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New radio fights for frequency
A group of RTA students fed up with the state of campus radio have set out to campaign for a new, student-operated radio station on campus. A referendum is set to take place on Oct. 24 to 26

FCAD considers changes

Kolter Bouchard, pictured above, is campaigning to establish a new campus radio station to replace CKLN.


Since CKLN was taken off the air by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) earlier this year, the frequency 88.1 has been up for grabs. This is this first time this frequency has been available in over 27 years and a group of Ryerson students and faculty have their eye on it. Kolter Bouchard and Noorex Nunu Rhemtulla, two radio and television arts (RTA) students have spearheaded a campaign to use a portion of the $250,000 set aside for CKLN to apply to the CRTC for a student-run radio station. The $10.35, paid by each Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) member as a part of the 2011-12 tuition, has been put into an untapped reserve since CKLN can no longer access funds. This new radio station, if ac-

cepted by the CRTC will have no affiliation with CKLN. “A lot of people think that it’s the same group of people applying,” said Bouchard, who was a student representative on the CKLN board of directors in the past. “It’s outrageous that Ryerson had a radio station, but the people running it squandered it.” “We want to be everything (CKLN) was not,” said Lorie Beckstead, the associate chair of RTA and the faculty advisor for the potential new radio station. “CKLN wasn’t able to serve the Ryerson community. We want to ensure that none of that will happen again,” she said. The frequency is available for open application and many others have already applied to get it. “What we have going for us is that the dial is so crowded with commercial radio, that we have a real edge,” said Bouchard. “We’re offering something that none of

these other stations can offer.” Beckstead said that airwaves are public property. “It’s not fair when the airwaves are all the same.” Bouchard and Rhemtulla both sat on the board of directors for CKLN as student representatives. But both stepped down this summer after realizing that being involved with CKLN was like “trying to bring someone back from a coma,” according to Rhemtulla. If the station is accepted, it will consist of a nine-person board of directors. They will reserve three seats for students, three for faculty members and three for community members. “Kolter and I were always on the same page,” Rhemtulla said. “When we both got on [the board of directors], we decided to do it for the students.” Bouchard and Rhemtulla had talked to other CKLN members about having more student in-

volvement and even broadcasting Rams sporting events. “It wasn’t that they weren’t taking it seriously, it was that they weren’t taking it as seriously as us,” said Rhemtulla. After stepping down, they began talking to other students and industry professionals about starting their own station. “We have so many students who wanted to be a part of it, and then we couldn’t,” said Bouchard. For the new station to be approved, a minimum of 3,000 students need to vote and more than 50 per cent must cast a ballot in favour of it. But Bouchard vows that the station will showcase programming with students in mind. “At the end of the day, students are paying the bills. We’re trying to serve the community. It’s student funded, and it really needs to serve the needs of students, first and foremost.”

Bookstore set to sell Rams logo gear

The university’s athletics department is teaming up with Adidas to bring a line of apparel bearing the new Rams logo to the Ryerson bookstore for the first time. Adidas is putting together a line of merchandise with the new logo that will be available to all students sometime in the coming months. “We’re still waiting for Adidas to provide back the product line and then we’ll review [it] at that point. So it’s still really in the early stages,” said Stephanie White, associate director of athletics. White said the gear will not necessarily be identical to the uniforms worn by Ryerson athletes but will likely include variations of the apparel. The line is expected to consist of popular Adidas items and will not be designed exclusively for Ryerson. “They would build a line of what they think the top sellers would be,” said White.

Athletics director Ivan Joseph said selling branded merchandise would help boost school spirit and pride among students. “In the world I live in, I believe that everybody should feel like they’re a Ram, not just the Ryerson athletes,” Joseph said. “We want people to identify as being a part of Eggy, part of the spirit that Eggy represents. So we’ll put the logo on t-shirts, on sweatshirts, on hats, on scarves and have it on sale.” Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said he didn’t know Rams-branded gear wasn’t available to everyone until now and said the move should have been made a long time

ago. “If money wasn’t an object I’d give them away if I could because I’d like to see more and more students wearing the university name,” said Levy. But, even though anyone would be able to wear the clothing, Joseph said he is not concerned that students could compromise the Rams’ image if they conduct themselves inappropriately while wearing branded gear. “Anytime you have something with Ryerson on you ... you have the ability to enhance the university’s reputation or you have the ability to damage the university’s reputation,” he said.

No conclusive deal between the bookstore and Ryerson athletics has been signed yet but the profits from the project will likely go to both parties. “We would look at finding means where some money could come back to athletics to help support but obviously a part of it has to pay for the apparel alone, so we haven’t done a complete, signed deal with the bookstore yet,” said White. There is no set date for when the merchandise will be available at the bookstore but, if Ryerson athletics likes the line proposed by Adidas, it will make it available “sooner than later,” according to White. “There’s no timing as to when exactly it’s going to appear in the bookstore,” she said. “You never know, it could be this year.”

The faculty of communication and design (FCAD) could be undergoing significant changes if a faculty name change and new undergraduate programs are approved by the university. “I cannot deny we have considered a new name for FCAD but there has not been any significant level of decision making,” said Gerd Hauck, Dean of FCAD. The idea of a name change spurred from a desire to make the faculty more understood nationally. Hauck said FCAD is not known for its faculty name but rather for the strength of its individual schools. “I would like to see all eight schools represented under one umbrella,” said Hauck. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said he never looked at the faculty as a name that tried to be inclusive of all the different interests within FCAD. The school is very strong but with such an eclectic group of programs with a strong individual identity it’s not your typical coming together of departments, he said. FCAD has also been working on the implementation of a new program in creative industries. The program would comprise every school in the faculty to combine a business component with creative work that would lead to careers in fields such as film, web, digital projection, video game development, etc. The program has been in the works since 2008 and if approved, would still not come to fruition until at least 2013. Letter of intents have also been sent out regarding an undergraduate degree program in professional communication and sports media management. The cost for implementing new programs is a factor of government funding but also based on what existing programs and resources they already have to concoct a new program, said Hauck. “It’s certainly a candidate for consideration should the university decide to expand its undergraduate numbers,” said Levy.

Gerd Hauck, Dean of FCAD.


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October 5, 2011

Vote like you mean it
dently. Why? “Because Mommy and Daddy vote Liberal.” ALLYSSIA ALLEYNE I was sort of stunned. He was ARTS & LIFE EDITOR barely old enough to travel without a car seat, let alone have an established political affiliation. I thought it was just another inSomething strange happened stance of a kid saying the darndto me a few weeks ago. When my est things. But as this election has adorable eight-year-old brother progressed, I’ve found this way of and I were watching TV, he asked thinking isn’t rare. Many people me which political party I was a are supporting parties without repart of. When I told him I didn’t ally knowing what they’re supportbelong to any party he seemed less ing, more influenced by friends, than impressed. family and slogans than research “I’m a Liberal,” he said confi- and independent thought. Before I start to sound a little too condescending, I’ll BY CATHERINE POLCZ explain my own lessthan-stellar record. I went through stints as a left-ish activisttype and an apathetic cynic until I figured out how empowering it is to be genuinely politically aware. Once I dropped the ideology and decided how I really felt about issues, voting stopped being a waste of 15 minutes. So here’s when I get onto my soapbox and tell you what to do. It might not work for you, but it worked for me. The first step is to figure out what’s important to you. As much as the media and the Canadian Federation of Students try to paint us all as activists rallying for lower tuition fees and social justice, students are a diEDITOR-IN-CHIEF verse bunch with diverse interests. Lauren “ILU WIL” Strapagiel Maybe you’re really interested in cutting down hospital wait times, NEWS or maybe you’re interested in see- Mariana “NYQUIL POPS” Ionova ing our prisoners working like a Les Rebecca “GRRRRR” Burton Mis-esque chain gang. I don’t care. Your priorities are your own. ASSOCIATE NEWS Next, try to figure out where Carolyn “MUAHAHA” Turgeon each party stands on the issues that matter to you. Even if you don’t FEATURES take the time to read each party’s Marta “KABLAMO” Iwanek platform, there are many resources to help you make a more educated BIZ & TECH choice. Sarah “CRUMPLER COP” Del Giallo The most useful, in my opinion, is the newspaper, where journalARTS & LIFE ists explain, critique and analyze Allyssia “SUCCESS!” Alleyne party promises and politicians on a daily basis (think of them as those SPORTS meddling kids from Scooby-Doo). Sean “OMGPUPPY” Tepper It’s impossible to know how much of a party’s platform is bullshit or COMMUNITIES make-believe, but you can at least Nicole “SCOOPER” Siena try to figure out what their priorities are. PHOTO The last step is to actually get to Chelsea “RETURN PRO” Pottage the ballot box. Thursday is your last Lindsay “OLD WOMAN” Boeckl chance, so check out to figure out where to do it. ASSOCIATE PHOTO At the end of the day, it doesn’t Mohamed “DEPP’D” Omar matter if the party you vote for wins or not. It wouldn’t be a democracy FUN if we didn’t have winners and losSuraj “TOO FAR” Singh ers. But the moral of this editorial is to make your vote count, no matter MEDIA what the results are. Lee “BOLLOCKS!” Richardson An apathetic person stays home on election night. An idiot votes ONLINE without knowing what they’re vot- Emma “HYPER TEXT” Prestwich ing for. John “TRANSFER PHOTOCOL” Shmuel Liane “ON THE TRAIL” McLarty


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Interior design keeps doors shut

Design flaws and security needs cause the School of Interior Design to keep the public out and grant 24/7 private access to its students. Associate News Editor Carolyn Turgeon reports
mon practice on campus to assign a guard to one building. “We have to patrol the entire campus. If someone wants to hire us for an entire building there would be a cost,” said Tanya Fermin-Poppleton, manager of security and emergency services operations. She said that security uses closed circuit television (CCT) to watch the campus as well as patrol, but Mitchell doesn’t find that it helps. “The truth of the matter is that the security cameras do nothing,” she said. “You try and retrieve the tapes and it hasn’t worked [yet].” The fashion design students in the studios and classrooms in Kerr Hall South don’t have that luxury. “More access would be nice,” said Dana Normand, a third-year fashion student. “It’s open from 6 a.m. to midnight but people try to stay later.” As far as security, she thinks the studios in Kerr Hall are generally pretty safe and patrolled. “I do remember in first year they told us to be careful of the first floor windows because people would crawl in,” said Normand. If the studios were in their own building, like the interior design building, they could be open 24 hours a day. “This is a pretty big program and we should have access for ourselves,” said Normand, adding that transporting and storing materials can be difficult with their limited locker space. Mitchell believes one of the main problems with campus is space, and that the student body needs more of it to meet and work. “The only people with the influence to make things happen faster are the students.”

Interior design students have 24/7 access to the building through their OneCard.
The School of Interior Design (SID) building remains closed during the day because of flaws in the area their students are studying. “The biggest problem is the design,” said Annick Mitchell, chair of the School of Interior Design. Mitchell says that the faculty has gone through many periods of leaving the building locked and unlocked, a decision that security leaves up to them. “Usually [the decision to lock it] is triggered by thefts or people getting inside,” Mitchell said. In the past they’ve found someone living under the basement stairwell, and access to the building means access to the work areas. “The studios are open and they can’t be locked because it affects the exiting system,” said Mitchell. “If you open [the building] up you can’t have studios.” Due to the layout of the building, it’s not possible to put card readers on the individual studios like other faculties do. Many students had speculated that the doors were locked because the program consists of primarily women, which Mitchell takes into consideration, but is not the main reason for the closure. “Yes, there are a lot of women in here and I’d protect them,” Mitchell said. “There’s people moving in and out all the time,” said fourth-year interior design student Solee Kim, who enjoys the additional security precautions. “We just want to make sure no one’s coming in.” The design school does not allow the students to be in the building by themselves at night, enforcing the buddy system to make sure this never happens.


“[We] make sure they have an atmosphere in which they can do the work without looking over their shoulders,” said Mitchell. Her security decisions give her students 24-hour use of the building, but she still wishes she could leave the space more accessible during the day.

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Ryerson has started implementing plans to remodel the exterior of 105 Bond St. using a design created by Ryerson students last year. In an open letter to urban and regional planning students last fall, interim director Mitchell Kosny unveiled “a design competition to create a new, user-friendly space in front of 105 Bond Street.” The school began searching for a winning design, which was eventually created by current planning students Lacey Williams, Roozbeh Nayeri, Marcus Doyle Bowman and Gavin Duffus. The group was awarded a $1,000 prize for their efforts and the design is currently being applied by the Ryerson Planning Alumni Committee, which originally hosted the contest. The remodelled building, which also houses Ryerson’s second bookstore, will include a bike rack and seating areas for students in front of the building.

“We have commenced the process of refining the design in order to present the same to various Ryerson departments for approval,” committee chair Maurizio Rogato said in an email. Funding for the project was provided entirely by the alumni committee, which fundraised extensively in the corporate community. “A budget has not been firmly set and our committee will continue to assess the feasibility of the project as we meet with various Ryerson stakeholders,” said Rogato. The competition focused on 105 Bond St. due to its status as the planning school’s headquarters, and a desire to bring in more pedestrians. Kosny said the initiative was a good opportunity for students to collaborate with alumni on a city-building project. The committee has not set a date to begin construction. Their first meeting from the summer recess is next week and Rogato said it is likely to be discussed then.

Ryerson University will be excluding “Maple Leaf” from the title of its athletic centre due to an ongoing lawsuit filed by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE). Although the name has not been officially decided, Sheldon

Levy confirmed the name will not be chosen until the final outcome of the lawsuit with MLSE. “Right now MLSE does not want us to use Maple Leaf Gardens in our branding, that’s why I just said the ‘Gardens,’” said Levy. Levy has confirmed the name must include the following titles: Ryerson university, athletic centre, the Gardens and the donor name. The donor’s name is still being kept under wraps by the university. “How all of those come together without creating a name that is 14 hundred characters will be the challenge. No decision has been made,” said Levy.

The $60-million athletic centre at the Gardens is set to open March 2012. FILE PHOTO


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October 5, 2011

Rye teams up for more programs

Briefs & Groaners
Security was called Monday, Sept. 26 when a man was seen masturbating near the SHE building. He was arrested and security has since upped the patrol of SHE because they’ve noticed masturbating trespassers “really like that building.” Security was called to the RAC, where males were reportedly seen drinking in the change room on Sept. 27. When security got there, the party was over but the garbage was full of empty beer cans. Security was called on Sept. 28 when some drunken assholes got in a fight at the Ram. When security arrived, they were on Church and Gould Streets and one individual required medical attention. Dear drunken idiots: your Ram waitress is very, very sorry for over-serving you.

York University starts joint collaboration with Ryerson to offer graduate credit courses
This fall, Ryerson will be teaming up with York University’s Osgoode Hall law school to facilitate the opportunity for graduate students to take degree credit courses at each other’s institutions. Recently, representatives from Ryerson University and York University signed an agreement to launch a program called Reciprocal Interdisciplinary Studies Opportunities. Each semester, five students from Ryerson and five from York will be permitted to enrol in certain courses at the other school. The Ryerson students will enroll in the courses at York, but will pay their usual tuition to Ryerson and vice versa. “We recognize there are limits in numbers of students that our courses can handle. But where there is room available how can we make it easy for York students to take courses at Ryerson and Ryerson students to take courses at York,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. The students may register for a maximum of up to one full-year class or two half-year courses. The students will earn transfer credits if they pass the course. There are 15 courses available to Ryerson grad students at York and 14 Ryerson courses available to York students. Law classes are just one of the general courses available to Ryerson students from York. Levy says in a few years students will be able to receive a law degree from Ryerson itself, as a law school, is in the academic plan of the university.

Ryerson teams up with St. Michael’s Hospital to offer free mental health assessments
Fourteen of Ryerson’s clinical psychology students will be teaming up with St. Michael’s Department of Family and Community Medicine to offer free mental health assessments and psychotherapy. The Ryerson University Psychology Training Clinic, located at 80 Bond St, will provide individual, group and family sessions. It is intended for Toronto’s neediest residents with priority given to those without insurance or a job. This clinic gives graduate students an opportunity to gain experience treating patients in a hospital setting. It will be incorporated into the curriculum as collaboration between the clinical psychology training clinic and the university teaching hospital. It is estimated that more than 100 patients will visit the clinic weekly and that each student will see between six to eight patients. The clinic will have two levels. The first level is primary medicinal and the second is primary consultation. The Ryerson University Psychology Training Clinic is also wheelchair and scooter accessible. President Sheldon Levy sees this as a natural linkage between the psychology department and their interest in St. Michael’s Hospital. The university has worked with St. Michael’s for many years providing opportunities for social work and nursing students to do their practicums at the learning hospital, he said. “A lot can be gained from deepening that relationship,” said Levy, “There is potential to do a lot more with the collaboration.”

Election parties run-down
With the upcoming election on Oct. 6, the News team breaks it all down Liberal Party Leader: Dalton McGuinty New Democratic Party Leader: Andrea Horwath
• Freeze tuition fees for college, undergraduate and graduate students. The cost of the program will be $110 million in the first year, rising to $365 million in the fourth year. Eliminate interest on the provincial portion of student loans. Four year transit fare freeze. Intention to invest in cycling infrastructure. Cap CEO salaries and invest savings in frontline health care. Phase out coal-fired electricity.

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30 per cent cut in university and college tuition for middle-class students. $1,600 a year in tuition relief for full-time undergraduate university students and $730 for college students. 60,000 new spaces in postsecondary educational institutions, including three new satellite campuses of existing universities. More GO Train runs, in addition to hourly and rush-hour service, at a cost of $8 million in the first year. Reducing the small business tax rate to four per cent.

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Progressive Conservative Party Leader: Tim Hudak
• • • Cut government spending by two per cent except for health care and education. Increase spending on education by $2 billion by the end of the first term. Create 60,000 post-secondary spaces, but colleges and universities will be asked to compete for them. Redirect $30 million the Liberals have set aside to attract foreign students and provide it to Ontario students instead. Invest more than $35 billion for new infrastructure, much of it in transit and transportation, over first three years.

Green Party Leader: Mike Schreiner
• • Freeze tuition for 2012-13 school year but maintain university and college budgets. Help youth employment opportunities by strengthening the education system and investing in apprenticeship, co-op and mentorship programs. Change the health care delivery system to make sure Ontarians have greater access to community services. Invest in more community food programs, providing greater access to healthy food to Ontarians. Create a more sustainable transportation system that eliminates gridlock.

October 5, 2011


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Campus lax on labour
While university jobs tend to follow laws strictly, mishaps still happen. Student employees are bearing the brunt of pay issues and unsafe work on Ryerson’s campus. Jeff Lagerquist investigates

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orking for Ryerson sounds like a no-brainer. Why not try to earn back some of those tuition dollars with a gig on campus? But even when you land a job at the university, your rights can be overlooked. “Labour issues are much more common than you may think, especially in the short-term positions that working students get,” said Simon Blackstone, a labour lawyer and partner with the firm Green and Chercover.

Blackstone said, “Employers are used to working their competitive advantage with clients and customers as they try to squeeze them for dollars. That often leads them to treat their employees in the same fashion.”

the kind of skills I have aren’t appreciated.” Although a lower than average wage is in no way illegal, being asked to perform tasks that you feel are unsafe certainly is.


The only reason I’m getting by is because I saved from my summer job. — Megan Minott, bookstore clerk
Blackstone says students usually aren’t aware of their rights. “You should trust what you feel is right and wrong. When you hear something ethically questionable from an employer it ought to send up a red flag,” said Blackstone.


t the Bond Street Book Store, third-year social work student Megan Minott works behind the counter. She started in late August, just in time for the back to school rush. The contract she signed won’t allow her to speak about how much she’s paid. But her main concern is how often. Minott has just seen her first cheque after working at the bookstore for over a month. “The only reason I’m getting by is because I saved from my summer job. It doesn’t seem fair,” Minott said. She was paid in full on Sept. 30. “I’ve never heard of a pay period that long, they’re usually weekly or every two weeks,” said a spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Labour. “Sometimes there are overlaps for newly hired staff, but over a month seems excessive.”

anica Vidotto has been a lifeguard at the Ryerson Athletic Centre (RAC) pool for her entire career at Ryerson. With a full course load in her final year of Radio and Television Arts, she works between 25 and 30 hours per week at the RAC and other pools around the city. The RAC pays her $10.75 per hour. Vidotto readily admits that her other lifeguard jobs pay more. Perry Smith, program director at the Royal Life Saving Society of Canada, said, “Lifeguard wages in the GTA typically range between $15 to $20 per hour.” “I find it very surprising that a certified lifeguard would be paid so little, especially considering the risks involved with the job.” Joanna Milebeck*, a fellow lifeguard at the RAC, is unhappy with the lower wages. “I find it frustrating because while the RAC is generally a quiet place, you still need to be ready at any moment to rescue someone, to deal with an emergency,” she said.


esidence Advisors (RAs) provide leadership, guidance, and support for the students on their floor in residence. In many ways they shape a student’s first experiences at university in exchange for $5000 per year.

We did have a number of staff identify that they were uncomfortable... — Chad Nuttall, Student Housing Services Manager
Diana Fletcher* worked in Pitman Hall as an RA two years ago. “I had to enact my right to refuse unsafe work,” she said. RAs are required to complete nightly security sweeps in the underground parking levels of Pitman Hall and the International Living and Learning Centre. In pairs, they check the emergency exit doors to make sure they are properly locked. “I had no idea who or what was on the other side of these doors. There could have been somebody standing there with a weapon,” said Fletcher, who was 18 at the time. With no cell phone service underground, the pager that Student Housing Services provided did not inspire much confidence. She expressed her concerns to residence life and education coordinator Jen Gonzales who told her that she would “look into it.” That didn’t happen according to Fletcher. Opting for a more formal approach, Fletcher sent Gonzales an email specifically outlining the is-

sue and the section of the Employee Standards Act that protects her from unsafe work. “She still didn’t consider it a valid concern,” said Fletcher, who eventually contacted the Ryerson’s ombudsperson for support. Chad Nutall, manager of Student Housing Services was unaware of any safety issues raised by RAs at Pitman Hall. He denies that Gonzales dismissed Fletcher’s concerns, but acknowledges that issues were brought before the Ryerson ombudsperson. “We did have a number of staff identify that they were uncomfortable going to the lower levels of the ILLC,” he said. Gonzales announced that RAs who were uncomfortable with the parking lot security sweeps could opt out until new safety precautions could be put in place. Fletcher and a few others accepted. Meanwhile, Student Housing Services performed an internal safety audit. “The main recommendation was to provide RAs with a radio so they could be in constant contact with residence security,” said Nutall. That was two years ago. Maya Mboup, a fouth-year business technology student, is a current RA. She says she has yet to see a radio on the job.

hours outlined in their contract. A TA gets paid $30.17 per hour. GAs get $39.02, and a GA in a PhD program pulls in $42.14 per hour.

If you don’t know your rights, you may find your toes being stepped on. — Simon Blackstone, labour lawyer

I had to enact my right to refuse unsafe work. — Diana Fletcher*, former RA


Milebeck said being a lifeguard means being CPR certified yearly and being recertified as a lifeguard every two years. The certifications add up to hundreds of dollars. “The fact that I’m being paid the same as another employee at Ryerson that doesn’t necessarily have the training is frustrating,” said Milebeck. “It makes me feel as if

nside the classroom, students can find work in their field of study as teacher’s assistants (TA), and graduate assistants (GA). This means preparing course material, leading tutorials, consulting with students, and plenty of marking. Ryerson is one of the few universities that make a distinction between a TA and a GA. A GA is enrolled in a master’s or PhD program, TAs are undergrads. They’re paid for a set number of weekly

“I know that sounds really high, but you’re paying for our expertise,” said Sarah Portway, a masters fashion student and GA for a class of 175. The workload can change dramatically from week to week. Dyan Ruiz, a masters of journalism student and GA for the past two years said, “You can end up working double the hours that you are paid for.” TAs and GAs are required to hold office hours, complete course readings, and communicate with their students outside of class time. Compensation issues have been a point of conflict between universities and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in the past. By most standards, universities are a pretty safe bet for students working their way through school. But the fact remains, if you expect to be treated fairly it’s up to you to know your rights. Ryerson is no exception. “If you don’t know your rights you may find your toes being stepped on,” said Blackstone. Next in the series, we take a look at the restaurant industry to see what stinks in the kitchen and behind the bar. Cheers and bon appetite!

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October 5, 2011

In a celiac’s shoes
Kai Benson decides to live like a celiac for one week. Can he do it?

About celiac:
Before last week, I knew almost nothing about Celiac disease. I knew celiacs couldn’t drink beer, and I suspected something to do with bread, but that was about it. Wanting to challenge myself and learn more about the disease, I decided to research it and live on a celiac diet for a week. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks the small intestine in the presence of gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale (wheat and rye hybrid). The symptoms can be varied and often vague, such as chronic fatigue or irritability. Jim McCarthy, executive director of the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) says that the amount of celiacs is higher than ever, but many remain undiagnosed, although it is improving. He says about 1 per cent of Canadians are celiac, but another 6 per cent have gluten sensitivity, which is a different problem with the same solution. “There are no drugs or surgical cures, just a gluten-free diet for life,” he says. Ontario is also the only province in Canada that doesn’t cover the tests for Celiac disease, which can run at about $200 a pop. As a result, many people diagnose themselves as celiac, which can be problematic, according to McCarthy. “If you’re right and you go on a gluten-free diet, then fine,” says McCarthy. “But if the condition is something else, you may not be properly diagnosed for whatever it is, and you’ll have to go back on a regular diet before finding out what it is.” He says the CCA has been working for over two years to get Ontario to cover the tests, with no success. Any new test being covered first has to go through an assessment process from the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee, which has to recommend the change to the government. In December 2010, it recommended that there was sufficient medical and financial reason to offer the tests. And the challenges of living a healthy gluten-free life add up. “Food is more expensive than normal, and often hard to find.” Avoiding hidden gluten sources is also a challenge, he adds. I embarked on my week of gluten-free living with that in mind.

Shop like a celiac:
In preparation for my week of living gluten free, I let the food situation in my house deteriorate considerably. I made sure to eat all my pasta and bread so it wouldn’t be around for me to eat while drunk, desperate or forgetful. So when I wake up on Saturday morning — okay, more like early evening — the only food I have in my house is half a bag of frozen corn. After a nice bowl of breakfast corn, I venture over to my local food store to replenish my stocks with gluten-free fare. Websites such as had told me to avoid anything made with wheat, rye, barley or triticale. At first that didn’t sound too difficult. I would avoid eating bread for a week and be on with my life. Piece of cake (gluten-free, of course). I would soon learn that the life of a celiac is one of vigilance and paranoia. The fresh produce section greets me as I enter the store in the style of every grocery store ever. Great, I think, no gluten here—I’ll grab some carrots, maybe some fruit, and we’re off to the next section. Leaving the section, I noticed some dip that would go well with carrots, so I check the ingredients. While I don’t see anything I is about as easy as the produce secrecognize as wheat, rye, barley or tion. Obviously, I stay away from triticale products, I begin to realize anything breaded, but that’s not the that I am very new at this and can’t type of stuff I usually eat anyways. remember most of the other things Some fresh chicken breasts, some listed online. There’s very little bacon and I’m off. chance that there would be “hidLater, I’ll learn that many meat den” gluten without also having products are actually in that frussome kind of warning label, but un- tratingly ambiguous “foods to fortunately, products do not have question” category on to be labeled as Processed meats, containing allerluncheon meats gens, gluten or and vegetarsilicate until Auian meat substiI don’t think anygust 2012. Until tutes can all body would suspect then, celiacs and contain gluten the white powder I’m addicted to is flour. other gluten-free and should be folk will have to checked on an remain vigilant. individual basis. Back on the shelf it goes. Five minutes into shopping and I would later learn that one of the I’ve already been reduced to rely“foods to question” on is ing on luck to avoid gluten. salad dressing, so for all I know I The rest of the store is where I did the right thing. Salad dressing lose much of my confidence. Aland dip are similar, aren’t they? most everything could have gluten My hatred of this project begins to in it I think — yogurt, chips, crackgrow, as I’m a big fan of certainty ers, french fries and oatmeal — all and find this sort of helpless igno- stand out in my mind as possible rance depressing. sources. Though I’ve never eaten After the veggie section comes lentils before, I pick up a two-kilothe bread section. I walk past to the gram bag because I seem to recall meat section, defiantly ignoring my those being a good substitute for desire for bagels. The meat section gluten-free diets. Turns out that’s for vegetarian diets lacking protein, but at least lentils are gluten-free and I’m trying new things. A lot of daunting aisles with pasta and processed food come next, and I walk past all of these with the determination of someone way too lazy to read the labels on everything. However, I find a gluten-free section in the last aisle, and pick up some gluten-free cookies and breakfast bars. They cost much more than their glutinous counterparts. A package of gluten-free cookies: almost $5 for 250 grams. A comparable no-name package: $2.50 for 350 grams. Buying gluten free got me almost 3 times fewer grams per dollar. I head home to see how I did. In addition to what I already mentioned, the website told me that the most common substitutes for wheat and grains are corn, rice and potatoes. I bought none of those (though I still had my leftover frozen corn). I had managed to avoid gluten, but fell into the other problem celiac living brings: I hadn’t bought any decent starch sources. The potatoes and rice would have to wait. For now, I had some vodka to buy.

Party like a celiac:
I arrive at a buddy’s apartment with a 26 ounce bottle of vodka and some fruit juice. I mix a drink as I explain to the six or eight guys watching television that I can’t drink beer tonight. I’m trying to live like a celiac for a week. Hard liquor doesn’t contain gluten because the distillation process removes it, and wine is gluten-free as long as wheat was not used in the process of sealing the barrels, but beer almost always contains gluten. This was the single most troubling fact, for me, when I agreed to do this article. With the lowered inhibitions that come from getting as egregiously hammered as I do, there was a possibility I would be chugging beers and eating gluten-rich fast food by the end of the night. I didn’t, but the internal struggle was akin to fighting a pack of ferocious wheat-tigers. I don’t think anybody would suspect the white powder I’m addicted to is flour. Shawn Sutherland, a former Ryerson student celebrating his birthday that night, says he is celiac and laughs, taking a swig of Canadian. I don’t know Shawn, so I immediately question him on how he drinks beer with the disease while also wondering why anybody would fake it. “I trained myself to drink it. I guess I built up a tolerance,” he says. Our mutual friends corroborate his story, assuring me he is celiac. “I remember that one time when you drank one Guinness,” someone says, speaking of before the supposed tolerance. “You were on the floor like an hour later.” Everyone laughs as they remember this, making me feel uncomfortable and left out but convincing me that he probably does have some form of the disease. This new information tempts the beer-swilling demon that lives in my brain. “You can have a beer if he can,” says the demon. “Nobody specified which celiac you have to live like.” I tell the demon to be quiet and carry on drinking my vodka. Several drinks and a pirated copy of the Charlie Sheen Roast later, Shawn insists that we go out to a bar. Within ten minutes of getting there, my friend Tyler buys me a beer. This was not done maliciously, but rather because everybody had already forgotten my experiment. Actually, I almost had too. I had the beer in my hand before realizing my error and giving it back. Many rum and Cokes later, we

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leave the bar after last call. We cross the street to get some pizza, much to my displeasure. If you want to know what it’s like to quit smoking, try sitting in a pizza place while drunk and gluten-free for no good reason. I guarantee you it’s harder to resist the pizza than the cigarette. Between the awesome smell of fresh pizza, the knowledge that I could get away with eating a slice and my friends taunting me about not being allowed to, I’m going pretty crazy after about 10 minutes. After I’ve had about as much as I can take, I decide to wait outside while they finish up.

I make it all night without cracking, and feel very proud of myself the next day, despite a rapturous hangover. We decide to go for a bit of high-quality hangover food at MerryBerry on Parliament Street. It is the first time that I realize almost everything has gluten in it or with it when you eat out. The night before, I realized all fast food had buns or crusts, yet higher quality fare is almost as hard to navigate. Most lunch dishes are sandwiches, burgers or wraps, or soup with a side of bread. It’s all very frustrating. I order a salad with peaches, bacon and pecans, and probably-

celiac Shawn orders the beef stew, “But I know this girl whose stomwhich comes with a side of bread. ach swells up when she eats any.” He tells me he’ll only eat a bite or His info checks out: swelling or bloating is a common symptom, and the rash Shawn experiences could be Dermatitis Herpetiformis, a symptom suffered by a small perThe internal struggle centage of celiacs. was akin to fighting The adventure of partying a pack of ferocious gluten-free ends there, and I feel wheat-tigers. thankful. Thankful that I managed to make it through the ordeal, and thankful that I normally only have two of the bread. I ask him what to worry about one poison I’m conhappens when he eats too much. suming. “I just get rashes mostly,” he says, I’m on day two, and the vigilance gesturing about his body and arms. is exhausting.

Dine like a celiac:
On Thursday, I meet Ryerson Masters student Adrienne Comars at the Oakham Café to have coffee and find some gluten-free dinner. Comars has been on a glutenfree diet only slightly longer than I have, as she was just diagnosed with celiac disease about a week ago. Her mother and sister have the disease, however, so she’s been familiar with it for most of her life. “We didn’t eat wheat pasta or the typical pastas that families eat because there’s always been this sensitivity issue,” says Comars. When she was six her mom got really sick while pregnant with her brother and was diagnosed celiac. Her younger sister was diagnosed from almost the time she started eating solids. “I think I was undiagnosed for so long because I don’t have any of the physical characteristics that go along with it,” she says. She says she’s been sick her whole life, unable to put on weight and chronically low in energy. She was tested for a variety of ailments, including celiac, but never found an answer. After returning from a three-month trip to India, she was finally diagnosed with the disease. The trip increased her suspicion of being celiac, because of the largely gluten-free diet she ate there. “I had to get a bunch of shots to go over there and everyone was like, ‘you might get really sick, watch out,’ but while I was there I got really healthy,” she says. She gained ten pounds, her skin cleared up and her energy levels went through the roof. But when she returned to Canada she got sick again. She found out she had something called complete villious blunting, which means that the walls of her small intestine are essentially flat, hindering the absorption of important vitamins and minerals. “I have little to no iron in my body, little to no B12 and I have little to no folate.” We browse the menu at Oakham while we drink americanos and discuss how little choice celiacs have at restaurants.“Nope…nope…Yeah, there’s almost nothing on here I can eat,” she says, before excitedly noticing the circled “G” by some of the items, indicating gluten-free dishes. “Gluten free toast, no way! Way to go, Oakham Café.” She can eat six things on the menu, which is pretty high. “Tim Hortons? That’s a complete writeoff.” We looked over the Café’s selection of gluten-free bars and snacks, and agreed that Oakham is a fairly celiac-friendly restaurant, even if it’s not perfect. The International Living and Learning Centre (ILLC), Pitman Hall or the Ram in the Rye do have gluten free food, but most of it is coincidental. “This is definitely one of my favourite spaces on campus,” Comars says. “Both in terms of atmosphere and having an inclusive menu.” Inclusive menu or not, Comars and I decide to have dinner at an entirely gluten-free restaurant. We decide on Hibiscus, a tiny vegan and gluten-free restaurant in Kensington Market. She had heard about it through a friend. On the walk over, we talk about how nice it will be to be able to order anything on a menu without worrying about eating gluten, especially since even gluten-free dishes can be contaminated if the kitchen serves gluten dishes as well. Hibiscus primarily serves soup, salads and crepes, but also offers snacks and treats to take away. There are about a dozen different types of crepes, both savoury and sweet. Comars goes for a savoury crepe with goat cheese, tomato and basil, while I get a sweet crepe with strawberries and kiwis. I find the food to be pretty good, if not astounding, but Comars goes crazy over it. I would probably be more excited about it too, if I wasn’t already counting the days until I could eat wheat again. “I guess for you, it’s temporary, it’s like, ‘ha-ha, next week I can start drinking beer again,’ but for me, that’s not going to happen,” she tells me. As we eat the crepes, she strikes me as someone who will do fine on a gluten-free diet, or at least much better than I did. She loves quinoa (pronounced keen-wah, a cereal-like grain); I’ve never had it. She loves to cook and can figure out gluten-free meals, I mostly eat sandwiches and pasta. After the meal, we decide to see if Kensington Market is a progressive enough place to have gluten-free beer in its bars, and are promptly shut down. It’s one of the things she misses most — having a pitcher of beer with friends. And until more gluten-free options are more readily available, she’ll just have to wait. But with all its difficulties, the gluten-free diet has worked for her, even in the short period of time since she was diagnosed with celiac. “It’s only been a week and I’m noticing significant changes in my body,” she tells me. “My skin has cleared up and my energy levels are high. I’m able to not fall asleep in class now.”

Back to bread:
One thing I kept in mind as I did this was the fact that I didn’t actually need to be doing it. It’s one thing to avoid gluten, but quite another to actually need to avoid it. Before I began, I sought counsel from an actual celiac. I was cautioned that I couldn’t really say I truly lived the celiac life, because I didn’t have to be afraid that someone would mess up my order or accidentally crosscontaminate my food by accident. So I kept that in mind. It was hard at times, and annoying to actually track what I ate instead of eating whatever I wanted, but at least I didn’t have to be afraid of anything. There was nothing at stake. I made it through the week with only one screw-up: a single bite of cheesecake in an absent-minded moment. Why does everything have a damn crust? But other than that, I was strict about my gluten consumption. I was pretty low energy, partially due to a messed up sleep schedule and partially due to a lack of complex carbohydrates in my diet. I should have been eating alternative grains like quinoa, but in all honesty, the majority of my energy for the week came from the sugar in coffee and Coca-Cola. If I lived like that for much longer, I probably would have been able to write another article on living with diabetes. As celiac disease becomes more recognized and better diagnosed, hopefully we’ll see more options for celiacs in grocery stores, restaurants and bars. Comars would surely like to be able to go out for a pitcher of beer again. I gained a lot of empathy for people with this disease, a major improvement over not even knowing what it was a few months ago. If you know a celiac, give them a hug and tell them how real beer and bread aren’t that great, anyways.


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Saturday’s results
Mens’ Soccer: Nipissing 1 @ Ryerson 5 Womens’ Soccer: Nipissing 1 @ Ryerson 2

The road to redemption
When the men’s soccer team was making its historic run through the playoffs last season, the players were all smiles knowing they had reached the pinnacle of their university soccer careers. That is, everyone but Dimitri Karopoulos. The then fringe player had lost his once undisputed place in the starting eleven, and was forced to watch his teammates make Ryerson soccer history from the bench. “Honestly, that was one of my lowest moments, watching my teammates kill themselves on the field and not being able to be a part of it,” said Karopoulos, who was cocaptain at the time. “It hurt. I felt ashamed to be a captain.” Karopoulos began playing soccer at nine years old, following in the footsteps of his father who played professionally in Greece before moving to Canada. From a young age, the centre-back moved quickly through the youth ranks, eventually earning a spot with Ontario Indoor Soccer League club team Olympic Flame. Shortly after, Karopoulos was recruited to play for the Ryerson Rams, turning down offers from Syracuse University and the University of Milwaukee in the process. During his first season with the Rams, Karopoulos cemented his spot in the starting lineup and earned a team MVP award. He was named co-captain in his second season and became one of the Rams’ cornerstones for the next two years. However, it was last year that the fifth-year centre-back began to lose his influence in the team. Although he had a strong start to the 2010 season, Karopoulos’ play began to dip near the middle of the season, a time when players are expected to hit their stride. “He was being exposed as a centre-back and then as a right-back,” said Kevin Souter, the team’s soccer co-ordinator “When you get to your fourth year and you’re not playing regularly you’ve got to give that time to younger players. We had a conversation earlier in the season and told him he was out of shape and that we were looking to fill his position with recruits.” Majoring in architectural science, Karopoulos says that he began to feel the strain from the combination of his program and playing soccer. “School drained me,” said Karopoulos. “I began to be switched out of my natural position to right-back and was subbed off during a lot of games. Before you know it, [I was] on the bench. “ Karopoulos did not see the pitch for a majority of last year’s playoff run, and would not have been eligible to take part in the OUA championship game if the Rams had made it there. “The one thing I let slip was my fitness so I knew I had to get in shape,” said Karopoulos. “I committed myself to a strict diet and I trained twice a day my whole summer to get in the optimal physical shape that I knew I should be in.” Not only did Karopoulos show up in shape, but he reminded the coaching staff that he was one of the most skilled players on the team. “Right away you could tell by how he looked and how he conducted himself that he was different,” said Souter. “His attitude was different; he was faster, fitter, and stronger and that translated onto the field.” For his hard work, determination and continued leadership, Karopoulos was named as the team’s only captain, and now wears the cap-

Despite being a co-captain for men’s soccer last year, Dimitri Karopoulos was benched for a majority of the season. This year he’s the team’s only captain. Victor Ferreira reports

Sunday’s results
Mens’ Soccer: Ryerson 1 @ Laurentian 4 Womens’ Soccer: Ryerson 0 @ Laurentian 2

OUA East Standings - Men’s Soccer Team Carleton Toronto Ryerson Queen’s Laurentian Trent Nipissing RMC W L T 8 2 0 6 1 1 5 2 2 4 3 1 3 4 2 3 4 1 1 7 1 0 7 0

OUA East Standings - Women’s Soccer Team W L T Ottawa Queen’s Toronto Laurentian Carleton Ryerson RMC Nipissing Trent 8 2 1 8 0 1 6 1 3 5 4 2 5 4 2 4 5 1 2 6 1 0 8 2 0 8 2

Dimitri Karopoulos with his captain’s band.
tain’s armband proudly. “It’s a duty that comes with being a captain,” said Karopoulos. “It needs to be done if I want my team to play at its best. Most captains are defenders and generals of the team.” Jacob O’Connor, the team’s centre defenseman, is glad to have his captain back. “Dmitri commands respect from his players and leads by example,”


said O’Connor. “He has an overall great effect on the team and everyone can learn a little bit from him.” Having started in every Rams game this season, Karopoulos is once again content with his performance as a captain. “I let my team down, and now I’m paying justice to the [captain’s] armband by leading them,” said Karopoulos.

Men’s hockey team looking to rebound in 2011
Coming off of a disappointing 2010-11 season, the men’s hockey team lost two of their best players, but as Alan Hudes reports, 16 new recruits will be counted on to once again lead the Rams to the playoffs
After a sub-par 8-18-2 campaign, which resulted in them missing the playoffs, Ryerson’s men’s hockey will field a roster featuring several new faces when the 2011-12 season opens this weekend, as head coach Graham Wise recruited 16 new players during the offseason. While this year’s team might not resemble its predecessor, a few players from the highly touted junior ranks will help make them more competitive. Some of the key names to watch during their first year are centre Jason Kelly, defenceman David Searle, and goaltenders Troy Passingham and Steve Gleeson, all of whom competed in the Canadian Hockey League last season. While Wise recruited a number of young and talented players, arguably the most significant addition to the team is left winger Jason Cassidy. The Whitby native, who is completing his master’s degree at Ryerson, is in his fifth and final year of varsity eligibility, demics. And he’s dedicated to contributing to the hockey team,” Wise said. “He’s got a lot of balancing to do in his daily life … so he’s a terrific role model for us and, as well, a very good hockey player.” When asked about the nature of his leadership role, Cassidy says he already found himself giving pointers to his teammates during the pre-season. “About four or five times a game I’ll just pull a guy aside and say ‘hey try this, or ‘hey try that.’ And usually they respond well to it,” Cassidy said. “I think everyone ultimately wants to get better as a player, so you have to be willing to learn and I’m the same, I’m still learning a lot too. It’s a tough game and you can never really master it.” While Cassidy will look to fill the leadership role that was left by last year’s graduated captain Marcus Booth, Wise will have a hard time trying to replace left winger Matt Schmermund, who left Ryerson to play with the Augusta Riverhawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League. Schmermund led the Rams in scoring for the second straight year with 24 points in 28 games. “With the recruiting year we had, having Matt Schmermund would have given us greater depth on the left side,” said Wise. “You look at not having him and then you know you’re relying on the younger guys that might not have experience.” Although they will be without players like Booth and Schmermund, the revamped Rams will be looking to return to their winning ways of two years ago, when they made the playoffs for the first time in seven years and set the secondhighest win total in the history of the team. With a small number of games on the schedule, the Rams will have to make the most of their opportunities. The team believes it must be consistent throughout the 28 regular season contests if they are to have any hopes of playing into late February and March. After a lengthy losing streak last year, coach Wise is all too aware that it simply cannot happen again. “Our biggest challenge is getting into the playoffs,” Wise said. “We’ve got to believe we’re good and we’ve got to believe we’re going to play 60 minutes of hockey if we’re going to win. We can’t drop six, seven, or eight games in a row. If we can build consistency ... I believe this group of guys will help us get to where we want this year.”

I believe this group of guys will help us get where we want to go. — Graham Wise, head coach
having played with the St. Thomas Tommies in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) over the past four years. Although a newcomer to the Rams, Wise feels that Cassidy’s experience at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) level will be invaluable to his young team. “[Cassidy] is very organized. He’s very serious about his aca-

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This Sustainable Life: Eating out with Mother Earth

and whatever is inside can almost always be purchased in bulk. Avoid this route altogether: drink water out of a refillable container, or sit down for a glass of soda.

3) Sharing is caring
Look at a bag of trash on Gould or Dundas streets and you’ll see that an overwhelming amount of Toronto garbage is food related. Single-use cups, fast-food packaging, recyclable plastic bottles, Styrofoam containers and other silent eco-assassins are so common that they don’t seem like a big deal . But how are students, take-out kings and queens who often don’t have time to sit down for a meal, supposed to reduce their impact? Here are five ways to give your lunches less bite. Buy bigger portions when you eat out and split them to cut down on packaging waste. Another option is to save the leftovers in your fridge. Suddenly one container yields double the meals.

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Prepare coffee or tea at home before class, or at least give your neighbourhood barista your travel mug to fill. Pick up your mug as you head out the door, even if you don’t feel like filling it right away. It’ll be on hand for pick-me-ups later, and 5) Go meatless you can drink water out of it in the meantime. According to the UN, 18 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions come 2) Don’t buy bottled or from beef production. Every little fountain pop bit counts. Around the world: Did you know The Coca Cola Company, PepsiCo that 72 per cent of beverage bottles and the rest of the beverage indus- in Germany are legally required to try spends millions lobbying for be refillable? non-refillable bottles to avoid bearing the refilling costs, but this is an Do you want Anne-Marie to answer unsustainable practice. Plastic bot- your questions about sustainable stutles and cans still require valuable dent life? Send a quick email to arts@ resources to produce and recycle

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Contrary to popular belief, Toronto’s most venerable arts institutions aren’t just for old rich people. Grace Benac has four deals for the budding arts patron. For the opera enthusiast: The only thing dreamier than attending Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Four Seasons Centre is the Canadian Opera Company’s New Age program (, which provides $22 dollar tickets to the 29-and-under set. Visit For the classical music fan: If Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky are music to your ears (quite literally!), you’ll love tsosoundcheck, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra ( program that lets you purchase tickets for just $14. For the art aficianado:

Head over to the Art Gallery of Ontario ( where students can purchase a membership that includes access to all of the AGO’s collections, a 10 per cent discount For the museum regular: at FRANK (the gallery restaurant) and free coat check, for If you haven’t outgrown $45. your childhood fascination with mummies, the Bat Cave and the skeletons of dead monsters, you’re in luck. Get in touch with your inner child every Tuesday, when full-time students get into Royal Ontario Museum ( for free.

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A witching good time
Kicking off the 2011/2012 season, the Ryerson Theatre School is putting on The Crucible, a play about sorcery and society. Loren Hendin reports
Everyone likes a happy story of witchcraft and wizardry, with flying carpets, spells and the classic pointed hats. Well you won’t find that here. Ryerson’s fourth-year theatre class will be taking on playwright Arthur Miller’s famed play The Crucible from Oct. 4 to 13. The play is based on the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. It’s a fast-paced story that begins with a group of children being caught dancing in a forest, leaps quickly to accusations and trials of witchcraft and finally evolves into utter hysteria. But don’t jump to conclusions just yet: this isn’t a “double, double, toil and trouble” kind of play. The Crucible also explores the conflict between religion and law, good and evil, and dozens of other complex themes deep within the many layers of the script. “I’m not into spooky things but I’m into this kind of spooky,” says Laurie Campbell, a fourth-year actor who will be playing Reverend John Hale in the play. “It’s creepy in a psychological way. It gets you thinking, it’s quickpaced and there’s no point where there’s not action,” she says. Sounds a whole lot more entertaining than Charmed. The Crucible has been performed on stages all over the world, but the fourth-year cast is bringing their own spin to the famous script. a constant reminder that it is very possible to get a job after graduation, and forces the students to work harder and show off their best. Following the end of The Crucible they will have only one month to put together their next play, The Bundle by Edward Bond, which will debut in November. Their final production will be June Havoc’s Marathon 33 in February. But until then, they have to focus on the daunting task that is The Crucible. Many of the characters are named after real people from history, so the actors have a lot to live up to, on top of deciphering the complex script and managing the perfect balance of spooky and serious in the suitable month of October. “We’re still discovering so many new things about the story,” says Campbell. “I think we will be throughout the run.” This isn’t Bewitched folks, this is theatre.

It gets you thinking, it’s quick-paced and there’s no point where there’s not action. — Laurie Campbell, fourth-year actor

It’s the first play of their final year and, although they’ve had only one month to put the whole thing together, they are ready to show off what they’ve got. “I think we have a really edgy show,” says Campbell. “It’s a fresh young group of actors, we’re really eager and I think the audience is going to feel the energy.” To bring out the best in the cast, the school has enlisted director Lee Wilson. The Crucible runs from Oct. 4 to 13 Wilson is not only an exceptional at Ryerson Theatre. Student tickets are director, but also a Ryerson The- $14, while general admission is $18. atre School graduate. He serves as Cash only! Actors rehearse a scene from The Crucible.


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Sisters break the silence

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Thursday, Oct. 6 Go to to check out photos from Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The vigil raises awareness of missing and killed Aboriginal woman.

2011 GENERAL PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. TAKE IT OVER PUB NIGHT AND ELECTION RESULTS PARTY 8 p.m. - 2 a.m. Ram in the Rye pub. Discounted menu. DJ starts at 10 p.m. INDIGENOUS WOMEN LEADERS IN THE MEDIA 12 - 1 p.m. 14 Elm St.

Every year on Oct. 4, communities across Canada gather together to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aborginal women and girls. Hundreds of people attended Tuesday night’s fifth-annual Sisters in Spirit (SIS) vigil in Allen Gardens. “The event is held to document the names and lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women,” said Ruth Koleszar-Green, Aborginal academic support advisor for Ryerson Aboriginal student services.

According to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, there are more than 582 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. “If you compared the capita to non-Aboriginal women, it’s the equivalent of 10,000 women,” said Koleszar-Green. “Aboriginal women are seen as disposable.” “When you realize that number is so much higher for the women in your family, it’s terrifying,” said Kolsezar-Green. “Talking about violence against women is something people in the community need to do a better job of,” said Rodney Diverlus, VP equi-

ty for the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). “Education leads to awareness, which leads to action,” he said. “Bringing [the issue] to people to let them know it can happen to them, but also let them know that they can do something.” Diverlus said we need to support fellow students with these issues. One in four women will be assaulted in their lifetime. This past week, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes an event held by the White Ribbon Campaign at Ryerson against gender-based violence But, Koleszar-Green said that this event makes people aware, but

“there is still little acknowledgement for Aboriginal women.” SIS is a time when the community can get together to learn more about the issues that are in their own backyard. “It’s a time to honour the [reality],” said Diverlus. ”These issues aren’t 20 years old. They’re current.” “It’s important for all people [to see] that this isn’t just an Aboriginal event, because it impacts all of us,” said Koleszar-Green. “The more solidarity, the more we can educate and celebrate, and the happier and healthier the community will be.”

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Leaf us alone!
152-year-old Saccharum is taking no more. Countless species of vegetation “It’s not enough that they steal are outraged over the increase in my sap,” she said. “They crush fallen-leaf cruelty on the Ryerson the corpses of my sweet babies for University campus over the past sport. This is cruelty, pure cruelfew years. ty.” Saccharum then lost her comIn a recent study by Statistics posure, sap oozing down her trunk Canada, nine out of every 10 Ryer- uncontrollably. son students purposely stepped on With the recent cuts to plant fallen leaves at least once in 2010, health-care funding, most families up from seven out of 10 in 2007. aren’t even able to afford therapy. Some trees have been left alone with the trauma induced by watching their offspring’s bodies being degraded in such a way. Jim Hall, director of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University, had much to say about the situation. “This is a serious issue,” he said. “Fundamentally, this is about plant rights. These trees, shrubs and countless vegetables have been oppressed for far too PHOTO: MOHAMED OMAR long. They’re looking for Saccharum gets emotional during interview compensation for their

(Not a) Corgi of the Week
suffering.” Various Toronto plant rights groups have organized the first ever March for Plant Rights this October, set to move along a 15-block route downtown. “We need to get the word out,” said Marina Smith, devout advocate for the movement. “People don’t even think about the consequences of crushing these leaves. We need to encourage humane thinking. That’s the goal.” With all the controversy surrounding the issue, if the Ryerson administration chooses to ignore it, one thing is for sure: The uprooting is imminent.

$37,000 $6300
Amount tuition fees have increased in Ontario over the past 6 years. Average student debt in Ontario from public and private loans. The percentage of graduate students who can’t access Ontario Graduate Scholarships.

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MystiKai’s Prophesy
Aries Michael Vick’s got nothing on you now that you’ve started up an illegal freshman-fighting ring. Ten bucks on the business major! Libra Your birthday party will go down without a hitch if you don’t count that clown dying and the stripper stealing all your blow

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Taurus You’ll finally be able to stop constantly thinking about all your minor problems, now that you can focus on your herpes.

Scorpio Members of the opposite sex will find you irresistible this week. Unfortunately, that includes bears, raccoons and killer bees.

Gemini Your love of science will be hindered when the police inform you that “it was for an experiment!” is not a valid excuse for running a meth lab.

Sagittarius You probably won’t be graduating any time soon, seeing as whiskey, weed and hookers isn’t a major.


Cancer You will make your owner a lot of money when you strangle a freshman engineer in an illegal deathmatch in the basement of the SCC. Good boy!

Capricorn LSD will give you the new perspective required to realize that everyone else is just too uptight to run through Yonge-Dundas Square screaming about badgers.

Amount students continue to save each year from the 2-year Tuition Fee Freeze won during the 2003 Ontario provincial election.

Leo You’ll consider checking into alcoholics anonymous when your favourite bar starts charging you rent.

Aquarius Soon, you’ll be having more sex than you can even handle: you’re going to prison!

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Virgo You will decide that craigslist isn’t the best place to find random sex after meeting your own brother at a seedy motel. Thanksgiving will be awkward this year.

Pisces You begin to realize you might be a dirty skank when you find out you’ve spent more this year on coat hangers than food.

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