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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, CTVNews.ca 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’ theeyeopener.com 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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