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Occupy Toronto takes over Rye
Protesters staged a demonstration against economic inequality and corporate greed at Ryerson after a weekend of rallies in cities across the country. Associate News Editor Carolyn Turgeon reports

Occupy fever spreads to Canada
On Saturday, at least 15 Canadian cities joined the Occupy Canada movement. It was organized in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, where nearly 10,000 protesters have occupied New York City’s Zuccotti Park for the past four weeks. Demonstrations and rallies were held in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Quebec City. In Toronto, the rally drew between 2,000 and 3,000 people on Saturday and activists have continued to stage several smaller demonstrations like the one at Ryerson since then.

Protesters gather at Ryerson Oct. 1 at a rally in solidarity with New York City’s Occupy Wall Street movement. 7
Occupy Toronto came to campus Monday to join with the previously planned Anti-Poverty Rally for Ryerson’s Social Justice Week. The “Occupy” protesters were inspired by Wall Street, where the demonstrations against corporate greed and financial separation began a month ago thanks to a public call from Vancouver-based anticorporate-magazine Adbusters. After marching from the financial district to St. James Park on Saturday, protesters quickly filled the park with tents and turned it into their headquarters. Sunday brought the protesters close to campus with a march to Dundas Square. “We facilitate demonstrations each and every day in Toronto, as we will with the Occupy Toronto demonstration,” said Sgt, Dale Corra, 55 Division, before the small protest arrived. “People are exercising their democratic right of free speech and there have been no problems at this time.” Ian Sero, a first-year new media student, attended the events and was a bit disappointed. “I wish there were more people,” said Sero, adding that he hopes the newly-formed Canadian protests will grow in number with time. Although significantly smaller than the Occupy Wall Street protest, the Toronto rally is still viewed by attendees as important. “The essential reason is the income disparity,” Sero explained. “If our neighbour is in bad shape, we will be in bad shape.” On Monday, the participants came to campus, combining with the rally on Gould Street to better project their overlapping messages. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said he welcomes such demonstations on campus. “It has been a very peaceful movement so I certainly have no difficulty with it coming to campus as a way of us participating in


The essential reason is the income disparity. — Ian Sero, first-year new media

the message that they are communicating,” said Levy. “As they say, that’s what the Wall Street movement is all about — some sense of social justice.” Eddy Bijons, a second-year theatre production student, attended the on-campus rally. “Fundamentally the problem

is the lack of regulation between corporate and government spending,” said Bijons. He believes that, when people come to Canada seeking a better life, they end up working minimum-wage jobs because of their foreign university credits and the language barrier, which he dubs “slave labour.” “They [corporations] have no regard for basic human needs,” Bijons said. Winnie Ng, CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, believes the fight is about the widening gap between rich and poor. “We are transforming Ryerson into a hub of social justice for this week,“ she said. “Occupy Toronto is joining us as a sign of solidarity.” But Aaron Feintuca, a first-year business management student, said he didn’t know the rally was

happening and wouldn’t have attended anyway. “I don’t agree with what they’re saying,” he said. “People have to take responsibility for their own actions and stop blaming the government.” Carlyle Farrell, chair of global management studies, said the mobilization efforts are actually a way of demanding economic equality. “My understanding is that the protests have to do more with income and equality, it’s something students should consider,” said Farrell. “I’m not advocating that they march and protest, but they should be aware.” Farrell believes that, despite their numbers, the protesters’ criticisms are misdirected. “The root cause of the problem is not the capitalist system, it’s the failure of the governments to regulate it.”

New lockout policy charges students up to $300

Getting locked out of residence can cost students up to $300 in fees thanks to a new Pitman Hall lockout policy. Until this year, Pitman charged locked-out students a flat rate of $5 to unlock their rooms. But this semester, students get one free lockout and have to pay a fee that starts at $5 and grows by increments of five for the next five times they lock themselves out. If it happens six to 10 times, students must pay a flat rate of $50 each time. After the tenth time — at which point the total fines would amount to approximately $300 — the student is documented in the residence disciplinary system and the fee goes up to $100. Chad Nuttall, manager of student housing services, said the policy was implemented when housing noticed the maintenance staff

was spending a significant amount of time unlocking students’ doors. “Often there’s some sort of sense of urgency associated with lockouts. They would be doing a job and pack up and go and do a lockout and then have to come back,” Nuttall said. “We started looking at the numbers and there had been people who had 30 lockouts and, in some ways, we were thinking that some people were taking advantage of the $5 fee for doing lockouts.” The escalating fee was put in place in order to discourage students from taking lockouts lightly and to reduce the number of instances in Pitman. So far, the policy has been highly effective and reduced September lockout rates by 30 per cent compared to numbers from last year, according to Nuttall. Although October is not over yet, those figures are also down by 37 per cent.

Nuttall also noted that the new policy doesn’t affect most students negatively because the majority only lock themselves out about once a year. “With the ramp up, our hope was to cut off the folks who were abusing the system and give the overwhelming majority of students that just lock themselves out a freebie,” he said. But, eager to avoid steep charges, some Pitman residents have started fabricating their own backup keys. A gift card punched with patterns matching the desired key creates a functional duplicate, according to students. Part of the reason is that Pitman’s automated locks close each time a student steps out, which can make it easy to get locked out. Radio and television arts student Sydney Neilson said she has been locked out at least 24 times. Each time, Neilson avoided charges by play-

ing video games with her friend across the hall, Salar Shoaiby, until her roommates returned. “I’ve only called the [residence advisers] twice,” Neilson said. Getting locked out of an apartment can be as simple as using the washroom, said first-year nutrition student Shoaiby. “ M o s t people lock themselves out because they’re used to closing doors behind them in their own home,” she said. Accidental lockout charges can mount up under the new policy

but Nuttal maintains it is a deterrent and not a profit-generating system. “There is the misconception that we’re using this to generate revenue,” he said. “Even if it only takes 10-15 minutes that’s several d o l lars in labour. This is never going to cover our costs even with the increased charges.”

Luke Kimmerer, first-year architecture science, got locked out. PHOTO: DASHA ZOLOTA


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it or not, that’s where the BY CATHERINE POLCZ message must come through. Perhaps I’m an idealist, but journalism exists for the 99 per cent. Those many media members showed up on Saturday to find, publish and make available your message. So let them have it. Engage with the media. Tell them your stories. Tell them how with a degree and a mountain of debt, you can’t find a job. Our personal stories of struggle are the exactly a hotbed of profitabilclosest thing to a consolidated mes- ity anymore. We’ve been fired, fursage Occupy Canada is going to get loughed and outsourced too. — and it’s a good one. We’re with you. Give us someAnd remember, journalism isn’t thing to print.

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the worst of the real estate bubble collapse. Our more robust banking regulations and fairer taxation compared to the United States gives us less to rally against. However, the only reason we have no singular message is that As a damp, windy morning there is no singular problem. The dawned on Toronto’s financial dis- trials and tribulations of a global trict last Saturday, there were near- economic system that favours the ly as many Occupy Toronto pro- few and shits on the many is too testers as members of the media. complicated to condense into a It’s a pretty typical scene for a concise war cry. Unfortunately that city as media-saturated as Toronto. doesn’t make a compelling front And those journalists came hungry, page story. hunting for the essence of what has By Sunday some protesters had become a global event. But what turned on the media, decrying their they got was a mish-mash of mes- fat-cat corporatism. But here’s a sages, and with nothing further to heads-up to you would-be revolureport, they reported on that. tionaries. Politicians and financial The widely-published criticism tycoons aren’t going to meet you on of the Occupy Canada protests the street to discuss the finer points is that they lack a singular mes- of securities and bailouts. They’re sage. Here in Canada we survived going to pick up the paper and, like


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Centre struggles to access funding
With approximately 1,500 registered with the Access Centre, the best way to accommodate this recent increase is to improve campus access. Associate News Editor Carolyn Turgeon reports
abilities and we think we do a good job,” he said. The Centre’s budget comes from the provincial government and the university, with the former funding 69 per cent and the latter topping up the rest. The amount of funding allocated is based on an annual report submitted by the Access Centre and the numbers it presents to the provincial government. With the increase in students connecting with the Centre, the budget went up 13 per cent since last year. “Senior management is paying attention to the growth in the Access Centre,” said Halliday. “As long as that continues, I think [we] will be able to provide good service.” Future plans for the Centre include a move to the Student Learning Centre upon its opening, on the same floor as the Writing Centre, the English Language Support, the Learning Success Centre, the Math Assistance Centre and the Ted Rogers School of Management Student Services, all of which are directed by Halliday. “We’re looking forward to [the move] and to being connected physically with all of those other supports so that there can be more cross support,” she said. Other ongoing projects include providing more accessibility in classrooms by teaming up with RyeAccess and the Learning and Teaching Office as well as making changes to Senate policies about academic accommodation. “If instructors had the resources and the time and the knowledge to create classes where accessible formats were in place, where the classroom and the course was designed with accessibility in mind, perhaps less students would need academic accommodations,” said Halliday.

Group says no to Rye Radio

Christina Halliday works at her desk in the Library building.
The Access Centre for Students with Disabilities has seen a 25 per cent increase in registrants since the 2008-09 academic year, which has forced administration to seek ways to accommodate the rise. One employee was hired last week but this is only the beginning of the Centre’s efforts to adjust to the higher demand for services. “Some of the reasons for [the increase] could be that the Access Centre is doing a better job communicating to students as they’re being admitted,” said Christina Halliday, director of student learning support. Halliday said that disability service providers in many universities have noticed students who have connected with extra help in the kindergarten to Grade 12 system and are looking for similar support in post-secondary institutions. “It’s that notion that there’s greater awareness,” she said. “They’re self advocating and saying ‘we want this help.’” Prior to the new hire, the Centre employed eight people, which included a manager. They also have two full-time Test Centre staff, but that section is being moved to its own facility in January 2012. Of the eight staff members, four were student accommodation facilitators and a fifth was added thanks to one-time funding from the office of Heather Lane Vetere, vice provost students. This brought their total employees up to nine. “We’re now at a point where managing the caseload is too much for four people and we have to add another,” said Vetere. Halliday also stressed the importance of these facilitators. “They’re the first [people] that


the students see for getting their accommodations in place,” she said. “They’re the liaison, if needed, between the student and faculty member or course instructor.” Since 2008, this is the second student accommodation facilitator position to be added. “There has been some growth,” said Halliday. “I think there’s room for more.” Vetere agreed, but brought up the need for more funding. “Everyone understands the challenges we have, it’s just a matter of whether the money is available,” she said. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy estimates that, since he began in 2005, the funding for the Access Centre has doubled. “Everyone can use additional money, there’s no doubt about it, but we put a priority on providing support for students with dis-

Ryerson up against radio heavyweight

If a referendum vote to submit an an application for the 88.1FM frequency, the student-run Ryerson Radio will face tough competition from Toronto commercial station Z103.5FM for the airwaves. Along with Z103.5FM, “there are a lot of commercial applications for it, up to 10, but there are only two or three that are confirmed applicants,” said Jacky Harrison, a volunteer for Ryerson Radio. The commercial station, Z103.5, said the frequency is better than their own. If Ryerson doesn’t get it, the vacant second-floor Student Campus Centre studio is available for rent. If they do, Ryerson Radio will use the studio space. The former CKLN frequency came up for grabs earlier this year, opening up a frequency for the first time in 27 years. The CKLN Board of Governors made the decision to dissolve the corporation at a special general meeting on Oct. 11. “Toronto has enough commer-

cial stations and [the Ryerson Radio] supports local artist and gives students a chance to learn,” Harrison said. Kolter Bouchard, third-year radio and television arts student, said Ryerson Radio has a two-fold advantage because they are the only new company and the only non-commercial applicant. He believes this guarantees them the frequency to a certain degree. But aside from the many other competing stations, “the biggest challenge is the vote,” said Harrison. “The students have to vote for it. If they don’t vote, there won’t be an application.” Harrison said the bid would cost at least $50,000, which is only a portion of the $250,000 taken from students’ 2011-12 tuition for CKLN. Eleanor Belshaw-Hauff, a representative from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), confirmed the application deadline is Dec. 19.

The Ryerson Radio will have a new Board of Directors. It will consist of three Ryerson students, three Ryerson faculty members and three members of the community to ensure that every group has representatives, said Chris Shank, spokesperson for the Ryerson Radio. “This is a new group of people who want to bring radio to Ryerson,” Shank said. “We’re putting our ear to the ground and trying to reflect what Ryerson students want to hear. It benefits the entire school.” A recent survey showed that 86 per cent of students were supportive of the new radio station. But, for the new station to be permitted, 3,000 students will need to cast a ballot and at least 50 per cent of the ballots need to vote yes. “Vote yes, vote no. Just put your voice out there,” Shank said. “It’s not very often that anyone gets to create a radio station. It’s an exciting time. This is history in the making.”

President Sheldon Levy said a real student-run station is something worth arguing and fighting for. “It’s hard to tell [what are chances are.] But I have confidence that, if we put together a good case for a student-led RTA-supported type of arrangement, with a strong board, we will be successful,” he said. The polli n g stations to vote for the application will be open on Oct. 24, 25 and 26 between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Ryerson Radio Volunteer Jacky Harrison.

While one group of students is campaigning to set up a student-run Ryerson radio station on campus, another group is looking to stop them. Mark Single, a fourth-year engineering student, started the “No to Ryerson Radio Committee” last week in hopes of playing devil’s advocate for the upcoming vote and compelling students to turn down the new station. Ryerson Radio was proposed earlier this month by a group of students looking to take over the 88. 1 frequency, which was left vacant when Ryerson’s former community station, CKLN, went off air earlier this year. A referendum will be held on Oct. 24 to 26, which will decide whether they can set up a new student-run, student-operated station in its place. The radio station would be funded by a $10.35 fee that comes out of each student’s tuition. But Single and the rest of the committee — which is so far comprised of three members — believe it is not fair for students to have to continue to pay the fee. “Supporters see this as another way to grab money from students’ pockets who don’t have money in the first place,” said Single. Single said the committee has not been forcefully campaigning through organized meetings or posters because their objective is to simply remind students there are two sides to each story. He said another issue is that some students don’t even know about the mandatory fee they would have to pay to support the station. Single noted that the previous radio station was unpopular with students, adding that “renaming” it won’t change the fact that students do not listen to it. “If it’s something that I have to pay for, but I’m never going to use it, then I wouldn’t want it,” said John Celiz, a third-year business student. With this upcoming vote, Celiz won’t be casting a ballot. Although Ryerson Radio may not be getting Celiz’s vote, Single does feel that “it’s a losing battle with the RSU” and they’ll be getting what they want. But, despite the possible outcome, Single still hopes that students realize they shouldn’t be charged for something they don’t need or want and vote against the station.


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October 19, 2011

From the comics to the conventions, these kids are showing a whole new side of diversity. Communities Editor Nicole Siena reports
You may have seen a group of students walking around campus in elaborate, what look to be, Halloween costumes. You may have stopped, stared, or commented on the samurai sword one fellow was carrying with him. Or, you may have walked up to their table during the campus groups fair this past September and felt like you finally belonged. RU Anime is a new club on campus, which many of its members describe as an inclusive and carefree group. “You’re allowed to be as immature or mature as you want to be,” said Dominik Kopec, RU Anime president and a fourth-year business student. Kopec started the club last year after realizing there weren’t any similar groups on campus. “I found that a lot of people were interested. That’s when I started the process last fall,” he said. The group started with 30 members, but has grown to more than 271 over the course of the past year. Anime is a shortened term for Japanese animation and includes many different Japanese subcultures. These particular members take part in cosplay, which interprets the costumes of different anime characters and brings them to life Kopec said many people enjoy cosplay because it allows individuals to change their personality. “You can cosplay if you have a good enough description of characters,” said Elizabeth Huynh, of administrative operations and a fourth-year business management student. “Cosplays don’t have to be completely accurate, but as long as you’re having fun, there’s no harm, no foul,” she said. Kelsey Brunton, a third-year theatre production student said, “this is a great, open way to get people together who have common interests. It’s a super-creative outlet for people.” The group gets together to do everything from watch anime T.V. shows, to attend a variety of conventions together. Members said that the atmosphere they create together is welcoming and allows them to be themselves. “A lot of people I know that are interested in [anime] are kind of socially awkward,” she said. “But Ryerson is about inclusion and diversity. Sometimes people get looked down upon or are left out. Everyone needs to be included.” Shows like the Big Bang Theory, Brunton said, are putting nerdier subcultures into the mainstream, making inclusion easier. In response Huynh said, “people can say what they want, as far as I see it, they’re not having as much fun as I am.”



Wednesday, Oct. 19
QUEEN’S-BLYTH WORLDWIDE INFORMATION SESSION 7 p.m. @ International Living and Learning Centre. International Room CULTURE JAM: THE MYTH OF MULTICULTURALISM 1:30-3 p.m. Student Centre. Room G RYERSON SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK Oct. 17-21. Variety of events, speakers and exhibits. Across campus

Thursday, Oct. 20

FORUM ON LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND EQUITY 7 -9 p.m. @ Ted Rogers School of Business Management. Room TRS1-067 CULTURE JAM: SHISHA FUNDRAISER AND PUB NIGHT 7 p.m.- 2 a.m. Ram in the Rye $5 shisha

Friday, Oct. 21

DIGITAL HUMANITIES BOOTCAMP 9 a.m.-7 p.m. @ Centre for Digital Humanities Research. 111 Gerrard St., 2nd floor HOW TO DRAW ANIME WORKSHOP 5-8 p.m. @ Oakham House. Room G CULTURE JAM SHOWCASE 6-9 p.m. Ryerson Theatre. Free with canned food or $2 advance ticket at member services desk

Saturday Oct. 22

HUMANITIES AND TECHNOLOGY CAMP 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Heaslip House, second floor

Sunday, Oct. 23

HOW TO SUCCEED: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO DES McANUFF 7-9:30 p.m. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. West


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Time capsule found in MLG

Stephen Lewis speaks out on social justice



Construction workers at the site of Maple Leaf Gardens (MLG) uncovered a time capsule buried beneath the historic hockey arena during its 1931 construction. Bricklayers found the time capsule on Oct. 14, under a ceremonial stone at the entrance to the building while they were removing some of the flooring. Officials from Loblaws have not announced exactly what was inside and told CBC in an email that the items are currently being assessed and validated. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said the time capsule contained 10 to 20 items, including an NHL rulebook, an Ontario Hockey Association guidebook, the newspaper of the day and a copy of the way the shares of the original MLG were handled. Levy said that the memo-

rabilia was inside something that looked like a cement box. “It was pretty routine stuff. It wasn’t anything that I would have said, ‘oh my goodness, we found a treasure.’ Maybe someone’s definition of treasure — not mine,” Levy said. “I thought it would be more exciting, to be honest,” he added. “I thought ... we’ll find the real story of Conn Smythe or something. But there was, unfortunately, nothing of that type.” Smythe who was the builder of MLG and general manager of the Leafs from 1927 to 1961. Loblaw and MLSE are currently in discussions to determine whether to leave the items in MLG or to place them in the Hockey Hall of Fame. “We hope we get something out of it,” said Kelly Masse, media relations for the Hockey Hall of Fame. “We don’t know who owns it now or how we would get it.”


Distinguished professor at Ryerson, Canadian politician and founder of his own personal foundation, Stephen Lewis, joined Ryerson for the Re-Imagine Social Justice public lecture on Oct. 18. The lecture was also joined by members of the Occupy Toronto protest. The discussion changed its focus from global social injustice and poverty issues to the associated problems occuring locally. “I am glad that these people are joining us,” said Lewis, when protesters entered the lecture hall. “The Occupy movement is one of the most exhilarating events of our time.” For a full recap of the evenings lecture read Veronika Latkina’s story at

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ents. Casafranco is responsible for marketing and promotions, building and maintaining client relations, purchasing equipment and maintaining the company’s web and social media presence. Rebecca Fitzgerald, the international advising assistant at the International Student Services office at Ryerson, was responsible for nominating Casafranco. “I have worked with her for two years in the [International Student Services] office and was aware she had her own business so I wanted to find an opportunity to recognize her accomplishments,” said Fitzgerald. Casafranco has worked with new international students to help them adjust to Canada as an International Peer Supporter. Two fellow Ryerson students, Bangxin Nie and Maria Angela Torres were given very honourable mentions for the community service award: Nie for her work within Toronto’s Chinese community and Torres for supporting Filipino students at Ryerson along with other groups.

October 19, 2011

Salad King awards Rye students

Rebecca Fitzgerald nominated winner Maria Clara Casafranco for the award.

International students honoured

Ryerson student Maria Clara Casafranco walked away with one of three top awards at this year’s City of Toronto International Students Reception on Oct. 14. Casafranco, a third-year photography student, was the recognition award recipient for entrepreneurship for establishing her own small

business, Sikam Photo. “I work with my fiancée in the business and we’ve done a lot. It’s grown from two clients to 150,” she said. The business venture, which aims to capture significant moments in life for its clients, started in 2009 when she arrived in Canada from Colombia. The first event was a bridal exposition in Paris, Ont. where she secured her first two cli-

Popular Thai food restaurant Salad King has changed the requirements for their annual International Students Award, which is in the second year of its five year term. Ernest and Lindu Lui, owners of the restaurant, chose to sponsor the program to help international students wanting to attend Ryerson University but are faced with tuition and book expenses. Once an international student himself, Liu recognizes the challenges these students face. Liu received a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering and a masters in business management. He immigrated to Canada in 1990 and opened Salad King in 1991. This year the program allows students to share their personal stories for consideration along with their grades. “It focuses more on their per-

sonal growth and contribution to the international community,” says Natalie Fung, a student volunteer at the International Student Services office. Students wishing to apply must be international students with a valid study permit and have a GPA of at least 2.0. Second years and higher can apply with an updated resume and letters of recommendation. They must also complete the application form and explain why they deserve the award. President Sheldon Levy said he is happy the university has so many strong relationships with local businesses. “As long as the students or the university benefit from it, and the business is good and proper, I have no difficulty with it at all,” he said. The deadline to submit applications is November 30th and the winning students will be notified in January 2012.

Bag O’Crime
A security staff member observed a female on Oct 12, crying and yelling at a man that he couldn’t do that to her. When the officer approached her, the female pointed out a male and said he had struck her in the face. Other security staff came to the scene, police were called and the man was arrested. We’ve really got nothing clever to say about this asshole. Twenty minutes later, the same security staff member observed another female sobbing on the street. When approached, she said she was shoved by a man when she was getting out of her car. The staff member stayed with this woman as well, police were called and the man was apprehended. Again; asshole. Two males on Gerrard Street were fighting on Oct 12. When approached, one claimed the other had said had said something about his mother, so he confronted him. We didn’t realize they let 12-year-olds into university. Toronto police contacted security due to a garbage can fire at 87 Gerrard St. on Sunday, Oct. 16. No suspects were apprehended, but they were dealing with four similar acts in the area, leading us to believe that Evil Eggy is combining homelessness with general vandalism. Security responded to a call of a person urinating in a planter outside the Image Arts building. The individual turned out to be heavily intoxicated from drinking three quarters of a bottle of massage oil with a 50 per cent alcohol content. He recieved medical care, and now we suggest he go back to drinking cough syrup like the rest of us.

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EYE 45

October 19, 2011


In 1967, The Eyeopener started as a “fuck you” to the Ryerson School of Journalism and 45 years later we’re bigger and badder t a nuisance, not to mention a meriad of failed libel notices. We’ve also been named the best student newspaper in the country, pr the country and put Ryerson’s “official” newspaper to shame. These are snippets of our first ever issue and the story of how your

Drawn by our very first “Editor and Chief Propagandist” Tom Thorne and still an accurate depiction of what we do here.

The Calgary Eyeopener was known as a muck-raking rag, but what’s in a name?

This marks the end of friendly relations with the ‘Sonian. Still waiting for those “high professional standards” to aspire to though.

by Allyssia Alleyne
SEPT. 26, 1967
NOV. 6, 1980 The Eyeopener draws Like Athena springing In the name of justhe wrath of fashion forth from the skull of tice and freedom of students for printing a Zeus, The Eyeopener the press, the proud is born. The brainchild masthead prints FUCK photo taken in a fashof chief propagandist YOU on the cover. The ion show change room. The photos, which discum editor-in-chief words, emblazoned in played a woman’s bare Tom Thorne, the paper the reddest ink, was buttocks, inflamed the was meant to offer an directed at the presistudents so much that alternative to the banal dent of the board of journalism school paper govenors, who decreed they threatened to sue known as The Ryersothan none shall publish the paper. Alas, the nian. a story about the BOG lawsuit never materialized, but the Eyeopener without his approval. did apologize.

OCT. 28, 1971

Torstar Corp. launches an entertainment magazine called Eye Weekly, much to the devastation of the Eyeopener family. In spite of their pleading, they could not convince the company to choose a more original name.

OCT. 1991

DEC. 4, 1991

Fuck you, part two! After 20 years, The Eyeopener revives that old chestnut after Ryerson’s harassment office attempted to institute a “media-watch tribunal” to keep student media in line. Surprisingly, the administration was not amused by this bold act of defiance.

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than ever. We’ve been called a rag, the “sketchy” campus paper and roduced renowned journalists that rock every major media outlet in r favourite campus newspaper came to be.

Faculty deciding what students want to read. Fantastic idea.

Still working on it, evidently.

The Ryersonian is still headed by faculty from the School of Journalism who get final say in what does, and doesn’t, get published.

Actually, it is.

The Eyeopener encourages students from any program to volunteer and join as a masthead member.

(The Journalism School’s ideals.)

FEB. 15, 1995

The Eyeopener, as controversial as ever, publishes its first Love & Sex issue. The issue sparked considerable controversy, especially because of an image of a penis printed in the “Making Whoopie” supplement, but it also inspired various copycats in the community.

MARCH, 2001 The Eyeopener enters adorable office pet Scoop W. Gerbil into the race for RSU president. And yes, our furry friend got votes.

DEC. 1, 2009

The Eyeopener scoops the world and is the first to declare that humble Ryerson has acquired the historic Maple Leaf Gardens.

MARCH 23, 2010 Intrepid first-year reporters pen a controversial story about the Ryerson Theatre School, exposing how they school break down students to breed the best artists. Shortly after the issue hit the stands, all copies were removed from the RTS. The relationship between us has never been the same.

DEC. 2010

The Eyeopener raids the university coffers (well, a campus Tim Horton’s cash register) under the cover of night, and snatches $6,614.47, thus exposing a tremendous flaw in Ryerson’s security.Don’t worry: our noble heroes returned the cash the following day.

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We asked former Eyeopener editors to tell us their favourite tales from the newsroom


erbils like to sleep at night. I o it’s 4 p.m. on a Tuesday host a hula-hoop competition. In hopefuls usually leads to a measly piece of creative non-fiction, got a know this because I looked in the newsroom and Drew a somewhat charitable gesture, student turnout. job at the Toronto Star that started it up in the wee hours one Halfnight and I (we were Jimmy offered to get us into our In 2009, Tom Dolezel looked on September 12th, 2001, conductMonday, too distracted to work co-news editors at the time) were next location (Filmore’s) for free to change that. His main cam- ed my first band interview in the because of the gerbil squeaking stuck with a story about the bird if we agreed to leave New Moon paign pledge? Waffle day. He lost El Mocambo washrooms, interand spinning furiously in its wheel flu on page five and no art. Clearly immediately. We agreed. that election, but the next year we viewed journalist Robert Fisk over on the other side of my office wall. we needed something quick and Before leaving New Moon, decided to take up his cause. Free the phone whilst hung over and Our solution was to cover its dirty. “Dude, let’s use a rubber Jimmy informed the group it was waffles to every Ryerson student. crouched on the floor in my uncage with a T-shirt in an effort to chicken,” Halfnight said. time to leave. Then he pointed to It was probably our best idea of derwear in my furniture-less bedsimulate night and get the me and proclaimed to the the year. room at six in the morning, wrote poor little guy to sleep. He bar: “And if anyone messes The RSU thought so too. In the too many stories about the state of had a busy schedule to around, I am going to break hopes of capitalizing on our event, affairs surrounding the cafeteria at And besides all that, you want to use a manage, what with all the this guys legs.” As we they challenged us to a waffle the behest of crusading news edirubber chicken? A fucking rubber chicken? campaigning and debatwalked to Filmore’s, Jimmy showdown. It was on. tors, was rebuked by a philosophy ing and posing for photo complained that the Hell’s The night before the event, we prof as crass and sensationalist for shoots. Angels get a bad rap in the got word the RSU was planning a attempting to cover a guest lecThat year, after a visit to a local I think somewhere in the back of media. When we arrived, Jimmy massive spread: fresh fruit, choco- ture by a dominatrix and briefly pet store, signatures were gathered our heads we knew this was a bad fulfilled his promise and we got late syrup and whipped cream. became a social smoker, among and soon the Scoop W. Gerbil for idea because when we called over in for free. From here the night There was no way we were going other things. President signs went up. A few a photo editor, we picked Daniel deteriorated. Our Editor-in-Chief to let them steal our day. — Kevin Ritchie, Freelance inches long, with grey fur, a habit Bray, a photography student with upset Jimmy by clanking her glass Our team got into game mode. Journalist of relieving himself (herself?) in hair like a surfer and a disposition against his without consent. Jim- More waffle irons. More toppings. Arts Editor, 1998-2003 people’s hands and a chronic case to match. my responded by indicating to me A DJ with loudspeakers. An invitaof insomnia on production nights, “Whoa, that’s a great idea!” he he had a gun (he pulled my hand tion to president Levy. t was a Monday afternoon Scoop ended up capturing a said. Wait, what? Really? to the back of his pants so I could The next day, with our arms and the last six days had repdecent number of student votes — “I can cut it out, then you can feel it). I went to the bathroom to covered in batter and a line 50 peoresented perhaps the most for a rodent. put the chicken diagonally across escape. Jimmy followed and tried ple deep, our secret weapon rolled boring week in Ryerson’s history. Whatever we were trying to the words. It’ll be awesome man,” to sell me $5 worth of marijuana up to the curb: an ice cream truck. I had absolutely no idea what to prove, it was a fun few weeks. he said. for $40. He threatened put on the cover. As editorCaptivity in the squalid stench Right about then editor-in-chief another editor who in-chief I was dogmatically of The Eyeopener’s basement John Mather swooped in with walked in. At this point, executing an agenda of senAs editor-in-chief I was dogmatically office in Jorgenson Hall probably Jamie “The Responsible One” I gave up and left the sationalist, sexualized and executing an agenda of sensationalist, took a few months off Scoop’s life. McLeod, the other photo editor. bar. After which, I later controversial front pages. If sexualized and controversial front pages. Taken care of post-university by Bray and Halfnight made their learnt, Jimmy then told someone didn’t call to comone of the newspaper’s writers, pitch. my co-editors I owed him plain, the masthead would he took his last breath just a few “No, you two are not going to $80. Thankfully, I never not be paid. Putting an “RSU short weeks after the start of the do something you’ve never done saw Jimmy again. As the truck came into view, moans about something boring” new school year. Had he been in before at 4:15 p.m. on a Tuesday,” — John Mather, Law Student its jingle blaring down Gould, it story on Page 1 was not an option. office, the mourning would have Mather said. “And besides all that, at Western University was clear who came out on top. So I did what I always do when been deep and soulful. As it were, you want to use a rubber chicken? Editor-in-Chief, 2007-08 Both sides would end up serving I’m stuck: I turned to the past to we nodded our heads and silently A fucking rubber chicken?” Ryerson students hundreds of free steal ideas and pass them off as my gave thanks for his sacrifice in the So Bray and Halfnight make the unniest memory: when we waffles and ice cream cones. The own. name of a great story. same pitch again, a little louder stacked tens of thousands of students won. Decades ago in Eyeopener histoCongratulations on 45 years of this time, punctuating the “It’ll extra old Eyeopener copies Despite all the great stories and ry, a writer had went on a rampage great stories. be really cool!” part. A shouting (still bound from the printer) in scoops we published that year, it stealing equipment around cam— Lori Fazori, Facts & Argu- match followed. front of the Ryersonian offices. We was easily my proudest moment. pus to highlight security problems. ments Editor at the Globe and In the end, we ended up using had been trying to clear out the ar- And it was, of course, the sweetest I remembered the story when presMail a slightly more dignified headshot chives. We couldn’t fit them all in victory. ent-day Ryerson security issued a Editor-in-Chief, 2000-01 of a live chicken. Bray offered to the recycling so who better to fin— Amit Shilton, Page Editor at press release reporting a string of cut that one out for us too. ish the job for us? Stealing the phothe Toronto Star computer and printer thefts. Perf I wrote this 10 years ago, I’d be —Eric Lam, Report at the tocopier was also pretty awesome. Editor-in-Chief, 2009-10 fect. I sent my news team to the writing about forcing a sports Financial Post Another great memory is stickDollarstore to buy some masks. editor to write an 8,000 word News and Biz & Tech Editor, ing it to James Norrie whenever I worked at the Eyeopener from That night half a dozen of us in feature, being visited by an angry 2005-08 did an interview with him. Can’t 1998 to 2003. During that time cartoon Halloween masks swiped ‘mob’ of students or how Graeme forget getting served with papers I cruised for sex in the school a photocopier, printers, a podium Smith spent a good half year at the very year, the Eyeopener hosts for defamation by association. toilet stalls for an award-winning and a fax machine, among other couch outside my office while we a Drink Olympics to thank — Maurice Cacho, Producer at feature story, was refused an inter- things. We took them for a walk mused about our latest investigavolunteers for all their hard, view and laughed at by the rapper around the Ryerson neighbourtive piece. But what I will say is unpaid work. The year I was News News, Photo and Biz & Tech Maestro after turning up back- hood. No one stopped us. (We that The Eyeopener was lucky to Editor, the Olympics involved a Editor, 2005-08 stage at a concert looking totally eventually put stuff back.) The have us brave souls who would “Slumming on Dundas” disheveled and foggy fol- stunt was the lede to a very serious sacrifice our university careers and pub crawl. lowing a sub-zero protest story about flawed security and health for the privilege of putting We started at The march against student fee the issue was one of the most read out The Eye — we pumped out Imperial Pub and steadily hikes, wrote an obit about of the year. Jimmy responded by indicating to me he what I we thought was genius. moved east, each bar seeda beloved social work prof It was classic Eyeopener. Unhad a gun (he pulled my hand to the back Okay, I once got a resume in ier than the last. After the that died in a car accident, apologetic fun meets hard-hitting of his pants so I could feel it). a little pile. One letter was from Imperial, we moved on to edited the Arts & Entertain- journalism. someone who described her as a Mounties — a staple of ment section of one semes— Robyn Doolittle, Reporter superwoman with super powers Dundas street, where the ter, covered the Toronto at the Toronto Star who could run The Eyeopener as only beer on tap is “something like International Film Festival for the Editor-in-Chief, 2006-07 its next GM. It was a wacky, crazy Export” with a smooth gasoline afor most students, September first time, wrote a news story with and odd-ball cover letter. No one tertaste. The next stop was the New means the beginning of classes, the headline “Student wanted to in their right mind would have Moon bar. While Mounties hosted assignments and exams. For plant flowers,” attempted to draw For more memories, called the candidate back. a relatively upbeat, down-on- Eyeopener editors, it’s often a time attention to the plight of disabled including a sports How does it end? Ask Liane. their-luck clientele, New Moon’s to begin planning their takedown student in need of home care, editor’s floor pie And you’re welcome. patrons were more sinister. of the RSU. I never would have came up with the idea to exploit mystery and that time — Kenny Yum, Managing When the Editor-in-Chief pulled guessed our masthead’s victory a lesbian classmate as a titillating we had elections in Editor at The Huffington Post out the hula-hoops, a man at the would be served with whipped sex columnist, breathlessly and Canada/AOL Canada bar pulled me aside. His name cream. tenaciously covered a student the Ryersonian Editor-in-Chief, 1998-99 was Jimmy. He said he rode with More often than not, student council insurrection, staked out office, go to Hell’s Angels, and had a tattoo to union elections are plagued by most major university executives’ that effect. Jimmy told me New apathy. Boring candidates and a offices at six in the morning, wrote Moon was not an ideal place to system that shuts out independent and published my first and only








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Tip your server
Serving staff are expected to be hospitable and accommodating while regularly missing breaks and working longer hours than any other industry. Biz and Tech Editor Sarah Del Giallo reports
While you’re sitting comfortably in a restaurant, the service will cross your mind. Maybe the drinks took too long to arrive or your appetizer was missing a sauce. But when your server arrives with your meal, smiling and asking if there’s anything else they can get you, your mind turns to your food. When you finally asses that tip, you might want to consider that your server hasn’t eaten for the last eight hours or so. Virginia Connors, 19, is a secondyear child and youth care student at Ryerson. She works part time as a waitress at Joey at the Eaton Centre. She regularly goes four to seven hours without a break in the oneinch heels that are a mandatory thing’s exposed. And mini skirts and knee high boots,” she said. Rineshore said the knee high boots need to have at least a one and a half to two inch heel. According to Rineshore, some guests don’t like the uniforms and have filled out comment cards about how revealing they are. One guest wrote an online review saying the bar was more akin to “an upscale gentlemen’s club.” “Our managers are all men. So obviously they’re enjoying it and it’s helping to promote the image of the restaurant that they want, but these comment cards have been filled out, handed to a manager, the manager reads them, laughs at them, rips them up and throws them in the garbage,” said RineThere have been legal cases throughout Canada of female employees fighting against revealing uniforms. The 1982 Ontario case of Ballentyne v. Molly N’ Me Tavern favoured Susan Ballentyne who was offered a serving job with a topless dress code. A 1997 case in Quebec favoured female employees when the establishment imposed a uniform of short skirts, tight tops and high heels, similar to the uniforms at Rineshore’s restaurant. But the human rights commision doesn’t take action against offensive dress codes without a complaint. “If the employer could argue that it’s absolutely necessary for them to wear this uniform then that’s that,” said Ramsay. But she said she finds it difficult to believe an employer could argue that successfully. Rineshore said her employers want to give the image of the female servers looking put-together and “dolled up” to attract a specific clientele. “They want to attract the men in suits. Because men in suits goes with beer, goes with chicken wings, goes with [girls] and tits,” she said. Kristine Norris, 20, is a fourthyear dance student who was a waitress at Cedarhill Golf and Country Club in Ottawa in 2009. Once, while setting up for a banquet, she was asked to set up a nine foot table by herself. It fell on her toe as she tried to take it down. She had to ice her foot for about 45 minutes, and she said no report was filed for her injury. While that was her only instance of getting hurt at work, like her fellow servers, she often went without


While I’m working I don’t notice it so much, as compared to after work and I realize I haven’t eaten — then I’m tired. — Virginia Connors, Waitress at Joey

part of her uniform. “It’s too busy during the night shifts to take a break,” said Connors. Connors usually chooses to skip her breaks to avoid losing her tables to another server. “They don’t offer breaks, you just know that you’re entitled to them. I’ve gone almost 10 hours without a break, and that’s at my discretion,” she said. “While I’m working I don’t notice it so much, as compared to after work and I realize I haven’t eaten — then I’m tired.” According to Ontario’s employment standards act, an employee is to work no more than five hours straight without a break of at least 30 minutes. Jennifer Savage at the Ministry of Labour said, “It’s not the choice of the employee, it’s law.” If employees aren’t getting their minimum 30-minute breaks, the employer can be fined “The employer has to ensure they [take their break].” The inability to take proper breaks is a common problem for servers. Natalie Rineshore* is a Ryerson student who works in a sports bar on King Street West. “If it is a busy night, like a 14hour shift, you really don’t get a break unless you plan ahead and take one at 4 o’clock before the 5 o’clock rush.” But Rineshore’s main concern isn’t breaks — it’s the required uniforms. For Connors at Joey, the heels are a hindrance, but her uniform is otherwise comfortable as long as the air conditioning isn’t too cold. But Rineshore is more upset by her company’s dress code. “Low cut shirt, very low cut, to the point where bra is exposed. The cup of the bra, and the wire, every-

shore. “So they don’t get sent to corporate. No one finds out about this. And even if they did get sent to corporate, who knows what they would do about it,” she said. “People have said we make Hooters look like Chuck E Cheese’s.” Regardless of the clothing, Rineshore’s main concern is the boots. “I had to host on the patio in boots, and it was 30 degrees and my legs are sweating, and they get mad if you have a cup of water on the host stand, because they don’t

People have said we make Hooters look like Chuck E Cheese’s. — Natalie Rineshore*, Hostess at a downtown bar

want that image to be portrayed of you just sitting and drinking and socializing,” she said. “They want you to look like you’re professional. But I’m sweating in my boots, literally.” Rineshore said people have wiped out on the restaurant’s cement floor which has very little friction. “People could get injured just by falling,” she said. “Waiting hot plates? You could burn a guest.” Rineshore said the serving staff of about 30 employs only two men and one male bartender. The male servers are not required to wear equally provocative uniforms. Jennifer Ramsay is the communications coordinator for the human rights legal support centre. “If only the women are being asked to dress provocatively, then that could be [discriminatory],” she said

her breaks. “I would work 14-hour shifts on the hot dog cart ... I couldn’t go to the washroom ever, because I had a cash box,” she said. In order to go to the bathroom, she would wait for the beverage cart worker to drive over and watch her station, but that wasn’t often. When Norris was working weddings, she would start at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. and work until 4 a.m. if she was closing. She would get one 30 -minute break if she was lucky. She was warned about the hours and the breaks when she applied for the job, but she took the position anyway. “Anytime you’re in an interview you’re just going to [nod] your head and say yes because you want a paycheque at the end of the day,” said Norris. *names have been changed


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Wednesday’s results
Womens’ Soccer: Trent 0 @ Ryerson 6 Men’s Soccer: Trent 0 @ Ryerson 3

OUA East Standings - Men’s Soccer Team W L T Carleton 10 2 0 Toronto 8 2 2 Ryerson 8 3 1 Queen’s 6 4 2 Laurentian 5 4 3 Trent 4 7 2 Nipissing 1 10 1 RMC 1 11 0 OUA East Standings - Women’s Soccer Team W L T Queen’s 12 1 1 Ottawa 10 3 1 Toronto 9 1 3 Carleton 7 5 2 Laurentian 7 5 2 Ryerson 6 7 1 RMC 2 11 1 Nipissing 1 10 3 Trent 1 12 2 OUA Women’s Hockey Team York Guelph Laurier Queen’s Toronto Windsor Brock Ryerson UOIT Waterloo Western W L OTL 3 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 3 0 1 3 0 1 3 0

Friday’s results
Men’ Hockey: Waterloo 7 @ Ryerson 3

Saturday’s results
Womens’ Hockey Ryerson 1 @ Waterloo 0 The women’s volleyball team practising in the RAC

Back on track
A year removed from an injury stricken season, Dustin Reid looks to get the women’s volleyball program back on track. Chris Babic reports
Having compiled a dismal 1-18 record last season, it’s safe to say that last season did not go according to plan for head coach Dustin Reid and Ryerson’s women’s volleyball team, as injuries derailed what should have been an important transitional year. Reid, who was the reigning Ontario University Athletics (OUA) coach of the year had made great strides forward since he took over as the teams’ first full-time head coach in 2008, and had a mostly young core to groom for the future. However, the plethora of injuries that were suffered forced a lot of the rookies to step into starting roles, in adition to having some of them play out of position, which in-turn stunted their individual progression. “Had we been fully healthy, it would have been a transitional year for us,” said Reid. “There wasn’t a lot of confidence because of all the injuries.” If the preseason is any indication, the upcoming season looks quite promising for the 2011-12 Rams, but Reid is making sure that expectations stay measured and that people do not lose sight of the stage the team is in. “We’re in a building process, and have to honestly accept that it’s going to take time,” said Reid. “I wouldn’t trade our long-term success for a few wins this year.” This offseason, Reid and his coaching staff made it their mission to focus on recruiting depth, so as to avoid another injury rattled season. The result; one of Ryerson’s best recruiting classes in years. At the head of this talented recruiting class are a pair of Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) gold medal winning outside hitters from Sinclair H.S., Emily Nicholishen and Alexandra Whyte. In somewhat of a recruiting coup, Reid also managed to convince Chelsea Jensen to join the program after transferring from Mercyhurst College in the NCAA, where for the past two seasons she has led the her team in kills per game. Reid said that he certainly looked to recruit players “who have been in a competitive environment and are strong character athletes,” because they bring a winning mentality to the squad that is vital in trying to more than other OUA teams worked out during the offseason. “Honestly our team has already surprised me so much in exhibition play that I have a feeling I don’t even know what we’re capable of achieving. I expect lots of surprises—the good kind of surprises.” In the 2010-11 season, the Rams finished 36th in the league in scoring with 614.5 points, and with nine of the teams 17 players being first years, it is still unclear where the scoring punch will come from. WIth that being said, Reid has focused most of his efforts to date on instilling a defensive mentality into his team’s identity. True to his word, the Rams have played with a stingy defence throughout what has been a surprisingly solid preseason, with the team playing well in the McMaster exhibition tournament. Beyond the top three or four teams, there are 10 who can challenge for the final five playoff spots, and Reid’s focus in the offseason on athleticism and speed over height should help get the team into that group of 10 challengers. “We’re not the tallest team, we’re a quick team, we’re not a team that will beat ourselves with errors, we are a strong defending team,” he said.

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

Upcoming Games
Friday, Oct. 21 Mens’ Volleyball: Ryerson @ RMC Womens’ Volleyball: Ryerson @ RMC Womens’ Hockey: Guelph @ Ryerson Saturday, Oct. 22 Mens’ Soccer: Ryerson @ Ottawa Womens’ Soccer: Ryerson @ Ottawa Mens’ Hockey: Nipissing @ RMC Womens’ Hockey: Brock @ Ryerson Sunday, Oct. 23 Mens’ Soccer: Ryerson @ Carleton Womens’ Soccer: Ryerson @ Carleton

I expect a full turnaround from last season — Haley Wolfenden, fourth-year setter

erase the memories of last season. Another promising recruit is Chelsea Briscoe, who enters Ryerson having won the provincial and national championships with Defensa club, and an OFSAA silver medal. “My championship in high school has nothing to do with my role on the team,” she said. “The work I put into receiving that championship I’ve carried over into this year but I didn’t expect to do anything less.” With over half the team consisting of either rookie or sophomore players, team captain Carli Yim, along with fellow senior players Haley Wolfenden and Kasandra Bracken, will be asked to shoulder much of the leadership role on this young squad. Wolfenden, a fourth year setter, is happy with the new additions and is ready to put last season’s woes behind her. “I expect a full turnaround from last season - with the young energy brought in by Nicholishen, Emily Varga, and Jensen, and some experienced knowledge of the game from myself, Yim and Bracken —w this team makes a well rounded, passionate and very talented group,” she said. Bracken is the most senior player on the squad, and the fifth year middle blocker is pleased with the early returns from a gruelling six weeks of training, which Reid believes is

CIS East Standings - Men’s Hockey Team McGill Nipissing Queen’s UQTR Concordia Toronto Carleton RMC Ottawa Ryerson W L OTL 4 0 0 4 1 0 3 1 0 3 2 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 2 3 0 1 1 0

save time for the important things.

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The road to the shows
While many students are content to wait until grad to start their careers, fashion students have no choice but to start early. Natalie Ast finds out why a degree is not enough
A model in a summer frock struts down the 90-foot runway in David Pecaut Square. Fashion bloggers and editors sit in the front row, taking in the collection with a discerning eye. Backstage, volunteers scurry about, trying to keep everything organized. The designer waits impatiently to see how the Spring 2012 collection is received. This is just another day at Toronto Fashion Week, the biannual event that brings out the industry’s best and brightest. Last week Mackenzie Yeates, who graduated from the fashion communications program last June, sat front row at Todd Lynn’s Spring 2012 collection. She now works as a coordinator for fashion direction at Holt Renfrew, a job that took her to Paris mere weeks ago. When Yeates started her studies, she assumed that she would find a job immediately following graduation, not because she excelled in the classroom but because of her work outside of it. “I guess I expected to have a job because throughout my whole Ryerson career, I was interning and I think interning is really the key to success,” she says. When Yeates was 15 she started interning at an event-planning company. At one function, they had large martini glass-shaped fishbowls for centerpieces. At the bottom of the martini glasses were small gold and white aquarium rocks. “They were like, ‘Actually, we don’t like the gold and the white combined, so can you separate all the rocks?’ So I was sitting there for three hours separating rocks,” says Yeates. She made light of the situation and ended up chatting with a guest who was watching her perform the task. A few years later, she was being interviewed by the same man for a position at Holt Renfrew. She got the job. Ryerson fashion students who want similar success will have to folThey are also encouraged to attend as many fashion events as possible. “It’s a lot of work, it’s time consuming” says Lincole Tsui, a firstyear fashion design student. Last week Tsui volunteered at a fashion show for Lucian Matis, another Ryerson alum and the runnerup on Project Runway Canada. It’s expected that students will be able to balance their assignments with realworld experience. “Skills development, networking, internship and exposure to fashion events form an integral part of the curriculum,” says Robert Ott, chair of the school of fashion. Tsui is more than fine with this. “I don’t have much of a social life, but my social life is going to fashion shows, where I get to meet cool people,” she says. But as Yeates’ rock-picking story shows, getting into the industry requires more than just hobnobbing with the fashion crowd. “The industry is competitive, tough and requires hard work,” says Ott. Of the students who work hard and spend sleepless nights in design studios, only the most driven individuals can hope to spend sleepless nights preparing for their own show at fashion week at home or abroad.

I don’t have much of a social life, but my social life is going to fashion shows. — Lincole Tsui, first-year fashion design
low a similar route, and the road isn’t always a smooth one. Aside from being invited to participate in international design competitions and fashion shows like Mass Exodus, which is attended by industry leaders, students are required to bank 400 hours of interning.


Ryerson’s Fashionable Fantastic Four
Brian Boudreau takes a look at some of the most talented designers to grace Ryerson’s School of Fashion
Brian Bailey Though you may know him as the mentor on Project Runway Canada, Brian Bailey is one of Ryerson’s most successful fashion design grads. Bailey moved from Alberta to Toronto to study fashion design in 1981, and has experienced much success with his universally flattering designs, which include both red carpet-ready pieces and sportswear. Joeffer Caoc Caoc launched his first label two years after graduating in 1993. He’s known for his masterful drapery, asymmetry and unconventional architectural designs that emphasize how the fabric falls on the form. But within that signature style, his creations keep evolving and dazzling. Jessica Jensen Jensen, a graduate from Ryerson’s fashion marketing program, launched her signature line of handbags in 2007 after years spent marketing and designing accessories for the likes of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. Her designs, characterized by their unique detailing and luxury European leathers, have been spotted on the pages of Vogue, InStyle and FASHION Magazine, as well on the arms of Katie Holmes and Courteney Cox. Wesley Badanjak Badanjak’s eye for detail made him a valuable asset for big designer names such as Paul Sinclaire and David Dixon. Now, under his LOVAS label, this design alum is on his way to making a name of his own. His pieces tap into urban individuality and reference the diverse styles on city streets.

Lunch Hour Solidarity Concert

Music & Words on the Street
Part of Social Justice Week at Ryerson

Thursday, October 20
Location: Gould Street 12:15pm-1:30pm


Rise Up for Social Justice, Rise Up for Solidarity with drums, spoken words & music!

• d’bi. young anitafrika dubpoet, monodramatist & educator • 7 Firez indigenous urban music group
For more information about the events:
Twitter: RyeGindinChair Email: Website:

Twitter: @RyeGindinChair

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The block-like building, its concrete buckling in spots, hides from Gerrard Street East, the front wrapped in a sheet of scaffolding and green canvas. The metal structure shelters pedestrians, who only glance at the building as they speed past with their umbrellas. A blue sign above the ground floor of 111 Gerrard St. East still reads “Gerrard Copy Centre,” but white blinds hide the interior and a small, paper sign stuck to the window tells visitors the copy centre is permanently closed. To the left is a dank stairwell that reeks of urine and syrupy brown windows show empty graduate study suites. It keeps raining, people walk by, and the building gathers more dust. This is the most northeast building in Ryerson’s campus collection, a tired old toy the school bought in 2001 and mostly forgot. The administration mentions it occasionally when the school talks new projects, most recently in discussions over a location for the planned $56.4 million applied health sciences building.

The site has come up in President Sheldon Levy’s Master Plan, an ambitious framework for the school’s development. Students from the School of Urban and Regional Planning proposed development for three sites on campus, including 111 Gerrard. However, Levy says it might be a long time before that site is developed, which would involve demolishing the building. “It’s just called money. I mean, if money wasn’t such a problem, we would have rebuilt that area a long time ago,” Levy said. If 111 Gerrard isn’t used as the location for the new health sciences building, there aren’t any further plans for the site. In the past 10 years, the 40,000 square-foot building has housed only a little-used copy centre, graduate study suites and a modern literature research centre. But the deteriorating block of concrete has a rich history. Built in the early 1950s, 111 Gerrard has housed a printing company, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) offices, several restaurants and an Englishlanguage school. Before Ryerson bought the building, the previous owner, Peter Teoh, also rented out third-floor suites to students. Shane Dingman, a Ryerson graduate, rented a room from Teoh in 1996 in his first year. He said he moved in because he wasn’t accepted into residence and the setup of the suites at 111 Gerrard, with a shared kitchen and bathroom, looked similar. “It did not turn out to be quite like a dorm,” he said. The building was dingy. The carpet looked ancient. There were cockroaches. The third floor, according to Dingman, consisted of an O-shaped hallway, flanked on either side by a number of offices turned into apartments. He lived with two Ryerson

engineering students and a number of Chinese students, many of whom attended Dominion College on the second floor. The rooms on the inside of the third-floor hallway were windowless, and some lived in a room only big enough to fit two junior-size mattresses. He still questions the quality of the building: “I look back and I’m like, how did this place not get condemned?” Paul Cheevers, a Ryerson graduate who was the real estate agent for Teoh when the owner decided to sell in 2001, also said the building was in poor condition.“It was fairly worn, not a lot of money had been put into it over the years.” Cheevers was a student union president during his degree and ran for the board of governors as an alumni member in the years after the sale. “Because of my history with Ryerson I approached Ryerson and it made a lot of sense for them,” he said. The university paid $1.59 million for the building in 2001, citing plans to use the site for future development. Vice-president administration and finance Julia Hanigsberg said the move made sense because it was next to 101 Gerrard, which the school already owned and ran as a co-operative education office. “The two buildings would create an opportunity for a more significant development footprint,” she said in an email interview. Hanigsberg’s predecessor, Linda Grayson, was the signing officer on the sale. Cheevers said the purchase was a wise move. “It wouldn’t take a genius to figure out that you combine those two sites and you’ve got a real potential development site there,” he said. After buying the building, the school allowed the two existing restaurants, Mother’s Taste and Som Thai, to keep operating. Dominion

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A university desperate for space. A building neglected for years. Online Editor Emma Prestwich looks at the history and future at 111 Gerrard

College moved to another location after 111 Gerrard was sold. In 2005, the Ontario Ministry of Education revoked Dominion’s credit-granting license. While Ryerson may have been strategic in buying 111 Gerrard, it isn’t clear how the school used the site immediately after purchase. Cheevers said he was told the school used the space as a project office to stage other construction projects. The sale summary from Lennard Commercial Realty, where Cheevers is the vice president, reads that Ryerson planned to use the office portion, which housed the copy centre for several years, for “its own business purposes” and then use the rest of the space as a research facility. “Ryerson has always had a challenge with far too less space,” said Cheevers. The building still sits half-empty and the school has no concrete plans for re-development. The Gerrard Copy Centre opened four years ago to try to capture the business of students taking classes in Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre and Eric Palin Hall, said University Business Services manager John Corallo. The centre had high-top counters and seats as well as wireless internet, so students could use it as a study space. The copy centre shut down a couple of years ago because there wasn’t enough business. “It wasn’t doing that well,” he said. “I guess students were getting their printing needs somewhere else.” Since its closure, the space has been empty, except for a short period this September when the facility was used to make first-year students’ OneCards. To the leftmost corner of the building is a locked door solely open to those with access to the research and graduate study department and suites. Early on a Friday

afternoon, only one person is using it. International economics graduate student Alem Yallwe, who is visiting from Italy, often uses the space to study, but said the only other students he sees are a handful of civil engineers. “There are very few students,” he said. In another room are lockers, a foul-smelling fridge and a coffee pot crusted with old brew. Doctorate student Hakan Toksoy uses the study room all the time, but wishes it was cleaner. “I feel it’s a kind of left-out place,” he said. Even students who take classes across the street from 111 Gerrard aren’t sure how the building is being used. “I have no clue”, said Jenna Nightingale, a third-year nursing student. In August of this year, CP24 reported that pieces of concrete fell 10 metres from the building, and a part of the sidewalk was closed off. Scott Dobin, a research assistant in the Modern Literature and Culture Centre, a Ryerson graduate research centre housed in the building, remembered the day the pieces of concrete fell. He sits in the Victorian-inspired conference room. He was told to stay away for a few days. Two months later, scaffolding still frames the building, raising questions about the building’s stability. Cheevers said the site is worth much more than when Ryerson first bought it. “Ryerson does have to look at growth well before the fact, and it’s lucky in this case they did, because they now have a very good development site, and the value of that site has now increased multiple times over since it was acquired,” he said. But as well as monetary value, the building has a colourful story, one still hidden behind the tall scaffolding and dust.

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The first comic printed in the Eyeopener (1967-68), I’m clearly not taking enough drugs.

The ‘70s had problems. Ryerson (and us too at the Eye) were no exception.

The ‘80s loved them some comix! They also loved them some food.

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Skinny jeans in the genes, scientists say
A recent study claims that the so-called hipster lifestyle may be hereditary. Pop Culture Bureau Chief Bob Scure reports on the discovery of a gene you’ve probably never heard of
The Canadian Genealogy Council (CGC) says it has found what it believes is a hipster gene. In a recent study, research commissioned by the CGC found that a hipster, scientifically hipsticus ironicus, can receive his or her behaviour, actions and personality hereditarily. Since 2008, the Hipster Gene Project (HGP) has been surveying and documenting hipsters in an effort to better understand and ultimately determine the reason for their existence. “Hipsters have been largely ignored by the media and the scientific community,” said Jaques Blue Gibbon, the head researcher of the HGP. “We decided to put an end to that.” The project has unraveled some fascinating facts about hipsters, and Gibbon said the general public will not be sure how to react to them. “We’ve discovered some stuff that you’ve definitely never heard of,” he said. “Our findings are kept inside an old 50’s hand-made cabinet, next to a record player that we bought from a garage sale,” said Gibbon. “The study’s results are held tighter than my jeans are holding my nutsack.” But after a Starbucks latte and a pack of hand-rolled cigarettes, Gibbon decided to share some of the findings. “We found that most women who wore spandex in the ‘80s, for example, have had children with men who wore leather during the ‘70s,” he said. This, according to Gibbon, predisposes generation Y hipsters to wear “fucking-tight jeans.” “There’s really no reason I wear skinny jeans,” said 19-year-old Randy Dong, an English major at Ryerson University. “I guess it’s just, like, ironic.” Dong’s parents, Sally and Wayne Dong, however, think it may have been passed down. “When Wayne and I got married, we played French music at our reception,” Sally said. “We’re Chinese.” “It was really obscure,” Wayne added. Another statistic provided was a predetermined love of Pabst Blue Ribbon, a cheap and tasteless beer that Gibbon calls “trite shit that makes me want to put on a scarf in July.” “Drinking PBR and listening to Sufjan Stevens can be related to a love of George Michael and cocaine,” he said. “In other words, if hipster parents listened to popular music and did expensive drugs, their offspring will do the exact opposite.” “It is a continuous genealogical cycle of being different for the fuck of it.” Gibbon did not comment on how the full findings of his team’s study would be released. He did not mention when they would be released either. “We have a date chosen for the study results, but you’ve probably never heard of it.”

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Hipster Corgi of the week

MystiKai’s Prophesy
Aries Your first-year philosophy course has helped you see that nothing really matters, so there’s really no reason to stop collecting dead babies. Taurus You’ll be delighted and horrified to learn that it is indeed possible to drown in a pile of kittens. Gemini Spend some quality time with family this week, because that won’t be an option after they find your lifelike Justin Bieber fuckdoll.

Cancer You’ll have to look deep inside yourself to decide on a course of action. As a side bonus, you might catch that tumour early.

Leo The Occupy Toronto protests are supposed to be non-violent, but for you they’ll make an exception.

Virgo Originally, you were going to get a C on that paper. However, now that you’ve slept with your teacher you’ll be getting an F.

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Libra Failing a test will never be so fun as this week when you mix up your Adderall and your ecstasy.

Scorpio It’s hard to keep a date in a 10foot pit when you live on the 12th floor, but you’re nothing if not resourceful.

Sagittarius This is a good week to voice your opinions, but calling your teacher a cunt probably wasn’t the best plan.

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Capricorn Alcohol poisoning will leave you technically dead for four minutes, giving the paramedics four minutes to talk shit about you and laugh.

Aquarius Your teachers taught you that coke dealers will hook you in with a free first time, but they never told you what you should do after going through every dealer in Toronto.

Pisces Ryerson Quidditch will suddenly make sense to you after taking a heavy dose of mushrooms and running around campus on a broom.

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