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Alleged assault on campus edge
After a delayed response informing the public of the alleged assault of a 27-year-old woman, Ryerson security takes the next steps in protecting its students. News Editor Rebecca Burton reports

Word on the Street
Do you feel safe on and around campus?

The woman was reportedly coerced into a van at Yonge and Gerrard streets.
Ryerson’s campus was postered with security watch alerts after an alleged sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman by six males in the Yonge and Eglington area. The woman was coerced into a black mini-van at Yonge and Gerrard streets at 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 3, just steps away from campus. The woman reported that she was taken away and sexually assaulted by the group of men. According to Mark Pugash, the head of the Toronto Police communications department, the police are currently working with the victim to narrow down the location of the assault. While Pugash says that there is no direct link between the victim or the suspects to Ryerson, the proximity to campus has left community members asking if enough action has been taken to warn students. Heavy criticism arose against the Toronto Police and Ryerson security for not adequately warning the public of the crime. Security watch bulletins were posted on Jan. 6, three days after the incident. According to Tanya FerminPoppleton, operations manager of security and emergency services, Ryerson only released their security notice when they had all the information that Toronto Police would provide to them. “There was no delay on our part,” she said. But Pugash says that putting up bulletins around campus is not the most effective way of protecting potential victims. “We’ve been working closely with agencies that deal with violence against women and they say warnings are inappropriate because it is blaming the victim,” he said. The map of Ryerson extends to the border of Victoria and Gerrard streets, excluding the Gerrard and Yonge intersection. However, some students are troubled that the assault took place around the corner from campus. “I didn’t hear about it. I didn’t get any warnings,” said Laura Stevens, a first-year nursing student. Fellow first-year nursing student, Paulina Szmudrowska, found out the crime through news reports. “It’s scary knowing it [happened] right down the street,” she said. “My mom’s constantly calling me.” For first-year fashion communication student Holly Wiancko, who lives mere steps away in the Campus Commons building at Gerrard and Church streets, it was a reminder to be aware of her surroundings.


It’s scary knowing it [happened] down the street — Paulina Szmudrowska, First-year nursing student

“I still feel secure, it’s just a matter of walking around while being safe. Especially if it’s night time you shouldn’t be alone,” she said. No specific details were released on how the woman was coerced into the car. According to FerminPoppleton the men in the car

stopped and told the woman to get in. “It doesn’t sound like she was grabbed or anything of that nature. They just said ‘get in’, and maybe that was an intimidating factor for her,” she said. While much of the heated debate surrounded the delay in relaying information to students, Caitlin Smith, president of the Ryerson Student’s Union, is concerned about preventing problems like this in the future. The timing coincides with the launch of the Ryerson sexual assault survivor’s support line through the Women’s Centre, which is set to go live in February. “Regardless of the location, not that it was just up the street, it’s about woman’s safety in general. Clearly we’re not past these acts of violence happening,” said Smith. Although the campus currently provides 24/7 security patrols and a walk safe program, Fermin-Poppleton said they will be getting more of their officers to talk to students, and telling them what services they have at their disposal.

Andrea Falotid, 1st Yr. Food & Nutrition “I heard there was a rape [nearby] but I feel pretty safe. There’s a security pole [in the quad].”

Meredith Nelson, 2nd Yr. Business Management “Yeah, there’s always lots of people around.”

Fmhmad Parvaiz, 2nd Yr. Business Management “Yes. Except at Yonge and Gerrard, honestly.”

Community Council approves Gould Street closure

The East York Community Council agreed on Tuesday to make the closure of Gould Street and portions of Victoria Street near Ryerson University permanent. Under the adopted motion, the city would retain ownership of the street but Ryerson would be responsible for maintenance, snow removal and litter collection. Now that the community council has approved the motion, it will be reviewed by City Council on Feb. 7. “We’re on our way,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. “This is truly a success story of students that goes back a number of years.” Ryerson Students Union (RSU) Student Life and Events Vice President Alyssa Williams says that the RSU is optimistic that Gould Street will remain closed to the public.

“I’m hopeful that the decision will be in our favour,” she says. “Should it not go that way, it will be very difficult for students because they are so used to the street being closed.” One of the RSU’s primary concerns with the street being open to the public is student safety. “There was an incident where a student was hit by a car,” she says. “Having all these cars on the street isn’t safe.” Nicole MacKenzie, a secondyear early childhood education student, agrees that the street’s closure will make the campus safer, and also notes that it makes travelling around campus easier. “Having the area closed off is a huge time saver,” said MacKenzie. “Students don’t have to wait for lights to change so it’s easier to get to class [on time].” Last August, Gould Street was deemed a pedestrian zone as part of a 12-month pilot project pro-

posed by the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services. Throughout the course of the project, Ryerson used Gould Street as a recreational space, providing outdoor furniture for students to use, as well as a venue to host a variety of campus events. “The campaign to close the street is six years old, so the RSU has done lots of things to make sure students use it,” Williams said. “We’ve had concerts, our Winter Week of Welcome and our student groups hold events on the street.” When the project ended in September 2011, the community council decided to block the street until a permanent decision is reached. A study conducted by Toronto’s city council found that over 98 per cent of people surveyed were in favour of the street’s closure, and city staff recommended that the street become a permanent pedestrian zone. Students gathering on Gould Street.



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Resolve to try

The Ryerson Students' Union Presents:

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Winter Gould Street Festival
Ice skating on Lake Devo, pick-up ball hockey, Beavertails, hot chocolate and music

I suspect that refusing to make a resolution is the most popular resolution of all. The usual thoughts are that resolutions are useless, half-hearted promises to yourself that are undoubtedly destined to be broken by Jan. 2. Many think that resolution makers are merely jumping on the New Year’s bandwagon and if they really wanted to improve themselves in some way, they could do it anytime of the year. I certainly thought that way and deep down I probably still do. Yet this year on Jan. 1 I pulled out a fresh notebook and made a list of 10 resolutions. My resolution this year is to give resolutions a try. Some of my resolutions are admittedly more achievable (yoga a few times per week) than others (travel to three new places) but all are within the realm of possibility. You can’t change or improve yourself unless you actually challenge yourself to do so. We make little resolutions all the time. “I will drink less before exams” or “I will get a higher GPA

this semester” are both promises we make to ourselves without the fancy New Year’s title attachment. Jan. 1 just offers a convenient start date. And yes, they might fail, but I still feel like one week of going to the gym or eating healthy is better than ignoring your health all year. It’s not too late to start resolving, so if you’re a first-timer like me the Eyeopener has some helpful tips to get your resolutions going this year. On page 12, our communities section tells you how to achieve common resolutions without even stepping foot off campus. Making your resolutions convenient seems like a good place to start if you’re going to follow them through. If fitness is your goal, stop by the sports section on page 10 for tips from an actual trainer on how to get your ass (also legs, tummy, arms…) in shape this year. Like having gadgets guide your way? Check out page 14 for our biz and tech sections’s advice on how technology can make your life better in 2012. Still want to be a resolution scrooge? Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten you. Enter our SuDoKu contest in the fun section where you can win $50 to spend on all the indulgences you want.

Wed Jan

Skating Under the Stars Campus Caravan Coffee House


Ice skate into the night on Ryerson's own Lake Devo on Gould St.

Lauren “GOLDEN GOD” Strapagiel

Thu Jan

Come to the Student Centre Lobby & SCC115 to check out or join one of RSU’s student groups


Suraj “SPACED OUT” Singh Lee “MOTHERLAND” Richardson Jeff “TINTED WINDOWS” Lagerquist John “DD” Shmuel



Join us in Thomas Lounge (Oakham House) for an open mic, free coffee and board games

Rebecca “WOODY” Burton Carolyn “MASTER” Turgeon Sean “PUPPY’” Tepper




Sex at the Ram


Dirty Bingo and drag performances at the Ram in the Rye

Fri Jan


Liane “DINGED” McLarty Chris “BUSH” Roberts J.D. “SPECS” Mowat

Mock New Year’s Party


Sarah “MUSHROOM” Del Giallo Sean “PATTAYA” Wetselaar Gabe “BOXES” Lee Nicole “EMBEDDED” Siena Lindsay “SHOOTS” Boeckl Mohamed “GUNS” Omar Marissa “TORN” Dederer



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IMA galleries sit empty

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The blocked off and unfinished first floor gallery in the Image Arts building.


Displaced Image Arts students may finally have a home, but the big names of the Toronto photography scene will have to wait a bit longer. The Ryerson Image Centre, known previously as the Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre, will be housed in the Image Arts building alongside the classrooms and offices. Along with the rest of the building, the centre has suffered many delays from the ongoing construction and has moved its opening date to September 2012. “That’s the official date and we’re working towards [it],” said Ryerson president Sheldon Levy. “However, like everything else in Image Arts it was delayed.” According to Centre staff the work is continuing on the current expected schedule. “As far I’m aware, the gallery will be completed on schedule to open on Nuit Blanche [on Sept 29],” said Doina Popescu, director of the Centre. The delay resulted in changes to the shows that were scheduled to happen after the original opening date. Edward Burtynsky, a Canadian photographer and artist known for

his work on industrial landscapes, was supposed to display his Oil series in the gallery. He’s a Ryerson alumni and a member of the advisory board for the Centre. Instead of postponing Burtynsky’s show, the Image Centre used their partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) to display the series as an exhibit in their Institute for Contemporary Culture on April 9 and Aug. 21 as planned.

Like everything else in Image Arts it was delayed. — President Sheldon Levy

“They were unable to shift dates so I went to my colleagues and they were delighted to do so,” said Popescu. “I’m a strong believer in local and international partnerships.” She has also established partnerships with the Corchrane Gallery of Art in the United States and the Jeu de Paume gallery in France. Popescu is also working with faculty on how to utilize the gallery spaces in their class in order to help students. “To have more opportunities

to display them is something that would make a huge difference,” said Jessie Cooper, third-year new media student. “It’s really hard to motivate yourself to do gallery level pieces when there’s really no places you can guarantee you’re going to be able to display things.” The student gallery on 80 Spadina Ave. will be kept running alongside these new facilities. “It is really the first venue that we have to showcase our work in a professional manner,” said Rocco Barriusu, fourth-year film student. “So I really hope that even though we have this new gallery that is about to open, the university does something to keep the other one running and that they find the money [for it].” Upon completion, the new Centre will host three public gallery spaces, a fully-staffed professional research centre with museum quality environmental control, a wall of 18 screens to display new media content and a climate controlled vault built to contain one million photographic images. The three galleries, which will all open together, include a main gallery for historical and contemporary art exhibitions, a university gallery for Canadian and International exhibitions and a student gallery for advanced student work or curatorial projects.


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How has the IMA space affected your program?

Word on the Street

Alex Jordan, 3rd Yr. New Media “None of our classes are in here, we basically just have a place to sit. I see more engineers in here than New Media students.”

Liz Mudenyo, 3rd Yr. Film “I’m glad we finally moved in here, and have some classes in here. [But] with film, it’s like they’re making these galleries, but until we can use them it doesn’t make much difference.”

Christopher Lacroix, 4th Yr. Photo “The photo curriculum is in flux anyways, so I think it’s actually a good thing the construction is happening at the same time, at least for the future curriculum.”


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EllisDon granted SLC contract

News you missed over the break
While you were stuffing your face and sleeping away your break, a lot of things happened around campus. Here’s the News Team’s breakdown on what happened and some stories to watch in 2012 SLC receives design award
The architectural renderings of the Student Learning Centre (SLC) garnered an Award of Excellence from the Canadian Architect magazine as a significant design project on the Canadian stage. The design was one of only eight to receive the award out of 211 submissions. The SLC was specifically recognized for its “state of the art space and iconic, bold presence on Yonge street.” The SLC was one of four Ontario buildings to recieve the prestigious award.

Liberals open tuition grant
From now until March 31, full-time undergraduate students in good standing with a family salary of less than $160,000 can apply for the $800 per semester grant. The tuition grant was introduced after the Liberals promised a 30 per cent reduction in tuition fees. The grant will continue to match any increases in tuition fees in the future. For students on OSAP, their applications will be automatically submitted. Other students can apply on the provincial website: osap.

Staff gets Order of Canada nod
Four members of the Ryerson community were appointed to the Order of Canada for their contributions in early January. Among those appointed include Jocephyn Cote-O’Hara, a member of the Board of Governors at Ryerson, who was recognized for her contributions as a business woman and mentor towards the advancement of women in the workforce. Alongside O’Hara, wellknown broadcaster Stuart Mclean, former lieutenant governor James Bartleman and architect Bruce Kuwabara also received the honour.

MLSE lawsuit almost settled
Although Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s (MLSE) lawsuit against Ryerson University’s use of Maple Leaf Gardens is still ongoing, President Sheldon Levy said that a settlement is nearing. “There have been a number of documents that have gone back and forth between the parties,” he said. “I would say that we are very close to having a good workable relationship between us and I have full expectations that it will all work out.”

Ryerson announced its decision to grant construction company EllisDon the $112 million Student Learning Centre project at the corner of Yonge and Gould streets. The 462 square-foot, eightstorey building designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto and Snohetta of Oslo, Norway is set to break ground in February and be completed by winter 2014. The project currently stands on task and on budget after a brief interruption with the city’s recommendations to change the store front facade on the Yonge street side.

Briefs & Groaners
A helpful non-community member used the emergency phone in the quad to report three males loitering in Kerr Hall. After the suspects fled, security discovered they had broken into a vending machine. Remember boys, quarters are insulting to Zanzibar employees. A student was found vomiting on campus last week. Security was called to the scene and offered patient care but the student just walked it off like a god damn champ. A staff member was entering a classroom on the first floor of the George Vari engineering building last Friday when a man approached her, said he wanted to fight and swung at her with a closed fist. The woman dodged the punch, ran and called security. Like a god damn champ? Four planters on Gould St. were tipped over Saturday in a completely original and not at all overdone act of vandalism. Security reported that numerous office thefts were commited over the holidays. Suprisingly, it was the Jewish member of the news team who was the first to blame it on the man in the red suit.

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Maggie’s closed until spring

Despite expectations, Maggie’s Eatery, the first floor classrooms in the International Living and Learning Centre’s (ILLC) and its underground parking garage remain closed after damage sustained during flood that occurred on Nov. 2. According to Chad Nuttall, Manager of Student Housing Services, the cleanup and repair of the building has been a multiphase process. “Besides the initial clean up, we have had to go through a tearing out phase where [work crews] literally cut out all parts of the building that had been water damaged or could possibly result in mould growth,” he said. “This has also been an opportunity during the rebuilding [of Maggie’s Eatery] to fix things that weren’t working before the flood.” Nuttall stressed that because of the nature of the water damage,

the process of cleaning and rebuilding is one that takes time. A disconnected main sewer line on Mutual Street backed up ILLC’s waterline and spilled substantial amounts of sewage and water into the first floor as well as the parking garage below the building. Residents, however, are frustrated with the loss of their cafeteria.

If I knew I wasn’t going to have a cafeteria [in my residence], I would have lived in Pitman Hall — Maxime Houde-Shulman, ILLC Resident

“It’s very annoying having to go to Pitman Hall to get food, even if I just want to grab a water bottle

or something quick in the morning,” said Olivia Pezzente, a firstyear student and resident of ILLC. “The cafeterias are also very different, I preferred Maggie’s because of its healthy choices.” Some residents also feel that the value of their residence has been compromised as a result of the flood. “It pisses me off that it’s closed,” said Maxime Houde-Shulman, a resident of ILLC. “I thought it would have only been for the start of this semester. If I knew I wasn’t going to have a cafeteria [in my residence], I would have lived in Pitman Hall.” The damage to ILLC was extensive enough to warrant an insurance claim that is estimated to be over $500,000 according to Julia Hanigsberg, VP Administration and Finance. Nuttall estimates that at the current rate, Maggie’s Eatery will resume full operations by the spring.

Maggie’s after the flood.


Maggie’s under renovation.


Fighting crime in 3D

Firefighters on the scene last year.


It has been over a year since the Empress Hotel at the corner of Yonge and Gould streets caught fire. While the site remains vacant, an ongoing police investigation has come up empty in finding the individual(s) responsible for the arson of the former heritage building. The only lead that the police have is images that were taken by a nearby security camera of an individual circling a pile of garbage bags and lighting them on fire. Police are now taking the investigation into new territory by implementing 3D imagery technology. The software will provide new angles and perspectives for officers investigating the case by offering new crime scene 3D imagery reconstruction. By doing this, police will be able to have a virtual tour of the scene and be able to deduce the

height and weight of the individual from the security camera images. “The technology is really interesting in recreating scenes and offering new ways of viewing a case,” said Constable Wendy Drummond. “It’s another tool we can use in finding new leads and evidence.” The software has already been used in analyses for car accidents, and more recently for the G20 events that took place in Toronto during the summer of 2010 to eliminate and confirm suspects. The Empress Hotel building was constructed in 1888, and the city of Toronto declared it a heritage-building site that must be maintained a few months before the three-alarm fire occurred. It’s been documented that owners of the building had an application to

demolish it months before the fire, however, they were denied by the City of Toronto. Current plans for the area are still not concrete, as owners of the site have not come to an agreement for its future. Plans for Ryerson to potentially acquire the land to complement the development of the new Student Learning Centre have not been explored due to a lack of finances. President Sheldon Levy has been in talks with the TTC regarding the vacant lot as the subway platform ends right under where the Empress Hotel once stood. “We are hoping the TTC seriously considers that site as an entrance and exit to the subway,” says Levy. “We are going to need more access to the Subway at Yonge and Dundas, and that’s an ideal location.”

Ram kitchen sort of gets a pass

A greasy ventilation system is to blame for the Ram in the Rye and Oakham House Cafe’s most recent conditional pass from Toronto Public Health. According to Eric Newstadt, the general manager of Ryerson’s two most popular eateries, the joint kitchen received a conditional pass after its Nov. 30 inspection due to “expected and unavoidable” grease build up in the overhead airways. “The inspector was a little unreasonable for citing us for that infraction,” said Newstadt, maintaining that the kitchen hires ventilation cleaners once every three months, which is double the frequency of the manufacturer’s recommendations. According to Toronto’s DineSafe

inspection report, this is just the latest violation that the restaurants have been charged with, having violated five Ontario Food Premises Regulations in 2010. Minor infractions included failing to ensure proper employee hygiene and inadequate pest control, while failure to protect food from contamination was listed as the establishment’s only crucial infraction. The kitchen was given 48 hours to correct these violations and after health inspectors confirmed that significant changes had been made, the conditional pass was upgraded to an unqualified pass. “We’re not making any excuses,” said Newstadt. “It won’t be happening again.”

This is the third time since December 2008 that both establishments have been given conditional passes. That year they had six infractions, but as of Nov. 9, 2010 they only had one. Norine Schofield, a Toronto Health Inspector, says that the conditions of restaurants are reflective of the people that run the business. “You simply cannot put the public at risk,” she said. “It’s like your home; you’re either a pig or you’re not.” The Ram and Oakham Cafe aren’t the only food venues on Ryerson’s campus that have gotten multiple conditional passes in the last few years. On Dec. 7, the Hub Market Cafeteria received a conditional pass, it’s second since July 27.

Oakham and the Ram’s conditional pass.



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Despite already running several martial arts programs, Ryerson still won’t allow mixed martial artsrelated clubs. Charles Vanegas reports




n September of 2010, Lorne Gershman tried to start a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) club at Ryerson. “I had a really bad schedule for school and it stopped a lot of my training at my gym,” says the fifth-year accounting student. “So I had the idea, let’s start the club, maybe I can teach some kids, see if there are some other decent jiujitsu guys at Ryerson.” So he set up a group on Facebook. A handful of members joined, and they began meeting at the RAC for informal training sessions in the studios, with Gershman teaching technique. However, after only a few sessions, Gershman received an email from Anthony Seymour, then-manager of recreation, demanding that he “cease booking space within RAC or using open space within RAC for the purposes of the BJJ Club”, as well as remove “Ryerson” from the Facebook group name. While Gershman was banned from booking space at the RAC, the group remained online with its title unchanged. “You can’t tell me what to do on Facebook,” he says.

grapple with and eventually take your opponent to the ground and force them into submission using various joint-locks and holds. With the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) — a sport that combines various fighting styles, such as wrestling, kickboxing, muay-Thai and karate —

ers, as well as Chu’s Martial Arts Academy. “I do a lot of one-on-one training with the white belts as one of the senior students. They’ll ask me, ‘can you show me this? What do I do in this situation? And then I show them.” But ranking up in BJJ is a


I don’t see why we can’t have it — we just need to take the proper precautions. — Randy Pipher, former RAC Clubs Coordinator
and its most popular league, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), BJJ is gaining more namerecognition, as it is the basis of many top fighters’ ground games. lengthy process. Unlike karate, which sometimes allows practitioners to reach the rank of black belt in as little as two to five years, BJJ requires about the same commitment per rank, meaning black belts will have had at least a decade of experience. “They don’t care how well you ‘know’ a move; you need to be able to perform it against a real opponent, who is actively trying to stop you,” says Gershman. “It’s really hard [to move up].” Gershman believes a big reason that a BJJ club has not been approved is the connection it has with the UFC and the stigma attached to it. In the mid-90s, U.S. senator John McCain called for a ban on the sport, which he referred to as “human cockfighting.”



ershman has been training in the martial art of BJJ for the past four years. Similar to judo, the aim in BJJ is to

n 2010, Gershman began training at Grant Brothers Boxing and MMA Gym, under the guidance of former-WEC fighter Wagnney Fabiano — the man who introduced BJJ to Canadian fighter, and current UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St-Pierre. “It’s amazing,” says Gershman on working with Fabiano. “To be dominated by a guy who is 5-ft5, 140lbs, when you’re 6’1, 185lbs, it’s mind-blowing. You get to see just how good a person can get.” While on just the second belt rank (blue), Gershman now trains BJJ novices at Grant Broth-

hile MMA has exploded in popularity in the past few years — especially in Canada, which has hosted five of the top six UFC shows in terms of attendance, including the 55,724 sell-out at the Rogers Centre last year — it has still struggled to shake off such criticisms, and was only legalized in Ontario in Aug. 2010. “It’s just the way people perceive it — that it is affiliated with the UFC. There’s a real stigma attached, and they just don’t want it in their school,” says Gershman. Clubs Coordinator Nick Asquini agrees that stigma may have played a role in clubs associated with MMA being declined in the past. “Mixed martial arts could have been turned down or declined in the past because there is a taboo around the sport,” says Asquini. “To be real about it, it’s only been legalized in Ontario for what? A year? It would have set a pretty big precedence if the university was sanctioning an MMA club and it’s not even a sanctioned sport in Ontario.” However, MMA-related clubs had been present at other universities before the sport became legal. Domenic Passero, a BJJ brown belt (one step below black belt) who trains with Gershman at Grant Brothers, started a BJJ program at

York University back in 1999. He says that he faced similar problems due to misconceptions about BJJ, but was fortunate to find someone within the sports faculty who was actually trained in jiu-jitsu and could vouch for the sport. “Whatever qualms people might have about jiu-jitsu, or training MMA, he didn’t have them”, says Passero. “[For the others] it certainly wasn’t like what their expectations were like ‘were there going to be MMA fights? Are guys going to be wearing gloves [and punching each other]?’ But once they knew we were wearing mouth guards, there was no striking, and it was all controlled submissions, they seemed to understand it.” Once the club was up and running, it became the second biggest athletic instructional program at York, boasting 25 students in just two weeks. “[In] boxing, it takes a long time for someone to get up to speed, where they can spar and not get hurt. In BJJ, within weeks we can get a student on the mats, sparring [without much risk of injury],” says Passero.


eanwhile, Gershman has attempted to get BJJ “official club status” with Ryerson Athletics. Last year he filled out an application, and met with then-Clubs Coordi-

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nator Randy Pipher. “We sat down and talked about different ideas” says Pipher. “Where we tended to run into a wall was — with any of those martial arts clubs — there’s insurance to be covered. And with what he wanted to do, we needed mats. But with any of our sports clubs, they need to be completely self-sustaining. They would have to find those funds [for mats]. So it became a thing where we were having safety issues before we even started.”

Ryerson Athletics currently recognizes only three martial arts clubs as official athletic clubs: karate, kendo and taekwondo. Two

And according to RAC employees, the karate club does do some throws — even without mats. Crash mats can cost any-

the space limitations we have in Kerr Hall and the RAC, so if those programs do get off the ground, we can purchase those mats and store that equipment.”

It’s mind-blowing. You get to see just how good a person can get. — Lorne Gershman, fifth-year accounting
of those, karate and taekwondo, are also limited by the RAC’s lack of crash mats. The mats would prevent slips or falls, provide more stability during high kicks targeted to upper areas such as the head or face (although the karate club does not use strikes), and reduce pressure on footing. “Without mats, beginners tend to acquire blisters much more easily,” says Alex Frias, Ryerson Taekwondo Supervisor. where from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Not only does the RAC lack the necessary mats, it may also lack the space to store them, or even practice. “Our cheerleading club has a set of mats that are currently stored in three different places, and they’re big and heavy to move so it really limits where they can practice,” says Asquini. “Hopefully the new space that we’ll gain with the Athletic Centre at the Gardens will alleviate



ershman isn’t the only one who’s failed to start a club. Last semester, Ben Morgan, a fourth-year entrepreneurship student, also attempted to start a BJJ club — first with the RSU and then with the RAC, but was also unsuccessful.

hile it won’t satisfy the demands of all MMA enthusiasts, it is possible to create a makeshift training schedule with the various programs that are offered at the RAC. In addition to karate and taekwondo clubs, kickboxing classes are available (for a fee) to RAC members. Another option is the “Ultimate Workout,” a class created by Nino Robles, a fitness specialist at the RAC. Modeled after exercises used by strongman competitors (and named after pro-wrestler The Ultimate Warrior), it builds strength and endurance, while requiring par-

ticipants to engage in tasks such as pulling running sleds, using battling ropes, and flipping 485lb tractor tires. While there are still obstacles to getting an approved BJJ club, it may just be a matter of time. “With the UFC and MMA, it’s really growing into a big thing in Canada. I don’t see why we can’t have it — we just need to take the proper precautions in making sure they are doing what they’re supposed to be doing and won’t injure each other,” says Pipher. Morgan is undeterred by previous failures, and says he will continue to advocate for a BJJ club this semester. And despite being in his final semester at Ryerson, Gershman says he is still willing to help teach if a BJJ club gets approved. “I love jiu-jitsu,” he says, “and I really just want to teach others.”


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Women’s Basketball vs. Carleton (6 p.m.) Game of the Week: Men’s Basketball vs. Carleton (8 p.m.) Women’s Hockey vs. Waterloo (7 p.m.) Men’s Hockey @ U of T (7:30 p.m.)

Blades of glory
After a disappointing end to last year’s season, the figure skating team has five new skaters, and they’re looking to dominate the podium at this year’s final event. Erica Huculak reports
Alysha Gjos’ gold medal finish at last February’s Ontario University Athletics figure skating championship final was overshadowed by her team coming in a disappointing sixth place out of eight teams. Last year, the Ryerson figure skating team was at a crossroads: the team was brimming with a collection of talented skaters who excelled in their individual events. However they lacked the number of athletes needed to compete in several events. Head coach Janean Bruhn admits the past several seasons of Rams skating has been a rebuilding process considering the team has consisted of skaters who are either new to figure skating or have taken time off from the sport. Not having enough skaters for the synchronized dance portion of the event significantly hindered the Rams’ chances at finishing higher in the overall standings. Ontario University Athletics (OUA) requires each team to field a minimum of 12 skaters for the event. Bruhn had a total of 12 skaters on her team last year, thus she elected against registering her team. “The formations are impossible to form with less than 16 skaters,” Bruhn said. “It did not seem worth the time and effort to compete in the event.” The team has reloaded on talent, with five new skaters including Christina Pulla, a transfer from the University of Toronto team. Bruhn believes this year’s team has what it takes to compete in the synchronized dance. In addition to the team’s fresh crop of skaters, the program is returning all four of their medalwinners at last season’s conference championship. Bruhn expects all four skaters to repeat their strong performances from last season. Pulla, a first-year nursing student, has been a leader in the locker room for this young team. Her previous success on the ice, coupled with her experience in synchronized dance, is invaluable to the team. “Most of the girls on the team have never done synchronized dance before, so I’m hoping that I can bring my experience to the Ryerson team this year,” Pulla said. The new and improved Rams already achieved a personal best at the Fall Invitational in Kingston, Ont., finishing fifth out of 10 teams, a potential sign of things to come at the final competition in February. In all, four skaters reached the podium for the Rams. The pairing of Katie Docherty and Lisa Jensen took home the silver medal in the junior silver freeskate and Lisa Makeeva skated away with a silver medal in the gold freeskate event. Pulla rounded out the Rams medal haul by winning bronze in the short program. Although there was no synchronized dance at the Fall Invitational, the team has already established the synchronized dance routine they will be performing at next month’s championship final. “We know the odds are against us as we are 14 [skaters] up against the best teams of 16,” said Bruhn. “But we are going to put out the best possible program and hope for the best.”

Badminton Tournament (9 a.m.) Women’s Basketball vs. Ottawa (6 p.m.) Men’s Basketball vs. Ottawa (8 p.m.) Women’s Hockey vs. Laurier (2 p.m.) Men’s Hockey vs. Carleton (7 p.m.)

Women’s Volleyball vs. U of T (2 p.m.)

Roy Rana:
Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team


The National tournament invitational is Ryerson’s first since 1999 and its second in the event’s 19-year history. (@Roy_Rana)

The Fall Invitational Medalists: Christina Pulla, Katie Docherty, Lisa Jensen and Lisa Makeeva.


The definitive guide to getting fit in 2012
New year’s resolutions have become a synonym for unfulfillment. If yours is to lose weight by hitting the weights, Ryerson’s strength and conditioning coach Mark Harris has advice for you
Midnight struck on New Year’s Eve and 2012 arrived. You pat yourself on the back because you survived a very stressful 2011; you turn back to your friends, throw back another shot and continue to party. The next morning you wake up feeling like you were hit by a truck, you stagger to the bathroom, look in the mirror and you’re disgusted with your own reflection. You begin to panic, and promise yourself this year is going to be different. New Year’s Resolutions almost never come to fruition, especially ones associated with weight loss. They’ve almost become something we throw onto our annual self-improvement list instinctively, along with learning something new and doing better in school, without first considering what it takes to reach that goal. If you really want to make a dramatic physical life change for 2012, wait two weeks to reconsider if the desire to get fit remains. After all the hoopla surrounding New Year’s is gone, the semester is underway and life returns to normal. If you still feel driven to change your lifestyle, you’re ready to follow my workout plan. I’ve written a workout for three days a week, here’s day one of three. Follow this plan for the next four weeks, increasing the weight every week. Make it a priority to get to the gym to do your weight workout and make the effort to complete 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise on days with workouts and on days without. Do your best, and don’t forget to take days off to rest your body.

Carli Yim: Captain
of the Women’s Volleyball Team
What an experience the Ryerson Women’s Volleyball team had in Agua Prieta, Mexico! Missing the community already! (@carliyim)

Emma Crawley:
Goalie of the Women’s Hockey Team
Safe to say that was the worst first half of a season of my life. (@crawley73)

Kelsey Wright:

Women’s Basketball Team, Guard
I’m all about #mettaworldpeace #mettaworldpeace #mettaworldpeace #mettaworldpeace (@kelwright)

Crunches (3 sets of 20)

Dumbell Squats (3 sets of 15)

Dumbell Incline Press (3 sets of 15)

Lat Pull Downs (3 sets of 15)

Lunges (3 sets of 15)


For the rest of the workout, as well as my 10 steps to to achieving a healthier lifestyle visit Check back next month for another workout. Do your best and have fun.

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Continuing to grow
The Continuist is a hidden gem at Ryerson that publishes everything from student art to literature. Sophie Mikhaylova reports
people in the community. “We want to collaborate, but there’s just not a lot of similar publications to collaborate with,” said White. “I find that, at Ryerson, there’s kind of a cold and impersonal thing where everyone ignores each other. We’re trying to be different.” The original creators of The Continuist graduated last year, leaving returning staff White, Jenna Danchuk, and Tom Dunbar in charge. Now, the new team has “a new vision” for the zine, White said. “This year, we’re making more, smaller zines leading up to a big zine at the end of the year,” said White. This is a change from the previous format of The Continuist, which would only publish one final zine at the end of the school year, with all of the submissions. For many contributors, the zine has led to more than published work, creating lasting friendships. “Art is a huge part of my life and finding people at Ryerson who like things I do and who get my art is great,”said Stulberg. “It’s nice to meet people who appreciate your art and other art.” Stulberg added that she didn’t know many people initially, but The Continuist’s casual atmosphere made her feel comfortable. “All of my good friends at Ryerson are because of The Continuist,” said White. “I think we’re unique. I think there’s no other group like us.”

Rye student step closer to stardom

Contributors to The Continuist
The Continuist is not a place you will find daily news updates, analysis of campus politics or your sports fix. But flip through its pages and you will find poetry, illustrations and artwork pulled together by a small, dedicated group of students. The Continuist is a zine created and distributed by students of the Arts and Contemporary Studies (ACS) faculty but is largely unknown within Ryerson. “There’s so many creative groups at Ryerson, but there’s no unity, no community,” said one of The Continuist’s current co-editors, Nick White. “We notice there’s a lot of creative students at Ryerson, and a lot of students create art outside of school, and we want to bring them together so they can collaborate.”


Students of the ACS faculty, who came to the project from another school zine called Closet Space, created The Continuist in 2005. Although it’s based in ACS, it isn’t exclusive. Students from all programs are encouraged to submit their art and writing and to take part in publishing and creating it. However, contributors said that only a small number of them do. “Not enough people know about The Continuist,” said Megan Stulberg, a first-year ACS student at the zine. “I think [those who do] think we’re snobby,” added White, although he said this is not true. The Continuist publishes all submissions, if not in print, then at least on the blog. Another problem The Continuist faces is finding similar groups of

Early childhood memories are often fleeting and fragmented, but one of Rachael Kennedy’s fondest recollections was when she sang for her parents for the first time. Despite a childhood spent playing rep hockey in the shadow of her sister’s singing abilities, Kennedy said singing was always her first passion. The second-year Arts and Contemporary Studies student from Oakville, Ont. fell into singing at the age of 15. “I remember telling my parents to turn around as I sang my first song, It’s You,” Kennedy said. “They were so shocked but I knew when I saw their faces that I had their approval.” In Dec. 2010, after a year and a half of vocal lessons, Kennedy’s vocal coach set her up with a producer who recruits young, aspiring artists. Since then, she has been with Warner Music Canada in a

development project, making a four track extended play (EP) — a track that is longer than a single but shorter than a full album. The EP was released in October, and Kennedy has since been promoting it and playing at gigs around the city. Kennedy said that her lyrics draw from all experiences in her life. But it was her trip to Ethiopia in grade 11 that changed her. “Volunteering at an orphanage and building lunchrooms and soup kitchens was an eyeopening experience,” said Kennedy. “I started to understand how much harder life is away from home. When I got home I wrote three songs in a week!” Despite the challenges and difficulties associated with breaking into the music industry, Kennedy remains positive. “People are going to judge you no matter what you do,” she said. ”If I put myself out there it’s because this is what I love to do.” For the full story, go to

Know any great artists?
In March, The Eyeopener will be publishing our second annual Arts Top 10 issue, featuring 10 of Ryerson’s most talented artists, and we want your nominations. If you know any talents in art, film, fashion, dance, acting, photography, design or any other kind of creativity on campus, send your nominations to

Continuing Studies at OCAD U offers a wide range of courses and workshops in art and design, including:

Speaker Series


Law, Business, Politics – The Real World
Join Ryerson University’s Distinguished Counsel in Residence, Ralph E. Lean, for a conversation with some of Canada’s leading lawyers, CEOs and politicians.


January 19 January 26 Time/place

TONY LACAVERA, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Globalive Communications Inc. THE HON. DAVID PETERSON, Senior Partner, and MIKE HARRIS, Senior Business Advisor, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Room TRS-1-149. Sessions are free but seating is limited. Register by emailing (and advise of any particular accessibility requirements). For the full 2012 Real World Speaker Series line-up, visit

Find out more. Visit us online at:

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Get a fresh start this coming year
New Year’s resolutions are hard enough to make, let alone keep. Carly Baison helps you get out of your 2011 slump


Word on the street
What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Urisha Nasir, 1st Yr. aerospace engineering

Cameron Rufelds, 3rd Yr. criminology

Nicholas Nanlcissor, 3rd Yr. ITM

“I want to drink eight cups of water a day”

“I want to take steps throughout the year towards the future”

“My yearly resolution is to not have a resolution”

Tuesday Jan. 10
WINTER GOULD STREET FESTIVAL 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. @ Lake Devo SKATING UNDER THE STARS 6 —10 p.m. @ Lake Devo

Wednesday Jan. 11

CAMPUS CARAVAN 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. @ Student Campus Centre lobby & SCC 115 COFFEE HOUSE 6 – 10 p.m. @ Thomas Lounge, Oakham House Come by for open mic, free coffee and board games

Thursday Jan. 12

SEX AT THE RAM 4 – 7 p.m. @ The Ram in the Rye Come by for dirty bingo and drag performances MOCK NEW YEAR’S PARTY 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. @ The Ram in the Rye Free giveaways upon entry

Friday Jan. 13

BLUE MOUNTIAN SKI TRIP Depart at 10 a.m. Tickets available at Member Services Office, Student Centre lobby

Tuesday Jan. 17

IMMIGRATION AND SETTLEMENT BOOK LAUNCH 6 – 8 p.m @ Chang School, floor 7 Peter Bronfman Room


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The Used Book Room is open additional hours to serve you better
Extended Hours of Operation:
(January 9-19)
Mon-Thu: 8:30am-9pm, Fri: 8:30am-6pm, Sat: 11am-5pm, Sun: Closed

Cheques for the sale of books will not be issued until January 23rd, or anytime after there after.

Cheques Blackout period in effect.

Search for books or check your account online at

Student Centre Basement,
55 Gould Street


The Used Book Room. A consignment used book store owned and operated by students, for students.


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The virtual road to success

Want to vent your frustration or make us laugh? Use the #eyeforatweet hashtag. If we like what we see, we may print it! Be sure to follow @theeyeopener for all your Ryerson news.

Second semester is a chance to start fresh after screwing around for four months. While you may think your devices are hindering your academics, Michael Chen and Biz and Tech Editor Sarah Del Giallo explain how to use technology to succeed rather than procrastinate this semester


Why do I have to pay to apply for graduation? Is my tuition not enough?!? @ryerson

t’s fair to say that technology can act as more of a distraction rather than a tool for productivity. And that’s especially true in student life. The number of devices in our lives have created a phenomenon called “Technostress.” This term essentially means that our brains are going into multitasking overload from checking our texts, our calls, our social media, and our forums. For students, this usually happens before even touching our textbooks. What this does is increase anxiety. If you’re a habitual procrastinator, that anxiety means avoiding your responsibilities in favour of YouTube videos, games and an entire season of Breaking Bad. There are a few obvious solutions: learn how to manage time better, make a daily to-do list and use common sense when it comes to the habits that start out as a five minute break and turn into an hours-long marathon. Luckily this doesn’t mean locking away your favourite tech-y passtimes. There are ways to manipulate your use of technology to your advantage. Here’s how.


Your sites
Studying for an extended period of time will hurt your productivity, so taking a break and checking out a couple of websites is a fine idea. If you’re typing an essay, you should take a few minutes away from your screen as well, but when you’ve been crunching numbers, going over philosophy readings or forming an articulate argument, a break for some fun is good for you. Set an alarm for five to 10 minutes once per hour to check your Facebook, Twitter, email or Reddit. If you’re feeling extra keen, update your LinkedIn profile, and proudly add that you have time management skills. A funny video on YouTube is an especially good idea, as laughter releases endorphines that lower stress levels.

Your music downloads
You’ve likely heard that listening to music can help you study. But the important part is missing; certain types of music are good for productivity while others can affect your ability to retain information. So download a study playlist. The best options are songs with varying tempos and speeds, songs you like and songs without lyrics. Think classical, but if your taste can’t handle that, anything purely instrumental will do. Listening to these types of songs can boost your mood and your productivity which will help you tackle your tasks. Hey, it may not be your jam, but you can always keep Kanye for partying and working out.

Your games
Thank the gaming gods, you don’t have to hide your console to succeed this semester. The key is moderation and common sense. Gaming is a great way to relax and relieve stress, but it’s easy to get caught up playing for hours. Stick with a first person shooter classic like COD or Halo. It will be easier to leave the game if you’ve played it before, but stay away from story mode, just in case. If you’re the ultimate armchair-quarterback, never fear. The great thing about sports gaming is the time limit on each game. But to be safe, play NHL12 in periods rather than full seasons at a time. So go ahead, set your alarm for a designated time limit, make a few decent headshots or touchdowns and get back to work.


How can #Ryerson just cancel a course that I need to take this semester in order to graduate in April?! #wtf @RyersonProblem #goingtosnap


Sometimes I feel like the only reason I pay tuition is the ridiculously fast upload speed on campus... and its totally worth it #Ryerson


Might go to university this semester to upgrade my diploma to a bachelor’s of health #swag #ryerson


The Exception:
Avoid any website that you can’t check briefly. has hilarious, informational lists, but after an article you’ve set your self back at least 15 minutes of sleep or study time. Avoid Facebook chat and sign out when your alarm rings to avoid getting sidetracked by status updates. At least until your allotted study time is up.

The Exception:
Not all music is great for studying. Songs with lyrics are especially bad for reading because your mind will focus on the words in the song rather than the ones on the page. This causes you to become disctracted more often and to retain less info. So try to avoid most of the stuff currently in your music library.

The Exception:
Stay away from Skyrim. In fact, RPGs and MMOs are a bad idea in general when it comes to productivity. The seemingly infinite content, quests, and intricate levelling-up systems make these games obnoxiously addictive. Do yourself a favour and hide them during midterms. You can always slay dragons on reading week.

Crazy man on the #GO is naming Canadian journalists. Graduates of #ryerson #journalism beware. This could be your future.

Blackboard Mobile


iPhone | BlackBerry | Android Not the most exciting app, but it’s that time of the year to get practical. Use Blackboard Mobile on the go to check your classtimes, discussion boards, grades, tuition balance, and whatever else keeners like to keep up with.

Rocket Radar
iPhone Hello commuters! Trust us, you want this. Rocket Radar is an app that uses GPS trackers to accurately estimate when the next TTC bus or streetcar will be arriving at your stop.

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(Note: there is only one) prize)

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Happy “Nu (year)” DoKu

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to

Of course it was!

So complete this Sudoku (I guarantee you’ll have as much fun as the crazy party people pictured) and submit it with your name and contact info by Monday January 16th for your chance to win

$50 CASH

MystiKai’s Prophesy
Aries Your degree in film will turn out to be surprisingly unnecessary in your chosen career of directing, producing and starring in porn. Gemini It’s a whole new year, meaning it’s a whole new chance to screw everything up in precisely the same way you did every other year. Leo Despite Ryerson’s complete lack of fraternities or sororities, some jocks and cheerleaders will still paddle the everloving shit out of you. Just because. Libra Though the whiskey may help you feel a bit warmer during the winter, it’s sort of counterproductive when you pass out on the roof of Kerr Hall. Sagittarius You’ll be surprised when a lifetime of community service and charitable donations earn you no leniency at all when you’re convicted of crimes against humanity. Capricorn You’ll wake up this week with no regrets, or memories, after spending all of your Christmas money on cough syrup and red bull. (It’s called a RoboBomb!) Aquarius You’ll curse all the gods you know now that classes will once again force you to wake up at the ungodly hour of 11 a.m.

Taurus Hell, you’ve come this far; the New Year’s party might as well just keep rolling until February.

Cancer You’ll be pretty embarrassed when you learn that when you signed up for White Slavery in Southeast Asia, it wasn’t a course so much as a lifetime commitment.

Virgo Your staunchly conservative views will be challenged when your roommate comes out to you as a Mexican.

Scorpio Now halfway through the school year, you’ll have to evaluate if you’re gaining the freshman 15, the sophomore anxiety disorder, the third-year pill addiction or the senior liver failure.

Pisces Beeeees! Beads? No, bees.



n a k e d Call ahead for take out:

Guess the dish, Win the cash!
Every day between Monday, Jan 16th and Friday, Jan 20th we’ll be posting a new ingredient at our new kiosk in the Ryerson Hub cafeteria. Correctly list all five ingredients and guess which King at the Court dish they make to enter the draw for a $100 gift certificate valid at Salad King or Linda Modern Thai! See entry form for full contest details.



Visit King at the Court for an entry form!


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



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