.49 at the Hub (right) THE VERDICT: The Hub’s tofu hadn’t emusified enough, making it bland and mushy and leaving the old King a clear winner at the Eye.
THE DISH: Spring Roll
THE PRICE: $1.60 at Salad King vs. $1. 50 at the Hub THE VERDICT: The Hub spring roll won out, as it was easier to taste all the ingredients than in the King’s roll.
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ARTS & LIFE
A nuit to remember
Now in its sixth year, Nuit Blanche gives Ryerson artists one sleepless night to show the city what they can do. Victoria Kuglin reports
On Oct. 1 Toronto will be transformed into a living art gallery for Nuit Blanche, the annual festival of contemporary art. Once again, Ryerson will be front and centre, flexing its creative muscles with the Light Up the Night project, a set of five exhibits. “It’s a great platform for young students,” says Nicole Bazuin, a contributing artist to Honey! I’m Home. Bazuin and her team have replicated the stereotypical sitcom set and family. They’re allowing guests to step into the shoes of the father and alter the dynamics of the sketch. For Cheryl Hsu, another Honey! collaborator, this is a chance to share the fruits of her labour. “These are your peers and colleagues,” she says. “It’s the perfect chance to learn about your school through these exhibits.” To Vincent Hui, the faculty advisor for Cirrus — a work of art involving over 2,800 LED lights — and an assistant architecture professor, Ryerson artists need opportunities like Nuit Blanche to actively contribute to the “the cultural good.” This, he believes, benefits both students and the city at large. “It tells the rest of Toronto that our students understand that they are, in a sense, cultural leaders.” The concept for Cirrus was born in one of his fourth-year classes, when seven architecture students conceptualized it for their final project. The exhibit interacts with visitors and reacts differently to each person. “It’s a concept based on clouds, which is where the name ‘Cirrus’ comes from.” Diana Galligan, the head of technical design for Egerton Falls — an almuni project that uses projectors to impose a waterfall on the rocks at Lake Devo — shares the belief that showing at Nuit Blanche can help young artists develop a following and receive feedback. “It’s important to show students getting involved in creating art. It’s always interesting to see people’s reactions when they see it,” she said.
Clockwise from top: Egerton Falls, the crew behind Honey! I’m Home!, Cirrus (All photos courtesy of the artists)
Top Nuit Blanche Exhibits near Campus
Honey! I’m Home! (310 Church St.) You play the dad for this parody of ‘90s family sitcoms. Cosby sweater optional. Cirrus (Alley between O’Keefe House and the SCC) Visitors manipulate the formations of “clouds” suspended on an overhead metal frame. Film, Vinyl, Paper (Yonge, between Elm and Gould) Dead mediums? Think again. Check out this exhibit to see film, records and books transformed into streetside furniture. Observer FX (RCC, 80 Gould St.) A light and sound performance created by live artists, digital processors and you, the visitor. Egerton Falls (Lake Devo, Gould at Victoria Streets) Lake Devo’s lack-lustre pool is transformed into a virtual waterfall through projections and sounds.
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Features Editor Marta Iwanek and photo editors Lindsay Boeckl, Mohamed Omar and Chelsea Pottage take a look inside four Ryerson students’ fridges and ask them to pick their most healthy and least healthy food item. A look at what your fridge has to say about you
Emily Goode and Andrew Galloway
Emily Goode and Andrew Galloway sing their fridge’s praises. “It’s a very good fridge, but I wish it was bigger to fit more condiments,” jokes Galloway, a second-year continuing education film student at the Chang School. Their fridge is sparsely populated with juices, jars and an Arm and Hammer baking soda box. Goode, a fourth-year film studies student, picks an apple as the healthiest item in her fridge. It’s a stark comparison to ketchup and cheese, she says, and its organic. She has a shopping list set up to fill her fridge, but hasn’t had the time yet. Between school and work, both their schedules are very busy. She tries to be healthy, but “I fake it,” she says. “To me healthy is a Subway sandwich on nine grain bread.” Her least healthy choice is the Betty Crocker icing because its processed and has a lot of sugar. They recently baked a cake. “I don’t really cook,” she says. “I burn most things.” She’s good at baking though and points out the plate of chocolate chip cookies on her marble counter. Their trick to trying to eat healthy is having a lot of stuff in the freezer. “We never get around to eating half the stuff we have,” says Galloway, so having this storage helps. Goode takes out a green box of chicken patties for dinner, setting them on the counter to defrost. “Dinner,” she says.
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or bad, but when they’re on the go, it gets worse. They resort to eating the ramen. The pantry wasn’t enough storage so there’s overflow under their oven. Kaupp picks the Betty Croker icing as the least healthy. It’s all processed and there’s nothing natural or good about it. “We eat it straight up and its probably one of the worst things you can do,” she s a y s laughing.
Nicole Trpcic and Kelsey Kaupp
Nicole Trpcic and Kelsey Kaupp’s fridge is packed to full capacity. There are tupperware containers with cooked food, bread, jars, yogurt, condiments and juices as well as frozen finger foods and meats in the freezer. The secondyear occupational health and safety student and second-year social work student share their fridge with two other roommates. It’s their first year after residence and they feel their diet is on the healthy side. “We know how it was last year, being on the meal plan it was garbage and now we have the option to eat what we want,” Kaupp says. They share cooking duties between the four, making everything from stew to enchiladas. They come from European parents, so they have to know how to cook, says Kaupp. They share essentials between the four of them as well – mayo, ketchup, tomatoes, freezies and Mr. Noodles. Trpcic picks the homegrown tomatoes she brought from her house in Hamilton as the healthiest thing in her fridge. They’re organic and cancer fighters and they use them in everything – sandwiches, salads or just as is. She’s also growing cherry tomatoes and a banana tree in her room. They have high ceilings, she jokes. Their diet isn’t good
Kaitlyn Arcuri can count the number of things in her fridge on two hands. The third-year child and youth care worker’s fridge shines bright and white, with leftover sushi, a cheese and broccoli quiche, lettuce, grapes, two fruit smoothies, water, milk, yogurt, a few condiments and bread in the freezer. Yesterday she threw out cheese slices that expired in 2010. The healthiest thing in her fridge is lettuce she says as she picks up the plastic case from the top shelf of her fridge. It’s a vegetable and she doesn’t have to spend the effort cooking, so it’s easy. Her least healthiest choice is a cheese and broccoli quiche — because of the unhealthy pastry crust she reasons. As she looks through her fridge, her dog Harley stands on his hind legs and also peruses the shelves. She knows how to cook, spending a year as a nanny in England cooking meals for the kids. “I didn’t make them eat salad, I swear,” she says, but often neglects cooking meals for herself. “Cooking for one, I don’t know, it’s just depressing.” She’ll eat healthier when friends or family come over or when she goes out. “I cook too much, too little, I don’t know, I’m lazy.”
Daryl Tan has two fridges in the house he shares with roommates -one good and one bad. The fridge upstairs would make any parent with a kid living on their own proud. It’s populated with milk, eggs, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, bread, bagels and meat in the freezer as well. Tan’s black, plastic tupperware containers are filled with chicken adobo he brought from his trip home to Hamilton this weekend. He goes home once or twice a month and likes doing grocery shopping while there. He drove back with five grocery bags from this trip. “I don’t pay for it when I go home,” he says. He eats a lot of food, healthy and unhealthy, but his healthy pick is the green grapes. They’re refreshing and a good snack when studying. His least healthy choice is the chicken fingers in his fridge downstairs. The extra fridge is storage for booze and his two boxes of McCain pizza. He also has a secret stash of food in a cupboard in his room. He opens it to reveal cases of Vitamin Water, Chef Boyardee and Hereford corned beef in a can. It’s in cans and must have preservatives in it, he says, as he looks at the red, blue and yellow labeled beef, but “when I’m hungry it’s easier to eat.”
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September 28, 2011
A whole new game
After spending three years dominating the Golden Blades Women’s Hockey League, Ryerson’s women’s hockey team is getting ready to compete in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports for the first time in school history. Matt Kennedy reports
Many of Ryerson’s athletic programs have undergone a competitive renaissance as of late, but none more so than the woman’s hockey team. Armed with a new head coach, a new home arena and a lot of new faces, the Rams are looking to take the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) by storm in their inaugural season in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS). The new-look Rams bolstered their women’s hockey program with a bunch of fresh faces, none of whom are more important to building and sustaining success than their new head coach, Lisa Jordan. Not only has Jordan, 38, won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Team Canada’s under-18 women’s hockey team in 2010, but the Nova Scotia native is no rookie when it comes to building a university program. After founding Saint Mary’s women’s hockey program in 1996, a then 24-year-old Jordan went on to lead the Huskies to four championships, before the team was initially axed due to budget constraints last March. Saint Mary’s hockey program was later saved due to a $60,000 from Canadian Tire, Jordan had already signed on. “Fifteen years ago, I was an unseasoned coach with a new team, so this feels a lot easier,” said Jordan. “I know what growing pains to expect, and what standards we have to live by. This is an exciting time to be involved with Ryerson hockey.” As the untried team pushes forward into unknown territory, Jordan will have the luxury of working with almost a completely new team. Although the women’s hockey team used to be known as the Toronto Stingers in the Golden Blades Women’s Hockey League (GBWHL), much of the originalteam is not represented in this year’s CIS iteration, as only four players made the cut. “Most of them didn’t try out,” said Victoria Arci, who used to play on the Toronto Stingers. “I think the level of play became too much … it’s like a whole new game.” Despite the fact that the Stingers went undefeated last season and won the GBWHL championship, Arci believes that the team is a tighter-knit group. “[Last season] we went into every game knowing we would win so nothing really pulled us together,” said Arci. “The environment is different and the girls are different. It feels like a tighter group.” Symbolic of the their fresh start, the team’s roster was largely compiled from open tryouts, although despite only being named the Rams’ head coach in April, Jordan did manage to do a little recruiting. The prize of Jordan’s limited recruiting class was the acquisition of Emma Crawley. A highly touted goaltending prospect hailing from Herring Cove, N.S., Crawley originally signed a letter of intent to attend Saint Mary’s university, but quickly changed her mind when she heard that Jordan had signed on with Ryerson. The addition of Crawley is especially important in Jordan’s eyes, because she believes that goaltending is an integral part of women’s hockey. “We want to avoid putting the success of the team on her shoulders, but I do think she’ll be an integral part of the team,” said Jordan. While an inaugural season would be expected to carry an air of uncertainty, Crawley thinks that her team is prepared for the jump, and remains cautiously optimistic about the season’s outlook. “We aren’t the most polished or the most skilled, but this being our first year motivates us to work even harder,” said the first-year chemistry student. It feels like this team is pushing through the first year challenge together.” Pushing through that challenge will be made easier with the addition of Laura McCusker and Kyla Thurston, two players that Jordan brought with her from Saint Mary’s. Unlike most of the team, both McCusker and Thurston each have four years of CIS experience, as they were important parts to the Huskies’ championship season in 2010. The two fifth-year players are expected to mentor the less experienced players both on and off the ice. “[McCusker and Thurston] bring leadership to the table and know what the standard is,” said Jordan. “With four years of CIS experience, they’re going to be very important [to the team].” Although Jordan knows that immediate success at this level is unlikely, she believes that a playoff spot is attainable, but is by no means the benchmark of success this season. “Our goal is to keep focused on the path right now and not the destination,” she said. “That’s a healthy plan for a team’s first season.”
Rookie goaltender Emma Crawley.
PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL
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After competing in their inaugural season, Ryerson’s equestrian club is quickly becoming one of the more competitive teams on equestrain circuits. Charles Vanegas sits down with Andrea Robinson, the teams co-founder, and Alison Hurley, the team’s captain, to discuss the the club’s progress, horses and what they do on a typical Friday night. Log on to theeyeopener.com to read the interview
September 28, 2011
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Gabriel Lee reports on how one man never gave up on his hoop dreams
At the end of Ryerson’s men’s open basketball tryouts, head coach Roy Rana emphasized to the group of 16 Ram hopefuls that he would be in touch with those he wanted to play on the team. For the rest of them, he had a simple message. “Get bitter or get better, there’s not much more I can really say.” With his white tank top soaked in sweat to the point where it was practically see through, Logan Marrast took every single of the coach’s words to heart. He was one of Rana’s final cuts from last year’s open tryouts. out the course of the practice. With his dreams of basketball glory gone, Marrast decided to take an extended break from the game to gather himself mentally. However, as the winter semester started, Marrast couldn’t bare the prospect of not playing basketball competitively again. To figure out where he went wrong, Marrast reached out to Rana, and asked him what aspects of his game he needed to work on. “I was told to get into the gym, work on my conditioning and to get stronger,” he said. From that moment forward, Marrast dedicated all of his spare time to his training regime. In addition to attending every Rams game he could find time for, Marrast sat directly across from the Ryerson bench, ensuring that Rana would notice him. From January to September, he made sure to get to the gym at least four times a week, and he drastically changed his eating habits in the hope that he would one day be on the team. when Luke Staniscia, this year’s captain, took the fresh crop of players aside and assigned them rookie duties. “I put two and two together and I asked Luke is this the real deal,” Marrast reflects. “And Luke said ‘yeah, you made the team.’” Despite accomplishing what he worked the better part of 10 months for, Marrast isn’t satisfied yet. He practices with the mentality that he could still be cut at any time because as far as he’s concerned, “I’m at the bottom of the food chain.” During one of their recent practices, there was a sequence during scrimmage when Rana’s top recruit, Aaron Best, was matched up against Marrast. Setting Marrast up with a crafty jab step, Best blew by him and dunked the ball emphatically with two hands. “I still got a lot of work to do,” Marrast admits. “When Aaron blew by me and dunked, I felt horrible.” Although the end to Marrast’s underdog story will become more clear when the Rams take the court at the beginning of November, Rana believes Marrast is a positive addition to the team and is encouraged by his steady improvement. “I think everybody likes to see that Cinderella story. At times it could be a little frustrating because [he’s] a little further behind in terms of game experience,” Rana said. “I’ve been hard on [Marrast], but I’ve been very impressed by his commitment and his desire.”
Throughout his entire high school career, Marrast was always the best player on his team. Despite his impressive performance on the court, he didn’t generate any serious interest from any post-secondary institutions, and as his 2010 graduation neared, so did the end of Marrast’s competitive basketball career. “At one point I thought maybe that this game wasn’t for me,” said Marrast. “I [thought] ‘I already did all this in high school, maybe I should worry about school instead.’” Despite second-guessing himself, Marrast still tried out for the Rams’ basketball team in 2010, but he was eventually cut because of his poor physical fitness and his inability to sustain a high level of play through-
After having made it through two thirds of the open tryouts, Marrast was approached by the coaching staff to take part in a full practice with the team. Although he was now taking part in team practices, he was never told that he made the team. However, that all changed
Marrast taking free throws.
PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE
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September 28, 2011
Making campus feel more like home
A new committee on campus wants to get all cultures on campus involved in cultural celebrations
ILLUSTRATION: LINDSAY BOECKL
BY NICOLE SIENA COMMUNITIES EDITOR
There are 110 different cultures on campus; speaking different languages and representing a variety of cultures and religions across the globe. Now Ryerson will be able to celebrate all of them. The new Cultural Awareness Committee (CAC) is dedicating its time to helping student groups on campus get together and celebrate their unique holidays throughout the year. “The key for me here is in discovering and learning about other nations, cultures, faith, creed and traditions celebrated by the true spectrum of our vast Ryerson community,” said Jeff Perera, the Ry-
erson White Ribbon Campaign co-chairperson and member of the CAC. Perera said that when we see Christmas traditions celebrated every year, we further a notion of a normal and central Canadian traditon, and make other celebrations in Ryerson’s communities feel “othered.” It’s “as if they’re outsiders and not an equally celebrated part of our campus and community,” he said. The idea for the CAC came from a 2009 event when the Iranian Students’ Association of Ryerson University (ISARU) held the first ever Norouz celebration at Ryerson. Norouz, the Iranian new year, was celebrated on the second floor of the
Hub in Jorgenson hall with a variety of food, music, activities, and a welcoming atmosphere for people of other cultures . “Given that Ryerson is a diverse school, we need to acknowledge the diversity and differences in the school,” said Azar Masoumi, a member of CAC, and a fourth-year sociology student. “We should treat them all as something that needs to be celebrated.” CAC wants to make events more interactive than they have been in the past. “This isn’t about eating their food and seeing the different ‘costumes’ worn. It’s about hearing the voices of people, the stories told by them, their tradition and their way of living,” said Perera.
Darrel Bowden, the educational equity advisor for Ryerson, said it would be ideal if “students, staff and faculty worked together on a celebration.” “It’s a personal experience with the culture. We want someone from another culture to be a guest and make them comfortable,” said Masoumi. “It’s about exposing them to everyday experiences and people.” Masoumi also said that the celebrations raise a discussion of citizenship. “You don’t want the land you’re living in to be foreign,” said Masoumi. “You don’t want to be a traveller. It may be different from your motherland, but here, you have ownership, rights and respon-
sibilities.” But it would have to start with the individual student groups expressing interest in getting help from the CAC. “We need to get student groups together and put them in the decision making positions,” said Masoumi. ‘We can help them do it because we have the resources.” “To learn and understand is to embrace and create a space where people truly feel included and are able to be who they are, and flourish and contribute to the larger community,”said Perera. “Even if people aren’t engaged in groups but want to see their cultures celebrated, then they should contact us,” said Masoumi. “Even individuals can do it.”
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BIZ & TECH
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DMZ’s Finizi gets investors best return rate
The Digital Media Zone company Finizi launched recently and is set on getting users the most out of their savings. Steve Goetz reports
As students, it can be easier to defer financial concerns to some unforeseen later date — after we land that dream job with its sixfigure salary. But Daniel Shain, 25, the founder and CEO of Finizi thinks now is the perfect time for students to think about their finances. Finizi is the latest start-up out of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ). Last week, his company launched a website designed to help Canadians receive better rates of return when they invest in a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC). The site helps users auction their business to the highest-bidding financial institution. “Students should condition themselves to start saving early on,” said Shain. “With compounding interest, the earlier you start, the more money you are going to make.” A GIC can be purchased from a bank or trust company and comes with a guaranteed rate of return over a fixed period of time. An investor lends money to the financial institution, and they promise to pay it back with interest at a future date. GICs can be purchased for as little as $500 and for periods as short as a single day or up to five years. The return on a GIC is often more than on a typical savings account, but less than what can be made buying bonds or stocks. Unlike stocks, GICs are government-backed so a bank failure won’t wipe out an investment. A GIC is a great option for students and other investors who need their money available in the near future and who haven’t mastered the art of picking stocks. “They are a safe investment,” Shain said. “Some of your money you have to keep in liquid form. You can’t just put it all in the stock market.” “GICs are very simple to understand,” Shain said. Shain came up with the Finizimodel while working for a bank.
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iPhone | BlackBerry Launched at Ryerson’s own DMZ, this app gets you discounts. Inspired by the Student Price Card (SPC), it kicks its muse’s ass by replacing the 10 to 15 per cent off with higher percentages off and better deals.
iPhone | BlackBerry | Android
Daniel Shain is the CEO and founder of Finizi, an investment company at the DMZ. PHOTO: DASHA ZOLOTA
“When I was working at the branch, I had a lot of discretion over rates for GICs and mortgages. People didn’t know that or use it as leverage,” Shain said. Users of Finizi’s online service open an auction for the GIC they want to purchase, selecting the amount to invest and the period of time. Participating financial institutions then bid for the users’ business by offering competitive rates of return. Finizi hopes to build on the number of financial institutions participating — five as of last week’s launch — and, in the future, auction car loans and mortgages. “The rate you get will depend on how much shopping around you do and how much negotiating,” he said. “So I figured, why can’t we put the power in the hands of consumers?”
Slacker Radio is a personalized radio app. It allows you to create a radio station around your specific music tastes.
iPhone | BlackBerry Do you love autotune? What a silly question, of course you do! With Songify, you can record voice and the app can autotune it and apply music. You could be the next “Hide your kids, hide your wife” sensation.
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The 50 Graduates Weekend is a chance for selected Canadian students interested in master’s and PhD studies to learn about graduate programs in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo and experience life in one of Canada’s most vibrant communities. You will tour state-of-the-art engineering facilities, explore innovative research programs, and learn about collaborations with the region’s growing list of technology, automotive, ﬁnancial, health and environmental companies. You will also get a taste of the region’s
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BIZ & TECH
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September 28, 2011
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Labouring life away
BY SARAH DEL GIALLO BIZ AND TECH EDITOR
Prof today: “Can I be pooping while I take a shower? Maybe, but I’d get myself into a real mess!” #ryerson
Working your way through school can put you in a vulnerable position. Some employers take advantage of your inexperience and need for cash. In the weeks to come, we’ll show you your rights
Following that we’ll discuss restaurant work, mainly waiting tables and bartending. Next we’ll take a look at your personal stories, with an expert opinion on how the situation should have been handled. In the fourth part of the series, we’ll take a look at retail, hours and wages, and lastly, we’ll be covering the dirty and overworked world of internships. Each of these working environments has its own rules and grey areas when it comes to the law. Waitresses work hours that wouldn’t be legal in any other industry and you don’t need to be paid anything for an internship. But when it comes to these areas, employers can be cruelly opportunistic, and that’s why it’s important to educate yourself. If you’re working illegal hours or being paid illegal wages, you need to know how to better your situation. If your mind is filled with worries over exams, assignments, and having enough money for food and rent, your priority becomes getting as many hours as possible. At that point, it’s easy to forget where your rights as a citizen fall into the mix. When it comes to work, there are labour laws for every job that are meant to protect you. It’s likely that you don’t know what those laws are, and some institutions and companies will bank on your ignorance. So it’s time you learn.
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There is no doubt that a student life is a stressful one. That rule is only exaggerated for the working student. This past summer, I worked my first internship. I was making five dollars an hour at 40 hours a week. I walked an hour to and from the office every day because I couldn’t afford a Metropass and worked hard to prove myself competent, but I received no credit for my work. I began the job with promise of a raise, but then found out there was not enough in the budget, so I didn’t get one. I had to choose between money and work experience. Not an easy choice. But I needed to eat and pay tuition. I quit. I’ll admit I didn’t know if my rights were being impeached, but I knew I didn’t feel good about my situation. Over the next couple of months, the Eyeopener will be bringing you a series on labour laws and your rights within them. Next week we will cover jobs on campus: what your contract should state and how you should be treated.
Were your rights ever overlooked in a workplace? Are your rights being overlooked now? Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll have a labour lawyer look at your situation and let you know what you should have done or should be doing.
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September 28, 2011
Corgi of the Week
Corgi of the week gets a five minute penalty for cuteness.
by Michael Winkler
Aries Expect a positive result in all of your financial endeavours, romantic pursuits and HIV tests. Gemini Mars crosses your sign this week, which completely explains that hooker-murdering spree you’ll go on. Leo Bad things will happen to your genitals as you discover that the Facebook Jersey Shore fan page was actually a cleverly disguised eugenics program. Libra Awkward situations abound when you misinterpret the meaning of “Flash Mob” and get arrested for indecent exposure. Sagittarius Remember, drugs are all fun and games until you have to do that Pulp Fiction adrenaline heart-stab thing to @EvilEggy. Aquarius Take up smoking. It’s not like you’re going to get cancer in the next three days.
Taurus It’s another seven months until your birthday, but you should probably celebrate the anniversary of the failed abortion, too. Drinks all round!
Cancer Business pursuits will go poorly this week, and it might be better to stay home. Especially if you’re a hooker.
Virgo You’re beginning to think that people just don’t like you, as that’s the third member of the clergy to try to light you on fire.
Scorpio Your money troubles will be slightly alleviated when someone mistakes you for a hobo and gives you a dollar.
Capricorn Consider getting out of town for the weekend, spending some time gathering your thoughts by yourself. We could all use the time off from you!
Pisces Whether you like it or not, there’s no way around it — you will experience an unreasonable amount of sodomy this week.
BY: KAI BENSON
September 28, 2011
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