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Sorting through Ryerson’s trashy secret
Ryerson says it is dedicated to reducing waste on campus but the university is still coming up short. Mike Derman discovers how the university is creating more trash on our campus

Unmarked waste bins on campus can be found with a mixture of black and clear bags.
Every day, garbage trucks invade campus to get rid of 12,700 kg of trash that students throw into unlabelled bins throughout campus. The trucks pile up with mainly black garbage bags and disappear to the plant. Unless you followed the garbage trucks, you wouldn’t know that those solid black bags can’t be sorted. Unless Ryerson recycles in clear bags, all that waste is headed for a landfill. “We typically don’t sort through black bags because of health and safety reasons on the line,” said Amina Lang, Environmental Specialist at Turtle Island Recycling. Ryerson University contracts their waste management to Turtle Island Recycling for $160,000 a year. If bagged properly, the company will sort through the recycling and garbage at their facilities. From 2008 to 2011, statistics for the waste diversion have risen from 72 per cent to 77.1 per cent. But while the statistics remain positive, there is no clear answer as to whether the university will make the switch to clear bags throughout campus. “I think most of the buildings have switched or are trying to use up their black bags,” said Adrian Williams, manager of custodial services. Williams confirmed the Ted Rogers School of Management is one building still currently using black bags in an effort to get rid of them. Lang said they will sort through clear bags because it is easier to identify what they will be putting on the line. But any recycling in black bags is too easily contaminated from the other garbage in the bag and will be put in a landfill. The location of where the garbage is picked up from is also an issue. “If we pick up garbage [and] we don’t know where it came from, we won’t open it,” said Lang. Lang was unable to confirm what the ratio of black bags to clear bags coming from Ryerson was because it goes straight into the plant. Most of student complaints stem from the inconsistency of bins on campus, said Rodney Diverlus, vice president equity of the Ryerson Student’s Union (RSU). “Walking on Gould Street, you will encounter one of the city’s three-holed bins, generic waste bins, and campus planning ones. This makes it confusing for students who are unsure what goes where,” he said. In 2007, Williams spent $1,500 putting up signage across campus to promote recycling. “Most people didn’t read them,” he said. The campus planning and sustainability office is now working on a new campaign to get the word out to students. Williams was unable to comment on the details of the project, saying it was still in the early stages of development. The new division within campus planning has included a new position for a sustainability office to make green initiatives more visible to students. Ryerson also has only one green bin program currently set up in the Hub Cafeteria. The program collects organics from the food production area and puts it into a cold storage room. But the composting program doesn’t extend to students’ own organic food scraps. Williams said they are considering extending the green bin program throughout campus but it is still in the early stages of discussion, although talks of implementing a green bin program started as early as 2008. In a 2008 issue of the Eyeopener, President Sheldon Levy said an organic waste program would be a costly program to start and while Ryerson undergoes expansion it wasn’t a priority in the budget. According to Lang, extending


such a plan to the rest of the campus would wind up being almost cost neutral for the university in the future because Ryerson pays for the weight of garbage that is sent to landfills. The cost of picking up organic waste is about “$2-3 more per yard [of waste] than regular garbage,” said Lang, but that cost is largely offset by money saved from lower landfill charges. One of the difficulties of starting such a program comes from educating people on how to dispose of organics properly. The university also struggles from lack of space to store organic waste. “Ryerson does an okay job with waste management, but as with many things, there is a lot of room for improvement, “ said Diverlus. “Ryerson should have a goal of being a zero-waste institution, but that can only be done with campuswide composting.” With files from Rebecca Burton

Racial slurs found on walls of library bathroom

The walls of the third floor men’s washroom in the library building were recently vandalized with racist graffiti containing vulgar and offensive language towards Arabs. Fourth-year sociology student Lali Mohamed, who found the graffiti, was particularly appalled. “My initial thought was ‘this needs to come to an end,’” Mohamed said. “It was, in many ways, another reminder that racism is very much pervasive in the university.” The other graffiti found on the walls read “fuck Arabs, they smell like camel shit,” and accused Arabs of violence against women. He says that this isn’t the first time it has happened. “It’s just the first time that I’ve

taken a picture,” said Mohamed. “What is the most concerning thing for me is that I wasn’t the first person in the washroom that day.” Rodney Diverlus, vice-president of equity at the Ryerson Students’ Union, has been in contact with their five student equity groups to plan how to work to reclaim spaces like washrooms. “We’ve been in contact with some community members and students who’ve done campaigns about some actions we can do,” Diverlus said. “I think we need to reclaim those spaces, through either a sticker or a poster.” He plans to physically put something over these spaces, and stresses the importance of the fight against racism.

“This graffiti validates the fact that racism isn’t unheard of, even on such a diverse campus as Ryerson,” he said. “We need to say that this is not okay on campus.” The RSU plans to re-launch their Unlearn Racism campaign within the next month. Although Mohamed said he feels Ryerson’s policies on racism are excellent, he also said, “I don’t think they’re practiced. [Policies] are meaningless if not put into practice.” Mohamed said the place to start targeting racism is in the classroom, where many professors do not check racist remarks. “I think that if racism was checked in classrooms, people wouldn’t be writing this shit,” he said.

Diverlus stressed that anyone can become an agent of racism, but that understanding different backgrounds can prevent it. “I think we need to acknowledge the differences that exist on c a m pus,” he said. “ W e need to become allies.” Diverlus added that involvement is crucial. “You don’t have to be

at the forefront of the movement,” he said, “but the movement needs support.”



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November 2, 2011

When you know they’ll find you

Sometimes I envy all the Lisa Smiths and Mark Williams of the world. Your dull and generic names protect you from the all-seeing eye of Google. To an employer, a search of your name may just prove an exercise in tedium as millions of your generically-named brethren are displayed. Your cookie cutter names shelter your awkward drunk Twitter updates and DeviantArt page of “artistic” macro photography. I’m not that lucky. I am the only Lauren Strapagiel in the world. There aren’t many Strapagiels out there and most of them have Polish first names with more consonants than I’m capable of pronouncing. Having a unique name and associated history is great and all, but it also leaves me with the burden of keeping my online presence squeaky clean. Google my name and you only get me. And speaking as someone

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who learned to build websites at an early age and possibly once had a thing for fan fiction (don’t judge me), that’s a damn dangerous thing. In our biz section, we look at why monitoring your online footprint is so important and how to keep it clean, but here are some tips for my fellow uniquely-named users. First, if you are going to engage in unprofessional internet activities, do not attach your name to anything. Ever. As a tween I once built a website that included a collection of pixel dolls (remember those?) and a special section professing my love for my favourite band, AFI. That mess of angst and sparkling .gifs still exists, but you’ll never find it. My real name isn’t on it anywhere. This applies to your email too. Don’t use your fancy “profesional” Gmail account to sign up for those Harry Potter/Twilight crossover forums. You will be found. Second, make Google work for you by giving the search monster what it craves. Buy your name as a domain. Aside from just being a great self-promotion tactic, URLs are high up on Google’s search algorithm, meaning your personal website is going to show up at the top of the results. Load that domain up with professional information, the more pages the better. Google also loves links, so help it out. Fill your website with links to your LinkedIn, your Twitter, your program’s homepage, your projects and clippings, your sanitized, work-version Facebook profile. Anything. Then link those back to your website. Google will pick up your linkcest and push those pages higher up on your results, putting you back in control. All that being said, my search results still aren’t perfect. A little digging finds the high school newspaper that I ran. Not exactly my finest journalistic work. Which brings me to my final tip: keep your passwords. My eleventhgrade musings will live forever because I’ve forgotten my login info. Although I suppose it could be worse. No one’s found my teenage MySpace pictures... right?

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November 2, 2011


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Rye votes to support new radio
The new Ryerson Radio will now have access to $50,000 to apply for the 88.1 FM frequency that has been available since former community station CKLN went off-air earlier this year

Word on the Street
Does Ryerson Radio have a chance?

Ryerson students have voted to support a new, student-run, student-operated radio station on campus.


The Oct. 24-26 referendum resulted in an overwhelming 86 per cent voting in favour of putting the $10.35 student levy fee towards the application to operate a new Ryerson student-run radio station. With a total of 3,239 votes cast during the referendum, 2,773 of those votes were in favour for the fee to be used for a new radio station. In order for the referendum to be official, a minimum cut-off of 3,000 votes had to be cast. “[Oct. 26], was ‘Radio D-Day.’ It was the day that we came out and we got the people to vote. And the Ryerson people said ‘yes, we want radio,’” said Chris Shank, a third-year radio and television arts student and spokesperson for the New Ryerson Radio campaign. “We got more than 10 per cent of the population at Ryerson voting. It was through perseverance and, really, it was a group effort,” he said. But the process doesn’t end here.

The vote also allowed the Ryerson Radio committee to use $50,000 from the fees collected last year to put forward a bid for the available 88.1FM frequency. The application will be submitted for consideration to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) by Dec. 19. The submitted applications can take as long as 12 months before a decision is reached by the CRTC.

The Ryerson people said ‘yes, we want radio.’ — Chris Shank, Ryerson Radio

Radio promoters canvassed students on Gould Street to get students to vote at the various polling

locations around campus. By 4:27 p.m. on Oct. 26, the group needed only 100 more votes to reach quorum by the 5 p.m. deadline. But Shank attributed most of their success to their promotion of the campaign. But fourth-year nursing student Marinell Monteroso said she didn’t hear enough about it. “If it was advertised more, I would vote but people needed to be aware of it first,” she said. Other students saw this as a chance to be on par with other universities. “I think it’s important to vote and to support student ideas. Any university I’ve heard about has a radio station for training students,” says Pat Tanzola, a master’s of business administration student who voted at the Ted Rogers School of Management. “There were volunteers on the floor asking, ‘hey, did you vote?’” Other commercial radio stations have expressed an interest in applying for the new frequency,

including Dufferin Communication’s Z103.5 FM station and Proud FM 103.9. This is the first frequency that has been available for 30 years and other stations have expressed interest based on the frequency’s clearer signal. “We are going to put as much effort as we put into the Ryerson Vote Yes campaign for the referendum as we are for the CRTC,” said Shank. President Sheldon Levy agreed that students should have their own radio station. “Never again will it be taken from the university by another group, and make the university students pay for it while they don’t have control of it,” he said. Whether or not the potential student station has a chance against commercial stations is still unclear. “I’ve had discussions with one of the lawyers that is very familiar with the application process and I think we’re positive and feel good about it but we don’t feel it’s a slam dunk at all,” said Levy.

Ilia Kovznetsov, —first-year civil engineering “I really can’t say because I don’t know who the other applicants are and I don’t know what their qualifications are. Maybe, if we have more money, that’s how we’ll get it but, to be honest, I can’t tell you for sure.”

Andrew House, —second-year accounting “I mean, most universities have a radio station. So I would expect we have a chance. [But] that corporate interest in money obviously talks, so we might lose out to someone with deeper pockets.”

Master’s students too swamped to work

Master’s students in need of extra cash have to scramble to balance work and school because their programs are not designed to accommodate more than 10 hours of paid employment per week. “There is a policy at the School of Graduate Studies,” said Colin Ripley, director of the master’s of architecture program, “that students should not have more than 10 hours per week of paid employment, on or off campus.” Although students don’t face consequences for working beyond those hours, most graduate programs are simply not structured to support students working additional hours. Dr. Claus Rinner, director of the spatial analysis graduate program, said each student is required to take four core courses and allocate one full day per week to each course. Rinner said this means the

workload in the spacial analysis program — and most other graduate studies — is too heavy to allow students to work on the side. “That leaves the one day — or 10 hours or so — to do any work for pay,” he said. To help out students, faculty typically try to place them in Teaching Assistant (TA) or Research Assistant (RA) positions that pay $39 and $28 per hour, respectively. The contracts for these placements also state that students cannot work more than 10 hours per week, or a total of 130 hours each semester. “I have certainly discouraged students from seeking employment in addition to any such [TA] position on campus,” said Rinner. But the earnings from these placements are often not sufficient for students supporting themselves. Jason Solnick, a master’s student in the environmental applied science and management graduate program, said supervi-

sors generally “frown upon” students working outside of the program but he works part-time at the Ram in the Rye because the income he earns as a TA is not enough. “I don’t live at home, I support myself. I needed a part-time job as an undergrad and I need it now,” said Solnick. “They just don’t give us enough money.” Ripley said that graduate studies are a full-time commitment and taking on another job is often overwhelming for students. “I have to say, being a graduate student is a full-time job already. And if you want to work somewhere else, you’re doing yourself a disservice,” said Ripley. “It’s not a flaw. It’s a flaw of people who think they can do two full-time things at once.” Instead, graduate programs try to partially fund students’ studies through other means. Although not all students are guaranteed a TA or RA job, faculty try hard to provide as many students as pos-

sible with these positions. If their program area isn’t hiring, students are often placed as TA’s in other faculties to ensure they have a placement. “It’s guaranteed in a way,” said Solnick. The university also supports graduate students through the Ryerson Graduate Awards and the Ryerson Graduate Scholarships, which provide large amounts of funding, according to Rinner. But he added that students are often unclear on how much support they will receive from the university when they sign up for the program because faculty doesn’t know how much funding will be available until August or September. “We can’t say in March or May, ‘yes, you are admitted and you will receive that much money’ and provide that clarity,” Rinner said. Lauren Egar, a master’s student in the public policy and administration program, said it would be

“daunting” to balance the heavy workload of her studies with a part-time job. But, between the scholarship she received and her earnings as a TA, Ryerson has provided her enough support to cover all her expenses. “I’m certainly satisfied with it. I find that I’m making a reasonable amount of money and I’m comfortable managing my workload as well as working as a TA. But I know that some people might feel differently,” she said. Although financing graduate school can prove difficult for some, Rinner said most students need to be prepared that the heavier workload of graduate school may not allow for paid work. “I see it as an individual decision, where the student would have to plan ahead and know whether they can invest the year financially in this degree and then, hopefully develop an enhanced career and make up for the financial loss,” he said.


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November 2, 2011

TRSM to vote on new fee
Ted Rogers School of Management students will vote in a referendum starting Nov. 7 to introduce a new $50 fee for a business career centre
eight applicants are accepted). “Ryerson students aren’t going and getting jobs after leaving Ryerson, and a career services centre will provide them with better skills to succeed in the workplace,” Pirosz said. An RCS survey indicated that an overwhelming number of students believe they would benefit from a new business career services centre. “I am going to vote yes because from what I heard about it, it will benefit me in the long run,” said Brook Pickering, a first-year business management student. This new fee will be used to partially fund a Career Development and Employment Partnership program at TRSM. “The students had a very strong presentation to the board,” said Ryerson president Sheldon Levy. “They demonstrated that the cost for their career centre is far less than most and I don’t think there was one university that had a lower fee than what they were proposing.” “I think it’s a very good investment for the students on behalf of their careers,” said Levy. The fee would be $50 for all students registered in three or more units, with a reduced fee for those registered in less than three units, administered per term.

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The Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) will vote from Nov. 7 to 10 on whether they should collect an extra $50 student fee to start a business-specific career service centre. The student presented proposal was initially approved by the Board of Governors on Sept. 6. Angelo Pirosz is the president of the Ryerson Commerce Society (RCS) and a fourth-year accounting student. Pirosz estimates $750,000

will come from the proposed fees and $250,000 will come from the school’s budget. “The university centre is underresourced and understaffed,” said Pirosz. “Business students cannot get the one on one consultation that they need to be successful.” He explained that, according to research by RCS and the dean’s office, Ryerson ranks last in career services in comparison to 14 business schools in Canada and other schools in the U.S., while ranking first in enrollment (one in every

The new Image Arts building has been open less than a month but it has already been invaded by a feline stranger. When Mindy Wiltshire-Gibson, a processing and facilities technician, came in to help clean out the building, she was excited to see the new layout. But she never expected the floor plans would include a cat. Wiltshire-Gibson had spotted a set of grey and white hind legs behind a studio wall when she walked into the sound stage. Despite her efforts to lure him out, the cat continued to hide. “Because some walls are not completely closed, [the cat] was able to get inside one of them,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. “However, he was not trapped, he just wouldn’t come out when people were around.” The Toronto Cat Rescue was contacted and the local organization promised a cheap deal for the cat’s veterinary visit if caught.

Wiltshire-Gibson’s manager, operations manager Janice Carbert, provided a humane raccoon trap that was used to capture the cat. “We were all a bit surprised,” Wiltshire-Gibson said. “It was lovely to see how warm and supportive many of the faculty and staff where toward this little stowaway.” The program chair, Alex Anderson, along with other members of the staff and faculty, donated money, toys and supplies. The two-year old gray tabby has since been neutered, which cost $120. Wiltshire-Gibson has named him Mr. Ima Flug, after the Scheimpflug principle that is taught in the Image Arts program. While he recuperates from his injuries, Mr. Flug will be staying in her powder room until a permanent home can be found. “I think we’ll be able to find a home for him. I got a couple people who might be interested.”

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Drop rates curbed

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An individual was yelling at staff and pounding his fists on the desk in the Podium 61 office Thursday, Oct. 27. When officers arrived he was out on the balcony. He told them he had been arrested the day before by Toronto Police and they told him to return and get his things. He was cautioned and escorted off campus. A group of individuals were caught setting off firecrackers Friday, Oct. 28 between the Pitman Hall courtyard and the Rogers Communication Centre. When security approached them, one individual assaulted an officer by shoving him several times, while another grabbed a different officer. Both were arrested and handed over to the Toronto Police. An individual required patient care after they may have gotten a type of glue in their eye. They declined an ambulance and went to hospital on their own. You say glue, we still think it was sperm.

Midterm season can escalate drop out rates but with the help of a new program at Ryerson, the school could be keeping more students in class. “There is no question that this time of year a lot of students are under pressure, especially first years,” said Christopher Evans, vice-provost academic. Fourth-year public health student Rima Roswell has dropped a total of six different courses during the mid-term season over the course of her undergraduate degree. “If I find I’m not doing well I will drop it and hold it off,” said Roswell. In her fourth year she will add a physics course to her schedule because of something she dropped in first year. “I’ve never been able to drop before the deadline [to get my money back]. At most I may get a 50 per cent refund but it’s usually past the deadline,” she said. According to Evans, about four years ago the university switched their policy from immediately suspending students that had a GPA less than 2.0 to putting them on probation for the next semester. But while most students think it’s easier to just drop out thanwave a bad grade, the university is introducing a program, named “Fresh Start” to give students a sec-

ond chance at reentering their program. The project started as a pilot for first year students in 2010, with a total of 154 first years enrolled. The program helps students who have been put on probation second semester but continue to do poorly in their studies resulting in the required to withdraw (RTW) status. Once a student is RTW, they can apply to be eligible for fresh start. The student is then allowed to come back after one semester off and take two courses plus a learning strategy course. If they succeed they can take four additional courses the following semester. Following that they can reenter their program. Evans was unable to give a total cost for the program but the only additional costs he named were the introduction of the learning strategy course and a new coordinator position. The program has since been opened to all levels of students and as of October, 430 students have applied from the 1,026 student RTW cohort last winter. President Sheldon Levy said keeping students from dropping courses is a priority for the university. “This is a very vulnerable time for students particularly year one students so its great whatever we can to do to provide for what they need and the type of mentoring they need to not give up too early,” said Levy.

November 2, 2011


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SCC fails to maintain student space
Our maintenance series continues with a closer look at the problems and repairs behind the Student Campus Centre, one of the youngest buildings on campus. Tamara Jones reports

Broken vents, chairs and printers are left unattended in the SCC.
The water fountain on the second floor of the Student Campus Centre (SCC) leaks, causing the floor to heave and wrinkle from water damage. Another fountain in the basement doesn’t work at all. A staircase leaks when it rains, forming a puddle. Although the six-year-old building is one of Ryerson’s newest spaces, it is riddled with maintenance issues. Students who frequent the SCC have been adapting to the minor problems, but some say maintenance are ignoring them. Elijah Mark, a third-year hospitality and tourism student, said a light in the basement lounge area has malfunctioned and can’t be turned off. “They haven’t done a thing,” Mark said, adding that the light has been on for two years. Another issue in the basement is that a number of the outlets are broken and have required repair for more than a year. Mark said he notified SCC maintenance staff but nothing has been done. “It’s annoying because they’re unresponsive,” said Mark. Eric Newstadt, the building’s general manager, said the fact that some problems have not been addressed doesn’t mean staff isn’t listening. “When we are notified of a problem in the SCC, it’s ticketed and prioritized,” he said. Newstadt explained that the SCC has a complete catalogue of all the equipment in the building and when a report of a problem is received, its importance is evaluated using the catalogue’s hierarchy. If an issue is listed as vital to the upkeep of the building, it is fixed more rapidly than if it is classified as unimportant. He added that all of the items are regularly maintained on a set schedule and the SCC conducts “regular building audits on an ongoing basis.” Even with audits, the building still faces pressing issues that have not been addressed. An emergency button at the rear of the building, which has remained broken for more than a year. Newstadt said the button is out of the jurisdiction of SCC maintenance workers. The button is a Campus Facilities and Sustainability (CFS) responsibility. Adrian Williams, manager of custodial services, asked if anyone had reported it. He said it’s hard for them to keep track of all repairs on an estimated four million square feet of campus. Repairs can sometimes be delayed because each maintenance crew must go through CFS in order to correct problems in the building. Newstadt said it’s helpful to have the aid of CFS. “Their expertise helps us get things done properly and quickly.” A few years ago, the SCC had a moderate amount of backlog but, since then, they have become “current” in their maintenance, according to Newstadt. Now, most


repairs get done within days, he said. “We’re pretty rapid about fixing things.” When issues are not fixed, it is partially due to the fact that some major maintenance projects require the building to be vacant, which means that they must be tackled during the summer break. “It’s very difficult during the school year. There’s very little downtime to do major work,” said Newstadt, adding that Ryerson’s summer programs make “downtime” even more constrained. Lagging repairs are also partly due to shortages in funding, according to Newstadt. He said the leak in the staircase of SCC is a result of an “overflow from a drain outside,” which would be incredibly expensive and time-consuming to repair. Newstadt said insufficient funds are also behind the general backlog of deferred maintenance that has been plaguing all Ontario universities.

“The guaranteed amount of money has been cut back progressively to support the operations of the university,” he said. This means that universities put more funding towards things like new building projects but less on maintaining older buildings. While some students, like Mark, believe problems in the SCC are a result of maintenance “just not keeping up,” others argue students must take on some of the responsibility for the deteriorating state of the building. Kevin Heung, a thirdyear business management student, said things like broken chairs and dirty, marked-up walls can be attributed to students being disrespectful to the property. Newstadt said students need to understand “[the SCC is] a very high capacity building and it’s used by students heavily.” As a result, it is susceptible to some wear and tear. He also maintained that Ryerson has one of the most aggressive maintenance program among universities. “It’s [the students’] building,” said Newstadt, “and the people who want to manage the building are working very hard to keep the building maintained.” Maintenance staff is also working on fixing and renewing the building’s aesthetic appeal and general layout. Some of the renovation plans include “re-facing the southeast walls preventatively because there’s rotting wood, renovating the washrooms on the third floor of Oakham House and getting solar energy panels within the next six weeks,” said Newstadt. “We’re trying to make the SCC the best one in the country. If there’s a problem, the students need to tell us — our ears are wide open.”

A year with Rob Ford

Rob Ford’s first year in office has been a controversial one in the news: his Pride Parade snub, the 911 call in which Ford allegedly swore at dispatchers and his brother’s face off with Margaret Atwood. “I can’t say I’ve seen Rob Ford do anything for students or anything for Toronto,” said Eric Scura, a third year business management student. Ford has been very vocal in his intent to shut down library branches, his determination to eliminate the Yonge-Dundas scramble and his planned privatization of childcare and housing, all of which will negatively affect the student population.

“The mayor does not always have a clear understanding of what it means to be a young person living downtown,” said Ward 27 councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. Scura said that “two of Toronto’s universities are downtown and we just kind of get [ignored], Maybe York would have a different opinion.” Wong-Tam explained that Ford doesn’t take into account the student struggle to balance school with work. “With a full time job often [they] are living below poverty level,” she said. “The mayor has never once spoken to students.” Many students simply haven’t seen any difference since he came into office. “He could help out a bit with everything. Nothing has really

changed,” said Moe Mourad, a third year mechanical engineering student. Santina Macri, a master’s student in public policy and administration, doesn’t know if anything has been done for the student population on a municipal level, but thinks Ford has changed perspectives. “He’s shown people how much they enjoy having services funded,” she said. “[Toronto is] a huge city and it costs a lot of money to pay for it.” She concedes that there can be obvious improvements. “They could make transportation a bit more affordable because a metro pass is still really expensive,” said Macri. “Many students rely on public transit,” said Wong-Tam, pointing

out the mayor’s move to remove bike lanes as well. She encourages students to let Ford know what they need. “They can write to him and explain in their own words why it’s important to them to have cycling infrastructure, affordable housing and libraries.” She also believes the mayor should speak with students, and that it’s not too late to turn things around. “There are councillors willing to work with the mayor,” said Wong-Tam. “Only if he’s willing to listen.” Her overall thought is that Ford needs to be more aware of the students. “He has children and some day they’re going to require these things [as well].”


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Race Away
teams, “These guys have to fight for space, funding, everything.” Looking around the lounge, it feels like they’re fighting a losing battle. The cramped room is filled with office chairs, a couch, desks, cabinets and pieces of equipment. Tucked in the back behind some debris is another car — the RF 11. This one is for track racing. Olszyna drives this smaller, sleeker car. It’s used mostly for time trials, whirling around a track against four or five other cars, all trying to beat the best time. He rolls off the couch and grabs a textbook. “I probably spend a bit too much time here; I was supposed to have class a half hour ago.” Adds Machin: “When working on the cars, classes sometimes become a bit of a nuisance.” It’s a place where many engineering students come and go and a project they dedicate a lot of time to. The Formula SAE team travels to California, Michigan and England each summer to race, and the competition is fierce. “Out of about 125 teams, we usually finish top 30,” says Olszyna. With over 400 teams registered around the world, Ryerson is one of the top Canadian schools, alongside L’École Polytechnique, University of Toronto and University of Waterloo.

The dimly lit basement of Kerr Hall East isn’t exactly a hot spot on campus. It doesn’t offer much — a few engineering laboratories and offices, and some janitorial space — but down a set of stairs only wide enough for one person is the Ryerson Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) workshop. You won’t find them on any club list, but this group is working almost full-time building cars to race against other teams from around the world. Room 23 in Kerr Hall is home to the team’s workshop, where the Baja go-kart is stored. “This one is more for off-road racing,” explains Alan Machin. As an engineering support staff, he oversees the team’s work. “These guys work on it themselves all year and race in the summer.” Standing at about four feet tall, with thick tires, the black Baja is ready for the mud. It is raced on dirt bike courses alongside 100 other cars. At the end of the big shop, there is a door leading to the lounge, which doubles as an office for the team captains, because the old ones down the hall have mould growing in them. Asleep on the couch is SAE captain Jacob Olszyna. Machin nudges him awake and explains schools in the U.S. curriculum have a budget to support their racing

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Laser Away

Laser cutters, airplanes, wind tunnels and race cars. T knew Ryerson had

Fly Away

The humming noise of machines and an aroma in the air of burning wood emanate from the basement of the Architecture building. The smell is caused by the laser-cutting machine. There you can often find architecture science students like 21-yearold Scott Townsend hard at work in the “laser cutting room” better known as the fabrication lab. As Townsend uses the machine, other students are hunched over desks piecing together their projects. They are building tiny scaleddown models out of puzzle-like pieces made by the machine roughly four feet in height. One student shows off a mini-model of a bridge that was recently built. With one glance around the room it appears to look like a high school shop class with saws, sanders

and hand tools for woodworking. Townsend demonstrated the stepby-step process it takes when using the laser cutter to create a small model or prototype. “You build your model on a computer and it prints out everything at once,” explains the fourth-year architecture science student. First, he uses a computer design program that also controls the laser cutter. Next, a long, flat piece of wood is inserted into the machine. The computer transfers the design information to the laser cutter and it cuts out all the pieces needed for his prototype. The tiny puzzle-like pieces are punched out of the wood and put together to build a model. “It makes it easier than doing this by hand. It would be impossible to build these without this,” said Townsend.

There’s a giant laboratory on campus. It’s filled with parts of aircrafts and components and pieces of airplanes. The “airplane room” in the Engineering building is better known as FACES, or, the Facility of Research on Aerospace Materials and Engineered Structures. Each one has its own fancy set of gadgets, gauges and sensors. This is the place on Ryerson campus where parts of airplanes, such as wings, are put to the test by Ryerson students and faculty. They experiment on large aerospace parts and test for failure says engineering professor Hamid Ghaemi. For example, airplane components can be bent or exposed to temperatures up to 1,000 degrees and parts of planes are tested to withstand elements, pres-

sure and crashes. Aircraft companies manufacture parts and components while Ryerson students and faculty from the Aerospace Engineering department, use the FACES room to test out these materials. “It is all done by students, they are the bread and butter of the facility,” said Ghaemi. The High-Speed Gasdynamics Laboratory subjects aircraft components to high-speed winds and forces. A large blue tank in the room forces air through a tunnel at subsonic levels. “The flow of air is more than the speed of sound,” said Ghaemi. Their department also houses another room called the Space Avionics Instrumentation Laboratory, where navigation sensors for spacecrafts are studied.

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Build Away

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Twists and turns down dreary halls, doorways becoming unrecognizable, lay the steel, double doors of the theatre workshop. Not many are working in the shop on a Friday afternoon. It is a massive, industrial room, containing every machine and tool imaginable. All sit silently, as if anticipating an opportunity to dance. Dust lightly layers the colourful ducts and air vents cross at about 5 meters, and set projects by students lay about the edges on temporarily unused benches. The centre of the room is empty enough to allow for larger set designs. There is plywood two-byfours, salvaged, older props on the far walls and steel tables nearby with space to create. The tables are covered in cuts and splotches of

paint from years of productions. The L-shaped, second floor has a small, fluorescent-lit office, and a fellow with glasses and a ball cap peers through the dusty windows. Will Sutton, the scenery shop supervisor is exactly the kind of person a student wants to be around. Beneath his initial gruff demeanor lies the warmth of an engaging instructor. The department juggles high aspirations with a limited budget. Phillip Dodham-Cormier, 22, is a performance production student and the technical director for Ryerson’s next play, “Richard III.” He unrolls the set plans on out in front of Sutton, and they discuss the more complicated aspects of carpentry. Sutton scratches his head. “And what’s your budget,

like forty bucks?” Dodham-Cormier laughs. Sutton knows this will get them nothing close to what the production needs. “Time to go to the well again,” he says, chuckling. One side of the room is called “The Wall of Shame.” It boasts tools that have died before fulfilling their promise. Cupboards and closets of wood and metal line the walls and each bin is carefully labeled. Paintbrushes of various sizes are carefully hung. It’s kindergarten for adults, where one can find anything and create something beautiful for the world to see. Sutton tracks everything students have made over the years with photo albums. He pushes for creativity more than technical aspects.

This can be seen by the miniature sets dotting the edges of the main level. They start at about one meter tall and range from two to four feet in diameter. They are made with wood, styrofoam, stone, grass and metal, and all are painted. Sutton says they can be as large as one of the worktables. The miniature sets are the stage for various musicals and plays. There are rock star designs, with steel railings and rafters and there are jungle sets. Suddenly this space doesn’t seem large enough. Sometimes students just don’t want to leave. “We’ve always got one “Phantom of the Workshop,” says Sutton, “Someone who’s always here, day and night working away. I should set up a cot in the back room.”

Blown Away

It’s easy to walk past Kerr Hall South room 37. A small sign designates it the Aerodynamics Laboratory No. 2, informing passersby that only those with permission are allowed in. Inside is one of the most powerful machines on Ryerson’s campus — the Ryerson Engineering closed-circuit subsonic wind tunnel. The tunnel itself is five by 13 metres with a test section of one metre square. Surrounded by a blue barrier, the tunnel itself almost fills the room. There is only room for some desks with materials scattered around them. On the other side, there are some cupboards and workbenches, where a roll of toilet paper sits beside a bag of styrofoam and a small rocket — possibly test subjects.

The wind tunnel tests the effects of air moving past solid, smallscale objects, produced by a large fan. Winds can reach about 160 km/h, which is around the speed of a mild hurricane. It is mainly used for aerodynamic research projects, according to Paul Walsh, an associate professor and Interim Chair for the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Many objects have been tested in the tunnel, including propellers, wings, model buildings and cars, as well as sounding rockets that were subsequently used for atmospheric research. Undergrads use it, but it is mainly for graduate work on professors’ research projects. “The professors are responsible for the project, but the students do the work,” says

Walsh. There are two main tests done in the tunnel — force and pressure. Force measurements determine whether objects can withhold the high-speed winds. Pressures across a model can be measured by using small perpendicular holes called pressure taps. Computers collect data for accuracy. “Numerics are fine, but you need a good grounding in the real world, i.e. the wind tunnel, or you could go off on a tangent that you are not aware of,” explains Walsh. Students who wish to use it need to book it and have engineering staff present to oversee their work. It’s a place that many students will never see, partly because of the “sensitive projects” that go on there.

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A future of muddy footprints
You may not pay much attention to what you post on your Facebook wall, But your online footprint can come back to haunt you with a simple Google search. Grace Benac reports

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When Dafina Karadjova decided to Google search her own name, she found an unpleasant surprise. Sitting on the page as the seventeenth link was a slang-heavy, unpunctuated comment that she posted to Facebook when she was still in high school. The third-year biology student was more than a little shocked to see that a comment she posted in the ninth grade was so easy for anyone to find. “I don’t even remember when or why I wrote those posts,” says Karadjova. “The way I used Facebook in high school was way different from how I use it now.” Along with several other 2006-era Facebook posts, a few of her profile pictures from Twitter popped up in Google images after her name was keyed in. She deleted the posts, but that still didn’t solve the problem. How could her high school posts still pop up on a Google Search after she had removed them? Facebook’s help section says the posts were visible because they had been shared on a public group and cached by search engines like Google. Caching is the temporary storage of web pages and images to help the search engine pull up results faster and ease up on bandwidth usage. The posts will show up until Google’s bot re-crawls, or browses, the updated version of the page. Facebook’s help centre recommended that Karadjova remove the post and contact the search engine’s support team. She was directed to a

webmaster’s page which informed her that Google has limited control over search results, and refuses to remove content except in cases

The internet is an amazing tool. Why not use it? — Dan Vassilou, Manager of recruitment and administration

where confidential data is exposed. While these comments and pictures don’t implicate her in any criminal activity, the LOL-speak and jokes don’t quite match up with the professional, achievementoriented profile Karadjova presents of herself in her LinkedIn page, also visible in her Google search. Karadjova is wise to be concerned. She’s planning on applying to medical school or a graduate program next year. Many grad school admissions committees are now doing online searches of applicants. “Anything posted online can have an effect,” says Dan Vassilou, manager of recruitment and administration for Ryerson’s MBA program. While he wouldn’t divulge any specific details about the school’s screening process, Vassilou didn’t rule out the possibility that information posted online could be a deciding factor. “The internet is an amazing tool. Why not use it?” he said.

An unchecked online footprint may be the kiss of death for students hoping to work in business. A recent survey done by Career Builder, a Canadian based job hunting site, showed that 10 per cent of Canadian employers check up on applicants online, and roughly 20 per cent intend to start doing so in the future. “[An] outsider’s impression is so important,” says Kathryn Bewley, who teaches auditing and accounting at Ted Rogers School of Business Management. “Any indiscretions, even during undergrad years, that put the person’s trustworthiness in question can damage their reputation.” Piotr Makuch, a fourth-year sociology student, is all too aware of this fact, and curates his Google+, Facebook and Twitter accounts accordingly. But Makuch says that a positive online presence is just one of many qualities employers are looking for in new hires. “If you went into a job interview with a bad haircut, that would be a factor working against you. Same with a bad tweet. It’s a factor, but not necessarily the deciding one.”

graphic communications major Heidi Shaheen, to leave out key information in social networking profiles. Shaheen has chosen to go a step further and make her Facebook profile more employer-friendly. “I deleted all of my religious and political affiliations. It keeps my profile more neutral in the eyes of the public. I also removed all of my old photo albums from high school.”

Improving your online presence
Google yourself
See what you’ve got to work with. If you see negative content popping up from social media sites or blogs, check with the webmaster to have it deleted. If possible, delete it yourself.

If stuff I’ve written in 2006 comes up in a search, it really makes me think twice... —Dafina Karadjova, third-year biology student
Shaheen says an experience with Google inspired her to tighten up her online identity. “Some of my friends’ [Facebook] profile pictures were visible on Google images — bathroom mirror pictures, things that you wouldn’t want out there for the world to see. That really made me think.” Karadjova says that Googling herself has been a jarring, yet valuable learning experience. “If stuff I’ve written in 2006 comes up in a search, it really makes me think twice about what I say on Twitter and Facebook, not knowing who could be reading it years from now, how it could be interpreted and how that might affect my future.”

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It’s going to take some time for those pages to get cached, so do the work to make sure those posts come up later on your search. Post better, more professional content regularly. Get a Linkedin profile that will pop up on your search to show your professionalism and goals.

[An] outsider’s impression is so important. — Kathryn Bewley, teaches accounting and auditing at TRSBM

Keep it up
Now it’s time to maintain that online persona. Refrain from posting photos, comments or statuses that will look bad on you. Oh, and try to avoid Facebook or Twitter while drunk. That’s bad news.

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This Sustainable Life: The zine paradox

Tal-Or Ben-Choreen is one of the students behind Function Magazine.


The word on the street
On campus, students are turning to niche publishing to share their voices and views with the Ryerson community. Brian Boudreau reports
Between campus newspapers and school newsletters, it would seem as though Ryerson has the campus beat covered. But across Ryerson’s faculties, students have taken up the pen — and the keyboard — to draw attention to the issues and priorities they feel are being ignored. missions for the new volume, each of which included three or four images to choose from. However, only a few of those pictures made it to the final edit, said Erika Neilly, a fourth-year photography student and one of Function’s core members. “We selected the images by whether or not we thought they were strong and contributed to the visual theme,”Neilly said.

Spotlight on students

Taking talent from the classes to the masses

Function Magazine, which showcases some of the strongest pieces Ryerson’s Image Arts students have to offer along with interviews with industry professionals, launched its eleventh volume last week. The magazine is independently run by students. Tal-Or Ben-Choreen, a fourthyear photography student and one of the students in charge of putting the magazine together, says the magazine provides a good platform for Image Arts students to get their work out there for Ryerson and the rest of the world to see. “I think the magazine portrays the kind of people that come to Ryerson and what they can do,” BenChoreen said. “Hopefully, the more interest the outside community has in it, the more interest the Ryerson community will as well.” The team received about 70 sub-

Tackling tough issues

Probably one of the biggest and most well-known student-run publications on campus is McClung’s Magazine. A recipient of a Canadian Association of Journalists award, McClung’s is published twice a year and focuses on feminist issues and successful women in Canada. Co-editor-in-chief and fourthyear journalism student Sam Anderson says the publication stands out because writers get to spend much more time with their pieces, writing up to three drafts before publishing. And without McClung’s, she says, there wouldn’t be a strong feminist voice on campus. “We get to talk about issues that other publications sometimes don’t get to, or people shy away from,” Anderson said.

The 1 1th issue of Function Magazine.


Trung Ho, a fourth-year marketing student, had a similar goal in mind when he started contributing to the campus publishing scene. Last summer, Ho founded Ryerson Folio, an online magazine, to encourage a more tightly-knit campus. He believes that because Ryerson is a commuter school, there is little to no interaction between faculties. “We feel that there are a lot of great events and really interesting students and alumni that nobody knows about,” he says. “I didn’t know anything about other faculties before, but now we want people to know what’s going on.” While Ho is hoping that Ryerson Folio will someday be considered Ryerson’s arts and culture hub, the site recently started expanding to other areas. It now has a news photo section, which tells stories about events on campus through high-resolution photos. Ho says the site will continue evolving as more writers, photographers and contributors join the team. Ryerson Folio stemmed from @ RyersonTweets, a Twitter account Ho created to share news about the Ryerson community. The account reached 1,000 followers before Ho decided to create Ryerson Folio. Setting up the site took most of the summer, not including the time required to schedule interviews and promote the site, two tasks that Ho found challenging. “We’re not as established, so sometimes it’s hard to get a hold of people,” he said. That hasn’t discouraged Ho and his team. They still have high hopes for the project, and are confident that it will thrive. While all three publications have different intents and purposes, they do have one thing in common: they’re part of a blooming culture of student-run publications at Ryerson. It just takes a bit of looking around to find them.

I’ve got a confession to make: even though I’m usually on the calm and collected side, I can get pretty scatter-brained. The jumble of thoughts, images, bolded words and little jokes that flit through my brain, if put to paper, would look more like a zine than a structured newspaper. Maybe that’s why I like them so much. According to Merriam-Webster, a zine is a “magazine, especially a noncommercial, often homemade or online publication, usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter (punk zine, feminist zine).” To me, zines are part of the underground press, and typically have low circ numbers. They’re independent, creative and they break the rules. And I like them this way. But like all hardcopy publications, zines have the potential to leave a huge environmental footprint, since paper makes up 40 per cent of waste. So why would an environmentally-minded person advocate so strongly for these bundles of paper? For me, it’s actually a ques-

tion of life and death. Not my life and death, but the life and death of a zine. Because a truly good zine, like a truly good book, or article of clothing, or piece of furniture or art, never dies. With so few copies available, and so much work and soul-bearing behind each one, zines and recycling bins are like two matching magnetic poles. The zine-making process is rooted in repurposing and using the simplest construction materials at hand. This is what green living is all about. The entire culture of zines is rooted in sharing and spreading ideas, in being thoughtful and creative, and in slower, more local ways of life and expression. These are exactly the values that will get us out of our many global crises, the environmental one included. In a way, zines teach us to treat all our printed materials with respect. Leave your newspaper at a coffee shop, your finished magazines at the doctor’s office. Swap books with friends, use envelopes as scrap paper. Re-imagine your materials and life becomes not only more artistic, but less wasteful. Do you want Anne-Marie to answer your questions about sustainable student life? Send a quick email to

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November 2, 2011

Men’s soccer team beats Trent, loses to U of T in semis


Rookie Jeremy Baker (14) scored four of the men’s soccer team’s five goals against Trent last Thursday in the conference quarterfinals. The team then faced off against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues this Sunday, where they lost in heartbreaking fashion, 3-2 in shootouts for the second straight season. The women’s soccer team also had a playoff game against the Varsity Blues last Wednesday night, but lost 3-0 in their first playoff game in five years.

Kevin Souter posing after Ryerson’s 5-0 win over Trent.


Soccer’s main man
In his first season as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s soccer teams, Kevin Souter has brought them both to their best finishes in school history. Jeremy Lin reports
It has been a historic year for both of Ryerson’s soccer programs, as 2011 marks the first season that both the men’s and women’s teams have made the playoffs at the same time. The men’s team finished the regular season in second place for the first time in team history, while the women made their first playoff appearance in five years. This is also the first year that Kevin Souter, 27, has assumed the full time coaching duties for both the men’s and women’s teams as the coordinator for soccer programs. Souter, a former All-American midfielder with Graceland University, spent two seasons with Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards before coming to of Joseph’s coaching philosophy allowed him to have an open soundboard for input and feedback about the program with his mentor. Souter brings a unique dynamic as a coach because of his past involvement as a player and relative youth, but he believes that everyone on last year’s team knew what his role was. “I think I came into the program mostly as a coach,” said Souter. “I used my last year of eligibility to benefit the team but I maintained a coaching persona. I didn’t socialize [with the team], it was strictly business.” Although Souter took over the full-time coaching duties at the end of last season, Joseph is still heavily involved in engineering the strategic and practical direction of the soccer programs. “I am not far removed,” said Joseph. “[Souter] is in a role where I see him being mentored for another year at least. The first year you don’t really see the difference a coach makes but he can only grow from here.” After losing two first-team OUA all-stars in the midfield, Joseph and Souter utilized a game plan that bypassed the midfield, which is made up of mostly first year players, when moving the ball. This strategy has lead to more scoring, but has also conceded more goals. The women’s team lost 3-0 to the University of Toronto Blues last Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs. Their early exit also brought an end to the fiveyear career of Andrea Raso, the only female CIS all-Canadian that a Ryerson team has ever produced.

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I used my last year of eligibility to benefit the team, but I maintained a coaching persona. — Kevin Souter, soccer co-ordinator

[Souter] is in a role where I see him being mentored for another year at least. — Ivan Joseph, Athletics Director

Ryerson last summer. When he initially joined the men’s soccer team, Souter served as a hybrid player-coach, a role that was created to groom him for his eventual succession of reigning Ontario University Athletics (OUA) coach of the year Ivan Joseph. Souter, who played under Joseph at Graceland University, admits that his understanding

Meanwhile, the men dominated their first game against Trent in a 5-0 win, but eventually lost in the conference semis to the University of Toronto Blues in a shoot out. This loss ended their playoff bid just short of an OUA final four appearance. Souter believes the future is bright for Ryerson soccer but feels that the program is hindered by the lack of a proper practice facility on campus. “We have no soccer field on campus, so we don’t have the luxury of flexibility. I don’t think there was one practice this year where every player was able to make it,” said Souter. “But we work with what we have. Both teams set targets and goals and we’re becoming a program that elevates every season. We’re consistently competing and [winning] against of some of the very best teams.”

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Women’s volleyball team wins first of the season

Ashley MacDonald sprints on a breakaway last year against Queen’s.


Women’s basketball team have high hopes for 2011

Last Sunday, Ryerson’s women’s volleyball team beat the Lakehead Thunderwolves for their first win of the season 3-1. Chelsea Briscoe led the team with 17 points and 12 kills, and Kassandra Bracken added nine points and four blocks in the Rams’ winning effort.


Last season, head coach Charles Kissi set a goal for Ryerson’s women’s basketball team: finish first in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) eastern division. Marred by inconsistent play, and an earlyseason six- game losing streak, they inevitably fell short of achieving Kissi’s lofty goals. Although they finished last season with a sub-par 10-12 record, the Rams still managed to qualify for the playoffs and made it to the OUA East semi-final game, where they eventual lost to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. With the addition of six new players, the Rams hope to compete for first place and make another deep playoff run. “There is a lot of talent [on this team],” said shooting guard Kelsey Wright. “This rookie class is the best rookie class I have yet to play with.” While Kissi is taking on a number of rookies in his third season as the team’s head coach, Chloe Mago is the undisputed prize of his recruiting class. Throughout her final year of high school, Mago averaged 19.4 points, 5.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game. However, Rams fans will have to wait to see Mago in action due to a recent calf muscle injury. How long she will be out it is still to be determined.

“She’s a great impact player and a great point guard. We are looking forward to her return,” said Kissi. “If she wasn’t injured she would have definitely been a contender for the OUA rookie team.” While the team is carrying a number of rookies, the Rams` roster boasts a number of veteran players. In addition to Wright, who led the team in three-point shooting percentage last season, is point guard Ashley MacDonald.

Offense comes from defense and our main goal is to get defensive stops. — Dayana Gechkova third-year guard

Last season, Macdonald averaged a team-high 16.9 points per game, which helped make Ryerson the second highest scoring team in the OUA. MacDonald was also ranked second in points scored with a total of 373 points for the 2010-11 season. Entering her fifth year, Ryerson`s reigning female athlete of the year is looking to take on more of a leadership role. “Being one of the older girls I want to be more of a leader and let my experience help out the team as

much as I can,” she said. Throughout the pre-season, the Rams have participated in ten exhibition games, including the Darcel Memorial Tournament where they made the finals for the first time in school history. “From the exhibition games we were able to see what we need to work on as a team,” said third-year guard Dayana Gechkova. “We have been working on our defence continuously in practice and that is always something that can be worked on. Offense comes from defence and our main goal is to get defensive stops.” Wright agrees with Gechkova’s assessment, and feels they have analyzed their weaknesses and have taken the necessary measures to fix it. “From the losses we learned [that] we should go from zone to man to man,” she said. This pre-season, the women’s basketball team has gotten off to a strong start, as they have defeated Wilfred Laurier (currently ranked as the ninth team in Canada) and the Western Mustangs, a team that they lost to by 30 points last season. “Both of those were really big wins for us,” said Kissi. “It definitely shows that we are moving ahead [and] are well on our way to achieving our goals. But keeping in mind that it’s pre-season, it’s a different game when it’s the regular season.”


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The month to be mo’ of a gentleman


Ryerson students are preparing their faces for a month-long feat to grow the best ‘stache they can, all in an effort to raise awareness of prostate cancer. Imran Khan reports
“It’s for a great cause and plus my girlfriend can’t complain about how hairy I get,” said Jodh Anandjit, a second-year civil engineering student. Anandjit describes the month as being part of a brotherhood, giving subtle acknowledgment to his fellow mo’s as he passes them on campus. he still continues to set goals for every Movember. “This year I hope to grow something that people can see two feet away from my face,” he said. The Ryerson Athletics Department is also making a stronger commitment this year according to Robby Earl, the mens’ volleyball team captain. “Last year we raised a few hundred dollars as a team. This year the entire athletic depart- The Salvador Dali ment is coming together, so we are hoping to raise a lot more.” Earl, despite describing his moustache as “slightly terrible,” encourages newcomers to get involved. “Students should definitely pool together and form teams to raise as much as they can.” Beyond the facial hair, many The Friedrich Nietzsche students are taking this Movember seriously while also trying to have some fun at the same time. “I have had a friend within my circle that was affected by cancer,”said Heywood. “My stake in this month is to be an ally and a friend to the cause.” So to all my fellow MObros, no matter how itching your face gets, no matter how goofy your mo looks, try to raise as much awareness and money as you can. Remember, beards are for barbarians. The Hulk Hogan True gentlemen always rock a ‘stache.

he Copstash. The Handlebar. The Chaplin. The Fu Manchu. It’s that time of year again Ryerson: the month of Movember. For those who don’t know, every year November becomes “Movember,” an entire month where men around the world grow moustaches in hopes of raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer. The movement started in 1999 by a group of men from Adelaide, Australia. It quickly snowballed after the birth of the Movember Foundation Charity in 2004 which sought global participation from men. Since 2004, Movember has raised more than $176 million globally that has gone towards education initiatives, awareness programs and research of prostate cancer. Last year Canadians raised over $22 million. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to afflict Canadian men. The rates of prostate cancer in men are comparable to rates of breast cancer in women. Statistics show that this year 25,500 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in Canada and 4,100 men will die of the disease. Ryerson students who have taken the plunge in previous years said the atmosphere surrounding the month is well worth being a part of.

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The Ned Flanders

— Jodh Anandjit second-year civil engineering student

“There’s camaraderie amongst students, especially in the engineering department; it’s kind of like an arms’ race, but it’s a healthy competition.” Even those students that have a hard time growing a respectable amount of hair still take up the challenge. “I started with a bare chin and ended the month with 10 hairs,” said Jordan Heywood, a third-year social work student. Despite Heywood not reaching legendary status of moustache deities likes Tom Selleck or German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche,

The Jack Layton for details

Are you growing a sexy ‘stache for Movember? We want to see it. Come by SCC 207 or send us your pics!

The “I’m too cool for school” Hipster


The Tom Selleck

Students told us where they think their prostate is. Go to

Six Commandments
Rule 1: The moustache region and handlebar zone
must be completely shaven and clean on “Shadowe’en” (Oct. 31) in preparation for the start of Movember.

Rule 2:

For the entire month, each “MObro” (moustache brethren) must grow and groom a moustache. Absolutely no hair should be grown in the goatee zone.

Rule 3: There is to be no joining of the moustache to
the sideburns.

Rule 4: Handlebars cannot be joined at the chin. Rule 5: Each “MObro” must conduct himself in the fine
art of manliness throughout the duration of the month and promote true gentleman prowess.

For those of us who can’t grow adequate facial hair.

Rule 6: No matter how ridiculous or poor the attempt

made by your boyfriend, brother, father, uncle, professor or friend is, try to remember ladies, it’s for a good cause. Women that stand in solidarity with MObros are designated the title “MOsistas”.


November 2, 2011


The Eyeopener


Mo’ do ku

Bring your completed Movember themed Sudoku to the Eyeopener office (SCC 207) by Monday November 7th for a chance to win $50 gift card for the Eaton Centre! (It’s not like you’re listening to your prof right now anyways)

Movember Corgis of the week

Mystikai’s Prophesy
Aries When skydiving for the first time, it seems like a whole new world will open up for you. Unfortunately, the parachute will not. Gemini After seeing a doctor about your bleary eyes, body odour and vague hatred of money, you’ll be tragically diagnosed as a Dirty Fucking Hippie. Leo Libra Your week will You’ll get to be be filled with a part of medilove, laughter and blood- cal history when thirsty mobs. you become the world’s first involuntary organ donor. Virgo You’ll raise a Scorpio ton of money Now that you’re for prostate cancer this pregnant, it looks Movember by having the like you’ll have to give up most majestic ‘stache of any drinking and go back to huffgirl on campus. ing gas. Sagittarius You will discover a lucrative business opportunity selling Occupy movement “wage slaves” into actual slavery. Capricorn After investing thousands of dollars in instruments and recording equipment, the world can finally clearly hear how awful your band is. Aquarius You will disprove the adage that money is the root of all evil by continuing to act like a complete asshole even after you go broke. Picses Jupiter skirts the edge of your sign this week, meaning an army of tarantulas will soon carry you off into the night.

Cancer Taurus You don’t know You think you feel so awful what’s worse: because of all that Hallow- that the voices in your head een candy you ate, but really won’t stop or that they only that’s just the leukemia. talk about the damn weather.

The Eyeopener elections are upon us. We’re looking for people to fill a few positions. You’ll be eating, drinking, breaking news and generally enjoying the hell out of life. Of course you’ll be tired, stressed and have to juggle a schedule, but that’s just our way of keeping things interesting... Any student can run for these positions: Features editor, Ass. News editor, Ass. Photo editor, Arts & Life editor, Sports editor, Online editor. Who can vote? These people can - they’ve contributed at least 4 times to the Eyeopener: the current Eyeopener masthead, Van Vandaelle, Matt Kennedy, Charles Vanegas, Diana Hall, Dasha Zolota, Marissa Dederer, Kai Benson, Jeff Lagerquist, Gabe Lee, Victor Ferreira, Shannon Higgins, Megan Higgins, David Brooks, Jaskrit Dua, Josh O’Kane, Emma McGregor, Chris Roberts, Nick Tsergas, J.D. Mowat and Liane McLarty.

Speeches will be held on Nov. 16th at 7PM at the Ram Elections will be held on Nov. 17th at the Eyeopener offices, from 10AM to 5PM.


The Eyeopener

November 2, 2011

Fun, Fab Food & Flicks!
Baskin Robbins • California Thai • Caribbean Queen • Chipotle • Harvey’s Jack Astor’s • Johnny Rockets • Jugo Juice • Juice Rush • Koryo Korean BBQ Made in Japan • Milestones • Milo’s Pita • Mrs. Field’s • Opa! Souvlaki Pumpernickel’s • Sauté Rose • Starbucks • Subway • Tim Hortons • Timothy’s Woo Buffet Restaurant & Lounge. With 25 fabulous eateries you’ll always find something to satisfy any craving. Plus, visit our great stores like Adidas, Future Shop, Gadget City and more!



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