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volume 45 / issue 15

January 18, 2012
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3 January 18, 2012 The Eyeopener NEWS
After years of having to deal with Rmail’s shortcomings, Ryerson students can rejoice over the univer-
sity’s intent to switch to Gmail. Leslie Walker reports
Gmail finally coming to Rye
The price of public transporta-
tion in Toronto has been hiked up
for the New Year due to pressures
from Mayor Rob Ford’s 2012 op-
erating budget cuts — something
Ryerson student commuters are
not happy with.
“It’s a batle against the work-
ing class. [The Ford government]
doesn’t want to raise taxes for the
rich people so they prey on the stu-
dents and working people to pay
for transit,” says recently gradu-
ated Ryerson civil engineering stu-
dent, Peter Mikhailenko.
Since Jan. 1 2012 the Toronto
Transit Commission (TTC) has im-
plemented a 10 cent fare increase.
While cash fare remains priced at
$3 for 2012, the price of a token has
risen to $2.60, up from $2.50, and
a student metropass has risen to
$104, up from $99. In addition to
Julia Hanigsberg made the announcement in her offce on Friday. PHOTO: MARISSA DEDERER
Transit prices to increase until 2015
After years of consideration, Ry-
erson is taking its fnal steps in or-
der to switch to Gmail.
In November, Ryerson’s Com-
puting and Communication Ser-
vices (CCS) and the Advisory
Commitee on Academic Comput-
ing proposed that the administra-
tion implement the Google Apps
for Education Online Suite.
Julia Hanigsberg, vice president
administration and fnance, an-
nounced Friday morning that she
and Alan Shepard, provost and
vice president academic, have ap-
proved the decision.
These next steps include assess-
ing all privacy implications, secu-
rity elements, system integration
and negotiating contracts with
The full suite will be available,
but Ryerson will focus on Gmail
and Google Calendar to start.
“This is a new platform from
which we’ll be able to look at dif-
ferent options,” Hanigsberg says.
Gmail will be a bigger and bet-
ter alternative to Rmail and Google
Calendar will ofer cross-platform
calendaring between students,
staf and faculty.
Hanigsberg said the new system
will be faster and smoother than
Rmail, which is now 10 years old.
“It will be all the things we’ve
come to expect – we all have very
low tolerance for technology to be
anything but perfect,” she said.
Hanigsberg said that if all goes
well the new system will be in
place by fall 2012.
If the process continues on
schedule, students will receive a
notice at the end of August asking
them if they would like to switch
to Gmail or remain on Rmail.
Hanigsberg expects that the stu-
dents keeping the old system will
be a very small group.
“I have a Gmail account myself
and I like the way it operates,” said
Diana Olszewski, a frst-year busi-
ness student who plans to switch.
“Google also has a good reputa-
tion of being able to hold a lot of
Bianca Manco, a second-year
criminal justice student, says that
she has never been a fan of Gmail,
but she fnds the current system
too unreliable.
“I’ll probably make the switch if
Google can make it more efcient
for students,” she said.
Adopting Google Apps is not
the frst choice for Dave Mason, a
professor at Ryerson’s School of
Computer Science.
“I would prefer if the university
could aford and provide a beter
internal system,” he said.
Mason doesn’t think Ryerson
is prepared to commit the money
that would require.
However, he said that Google is
probably the school’s best bet.
Ryerson has been hesitant to
implement Gmail because the
American Patriot Act makes pri-
vate information held in servers
like Google available to the Ameri-
can government without notice or
Canada’s Freedom of Informa-
tion and Protection of Privacy Act
states that personally identifable
information like academic stand-
ing, marks, and contact informa-
tion must be kept confdential.
It was discovered that Canada’s
terrorism laws are similar to the
American Patriot Act and allows for
the same information to be accessed
and shared with the United States
if need be.
From a security perspective,
Hanigsberg said Gmail would in
fact be much less vulnerable.
“The security of their informa-
tion is so beyond anything we [or
any other university] could possi-
bly achieve,” she said.
Lakehead University made the
switch in 2007 and the University
of Alberta announced their intent in
September 2011, despite initial pri-
vacy concerns.
Google Apps for Education is
free for universities but some costs
will be implemented to integrate
the system and continue maintain-
ing Rmail.
We all have very low tol-
erance for technology to
be anything but perfect
— Julia Hanisberg, VP
admin and fnance
this year’s increase, the Commis-
sion plans to raise fares by 10 cents
each year over the next three years,
making the cost of a token 30 cents
more than today’s fare by 2015.
GO transit has also announced
an increase of an average of 35
cents in its fare starting Feb. 18. A
GO transit monthly pass for stu-
dents will now only save riders 30
per cent on fares rather than the
previous 32 per cent.
Muhammad Farooq, a fourth-
year business student who works
at the Member Services Ofce in
the Student Centre Lobby, sells
TTC student passes and tokens on
a regular basis and notes that stu-
dents are complaining about the
increase in price.
“They don’t really have any oth-
er choice,” he said. “Compared to
how much we pay for Ryerson tu-
ition, $5 more [for the metropass]
is not that much, but it does suck”.
Like many student commuters,
second-year journalism student
Christina Ciddio is living on a
tight budget.
“[The TTC is]
dipping into
our pockets
she said.
“It’s bad
we have to
pay high
tuition fees
and wait in
line to take a
picture for a post-
secondary ID which
costs around $10, now on top
of all that we have to pay $5 more
a month. It is ridiculous.”
In order to fx the transit sys-
tem, Ciddio and Mikhailenko both
agree that Toronto should look to
other big cities for inspiration.
“Other cities have lower fare
prices and beter transit systems
because they’re taking higher per-
centages from taxes,” Ci-
ddio said.
“Toronto needs
to get it to-
gether if they
want to be in
the ranks of
places such
as Chicago,
Paris and
“We need a
sustainable tran-
sit system like they
do in Europe, where it’s
cheap because their government
supports the working people and
students,” Mikhailenko said. “But
there just isn’t that kind of think-
ing here.”
ILLC feels
no heat
Not only did intense
fooding shut down the
International Living and
Learning Centre (ILLC)’s
cafeteria in November, but
residents are now stuck
without hot water as well
as fuctuating water pres-
Tori Lang, ILLC resident
and frst-year fashion de-
sign student said she was
uncomfortable with the
amount of time since her
last shower.
According to Yong Seto,
conference and food ser-
vices manager, no exten-
sive problems were report-
ed before the break.
Upon students return to
residence in the new year
Seto said he did hear of is-
sues of hot water supply to
the upper foors of ILLC.
According to students,
they have not had hot wa-
ter for the past week and
occassionally there has
been no water at all.
Student Housing Ser-
vices (SHS) frst commu-
nicated through email on
Jan. 12, recognizing there
were problems with the
water pressure and tem-
perature in the ILLC build-
ing. Promises were made
to resolve the problem as
quickly as possible.
A secondary email was
sent to students saying
SHS would be shutting off
all water in ILLC from 8
a.m. — 5 p.m. on Jan. 14
and 15. SHS offered ILLC
residents access to Pit-
man Hall common wash-
rooms and showers, to
which they were assigned
specifc foors.
Kyle Butella, vice-pres-
ident fnance and admin-
istration of the Ryerson
Residence Council, said
the water only remained
off for approximately one
to two hours both days.
Residents were told on
Jan. 16 that water pres-
sure issues were not able
to be repaired as new
pumps had to be ordered.
It would still be a few more
days before problems
could be rectifed.
“Obviously it’s not their
fault, it’s just really annoy-
ing that no one was in the
building for a full month
and they wait ‘til we come
back to fx it,” said Butella.
ILLC is the most expen-
sive residence at Ryerson
at approximately $11,627
yearly. Some students feel
fnancial compensation
is in order but Seto said
nothing of this nature has
been discussed.
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the editor
From Chris Iler and Pauline Allen
in response to last week’s article, Ram
kitchen sort of gets a pass:
To the editor,
Your article of January 10, “Ram
Kitchen Sort of Gets a Pass,” was
unnecessarily vague, alarmist, and
thus did a tremendous disservice
to the many people who work hard
to maintain the highest standards
of cleanliness in the Student Centre
Although your article did list the
infractions as they appear on the
Toronto Public Health website, you
made litle efort to describe the
precise nature of the infractions, all
of which were minor.
For instance, your article lists
Toronto Public Health’s fnding
that adequate measures were not
taken to control pests in the Stu-
dent Centre without clarifying that
the ‘pests’ in question were three or
four fruit fies that were not actu-
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5 January 18, 2012 The Eyeopener NEWS
The RSU executives’ pattern of power
Greetings students,
I am writing this leter to you,
the concerned and caring Ryerson
community, because I have an im-
portant announcement to make.
I, Scoop W. Gerbil, will not be
running for an executive position
in the Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) this year.
Believe me when I say that I was
seriously considering it, I’ve even
run for the position once before.
But after much thought and re-
fection, I realized that there was
no point for me to run because I
didn’t stand a chance.
Scratch that, anyone that is not
in some way afliated with the
current executives does not stand
a chance.
Some of you may be rolling your
eyes, while others may be calling
this cute and cuddly gerbil a con-
spiracy theorist, but since 2007
the same party (under diferent
names) has won the RSU election.
Heck, for the past four years
there has even been a minimum of
two returning executives in each of
the winning parties.
To put it bluntly, the RSU elec-
Low turnout plagues elections
The nomination period for Ry-
erson’s Student Union elections is
underway, but until the campaign
begins, students can’t be sure about
whether it will spark real change on
“If I learn enough about it, I’ll go
vote,” said Josi Smit, a frst-year flm
student. Smit admited she hadn’t
heard about the RSU accepting
nominations, and had no idea an
election would soon be taking place.
As nominations for RSU candi-
dacy roll in for Thursday’s deadline,
students are speculating as to how
voter behaviour at Ryerson will ef-
fect the fnal results.
“I think that maybe some people
might not be super interested to
vote if they don’t live around cam-
pus or if they’re not really on cam-
pus too much,” she said.
Lack of participation is a big issue
for a downtown campus with ap-
proximately 24,000 eligible voters.
Rocco Barriuso, a fourth-year flm
studies student, thinks that while
he has seen “prety low” voter turn-
outs in previous elections, that more
students should feel an obligation
to go to the polls for their campus
“You know, this is the one chance
students actually get to put their
voice out there and decide whether
they want something at the univer-
sity,” Barriuso said. “It might not
work out the way you want, but this
tions are a democratic one horse
race because they have a foothold
on the votes coming from students
that are living in residence.
How is this possible? Well, look
no further than the current crop of
executives. Four of the fve current
vice presidents were in a position
of authority in the wide world of
Ryerson’s residences.
Equally concerning is the fact
that any nominee who would
like to oppose the party in power
immediately falls behind in the
popularity race because no one on
campus knows who they are, and
voters only have a few short weeks
to become familiar with whom
they are.
With that being said, the key to
winning a student election and be-
coming a student representative
begins and ends with residence.
Here is my easy guide to becom-
ing an RSU executive.
Step 1: Join Residence Council
Sean Carson, Rodney Diverlus,
Melissa Palermo and Alyssa Wil-
liams all started their political ca-
reers as higher-ups in Ryerson’s
residence council and they all got
voted in without breaking a sweat.
Although they are not large
number, students living on cam-
pus make up a large portion of the
people who bother to vote because
whether they are taking part in ori-
entation week or atending a pub
night, they are constantly exposed
to the current executives. First
years are young, impressionable,
and are willing to do anything for
someone who organizes a party.
Plus unlike commuters, they’re
actually present on campus to cast
a ballot.
So aspiring politicians, do your-
self a favour: sign up for Rez coun-
cil, atend some meetings, plan a
few parties and you’ll be on the
fast track to the RSU executive in
no time.
Step 2: Get endorsed by a VP
Now that you’re in Rez council,
it’s time to get you noticed by one
of the executives and there’s only
one way to do that.
Whenever someone on the in-
side asks you to do outreach for
the RSU, say yes.
Whenever one of the executives
asks you if you’re free on the week-
end, cancel all of your plans.
Whenever you are given an RSU
form to sign, don’t read it and just
put your signature in the accompa-
nying box.
No one likes to be told no, and
if you want to become one of the
cool kids on campus you will do as
you’re told.
Make sure that you are closest
with someone who has their sights
set on being president one day,
and remind him or her that you
were the reason that everyone in
Pitman voted for them.
Step 3: Election Time
By now, you have not only be-
come best friends with all of the
executives, but you have become
At this point you have to play
the waiting game, because there’s
nothing that you can do for at least
another year.
Just because you aren’t moving
up the ranks as fast as you would
like to is no cause for panic.
If history has shown us any-
thing, it’s that you can’t become an
RSU president if you haven’t been
the VP of Finance.
In 2008, Toby Whitfeld was
elected as VP Finance and in 2009,
he became the president.
Coincidentally, the same can be
said for Caitlin Smith, who after
spending a full year as VP Finance
became the RSU president this
past year.
Now given the patern, I would
be willing to bet all of my delicious
pellets that current VP Finance
Sean Carson will be announce his
candidacy for RSU president in the
coming days.
Over the past four years, this
has been the patern and there is
no indication that this will change.
If only we had a candidate willing
to step up and change the status
is an efort we can make, and I think
that we’re obligated, almost. Voting
is both a right and a duty.”
However Barriuso pointed out
there are many people who think
that their votes won’t change a
thing. “Many people, especially
now with our generation, say, ‘Oh
well, I’m not going to make a dif-
ference. Why am I going to bother
RSU President Caitlin Smith said
she understands that students lead
busy lives and can’t always make
time to vote.
“There can always be more ef-
fort done to encourage students
to vote,” Smith said, saying she is
proud of the “higher-than-average”
student turnout that saw her get
elected last year.
“At the end of the day, if a student
is interested and involved, they’re
going to seek out that information,”
she said.
Last year’s election saw 2, 600 ver-
Toby Whitfeld
Current: CFS Treasurer
Former: RSU President (2010-11)
VP Finance (2008-2010)
2010 Pitman Award for
Residence Partner of the year
Caitlin Smith
Current RSU President
Former: VP Finance (2010-2011)
Sean Carson
Current VP Finance
Former: VP Student Life (2010-
President of Residence (2009-
ifed ballots cast by students, which
was an 11 per cent turnout of full-
time undergraduate and graduate
student voters.
Daniel Lo is the Chief Returning
Ofcer of the RSU and along with
his Deputy Returning ofcer, he is
in charge of raising awareness of
the election around campus. They
focus most of their awareness ef-
forts on posters, and reaching out
to social and campus media out-
lets. This year, they will also be try-
ing to schedule talks with frst-and
second-year classes during the cam-
paign period to remind and inform
students about the election.
“Voters are encouraged to look at
the ofcial candidates and vote for
them [based on] who is the best, not
by the slate,” Lo said, pushing for
students to actively inform them-
selves once campaigning begins.
Nominations will be verifed and
announced following an all candi-
dates meeting this Friday.
Caitlin Smith campaining last year FILE PHOTO
6 January 18, 2012 The Eyeopener
Briefs &
Two students who share
a locker reported that it had
been broken into after they
noticed that two chocolate
bars and a few cans of
Coke had gone missing.
Security was called to the
scene and noticed that the
students’ eyes were blood-
shot and that they couldn’t
stop laughing when asked
where the food might have

Security received a com-
plaint about two RUTV re-
porters taking photos and
interviewing people com-
ing and going from the
Victoria Street parking ga-
Rez gets a nod
from ACUHO-I
Norbert W. Dunkel, direc-
tor of housing and residence
education at the University
of Florida and board member
for Association of College and
University Housing Ofcers-
International came to Ryerson
to do an external review of
residence. He tweeted posi-
tively about it, causing Rye
related tweeters to celebrate.
Rye recognized
for green initiative
The Ontario Universities: Go-
ing Greener Report for 2012
mentioned Ryerson multiple
times thanks to the univer-
sity’s various green initiatives.
The main acknowledgement
was Ryerson’s development of
a new green purchasing policy
to assess vendors before buy-
ing from them. Also atributed
was use of solar power, light-
ing system upgrades, the bat-
tery recycling program, the
food-composting program, the
campaign to eliminate botled
water on campus, sourcing lo-
cally and the Ryerson Centre
for Urban Energy (CUE).
New partnerships
with China
Ryerson has signed agree-
ments with Communication
University of China (CUC)
and Harbin Institute of Tech-
nology (HIT) in order to in-
crease research collaboration,
student exchanges and aca-
demic program development.
The fve-day mission to tour
the universities was led by
Alan Shepard, provost and VP
academic, in late November.
CUC is considered a leading
institution with a focus on
broadcasting and media while
HIT is ranked among one of
the top 100 universities world-
wide in engineering, technol-
ogy and computer science.
Applications on
the rise for Rye
Ontario’s University Applica-
tion Centre (OUAC) revealed
that Ryerson has the highest
absolute increase in applica-
tions for the Fall 2012 semes-
ter. A grand total of 40,553
high school students applied
to Ryerson, 7.4 per cent higher
than last year. Applications to
Ontario universities increased
by 2.4 per cent overall.
Word on the Booze
On March 1, approximately 10 per cent of spirits sold
at the LCBO will undergo price hikes. A 750 mL bottle of
a mainstream spirit will also go up by 50 cents.
Also, about three to four per cent of beers will go up.
Twenty-four bottles of the cheapest beer will cost 50
cents more, from $23.40 to $23.90.
How will this affect you as a student?
Danielle Manza, 1st Yr. Sci-
“It’s already expensive to
begin with [...but] people
will still buy beer, it’s so ge-
Larry Song, 1st Yr. Me-
chanical Engineering
“I guess if prices are
going up it’s going to af-
fect students that party on
Jessica Fabian, 2nd Yr.
“Students that go out
and party a lot, it’s going
to have an efect on what
you can drink and buy. ”
Aksharan Mahendra, 2nd Yr.
Criminal Justice
“Depending on how much I
buy I may be forced to buy less.
It’s not like I’m balling, I’m on a
student budget.”
rage about the Gould street
closure. God damn journal-
ism students... get a real job.
An individual twisted their
ankle off property and re-
quested that security give her
an assesment on it. She then
refused EMS multiple times,
and walked to the hospital
on her own like a god damn
A student reported to se-
curity that they were ap-
proached by two females in
the lower ground of the en-
gineering building. They ap-
peared to be non-community
members who stated they
had just gotten out of jail
and wanted to go drinking.
If you’re an engineering stu-
dent and two girls ask you to
buy them drinks, just say yes.
Secuity found a non-
community member
sleeping in Sally Hors-
fall last Wednesday. When
they appraoched the man,
he pulled out a pair of
large black scissors from
a shopping bag that were
quickly confscated. Secu-
rity never let the man fnish
asking them if they wanted
to help him with his art
A student reported that
his MacBook Pro was
stolen after he left in unat-
tended in a residence caf-
eteria. It’s hard to feel bad
for this person especially
when we have a shortage
of computer here at the
Eyeopener. Take better
care of your shit or we’ll
steal your next one too.
7 January 18, 2012 The Eyeopener NEWS
Liberals cut scholarship
Rye creates bionic eye
Ryerson is keeping an eye on you.
A bionic eye, that is.
Over the past two years, Ryer-
son’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ),
Appear Networks and Motorola
Solutions have collaborated to pro-
duce a screen-equipped headset
named the “Golden-i.” Motorola
awarded Ryerson second place in
its Golden Ideas competition out of
hundreds of other prototype ideas.
“[The Golden-i] is basically a
computer — you have Windows,
Bluetooth, GPS, voice recognition
and a screen with you all the time,”
said Hossein Rahnama, research di-
rector of the DMZ.
Although the device is built upon
pre-existing platforms such as Win-
dows, Rahnama believes that it is a
new way of looking at the technol-
ogy we have and connecting it to
our surroundings.
“First mobile phones were the
buzz and then tablets,” said Rahna-
ma. “Now it’s wearable computing
we’re thinking that’s the next step,
that you don’t have to carry some-
thing with you because it’s embed-
ded and pervasive in the environ-
The project, entitled CAMPUS
(Context-aware Mobile Platform for
Uniform Security) is intended for
situations that require vigilance and
hands-free accessibility, namely for
law enforcement and security. Some
of the features of the device include
voice-recognition, head-controlled
movement, wireless Internet and
access to security camera feeds.
“Ryerson security has already
indicated interest, however there is
no particular project hap-
pening now,” she said.
“But we would
like to work with
them as our frst
adopter or pi-
lot partner in
the project,”
said Rahnama.
The team re-
sponsible for the
project, which was
headed by Rahna-
ma, consisted of both undergradu-
ate and graduate Ryerson students.
Fourth-year computer science
student Damyan Petkov was one of
those contributors. “It’s cool to look
at something that tomorrow might
become mainstream, and to work
with it is prety exciting,” said Pet-
kov. “It is the future.”
Third-year computer science
student, Jaspaul Bola, believes that
wearable computing may become a
household trend in the near future.
“I’d say it’s something you see
in Hollywood now, but there was
a time when the cell phone was in
Star Trek,” he said. “I hope that
maybe one day it could be some-
thing that everybody could use.”
The exact future of this technol-
ogy is uncertain, however
what researchers do
agree on is the great
potential that it
“You can just
put it on your
head and go
anywhere that
you want and
get information,”
says Sina Jamshidi,
research associate
and Ryerson graduate. “It has a lot
of potential for many diferent ver-
ticals such as security, medical, and
even for disabled people who can’t
use their hands.”
In order to fund the new tuition
grant, the Liberals have decided to
eliminate some other forms of f-
nancial aid and scholarship.
The Ministry of Training, Colleg-
es and Universities will be cuting
the Ontario Textbook and Technol-
ogy grant and the Ontario Trust for
Student Support in the 2012-13 aca-
demic year.
They will also be phasing out
the Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for
the Top Scholarship so that current
recipients will continue to receive
it, but no new scholarships will be
awarded in 2012-13.
“[The grant will take] a targeted
and streamlined approach to pro-
viding additional fnancial aid
for students,” said Tanya Blazina,
spokesperson for the ministry, in
a press release. “Current scholar-
ships and bursaries that did not
strongly contribute to improved
access will be phased out to beter
serve a greater number of lower
and middle income families.”
Emily Wong, a second-year
graphic communications manage-
ment student, has been receiving
the Queen Elizabeth II scholarship
since she started at Ryerson.
“It’s an entrance scholarship, so
I applied in grade 12,” said Wong.
“It’s renewable as long as you main-
tain a 3.5 grade point average.”
Winners can receive anywhere
from $100 to $3,500 per year. Wong
receives a litle over $3,000 based
on her fnancial need and academic
“I worked really hard and I was
really fortunate to receive such a
high amount,” she said. “It helped
compensate for a lot of my tuition.
I basically didn’t have to pay for
anything for the last two years.”
Wong is pleased that her schol-
arship will continue as long as she
keeps her grades up, but feels fu-
ture students are losing out.
“They should still reward those
that tried the extra mile and quali-
fed from a lesser position,” she
said. “I know the requirement [for
the grant] is a combined income of
less than $160,000, but what about
the families that make a lot less
than that?”
Wong understands the grant will
help many students but points out
it can only give them $1,600, ap-
proximately half of what the schol-
arship can ofer.
Ryerson president Sheldon Levy
said he has always believed strong-
ly in fnancial aid being a priority.
“When there’s a limited amount
of resources and more has to go to
aid then I’m generally supportive
of it,” said Levy. “[But] I don’t nec-
essarily believe that every student
that is receiving funds needs the
He also points out that some
students may need more aid than
made available, like single parents.
“My priority has always been f-
nancial aid and I’ve put that over
freezing tuition fees and scholar-
ship programs,” said Levy.
Blazina said the government will
also redirect savings from OSAP,
post-secondary programs and em-
ployment and training programs to
help fund the grant.
I don’t necessarily
believe that every
student needs the aid.
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Leathering the storm
Despite opportunities to work with big name brands, some of Ryerson’s
fashion students feel it does little for their careers. Dasha Zolota reports
It’s January, and I know I’m
not the only one nursing a shop-
ping hangover. Personally, I lose
myself more at the mall than I do
at any bar.
The shiny window displays
and sale stickers slowly get
that buzz going, and by the f-
nal swipe of my debit card, I’m
sloshed — I have no idea who I
am, how I got there, or why I just
did what I did.
So I’m doing a detox, and
cleansing from cards rather than
carbs this New Year. And while
shopping less is great, I know I’ll
have to buy stuf eventually, and
that’s okay.
Because guess what? The
choices we make that have the
most impact on the planet are
one-time decisions, or habits that
can be easily formed.
Yes, forgoing every single plas-
tic bag and paper cup is adorably
neurotic. But in the long run it
really doesn’t compare to wheth-
er or not your bank of choice is
making ethical investments with
your money.
The Beter World Shopping
Guide, by Ellis Jones, lists sev-
eral changes you can make to be
a more ethical consumer. Here’s
my take on the top fve.
1. Banks: All fve of Cana-
da’s major banks have invest-
ments in the Alberta tar sands.
If this doesn’t sit well with you,
switch to a local credit union like
Desjardins (there’s one at Univer-
sity and Dundas). It’s the second
lowest-carbon bank in Canada
after Vancity.
2. Gasoline: Stay away from
Esso (i.e. Exxon-Mobil). Petro-
Canada, Shell, and Sunoco are
the least harmful alternatives,
but really, buy a bike or a Me-
tropass (the earth says thank you
and don’t storm the doors).
3. Supermarkets: If you can
aford it, Whole Foods, baby!
Or the St. Lawrence Market on
Saturdays (that’s a money saver
If you’re taking the conven-
tional route, nix Wal-Mart, read
country-of-origin labels, and be
mindful of packaging waste.
4. Retail Stores: The smaller
the beter. Read country of origin
labels — even if they don’t pre-
vent your purchase, they’ll make
you think twice about where the
item came from.
Patagonia, IKEA, and Ameri-
can Apparel all have good social
responsibility records.
5. Cars: I know you’re not
shopping for a new one just yet,
but remember to check the MPG
(30 miles per gallon or less is
ideal). As a general rule, overseas
imports are more eco-friendly
than American-made cars.
And for real keeners, the next
fve things to change are your
sources of seafood, chocolate,
cofee, your credit card, and your
cleaning products.
Competitions in Ryerson’s fash-
ion school give students unparal-
leled opportunities in their indus-
try, but students are hungry for
more lasting rewards.
Despite geting to work with big
names in the industry, students say
the experience doesn’t do much to
boost their careers.
Meagan Johnston, a third-year
fashion design student and winner
of the 2011 Danier Design Chal-
lenge, will see her product in se-
lect stores across Canada this fall,
receive a $5,000 check and a paid
internship with the label.
However, competitors often have
to sign contracts waiving the rights
to their work, resulting in a lack of
recognition, one student said.
“It’s the only downside to these
competitions,” said Elisabeth
Huynh, a fourth-year fashion com-
munication student. Huynh partici-
pated in challenges for McGregor
Industries and Shisheido Cosmetics
during her third year.
“The winner will usually get
around $5,000, meanwhile, these
companies are making so much
more from our ideas,” she said.
Brianne Burnell, a fourth-year
student in fashion communica-
tion, said the experience itself was
what counts, but the ante needs to
be upped on prizes for those in her
“The competitions for the de-
sign students seem advantageous
because if they plan on becoming
independent designers it is great
self-promotion,” Burnell said. She
added the contests may have noth-
ing to do with a fashion-communi-
cation student’s future career, due
to the versatile nature of the pro-
Both students noted problems
with the Shiseido competition.
“The professor helped us each
step along the way,” Huynh said.
“But I felt like she imposed her
own ideals and views onto our vi-
sion too much. In the end, I wasn’t
happy with my fnal project.”
Burnell seemed unsure what to
make of her experience.
“We all busted our asses of on
it, and no one won,” she explained.
“No one even told us no one won,
we just never heard anything, and
that’s still a huge mystery.”
“I wish the competitions would
end in something more than a
spread in a magazine or money,”
Burnell said. Both Huynh and
Burnell said more variety in com-
petitions and potential internships
would help start careers.
“It hasn’t been a life changing
experience. I think that experience
will be presenting the creative por-
tion of my capstone project to the
judges at the end of this semester,”
Burnell said. “I hope.”
Lucia Dell’Agnese, associate
chair of Ryerson’s school of fashion
said the beneft of these competi-
tions is they teach students how
to work for a specifc market, how
to research and how retailers func-
“I think often it’s hard for
students to design for some-
one else other than themselves,”
Dell’Agnese said.
“I wish — really wish — with all
my heart, more retailers would fol-
low suit,” Dell’Agnese said. “For
young designers, it’s really hard to
get started. It’s expensive.”
She explained that it’s a win-win
situation regardless, for both retail-
er and student. The student gains
exposure, however minimal it may
be, as well as experience, and the
retailer gets fresh, young perspec-
“To future students: Take every
opportunity that is provided to you
as a student, in terms of competi-
tions and broadening your scope
of knowledge,” Dell’Agnese said.
“The more you push yourself out-
side the box, the more you experi-
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This sustainable life:
Be an ethical consumer
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Students who do not fnalize a contract with
their program advisor by Friday, January 20, 2012,
will be dropped from all winter semester courses.
Ryerson policy requires that all students on academic probation
complete a probationary contract with their program department.
Students who are on probation for the winter 2012 semester must
fnalize their probationary contract by Friday, January 20, 2012.
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9 January 18, 2012 The Eyeopener
One on one with Walter Pitman
Ryerson has had a number of
diferent presidents and has un-
dergone many diferent changes
since you’ve left. And I’m sure
some students would be interest-
ed in knowing what Ryerson was
like while you were there.
What was the climate at Ryerson
when you came? What the school’s
main focus was and whether you
had any sort of mandate to change
it at all.
It was in a huge process of transi-
tion when I was there. It had gone
through a very difcult period, a
great deal of tension, a great deal
of confrontation. When I came, I
came down from Trent University,
PHOTO: EMMA PRESTWICH Walter Pitman, Ryerson’s President from 1975-1980.
to Ryerson, and there were real
challenges. It was referred to as Rye
High in those days, it wasn’t a uni-
versity. Nobody knew what a poly-
technique was. It was the only one
in Ontario. The government didn’t
know how to fund one, they had
no idea what a polytechnique was
While you were there you had
a reputation for being very open
with faculty and students and
holding open meetings.
That’s right. When I frst got
there [there was a lot of] tension
[between faculty, staf and stu-
dents]. Hell, there had even been
an occupation, the year before I was
there. The 13th foor had been occu-
pied by students. In fact, we had a
difcult time because we were still
under an enormous amount of f-
nancial pressure, but I said I would
sit in the student lounge from nine
to nine-thirty or something.
I taught classes at eight in the
morning. That did not make me
popular with the students. I taught
history. But I sat [in the student
lounge] between nine and 10, and
I would talk to any punk who
turned up, and that was how I tried
to bridge that gap that developed
between the various sectors within
I think that’s what my best
thought was, you have to heal this
place, it can’t continue in a state of
warfare between the various sec-
You speak about it very posi-
tively, your whole experience
working there. Do you have any
really memorable experiences that
stand out?
One of the difcult things I
found, because of the fnancial situ-
ation, was that part-time faculty
were being exploited.
And I knew that, they knew that,
the regular faculty knew that, and
I walked the picket line with them,
simply because I wanted them to
know that I knew there was injus-
tice here and our budget wouldn’t
allow us to negotiate more gener-
ously because the money wasn’t
How do you feel that there’s a
residence named after you?
Well, the funny story behind that
is that part of the deal for the sepa-
ration of previous presidents was
that they would name buildings
after them.
I had been invited to come to the
Ontario Arts Council and I had felt
I had done my best work for Ryer-
son, and I was leaving, I was not be-
ing fred, and I wanted to make that
So I said, I don’t want any build-
ings named after me, so it wasn’t
until about 10 or 15 years later that
they came and asked, and I said
I don’t really want a parking lot
named after me. I said we would
be very pleased. They made it for
my wife and I, knowing how much
[of a role] she had played [in my
Do you think that Ryerson has
shed its Rye High label?
Oh, I think so, yes. I’m sure it
has. I can remember going to fac-
ulty retreats and singing [an old
song about Rye High] at the table. I
think probably nobody even knows
it anymore.
It has sort of stuck around.
There are a few students who say
Rye High, but I think it’s just a
term that’s persisted, whether or
not it has any basis.
I’m sure that’s what it is. It’s be-
cause of outstanding people, aca-
demically. Rye High was a kind of
an indication that this might not
have the quality of a university
but by god, it’s a damn good high
school, but that’s all gone now.
You have to heal this
place, it can’t continue
in a state of warfare.
— Walter Pitman
Finding Ryerson’s best coffee
Coffee is an essential part of every student’s diet, but where at Ryerson can the best cup be found? The Eyeopener masthead
conducted a completely scientifc taste test to fnd out
Who doesn’t like cofee? It’s re-
freshing, delicious, and coursing
with cafeine — an essential part of
any university student’s diet.
With this in mind, we set out to
scientifcally establish the best cup
of cofee on campus.
We flled four blank, white cups
with four of the biggest cafeine
providers on campus. Then we had
our panel of seven expert judges
blindly evaluate them based on
overall taste, biterness, aroma and
aftertaste, awarding up to give
points for each category.
But, without the usual pomp and
circumstance accompanying a cof-
fee purchase, we got some surpris-
ing results.
Apparently, cofee sucks.
Our cafeine-addicted masthead
gave only one cofee a passing
grade, and a measly 11/20 at that.
The rest of the cofees fell notice-
ably short of the mark.
What does it mean? Probably
nothing. But for a group that drinks
these same cofee choices as much
as we do, the scores are surprising.
It would appear that if you take
away the brand and the fancy cup,
cofee isn’t actually that great.
Don’t get us wrong, we love our
cofee, but scores like these make
you wonder — why exactly do you
drink that stuf?
Walter Pitman, Ryerson’s President from 1975-1980, is known today for the residence building that shares his name. But what
did Ryerson look like during his time at the school? Emma Prestwich sat down with the former President
Ryerson’s own Oakham cafe
placed second overall, but still
received a failing grade accord-
ing to our judges.
“This was really watery,” said
associate photo editor Marissa
“I think of a dirty gas station
Perhaps an unexpected
souce of coffee, Pitman Hall
cafeteria’s cup actually scored
highest, barely breaking the 50
per cent score.
“I didn’t feel the need to spit
it out,” said online editor Jeff
Pike Place
Starbucks, long heralded as
the holy land for coffee drink-
ers, surprisingly scored lowest
“This one is dark,” said De-
derer. “It actually has taste.
This is typical coffee breath
drink. All you need now is some
The fnal blend we tried was
the solid Timmy’s cup. Continu-
ing the trend of bizzare scores,
it also failed, tying Oakham’s for
second place overall.
“Pretty okay,” said Lagerquist.
“Kind of bland.”
“Smells sweet,” noted De-
when I drink this.”
“Terrible and watery,” said ed-
itor-in-chief Lauren Strapagiel.
“Very watery.”
“It’s okay,” said biz and tech
editor Sarah Del Giallo. “But
not incredibly favourful. I prefer
a stronger brew.”
cigarettes. And a breath mint.”
“Foul garbage water,” said La-
gerquist. “Is this even coffee?”
“My standards have never
been so low,” said Turgeon. “It
was acceptable.”
Several editors refused to fn-
ish their cup.
“Tastes bad. How dare they
make this deception!”
“Smelled nice,” agreed Stra-
pagiel. “But tasted awful.”
“This experiment makes me
dislike coffee,” said Siena. “Tea
for me please.”
“Better than [the frst],” said
communities editor Nicole
Siena. “I likey.”
“Not as bad as [the frst],”
said news editor Carolyn Tur-
“Still not spectacular. Odd
10 January 18, 2012 The Eyeopener FEATURES
t’s hard being a student. It’s
harder if you have a job. It
can be nearly impossible if
you’re trying to run a non-profit
organization at the same time.
But that’s exactly what Ryer-
son New Media graduate Agata
Pogorelsky did.
After travelling to Kenya in
May 2010 with Ryerson’s Alter-
native Spring Break (ASB) pro-
gram, Pogorelsky started Beads
For Beds (BFB), a registered non-
profit organization that makes
and sells jewelry to raise money
for aid in Africa.
However, the life of a student
philanthropist is full of compli-
cations, from balancing charity
work with schoolwork to find-
ing the funds and volunteers to
make the difference they dream
“Visions don’t come with in-
structions,” Pogorelsky says,
undeterred by the difficulties
of running Beads for Beds. “I
always had it in me, this thing
about helping others. I always
While still at Ryerson, she
started the non-profit alongside
Miranda Scotland, who is now
in her fourth year of journal-
ism. But not all Ryerson students
share Scotland and Pogorelsky’s
“I feel [students] are constant-
ly bombarded about stories of
struggles in Africa, be it war or
poverty,” says Pogorelsky. “It’s
hard to generate interest and
motivate students, especially as
they have so much else going
urrently, their main proj-
ect is to raise $50,000 for
a boys’ dormitory for the
Dago Dala Hera Orphanage in
Kenya, which they hope to start
constructing in May 2013. Pog-
orelsky first visited the currently
all-girls orphanage with ASB,
but developed an attachment to
the children and decided to stay
longer to help out when the trip
was over.
She says she strongly recom-
mends students travelling to
underprivileged areas to expand
their horizons.
“I think there should be some-
thing where students are sent to
travel after high school to see the
world,” says Pogorelsky. “That’s
the only way in which they can
break out and see what’s hap-
pening with their own eyes. I
think that would really help to
motivate them.”
In addition to the unmotivated
students, some students who
would be willing to volunteer
their time simply don’t know
where to turn.
“There isn’t a lot of advertis-
ing. I don’t even know what’s
going on or what clubs exist at
Ryerson,” says Sarah Ermias,
first-year food and nutrition
“Many clubs tend to only ad-
vertise to members who are
already in the group, and other
people don’t even hear about
the events or ways to contrib-
ther organizations at
Ryerson have had more
problems geting fnan-
cial support for their endeavors.
International non-proft World
Fit for Children (WFC) started
a Ryerson chapter in Septem-
ber, and the students have had
trouble geting support from the
university. Ryerson is not di-
rectly providing resources to the
students, forcing the group to f-
nance events in other ways.
“We approached businesses,
such as Starbucks and Metro, for
a bake sale held in December.”
says Hikmat Rafqzad, President
of WFC at Ryerson. “Some of the
money we pitched in, but mostly
it was through donations [from
Pogorelsky has tried to fnd
support from outside the student
population as well. She tried to
go to Yukon and promote bead-
ing — making and selling jewelry
to raise funds — for charitable
causes among the natives who
live there. She found it frustrat-
ing, however, in part due to a lack
of fnancial support from the uni-
yerson’s Projects-Funds
Allocation Commitee for
Students (P-FACS) is in
charge of designating funds for
student groups like Pogorelsky’s,
but she says there isn’t much in-
formation about them available to
students and she found them to be
less than encouraging.
“I remember I couldn’t even get
enough money for a laptop from
P-FACS,” says Pogorelsky. “Most
of the money comes out of my own
pocket, and I don’t get paid to do
this to begin with. It’s tough.”
P-FACS does do their share of
good—they recently provided re-
sources for a new student space
initiative and allocate approxi-
mately $180,000 a year to student
“We absolutely sponsor stu-
dents wishing to help people
in other countries,” says Lesley
McRae, campus activities and
events facilitator.
“For an organization to be eligi-
ble [for P-FACS funds], they have
to demonstrate that they will en-
hance the quality of student life,
promote the image of students and
university as well as create a sense
of community and well-being at
Visions don’t come with instructions. I always had it in
me, this thing about helping others. I always cared.
— Agata Pogorelsky, co-founder of Beads for Beds
Sleep. Study. Socialize.
Despite their already hectic schedules, many students choose to pursue philanthropic efforts along-
side schoolwork. Kabeer Sethi looks at the diffculties facing Ryerson’s non-proft workers
Save the World.
Interested in volunteering for one of Ryerson’s non-proft groups? Here are a few to consider.
Beads For Beds — Hold events, such as the upcoming Rojo Passion Party on Jan. 26, and sell jewelry to raise funds for the Dago Dala Hera Or-
phanage in Kenya.
Childreach International — Work to improve healthcare, education and children’s rights in Tanzania, Ghana and India with various projects and
Engineers Without Borders — Promote development in impoverished areas through innovation and technology.
Global Health Education and Economic Development — Seek to educate and empower people in Latin America to drive self-propelled social
H2O 4 All — Started by a Ryerson Engineering graduate, H2O 4 All works to implement water treatment systems in communities without clean
drinking water
Habitat For Humanity — Like other chapters of Habitat, Ryerson Students can help to build affordable homes for low-income families.
World Fit for Children — Work to improve the lives of children through education, relief efforts and development projects.
ince he only recently found
out about the existence of P-
FACS, Rafiqzad attempted
to get reimbursed for money that
was invested towards the bake
sale by students. This request was
denied, but he says the experience
was helpful.
“There’s a lengthy process that
you have to follow to get fund-
ing—but to be fair, I missed the
two-weeks prior notice policy
they have,” he says. “I found the
staff very help-
ful, though, and
I think they were
supportive of my
The bake sale
raised $250 for a
school being built
in India, which
Rafiqzad consid-
ers a successful
fundraiser. Looking forward, he is
hoping to organize a concert that
would really put WFC on the Ry-
erson radar.
“Growing up in Afghanistan,
you see orphan children and beg-
gars who immediately spot you
as someone with money simply
based on wearing clothes that are
washed,” says Rafiqzad. “I think
these students deserve the same
education and opportunities we
have and I think WFC is a great
way for me to contribute in my
own way.”
crae says that some
projects don’t get
as much money as
they hope because there are so
many requests from student
groups and a limited amount of
“In order to receive funding,
students have to apply to us and
show that they’ve exhausted ev-
ery other resource possible,” she
says. “This is because we get a lot
of offers and have to allocate ac-
cordingly. The maximum amount
we give is $5,000, raised to a max-
imum of $9,000 in extreme cases
where there have been no other
forthcoming donations.”
She continued, “There’s defi-
nitely more projects than money.”
Still, student awareness about
programs available on campus is
limited, and adequate promotion
is required in order to bring them
to the forefront of campus life.
FC’s bake sale also
served as a chance to
recruit more members,
a resource almost every non-prof-
it needs more of.
“We had people sign up and I
think we recruited around 10 to 15
people at the sale,” says Rafiqzad.
“The students are interested for
sure. All it takes is getting to them
and giving them an opportunity
to make a difference.”
Pogorelsky agrees that students
would like to help out, but they
don’t always feel the need to join
any particular group. “I think stu-
dents want to do this stuff, but we
have to give them some kind of
incentive to join as well.” Pogore-
lsky says. “Balancing a social life
along with studying is hard but
necessary, and needs a lot of focus
and time management.”
First-year commerce student
Nithin Madadi volunteers with
WFC, but understands why stu-
dents would shy away from using
their time for volunteer work.
“If students
p a r t i c i p a t e
in student
groups and
stuff like that,
their grades
tend to suffer.
That’s why they
choose not to at
times,” he says.
“It takes fo-
cus and some people are able to
juggle volunteering with school
and sometimes even a job. But the
group would really have to ap-
peal to members.”
eads for Beds and Ryer-
son’s chapter of World Fit
for Children are relatively
new groups, but they’re optimis-
tic about the future of philanthro-
py at Ryerson.
“I think that we’ll make it,” Pog-
orelsky says of her quest to build
the dorm at Dago Dala Hera.
“We faced many hardships, but
things are looking up right now
and I think with time more people
will show interest and commit-
ment. It only takes some effort
and persistence, but if it’s what
you love to do then it’s worth it.”
11 January 18, 2012 The Eyeopener FEATURES
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There’s defnitely more projects than money.
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Another year, another
class spent watching the
profs fumble with the front
computer and projector.
Got to the front of the line
in the bookstore before
I looked into my wallet
& found no money. Can
you say “Walk of shame”?
The distance between the business school student body and the rest
of Ryerson campus is vast, despite the geographical distance being
only a couple of blocks. Mike Derman looks into why students in the
Ted Rogers School of Management don’t feel like they belong on the East
side of Yonge Street
The business bubble
The Ted Rogers School of Man-
agement (TRSM) is considered a
part of Ryerson’s main campus, be-
ing just on the other side of Yonge
and Dundas. But in that small dis-
tance, a divide exists between busi-
ness students and the rest of their
Over 8,000 students — approxi-
mately 32 per cent of Ryerson’s stu-
dent body — atend TRSM.
“We’re the size of many small
universities in Canada,” said Ben
Samms, a decision support analyst
at TRSM.
The business school has its own
career centre (the original is in the
POD building), distance from the
rest of campus and its own web-
site; prospective students don’t
need to access the university’s site.
While the distance is a short one,
Samms suggests that it is probably
the main culprit to the disconnect
with TRSM students and their cam-
pus community on the East side.
Soran Nouri, a second-year
TRSM masters student who also
did four years of business technol-
ogy management at Ryerson, said
he feels he’s not geting the full Ry-
erson experience.
“Seventy-fve per cent of my
time at Ryerson has been spent [in
the TRSM building],” said Nouri.
“It’s good because I don’t have
to be going back and forth be-
tween buildings for each class, but
it makes me feel a bit disconnected
from the rest of Ryerson.”
He said it isn’t necessarily the
university’s fault. Being a commut-
er, he usually comes to his classes
and leaves.
But the main issue surround-
ing the business school bubble is
one that plagues the campus as
a whole: a lack of school spirit. It
keeps business students from car-
ing what is happening on Gould
Jayme McCabe, a fourth-year
nursing student, said she’s never
really felt a connection with her
“I mean, nobody really cares
about the sports, and the student
groups aren’t promoted very well,”
said McCabe. “Plus, there isn’t a lot
of inter-program mingling.”
She said that even though she’s
in her last semester, she doesn’t
feel any real connection with other
“I don’t think it’s just TRSM; I
think all programs are disconnect-
ed,” she said.
But Samms feels it’s the student
body’s responsibility to get more
involved, rather than relying on
administrative integration.
“You get out of it what you put
into it,” he said. “If you’re just here
to get in and get out, then of course
you won’t feel a connection.”
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Lectures in the palm of your hand
Using smartphones to view lectures is a fast growing trend in North American universities, but will
Ryerson take the plunge for portable classes? Venus Mosadeq reports
Imagine waking up, grabbing
your phone and notebook, and tun-
ing into a lecture without leaving
your bed.
Sonic Foundry recently devel-
oped the Mediasite 6 Lecture Cap-
ture, an alternative for students to
watch their lectures through their
cellular phones and without hav-
ing to worry about missing classes.
Sean Brown, VP of education at
Sonic Foundry, considers it a fast
growing trend amongst universi-
ties in North America and interna-
The equipment is costly at
around $15,000 per classroom, but
Brown said, “it opens up even more
opportunities for students to view
classes wherever there is Wif.”
Farbod Afshar, a frst-year elec-
trical engineering student at Ry-
erson, has a three hour daily com-
“This is defnitely something that
I would be interested in seeing as
I spend so much time commuting.”
he said. “It’s frustrating.”
The new technology could boost
Ryerson’s number of applicants be-
cause it could put the university at
an advantage with an alternative
learning strategy.
Ryerson is ahead of the game
with Ryecast; online real-time and
on-demand lecture broadcasts.
It’s similar to Lecture Capture
and uses portable equipment that
can be set up in diferent class-
rooms to capture lectures, seminars
and presentations.
But it’s a service that must be
booked ahead of time for use, as it’s
not installed in every classroom.
Jim Buchanan, the assistant di-
rector of client services at Ryerson
said, “We are always working at
improving Ryecast and adding
more capabilities to the platform.”
A survey from the University of
Wisconsin indicated that students
preferred Lecture Capture. It re-
ported that the service was “the
most valuable instruction technol-
ogy that the school has provided.”
“It accommodates busy lives…
[students juggle] economic de-
mands, family demands and aca-
demic demands more the any
other generation before them,” said
Brown. “It’s a guarantee they will
have the time for the instruction
they have paid for.”
Mamun Jeddi, a third-year engi-
neering student, who doesn’t own
a smart phone, doesn’t feel like he’d
“I might get a litle lazy, I
wouldn’t even show up to school
and it would probably take away
from my whole university experi-
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14 January 18, 2012 The Eyeopener COMMUNITIES
Wednesday, Jan. 18
A Panel Discussion of the
Engineering Profession
6 — 8 p.m.
George Vari Engineering and
Computing Centre, 3rd foor
The International Issues
Discussion series
6:30 — 8 p.m.
George Vari Engineering and
Computer Centre, ENG 103
Thursday, Jan. 19
Law, Business, Politics -
The Real World
4 — 5:30 p.m.
Ted Rogers School of
Management TSRM 1- 1148
Ryerson Students’ Union
Election Nomination forms due
@ 5 p.m. Student Campus
Centre, SCC311
Tuesday, Jan. 24
The Black-Jew Dialogues (A
Comedy Show)
7 — 10 p.m Student Campus
Centre 115
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Having to do all of your course readings sucks. But having to buy all of the
textbooks for them sucks even more. Here are a few places off-campus
to help you save a penny or two before the semester gets underway.
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Amazon has almost any textbook you’re looking for at a fraction of the
regular price.
The textbooks are usually new or in good condition. The only downfall to
shopping online is the shipping. Be sure to order the book before you actu-
ally need it because the site has been known to take a litle while to get the
material to your front door.
2. Facebook groups
You’re on Facebook all the time anyways so why not be moderately pro-
ductive while you’re creeping your friend list? Check out the Ryerson Text-
books Facebook page to buy and sell books. You can also go to your pro-
gram’s various pages. This will help you narrow down the search to books
you really need.
3. 215 Victoria St. Suite #101
Sure, the people who work at the store conveniently called
“Discount Books” get in our way when we’re walking around campus, but
have you ever picked up their fyer?
They claim to sell the most required textbooks for each semester. Their fy-
ers contain a list of the books they sell and they’ll also buy your textbooks as
long as they’re still required.
4. The World Wide Web
There are many websites and internet forums that allow students to buy and sell
textbooks. Some top searches are, and
Double check all issue numbers and volumes are the ones you need. But, also re-
member that modifcations between issues are minimal.
Remember to use proper judgement when making transactions over the internet
or when meeting up with someone.
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with intellectual disabilities, but it
also impacts the lives of students,”
she said. “It really makes you grow
up, become aware of the world
around you, and teaches you how
to be there for another person.”
Aksenchuk has been paired up
with three individuals over nine
years. Her buddy, 45 year-old
Constantino Corigliano, has been a
part of Best Buddies for fve years.
”I get to meet other people when
we go out, and make friends,” he
“Kateryna is my Best Buddy.
She rocks them all. She’s the Best
Buddy of them all.”
Aksenchuk said that going out
with her buddy makes her realize
the importance of friendship,
“Going out with him makes me
slow down,” she said. “For me, it’s
just another outing with my friend.
But for him, it’s the best thing in the
Best Buddies, an associate club at
Ryerson, is a not-for-proft charita-
ble organization creates one-to-one
friendships by pairing up students
with adults who have intellectual
Students meet with their bud-
dies — individuals with Down’s
Syndrome, Asperger’s or autism,
— two to three times a month, and
talk to them at least once per week.
Kateryna Aksenchuk, co-pres-
ident at Ryerson’s Best Buddies
chapter, said that the club does not
put emphasis on the adult’s disabil-
ity. Instead, they focus on building
There are 21 pairs this year at
Ryerson, and each are paired based
on their interests and geographical
“You’re doing anything you’d be
doing with your own friends,” said
Last semester they held a meet
15 January 18, 2012
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Bringing spicy
Best Buddies on campus
Student outreach creates life-long friendships with community members
who have disabilities. Victoria Stunt reports
and greet, in which students met
with their buddies for the frst
time, and atended the “Evening of
Friendship,” at the YMCA for din-
ner and dancing. At the end of the
year, they will go to Toronto Island
to have a picnic.
Aksenchuk said that the group,
which has been active on campus
for eight years, is special because
it gives students awareness about
giving back.
Students are not only involved in
a club on campus, but to also con-
tribute to the community.
“It not only impacts individuals
For me, it’s just another outing
with my friend. But for him, it’s
the best thing in the world.
- Kateryna Aksenchuk, Ryerson
Best Buddies co-president
The room is dark and the stage
is empty except for a glitering
backdrop and some arranged in-
struments. The Backstreet Boys’
90’s hit “Get Down” is blaring
from two sets of speakers.
The crowd is impatient and
some late arrivers are shoving to
get to the front. A smog machine
pufs and the room immediately
Five glamorous girls enter
the stage and strike a pose. And
then, they sing.
“I’ll tell you what I want, what
I really really want!”
Last Saturday night, fve Ry-
erson Theatre and Humber Mu-
sic grads launched their Spice
Girl tribute band “Wannabe” at
El Mocambo.
The girls sang a variety of pop
songs from the Spice Girls’ three
studio albums and the Spice
World movie.
Anika Johnson, who imper-
sonates Sporty Spice, said the
idea for the tribute band devel-
oped from a local band that Gin-
ger impersonator Barb Johnston
and Posh impersonator Suzy
Wilde were part of.
During a previous gig, the
members of their folk rock band
dressed up as the Spice Girls,
along with two of the male
members (who cross-dressed for
the event) and a third posing as
the real life Posh’s husband Da-
vid Beckham. She said the con-
cept just took of from there.
Later, Catharine Merriam and
Janee Olivia joined the band as
Baby and Scary Spice.
When it came to picking their
personalities, Johnson said ev-
erything simply fell into place.
“It was kind of a natural ft;
each of us suited a Spice Girl.”
The 24-year-old graduated
from Ryerson’s Theatre School
in 2009.
“Being a graduate of the the-
atre program, we were instilled
with the idea that you have to
create your own projects,” she
“It’s defnitely a part of the
atitude that we are given in
school: making your own op-
portunities and creating some-
thing out of nothing.”
For Johnson, it is not the Spice
Girls’ talent that stands out for
“The Spice Girls were spe-
cial because they’re really just
fve normal girls. They’re not
that good at singing or dancing.
They’re prety, but not knock-
outs,” said Johnson.
“They’re just fve really sweet
girls who have the right chemis-
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Student athletes receive priority on RAMSS
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There are three things guar-
anteed in life: death, taxes and
encountering problems while en-
rolling for courses online. Wheth-
er it may be bad timing or not
being able to get into that course
you need, registering for classes
on RAMSS usually turns out un-
desirably for most students.
But for Ryerson varsity athletes,
geting into the right classes is a
litle bit easier.
Unlike other full-time students,
whose dates of enrollment are
decided by what year they’re in,
athletes are always able to apply
on the frst possible day, regard-
less of what year they’re in. It’s a
system that’s been practiced since
2009, and is meant to help athletes
schedule their classes around
their team practices.
Sebastian Novais, a midfelder
on the men’s soccer team, believes
that because athletes represent
the school they’re entitled to cer-
tain perks.
“In order to excel in both our
sports and academically, schedul-
ing ahead allows us to manage our
time beter.”
As far as academic support goes,
early enrollment isn’t the only
thing athletes get. Full-time aca-
demic advisors, senior mentors,
workshops and mandatory study
halls are all provided by the ath-
letic department to help Ryerson’s
student athletes maintain the 2.0
GPA they’re required to meet in
order to stay on their respective
Some students believe that their
own personal commitments, such
as a job to pay for their tuition,
make their lives equally as busy as
a student athlete’s.
“[It’s] hard enough to get into
the courses that you want to,” said
Andrew Liu, a second year psy-
chology student said. “So to think
that there is also preferential treat-
ment for certain students makes it
even more unfair as it already is.”
Ivan Joseph, the director of Ry-
erson’s athletics, said the system
is common practice at other post-
secondary schools. Athletes at Ry-
erson aren’t geting ahead of regu-
lar students who have placed their
course intentions on RAMSS; they
just have the privilege to shufe
their schedules before everyone
“I wish it was an unfair advan-
tage, don’t get me wrong,” he said.
“It would make being able to feld
a full practice much beter.”
Ryerson only has two gyms and
limited time slots at of-campus
practice locations, which makes it
even harder to manage conficting
schedules. During the season, both
the soccer team and the hockey
team have to commute an hour
to get to their practice facilities.
These conficts often result in prac-
tices being conducted with several
missing players, Joseph said.
Joseph believes that the accu-
mulation of practices, schoolwork,
and part-time jobs add up to dou-
ble the amount of time Ryerson
student athletes commit compared
to the average student.
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Jordan Hill: Ryerson’s girl genius
David Chan returns a serve at the second Ryerson Invitaional
hosted at Kerr Hall this past Saturday.
Most students enrolled in engineering barely have any spare time. Jordan Hill fnished with a 4.17
GPA last year. Harlan Nemerofsky reports on how she’s able to balance her hectic lifestyle
Rams forward Jordan Hill.
Last year on St. Patrick’s Day
while the rest of the Ryerson Rams
women’s basketball team was out
celebrating with drinks, Jordan
Hill elected to stay in to study for
her upcoming midterm examina-
“I got a text from Ashley [Mac-
Donald] saying everyone was go-
ing out,” Hill said. “I had really
wanted to join them but I couldn’t
because of my midterm.”
That was just one of many in-
stances when Hill, who is current-
ly in her second season with Rams
basketball, had to turn down a
team get together in order to focus
on her schoolwork.
Recently, Hill was awarded
the John Ross MacLeod Scholar-
ship for the achieving the highest
grade point average amongst frst
year students in Aerospace Engi-
neering, widely considered one of
the hardest programs at Ryerson.
The second year forward achieved
a 4.17 GPA in her frst year of
“I prioritize really well,” Hill
said. “It was [hard] at frst balanc-
ing basketball with school,” says
Hill. “At the beginning of frst year
it all got a litle overwhelming but
I got used to it.”
“Now I hardly think of it. You
just always have a plan of the day
in your head.”
Her system is an order of hier-
archy, that goes like this: exams
trump games, games trump class,
class trump practice and practice
trump homework.
Hill will graduate a year later
than most of her peers as she takes
four courses a semester instead of
a suggested six, to accommodate
practice and games. Either way,
the scholarship is impressive, con-
sidering she devotes 20 hours a
week towards basketball on top of
her four classes.
During the exam period,
the 5’11 forward wakes up at
9 a.m. and studies alone at her
apartment near campus before
practice. She goes through every
math problem, working through
them meticulously until she un-
derstands exactly how she arrived
at the answer.
The hours she spends on the
hardwood compensates for the
two courses she’s not taking.
“She’s really commited aca-
demically to her program,” said
Charles Kissi, the head coach of
the women’s team. “Jordan em-
bodies everything we want in a
student athlete.”
Just like most parents, Hill’s
mother and father wanted her to
do well academically. However, it
was Cory Russell, her former high
her school basketball coach at St.
Mary’s high school, who inspired
her to continue to play basketball
at the university level.
“I had no intention of playing
post secondary basketball at the
begin ning of grade 12 as I thought
I wasn’t good enough,”said Hill.
“But he told me that I was, and
helped me make a scouting video
to send to coaches. It was a real
confi dence
Co mi n g
out of high
school, Hill
wasn’t re-
cruited by
any univer-
sities to play
basket bal l
by any schools despite being one
of the top players at St. Mary’s.
Her high school didn’t keep sta-
tistics, but she estimates that she
scored about 10 points a game.
Coach Kissi was impressed by
Hill’s highlight reel, and encour-
aged her to try out; needless to
say, she made the team.
It was no surprise to her team-
mates she was awarded with the
scholarship worth $225.
“Jordan is the defnition of [a]
student-athlete,” said captain Ash-
ley MacDonald. “The award just
shows how dedicated she is when
striving to achieve the things she
really cares about.”
Hill is averaging six minutes of
action a game. She plans to pursue
a career with NASA or the Cana-
dian Space Agency after graduat-
ing from Aerospace Engineering.
“I’ve always known I wanted to
make my way in the world with
my brain and not my basketball
skills,” she said.
“I think that I could go much
further in the feld of engineering
than I could if I tried to go pro in
Jordan is the defntion of a student-athlete.
The award just shows how dedicated she is
when strriving to achieve the things she
really cares about.
— Ashley MacDonald
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Any other related duties as assigned from time to time.
Special Events:
Help organize, set up and execute corporate events and special events.
Support the Brand Ambassador over the summer months helping to run the summer
golf course program.
Provide brand ambassador with monthly reports on accomplishments, program
execution, achieved objectives.
Submit expenses to brand ambassador by 13th of each month for approval and sign
Interested candidates please send resume to, by no
later than Thursday, January 26th. 2012.
18 January 18, 2012 The Eyeopener FUN
Balls of faming
hydrogen hun-
dreds of light
years away will decide that
today is the day your part-
ner has fnally had enough
of your shit.
Your tolerance
for superstitious
bullshit will lead
you to look at your horo-
scope, which is currently
calling you an ignorant ass-
You’ll fnd
that your New
Year’s resolu-
tion to quit drinking is
helped immeasurably by
exercise, meditation and
Take risks this
week. If you
don’t take risks,
you’ll never get that pro-
motion, win over the love
of your life or be eaten by
wolves on the arctic tundra.
Jupiter passes
through your
sign this week,
meaning you will adopt a
pet beaver, lose a basketball
game to a cross-dressing
chimp and be accused of
stealing an otoman.
You’ll fnd
yourself on
top of the
world, or maybe just a
very tall building, with
no memory or pants from
the night before.
You will win the
favour of some
very important
people this week, making
you a great kidnapping tar-
get for their enemies.
Be willing to
let people in on
your innermost
feelings this week. That
way, they’ll probably leave
you alone forever.
If you order a
lifelike sex doll
today, it will
probably get here in time for
Valentine’s Day. Just sayin.’
A hunting trip
will lead to the
realization that
if deer are delicious, your
friend Tom probably is
Venus rises
through your
sign, meaning
Newton’s prophecy was
correct! Man the batlesta-
Be creative with
your fashion
choices this
week. It’s called “Peacock-
ing,” and it helps the rest
of us see where the date-
rapists are.
MystiKai’s Prophecy
Authorities were called to Dun-
das Square on Monday when a man
was reportedly seen with a package
of abnormal shape and size.
“We got a call about some dude’s
huge fucking package,” Const. John
Suxbawlz told media. “We had to
respond, there is a lot a man can do
when he has a package that large.”
Second-year interior design
student Anthony Wieners almost
missed his lecture in the AMC
building as the sight had him
“scared stif.” He just barely man-
aged to tweet a picture of the ex-
traordinary sight along with the
text, “Would you just look at that
package?” before heading to class.
When asked if Monday’s incident
had any infuence from past cases,
Suxbawlz was unsure. “Those were
some prety big packages, but who
knows? Maybe all the dudes with
big packages have a union or some-
thing? Who gives a shit really?”
The man with the disturbingly
large package was later identifed
as Tommy Gun by co-worker Lisa
Kaulk who saw Gun on the news.
“Oh yeah, I’ve seen that package
before,” Kaulk said. “He carries it
around at work sometimes. We just
try not to ask questions.”
When Gun was asked why he
had such a large package in the
middle of Dundas Square he alleg-
edly mumbled something about Vi-
agra and sardines. Police could not
explain this.
Suxbawlz walked to his car after
the whole afair was over. He told
the last reporters hanging around
that had nothing beter to do that
Gun could not just swing such a
huge package around in public like
“Jesus Christ,” concluded Sux-
Man’s big package intimidates public
The package in question.
Would you just look at
that package?
— Anthony Wieners
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Sheldon Levy, President and Vice-Chancellor and Alan Shepard, Provost and Vice President Academic
are pleased to announce the recipients of the
Counsellor Award, Librarian Award, Faculty Service Awards
Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership
COUNSELLOR AWARD recognizes a Ryerson
counsellor who has demonstrated excellence in
professional service to a unit, the university and/or
the community.
Rosemarie Volpe, Centre for Student Development
and Counselling
LIBRARIAN AWARD recognizes a Ryerson
librarian who has demonstrated excellence in
professional service to a unit, the university and/or
the community.
Lei Jin, Acting head of Collection Services
Naomi Eichenlaub, Collection Services, Cataloguer
Dana Thomas, Collection Services, Digital Support
Ophelia Cheung, Borrowing and Lending Services:
Electronic, Reserves and Audio Visual
Celebrating Excellence
RyeRson AwARds
FACULTY SERVICE AWARD recognizes Ryerson faculty
members for their exceptional or distinguished service to a
department, school, faculty and/or the university.
Martin Antony, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
Naomi Koerner, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
Robert Burley, School of Image Arts, Faculty of
Communication & Design
Linda Cooper, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty
of Community Services
Xavier Fernando, Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science
Andrew McWilliams, Department of Chemistry and Biology,
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science
David Naylor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial
Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science
Youcef Derbal, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology
Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
LEADERSHIP recognizes a senior
academic administrator whose outstanding
leadership has contributed signifcantly to
the achievement of Ryerson University’s
academic mission.
Ken Jones, Dean, Ted Rogers School of
20 January 18, 2012 The Eyeopener
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