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Rye fighting losing battle with pests
Some buildings on campus are overrun by rodents and insects scurrying around offices, classrooms and Senate meetings. News Editor Mariana Ionova investigates Ryerson’s resident critters
Mice scamper through the hallways of the Podium building. Rats roam around Esso, tunneling through the fence in hopes of sneaking in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. Cockroaches dart through the first floor of the Library building and sneak in cracks and crevices. According to documents obtained by the Eyeopener through a freedom of information request, persistent and escalating pest control issues in several Ryerson buildings have been plaguing faculty, staff and students for years. The university spends $22,000 annually on campus pest control and staff from Orkin Canada PCO Services is on campus every Friday, checking mouse traps and laying down rat poison but pests still lurk around campus. “It’s not to say it isn’t a problem or it is zero, but I would suggest that it is by and large under control, that it is not too serious,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. “We should be aiming for perfec- search operations coordinator at tion — I doubt we’ll ever get per- the psychology department, which fection but you should have that as is housed in the SBB. He has been your goal.” working in the building for four Tonga Pham, director of Cam- years and mice — in varying numpus Planning and Sustainabil- bers — have been present for the ity, said in an email that, although better part of his time there. eliminating pests is impossible, the “It comes and goes,” he said. university puts “I think maybe “constant effort” with the time of into fighting inyear.” festation. Nespoli said I mean, it’s kind of “In an urban staff routinely gross. setting such as finds mouse — Gabe Nespoli, ours it is nearly droppings on research operations impossible to the ground and coordinator ‘completely some desks in eradicate’ pests the building. He on campus, therefore we also re- said some students are unwilling spond to concerns by taking action to work in one of the labs where as quickly as possible once an issue mouse droppings are regularly is reported,” she wrote. found. But, even with control measures Although it doesn’t bother Nein place, some buildings on cam- spoli too much to find droppings pus have been experiencing pest in the building, he is worried at problems for years. The South times about the cleanliness of the Bond Building [SBB] at 105 Bond SBB. “I mean, it’s kind of gross,” St. requested pest control services he said. from CPS several times since AuAlthough PCO pest control gust 2010 because mice droppings technicians come by the building were found. whenever staff members request The problem is still ongoing, a check, he said the traps they set according to Gabe Nespoli, re- do not seem to permanently deter


the mice. persisted. “They keep coming back so I “But it was never more than one don’t know how effective (the at a time every few days or once a measures) have been,” Nespoli week,” said Reynolds. said. The problem worsened during But Pham responded that results the university’s holiday break, are usually not immediate. when pest control was not in“When a concern is identified by specting. After Ryerson reopened, building users responsive action is measures were taken and the mice taken immediately, however it can were cleared until April, when take some time for this action to staff reported mice sightings again, have a positive effect.” according to emails addressed to Staff and faculty on the second CPS. The problem was resolved and third floors of Eric Palin Hall after that, said Reynolds. were also plagued by mice last “We haven’t seen another one year and staff emailed CPS a total since then,” she said. But she still of 22 times to report mice sightings keeps her food in a sealed plastic and mouse droppings between bin under her desk. Jan. 13, 2010 and Even though Aug. 16, 2011. pest control Lynn Reynstaff does rouolds, mechanitine checks once It is nearly impossible cal engineering a week, some to ‘completely eradia d m i n i s t r a t i ve buildings have cate’ pests on campus. coordinator, sent had to wait for — Tonga Pham, several emails extermination Campus Planning urging CPS to for more than and Sustainability send a pest conhalf a year. The trol expert to the Theatre School department’s first reported second floor EPH offices last De- signs of termite damage to the cember. Even though inspections west wall of Room 101 in Septemwere done regularly, the problem ber 2010.

A pest control technician investigated the problem but, in February 2011, the school emailed CPS to say nothing had been done since the initial visit and termites were continuing to eat away the walls of the classroom. One staff member emailed jokingly that, if action is not taken soon, the university “might need to build a new Theatre School.” Finally, an exterminator was brought in late April 2011, which cost the university $1,800. But Pham said the wait was because the termite treatment is most effective in the spring. ‘The most effective, and least invasive, treatment for termites involves ground injections that are required at the exterior of the building,” she said in an email. “These treatments are less effective in the winter, and cannot be done when the ground is frozen.” Levy said, although the ideal scenario is no pests at all, the university is doing its best to control the situation on campus. “Other than bringing in the experts and doing what you can, I can’t think of anything else you can do.”

Rye’s worst offenders
Here are some of the buildings with the most unwelcome campus pets

Eric Palin Hall
Faculty and staff in the School of Social Work were complaining that “mice [were] marching in the third floor of EPH” since January 2010. In November, staff continued to email CPS, saying “we continue having mice running around our office and disrupting our work.” But some staff members were not as harsh towards the critters. One wrote an email to custodial staff, saying there was a “cute mouse scampering around.”

Since January 2010, staff in the basement and first floor of the building was complaining about finding mouse droppings in offices and seeing mice in the staff lounge area. One staff member even reported seeing a “pretty brave mouse run across the floor during a Senate meeting in POD 250” on Nov. 3, 2010. Traps were set but, in July 2011, CPS was still receiving emails about the issue.

South Bond
Staff at the South Bond building were plagued by mice April 2010. By September, psychology chair and dean of arts Jean Paul Boudreau sent an email to CPS asking for more powerful pest control than the “small chemical traps that seem to have little to no impact.” In his email, he wrote the problem is “getting substantially wors[e]” and “the problem is becoming a health hazard to many of our people.”

Kerr Hall West
Kerr Hall West tops the charts for its diversity of pests. Staff in the building reported spotting numerous mice, a “foot-long” rat, and a cloud-like fly infestation in the men’s washroom. One complaint to CPS also said there was a silverfish problem under the mats and around the lockers in the Pool Office. Another email said that mice were running around the Health Centre on the ground floor of the building.


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has both a journalism and radio and television arts program with no frequency to broadcast on. SPIRITlive has been a force in online radio and shouldn’t be discounted here, but unless you’re in RTA you’re going to face some roadblocks to getting When CKLN moved out of the in front of a mic. SCC, many of us at the Eyeopener As for the $10.35 levy, I hope you did a silent cheer. It’s not that we all know that you’ve been paying have a vendetta against community it since you started at Ryerson and radio, it’s that we were glad to be it’s all been going to a station that done with the shitshow that CKLN couldn’t even hold onto its license. became. Now that money is sitting in a Never have we faced more failed fund, untouched. Think you’ll ever lawsuits or libelous online com- get that back? ments than when it came to stories If we decided CKLN was worth to do with CKLN. $10.35 per year, then New Ryerson So when a group of students de- Radio should be a shoe-in. cided to take up the cause and camCampus radio has been a staple paign to revive radio on campus, I of the university experience that couldn’t help but cringe. Not this Ryerson students have been shaftagain, I thought. And I suspect I’m ed on for years. This is your chance not the only one who had the same to make it happen. reaction. The biggest obstacle to seeing But what I’ve concluded, and this through isn’t the desire of the what you should to, is that New student body, it’s your willingness Ryerson Radio is not CKLN’s evil to take a few minutes to vote. Unspawn. less a minimum number of stuIf New Ryerson Radio is run as dents vote, this referendum will campaigned, students will actually be another exercise in apathy and be at the helm. Rather than what your funds will remain locked up turned into a largely inaccessible in pergatory. clusterfuck of “community” raI can’t vote. Despite spending dio, this station will actually have most of my waking hours on camstudent programming run by stu- pus, I graduated and don’t have dents. A novel concept for a station that option. But you do. based on campus, I know. Vote yes on New Ryerson Radio. Plus let’s consider that Ryerson You literally have nothing to lose.






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Maintenance Series

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Maintaining a campus

Rye hunts for higher marks
Not only has the number of students applying to Ryerson gone up, their grades have as well. News Editor Rebecca Burton reports
Ryerson ranks first in the province with a nine to one ratio for the number of applications to the number of available spots for the fifth year in a row. But the 70 per cent required average won’t cut it anymore as competition heats up to get the limited spots Ryerson can offer. For the 7,000 available spots, the university received 63,642 applications this fall. Among those applications the mean average of the 2011 class admitted for this academic year was 82 per cent. Most of these averages were actually higher during the interim stages of checking marks, says Charmaine Hack, executive director of undergraduate admissions and recruitment. Unique to Ryerson is the consideration they give to non-academic requirements in addition to marks. The university still lists a 70 per cent average as the minimum requirement to be considered for a spot. “Competition drives the actual average required for admission,” says Hack. Mark Tonon, a second-year business management student, applied to Ryerson, his first choice, after high school with a 90 per cent average. “I knew people that had gone to this program before and I thought it was better than anything else being offered out there,” he said. He chose Ryerson over other programs such as York’s Schulich School of Business and Western’s Ivey School of Business. Tonon said most students he’s met graduated from high school in the 80s range. A friend of his graduated with a 79 per cent and didn’t get in to the business management program. Business management receives the most applications with 10,000 applications this year alone. It also accepts the most applicants at 1,200 available spots. Since 2006, 80 per cent averages or higher when applying have increased by 45.3 per cent, at approximately 5,235 students. Applicant with an average of 90 per cent when applying has increased by 104 per cent, at approximately 1,371 students. During this time the amount of students applying with a 70-74.9 per cent average has significantly declined, said Hack. Some smaller programs have even higher ratios than the overall 9:1 statistic. In psychology there is a 25:1 ratio, criminal justice a 17:1 and nursing with 14:1, to name a few. The Ontario government promised to increase enrolment by 60,000 new spots in post-secondary education by 2015-16 to reflect the expectation that enrolment will increase over the next several years, said Paul Stenton, vice-provost of university planning. “Ryerson does plan to grow to help meet this increase in demand,” said Stenton. “The university has committed to increase enrolment by 1,600 full-time students by 201516.”

Ryerson dishes out $11 million each year to sustain itself, but the cash isn’t for scholarships or athletics. It’s used to fix your doorknobs. The maintenance budget may seem like a hefty amount to a student, but in reality it isn’t enough to maintain a university. Campus planning is allotted $3.5 million of the budget for maintenance, while the remaining $7.5 million covers all other campus maintenance, custodial and groundskeeping costs. With all that money being dropped, you’d assume campus is up to date on all of its maintaining, right? Not quite. Like most Canadian universities, Ryerson has a backlog, meaning there’s work to be done and orders to be filled, all of which have been building up over time. The Canadian Association of University Business Officers estimated in 2009 that universities

had deferred maintenance of more than $5 billion from more than decade of delays, $2.4 billion of which were marked urgent. Understandably, there’s always something to fix and older buildings, like Kerr Hall and Jorgenson Hall, continue to show their age. Sheldon Levy, Ryerson president, said, “You end up increasing the amount of different types of maintenance by [the] age of the fiscal plan.” Then why is minimal progress all we have to show for the money being put into our campus? We haven’t killed these backlogs, so the list of things to fix just keeps growing, no matter how much holiday work is done. This summer, 11 renovations took place to improve labs, studios, offices and meeting rooms. “Every year, in the budget, we allocate funds for maintenance and retrofits normally to be completed in summer months,” said Levy. The renovations were in Kerr Hall, Eric Palin Hall, the Architecture building, Podium, the Theatre School and the reformed

Image Arts building, whose fabric and cooling system from its original structure proved too old and in need of replacement. There goes more money. The federal budget in 2009 included a $2 billion investment for the infrastructure of post-secondary schools. The money was for repairs and construction in all universities and colleges across the country. Not much for us to share, and not enough to get rid of the urgent backlogs if the earlier estimation was accurate. So where’d all the money go? The shared funds couldn’t have put a big dent in our ever present backlogs, and even without federal help there’s loads of work left. This is why over the next couple of weeks, we will continue to investigate campus maintenance. First, we’ll look at the Student Campus Centre, six years old but already requiring heavy maintenance. The following week will focus on Kerr Hall and how retrofitting a 48-year-old building is costing the university money they never expected to spend.

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October 26, 2011

Rye grad’s death unsolved after two years Briefs & Two years ago, Ryerson grad Christopher Skinner was attacked and murdered not far from campus.
After the anniversary of his death, Sean Wetselaar looks into how the investigation has progressed


Security was called to a fight at the Ram on Wednesday, Oct. 19. It turned out to be a belligerent man who claimed the pub was not the same anymore. He refused to ID himself and left to hide in the Vic building. He was arrested, injuring himself and two officers. We hope he learns to handle change better. A staff member required medical attention when a stamp press fell on their foot. We’re going to assume this was one of those old fashioned metal contraptions and not the compact plastic things that scrapbookers use, but who knows. On Sunday, Oct. 23, the Ryersonian office fell victim to “non-hate graffiti.” Chalk was used to depict the ‘Sonian as male gentalia. The Eye would like to add a disclaimer stating that we weren’t involved and if we had chalk we wouldn’t show it to you anyway.

Hundreds gathered on Church Street to honour Christopher Skinner in October 2009.
The death of Ryerson graduate Christopher Skinner remains unsolved after two years of investigation, but police still believe someone will come forward with information. The 27-year-old died on Oct. 18, 2009, from injuries obtained through a violent encounter at the corner of Victoria and Adelaide streets. Skinner was out celebrating his sister’s 23rd birthday when the occupants of a black SUV assaulted him and then proceeded to run him over. It was suspected that Skinner, who was openly gay, was the victim of a hate crime. The investigation regarding Skinner’s death remains open and the Toronto Police Service continues to actively examine evidence and search for the perpetrator. “No one has been identified as of yet,” said media relations officer, Const. Tony Vella. “[But] we’re encouraging anyone who has any information on the identity of the killer to come forward.” There is a reward of approximately $150,000 offered for any information regarding Skinner’s death. Since 2009, the police have examined video surveillance, cell phone records and Highway 407 billing records. “I think it’s incumbent on anyone who has any information to come forward,” said detective Stacy Gallant, who has been assigned to the case since 2009. According to an article published in the Toronto Star in January 2011, only 44 per cent of homicides were solved in 2010. Of the 60 cases reported in 2010, 26 arrests were made. Gallant added that the police believe the conscience of those with information will eventually compel them to share with 51 Division.


“I know for sure that whoever was responsible for this has told others,” Gallant said. Despite the amount of time that has passed since Skinner’s death, Christopher’s father, Warren Skinner, believes that the case will be solved. “I think it’s a matter of time,” he said. “I think it’s a matter of people growing and maturing and relationships changing. Relationships and allegiances will change.” Gallant also remains positive. “I’m always confident,” he said. “It just takes time. Regardless of how long it takes, the right information will come to us.”

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If you could have done it differently
Your rights still count, even when your job is just a job. But when your rights were overlooked or you were treated unfairly, you might look back and wonder what you could have done. Lawyer Bill Reid gives his advice
Three months came and went. I opened my pay stub and saw an unchanged pay. Giving Mal the benefit of the doubt, I waited for my next stub, but my pay stayed at the same rate. I tried several times to call Jones in his office, but he seemed to be engaged in a permanent business meeting that lasted all day long, five days a week, even through his scheduled lunch hour. The fall semester was in full swing, so I let this issue slide for the time being. ing the contract with the landlord of the property I was assigned to and suggested that was the cause of my lack of raise. I reminded him of our agreement and that contract negotiations have nothing to do with me. He agreed and offered me a raise to $11 per hour. Getting back into work the next weekend, I updated my co-worker. She told me that she had similar difficulty getting a raise that was promised when she was hired. When she finally got it, she went a step further and demanded they pay the amount she lost in the meantime, and demanded she get it in one lump sum. With some expected difficulty, she claimed she actually got the money she was owed. I was a bit taken aback, but decided to follow suit. I was, after all, owed somewhere in the region of $900 had I gotten the raise when I should have. Knowing full well Mal’s phone was mostly likely off its hook again, I faxed another memo making the same request my co-worker had and, again, if he did not wish to give me what I asked for, this memo can also double as my twoweek’s notice. Mal didn’t call me back, so two weeks later I called HR and informed them of my intention to quit.

Bill Reid says:
Mahmoud should have been paid for his training. Unpaid training is a common practice, but is legal only in specific circumstances. Mahmoud’s situation doesn’t sound like it falls within them. It’s not clear whether the promise of a raise appeared in a written agreement, however an employee should always ask that such a promise be made in writing — if an employer hesitates to do so, the promise probably isn’t sincere. If such a promise is in writing and the employer doesn’t follow through, the employee would have the right to consider the agreement breached and could sue for the wage differential. A reasonable employee would allow the employer time before taking such a step, but if that didn’t seem to be happening, the employee would have to choose between enforcing, or foregoing, his or her legal rights.

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Mahmoud Bin Shikhan
Engineering student Working: Security


Early on in my university career, a friend’s advice led me toward security as an ideal job; generally weekend hours, not much supervision and lots of time to yourself. I applied for a job as a security guard with G4S Securicor in the summer of 2008. After completing three days of mandatory (and unpaid) training, I met with Mal Jones. He gave me the address of the site of my new place of employment and my starting rate. I was to start at $10 per hour and given my 14 months of security experience beforehand, I would be given a 50 cent raise to $10.50 per hour after a three month probationary period.

...two weeks later I called HR and informed them of my intention to quit. —Mahmoud Bin Shikhan, engineering student
After nine months, I finally decided to fax the G4S office a memo reminding them of the agreement we reached and that if they chose to not honour it or continue to ignore me, that memo could dual as my two-week’s notice. The next day, Mal gave me a call. At first he tried to explain himself by telling me that he was in the middle of re-negotiattown because there are no ni--ers here,” “I wish we still had slaves,” and, “I don’t hire people with dark skin because they have bad work ethnic.” (No, she actually thought it was ‘work ethnic’). I had a major problem with the racism, but I never went to the labour board because I heard it took over six months for them to even look at your complaint. Also, I didn’t want to jeopardize my job because it’s nearly impossible to find jobs (even shitty ones) in Lindsay, Ont. One day, she went on a rant about how “she always sees halfbreeds when she goes back to Oshawa.” She had met both of my parents (I’m half white, half afro-latino), and still thought it was okay to talk about “half-breeds.” I spoke to the store owner and let him know what was up. He called her and blasted her. Co-workers later told me she was cursing my name for hours afterwards. She tried to fire me on a number of occasions, but the owner told her “it’s my store, he stays.” Then she would try to get me to quit by giving me dangerous tasks and cutting my shifts.

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Bill Reid says:
Charles was obviously the victim of workplace harassment and discrimination, of the kind prohibited by Ontario’s human rights legislation. He was right to report that harassment and discrimination to the attention of the owner. The owner appears to have recognized that the manager’s behaviour was inappropriate, and he took certain steps to curtail it, but not to the extent that he completely extinguished that behaviour, as he had an obligation to do. Charles accordingly could still have filed an application with the Human Rights Tribunal, and chose instead to tolerate a perhaps reduced level of harassment and discrimination — which no employee legally has to do, but many choose to do as a practical matter, rather than to undertake the process of enforcing their rights.

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When I was 16 I got my first job at a Domino’s Pizza. The first six months were great. I got lots of hours, the work was simple, and I developed a great relationship with the owner. The problem was his girlfriend Holly, the manager, was a racist. Her cousin, who also worked at the store, had a crush on me. Holly stopped me one day and said, “When I had a black boyfriend, her dad and mine beat him with a baseball bat.” Over the next year, I overheard her say things like “I really like this


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October 26, 2011

Brother, can you spare a Twix?
My name is Allyssia Alleyne, and I am a 20-year-old trick-or-treater. Even though I have a job and bills, I plan to put together a rad costume and go doorto-door begging for candy with my closest friends and my brothers. Let me be clear: I do not do this as a sociological experiment, or to shock people or to challenge social norms, and I sincerely hope this is not a manifestation of a latent Peter Pan complex. For most people, trick-or-treating is like running around without a shirt on: it’s fun while it lasts, but we all stop when we get to a certain age. But whereas I’ve moved on from sprinting around the park topless, I’ve never felt any desire to stop trick-or-treating. Even though I no longer eat most of the candy (I

Arts & Life Editor Allyssia Alleyne muses on the challenges of being an adult trick-or-treater
But my costumes rarely generate as many double-takes as my age. Most older people are bemused when they see me and my cohorts. Sometimes they dole out extra candy and an accompanying wink. In other situations, they just frown and give the bare minimum. Fellow young adults, on the other hand, seem to go out of their way to make things awkward. There’s never a shortage of scoffing high school seniors or college boys with leering eyes and sexual innuendos. But regardless of their age, people always seem to wonder, “Aren’t you a little old for this?” I typically brush it off with some sort of quip about being young at heart, or explain that I’m just sharing the experience with my youngest brother. Both are true,

My name is Allyssia Alleyne, and I am a 20-year-old trick-or-treater.
usually give it away), I’m glad to keep the tradition alive year after year. But things can get complicated. Take the common introduction, for example. When you’re a kid, “What are you supposed to be?” is one of those questions meant to get kids to say cutesy things in cutesy voices. But by the time you hit 16, people are actually asking for clarification. Last year, my brother’s friend showed up for the festivities in an oversized black sweater, planning to tell people he was the Unabomber. But when one particularly adorable little girl inquired about his costume when we got to her porch, he was forced to rethink his strategy. “Little girl,” he said. “I am a hooded man.” I was in hysterics until she turned the question on me. I didn’t have the heart to tell her I was dressed as rapper cum sex symbol Nicki Minaj, so I took the coward’s route and said I was a princess. but I can’t deny that I’ve asked the same question of myself. Every year the number of houses I hit seems to get smaller and smaller. As of now, my tentative end date is whenever my youngest brother grows out of it. After that, I’ll probably focus on getting a good night’s rest, handing out candy to other veteran canvassers or getting smashed in a pair of bunny ears like some of my more mature peers. Last year, my then 17-year-old brother decided to film the whole experience documentary style, which scored him points with the moms. But until than, I’m happy to go around with my pillowcase and over-the-top costumes, stocking up on Twix Bars and Popeye Sticks. So if you see me on your doorstep this year (I’ll be a magician or a ‘50s prom queen, depending on my mood), don’t hate. Please, just humour me and give me some fucking candy.

The adult trick-or-treaters like the author (above) are a proud people.


October 26, 2011


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Ghosts and the City
Communities Editor Nicole Siena has your guide to Toronto’s spookiest locales

Tour Fort York at night from the haunted lighthouse to the bloody battlefield. Hear stories and the history that surrounds it. Not recommended for children under 8 yrs. Complimentary refreshments are included. Pre-registration is required. Phone: (416)-392-6907 Oct. 28 & 29, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m a 250 Fort York Blvd. Adults $12.50

Hear the story of two stonemasons who were “bloodthirsty”competitors. You’ll also hear the tale of the famous Canadian author who promised to return from the grave to haunt Massey College, and all about the biscuit maker who locked his mistress inside a secret chamber. Must call ahead. Phone: (416)-487-9017 Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 p.m., Fridays at 7 p.m.; Oct. 7 to 31. starting at 10 p.m. Midnight tours from Oct. 28-31. Starts at Royal Ontario Museum. Adults $20


Ghost Trackers Michelle Desrochers and Patrick Cross host the tours. They have been featured in several television programs and magazine articles including: Creepy Canada, YTV’s Ghost Trackers and Haunted Canada 3: More True Ghost Stories. Participants will take part in a one-of-a-kind investigative tour. Cameras and ghost tracking equipment are encouraged! Pre-registration required. Phone: 416-923-1171 ext. 205 or 215 Oct. 26 and 27, 7 p.m. at 1 Austin Terrace. Adults $25


Take a tour through the alleys and laneways of downtown Toronto to see some of her haunted buildings. Then go back to Mackenzie House for more spooky stories. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Phone: (416) 392-6915 Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. at 82 Bond St. Adults $12.50



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October 26, 2011

Mark Harris will kick your ass into shape
This past Thursday evening, each member of the Ryerson’s women’s volleyball team was carrying an exercise mat from Ryerson’s Athletic Center (RAC) to the hallway beside the Lower Gym in preparation for what they expected to be a gruesome pre-season workout with Mark Harris, Ryerson’s newly appointed strength and conditioning coach. At first glance, Harris, 28, resembles a WWE wrestler: broad shoulders, a chiseled core that is complimented by his arms which are larger than most Ryerson student’s thighs. Due to his hulking physique, his instructions came as a surprise. “Today is going to be a mental detox day,” said Harris. “You need days like this in contrast to all the stress your body takes in.” With that, Harris began conducting an impromptu yoga session with the team; constantly reminding the ladies to let the stress of midterms and the upcoming season fall by the wayside and concentrate on the task at hand. With students walking through Harris’ workout, the trainer’s imposing presence was critical in keeping the team focused. of his teachers identified his affinity for helping others in the weight room. Throughout his high school career, Harris was amongst the top runners in Canada for the 400 metre dash. He ran that in a blistering 47.27 seconds when he was 17, about four seconds shy of the world record (43.18 seconds). He was fast enough to receive an invite to represent Canada at the 2002 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. However, a ris still received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Northern Iowa, where he graduated with a B.A. in exercise science as well as a minor in athletics coaching. If he hadn’t accepted Northern Iowa’s scholarship, Harris could have stayed in Canada and trained to be a potential Olympic competitor. He was running fast enough out of high school to receive federal carding, which is money the government pays athletes to be able to continue running at the developmental level. “It was an exciting thing and a fun accomplishment to get but the one thing people may not realize is that when you sign that [scholarship] contract in the United States you’re going to work,” said Harris. “I’d never go back and change the experience but I’d take a second look at it if I were to do it again.” During his college years, Harris started his own personal training business on campus, charging students $15 per hour. At one time, Harris was training 10 people two to three times a week, and he managed to get his university professor to award him a practical credit for it. After he graduated, Harris took a second look at his life and decided to distance himself from competitive running. “I realized I was very good at running but I wasn’t great, I was sort of realizing life goes on and I had to start moving on,” said Harris. “Maybe get a job and do some normal things, be an active part of society.” He gave running one last shot at the semi-pro level before retiring. Shortly after he founded Design Fitness, his own personal training company. While he may not compete at the same level he used to, Harris remains a prominent figure on the Canadian running scene. He currently guides Brandon King, a visually impaired athlete who qualified for the 2012 Paralympics, around the track and was an ambassador for Lululemon for a year, training a group of runners for 10 weeks to compete in a five kilometer run in exchange for $1,000 worth of Lululemon apparel. Growing up, Harris’ dream was to be the head strength and conditioning coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs; but he had no idea how to attain his dream. Although Ryerson isn’t on the same level as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Harris enjoys the challenges that come along with training athletes from a multitude of different “I’m always looking at the fundamental movements and seeing how I can add a fundamental weight room practice [to it],” he said. “Few people ever get the opportunity to truly do what they studied and love.”

Having once had the opportunity to race against Usain Bolt at the world junior championships, Mark Harris is now helping to bulk up Ryerson’s athletes and train them for the upcoming seasons. Gabriel Lee reports

I realized I was very good at running but I wasn’t great. I [sort ofrealized] life goes on and I had to start moving on. — Mark Harris, strength and conditioning coach

“As I count down from 10 to one, think about going down an escalator slowly,” he said in a calming tone. Harris’ ambition to become a personal trainer started at Birchmount Park Collegiate, his high school in Scarborough, when one

lack of funding from the Canadian government, coupled with the financial constraints of flying halfway across the world, forced him to stay at home and imagine what could have been. At that event the world witnessed a 15-year-old Usain Bolt become the youngest gold medalist ever to win the 200 metre dash. Bolt also competed in the 400 metre dash, an event that Harris would have participated in. Despite the minor setback, Har-

Wrapping up his half-hour yoga workout with the women’s volleyball team, Harris calls the team in for a huddle, eager to hear their thoughts on his different approach. “It was great especially after all the hard work we’ve been putting in as a team,” said Lauren Sokolowski, a second-year outside hitter on the women’s volleyball team. “Mark works closely with us and is so good to have as a trainer because he really gets what we’re trying to do as a program and is pushing us towards that.”

Walking back to the RAC after the workout, Harris is more than satisfied about his session. “I feel like if I can bring them their results and a smile at the same time, then I’ve really achieved something because I’ve hit them physically and I’ve hit them emotionally. “ With that in mind, Harris can’t help but think about the drastic changes that the athletes will be going through while under his watch. “Keep pushing ladies,” he screamed. “We’re trying to create a winning culture ... dial in, focus.”



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October 26, 2011

Conversation with a Ram
Charles Vanegas sits down with Roman Kabanov of the men’s volleyball team
Generally volleyball doesn’t bring in the biggest crowds, how do you feel about that? It gets frustrating at times. ...What can you do? I wish Ryerson was more involved with sports. It’s great to see the people that come out to games, they’re definitely true fans, but I wish we had a little more. What do you spend more time on, school or volleyball? We have practice every day for two hours, twice on Tuesdays. Plus weights. So volleyball ends up taking about 20-25 hours a week. I have 15 hours of class, but I’m trying to get into grad school, so most free time I get is for doing homework. It’s pretty close. You’ve changed your number from 12 to one, what’s the significance? I feel like it’s a new beginning. I’m in more of a leadership role this year, so the change is just to symbolize that. I’ve grown as a person and as a player. Right now it’s about leading the young guys, just showing them the ropes and around campus. With volleyball, school, social life – I just wanted to emphasize that, I’m here for them. As a fifth-year player, it’s likely that you’ll never play at Maple Leaf Gardens (currently scheduled to be ready in April) as a member of the Rams. How does that make you feel? I’m kind of upset about it because that was one of my biggest motivations. I guess it’s not that big of a deal but I was hoping to be part of that first year of volleyball players to step on the court there.

Is the RAC female friendly?

My first trip to Ryerson’s Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC) did not go exactly as I planned. With my OneCard in hand and my gymbag slung over my shoulder, I swiped my way on into the RAC. As I made my way to the weight room, I peered through the glass doors and realized that there were no other women to be seen. Cowardly, I detoured away from the testosterone-filled room and found myself on the treadmill, a more gender appropriate piece of gym equipment (or so it would appear to be at the RAC). After a couple of weeks, I soon got over my intimidation of the weight room (and of the people inside it). However, each visit to the RAC still produces the same sight: little to no female participation in the overwhelmingly male-populated room. Anthony Seymour, Manager of

Recreation at the RAC, has witnessed the same sight for years. “In general, if you’re walking through the weight room you are lucky to see 15 to 20 per cent [of those working out] to be women,” said Seymour. To encourage a larger female turnout, the RAC offers programs such as ‘Ladies!!!’ levels one and two, where females can learn about weight training and how to conduct an effective workout. Currently, three females have come out to participate in level one, and no one have signed up for level two. Out of the 4,891 RAC student members, approximately two-thirds are male and one-third is female. This disproportionate number extends to the court as male participants dominate intramural sports. Nick Asquini, the Intramural, Camps and Clubs Specialist for the RAC, reports that out of 900 student intramural participants, about 75 per cent are male and 25 per cent are female. Aside from a modest presence in the weight room and in intramurals, female members are still prominent throughout the RAC in general. Sey-

People working out at the RAC


mour reports that over half of the athletic drill classes provided by the RAC consist of females. Additionally, males and females are matched for personal trainer use. “I think a lot of the girls tend to stick to the track and cardio, and guys tend to stick to muscular endurance exercises and the courts,” says Momina Ishfaq, a first year engineering student and regular at the RAC. “There are a lot of guys [in the weight room], and I don’t know how to use the machines in there so I feel a bit intimidated,” says Ishfaq. Even women who know how to use the equipment and machines in the weight room usually choose to stay away from it. “There are too many guys in there,” says Corina Chen, a second year early childhood education student. “Even if guys are not looking at me [while working out], I feel selfconscious.” To the girls who worry about the looks they may receive as they approach the bench press, perhaps those aren’t judgmental glares. “If anything, guys would be impressed if they saw a girl working out,” said Josh Kohn, a second-year business management student and member of the Ryerson soccer team. “When guys see girls in [the weight room], they look at them because there are so few of them.” Whether or not the men glaring at us are being judgmental or just surprised to see a woman venture into their forbidden territory, we will never know for sure. However, I am proud to say that I have conquered my fear of entering the weight room, and I hope that others will soon follow suit.

Roman Kabanov outside of the RAC


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October 26, 2011

Drip drop, goes the fee movement

Drop Fees is back, but will it actually drop anything this time around? Arts and Life Editor Allyssia Alleyne takes a look at what the movement’s revival means


n the glass walls of the Student Campus Centre, a red-and-white poster covers one of the panes. The silhouettes of a few students, fists raised in rebellion, are framed by the words “Drop Fees End Poverty.” There was a time when the poster was new, promoting the Canadian Federation of Students Ontario’s campaign that lobbied the provincial government to drop tuition rates to 2004 levels. The poster’s colour and relevance have now faded. In 2010 CFS-Ontario dismantled the Drop Fees campaign, choosing to focus on the national Education is a Right campaign, which lobbies the federal rather than provincial government for lower tuition fees. A tired campaign, but one the RSU wants to bring back to life. The RSU is going to join the CFS in reviving the Drop Fees campaign starting this week with an initial workshop to educate students about the economics of free postsecondary education on Oct. 27. Over the two years of the initial campaign, gains were made, but tuition fees continued to rise until Ontario became the province with the highest tuition fees for undergraduates. Students continue to feel left out of the movement and some say it will only meet the fate of its


predecessor. deal to certain students in the form “I think it’s something that reso- of a grant. “We’re sort of like, you nates with people,” said Melissa know what? You called it this. Let’s Polermo, vice-president education hold you to your promise,” Palerat the RSU. “We had Education is mo says. a Right, but everybody kept talking n spite of Drop Fees’s magniabout Drop Fees.” Palermo says it tude, tuition fees have been will be different from the Drop Fees neither decreased nor frozen. that roused about a 1,000 students, The last freeze happened in 2004, workers and community activists to under the Ontario Liberal governmarch to ment, but Queen’s was lifted Park on in 2006. Nov. 5, Pa l e r m o 2009 in a doesn’t We had Education is a Right, but evflurry of think this erybody kept talking about Drop colourful should Fees. signs and discour— Melissa Palermo, rhyming age poVP education for RSU couplets. tential This time particiaround, pants. the event “ J u s t will culbecause minate in a National Day of Action we didn’t get a tuition freeze or on Feb. 1, 2012 and unite students reductions doesn’t mean we didn’t across the country instead of just have victories,” she says. She cites Ontario students. the fact that since the Drop Fees That being said, Ontario univer- campaign, OSAP has instituted a sities will centre their campaign six-month interest-free period afaround the recent provincial elec- ter graduation and $310 million in tion, using Drop Fees to call-out the funding was added to the UniverLiberals, who frequently told the sity and College sector in the 2010 media that they would be reducing Ontario budget. That being said, tuition fees by 30 per cent, when she hopes that this campaign will in fact they were only offering the lead to a tuition reduction this time around. Alex Gill, an instructor at Ryerson and founder of Mendicant Group a Non Profit consulting and charity management firm, says that although lowering tuition fees and making education more affordable is a “laudable goal” governments usually ignore the campaigns. This is because they know students don’t vote and “being a student is a temporary issue for them and their parents” he wrote in an email. After their education is over, it’s no lonPOSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE ger an issue. Jesse Greener, was chairperson for CFS Ontario between 2004 and From marketing to finance; 2007 is now a post-doctoral fellow, from advertising to international trade; researching chemistry at the Unithis program offers the unique skills you versity of Toronto. He was part of need to launch your career in: the campaign to reduce tuition fees that later morphed into Drop Fees. • Marketing He sees first hand how the day-to• Finance day grind can put political issues on the back-burner for many. “When • Advertising


you get into a work environment,” revolutionaries, Galvan attended he says. “People tend to lose their her first rally when she was four connection to political issues that years old (“It was for the release they were impassioned about as of Basque prisoners”). During the students and they just kind of are 2010, G20 summit in Toronto, she dealing with the daily grind.” was one of the many peaceful proHowever, it’s not the students testers who took to the streets to losing interest he says, but the draw attention to their own causes, government finding it easy not to walking under the banner calling listen. “[H]ow students organize for increased maternal rights and themselves, that’s actually the one abortion funding overseas. She’s thing that I think is actually very, currently completing a placement very positive. What I’m cynical at the AIDS Committee of Toronto. is about the politician interest in She also works 20 hours a week what student’s are saying.” It’s easi- as a sale associate at a Mississauga er for politicians to cut taxes, rather Value Village to pay off her OSAP than explain why “a well-funded, loans. But still, fighting for lower public education system is going to tuition has never been a priority. benefit society in economic terms.” When her professor gave her class But no matter how well inten- the chance to leave the lecture to tioned the campaign, the RSU will attend the 2009 Drop Fees protest need to pull their weight if they at Queen’s Park, she didn’t attend. want to get the student body be- Instead, she went home and took a hind them. In the two years since nap before work. “It seemed really the campaign, many supporters lame. I would never have a rally have graduated, replaced by stu- about that,” she says. “Women are dents for whom Drop Fees is noth- forced to have back-alley abortions, ing more than a poster on a win- while we want cheaper textbooks?” dowpane. she says. “It just doesn’t compare.” oanna Dass, a second-year Though Palermo acknowledges photography student, came that the issues are different, she to Ryerson after the original doesn’t think that it’s necessary to Drop Fees campaign, and is consid- neglect one cause at the expense of ering getting involved on the Day another. “I don’t think it’s an either of Action if her schedule will al- or sort of thing, and it’s not putting low. “It feels like everybody needs one issue over the other,” she says. lower fees,” she says, even though The campaign rhetoric has argued her parents continuare footously that ing her tumaking ition. “And education there is that more acWomen are forced to have backdrive and cessible by alley abortions, while we want compasdropping cheaper textbooks? — Carmen Galvan, sion that tuition fees third-year social work student comes with would lead working to a more in a group equitable towards society. s o m e Firstthing.” But she’s also afraid that her year social work student Alana efforts will just be a waste of time. Shaw, on the other hand, has no “All that protesting for nothing?” doubts she would get involved she says. “That would turn me off.” because, in her eyes, tuition fees But even if the past campaigns will affect students for a long time. had been successful, Carmen Gal- Her only worry is that she won’t van would have no desire to get even know when the campaign involved with the Drop Fees cam- kicks off. Though she has walked paign even though, on paper, she by the myriad posters plastered seems like the perfect candidate. inside the SCC, she doesn’t know The daughter of Latin American how she personally can take part


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in campaigns. She also says lack of publicity around opportunities discourages first years like herself from getting involved, and sends the message that the RSU is content to function without their participation. Palermo says the RSU is only beginning to craft its message. It will be a Drop Fees revival, but the union will also advocate its Education is a Right campaign as well. There have been different forms of getting the same message across she says “so you can talk to people about the same thing in different ways.” ut with Ryerson’s commuter culture, it’s doubtful that people will be motivated to stick around to do so. Alicia Sikora recalls how active students were in movements at residence-focused Western University, where she studied before transferring to Ryerson’s retail management program this fall. Sikora, who lived in residence for one month before moving into her own apartment, thinks that a lack of school spirit and group consciousness at Ryerson — which she attributes to the fact that Ryerson has

low residence numbers and doesn’t have a gated campus — could impact her desire to get involved with a campaign. “There’s not much of a student community,” she said. “There are just a lot of commuters here.”


council. n spite of any doubts that students may have about the revived Drop Fees campaign, Palermo is hopeful that many will take advantage of this opportunity to make their voices heard and students will shake their fists once more. “[Drop Fees was a success because we were] showing the government that All that protesting for nothing? students are angry,” she says. Tuition debt fol— Joanna Dass, lows people long after second-year photography student they are done university, adds Greener. And people who “poo, poo” the movement are missing the bigger picture. “We’re cognizant to the fact that “My point is that if students aren’t we’re part of a commuter campus,” the ones who are going to be bringsaid Polermo. Though she couldn’t ing forward challenging ideas that offer any definitive solutions, aside are complicated and important such from trying to offer teach-ins and as those economic and social conother related events at diverse cerns that come with high tuition times of day. She herself was first fees, then who’s gonna do it?” And introduced to the Drop Fees cam- Gill sees potential at the moment paign as a first-year new media stu- too. “Now that we have a minority dent living on residence, where the government provincially, they may campaign was promoted through have a better opportunity to have posters and members of residence governments listen to them.”



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October 26, 2011

Ryerson farmer’s market: A letter of farewell
By Arts and Life editor Allyssia Alleyne
I remember when you first came to campus last June. I’d heard good things about you from friends but I was hesitant to let you into my life. I’d assumed you were just after my money, even though everyone was raving about how you had them trying things they’d never even dreamed of. I couldn’t help but wonder: were you really that good? So, one Tuesday after work, I dropped by. You looked so wholesome and healthy, and I was immediately taken by your old-fashioned charms. You were simple and quaint. I knew that we were meant to be. Throughout the summer you convinced me that with enough effort, any vegetable could become a filling edible meal; and that there are other cheeses on the market aside from cheddar, brie and provolone. You gave me flowers just because. I’ve never had anyone care about me so much. The best part of our time together was how you bettered me as a person. I started to care about the people who grew the spinach I put in my salads, the apples I put in my pies and the strawberries I put in my Magic Bullet. But I was clear from the start that I wasn’t perfect, and that monogamy would be a constant challenge for me. I’ll be honest: I cheated every now and then. Yes, you were great on Tuesdays, but where were you when I needed my fix on Wednesdays and weekends? I started getting my organic honey from other markets, but only because they reminded me so much of you. I know you’ll be back next year, but I can’t wait that long (a girl has needs, you know). My other markets are closing too, so I’ll probably have to step outside of the box again and cross into the bourgeois haven known as Whole Foods or start shopping the organic section at Metro. But no matter where I end up satisfying my appetites, I’ll always know that it was you who readied me for them. And who knows? Maybe we’ll pick up where we left off when you return. Love, Allyssia Alleyne

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ARIES TAURUS You’ll finally get to relax this week You will dress up like Batman and and focus on your never-ending offer candy to children, just like evhunger for brains without worry- ery other day of the year. ing about school.

GEMINI The monsters under your bed will team up with the monsters in your closet to stage an intervention for your World of Warcraft addiction.

CANCER Blending in perfectly during the zombie apocalypse will be an unexpected but welcome benefit to your heroin addiction.

LEO Many ghosts have unfinished business but it seems a disproportionate amount only come back to call you fat and make fun of your shoes.

VIRGO You’ll be bitten by a very drunk werewolf who will forget he’s eating you, pee on your leg and then go to McDonald’s.

LIBRA The police won’t seem to care that you’re a vampire, dating high school kids is still against the law.

SCORPIO Your week will be cloudy with a chance of Cthulu. One hundred per cent chance, to be exact.

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SAGITTARIUS You’ll survive the zombie apocalypse but die shortly after because you really have no idea how to survive without grocery stores, Starbucks and the internet.

CAPRICORN Witches will inform you that your diet of high quality, organic food made with fresh ingredients has unfortunately made you into a high quality, organic ingredient.

AQUARIUS You’ll discover that you’ve been a werewolf for years, but just never noticed because you were always passed out drunk by sundown.

PISCES Fatter, lazier witches will inform you that your diet of fast food, sugar and MSG has made you fucking delicious.


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