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Rye plans to shun historic Sam sign
Ryerson has vowed to pay homage to the Sam the Record Man site by incorporating its iconic signage into the new Student Learning Centre, but documents revealed they would rather not. Associate News Editor Carolyn Turgeon investigates
stored from its broken down state and then incorporated. The original plan was that the sign could either be used in the design of the Student Learning Centre (SLC) or put on the South side of the library building, facing Gould Street. “In order for the university to be able to move on [the property] they had to negotiate with the city where the sign would be reconstructed,” said Levy. “I’m not sure, to be honest, if that’s something we should be asking property owners to do,” said current Ward 27 councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. Levy also revealed that restoring and mounting the sign to the building will cost approximately $250,000, which he believes could be better spent by the university. Concillor Wong-Tam said there are other complications as well. “It may not be physically possible given the size of the sign as well as technology having changed,” she said. The sign also doesn’t fit into the city’s new sustainable design for Yonge Street, and its outdated technology would be power consuming and hard to accommodate. There are now discussions for a more appropriate use of the sign or a different tribute that would better fulfill the needs of the school. “We are trying to discuss with [city council] a better place to memorialize the Sam’s location,” said Levy. The Eyeopener obtained a status report on the SLC which proposed a sidewalk tribute instead of the original plan. Levy acknowledged that a sidewalk tribute was being considered, while Wong-Tam said Ryerson had taken steps in developing an interpretive commemorative plaque for the property. Levy does not think Sam Sniderman’s sons, Bobby and Jason, would object. “It wasn’t family that made the issue, it was certain members of the Toronto community that saw it as an important thing and the city council respected their wishes and put it as a condition on the university,” said Levy.

Frankly, Sam didn’t care. — Kyle Rae, former Ward 27 councillor

Sam the Record Man in 2008.
Sam the Record Man was once an integral part of Yonge Street, but Ryerson is not a fan of the iconic sign. “I would rather not use the sign,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. This would come as a surprise for community members who campaigned extensively to save the sign in 2007-08. The piece of Toronto’s heritage was designated as such by Kyle Rae and the Heritage Recommendation Board during his term as Ward 27 councillor. Rae, who has since established urban consultant company PQR Solutions, said that when Sam’s went bankrupt there were many people who contacted his office and made Facebook groups about maintaining the sign. “There were probably two generations of Torontonians who grew up and saw it as their rite of passage as teenagers,” said Rae. “I agreed at that time that there was probably a significant impact from that sign.”


He now views the sign’s significance in a different light. “There is still a cadre of Torontonians that can identify with this sign, but many current ones don’t know [about it],” he said. He understands the university’s hesitation to place the sign on one of their buildings. “It’s difficult to expect Ryerson to stick the sign on their property when the association will be lost,” said Rae. The stipulations were that if they were to build on the property, Sam’s sign would have to be re-

He said Ryerson will make their case, and the citizens may argue against it, but it will ultimately be up to the council. “Should they make no other decision we are obliged to follow what they have already decided and we will,” said Levy. According to Rae, the sign was never properly maintained and the city had to get Sam a grant before he would fix it in the late ‘90s. “We were trying to get it to look like the people who owned property on Yonge Street cared,” said Rae. “Frankly, Sam didn’t care.”

2001 Sam the Record Man
was forced to file for bankruptcy on Oct. 30, which applied to 30 stores owned by the family and was partially due to their $15-million debt.


Sam’s sons Jason and Bobby reopened the Yonge Street store along with 11 franchise stores. The franchise stores outside of Toronto were not a part of the bankruptcy filing.

2007 On June 22, city council voted in favour of designating the property as a heritage site. The building was designated because the Ontario Heritage Act had no rules for store signs.


On June 30, the flagship store on Yonge and Gould streets closed permanently. They pointed to the influence of technology on the industry as a reason for their decision.


On Jan. 18, Ryerson University bought the property to expand their campus, and later on decided to use it for their upcoming Student Learning Centre.

ILLC shut after sewage flooding

On the night of Nov. 2, a sewage pipe backup caused the International Living and Learning Centre (ILLC) to shut down its first floor and parking garage. Maggie’s Eatery and the affected classrooms are closed for restoration. Mitigation crews were immediately called to handle the risk of contamination from moisture. “They continued that work in taking down damaged drywall, moldy carpets,” said Chad Nuttall, manager for student housing services. He said it was the main sewer line that runs along Mutual Street which disconnected and backed up their line. “Obviously that sewage had nowhere to go and just started backing up the pipe and then eventu-

ally it would start coming out the drains on the first floor,” said Nuttall. The domestic fresh water in the building had to be turned off the next day to prevent more water from flooding the first floor. Showers and washrooms were made available at Pitman Hall for the ILLC students during the day. After staff did an inspection, the water supply was restored Thursday evening. Nuttall said the extent of damages and the cost will not be known until later this week. “There’s a great deal of damage on the first floor and the parking garage so we’re certainly preparing a claim that will go through insurance,” he said. The eight classes originally on the first floor had to be relocated to classrooms in Kerr Hall East, Eric Palin Hall, Victoria building, Ted

Rogers School of Management and Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre. Parking was also redirected to Pitman Hall. Pitman Hall’s cafeteria is now open on weekends. Maggie’s staff will work at Pitman and other campus locations will stay open longer. Krissatya Wisesa, a first-year business management student, finds that Pitman has fewer vegetarian options. “I feel like you’re downgrading by eating [at Pitman] because everything is different. At Maggie’s, they had a vegetarian menu,” said Wisesa. Rebecca East, a first-year image arts student, said she misses the home-cooked meals at Maggie’s. Before Pitman, she “was about to call Student Housing Services and call them for money from my meal plan so that I could buy groceries.” Maggie’s Eatery after the flooding.



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November 9, 2011

Rye never wanted Sam

If you’re surprised that Ryerson doesn’t want to use the Sam the Record Man sign, you shouldn’t be. When the Student Learning Centre’s plans were first revealed, the building was modern, airy and unlike anything else on the Yonge Street strip. And that is precisely why you didn’t see the Sam’s sign anywhere. The neon spinning records were installed almost half a century ago, far before anyone was making attempts to revitalize Yonge Street. There was no place to buy a Macbook or a trendy burrito and there were far fewer billboards lighting up the Yonge and Dundas intersection. There were strip joints, bars and prostitutes balancing on their heels in between. Sam’s is a relic of Yonge Street’s ungentrified and gritty past. A memorable part of Toronto’s history for some, but it’s a time that Ryerson is building to forget. Why would Ryerson want to put a hunk of ancient neon discs on their shiny new Yonge Street real estate? Their goal is the future and seeing through the task of bringing Bloor Street’s pizzazz and the Discovery District’s reputation for innovation to Yonge Street. And they’re certainly not going to let a much-loved but very much dead music store get in their way. Even the politicians who fought to have the sign preserved are giving the thought of using them on the SLC a big ol’ “meh.” Is it fair for Ryerson to buy a Toronto landmark then try to pass off the duty of reviving the signs? That’s for you to decide. Tweet us @theeyeopener with what you think should become of Sam’s spinning signs.


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Student takes Rye to rights tribunal
After four months of doing her master’s research project on ethical veganism, Sinem Ketenci was called “racist” and told to switch topics. Ketenci is now taking the case to the Human Rights Tribunal. News Editor Rebecca Burton reports
ter’s would not be granted. All the faculty members knew about the topic, she said. “I was rejected after four months of so much support.” Nora Farrell, ombudsperson at Ryerson said “there are not any policies in place to indicate what a student can or cannot pursue.” There are policies on whether the approach taken to the subject is academic, she said. Her advice was if a master’s student is having trouble working with their program advisor, the student is advised to go to the program director. In order to receive her master’s degree, Ketenci changed her topic to the global food crisis. In a meeting on Jan. 17, it was decided she would change MRP supervisors. The original supervisor said he would send letters to the PhD programs in which she was applying to state that he was no longer her supervisor. Ketenci said she was never told those letters would be letters of withdrawal explicitly stating that the professor no longer supported her PhD applications. “The main case of discrimination is not changing the topic. It was the withdrawal letter to the schools to which I sent in my PhD applications,” said Ketenci. The letters of withdrawal were sent to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), at the University of Toronto, where Ketenci applied for PhD programs, on Jan. 20, 2011. “I didn’t even know the nature of the letters. The only reason I knew were because the letters were cc’d to me. It was unethical because I wasn’t given a chance to clarify the issue,” she said. In the policies of Ryerson graduate studies it outlines that all conflict should try to be resolved through “informal program channels.” It also states that whenever possible “formal communications should be limited to those parties directly concerned in dealing with the problems.” Ketenci brought the issue to the office of discrimination and harassment at Ryerson in September 2011. Ketenci was told that it should be considered an academic matter and decision and that it was not an issue of discrimination or a failure to accommodate. Ketenci disagreed with the response and wrote that the situation was a “serious threat towards freedom of speech and freedom of belief.” Ketenci’s PhD applications have since been rejected. “No university would accept PhD applications with withdrawal letters. It’s a very serious accusation,” she said. Fiona Gardener, admissions and registration clerk of graduate admissions at OISE, said that situations like this could only be discussed on a case by case basis but that “it’s a unique situation, that doesn’t happen very often.” Ryerson was unavailable for any comment at this time but Bruce Piercey, director of university advancement, said “we haven’t received formal notification that anything from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has been filed.” Full details of Ketenci’s creed for ethical veganism is outlined in her letter to the tribunal and she is asking for $15,000 in compensation.

Ryerson grad Sinem Ketenci says she has been “blacklisted” at Ryerson.
Ryerson school of social work master’s student Sinem Ketenci is taking the university to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on allegations of being deemed “racist and inhuman” by a professor and discriminated against for her belief and work in ethical veganism. “I have been blacklisted and further marginalized. At present time no faculty member is willing to give me a reference,” said Ketenci. Ketenci immigrated to Canada from Turkey 10 years ago and started her master’s degree at Ryerson in Sepember 2010. Upon entering the program she formed “collegial relations with other students and faculty members.” In combination with her master’s program she was a class representative and graduate teaching assistant. Ketenci asked to incorporate her research on animal rights and ethical veganism into an assignment in October 2010. The professor she was working with at the time said “she did not know very much about the subject matter,” but expressed a willingness to learn. Yet the assignment was returned with comments from her professor that it was “very racist and inhuman.” The professor disagreed with her stance of putting the suffering of animals and the suffering of racialized people in the same context. “This is unspeakable of being accused like this. I myself am a racialized immigrant woman,” said Ketenci. Ketenci said the professor and herself came to an understanding that they would respect each other’s beliefs. The professor agreed she would not become a barrier to Ketenci pursuing this research in potential PhD programs. In December 2010, Ketenci was not only criticized by her teaching assistant supervisor but also asked


if she understood how much she had upset fellow staff. The teaching assistant refused to continue to work with her. The same day she met with her master research proposal (MRP) supervisor who also criticized her. Ketenci wrote in her letter to the tribunal that they called her “very

No university would accept PhD applications with withdrawal letters. It’s a very serious accusation. — Sinem Ketenci, Master’s student
offensive, dogmatic, not a critical thinker, not open minded and dishonest.” Ketenci said she was informed in January 2011 that if she continued with this subject matter her mas-

No home for exchange students coming to Rye

Students headed to Ryerson on exchange are forced to find their own living arrangements. With only eight month contracts, Housing Services offers no solutions to students studying here for one semester. “The majority of exchange students are here for one semester and the bulk of them come in September,” said Gigi Law, international communication and administrative officer at Ryerson. New Zealand’s Auckland University of Technology (AUT) student Emily Brown assumed campus housing would be available at Ryerson. “One of the main things I was looking forward to with the exchange experience was living in a dorm on campus,” she said. Brown, studying human resources, stayed in a hotel for a few weeks while looking for more permanent accommodation. She believed that the university wasn’t particularly concerned if she had somewhere to live or not.

“They’re hosting us,” said Brown. “At home they take responsibility for the student’s safety.” Rachel Paine, an AUT student in business information and tourism management, said she knows Ryerson students who have lived on campus at her university. She believes living on campus would have changed the dynamic of her exchange.

“I potentially would’ve gotten a better feel of Canada,” she said. “I would have gotten to know a few more Canadian students, not just exchange students.” Ida Sofie Asle, a Copenhagen Business School student from Denmark, and Alex Blenko, an international business student from the University of Portsmouth in the U.K., said their universities offer

on-campus housing. “The responsibility rests with the individual student,” said Glen Weppler, director of student community life. Weppler is responsible for student housing services, which offers an off-campus listing for rental accommodations in the city. The service allows anyone to post, which raises safety concerns for in-

ternational students. The location is not ideal to create additional housing, which has resulted in approximately 400 students on the waiting list. “Other institutions may have an easier time accommodating exchange students because they have open rooms,” said Chad Nuttall, manager of student housing. “We have such demand for our rooms.”


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November 9, 2011

Chang profs eager to please students
For Chang School instructors, negative student feedback could mean the end of their teaching days. News Editor Mariana Ionova looks at whether profs are hiking up marks in hopes of getting A’s on their instructor evaluations
course pushed a midterm back one week because the class was not prepared. He noted the process and flexibility was “a little bit like high school.” Kowel said the school does not evaluate grade scales and does not analyze any data to determine the grade averages produced by specific instructors. “We don’t know if a particular instructor is grading higher or lower than his or her colleagues.” But Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said one study of Ted Rogers School of Management courses showed marks at the Chang School are in fact lower than those in daytime courses. Nonetheless, he noted that using student satisfaction to evaluate instructors is problematic. “Students aren’t customers buying a product. If a student has difficulty, doesn’t work and gets a failing grade and they say they’re not satisfied, it’s not like they’ve bought a commodity. I think even the notion of student satisfaction has to be looked upon very carefully and not jump to conclusions at all. ” Kowel said the school tries to enforce quality teaching through classroom observations, where program coordinators evaluate new instructors by sitting in a class. The information from those sessions is then placed in their files and considered during future applications. “We watch closely, whenever we can get feedback, we will use it. Still, it’s a learning process for a lot of our instructors for the first few terms,” she said.

Chang School instructors reapply every semester and student satisfaction affects their chances of being hired.
Lack of job security for Chang School instructors may be pushing profs to go easy on students in a bid to keep them happy. Chang School Continuing Education instructors are contracted on a term-by-term basis, with an hourly wage of $133.10 for a total of 42 hours each semester. But once the term is over, they must apply again to be considered for another contract for the following term. Linda Kowel, manager of instructor relations, said Chang School instructors are in “contingent teaching” positions, which are not designed to provide job stability but to meet the school’s teaching needs. “It’s not career teaching,” said Kowel. “At the Chang School, that’s not our intent. We offer courses and we are looking for instructors to teach those courses.” When an instructor reapplies for a teaching position, the school considers factors like their academic credentials, experience in their field and prior post-secondary teaching experience. But they’re also asked to demonstrate they can successfully engage with students by attaching faculty course surveys, which are considered confidential and are not available to anyone other than the instructor. “Definitely, student feedback is very important,” said Saeed Nejatian, program director for engineering, architecture and science. “Obviously the voice of the students plays a solid role. If you get negative points, it’s something that we definitely consider but the positive feedback is also considered.” This could lead instructors to associate positive student feedback with a higher chance of being hired for another term, according to Nejatian. “Everybody in their right mind would think that way,” he said. “If they get good feedback from their students, the chances of being considered for another opportunity will be there. If they get negative comments, they know that — or at least, I would know that — those chances are not going to be good.” While Kowel acknowledges that students who are satisfied with their grades may produce more favourable course faculty surveys, the school tried to keep the process “as objective as possible.” “We always recommend that evaluation surveys be done before the end of term because, when students get their final grades, they may be more or less happy,” she said. But some students claim Chang


School instructors are still more forgiving towards students than professors in full-time programs. John Colangelo, who graduated from the business management program last year, took nearly 20 courses at the Chang School throughout his four years at Ryerson. He mainly took them because they were easier to fit into his schedule but the difficulty level of the courses was also a consideration. “The material is just as difficult but [Chang courses] tend to be more flexible with due dates and more lenient with grading,” he said. “I guess I thought it myself, ‘I have to take this hard course, I’m going to see if it’s offered through the Chang School and, that way, it might be a bit easier.’” Colangelo remembered that an instructor he had for a statistics

Kerr Hall a pain to maintain

Water trickles down steadily from a missing ceiling panel in the Kerr Hall basement, while a black garbage bag attempts to stop the persistent leak. On the third floor of the building, a row of four missing ceiling panels have left wires hanging over students as they walk by to get to their chemistry labs. In other parts of the building, electrical outlets with missing socket covers and chipping wall panels serve as a constant reminder that the building has seen better days. Keeping up with maintenance of the 48-year-old building has presented a challenge for Ryerson as the university has attempted to retrofit inaccessible space, aging labs and deteriorating facilities. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said maintaining Kerr Hall is difficult and costly largely because it needs more work than newer facilities. “It’s like your house — as it gets old, things start breaking and the maintenance goes up,” he said. This summer, Ryerson spent a total of $5.3 million on campus repairs and a significant part of that funding was spent on Kerr Hall updates.

Most of the work in the building was concentrated in Kerr Hall North, which saw three of its labs renovated. Room 307 B/C received an electrical upgrade that was supposed to be completed in September. The rest of the lab will be finished during the school year. Kerr Hall North room 205 is receiving a fume hood reconfiguration and an expansion to allow for simultaneous experiments. The lab’s workstudy environment will be improved with new light fixtures and ceiling. The chemical engineering polymer research lab in room 113A got a new ventilation unit and benches, as well as new flooring, wall and ceiling finishes. Kerr Hall East received two significant lab upgrades, a thermodynamic/ heat transfer lab (KHE-029) and a fluid mechanics lab (KHE-031). In addition, Kerr Hall is getting an electrical upgrade that will in-

crease the current electrical capacity to a high-voltage electrical feed of 13.8 kV and will allow for even more future developments and expansions of the building’s lab facilities. The project is slated for an August 2012 completion. But some students argue maintenance should prioritize updating lab equipment instead of fixing the physical space in Kerr Hall. “Some of the instruments are really old,” says Phillip Junor, a second-year chemistry student. “They seem to replace things like a broken cupboard door when we really need new analytical balances.” Senyo Akakpo, a third-year biophysics student, also believes students’ priorities lie elsewhere. “We don’t really care about the lab as a whole, the equipment is the most important.”

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RSU to debate space issues

Briefs & Groaners
A USB key was reported missing on Nov. 2 from the Ted Rogers building. The individual said no personal information was on the stick. Only his porn collection. On Nov. 3 one of the candy machines in the Student Campus Centre was vandalized. The report said the machine experienced forced entry in the coin slot. It’s not our fault we’re too broke to even afford a quarter. Security were called in to take care of an individual who dropped a weight on his foot. An ambulance was called but the individual said he would go to the hospital on his own. Our workout tip: less weight, more reps.



Tuition fees, student space and TTC Metropasses are some of the issues the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) will discuss at the Annual General Meeting on Nov. 9. The meeting requires at least 100 students to attend or the RSU is “not able to conduct business,” said Caitlin Smith, RSU president. At the meeting, executives will present students with a report from the last six months and financial statements from the auditor. Students will vote on motions, serve amendments and bring new ideas forward. In April, the AGM did not meet quorum and the RSU was forced to adjourn early, postponing any significant motion decisions until this fall. This time around, the RSU is hoping to engage students in an active conversation about the issues that affect them. “All of these motions are to show that we’ve got the support of the body, the membership,” said Smith. The RSU hopes the meeting will help inform students about the need to lobby for a reduction in tuition fees. Smith said the Liberal party lied to students when it promised a 30 per cent decrease during the provincial election. “Unfortunately it’s not a real tuition fee reduction,” said Smith, “it’s actually a grant.” Smith said she would like to see this grant money go towards an overall tuition reduction, which would amount to about a 13 per cent decrease. The RSU is also reevaluating the use of student space in the SCC and a motion is being brought forward by Rodney Diverlus, vicepresident of equity, to campaign for additional multi-faith space. Right now there is a single nonbookable room in the SCC, while there are over a dozen faith-based groups at Ryerson. The RSU is also looking to form a committee of five students to look at how SCC space is being used and to make adjustments to match student needs. The ad-hoc student space committee will be decided at Wednesday’s meeting. Smith said it’s also important to continue lobbying for a student TTC pass, which was introduced in 2010 after continuous pressure from student unions and the Canadian Federation of Students. But the $99 pass could now be in jeopardy due to TTC budget cuts, according to Smith.

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Help Wanted
Working retail can be a sweet gig for any student. Better hours and numerous positions await eager part-time workers. But big companies aren’t your friend, and the the staff need some help. Jeff Lagerquist reports
It’s nearly impossible to ignore the endless stream of shifts were not being documented. “To be honest, I don’t think they will,” she said. shoppers, the ominous billboards and the glaring lights “You really have to comb through your paycheque and “Employers don’t get to choose when it’s convenient to that cast a continual glow over Ryerson’s campus. Cer- make sure you are getting paid for enough hours,” she uphold the Employment Standards Act. It’s their obligatainly there’s no denying that we live and study in the said. “It really adds up after a while.” tion to do that all of the time, regardless of holiday shopshadow of Canada’s retail giants. While some see these Victoria’s Secret is owned by parent company Limited pers,” said Wobick. fixtures as imposing symbols of all-mighty consumer cap- Brands, which also owns Pink, Bath & Body Works, C.O. Second-year photography student Callan Field worked italism, many look towards them for jobs. Bigelow, La Senza, White Barn Candle Co., and Henri for Vistek, a photography retailer, over the summer. In Toronto, the retail sector workforce employs more Bendel. Vistek has six locations across Canada, and Field worked than 140,000 The company drew $8.6 over the summer as a shipping and receiving assistant. people, accordbillion in sales in 2009. “It was hard not being treated like an adult staff meming to the 2010 In the retail game, big sales ber,” he said. City of Toronto figures mean big line-ups. Only 18-years-old at the time, he was by far the young[Students] usually aren’t willing to take on their managers Annual EmRetail workers are almost est employee. Field’s vaguely defined job description or employer, so long as they get their paycheques. ployment Suralways on their feet. They meant that he spent a considerable amount of time com— Andrea Wobick, vey. With such a wear a friendly smile — fake pleting menial tasks around the store, and was often left Attorney at Green and Chercover high concentraat times — as they serve sitting around the shipping department with nothing to tion of those optheir customers. Breaks pro- do. portunities just vide much needed moments “It seemed like they just didn’t know what to do with steps away from for rest and nutrition. me most of the time,” said Field, who was grateful to be Ryerson, many students are eager to cash in. However, According to section 20 of Ontario’s Employment Stan- earning money in his chosen field of study. like any other industry, retail employers don’t always dards Act, an employee is to work no more than five hours While boring afternoons spent watching the clock in the play by the rules. straight without a break of at least 30 minutes. Some em- shipping department are by no means illegal, being asked Hanna Mohammed is a third-year journalism student. ployers pay during breaks, but it’s not required. to perform dangerous tasks certainly is. She’s also a sales associate and bra specialist at Victoria’s “The 30-minute break “Looking back, Secret; an employer she says doesn’t always provide her can also be split into some of the things with enough support. two 15-minute breaks, they had me do“I find the management is really sloppy,” said Moham- but only if both the eming were completeYou really have to comb through your paycheque and make med. It took nearly a month for the store’s five managers ployee and employer set ly unsafe,” said sure you are getting paid for enough hours. to approve changes to her work schedule so she could at- up an agreement. In any Field, who didn’t — Hanna Mohammed, tend all of her classes, and that was just the beginning. case, the break is mandaknow his rights Victoria’s Secret employee Attorney Andrea Wobick works with law firm Green tory,” said Wobick. at the time. Hav& Chercover and defends clients against injustices in “We would usually ing worked other the workplace. She says students in retail are prime tar- get only a few minutes jobs since leaving gets for labour rights issues, and they rarely take action for our breaks,” said Mohammed. A frustrated co-worker Vistek, he now has a clearer understanding of the law. against employers. eventually posted a copy of the Employment Standards Section 43 of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety “Students are, for the most part, looking to earn money Act in the break room to bring attention to this issue. Act states that employees have the right to refuse work for tuition and groceries. They usually aren’t willing to “They printed it out and underlined the part that says that he or she believes to be unsafe. This can include matake on their managers or employer, so long as they get we should be getting half an hour,” she said. chinery or equipment, potential workplace violence, or in their paycheques. And I completely understand that,” That was back in June. Field’s case the physical condition of the workplace itself. said Wobick. “People are still complaining about it,” said Moham“It comes down to a judgment call that an employEagar to earn, Mohammed would often agree to work med. Management agreed to look at the issue after the ee has to make. However, that may be easier said than overtime. Several of her co-workers found these extra busy holiday season. done when you have a manager standing over you,” said

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Wobick. “They had me climbing shelves over a storey off the ground,” said Field. In the stock room at Vistek, employees would often scale the shelving to retrieve boxes containing high-end ink jet printers and large rolls of paper. The narrow space between the rows of shelves made it impossible to use a stepladder to access the upper levels. Field and his fellow employees would balance themselves with one foot on the edge of the shelf and the other supported by the shelf across the aisle, as they passed heavy boxes down to a coworker. “I was never really scared, but it wouldn’t have taken much for somebody to get seriously hurt,” said Field. Field said Vistek did not offer any sort of safety training to its warehouse employees. “In any workplace with more than 20 regular workers, an employer is required to have a joint health and safety committee with employees trained in how to deal with workplace safety issues,” said Wobick. Ontario’s labour legislation uses an escalating scale of fines to punish delinquent employers. A first offense carries a fine of $100,000, and multiple infractions can cost as much as $500,000. But large corporations have pretty deep pockets. It’s certainly a problem when you have large employers that can afford hefty legal fees to avoid prosecution altogether. And when the absolute maximum fine is a drop in the bucket for them, it’s fair to say that there is not equal bargaining power, even with the legislation,” said Wobick. While working in retail may be tempting, resolving a workplace issue is generally more challenging than in other lines of work. Still, if you like uniforms and faking people skills, retail may be for you. “The best part about my job is that I make money. That’s pretty much it. But I’d rather not be poor,” said Mohammed. Pick up next week’s issue for a look into the dirty world of internships. Catered specifically to students, they will often force a decision between money and experience. We’ve heard most people need both.



Who and how much...
By Gender
Men: 86 per cent Women: 14 per cent

Annual Salaries
(part time)

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Cashiers Salespeople

Salespeople Buyers

Men: 42 per cent Women: 58 per cent Men: 50 per cent Women: 50 per cent

$16,772 $29,690

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Store managers

Store Managers
Men: 58 per cent Women: 42 per cent

46 per cent

The average age
of a manager or buyer is 43-years-old

of retail employees work part time

6.5 per cent

of managers work part time

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Two roles, one player
The dual lives of three Ryerson members. Expect the unexpected.

President and Gamer

Player and Ref


Prof and Rocker
It’s a quiet Friday morning in Kerr Hall South, and room 239 gradually fills with students awaiting their morning lecture in Music and Film. They talk quietly amongst themselves and eye the clock as it ticks closer to 10:10 a.m. With seconds to spare, a man in a white tee and jeans, shouldering a backpack ducks into the room. For a newcomer, it takes a moment to realize that this man is not a student, but the professor in charge of the lecture. Paul Swoger-Ruston isn’t what many students would probably consider an average professor. On campus, Swoger-Ruston is the Academic Coordinator for the Chang School’s Certificate in Music: Global and Cultural Contexts. But in his own time, he’s also a guitarist in two active bands, a composer, and allaround musician. Since seventh grade, Swoger-Ruston has played guitar. He didn’t let the initial novelty wear off and has played ever since. The decision to join a band came more recently. He plays with two bands, Frankie Foo and Combo Royale. The first is a group of players ages 20-65 who get together to play regular shows, but rarely rehearse. “It’s more great players having fun,” SwogerRuston says. Frankie Foo plays ska music, a combination of rock and jazz which developed from reggae. Combo Royale, an early acoustics band, rehearses every other week and usually plays three to four shows a month, making it more of a time commitment for Swoger-Ruston. For him one of the hardest things can be finding balance. “You have to really carve out your time,” he says. “Composing in particular has been hard to get back to.” Between teaching, music and a family with two young children, finding time for all his interests can be difficult, Swoger-Ruston says. “I’m sort of in my ideal scenario. I get bored doing one thing. I always have a couple hats on. I like the variety.” After the lecture, SwogerRuston leaves the room, his backpack on and shuffles his runners down the hallway. He blends in with the students, but instead of returning to an apartment, or residence, Swoger-Ruston heads back to his office. After all, making a career out of music isn’t easy. He has a lot of work to do before he can play.

Steven Park rubs his hands on his blue jeans, then puts them in his pocket, and takes them out again; not quite sure where to put them. He is fidgety, not sure what to make of the situation. “I’m not really a politician, so I’ll still talk to reporters,” he jokes. Park is a fourth-year computer science student, but he’s also risen the ranks to become president of the Computer Science Course Union. He organizes events and represents students to faculty, but it’s also a good way to make friends. He’s growing facial hair in support of prostate cancer awareness with some of his friends this month. “I’m hoping to have a nice pair of handlebars,” he says. Handlebars would help his role-playing, when he plays a old, grouchy cleric in Dungeons and Dragons. He goes to weekly game night for the Association of Ryerson Role-Players and Gamers (ARRG). Every Thursday the group meets in Oakham House. It’s Park’s second month, but he’s been a gamer for much longer. The ARRG members told him to become the cleric role while he played. Cleric Park may be grouchy, but wise and caring too. “Going

into rrroll makes it moooore fun,” he explains as he demonstrates the “Sean Connery” British-style voice he uses. Playing board games is a way for Park to relax from the hectic life he leads. Travelling from North Toronto makes long days, so its a good stress reliever. Tonight the gamers are playing Munchkin, a fantasy card game that involves battling monsters to rise to level 10. Park sits with his head down, his black bangs bouncing off the front of his glasses. “I feel like I’m doing something wrong here,” he tells the group, “I’m sorry guys, I haven’t played this game in like three years.” Every few turns the game stops so Park can explain the rules to the four other confused players. Soon they’re interrupted by a group of Live Action Role Players (LARPers). Everyone heads over to the quad and they hand out “weapons” — mostly golf clubs or sticks with foam over them. They’re split into two teams and a battle begins. Park strikes down opponents with his sword. “I’ve never LARPed before,” he says, “It’s awesome, but it’s exercise and I get tired very easily.”

There’s a lot going on around Haley Wolfenden — people cheer, numbered lights flash red and flicker new scores, the smell of hot dogs and mustard wafts through the air — but the setter for the Ryerson Rams women’s volleyball team only has one thing on her mind — the yellow and purple volleyball headed straight towards her. She jumps and spikes the ball, making the sound of two hands colliding in a single clap, while her loose braid swings left. Wolfenden has played the game for over 11 years, starting in Grade 6 in her hometown of Ottawa. “I can’t even imagine my life without it, without volleyball,” Wolfenden says with determination in her eyes but a sense of realization in her voice. She’s in her fourth and final year. Now, with experience in hand, she is continuously guiding her team, tugging at her shirt, pulling it outwards to hide the plays she is revealing to her teammates through simple signs that to onlookers seem like nothing more than two fingers in the air symbolizing peace. Giving these signs wasn’t something Wolfenden was used to. “I had never been a setter before and now

my team looks to me for plays,” she said. It was up and down, but she’s learned to love it and “lead by example.” Over the past three years, Wolfenden has scored the highest number of assists — 930. Before reaching Ryerson in 2005 she was named MVP of the National Capitals, a competitive Ottawa-based volleyball club. Stretching her horizons, Wolfenden referees volleyball intramurals every Monday night. What started out as an extra gig for money, turned out to be much more. “It is the best way to spend my Monday nights. I don’t even see it as a job.” Her focus and fire is replaced with a laid-back demeanor when she’s refereeing. Her eyes still follow the ball, but she’s at ease. She has a navy whistle in her mouth and her hands busily scribble down tallies. She continuously laughs and jokes with the players, as if they were friends, barely making any calls and the players never arguing back. They just simply exchange quick and witty words. Volleyball as a passion and a hobby runs in her family. Her older sister, 24 and her younger sister, 18, both currently play for varsity teams in their universities.

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Friday’s results
Men’s Basketball: Ryerson 91 @ Santa Clara 60 Men’s Hockey: Ryerson 1 @ Concordia 3 Women’s Hockey: Ryerson 1 @ Queen’s 5 Men’s Volleyball: McMaster 2 @ Ryerson 3 Women’s Volleyball: McMaster 3 @ Ryerson 0

The year of the ram

Saturday’s results
Men’s Hockey: Ryerson 1 @ UQTR 9 Women’s Hockey: Ryerson 2 @ UOIT 6 Men’s Volleyball: McMaster 2 @ Ryerson 3 Women’s Volleyball: Ryerson 1 @ Brock 3 Men’s Basketball Ryerson 47 @ Stanford 100

Monday’s results
Men’s Basketball Ryerson 66 @ Rhode Island 97

For the second straight season, the men’s basketball team’s main adversary won’t be the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, nor will it be the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) powerhouse Carleton Ravens who knocked them out of the playoffs last season. No, the Rams’ main adversary this season will be their ability to stay healthy. The 12 players that head coach Roy Rana put on the hardwood throughout the Rams’ recent preseason home stand was not indicative of the talent he will have on the floor night-in, night-out. Not only was their co-captain and starting shooting guard Ola Adegboruwa getting back into shape after offseason surgery, limited, but forward Bjorn Michaelson re-injured his forearm. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the team’s all-world point guard, Jahmal Jones, wasn’t even in the country for the preseason, as he was representing Team Canada at the Pan Am Games in Mexico. In their places were players who made the team through the open tryout process thrusted into action, while veteran role players where forced to take on a larger roles.To put it simply, the Rams were just above mediocre in the pre-season With a healthy roster, there is no doubt the Rams will make a lot of noise in the OUA East, but without three of their projected starters,

the Rams squeaked out a nail biter against Dalhousie 71-68, before receiving a dose of reality from Manitoba, losing 74-66 in a game the Rams looked out of from the start. Jones’ absence left the Rams without a point guard, as the Rams were unable to handle Manitoba’s full court pressure defense without Jones calling the shots. However, second-year shooting guard Jordon Gauthier was given the green light on offence and he showed why he was an OUA all-rookie last year, leading the Rams in scoring both nights and converting seven three pointers en route to a gamehigh 27 points in the game against Dalhousie. While most of his veteran players graduated at the end of last season, Rana’s done a great job at replenishing the team’s already youthful roster. At 6’4, Aaron Best is a rookie who’s built and plays like a poor man’s Kevin Durant, while another name you should become familiar with is Nem Stankovic, a 6’9 monster of a forward who was forced to sit out last season as a transfer from Chicago State. If Stankovic and the aforementioned Michaelsen stay healthy, the Rams pose a frontcourt that very few teams in the country can match. But that’s a big if. In the 2010-11 campaign, Michaelsen, who is 6’11”, appeared in just three conference games due to injuries. He enters 2011 with another injury to his forearm How high can the Rams climb in the standings? That depends on how well Jones plays. As electric as Jones was last season, the Rams

Ola Adegboruwa against Dalhousie
need their floor general to take the step from a great player on an average team to the best player on a contender, and playing alongside the top Canadian university players during the Pan Am Games can only boost Jones’ confidence. That being said, th–e measuring stick of success in Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) basketball has been the Ravens, who have won seven of the last nine national championships. Their dominance in the CIS circuit is comparable to the John Wooden led UCLA teams in the 60’s and Bill Russell’s


11 championships with the NBA’s Boston Celtics. Both of those teams eventually ran into a foe that ended their decade of dominance, and I genuinely believe that if the core of this Rams team meshes over the next couple years they could be the next dynasty in the OUA. Friday night will usher a new era of Ryerson men’s basketball, and as history has proved, nothing can stop a team whose time has come. That is, nothing except for injuries.

Men’s volleyball wins home opener

Aleksa Miladinovic spikes the ball against McMaster


In their first game of the season, Ryerson’s men’s volleyball team managed to outlast the McMaster Marauders 3-2. Luka Milosevic and Alex Dawson led the Rams with 19 points and 15 kills each. Roman Kabanov added 16 points and 13 kills.

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November 9, 2011

Alums find sweet success

After a trip overseas with $10,000 worth of equipment and 12 weeks of filming in the Philippines, a group of Ryerson alums are screening Sugarbowl, their documentary about the Filipino sugar industry, at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. The idea was conceived by Shasha Nakhai, a journalism grad, who originally pitched it at the Reel Asian pitch competition. She said it had always been at the back of her mind. “I didn’t think we’d win,” says Nakhai. “But if we did, it would jumpstart production. It forced us to focus the idea into a film concept.” Nakhai, who was born in the Philippines, wanted to evoke the sense of loss she associates with the place she loves. “I poured my life into this for the past year,” she says. “It’s like a child and we’ve just given birth.” However, the project was not without its challenges. Before they started filming, they had trouble finding someone to record their sound. There was also the matter of getting $10,000 worth of equipment through customs in the Philippines. “Normally you have to pay a

$2,000 bond on it,” said Nakhai. However, when they arrived in the Philippines, the crew was escorted by the press secretary of the prime minister, thanks to connections with the CBC. But the film wouldn’t have come together without the help of her fellow Ryerson grads, Rich Williamson, a former film student, and Nicole Rogers, a journalism grad. Williamson says their different skill sets helped production flow more smoothly than expected. “Shasha got me into journalism, and I got her into film,” he explains. “There were days when I was thankful that I had someone so on-point to keep the production going, but there were times when I had to say, ‘No, I need to get this shot.’” Though the film focuses on the impact of globalization, colonization and demand for commodity, this is never explicitly stated. However, having shown the film to friends, the team is confidant that they’ll get their message across regardless. “We just want people to become interested in this place. For those who’ve never heard of it, they can say, ‘Hey, I want to learn more’,” she says. “It’s comparable to any economic downturn. There’s definitely a bigger picture here.”

Rye actors stage a revolution
For their second production of the year, the Ryerson Theatre tackles The Bundle, a play about a group of oppressed villagers who rise against an oppessive government. Marina Ferreira reports
The Ryerson Theatre School is chaotic. Music plays loudly, a soundtrack for the students running in and out of the building, from floor to floor. Actors, dancers and production students gather at the lounge on the second floor and share jokes, smiles, hugs and all the stress that comes with being a theatre student at Ryerson. the life of Wang, who is found by a river by a ferryman (performed by theatre student Anthony Rella) and raised in a lower-class lifestyle. As he grows up, Wang and his fellow villagers try to overcome the inequalities imposed by landowners in the region. Wang eventually becomes the military voice for the lower class. “[The Bundle] is about justice, revolution and oppression. It’s a fight of the people against a totalitarian government in pursuit of liberty,” says Rella. The story of Wang and his people is the “story of any people who have gone through oppression” adds Karen Slater, who plays PuToi, a Chinese revolutionary. “The miscommunication between government and people … and it’s not just in China. The Bundle is mirrored in any society, like Mexico and the Middle East,” says Slater. The cast is working under the guidance of Alan Dilworth, an award-winning director who has worked in theatres across Canada and in the United States and nominated Toronto’s best emerging male director in 2008 by NOW Magazine. “His approach is very different from anything done at Ryerson before” says Rella. Students are encouraged to “learn as they go” with a more hands-on approach to the play, and to work with images rather than words and sentences. Dilworth focuses on the student’s potential to embrace their characters rather than fitting their profiles. “We don’t have to worry about adapting our voices or bodies to become the character,” explains Slater Working in something like The Bundle at Ryerson is such a wonderful experience because it’s not always that such a big group of people want to put all their hard work and energy into the same project, she adds. “Unfortunately students won’t have the same opportunity to work on a huge ensemble pieces once they graduate” she says.

Crew members shooting in the Philippines.


It’s a fight of the people against a totalitarian government in pursuit of liberty. — Anthony Rella, fourthyear acting
“Does my hair look okay?” a student asks right before entering a last minute audition. “Do you want me to help you carry that?” asks another as someone walks by carrying loads of posters and props. For one family of 18 students, it’s only natural that they feel so connected to one another. They’ve worked together for the last four years. This time around, this group of fourth-year students are breathing life into The Bundle, a play by English playwright Edward Bond, from Nov. 15 to 24. The Bundle, set in China, follows

The Bundle is mirrored in any society, like Mexico and the Middle East. — Karen Slater, fourth-year acting
Though the play isn’t traditional fare or a well-known classeic, Rella hopes that students will take the time to check out the Bundle even. “It is an important story,” he says. The Bundle runs from Nov. 15 to Nov. 24 at Ryerson Theatre. Student tickets are $14, while general admission is $18. Cash only!

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Students starved for dance studio space
Ryerson may cater to its performance dance students with several professional studios, but there’s far less on the menu for dancers outside of the program. Arts & Life Editor Allyssia Alleyne reports
Ryerson may offer several usable studios for dance students, but those in other programs aren’t so lucky. Alicia Wright, a third-year business management student, became aware of Ryerson’s death of dance space last October when she was rehearsing for the annual multicultural show with other members of the United Black Students at Ryerson. Instead of practicing in a proper dance studio with sprung floors and mirrors, they made do with the spaces available. “We used any available space that had enough room and an outlet,” she said. This often meant practicing on the cement floors of the second-floor lounge of the Student Campus Centre, or the hallway near the main gynmasium. There are three studios located in the Ryerson Theatre School (RTS), but only theatre school students have access to them. There are also three multi-purpose studios available for rent at the Ryerson Athletic Centre, but students must pay the RAC membership fee — $68.14 a year — in order to rent them. “It really sucks for Ryerson,” said Wright. According to Anthony Seymour, recreation manager at the RAC, this policy is in place because the space is mainly intended for members. “If they’re RAC members we do have studios available that students can sign out for personal use,” he said. “They can just reserve studio [space] for up to two hours a day.” This lack of space has not gone unnoticed. At last semester’s annual general meeting, the Ryerson Student Union’s (RSU) vice-president equity Rodney Diverlus put forth a motion to lobby the university for more usable dance space. “The RSU received a mandate from members at a general meeting and worked with our campus groups to gain access to free, bookable studio space on campus,” said Alyssa Williams, vice-president student life. She says that student groups have been removed from different locations by security, and that some spaces being used are considered “unfit and unsafe for dancing,” like corridors and rooms without temperature control. According to Williams, fulfilling this mandate is an immediate priority because studio space is needed to build a sense of community on campus. “These groups need to be able to celebrate and showcase their talents, and many of our groups participate in inter-university competitions to represent and boost Ryerson’s reputation.” But not everyone thinks that more accessible dance space is necessary. Fourth-year performance dance student Veronica Madrabajakis thinks students should appreciate the space that is available. `“We’re very lucky to have all the spaces that we do have,” she said. “It would be great if we had an extremely large building with all sorts of studio space, but unfortunately we don’t.” —With files from Brian Capitao

Only Ryerson Theatre School students have access to the building’s studios.


Q&A: Gaëlle Morel, Image Arts Curator
Though Ryerson Image Centre isn’t set to open until September 2012, Ryerson has already appointed Gaëlle Morel as its first curator. Morel, who has a PhD in History of Contemporary Art, from the University of Paris, will help create a long-term exhibition plan for the centre. Sofia Mikhaylova checked in with the academic to discuss her new role
EYE: What brings you to our hum- them a particular question. A curable school? tor is the link between the artist and GM: I really like the idea of work- the public. ing in a university because I like working with students and faculty. I like doing research, so I do like all the aspects of working here. Some students have come and seen me, and we’ll be having student shows at the building. I’m really interested in seeing students’ work. [The Ryerson Image Centre] won’t only be a gallery with collections. It will also be a research centre, so it will be a fantastic opportunity for me to work. EYE: So what exactly does a curator do? GM: A curator is someone who creates exhibitions, so he or she does research and tries to pull it together. In my case, that would be different arts — photography, new media, films. A curator tries to give sense to a question that someone would have. A curator coordinates and creates exhibitions to try and make the audience understand how, why, when, to explain to from 1,000 photojournalists. It’s a wonderful collection. It’s of interest to anyone. If, for example, you’re looking for a special or specific thing, you can go from sociology to journalism. It is a very large collection of many themes and topics. EYE: You’re very interested in the history of photography and photojournalism. Will you try to reflect your passions in your work as curator? GM: Yes, I do like working with new media and with film. It would be an interdisciplinary centre, so we will definitely have mixed media. EYE: You say you like the idea of working in a university; do you have a fond memory from your own days in university? GM: Oh, it was in Paris, so just being in Paris was fantastic enough. Being a student in Paris, being 20 years old in Paris ... It was the best time of my life.

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EYE: When the Ryerson Image Centre finally opens, it’s going to have 292,000 photojournalistic prints from the Black Star collection. What can you tell us about that? GM: In 2005, an anonymous donor gave the Black Star collection to Ryerson. It is almost 300,000 images


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Shedding some light on homelessness
A new student-run, non-profit organization profiles people on the streets in exchange for food and clothing
less for a short period of time in the early 1990s. “I had an alcohol addiction [which] I am now completely free of. It was not for a lack of affordable housing,” he said. “There is a huge misconception [of homelessness]. Ask anyone who has worked closely with them.” Metropolitan United Church works directly with Toronto dropin network service programs, counseling and housing support. Although Chapman has come to terms with his past, he said that he would have told them anything to get a roof over his head. “I was in denial of my addiction,” he said. “I would have told them a different reason to why I was homeless. I’m not sure to what extent we are getting the whole truth.” Chapman said that if MakeTreks offered him housing in exchange for his story, “I would have done anything for a place.” But he said that it wouldn’t have helped him. “It may have even enabled me to avoid dealing with the root cause of my homelessness.” Chapman said that, from his experience, the root cause of homelessness is addiction. “As soon as we start depending on something to make us feel good, such as alcohol, drugs, another person, a material thing, it will inevitably turn into suffering,”he said. “[But] I think it is important that we hear any story that would bring attention to suffering in our community.” Evans said he wanted to start the organization to expose people to the issues surrounding our city and community. “The whole idea is not to judge them until you walk in their shoes.”

Evergreen Yonge Street Mission is one of the many shelters in Toronto.


To the average student, Jason Serroul might just be the guy who opens the door for you at Tim Hortons on Victoria Street in the morning and wishes you a good evening after a long day at school. But what you don’t know is that the 34-year-old self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades has sporadically lived on and off the streets since he was a kid. That was until he was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his late 20s,

deeming him mentally ill by the province. The soft-spoken Serroul was forced into the Toronto East General Hospital in East York. MakeTreksLikeImHomeless, a student-run non-profit organization, has told stories that are similar to Serroul’s to dispel the public’s general misconceptions and ignorance about homelessness, They have made it their goal to show the harsh reality of living on the streets. Tom Evans, a fourth-year film student, came up with the idea for


the organization after he befriended Darryl, a homeless man whom he talked to everyday on his way home from school for a year. To help publicize the cause, Evans decided to film an interview with Darryl and post it on YouTube. The members of MakeTreks give people who live on the streets care packages in return for a filmed interview. “The whole idea is to rid the ignorance that surrounds homelessness,”said Evans. “Rather than [only] seeing a drunk bum, [we want people to] see that fiveyear-old boy who was raped by his dad.” According to the Toronto Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in April 2009 there were an estimated 5,086 homeless people in Toronto. Care packages, worth $100, are comprised completely of dona-

tions and sales from merchandise they sell on their website. Evans has posted six interviews, with several others waiting to be posted on their website. Peter Rosenthal, a University of Toronto professor for the faculty of law said the issues of homelessness in Toronto are part of the “casualities of capitalism.” Rosenthal is also on the executive team for Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC) and is one of three lawyers working on cases dealing with the lack of housing programs in Toronto. “One of the most horrible aspects of Canadian society, in wealthy society, is we allow people to live so poorly,” he said. Bill Chapman, program director for community services at the Metropolitan United Church, started working as a community services counsellor in 2002. Chapman said that he was home-

Wednesday Nov. 9
HOLOCAUST EDUCATION WEEK 2-4 p.m. @ Heaslip House, seventh floor THE 2011 RYERSON EXPERIENCE FAIR 2:30-5 p.m. Nov. 10 @ Jorgensen Hall, first floor. Credit Union Lounge Thursday, Nov. 10 RYERSON EID CELEBRATION 11 a.m.-3 p.m.@ Upper Hub, 2nd floor cafeteria, Podium Building LITERATURES IN MODERNITY OPEN HOUSE 5-7 p.m. @ Jorgenson Hall, Room JOR 1043 JERSDAY: Presented by RSU and Italian Students’ Association 9 p.m.- 2 a.m.@ The Ram in the Rye.

Friday, Nov. 11

RYERSON EID CELEBRATION 11 a.m.-3 p.m.@ Upper Hub, 2nd floor cafeteria, Podium Building
LITERATURES IN MODERNITY OPEN HOUSE 5-7 p.m. @ Jorgenson Hall, Room JOR 1043 REMEMBRANCE DAY 10:45 a.m. @ North end of Kerr Hall quad

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