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CESAR struggles with deficit
CESAR executives admit to years of overspending and reveal plans to slash funding in an attempt to curb the problem. News Editor Rebecca Burton reports

Rye G20 speaker pleads guilty

High expenditures and inflated salaries within CESAR have resulted in a budget deficit for the union.
After years of increased spending and inflated budgets, the Continuing Education Students Association at Ryerson (CESAR), is now being forced to cope with its operating deficit by restructuring and slashing expenses. “People haven’t been managing our money well in the past,” said CESAR president Dominic Wong. “They have just seen increasing numbers and [as a result] continued to increase the budget.” Currently, full-time students who are enrolled in classes offered by the G. Raymond Chang School for Continuing Education totalling a minimum of 31 hours have been paying the $11.28 levy to CESAR. This double charging of both Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) fees plus part-time fees has recently come to the attention of administration through numerous complaints from students, which has pushed CESAR to consider eliminating it. Keith Alnwick, registrar for the university, said he was unaware of these changes. But Wong confirmed that it was the administration that came to CESAR with the complaints. Wong said he doesn’t know why the problem has suddenly occurred, as the fee has been collected “probably forever.” Close to 10 per cent of the approximately $913,000 in student fees collected will be cut due to the change. The decision to restructure the budget and implement a number of changes to their by-laws came at the Nov. 15 annual general meeting. Caitlin Smith, president of the RSU, said she had no prior knowledge of this because neither CESAR nor the university has communicated this possible change to student fees. “We have been reducing all expenses and, for the first time, actually getting sponsorship from the university for some large events,” said Wong in an email. “We have run huge deficits for the past couple years and are hoping to get that under control. We project a small deficit this year, despite great efforts to balance the budget,” he wrote. The largest expenses in the budget include approximately $350,000 towards salaries, wages and benefits that accounted for five full-time staff last year but has since decreased to three. All members are currently unionized and Wong said that cutting their salaries would have to be done at the bargaining table. “Other than that, there’s nothing else we can do,” said Wong. The board, which currently includes 12 members, accounts for approximately $87,000, but will be


cut in the next fiscal year. Affiliate groups have been asked to cut their budgets. In the case of the Ryerson Free Press, which operates on approximately $80,000 annually, the requested cuts amount to nearly half the budget, said current editor-in-chief Nora Loreto. “We are published by a students’ union that is unfamiliar with the student press industry,” she said. All Ryerson Free Press editors will also be put on contract that will require them to reapply after the year has ended, introducing competition into the process. Wong said it is something they have overlooked in the past and editors have been quitting and joining as they please. “We want to reduce wasteful spending and we will be restructuring as well. Membership has passed a whole new set of bylaws,” said Wong.

Rye opposed to Occupy Toronto eviction

Despite the court’s decision to deny Occupy Toronto’s request for protesters to remain in the park, students at Ryerson are still strongly supporting the movement. On Nov. 21, Justice David Brown ruled to move forward with eviction on the basis that the protesters didn’t have the right to take over the public space and exclude the rest of the community from the traditional use of the park. But Farid Azadian, co-chair of the Ryerson New Democrats, sees no justification for the eviction. He plans to continue his efforts by attending meetings of Occupy Ryerson, a support group that has been created for students. Azadian attended their first meeting on Nov. 4. “We are an informal group of Ryerson students critically engaging with the Occupy movement,

as well as determining Ryerson School of Social Work’s activist role in fighting for social and economic justice,” reads the description on their official Occupy Ryerson Facebook page. Some protesters packed up their bags and left the five-week long camp to avoid arrest but other protesters stood their ground. The city has not yet taken action to evict the protesters. Mayor Rob Ford has asked the protesters for their cooperation in leaving. Sam Romero, a second-year social work student, was at the camp on Nov. 21 right at midnight, the supposed night of eviction. “I was there last night,” said Romero. “I know of the group Occupy Ryerson. I’m not really involved with them, I’m just a concerned citizen and I was at the rally a few weeks ago too.” The last rally, “Evict Ford,” took place on Nov. 19 and was promot-

ed on campus by Occupy Ryerson beforehand. Protesters demanded the right to stay in the park and spoke out against the eviction and social inequality. Romero has been actively involved with the Occupy Toronto protest and helps out at the camp once in a while with various activities. “I don’t think Judge Brown had justifiable grounds. I think they are finding ridiculous excuses and laws as reasons to silence people,” he said. “Occupy is not about a place; it’s about a belief. You can’t evict ideas. Their opinions are just as important as someone who makes millions of dollars or who is a lawyer, or who may work

on Bay street.” The park will still be used for assemblies and breakout groups and some individuals have considered renting out a space for the movement to continue.

Six of the 17 alleged ringleaders of the G20 protests pled guilty on Tuesday as part of an agreement that will see charges against the remaining accused dropped. Among the defendants pleading guilty was Alex Hundert, 31, who was re-arrested and jailed last September after a judge ruled his participation in a panel discussion at Ryerson violated his bail conditions. Hundert and his co-accused were initially arrested last year and blamed for organizing the violent demonstrations that overtook the city during the G20 summit on June 26, 2010. They were charged with conspiracy related to the protests after a year-long undercover police investigation. His bail conditions stated he was prohibited from attending any demonstrations and speaking at protests. But, after speaking at a G20-related panel at Ryerson in September 2010, Hundert was arrested and kept in custody until Jan. 24. Judy Rebick, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW)-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at the time, helped organize the panel and said the arrest was a “denial of [Hundert’s] freedom of speech.” “His condition was that he couldn’t go on a demonstration. It wasn’t a demonstration, it was a university panel,” Rebick said. “They broke his bail conditions because he spoke about it. To me, it was outrageous. I never though something like that could happen in this country.” Under Tuesday’s plea agreement, the six accused pled guilty to counselling to commit an indictable offense, a lesser crime bearing a lighter sentence. “Sentencing hearings are yet to happen but the Crown and defense council have all made joint submissions on sentencing,” said Hundert. He added that three of his co-accused will have sentencing hearings within a week, while he and the remaining two will have their hearings within the next few months. Hundert said his sentence would amount to 20 months with a deduction for time he has already served. He served five months in the Toronto West Detention Centre and another five months under house arrest. This means that approximately six and a half months will be deducted from his sentence.



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Offender back on campus
A man committed a sexual assault four years ago and has recently been spotted back on campus multiple times. Astoria Luzzi reports


A man who committed a sexual assault in 2007 has been seen trespassing on Ryerson campus this past week. The man was already banned from campus before the incident, which occurred near the 99 Gerrard St. entrance to Eric Palin Hall and the Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health. The incident consisted of the unwanted touching of a female student’s inner thigh. According to a security watch released by Ryerson security and emergency services on Nov. 16, it is believed the man committed more acts of sexual assault off campus. The suspect’s ban from campus is still in effect. He was spotted shortly past midnight on Nov. 12, and later was seen entering the Ryerson Library. He was seen again on Nov. 15 in the Ted Rogers School of Management building. Ryerson’s security and emergency services responded to both sightings, and the trespassing incidents which were reported to To-

ronto Police Services. According to Tanya FerminPoppleton, manager of security and emergency services, the suspect may have been on campus between the initial incident in 2007 and the incidents last week. Fermin-Poppleton said trespassing is usually only brought to attention when there is suspicious activity, calls from students, staff, faculty and the community, or if the individual is recognized by Ryerson security guards on duty. The suspect is described as a male with a light brown complexion, in his mid to late 30s, with a medium build, short black hair and goatee and an overall unkempt appearance. Security has received numerous reports of people of concern on campus this semester, many of which have taken place in or around Eric Palin Hall, particularly in the second floor women’s bathroom. They have increased their patrols in and around the building, but students taking classes there are still concerned.

“More visibility from security is needed,” said Tess Fetcher, a fourth-year social work student. “I’ve seen one security guard here in my three years.” Fetcher believes that a more visible presence from security would help deter offenders and that group walks home would be a good strategy after night classes. Hira Hijira, a fourth-year social work student, thinks Eric Palin should definitely be a focus for security. “I think since Ryerson is so spread out the security needs to be spread better between buildings,” said Hajira. Melissa Rehimian, a third-year social work student, says she sees security everywhere else. “I’ve never seen them [in EPH] and this building hosts programs that are almost 90 per cent women,” said Rehian. Third-year social work student Swedha Ezhilarasu is also concerned. “I’m paying a lot for tuition and I don’t feel safe even going to the washroom in [EPH].”










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Ryerson and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) remains in talks to avert a court battle over the naming and use of the Gardens. “The university, MLSE and Loblaws are trying to work towards a memorandum of understanding and settlement of all the issues so it doesn’t have to go to court,” said President Sheldon Levy. The last court date was Oct. 31 and there hasn’t been another at this point. The judge was to decide on their process the week of Nov. 21 but they requested more time. The Ryerson Athletics Centre at the Gardens has a projected opening of Winter 2012. Loblaws will open on Nov. 30, 2011. A 4,000 square foot LCBO will open on the upper level of the space on Dec. 6.

At their conference on November 20, Ryerson’s TEDx team announced a brand new event which will focus on women and equality. TEDxRyersonUWomen is not another conference, but an event which will screen some of the more notable talks from the TEDx Women 2011 Global Conference and include an interactive discussion involving panelists, or “contributors”, from Ryerson and the GTA. “We hope women will become inspired and engaged,” said Jeff Perera, co-organizer, though he encourages men to join in as well. The team is planning to incorporate technology from Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone into what they call a “collective conversation.” The DMZ’s Soapbox technology allows the audience to contribute live comments and questions. Other audience members can agree with them, and the most popular ones will be sent to the host and the moderator.

“It’ll help us move in the direction the audience wants us to go,” said Perera. Gwen Elliot, a Ryerson radio and television graduate and star of the TV show “Start Something Big” will be hosting, while Ryerson VP administration and finance Julia Hanigsberg will be moderating. “These two will be the face of the show and the event,” said Perera. Meta-Tema, another piece of interactive technology, will alter visual aspects of the room, like the lighting, to reflect the mood and the direction of the discussion. “The idea is to create a real interactive space,” Perera said. He is especially interested in getting people in male-dominated programs, like engineering and business, to discuss these topics, and said they are the most likely to avoid discussion. “We want to reach out to spaces where these conversations don’t happen,” said Perera. “Hopefully that collective movement starts and continues [these events] next year.”


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RSU falsely bash new grant
The RSU claims that the upcoming Liberal tuition grants are only for general arts and science, but all full-time Ryeson students can apply
part-time students. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) website clarified that this means students in second-entry professional programs such as medicine, law, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine will not be eligible for the grant. First-entry professional programs like engineering, commerce or architecture will be included. Though the RSU said the grants were for general arts and science, they actually will be applicable for all students at Ryerson who are dependent on their parents, are in the low income range and go to school full-time. “I think that at the end of the day it’s not going to be as effective as we need it to be if it’s just this grant,” said Melissa Palermo, RSU’s vicepresident education said. Palermo said that the Liberals still hadn’t clarified what a professional program was, yet the RSU told students that if they were in non-general programs, like engineering, they were not applicable. “We would prefer if they took the money they were going to put towards the grant and give us a true tuition fee reduction,” Palermo said.

Glen Murray is a primary part of the Liberal grant plan.


The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) has mistakenly said the new Liberal tuition grants will only be offered to general arts and general science students. Come January 2012, the Liberals will offer a $1,600 grant to full-time university undergraduates and $750 to full-time college students with a combined parental income of less than $160,000. “We have to start doing something to make it more affordable,”

said Glen Murray, Toronto MPP and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. Tony Koutoulas, a first-year arts and contemporary studies student, is happy with the Liberals’ new educational plan. “I feel that it gives people that have a low income more of a chance to attend university,” he said. According to the Liberal election platform, the grants will not yet be available for students in professional programs as well as financially independent students or

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Years of mediocrity have forced the Ryerson Rams to fade away from the Canadian university sports scene and from athletic relevance, but 2011 was supposed to be the year that put Ryerson athletics back on the map. At the beginning of the fall semester, dozens of media outlets were supposed to be lined up in front of the historic doors of 60 Carleton Street. In front of them, Ryerson’s President, Sheldon Levy, and Ryerson’s Director of Athletics, Ivan Joseph, were supposed to be smiling and shaking hands with the who’s who of Toronto’s sports scene as they unveiled Ryerson’s new $60 million athletic facility. Led by all-Canadian midfielder

Alex Braletic, the men’s soccer team was supposed to overcome last season’s heartbreaking playoff loss and push for an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship, and maybe even a national title. Two teams that were smack in the middle of their rebuilding phase, the men’s and women’s basketball teams, were supposed to have recruited enough top talent to distinguish them as legitimate competitors. After finally achieving varsity status, Ryerson’s newly formed women’s hockey team was supposed to have opened up their inaugural season as an official Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) team by skating on the same ice as such hockey legends as Darryl Sittler, Dave Keon and Tim Horton. All of these things were supposed to happen, but none of them did. For that, you can thank Maple Leaf Gardens. Arguably one of the best players in university soccer, Braletic

was forced to miss the 2011 season because of his current academic standing. Identical 1-3 records coupled with significant injuries to Aaron Best and Chloe Mago, two highly touted rookies, have both basketball teams on the outside looking in at the playoffs. Both the men’s and women’s hockey teams are struggling with their 90-minute commute to George Bell Arena for practices, let alone building a loyal fan base. But more importantly, MLG is still not open. No, scratch that, MLG is still not anywhere close to being open. All that to say that all of the talent for a championship run is in place. For the past couple of years, critics and administrators alike have been saying how a majority of the groundwork has been laid and how all the necessary steps have been taken to ensure the future will be brimming with success. For better or worse, that successful future is directly tied to the grand opening of MLG, and that’s not fair.

Apart from the constant delays, the most frustrating part of that statement is the fact that Ryerson is overflowing with top-tier athletic talent. In just over a year, Jahmal Jones has quickly become the poster boy for both Ryerson and Ontario basketball; not to mention the fact that his female counterpart, Ashley MacDonald, is dominating every aspect of her league. Although both teams are struggling, right-winger Dustin Alcock will provide the men’s hockey team with a much needed leader, while Emma Crawley may very well be the best women’s goalkeeper in the province by the end of her stay at Ryerson. B o t h Kasandra Bracken and Luka Milosevic are doing their best to revive Ryerson’s volleyball teams, while Alysha Gjos is single-handedly making Ryerson figure skating relevant once more.

In just their second year of existence, Ryerson’s equestrian team is proving to be a dominant force on the Ontario equestrian circuit. And we haven’t even mentioned Michael Jan of the men’s soccer team, who is one of the OUA’s best defenders and Andrea Raso, who is arguably the best player in women’s soccer at the university level. So please, stop telling us that Ryerson’s athletic rebirth starts with MLG. Everything you need for a championship calibre program is right in front of you.

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In just their second year of existence, Ryerson’s equestrian team is proving to the entire Ontario University Equestrian Association (OUEA) that they are a force to be reckoned with. Currently sitting in third place in the East Zone, Andrea Robinson is not surprised by her team’s performance this season. “Last year was our first year and we didn’t have enough people to fill each division,” explained Robinson, one of the team’s co-founders. “This year, people are lined up for shows and everyone who goes is either placing or having amazing rounds.” Laura Giffen is one of the team’s newest members and said that she chose Ryerson over other universities because of the equestrian team. Now two shows into the season, Giffen leads the East’s Entry Division in points, while Robinson is sitting in fourth place in the Novice Division. Both Robinson, Giffen and three other Ryerson riders have already qualified for the OUEA championships. “You don’t want to get an ego with riding because it’s not an individual sport, it’s a partnership with the horse and one bad ride can drop you down,” said Giffen. “But I definitely can be competitive.” — Charles Vanegas


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One, two, three. That was Dustin Alcock’s recipe for success in the Rams’ varsity hockey game against the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Saturday, Nov. 12, when he scored his first career OUA hat-trick in a 5-4 overtime loss. Just over a third of the way into the season, Alcock has already accumulated more goals (seven) than he did all of last season (four). “There’s nothing better than scoring,” said the self-described workhorse. In only his second year with the team, Alcock will need to build off of his quick start if Ryerson hopes to make it into the playoffs this season. Regardless of how this season turns out, he aims to win an OUA championship by the time he graduates from Ryerson. Humble and softspoken, Alcock deserves his fair share of credit for the hockey team’s improvement this year, as he has already matched his first-year point total with nine through 12 games. “We’ve got a good group of young guys,” said the Hamilton native and criminal justice major. If the Rams’ win total continues to increase at a rate similar to that of Alcock’s scoring, chances are his group will be OUA championship contenders in no time. — Matt Oxman

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After playing 120 minutes of soccer at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Center, the Rams and the Blues were tied at one goal apiece. Michael Jan, the Rams all-star defender, was struggling to catch his breath when he was called upon to take the first penalty shot. Knowing exactly where he wanted to place the shot, Jan stepped up to the ball and blasted it to the right side. Instatnly reacting to the shot, U of T’s goalie made the diving save, safely batting away Jan’s shot. “I was still confident we were going to win it because I knew Christian [Maraldo], our goalie, could save a goal but then we missed another one and it didn’t work out.” The loss marked the second consecutive year that the men’s soccer team’s season ended in penalty kicks. Jan came into last season with an already impressive resume. In his rookie year, the third-year defender was named the OUA East Rookie of the year and was also named a second team OUA all-star. His second season was equally as strong on the Rams’ backline, but he did not receive anywhere near the same recognition around the league as he did after his rookie year. This past summer Michael and his brother, Luke, trained together, working on their one on one skills and getting stronger in the weight room. Jan, who was named a first team OUA all-star, just finished his strongest season to date, finding the back of the net twice in fourteen appearances. His strengths lie in his understanding of the game, his nose for reading the opposition’s offence and most importantly his contributions to the team’s offence as a defender. “I trained a lot more this year on the things I needed to work on,” said Jan. “I was a good enough defender but I needed to attack more, which resulted in a couple goals this year.” — Gabriel Lee


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It has been a tough move up to Canadian Interuniversity Sports for Ryerson’s women’s hockey, but it could have been a lot tougher without new goalie and top recruit Emma Crawley. “It’s not the first time I’ve played on a weak team, compared to the rest of the league,” says Crawley. “We’re not a bad team, but we’re just not as strong as our potential.” As recipient of the prestigious President’s National Entrance Scholarship, Crawley has lived up to the high expectations. After 12 starts, Crawley leads the OUA in saves with 351, 19 saves ahead of the runner-up who has played one more game than her. “I’m stopping as many pucks as I can,” she says. Despite the struggles that come along with a young program, Crawley firmly believes the Rams just need to click to become contenders. By notching a single victory, the chemistry major says that her team has already exceeded expectations. In their only win of the season the Rams beat the Waterloo Warriors 1-0, with Crawley stopping all 21 of the shots she faced. “I feel like once we click we’re going to be unstoppable,” she said. Playing on a young team has forced her to raise her game to a new level, and although the losses are frustrating, they only motivate her to get that much better. “I feel like growing up playing for weak teams has just made me stronger as an individual because I’m always working ten times harder than I’d work if I was on a team that won 10-0 every game.” — Matt Oxman

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Figure Skating


When Alysha Gjos transferred to Ryerson from Fanshawe College, she never planned on getting involved with the figure skating team. Thankfully for Ryerson, after a little convincing from a friend who skates for the University of Toronto, Gjos decided to lace her skates back up after not having skated competitively for more than two years. At first, Gjos found it hard to get her rhythm back as she was struggling to execute basic jumps. “It felt like a roller-coaster,” said Gjos. “Because I had taken so much time off I kept falling in [practice].” After a tough return to the ice, Gjos realized that if she got back into shape, she could have a legitimate shot at winning it all. Last February, she captured the gold medal in the Senior Silver Freeskate event. This season, Gjos has only one thing on her mind: defending her title as best senior silver free skater in Ontario. “Personally, I hope to medal in every competition and I’d like to defend my championship.” — Gabriel Lee


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“I love blocking,” said Kasandra Bracken. “The best blocks are when the other team gets super, super excited that they’re going to have a huge hit they think they’re about to do something great and you just take one step above them, and are like ‘Nope! I’m gonna do something better!’” Seven games into the season, he fifth year middle blocker is already leading the team with 16 blocks. Although the women’s volleyball team is 2-5, Bracken believes that Ryerson is playing better than their record indicates. “We’re definitely a team that’s hoping to make the playoffs,” she said. “Obviously we’re going to have to up our record, but I feel like we have been playing well, and if you look at the individual stats we’re up there in kills, we’re up there in digs, we’re up there in aces, we’re up there in blocks. Technically we are leading the league, we just haven’t been able to get a lot of the results that we wanted.” One of the lone veterans on a young team, Bracken says that she is actively looking to mentor her younger teammates. That being said, she says she feels a “selfish” sense of urgency in her last year of eligibility, but is realistic about the team’s expectations. Still, Bracken feels on top of her game despite a nagging shoulder injury. “I feel good, I feel smarter, I feel stronger this year. I’m coming back for a fifth year, so now I don’t have to deal with roommates, and rez.” — Matt Oxman

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A number of key departures left the Ryerson’s men’s volleyball team with a largely inexperienced group of players. With five rookies on his team, Luka Milošević is fully aware that much of the burden is on him to churn out a successful season. “It’s a lot of pressure, but I try not to let it affect me,” he said. “I just go into every game focused on my duty: [getting kills] and scoring as much as possible.” And score he does. The fourth-year player ranks fifth in the OUA in both points per game and service aces. In addition to that, he also leads the Rams in blocks with 14. While Milošević is content with his statistics, he’s less pleased with the team’s 2-4 record. “We’re not quite where we want to be,” he said. “We beat McMaster, the defending OUA champs, but then we’ve lost games we thought we should have had.” With a number of “very winnable” games in their future, Milošević believes the team can be back at .500 by the end of the semester, which would solidify them as a legitimate playoff contender. “We have a lot of talent on this team; it’s just a matter of staying consistent,” he said. “As long as everyone can stay focused, keep a cool head and not fold under pressure then we can get there. We’ve proven we can be a dominant team when everyone stays focused.”
— Charles Vanegas


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Ashley MacDonald has achieved as much individual success as any women’s basketball player in the OUA could hope for. The fifth-year point guard turned shooting guard was a first team OUA all-star last year, team MVP, female athlete of the year at Ryerson, and was second in league scoring. Four games into the season, MacDonald leads the league with 23.8 points per game, while adding 4.3 rebounds and five assists per game. There’s only one last thing that the veteran point guard would like to achieve before she graduates. “I want to get to nationals,” said MacDonald decisively. Sporting a 1-3 record to start the season, the team will not make the OUA playoffs at this rate, let alone the nationals. “This is my end-all be-all,” said the sociology student. As much as she wants to make a championship run, MacDonald understands she has to play the role of the patient leader. That being said, she refuses to set the bar low. “This rookie class is probably the most skilled I’ve been around,” she said. Like a true veteran leader, MacDonald will try to guide her younger teammates in the right direction, while improving her own game in what will be her final season as a Ryerson Ram. — Matt Oxman

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Jahmal Jones accomplished more in his first year at Ryerson than most university student athletes do in their entire careers. Having averaged 17.3 points per game in his rookie season, Jones led the Rams to their best playoff finish since 2003 and was named to the OUA all-star team. The Rams’ floor general has quickly become the new face of Ryerson basketball, and arguably the new face of Ryerson athletics. During the off-season, when most athletes take time off to rest their bodies, Jones continued to refine his game by representing Canada at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) games in August and more recently at the Pan Am Games in October. Playing against some of the best basketball players in the world (including Puerto Rican J.J Barea, the point guard for the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks) showed Jones there are still many aspects of his game that need improvement and the 20-year-old Mississauga native is ready to get to work. “I see it as a challenge to exceed what we did the previous year,” said Jones, who is averaging 18.5 points per game this season. “People like to use the word potential with our group but as [assistant] coach [Jermaine] Small says ‘potential is nothing if you don’t fulfill it.’” While starting off the regular season 1-3 wasn’t ideal for Jones and the Rams, the sophomore point guard has no doubt that once the team gets healthy that they’ll be legitimate contenders in the OUA and possibly make a championship run come February. Regardless of how the team finishes this season, one thing is certain: the future of the men’s basketball relies heavily on the play of their explosive young point guard. — Gabriel Lee


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As the final whistle blew, the women’s soccer team walked off the Varsity Centre’s turf with with their heads down. Not only had they dropped their first playoff appearance in three years to U of T, but that loss marked the end of something greater. The Andrea Raso era of Ryerson soccer had officially come to an end.


Without a doubt the best player in Ryerson’s women’s soccer program’s history, Raso finished her career as a Ram on a high note. This past season was a historic one for the program, as the team completed the regular season with a program-best six wins and they reached the post-season for only the third time in 26 years. Those milestones would not have been reached without Raso. In the 21 seasons before she was on the team, the women’s soccer program had a combined record of 16 wins, 194 losses and 13 ties. In Raso’s five years with the Rams, they won 24 games. Throughout her career, Raso amassed a team-high 19 goals and was named to five straight OUA all-star teams. In 2008, she became Ryerson’s first ever-female CIS All-Canadian. This past season, she scored six goals and was named a first-team OUA all-star. “At the time I didn’t know that I was the first ever,” she said in reference to being named all-Canadian. “It feels good to be recognized by the league and across Canada. It means a lot to me.” When faltering programs turn around, credit often goes to big-name coaches, increased funding or state-of-the-art facilities. Often forgotten are the athletes on the field. In the history of women’s soccer at Ryerson, there has never been a greater player than Andrea Raso.

— Charles Vanegas

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Meals on wheels park at Ryerson
On Friday, Nov. 18, the Ryerson community was served by a fleet of trucks offering diverse food fare. Alvina Siddiqui reports on the possibility of Food Truck Eats becoming a permanent fixture

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Food Truck Eats attracted long lines when it hit Ryerson on Nov. 18.
The empty lot across from the site of Ryerson‘s future Student Learning Centre may become a home for a fleet of gourmet food trucks. On Nov. 18, five trucks parked at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets as part of Food Truck Eats, a fleet of gourmet food trucks. “We only decided we’re going to do this two days ago,” said Suresh Doss, publisher of lifestyle website Spotlight Toronto and the organizer of Food Truck Eats. The food options available on Friday ranged from cupcakes and grilled cheese to Southeast Asian cuisine. Tamara Jensen, co-owner of El Gastrónomo Vagabundo, a truck that serves different international fare, thinks the trucks would make excellent use of space, even if only for a temporary period. “We [have] petitions going around for this so we can get [municipal] licenses,” she says. The owner of the site, the Lalani Group, is eager to see the site used for street food events and strongly supports the idea, according to Doss. The plan is to hold a few test Food Truck Eats events to see the results. Depending on numbers, it could become a monthly, weekly or daily event. More events will be held during the spring. In the past, they have set up in Mississauga Celebration Square and in the Distillery District during Nuit Blanche, among other places. Executives at Ryerson have already been in talks with Food Truck Eats about the use of the lot at Yonge and Gould. Some of the possibilities discussed include letting Ryerson use the space to display student artwork or set up booths run by different student groups. “So far it’s been positive, but only because they have seen examples [of our previous work],” said Doss.


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Doss has also reached out to local establishments like Thai food restaurant Salad King to offer them the chance to set up their own food booths. Food Truck Eats spread the word about their Ryerson debut primarily through the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. “So far we’ve seen a great response,” said Jensen. Kelly Ali, a third-year psychology student, found out about the event through Twitter. She hopes that the trucks will someday become a campus mainstay. “It just offers something different and it’s cheaper and easy on-thego,” said Ali. Presenting students with more options, according to Doss, is one of the project’s more important aims. “I just want to show people that there are more options to street food other than burgers and fries,” Doss says.

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Ryerson reaps rewards of Remix
The Remix Project gives youth an opportunity to explore creative industries. Tara Deschamps reports
knowledge of whatever they want to learn,” he said. Brock said students are especially excited when Remix brings in special guests speakers. “The fact that we have access to all these celebrities — they’re only one phone call away — is a huge bonus and benefit to the program and to the youth,” he said. He believes their visits make a difference for the participants. “It’s one thing to see them but it’s another to realize that what they’re doing is attainable,” said Brock. Some participants in the Remix program have been victims of violence, are young parents or are youth with a criminal record. Although they do accept youth from all walks of life into the program. "There are just so many varying degrees of what at-risk could be and we don’t like to stick to only the traditional sense because we find that there are so many people out there that are definitely lost,” he said. The project was started by Gavin Sheppard, a youth and charity advocate in September 2006 when he renamed the Inner City Visions organization he was working with The Remix Project. Applicants go through a rigorous application process based on need and dedication before being accepted into the program . Brock, who is also the cofounder of the Toronto campaign 1LoveT.O., was a graphic designer and art director before he mentored youth at Remix. Brooks Peterson, a 21-year-old participant in the program, said Remix is a great opportunity for anyone interested in creative work. “Remix puts you ahead. They have the best connections,” he said. “It’s a tremendous help for anyone who’s trying to make it.”

Students from the Remix 7.0 graduatiing class.
Hidden behind Allan Lamport Stadium in Liberty Village lies a small building that houses The Remix Project — a charity that educates youth ages 16 to 22 in the creative industries. Remix participants use the facilities to develop documentaries, clothing lines, albums and other creative work. Some students now attend Ryerson, such as first-year journalism student Beza Getachew. She credits Remix with teaching her skills that she uses at Ryerson. “She had only one or two published pieces beforehand and after [she graduated] she had multiple pieces published,” said Bryan Brock, Remix’s creative arts program leader.


“I know it’s going to help me when I get to second year and start doing broadcasting because I’ll already be ahead,” said Getachew. Participants are learning from staff members as well as industry mentors. “They go from entering the program with little to no skillset to exiting with, hopefully, a great

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Jeff Lagerquist looks at cycling in one of the city’s most dangerous area and the things you can do to protect yourself. Check out people’s stories, stats and the possible solutions in the full story online at
In development This small battery-powered device attaches to your handlebars and projects a bright green laser image of a cyclist onto the road ahead, alerting drivers when you are in their blind spot. The design comes courtesy of Emily Brooke, a design student from the University of Brighton in England.

$9.50 - $35 Stay visible in the dark with a reflective vest.

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$5 - $15 Make some noise. Let vehicles, pedestrians, and other cyclists know you’re around.

Clean your chain with solvent, check your brakes and keep your tires inflated. Ryerson’s Bike Club is having a free bike seminar on the 23rd outside of the SCC.

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Secular Holiday Corgi of the Week


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Ho Ho Ho-roscopes
Aries On the first day of Christmas, your true love will give you gonorrhea. Gemini Rejoice, as December is the only month where your habit of dressing up and letting kids sit on you turns from a hobby into a job. Cancer You will be trampled in a hit-and-run by some drunk bastard with a sleigh and 12 reindeer. Leo Your financial situation will start looking up when you realize that the holiday shopping rush makes it really easy to shoplift. Virgo You feel like you probably should have gone to class at least once this semester, but you were probably too high to learn anything anyway. Libra On the second day of Christmas, your true love will give you a restraining order. Sagittarius You’ll drink a bottle of absinthe and run around stealing garden gnomes in hopes of opening a competing elf-run toy workshop. Capricorn Hanukkah will be ruined when you lose a leg in a freak dreidel accident. Aquarius Holidays are a time to spend with family, so you should probably hold off on that abortion for a few weeks.

Taurus Remember, drunk driving is most prevalent around the holidays, so if you drive drunk and hit someone, chances are they’re also drunk and will think it’s their fault.

Scorpio You will take too much Adderall and spend ten hours watching that Yule log channel instead of studying for exams.


Pisces You’ll go into your finals relaxed and stress free once you realize that even if you pass, your degree is still going to be worthless.

Attention Undergraduate Students

Important tImetable notICe
Mark Your Calendars
Friday, november 25
Last meeting of Friday classes

Friday, December 2
Monday classes will meet for the last time on this day

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Final exams
This timetable change does not affect courses offered by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies and The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

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Our campus is aglow

Wishing you a bright and festive holiday season
The holidays are a time to reflect as well as look ahead. At Ryerson, there is much to celebrate and this is a wonderful time of year to do it. I am proud of the outstanding accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff; the diversity of our campus; and the mark we are making in our vibrant, downtown setting. You make Ryerson what it is: a remarkable university. Your creativity and enthusiasm contribute to the vitality of our community and city. And your optimism, determination and spirit never fail to inspire. We see a future of possibilities, and as the holidays draw near, we share a sense of gratitude for all that we have – and hopes of peace, health and happiness for others around the world. I wish each of you a joyous holiday break with loved ones. I cannot wait for the new year – it’s going to be an extraordinary 2012 at Ryerson.

Sheldon Levy President