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Rye looking to switch over to Gmail
After years of worrying about privacy issues associated with the American Patriot Act, Ryerson is finally looking to make the big switch to Google Apps for Education. Associate News Editor Carolyn Turgeon reports
In contradiction, Canada’s Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act requires that universities secure student records, including academic standing, grades and contact information, and keep them private. “I would stay with my Rmail, because I don’t feel comfortable with my information being available to the U.S. government,” said Stephen Fenn, a first-year social work student. The committee worked with Ryerson’s Privacy Coordinator and consulted with staff from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario to develop a Privacy Impact Assessment. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy was confident in the minimal amount of risk. “The privacy commissioner of Ontario, who I have a huge amount of confidence in, has absolutely convinced me that it is not an issue,” said Levy. Canada has its own terrorism laws that allow searches without a warrant, similar to the American Patriot Act. They also often share information and searches with the United States and ask for warrants from each other’s country. “There’s a long history of lawful access,” said Lesser. “The actual risk of being in another jurisdiction is not as great because they’ve always had that ability.” In comparison to Rmail, which can be accessed by the Canadian government, Gmail is actually safer, according to Lesser. “Google data centres are like little armed camps,” he said. Concerned students will be able to opt out of the potential email change. “For most people Gmail is fine but for people who are concerned we’ll continue to operate Rmail,” said Lesser. This means that the university would not be able to fully shut down the current system, and will therefore still be paying for it, although the use of Google applications will eliminate the need for GroupWise, the current collaboration system. “We will be able to provide, for a similar cost, a much more robust set of tools,” said Hanigsberg. “This project has never been about cost savings.” “We’re not actually going to save money of any significance,” said Lesser, adding that there may still be costs for implementation. The choice to pursue a Google implementation came from a Request for Proposal (RFP) that considered accessibility, security, privacy, ownership of data, mail opt out options, legal jurisdictions and the Patriot Act. Lesser said they were also aware that some students already forward their Rmail accounts to Gmail accounts, allowing them to view it all together and exposing themselves to the Patriot Act. “[The forwarding] just tells you something: that your e-mail system sucks,” said Lesser. He makes it clear that the new system will give students, staff and faculty more than email. They will also have use of Google Calendar to book office hours with professors. Student groups will be able to use Google Documents to work together and Google Plus will also allow members to communicate and video chat. “That’s where Ryerson wins economically because we could not do [these things] without spending tens of millions [of dollars] inhouse,” said Lesser.

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After 10 years of using Rmail, Ryerson is finally taking steps to switch to Gmail despite privacy concerns. Ryerson Computing and Communications Services (CCS) and their E-mail and Collaboration Committee have drafted a proposal for Ryerson to adopt the Google Apps for Education online suite. If the draft is approved by the town hall, the final proposal will be brought to the executive. “When there’s a final recommendation we’re going to look really hard at it and make a decision,” said Julia Hanigsberg, vice president administration and finance. They are hoping to receive the recommendation by the end of December and, if approved, students, staff and faculty will have the option to use Google instead of the current university-wide e-mail, calendar and collaboration platform.

On Nov. 14, the committee held Google,” said Lesser. its first town hall session to allow He predicts that if everything the community to respond to the goes forward smoothly the new proposal. system could be in place as early as “The town halls are part of say- Fall 2012. ing ‘here it is’ and allowing people The platform is free for accreditto comment and ask questions,” ed post-secondary institutions and said Brian Lesser, director of CCS. allows them to retain their own “I’m thrilled with the way the custom domains. Ryerson has conteam has gone about this,” said sidered switching for nearly two Hanigsberg of the considered feed- years but the major concern up unback from til now the entire was a commudiscrenity. Ryerson wins economically because tion in we could not do [these things] without p r i v a c y T h e spending tens of millions in-house. next seson Amer— Brian Lesser, i c a n sion is director of CCS servers. Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. T h e and, if the Ameriresponse is still positive, the pro- can Patriot Act allows confidential posal will move on to Hanigsberg information held in servers to be and the executive. available to the American govern“If they agree and everyone’s on ment at any time without notificaboard we’ll start negotiating with tion.

New residence “impossible” without Rye subsidy
BY MARIANA IONOVA NEWS EDITOR

Ryerson University may have to dish out up to half a million dollars of its operating budget to subsidize the cost of a new residence. President Sheldon Levy said the university has exhausted all other options and has “failed” to find a way to provide low-cost, 8-month student housing without supplementing its cost from the university’s $350 million budget. “It’s an impossible set of conditions,” Levy said. “Something has to go. So either, they have to be more expensive, on 12-month leases, or the university has to take money from its operating budget to subsidize them. I think we just simply have to accept that building residences is going to be a cost on the operating budget. We just have to get over that fact. There’s no choice.” Levy said Ryerson has been trying to find an alternative so that

money is not taken “out of the classroom to subsidize residences” but there has been no progress because affordable housing near the university is rare. “You’re in downtown Toronto and it’s just too expensive to assume you can do it in a neutral cost or that you can do it without hitting students heavy in the pocketbook,” Levy said. Currently, there are only 840 spots and there was a total of 1,485 applications to Pitman Hall, the International Living and Learning Centre (ILLC) and O’Keefe House this year. Although there is no geographic cut-off point, many students don’t get in because other applicants live further, according to student housing services manager Chad Nuttall. The waitlist maximum is currently 424 and, when it fills up, students are directed to off-campus residences like Campus Commons, which is not directly affiliated with the university. But, even

with some off-campus options available around the university, space is still insufficient for everyone in need of housing. “The very recent argument that is being made by the executives is that we are missing out on some of the best students because they’re going elsewhere because we don’t have residence for them. So that could be a compelling reason to add spaces as well. Schools that have a residence guarantee find it easier to recruit,” said Nuttall. “Whereas our message is very different. We say, ‘well, you probably won’t get in depending on where you live.’” The university has been discussing a new residence for the past five years. When Levy announced the Master Plan in 2006, he outlined the need for more housing on or near campus as a priority for the university. Two years later, the Board of Governors approved the plan and the university has been unsuccessfully striving to expand

student housing since then. Earlier this year, the university put out a Request for a Proposal (RPF) looking for a company to build and operate a residence space on 111 Gerrard St. or the parking lot opposite of the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. Levy said this request, like many before it, garnered no results. “My preference would be that we build, operate and own the building ourselves,” Nuttall said. “[With a third-party company] we wouldn’t be able to make all the decisions that would need to be made. So, we can’t dictate their fees, we can’t say they should reinvest in the building...If all the residents at Pitman Hall decide they’re going to party hard over at Campus Common, then we have no control over student behaviour that goes on over there.” But an entirely universityowned and operated residence is not a viable option at this point

because Ryerson has already incurred a significant amount of debt through other projects like Maple Leaf Gardens, the Image Arts renovation and the Student Learning Centre. Nuttall also noted the university is still paying mortgages on Pitman Hall and ILLC. Levy said Ryerson is exploring all its options, including subsidizing the building cost of a thirdparty company and then retaining control over the operations of the residence. But operations of another residence may be costly since the current annual budget of housing services is $6 million. Levy said a wholly third-party owned and operated residence would alleviate financial pressure and is not out of the question. “If someone else said they want to build another residence we would say ‘thank you very much, we love you.’ I would say that would be great,” Levy said.

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EDITORIAL
GENERAL MANAGER
Liane “OZ” McLarty

November 16, 2011

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF NEWS

This one’s for the fellas
You’re not. give us a shot. Gender inequality Gender inequality is bigger than affects you as well and there are you and bigger than the male popu- plenty of men leading the way tolation as a whole. It’s everyone and wards a more equitable future. Jeff it’s persistant in everything. Con- Perara, head of Ryerson’s White sciously or not, we all contribute to Ribbon Campaign, for example, gender inequality in tiny ways that demonstrates that standing up for We all know gender inequity ex- add up to our current less-than- equality isn’t just the job of women. ists. We know that there are fewer perfect state. Gender issues are your issues woman in politics or leading coSo guys, what I’m saying is, it’s too. So get passionate, not defenporations. We know women make not you. It’s us. It’s everyone. sive. less money. We know that women If you’re one of those men who As for you ladies who back away are judged more on their looks than saw the headline on our cover and from feminism: knock it off. You their intellect. thought “no thanks,” you should have no excuse. We know all these things, yet when women dare try to address these issues in a serious way they get called the usual names: femBY CATHERINE POLCZ inazi, bitch, dyke, man-hater, etc. And unfortunately, the majority of the individuals tossing out those terms are men. It’s as old and tired as gender inequality itself. There seems to be a problem seperating large sociological problems and personal responsibility. When discussing feminism, some of you men go on the defensive and use those tired words, feeling like you’re being personally blamed for all that’s wrong in the world.
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TRSM votes yes to career centre
BY COLLEEN MARASIGAN & SADIE MCINNES

IMA still not moved in

Students voted yes in the Nov. 7-10 Ted Rogers School of Management referendum to develop a business specific career centre. Of the 2,145 votes cast, a total of 1,851 voted in favour. “There aren’t enough resources for the business management students like there are in many of the top schools,” said Ekjus Singh, a second-year business student. The first $50 student fees will be collected in September 2012, according to Mark Patterson, director for career development and employment partnerships for TRSM. But they will be looking to ramp-up services from now until then in hopes the new centre will be fully functional by this September, he said. In addition to a new career centre, the ancillary fee will pay for more opportunities within the school of business. Staff-to-student ratios will be lowered, making classes more manageable with fewer students per professor. Plus it will contribute to more job and internship opportunities, on-campus networking, career preparation support, program-specific marketing and one-on-one career advising. Patterson said they aim to promote their programs to potential employers in the business sector. The centre, run and financed by students, will also introduce new technology that will have the ability to match jobs to the profiles and abilities of students. “Students can create online profiles and portfolios and will have access to an online job aggregator,” said Patterson. The fee will contribute $750,000 to fund the program with the remaining $250,000 coming from the school’s budget. According to Patterson, an additional seven coordinators will be hired, each responsible for specific academic programs. There will also be a director, two managers, and an executive in residence who will be Wayne McFarlane, the former head of Human Capitol for Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC).

Construction continues inside the Image Arts building.
BY BETHANY VAN LINGEN

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Just over a month after opening, students still can’t expect to attend most classes in the Image Arts building until January 2012. “Students will not be able to use the classrooms until January because equipment, continually in use by classes throughout the fall semester, will need to be moved to the new building,” said Alex Anderson, interim chair of the School of Image Arts. The first classes in the renovated

building were set to begin in September 2011. But unfinished classrooms meant that students had to spend another semester in the Victoria building and other spare spaces around campus. “When we got back to school this year, they threw us a pizza party. They were trying to make up for this,” said Alison Greaves, a fourth-year photography student. Construction began in Greave’s first year and she will only get the chance to use the new building for her final semester.

As of now, the photo studios are complete. There is wireless access available throughout and the sound stage for film is set to be completed this weekend, said President Sheldon Levy. “Generally everyone is happy about it, more students are using the space, however it is still a work in progress,” he said. The building was designed to serve as inspiration for students, said Anderson. Kailee Clayton, a third-year film student, doesn’t see this commitment to design on

the inside of the building. The tiles on the third floor are old and the rooms are laid out oddly, she said. Michelle Nunes, a first-year photography student, said the studio space looks like a warehouse. Besides one photography lab in the IMA building, the rest of her classes are located elsewhere on campus. The transition between buildings began on the Thanksgiving weekend. Vid Ingelevics, professor in the undergraduate and graduate Image Arts programs, is holding on to both his offices as he slowly makes the move from the Victoria building over to his new office in the Image Arts building. Students are still required to travel to the seventh and eighth floors of the Victoria building to book and return their equipment. The photography cage has moved student photography equipment to the new building, but equipment for staff and cameras and lenses for students still remains in the office. The film cage has not begun their move yet and are still deciding when to start. Construction will continue into the new year, with the addition of the student gallery space that will not be completed as planned until next year, said Paul French, media coordinator for Diamond & Schmitt Architects.

IMA delays cost extra $12 million in construction
REBECCA BURTON NEWS EDITOR

A delay of more than a year isn’t just pushing back students’ move into the Image Arts building but has cost the university millions. Documents acquired by the Eyeopener revealed that the original contract with PCL Construction was set at a total price of $28,104, 500. By Sept. 1, 2011, the total number of additions and deductions

reached $12,820,989, bringing the total revised contract price to $40,925,697. This accounts for the majority of the $70.95 million budget set for the total project. “There are a bunch of different pieces that contribute to the overall project cost,” said Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president administration and finance. “The overall project cost goes up over time,” she said. Hanigsberg attributed these

costs to delays with the project from unforeseen problems. Problems included the heating and cooling system failure in the old building and the asbestos found throughout the existing building. “There is not one particular piece of the project making the cost go up in price,” she said. Hanigsberg said there would be no additional costs for the work to be done in the coming months yet was unable to give a total construction budget as of November.

PCL construction will continue to work on the project to finish the gallery. In addition they will be responsible for any deficiences found in the coming months. “There is a long period after the building looks completed where the obligation of the builder remains. It might not even be seen in the first six weeks. Even if it’s not visible they still have a responsibility,” said President Sheldon Levy.

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November 16, 2011

Police looking for arson suspect
Toronto police are looking to find the man responsible for a series of garbage fires around Ryerson and a three-alarm fire on George Street. Astoria Luzzi reports

Briefs & Groaners
A man entered a classroom in the Rogers Communication Centre around 8:45 p.m. on Nov. 11 and began disrupting the students. One student asked the man to leave but the trespasser gave him a backhanded bitch slap instead. The student followed the man out into the hallway, where he was pinned against the wall, kicked and punched. A student had to receive medical assistance when his nose began heavily bleeding during an exam. Unfortunately, the nosebleed stopped and he still had to write the exam. In the latest trials of a sports editor, Sean Tepper got knocked to the ground during an intramural basketball game Monday night. His knee experienced severe swelling and he proceeded to spend the night on the couch in the Eye office bitching like a baby.

An abandoned heritage home on George Street was set ablaze on Oct. 19.
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Police video of a Nov. 2 garbage fire near Church Street.
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Toronto police are looking for a suspect in relation to a series of garbage fires around campus and the Oct. 19 three-alarm fire near Dundas and Jarvis Streets. The first incident was on Oct. 15 at 11:40 p.m. when police were called to 87 Gerrard St. East where a garbage can had been set on fire. Over the course of the night, police were called to a total of three garbage fires on Gerrard Street. There were three more incidents over the next two days, including

dumpster and recycling fires. All incidents were discovered in the late hours of the night or early morning. A news release from Toronto Police Services stated that nine more arsons were committed in the Gerrard Street East and Church Street areas between Oct. 19 and Nov. 1. According to Tanya Fermin-Poppleton, manager of security and emergency services at Ryerson, the garbage fires were small enough to be put out by a fire extinguisher.

On Oct. 19, an abandoned brick heritage home at 295 George St. was the victim of a three-alarm blaze that required 75 firefighters to respond. Investigators believe the blaze is connected to the same person responsible for the garbage fires. Police obtained a description of the suspected arsonist with the help of footage from a security camera near one of the garbage fires. The suspect is described as a man aged between 45 and 50, ap-

proximately 6 feet tall, with a medium build and a limp. The video footage shows the man strolling near a pile of black garbage bags for about a minute and a half, then bending down and setting it on fire. Fermin said police are still looking for the suspect and, so far, a total of four fires on campus have been reported to police. The video footage is on YouTube and police are looking for tips that can help lead them to the suspect.

RSU votes to get more multi-faith space
BY SEAN WETSELAAR

AGM Highlights
The RSU will launch a campaign against gender-based violence and, as part of the effort, will establish a sexual assault support line in January. The union also created a committee to improve student space in the SCC, which includes RSU executive members and five students elected at the meeting. The RSU also voted to provide support for the potential Ryerson Radio station, which was recently approved through a student referendum.

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) voted to campaign for more multi-faith space on campus at last week’s semi-Annual General Meeting (AGM). The RSU passed the motion almost unanimously on Wednesday, after two years of discussions. The current multi-faith room on the third floor of the SCC was created 10 years ago, after the Students’ Union campaigned for a prayer space. “It was a hard battle,” said Rod-

ney Diverlus, vice-president of equity. “We saw the need for this space and, unfortunately, the university did not.” President Sheldon Levy said he sees the SCC as the student area that provides this space. “In the extent that they need more club space we have indicated that we are open to a discussion on how to provide more student space on campus,” he said. When the SCC was built, an area was set aside for faith-based groups to pray, meditate, and engage in other religious activities.

That space is no longer large enough for the demands being put on it, said Mitch Reiss, president of Hillel , the Jewish Students’ Union. “Jewish students need to pray three times a day and often they need to put it off,” Reiss said. “But if [the multi-faith space] was available, it would be done on campus.” Reiss added that Muslim students need to pray five times per day, which is made even more challenging by the frequent lack of privacy in the busy prayer space. “Ten years later, our groups have grown in size,” Diverlus said.

“We’re seeing the demand for the space outpace the amount of space that we have.” Reiss said that, on top of expanding the current space, the area should be bookable and should have several segments to account for faiths where men and women pray separately. Reiss added the space should be usable for religious learning and other events. “But that’s not something that can be done right now,” Reiss said. “The space is inadequate for prayer alone.”

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you think gender is no longer an issue, that we’ve passed some sort of inequality threshold, think again. In spite of the strides made by social movements, we all continue to be treated differently because of what we do or don’t have between our legs, and the way we choose to express ourselves. And I’m not just talking about who has to pay on dates. Women make up the majority of the student population at Ryerson, but are still harassed and assaulted on campus. Men, who undeniably go through the
Not conforming to prescribed gender norms for men and women. It is also the idea that people should avoid distinguishing others by their gender.

world with more privilege, are looked at with suspicion and distrust when they try to break into stereotypically feminine fields. Even our staff and faculty aren’t exempt from the effects of inequality, with women earning less than men as they move through the ranks. Pretty depressing, huh? But in spite of these unsettling facts, there are some on campus who are trying to move things forward. Jeff Perera, founder and co-chair of Ryerson’s White Ribbon Campaign is leading the fight against gender-based
Someone whose biological sex matches their gender identity.

violence and shattering stereotypes of masculinity in the process. A student mother is trying to battle gender rigidity from home by raising her son gender non-specific, and our students union is taking steps to create a less oppressive space for all. If you look at how gender equality has transformed in the last 50 years, yes, things have gotten better. But just because we’ve come this far doesn’t mean we don’t still have a ways to go.
– Allyssia Alleyne, Arts & Life Editor

Gender identity and biological sex aren’t the same. A Transexual is someone who undergoes surgery to match their physical body with their gender identity.

Discrimination or devaluation based on a person’s sex.

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GENDER

November 16, 2011

Females in male-dominated programs, males in female-dominated programs. A look at what it’s like to be the the outcast gender

It’s mostly the reputation that doesn’t attract females Engineering is stereotyped as a profession of manual labour and hard hats and that’s not always accurate.

BY RHIANNON RUSSELL

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toms, particles, Einstein, wavelengths, radiation theory. In this physics class in the AMC theatre, there are about 80 students, and only eight or nine are female. Welcome to engineering — a notoriously male-dominated area of study at Ryerson. Maria Gonzalez, 21, sits in the third row. She’s petite, with loose brown curls, big brown eyes and square-rimmed glasses. On her desk tray there’s a pad of lined paper and a black steel waterbottle. Gonzalez commutes from Vaughan, and even though she wakes up before the crack of dawn to get to her 8 a.m. classes, she’s attentive. She looks at the professor as he talks, looks at the screen as it’s gradually filled with his scribbles, and looks back down at her notes, written neatly in blue ink. Her brow furrows slightly as she stares at the formulae on the screen. “It’s fun when you understand what’s going on,” she says. However, “when he’s writing stuff down, sometimes it’s like ‘What’s he talking about?’” She laughs. Gonzalez likes physics and studied math at Ryerson before transferring into industrial engineering. “When I applied, I knew there would be a lot of guys,” she says. It hasn’t bothered her in the slightest. “You don’t think of the people in the class, just the class itself,” she says. According to Engineers Canada, the number of women in Ontario engineering programs dropped down to 17 per cent in 2009 from 21 per cent in 2001. And in the professional world, the statistics haven’t improved much. Only 10 per cent of licensed engineers in Canada in 2009 were female, up from 7 per cent in 2000. “I think it’s mostly the reputation” that doesn’t attract females, says Gonzalez. Engineering is stereotyped as a profession of manual labour and hard hats, but that’s not always accurate. Certain engineering branches are more get-your-hands-dirty than others, she says. Industrial engineers, for example, often work in an office setting and do systematic procedures like supply chain analysis. They will strategically plan, for instance, where a new chain store should be built or work through the step-by-step process of creating a product. It’s about “how [a product] can help and affect the human being. You develop procedures to make it more effective,” Gonzalez says.

Women in Engineering at Ryerson is trying to correct the misconceptions. It hosts several events for female students to gather, meet, and network. Female engineers come to some of these events to give the students an idea of what it’s like to be a woman in the workplace. Ryerson engineering professor Frankie Stewart was the first female mechanical engineer hired at Ontario Hydro in the 1980s. “That’s just the way it was. Was it easier or harder because of that? No, it was just your job … All of the men were great to work with.” Now, she’s one of two female faculty members in the mechanical engineering department. Clearly, not much has changed. “I do not

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know why, I think it’s a fun discipline. Maybe we don’t do a great job of letting people know all the things that we can do,” Stewart says, seeming to puzzle over it. She says the programs at Ryerson are usually less than a quarter female, and many are concentrated in chemical and biomedical engineering. “We don’t self-promote. I know PEO [Professional Engineers Ontario] once referred to it as the ‘silent profession.,’” she says. It’s not all about construction, and she says perhaps students don’t realize Ryerson offers eight very diverse engineering programs. Stewart displays Computer Engineer Barbie like a trophy on her office shelf. Barbie wears thick pink glasses and sits at a computer. Every year, online voters decide what the doll’s next occupation should be. “This just came out this year,” she says, a hint of pride in her voice.

According to Jaffery, a portion of males in the nursing program are immigrants and You laughed hysterically every time are not familiar with the North American Robert De Niro ridiculed Ben Stiller for be- stigma associated with nursing. “They reing a “male nurse” in Meet the Parents. His ally just want to help people and know that delivery and stone cold facial expression nursing is a great career choice.” made it hard to resist a chuckle. Canadian numbers have remained stagDespite reinforcing the stigma of nursing nant over the years. In 2009 out of the tobeing a gender exclusive career, there is rea- tal number of registered nurses (284,690), son why De Niro’s character and others feel which includes nurse practitioners, males this way. only represented 6.2 per cent (16,475). The Historically, the term “nurse” has its roots province of Quebec had the largest volume in the Latin noun nutrix, meaning “nursing of registered male nurses (38.7 per cent) with mother.” The term often referred to a wet Ontario following in second (27.6 per cent). nurse (women who breast fed the babies of It also doesn’t help that the media is guilty of perpetuating misconceptions like male nurses being passive, effeminate or soft. It causes many males to overlook the career due to not fitting the mould. Despite a strong recruitment for male nurses in Canada, the after-effects of the previous generation’s mentality of the field is still being perpetuated. Jaffery has been congratulated by both his peers and professors for studying the field. “I entered nursing because there is a lot of room to grow,” say Jaffery. “I feel the patient population should reflect the care being offered in Canada.” Males currently practicing in the field are PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL slowly noticing changes in terms of patient reother females). It wasn’t until the 20th cen- sponses to more males in nursing. “I feel a tury that the term nurse became inclusive to bit special, a lot of patients are sometimes males, despite the psyche surrounding the surprised, but they actually welcome me profession still favouring women as “born usually without any hesitation,” says Tegar nurses” due to seeing females as having Roessaptono, a nurse at Sunnybrook Hospinatural maternal instinct. tal. Today, in spite of the plethora of sexy feRoessaptono, who graduated from the male nurse outfits during Halloween, males University of Toronto with a degree in nursare breaking ground and entering the field. ing in 2010, has been practicing in the field Third-year nursing student Ali Jaffery says since February. Roessaptono feels nursing the program makes him feel well rounded is a career that is always evolving and conand prepared for placement. stantly keeps him on his toes. Nurses aren’t Even with contentment in pursuing a ca- only responsible for bathing and clothing reer in nursing, Jaffery has found himself patients, they monitor the effects of medipromoting social and gender norms within cine, look at precautions for certain blood the feild. “I used to introduce myself as a types and are shifted into different situamale nursing student. I realized by doing tions, he says. that I was emphasizing it is a female domi“If you could shadow my work for one nated practice. Now I just say I am a nurs- day, you would see we [nurses] go way being student to try not to further the stereo- yond the stereotypical view of what a nurse type and stigma surrounding the field.” really is.”

dmit it.

I used to introduce myself as a male nursing student By doing that I was emphasizing it as a female dominated practice Now I just say I am a nursing student.

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Canada has one of the highest ity and make a salary adjustment. gender income gaps out of 30 in- Golden has received adjustments dustrialzed countries belonging twice, both in recent years. The first to the Organisation for Economic bumped her base salary by $1,000, Co-operation and Development the second by $500. “Maybe I’ll (OECD). There was roughly a 20 make another $10,000, but it cerper cent difference in salaries in tainly won’t offset the $400,000.” 2008. Much like any other business Jacquie Chic is a politics profesor institution, Ryerson still tends to sor and vice president of campaigns pay its female professors less than at CUPE local 3904, the union that their male counterparts. represents contract faculty and “Speaking anecdotally to col- teaching assistants at Ryerson. She leagues around the university, says that there is no gender wage there does appear to be a difference gap within contract employees, but between male and female salaries,” that women are far more likely to says Anver Saloojee, president of be a part of this lower-paid group. the Ryerson Faculty Association. “We don’t have the same wages or Saloojee could not provide specific benefits as tenured faculty.” data, as employee salaries are conChic says part of the problem is fidential for those who make under that once you start as a contract em$100,000 a year. Still, on the 2010 list ployee, it can be difficult to get out of Ryerson staff making more than of that trap. “We make far less than $100,000, only tenured faculty, about one third so the university were women. has an interest in “We do see offering someone We do see gender gender anomalike me a contract, anomalies. lies in salary but rather than a more — Anver Saloojee, most of those are lucrative posiRFA President at point of hire,” tion.” says Saloojee. “If Ryerson’s leave there’s a probpolicies don’t dilem, that’s the point at which a criti- rectly cause an income gap for faccal challenge lies.” ulty, as up to 17 weeks of maternity If two people enter the same po- leave and up to 37 weeks of parensition at the same time for different tal leave are covered (at 93 per cent salaries, the lesser-paid individual of regular pay) and salary increaswill never be able to catch up as es are still granted regardless of long as the other employee con- time off, as long as it is paid leave. tinues to work the same job. “The However, women are still far more individual faculty member in a par- likely to work part-time to take care ticular department is offered a po- of children than men. According sition and then negotiates a salary to Statistics Canada in 2010, when with the dean of that department,” women were asked why they work says Saloojee. “If you and I have a part-time, 19 per cent said to prodifferent salary at the beginning, vide care for children or other famthat carries forward all the way to ily responsibilities, compared with retirement.” two per cent of men. Jean Golden, a professor of sociJames Brown, a philosophy proology who has worked at Ryerson fessor at the University of Toronto for 40 years, says she was hired for who works with gender and equity less than a male friend with the issues, said that the matter has been same degree and same experience. with us for years. There are fairly Back then it was clear the evaluation easy remedies he says like a comwas based on gender, she says. “He pensation fund for female faculty was always paid one level higher.” up to the point where they meet He retired about five years ago, and average male incomes and actively she says the difference added up to urging those who make merit pay about $400,000 dollars over the 35 decisions to make sure they are not years they worked. disadvantaging females. “OverStaff at Ryerson can apply for coming all the biases at work in a “salary anomaly adjustment,” one’s evaluation of others is quite where three members of the RFA difficult. They may honestly believe and three university representa- they are being fair, but the numbers tives examine a possible inequal- tell a different story.”

Kai Benson looks at the gender pay gap at Ryerson

The man is making $16,000 more per year for the same job, netting him a total of $280,000 more over the course of his career, enough to buy himself a new Lamborghini.

The man is earning about $10,000 more per year. He’s made about $150,000 more.

The man is now making about $7,000 a year more than the woman, for a total of about $60,000 — the cost of a brand new BMW M3 coupe.

The man retires with a pension of $168,000 or 60 per cent of his highest year of earnings (30 years times two per cent).

The woman retires with a pension of $159,000 per year, meaning she continues to make $9,000 less than him every year, all because he negotiated for $5,000 more their first year.

ILLUSTRATION: LINDSAY BOECKL

*Salary increases will be renegotiated every few years, but this hypothetical situation of accumulated earnings assumes a yearly increase of $1,000 and four per cent — a simplified but similar system to Ryerson’s pay scale.

BY JESSICA MURRAY

It’s a locker-room norm that remains unspoken: finding a female coach for a male athletic team. There are many female varsity teams with male coaches, but the opposite appears to be scarce. In the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) there is one female head coach of a men’s varsity team: Brenda Willis, of Queen’s coaches the university’s male volleyball team. Currently at Ryerson, there are no female head coaches for any of the men’s varsity teams. “I don’t see gender as either a positive or a negative,” said Ivan Joseph, Ryerson’s director of athletics. “Whether it’s for coaching or playing.”

When hiring a coach, Joseph says he looks for a “proven pedigree of success,” not for a particular gender. According to Joseph, who has coached both male and female sports teams, the issue isn’t so much about who coaches, but rather with their players. “I prefer to coach women. With men I have to always prove why I’m asking them to do something; there’s always a sense of doubt,” said Joseph. “Most men’s [soccer] players are ‘Mister Know-it-Alls.’ I find that the women I’ve coached in the past are more eagerly accepting of feedback. Women are focused and turned on right from the getgo when it’s game day; it isn’t the same as the men’s team.” Alice Lu coaches Ryerson’s fenc-

ing team. The team’s roster boasts both male and female athletes, and Lu notices there are mental and physical differences between the two sexes. These differences force her to coach the players differently. “In fencing there is a foundation of skills, but you treat them [males and females] differently by looking at their physical force,” says Lu. “Men are usually faster than women. Women are not as fast, but all the skills are the same.” The players themselves can intimidate a coach preventing them from instructing a particular team. But part of the problem may be finding a female coach who is willing to coach a male team. Lisa Jordan, the head coach of the women’s hockey team at Ryerson, is confi-

dent in her ability. Joseph says her no-nonsense approach would fit well. “I think I could adapt to coaching males, but if I had the choice I’d stay with females,” says Jordan. “But I think I’d be able to hold my own in a male environment.” Jordan, who has one of the best winning records in Canadian women’s hockey, says that the opportunities for females to gain the experience needed to coach at the highest level are difficult to come by. Females coaching men’s teams are novelties to anyone outside the team, she says. “You’d hold the respect of your players, but among other peers and coaches there are so many stereotypes about not being confident enough,” said Jordan.

Personality fitting the team matters too. “Females probably gel better with females and males gel better with males.” Aleksa Miladinovic, a secondyear chemistry student and member of the Ryerson volleyball team, disagrees with the stereotype. “Whoever [the coach] is, male or female, if they have know-how about the game and they can treat the team very well, I don’t think it matters very much,” he said. Whether female coaches for male teams are not predominant as a result of lacking opportunity or gender biases, this absence appears to be a common across the board in the athletics world. “It doesn’t seem like the trend is changing anytime soon,” said Jordan.

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How one student took on the challenge of gender-neutral parenting. Gin Sexsmith reports

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t’s not uncommon for expecting parents to be asked whether they’re having a baby boy or girl. As the due date gets closer, friends and family are often eager to have blue things ready for a boy, and pink for a girl. But V.K., a third-year journalism student has rebelled against these norms of parenting. She is raising her four-year-old son Jamie without strict gender boundaries. She says this is part of an attempt to combat the patriarchal society that we live in. Jamie has never had an all blue wardrobe, nor has he been bombarded with gender specific toys or TV shows. V.K. lets her son express himself how he wants and makes sure she steers clear of restrictive male specific language like the word “snowman.” Jamie has chosen to let his long brown hair hang freely and wears whatever he wants — even if others commonly mistake him for a girl. “It’s not what I’m doing, it’s what I’m not doing,” she said. “I’m not imposing stereotypes, I’m not telling him to be a certain way.” Instead, V.K. has let her son decide what he likes and how to define himself. Something she hopes will free him from the struggles and pressures that our society expects from men. “We think of patriarchy affecting women, we don’t always think about how it affects our men. Men are also restricted in their own ways — they can’t express any kind of femininity,” she said. Although Jamie has heard some of the criticism his mother has gotten from strangers who approach her, he is confident and calm about who he is. Initially Jamie was enrolled in a conventional daycare, but V.K. pulled him out after three months. She noticed that her son was feeling isolated amongst the other children as well as by the teachers. He now goes to ALPHA Alternative School, Toronto’s oldest alternative elementary school which prides itself on teaching children cooperation, social responsibility and freedom of expression. Rebecca Lock, a contract instructor for the department of sociology said it’s all about gender norms and whether people want to adhere to them. Being raised gender neutral has to do with the values conconcerning equality and giving children choices around gender.

V.K. is raising her son to express himself however he chooses.

PHOTO: MOHAMMED OMAR

I don’t care if they think I’m a girl or a boy, or if they call me a she. — Jamie, V.K.’s son

“I think [it has to do with] the way people attach to gender, and we live in a society where we are attached to the binaries,” said Lock. “But not everyone is attached to the alignment, or maybe some people would like to change [it].” Although children at Jamie’s new school sometimes mistake him for a girl, V.K. said he is self-assured and the children do not tease him. “Jamie told me: ‘I don’t care if they think I’m a girl or a boy, or if they call me a she,’” said V.K. “But during the moments that he does care he’s confident enough to tell them ‘no, I’m a boy.’” V.K. doesn’t believe you can expect an average university student to be accepting of blurred gender roles if they have been raised within our society’s strict binaries. “Times are changing, men are being allowed to express themselves as parents and individuals, but I don’t think we’re quite there yet. These changes start with how people are raised,” she said. “It’s got to start young.” Jamie hasn’t asked too many questions about how he is being raised, but V.K. said that she will be open with him once the inquiries start flowing. “The idea that he’s questioning is good. It gives me a chance to tell him that we live in a male dominated society despite the fact that females are more than 50 per cent of the population,” she said. V.K. said she read up on different education models before she ever decided to have a child. When she had Jamie she already knew what kind of education she I strongly believe that parwanted to give him. enting styles are very indiHer partner had no vidual and that you really doubts about raising can’t judge. his son without distinct — V.K. gender roles. She also tries to provide him a balance of strong male and female protagonists in the books she reads to him to teach him the concepts of equality. V.K. said that being raised this way will benefit him because she believes he’ll be comfortable with who he is and not fear looking silly if he wants to play or do a typically female activity. But her parenting style is not as dramatic as Kathy Witterick and David Stocker’s baby Storm who is being raised without being identified as either male or female. “It’s quite an experiment,” said V.K. “I don’t know what to make of it, but I strongly believe that parenting styles are very individual and that you really can’t judge.”

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When it comes to application numbers, personal style and professional programs, Ryerson can’t be beat. But when it comes to spreading anti-oppression principles, Ryerson is outpaced and outclassed. Arts & Life Editor Allyssia Alleyne finds out how Ryerson stacks up

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odney Diverlus is an equity geek. If you come to his office to discuss, say, queer rights or the marginalization of Aboriginal peoples, he could go on for hours. If you want resources about women’s rights or racialized communities, he’ll point you in the right direction. As vice-president equity at the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), it’s his job to help create a campus where everyone operates under an anti-oppression framework. “[Anti-oppression] essentially means that you’re thinking about inequities. We acknowledge that different students have different needs and different barriers,” he

explains. These inequities include gender, sexuality, race and ability. But while Ryerson may be leading the pack in some areas, it’s trailing behind its neighbouring universities when it comes to promoting anti-oppressive ideals. Diverlus says the equity service groups should be a student’s first resort if they want to learn about various issues from an anti-oppressive framework, but cisgendered men (men whose biological sex matches their gender identity)

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trying to address. Last summer they worked with Ryerson’s Office of Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services and consulted with other universities, including York University and the University of Toronto, to create an anti-oppression training module for orientation leaders and equity service group coordinators. (“Orientation leaders can set the stage for what we expect of ourselves,” Diverlus reasons.) This year about 500 people participated. The training was three hours long, but according to Diverlus, “it just scratched the surface of anti-oppressive principles.” “I think Ryerson is getting into a place where coming from an anti-oppressive framework is being normalized, but we’re definitely not York,” he explains. “They have models and modules that are very admirable. They’ve set the stage.” Siva Vimalachandran, the vice-president of equity for the York Federation of Students (YFS), doesn’t know if they’ve necessarily “set the stage,” but he can understand where Diverlus is coming from. “Our membership at York is very aware and very committed to making sure our campus is a positive space,” he says. The school is

known for its campaigns around subjects like islamophobia, as well as its high-profile speakers. When political activist Angela Davis spoke at the university in 2010, 600 people attended. “All of the speaker series are always packed,” he says. Like Ryerson, York offers antioppression training for YFS staff and orientation week leaders (about 800 this year), but they’ve also provided training for security personnel, student club executives, YFS volunteers, people who work in their student centre, and students who are leaders in other avenues among others. But even if they have different approaches to promoting an antioppression mind-set, Diverlus, Esufali and Vimalachandran all agree that they still have a lot more to do before their work becomes unnecessary. Esufali still has students of colour coming to her with stories about how a Eurocentric curriculum is negatively impacting their education. Vimalachandran is still trying to find ways to get his message across to York’s approximately 50,000 students. “People’s identities still matter. People’s identities still either push them forward or pull them back,” says Diverlus. “It’s as easy as just opening your eyes and seeing we’re not there yet.”

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Internships have become a necessary evil to get into today’s job market. But things can get legally ugly when it comes to unpaid positions. Biz and Tech editor Sarah Del Giallo and Jeff Lagerquist report
Internships can put some real world experience on your resume and even land you a job, but some employers see an opportunity to get work done cheap. With students desperate to build their portfolios, working for little or no money can seem like a viable option. The problem arises from the fact that the laws surrounding internships are vague and usually not enforced. In the case of unpaid internships, many students end up working in illegal environments without realizing it. Andrew Langille, a labour and employment lawyer in Toronto, says that internships have become a major part of the job market transition that young people go through. “Unpaid internships are being used as a proxy for entry-level positions and they’re allowing companies to not hire people, but to use a revolving door of unpaid interns to sustain the business and the operations,” he said. The Employment Standards Act (ESA) has a six-point definition of a legal unpaid internship. Within that definition, it states that an unpaid internship should be the equivilant of a training program and should wholly benefit the intern. Langille says that internships fall under precarious employment. “Precarious employment is where you don’t have a lot of ties to the employer; it’s generally on a short term basis on a contract with the employer. You may not get benefits,” he said. “If you’re making coffee, filing papers, photocopying, inputting data and so on and so forth, it’s probably not a training program, it’s probably illegal and it probably violates the ESA.” Bruno Quarless* is a senior journalism student who had a summer internship at a well-known Toronto sports network. “That’s one of the reasons I moved to Toronto, I wanted to work for them,” he said. “Then I found out it would be unpaid, which was ok. Most are, which sucks.” Quarless was working on search engine optimization content for the network two days per week. During his shifts he would write five to six 500-word stories on major sports while having to include phrases for optimization.

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whether they enjoy it, and whether they are good at it,” said Roger Gillespie, the man in charge of hiring student interns for the Toronto Star, which pays interns. Gillespie explains that student internships also serve as a way for employers to see potential hires in action before offering a job. He makes it clear that interns should not expect full-time jobs. “Don’t rely on some notion that you are going to get hired here, because that’s a stupid thing to do,” said Gillespie. Last year the Star hired 22 interns for their three programs and none were hired full-time. The interns themselves often set the pace of competition for scarce positions. “Almost no one gets into our program who isn’t prepared to give up a chunk of their life,” said Gillespie. Outworking your peers isn’t always the challenge, especially if you’re a business student. Sometimes staying focused on monotonous yet important tasks is the most difficult part. Fourth-year business technology management student Paul Benton interned with CIBC World Markets for four months. After a rigorous three-part interview process, he found himself spending hours in front of an Excel spreadsheet filing reports for traders. “I would say we were being exploited, but we were paid quite well. Twenty-two dollars per hour is at the higher end of the scale,” said Benton. As boring as it was, the experience paid off. “Getting a job is a lot easier if you have an internship on your resume. It’s a big part of landing a position after you finish school,” he said. Practical work experience is an important part of a resume, but arts industries are less likely to pay for your time. Louis Calabro is a manager of the Genie and Gemini awards for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT). The ACCT hires unpaid interns for six-month internships. The workers are required to come in for 12 hours per week. “We’re a not-for-profit organization so we don’t have a lot of excess cash floating around,” said Calabro. “The internship is a way to provide experience for somebody who’s maybe just coming out of school or who may be in school at the same time. It’s not really meant to be a situation where you’re going to be making tons of money.” The ACCT generally hires interns ing information for the nominating committee. “We function like any production company would on the office side of things. So I truly believe that does provide a lot of experience,” he said. Langille said, “In the case of internships, whether you’re going to get the minimum wage is a big question. A lot of the internships aren’t paid.” While internships provide real world experience before graduation, there are other ways to build a resume and break into your chosen profession. “There are other ways to gain professional experience and I find that increasingly many students in the journalism program are working at a professional level almost from day one and keep on doing so even if its as a freelancer, parttime, or contract, in their summers or spare time,” said Ivor Shapiro, chair of Ryerson’s journalism program. Still, the job market’s demand for practical workplace experience is a reality for most Ryerson students. “This has a wider impact on society because people are putting off life milestones, such as getting married, moving out of their parents home, entering into relationships, having kids, buying a house, saving for retirement,” said Langille. “This is a phenomenon that is affecting [current] generations and will affect the coming generations that are entering the labour market.” *names have been changed

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Quarless said he received very little feedback on his work in the four months he was working for the network. He didn’t feel that he gained any benefit from his time there.

What internships are legal?
Here is how Ontario’s Ministry of Labour defines a legal unpaid internship
The training is similar to that which is given in a vocational school. The training is for the benefit of the individual. The person providing the training derives little, if any, benefit from the activity of the individual while he or she is being trained. The individual does not displace employees of the person providing the training. The individual is not accorded the right to become an employee of the person providing the training. The individual is advised that he or she will receive no remuneration for the time that he or she spends in training.

I hated it and became completely disillusioned. — Bruno Quarless, journalism student

“Basically I spent two days a week for four months cranking out 2,000 to 2,500 words of useless bullshit that no one saw, with no byline, no money, and not even something that I would put in my portfolio,” he said. “I worked at a place that I always wanted to work at — and hated it and became completely disillusioned.” Despite his negative experience, Quarless can understand why companies would take advantage of free work from eager students. “It really does pay off for them. It’s just so hugely disappointing.” Although the laws are vague and the risk of exploitation is always a factor, internships can be an extremely effective means of gaining real world experience before graduation. “The thing that’s so good about intern programs is that it gives people a relatively simple way to find out if they want to do this stuff,

This has a wider impact on society ... people are putting off life milestones... — Andrew Langille, labour lawyer

from arts and science programs. The interns’ responsibilities range from labeling, filing, boxing things up to putting together screener packages for nominating committee members and organiz-

Rye grads make Call of Duty trailer
BY GRACE BENAC

Several Ryerson graduates were commissioned by Activision to create a trailer for the hugely successful Call of Duty (COD) Modern Warfare 3. Activision is the franchise owner and game publisher of COD. Modern Warfare 3, the latest release, broke multiple sales records in the first 24 hours after its launch on Nov. 8, netting over $400 million in the U.S. and U.K. alone. Jeff Chan and William Chang, along with several other Ryerson graduates and fans of the game, decided to create a trailer called “Find Makarov” for the then-unreleased MW3. The made-for-fun trailer posted to Chan’s YouTube account in March ended up going viral. It at-

tracted 3.5 million views within three days. “We were hoping it would become successful, but we had no idea it would turn out to become what it was,” said Chan. Five hours after the video went up, producer and Ryerson alum David Fradkin received a call from Activision’s lawyers, who were suspicious that the team was looking to make a profit off of the company’s copyrighted product. Fradkin and the rest of the team, who produced the film largely out of their own pockets, were able to allay Activision’s concerns. Hours later, the team got a call from Activision’s vice president, George Rose. Rose congratulated the team on their work and informed them

that “Find Makarov” was already receiving rave reviews from many video game programmers and producers. “It was a pretty intense time,” said Chang, a graduate of Ryerson’s film studies program. The next time Activision called, it was to commission another trailer. Chan and his team, who were then heading the now-defunct marketing agency We Can Pretend, eagerly jumped on board. The catch? “Activision wanted us to do another trailer, due in eight weeks. To give you an idea of the work it takes to put a film like that together, “Find Makarov” took about eight months to finish,” said Chang. “When Jeff called me, I said yes, initially. But when he told me the due date, I said no. It’s pretty much

impossible.” Luckily for the team, Chang came around. A second trailer for MW3, called “Operation Kingfish” was screened for a crowd of thousands on Sept. 2 at the opening of the Call of Duty XP convention in Los Angeles. Although Chan, who graduated from the RTA program in 2008, said that Activision has been in touch, he said his main focus is working on several feature film projects. He admits that many of his team’s present efforts would not have been possible without the success of “Finding Makarov” and “Operation Kingfisher.” “Through [the trailers], we’ve set up a bunch of projects. The success of the trailers has basically dictated the next few years of our lives.”

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SPORTS

November 16, 2011

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Friday’s results
Women’s Basketball: Laurier 63 @ Ryerson 56 Mens’ Basketball: Laurier 85 @ Ryerson 65 Womens’ Hockey: Ryerson 1 @ York 4 Mens’ Hockey: Ottawa 2 @ Ryerson 3 (SO)

This past weekend, Ryerson’s Quidditch team drove down to New York for the fifth annual Quidditch World Cup. Ryerson’s team captain Suraj Singh fills you in on how the team did
Getting roughed up is a part of the game, but for the first time, one of our chasers got taken to the ground hard enough for the refs to stop play. Glasses broken and blood dripping down her face from a ripped out eyebrow piercing, we finally came to a certain realistation as she limped off of the field. We were playing a “real sport.” This past weekend, Over 2,000 broom-riding athletes descended on New York City. Organized by the International Quidditch Association (IQA), the fifth annual Quidditch World Cup took place in Manhattan and attracted just under 100 teams from all over North America and Europe. It was my second time leading Ryerson’s team against the IQA‘s best, and while we may not have won, we put up a good fight. Last year, we didn’t put a single quaffle through the hoops, getting only 30 points in three matches thanks to a snitch catch. We finished second to last overall, topping only an all-girls high school team. This year, the competition was stiff but we pushed back and refused to be labelled as a walkover. While we left without a win, the improvement from last year was huge. We managed to hold our own against the team that finished second overall in the division and playing one of our most physical matches against a community team made of grown athletes, not nerdy university students. Just looking at the point differential, our team showed visible improvement. Even in quidditch, there’s a big difference between losing 1800 and losing 70-50. It might not

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Saturday’s results
Women’s Basketball: Waterloo 72 @ Ryerson 65 Mens’ Basketball: Waterloo 96 @ Ryerson 91 Womens’ Hockey: Waterloo 3 @ Ryerson 0 Mens’ Hockey: UQTR 4 @ Ryerson 5 (SO) Women’s Volleyball Western 3 @ Ryerson 1 Men’s Volleyball Western 3 @ Ryerson 0

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RYERSON QUIDDITCH TEAM

seem like much but little victories like this mean a lot to a growing team. We learned a lot from each game, discovering what worked for us and playing to each oth-

ers strengths. The chemistry between the team was stronger than it’s ever been. We were a team this year, not just players wearing the same home-made jersey.

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Aries It seems that people will do almost anything for free alcohol, except for coming to your party or spending any time with you.

Moustaches a menace
BY HALEY ROSE

Taurus In a moment of optimism and motivation, you will start down a miserable and fruitless acting career.

Gemini You will wake up from a four year blackout and realize you’re only a semester away from graduating with an arts degree.

Cancer Everyone told you that you were only destined to fail, but this week you’ll show them that they actually gave you way too much credit.

Earlier this month, thousands of men worldwide made the decision to risk their lives to combat prostate cancer. Their mission, if they chose to accept it: to grow a moustache. For “Movember,” participants are challenged to develop and display a moustache to support cancer research. Needless to say, moustaches are commonly considered among the deadliest things in the world to have on one’s face. Now, at the mid-month mark, the prepubescent laughable whiskers are maturing into fatal fuzz. “I’ve woken up in the middle of the night to my moustache trying to suffocate me,” Eric Stamford, 28, says. The Ryerson student’s situation is only one of many reported cases of homicidal facial hair. “I’d forgot to condition it the

day before, and it just lashed out.” The basics of moustache care include conditioning, combing and petting. However, like the people they rest upon, moustaches have a wide variety of personalities. More often than not, men must learn their moustache’s likes and dislikes the hard way. This can end in scrapes, bruises and even broken bones.

Just one example of an evil moustache at work. A moustache can be extremely dangerous. — Wolfgang Schneider
that we never made again.” Wolfgang Schneider, first-place winner in the 2011 World Beard and Moustache Championships for best natural moustache, says that the key to taming the beast is training it from the start. “A moustache can be extremely dangerous,” he explains. “If you don’t begin disciplining it at birth, things can get ugly.” Even with growing awareness of the dangers of facial hair, moustache-induced fatalities are on the rise. In 2010, 1,496 Canadians died at the strands of their moustaches, up from 1,233 in 2009. “The most important thing for a new moustache-grower is to get educated,” Schneider says. “A man should never attempt a moustache without being aware of the risks.”

“My boyfriend’s [moustache] pushed me down a flight of stairs,” Amy Williams, 19, says. “I ended up with a broken leg. The bath he’d run for it had been too hot it was a stupid, stupid mistake

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