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volume 45 / issue 17

February 1, 2012
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2 February 1, 2012 The Eyeopener
It’s a big decision.
Sheldon Levy, President and Vice-Chancellor; Alan Shepard, Provost and Vice President Academic; and
Wendy Cukier, Vice-President Research and Innovation, are pleased to announce the recipients of the
Faculty Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity (SRC) Awards and the
Sarwan Sahota – Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award
2011 SARwAn SAhotA – RyeRSon
DiStinguiSheD SCholAR AwARD
The Sarwan Sahota – Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award is
presented annually to one or more faculty members who have
made an outstanding contribution to knowledge or artistic
creativity in their area(s) of expertise while employed at Ryerson.
The contribution to SRC may be a long term, cumulative
contribution or a single, particularly insightful or seminal idea,
experiment, application or interpretation. The Distinguished
Scholar Award is made available through the joint contributions
of Sarwan Sahota, a retired professor and Ryerson University.
Sri Krishnan, Department of Electrical Engineering
The Faculty SRC Awards recognize individual faculty members on
an annual basis for outstanding achievement in scholarly, research and
creative activity and impact on their disciplines during the previous
academic year.
Martin Antony, Department of Psychology
leslie Atkinson, Department of Psychology
irene gammel, Department of English
graham hudson, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Margaret Moulson, Department of Psychology
Daniel Rubenson, Department of Politics and Public Administration
Frank Russo, Department of Psychology
Marta Braun, School of Image Arts
Richard grunberg, School of Radio and Television Arts
Richard lachman, School of Radio and Television Arts
April lindgren, School of Journalism
Sandra tullio-Pow, School of Fashion
Pamela Robinson, School of Urban and Regional Planning
Kathryn underwood, School of Early Childhood Education
yvonne yuan, School of Nutrition
Antony Bonato, Department of Mathematics
habiba Bougherara, Department of Mechanical and Industrial
Daolun Chen, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Marcello Papini, Department of Mechanical and Industrial
Bo tan, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Karthikeyan umapathy, Department of Electrical and Computer
Ayse Bener, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology
guoping liu,Ted Rogers School of Business Management
Farid Shirazi, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology
Fei Song, Ted Rogers School of Business Management
Celebrating Excellence
RyeRson AwARds
Everyone Makes a Mark
All award recipients will be recognized at the
Faculty SRC Luncheon on February 14, 2012.
by emma prestwich
A professor at the Ted Rogers
School of Management is ques-
tioning why Ryerson security
doesn’t have a full-time presence
at the business school after pro-
testers disrupted a guest lecture
Avner Levin, a law and inter-
national business professor, said
that he realized the need for se-
curity after protesters disrupted a
guest lecture in his LAW 722 class
on Thursday Jan. 26.
Former Ontario premiers Mike
Harris and David Peterson had
been invited to speak as part of a
special speaker series in Levin’s
Law in Canadian Business class.
In the middle of the lecture, sev-
eral non-community members
stood up to amd started shouting
profanities at Harris during the
event. The former premier’s time
in ofce has been seen as contro-
versial due to his sweeping re-
form of social services.
The lecture was open to the
Manager of security and emer-
gency services Tanya Fermin-Pop-
pleton said the protesters cooper-
ated with Ryerson security once
personnel were called, but Levin
said he wonders why security
wasn’t on-site already.
“Let’s say those protesters
wanted to physically atack the
[former] premier… security
should be there for us,” he said.
Levin said he fgured Harris’
presence might draw controver-
sy, and spoke with the business
school’s building manager about
asking security to atend.
“We fgured that Mike Harris’
name would draw atention of
that sort, and had a conversation
with security, given the protests
he’s goten in the past.”
He said his understanding was
that security personnel would be
at the lecture.
Fermin-Poppleton said security
completed a risk assessment for
the event, which involves ana-
lyzing the potential risk of the
situation to the speaker and those
atending. She said the risk as-
sessment team decided the event
didn’t warrant a security pres-
Harris said he wasn’t expecting
a negative response, but protest-
ers occasionally show up when he
speaks in public.
“Once in a while [it happens].
19 times out of 20, everything is
Levin said while he doesn’t ex-
pect any of the future speakers in
his class to be as controversial, he
has asked security to be present
for the rest of the lecture series.
“I’d rather be safe than sorry go-
ing forward,” he said.
But he said he thinks the busi-
ness school is big enough to have
its own security staf.
“[We have] one-third to one-
quarter of the students at the uni-
versity, and no permanent secu-
rity presence,” he said. ”It seems
to me, I think, we’re big enough to
have someone there.”
3 February 1, 2012 The Eyeopener NEWS
Rye seeks
Sci Dean
rebecca bUrtON
News eDitOr
the search for an in-
cumbent Dean of science
is now underway as ryer-
son prepares to establish
an independent Faculty of
science this coming Fall.
while the search re-
mains confdential, provost
and vice president aca-
demic alan shepard, who
is in charge of the search,
said based on ryerson’s
up and coming reputation,
they have received a lot of
interest so far.
according to president
sheldon Levy, ryerson
will look beyond just its
immediate community
to cast a wide net to get
the very best. the search
committee, consisting of
six elected members and
three appointed, includ-
ing a graduate student,
will sort through the ap-
plicants with the fnal deci-
sion left to shepard. hired
headhunters Laverne
smith and associates are
currently conducting the
the Dean will be ap-
pointed this coming July
or august and will oversee
the faculty’s four founding
departments: chemistry
and biology, computer sci-
ence, mathematics, and
physics, alongside three
newly established phD
programs in molecular sci-
ence, computer science
and biomedical physics.
Levy said the university
is currently discussing the
mechanics of the forth-
coming projects includ-
ing separating the budget
from the Faculty of engi-
neering, architecture and
science (Feas), where
the dean’s offce will be
located and the identifca-
tion of faculty members
that will make the move.
even previously inclusive
student awards will now
have to be split to suit both
the incoming faculty is
ryerson’s frst in approxi-
mately 40 years. early dis-
cussions of establishing
the faculty were voiced as
far back as 2007.
when the program starts
in the fall, classes will be
held in various rooms on
campus, as they are right
now, said vice-provost
academic christopher ev-
in the programs frst
year, the classes from the
previous faculty will con-
tinue to be offered with
changes being made in
subsequent years, said
Pub night turns into fight night
photos: sean tepper (left) and lindsay boeckl (right) The Tamil Students’ Association (TSA) pub night ended in three arrests on Gould Street.
The Tamil Students’ Association (TSA) held a pub night which turned into a series of brawls and
arrests involving Ryerson Security and Toronto Police. news editor carolyn turgeon reports
What began as an orientation
pub night for a Ryerson student
group ended in a brawl on campus
and three arrests.
The Tamil Students’ Associa-
tion (TSA) Winter Orientation Pub
Night was scheduled to begin in the
Thomas Lounge at 7 p.m. and move
to the Ram in the Rye pub at 10 p.m.
After midnight, Ryerson security
was called for a fght in progress.
“We’re called out to fghts in the
pub for various reasons,” said Tan-
ya Fermin-Poppleton, manager of
security and emergency services. “I
think this has been one of the big-
gest pub fghts we’ve encountered.”
When security ofcers arrived at
the pub they atempted to help the
staf and pub security separate the
parties and get the individuals to
“Smaller fghts were breaking
out as they were trying to break up
each fght,” said Fermin-Poppleton.
“As they dispersed onto the patio
and out onto the street, police were
called in as well due to the sheer
numbers of participants.”
Toronto police arrested three
people, including one confrmed
non-student who was injured dur-
ing the altercation and received pa-
tient care, plus a number of tickets.
The security brief estimated that
at one point, twenty people fghting
on Church Street, but that was just
one group that was identifed and
According to Caitlin Smith, the
president of Ryerson’s Student
Union, students groups have the
opportunity to book the pub for
their own use up to once a month.
If they book their events on
Thursday, the RSU will help them
organize and run it. On a Friday or
Saturday they have no part in plan-
ning, though Smith confrmed she
and members of current Students
United slate were in atendance that
night. Smith said that she left before
the fght broke out.
“It’s hard to tell if it’s related to
the student group or if it was some-
thing that could have happened
any other night,” said Smith.
“Anyone of the street can come
into the Ram.”
Even on the event’s Facebook
wall, the question was posed as to
whether it was a student only event
and one user replied that anyone
could show up.
“The pub is an establishment like
any other, it sees it’s fair share of
confict,” said Smith.
She added that though the Ram is
public to more than students, usu-
ally groups aim their advertising
for their events to their members.
“[Student groups] are not usu-
ally ones to break the rules or mess
up that privilege because they can
make money for their group,” she
Eric Newstadt, general manager
of the Student Campus Centre, said
he was not sure if extra security
members had been put on staf at
the pub that night.
“We evaluate each pub night
based on how busy it’s going to be
and we provide for security accord-
ingly,” he said.
If their team feels they need
backup they will call in Ryerson
security, and even further, Toronto
On the subject of stopping stu-
dent groups with problems during
their events from renting the pub,
Newstadt said it is up to the Board
of Governors (BOG) to address the
issue at their next meeting.
“I notify the BOG, they review
and if they feel it’s necessary they
take action,” he said.
Newstadt said before he decides
whether he makes the recommen-
dation they have to fnish their in-
vestigation, a procedure that occurs
after every incident involving secu-
rity and police.
The investigation is underway
and it is unknown when it will be
Despite repeated atempts, the
TSA could not be reached for com-
Protesters removed from Harris lecture
photo coUrtesy of cassels brock
This has been one of
the biggest pub fghts
we’ve encountered.
— Ryerson security
Lauren “GLITTER” Strapagiel
Rebecca “LIMBER” Burton
Carolyn “GET A ROOM” Turgeon
Sean “KLINGON” Tepper
Sarah “POPULAR” Del Giallo
Sean “CREEPER” Wetselaar
Gabe “PORN LUVA” Lee
Nicole “PUKES N SHITS” Siena
Lindsay “JUBBLIES” Boeckl
Mohamed “GIRLY” Omar
Marissa “AVENUE Q” Dederer
Suraj “PORTMAN” Singh
Lee “DUSK TIL PORN” Richardson
Jeff “NOSE HERPES” Lagerquist
John “SHMOOT” Shmuel
Liane “LOST N FOUND” McLarty
Chris “BAD TIMING” Roberts
Rina “ROCK” Tse
Sadie “LOBSTER” McInnes
Ariana “CRYSTAL METH” Stefancic
Susana “KARAOKE” Gomez Baez
Ndya “BELATED BDAY” Domingo
Jessica “MASTERDEBATER” Murray
Diana “BUDGIE” Hall
Emma “CONTROVERSY” Prestwich
Nuruddin “J’AWESOME” Qorane
Lindsay “CUCUMBER” Fitzgerald
Kelsey “PUPPY” Kaupp
Brian “BBGUN” Batista
Playing the role of the Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug this week...
Being on “vacation.”
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Capsule this
Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
has asked for a copy of the issue of
the Eyeopener that broke the story
on the university’s Maple Leaf Gar-
dens partnership to add to a new
time capsule.
We’re both fatered and happy
to oblige, but we have a few sug-
gestions of our own to include:
1. The Sam the Record Man Sign
This may require a larger cap-
sule. Aside from being a Toronto
relic and symbol of a downtown
Yonge of yore, we’re not doing
much else with the old girl anyway.
2. Botled Water
In case future generations for-
get that it once existed on campus.
Bonus: it will still be pristine in 50
3. Shrubbery from Gould Street
I can only hope that the future of
Gould Street includes landscaping
and benches, so a small bushy clip-
ping will be a reminder of our early
and humble streetscaping eforts.
4. Salad King’s pad thai
In memorium of that span of
time after the wall collapse and fre
at Gould and Yonge streets when
we all went without our precious for
months on end. Lest we forget.
5. A copy of “Sh*t Ryerson Says”
Because I suspect that in the fu-
ture, Ryerson students will still be
trying to fgure out where the fuck
Sally Horsfall is.
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5 February 1, 2012 The Eyeopener NEWS
Ryerson is anticipating a three
per cent gap in the university-wide
budget for the 2012-13 school year.
Ryerson president Sheldon Levy
made the annoucement Jan. 25, ask-
ing all units to reduce their spend-
ing by three per cent to account for
the potential gap.
Salaries, pensions and benefts
that the university must cover will
rise and so will their spending bud-
About 80 per cent of the budget is
used to cover these costs, but it will
still be approximately three per cent
too low.
“Our costs are going to go up
over fve per cent next year,” Levy
said Monday morning. “Everyone’s
budget will be going up but it won’t
go up high enough, and that’s why
the reduction is necessary.”
Although Ryerson has an-
nounced the budget cuts, a lack of
key funding information from the
provincial government has forced
the university to remain vague on
the details.
The provincial budget — which
will outline university funds and
grants following the release of the
Drummond Commission’s Report
— will be laid out at the end of
Until then, the university can
only speculate as to how the cuts
will afect diferent areas of the
“On the one hand, you say it’s
not a huge cut,” Levy said. “But on
the other hand, if every year three
per cent [is cut], it will be prob-
lematic for many areas and I think
some areas will indeed have dif-
culty with it.”
Melissa Palermo, Ryerson Stu-
dents’ Union’s vice president edu-
cation, explained that continued
cuts could lead to increased aca-
demic strain and problems relating
to lack of access for students in all
“Those are some of the biggest
things that students see: larger class
sizes and making it harder to get
into courses — and less time with
their professors,” Palermo said.
She continued to say that budget
cuts can delay upgrades or access
to classroom materials and specif-
cally as Ontario’s tuition fees are
already the highest in the country.
However, Dr. Gervan Fearon,
assistant professor in the depart-
ment of economics and dean of
the G. Raymond Chang School of
Continuing Education, said that de-
creases or gaps in university bud-
gets are common challenges that
post-secondary institutions face.
“I would say that we’ve seen this
before for universities,” he said. “I
would also say that I think that this
is true for Canada and for Ontario,
and in fact, given the recent broad-
based economic downturn, that
governments across Canada have
been actually relatively efective at
managing budgets.”
Fearon also pointed to the out-
come budget pressure may have
upon Ryerson’s investments and
He said that savings might be
discovered by means of innovative
thinking and more efcient ap-
proaches to student services.
“What we’ve seen so far is that
the priorities have generally been
to ensure that good academic pro-
gramming is done for students, that
it’s transparent, that there’s consul-
tation — that these aren’t things
that are done in isolation, away
from discussions with students and
discussions with faculties,” Fearon
Levy will host a town hall meet-
ing next month to generate discus-
sion and new ideas in the face of the
budget discrepancy and students
are welcome to atend.
The date and time of the meeting
will be announced in the next issue
of Ryerson Today.
Rye preps for budget cuts
As Ryerson prepares their annual budget, the university is anticipating a
three per cent gap in the university-wide budget. Diana Hall reports
Contents of Maple
Leaf Gardens’ time
capsule revealed
In a joint presentation with Loblaws Corporation, Ryerson
President Sheldon Levy revealed the contents of the time
capsule that was discovered in Maple Leaf Gardens during
the renovations of the historic Toronto landmark. Amongst the
items were hockey memorabilia, old newspapers, and a tiny
ivory elephant. It was also announced that the university will
be placing a time capsule of their on in the newly renovated
building. Go to for our full coverage.
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Rye prof to help with
cancer research
Ryerson physics professor Mi-
chael Kolios has teamed up with
a Chinese research group to
launch a collaborative prject that
will be funded by both the Ca-
nadian Institutes of Health Re-
search and the National Science
Foundation of China. Each team
will receive roughly $75,000 for
the three-year initiative, and the
research will be used to both
identify and help treat cancer
Delays threaten SLC
A routine replacement of the
library building’s cooling tower
on Jan. 27 led onlookers to be-
lieve that Ryerson had broken
ground on the ambitious Stu-
dent Learning Centre (SLC), as a
construction crew set up the nec-
essary equipment on the SLC’s
empty lot.
Although university ofcials
have reasserted that the con-
struction project is on schedule to
begin in mid-February, the pos-
sibility of the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) either
going on strike or being locked out
by the city threatens to delay any
future progress. “We’re on sched-
ule,” said Ryerson’s president Shel-
don Levy. “There’s always difer-
ent permits needed and if there is
a prolonged strike there could be
a delay but [the SLC] is the only
building that would be afected.”
In the event that a strike or city
lockout takes place in the com-
ing weeks, the university would
encounter signifcant delays in re-
gards to geting their permits ap-
proved by the city. To date, Ryer-
son is awaiting the approval of their
shoring and activation permits.
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6 February 1, 2012 The Eyeopener NEWS
On Jan. 24, a student re-
ported their heart-moni-
tor stolen from the RAC’s
changing room. The indi-
vidual said that he would
have ran after whoever
stole it, but without a way
to monitor his heart, he was
afraid of exerting himself
physically in case of a heart

A student reported that
his art briefcase was sto-
len when he left it outside
his classroom on Jan. 25.
He attended class and came
out to discover his briefcase
was gone. The news team
would like to thank him for
giving us more material for
our upcoming Oblivious
Hipster meme.
On Jan. 28, a security of-
fcer found a syringe fas-
tened to the top inside
part of a door handle with
plastic shrink wrap. The
tip had been bent at a han-
dle in order to penetrate the
hand of whoever opened
the door to the Sally Hors-
fall Eaton Centre. The off-
cer who discovered it went
to the hospital but wasn’t
injured. We suggest you f-
nally fgure out where this
building is and take precau-
The journalism lounge
was vandalised on Jan.
28. Chairs were overturned,
papers were thrown and
wall decorations were on
the ground. This happened
to be the RTA vs. Journal-
ism Karaoke night. C’mon
guys, whether we won by
a landslide or made your
ears bleed, there’s no need
to take it out on public prop-
Briefs &
The great students’ union debate
With voting set to take place in less than a week, the student union candidates took to the foor to
debate their platforms, but the turnout proved less than stellar. Jessica Murray reports
Dropping fees, knocking down
residences to make parking lots,
and separating from the Canadian
Federation of Students were only
some of the ideas discussed during
Tuesday’s Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) election debate.
During the debate all seven can-
didates were given the opportunity
to discuss who they are and present
their respective platforms.
Following their speeches, each
candidate answered various ques-
tions that were submited from the
Although there were queries for
every candidate, it’s no surprise
that there was an overwhelming
amount of questions for the three
candidates running for president.
The three presidential candidates
discussed their very diferent inten-
tions for Ryerson if elected.
While Rodney Diverlus’ passion-
ate address focused on the impor-
tance of the RSU and advocated
for equity, Mark Single lobbied for
more perks for students rather than
campaigning for their rights like
the current RSU.
Candidate Suraj Singh’s platform
provided comic relief between
these two polar opposites as he
advocated for napping areas and a
peting zoo on campus.
As they are all running uncon-
tested, the four remaining vice-
presidential candidates focused
their speeches around uniting Ry-
erson’s student body and building
a more stable and supportive cam-
pus community.
Most apparent was the small
turnout outnumbered by the
amount of media persons present.
“None of my friends are here but
I told all of them to come, it’s all just
student press,” said Singh.
Singh was not the only candidate
to notice the lack of audience. Sin-
gle questioned if the average stu-
dent even knows what the RSU is.
Most of the positions seemed to
be decided, with four out of the fve
positions available running unop-
To some the election appears to
be taken less than seriously.
Diverlus addressed those who
felt that this election was a joke,
saying that is was “disheartening
and quite infuriating.”
With Singh’s wild card campaign
and Single playing devil’s advocate
against the student’s union, Single
feels that this election is a one-horse
“There is really only one appli-
cant for president — Suraj and me
are jokers,” says Single. “I would
like to congratulate Rodney on
winning the presidency.”
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7 February 1, 2012 The Eyeopener SPORTS
Last Week’s Games

January 26
Women’s Hockey:
Ryerson 0: 8 Brock
Men’s Hockey
Ryerson 0: 7 Nipissing
January 27
Women’s Basketball:
Ryerson 70: 47 RMC
Men’s Basketball:
Ryerson 107:33 RMC
Men’s Hockey:
Ryerson 1:2 Queen’s
January 28
Men’s Volleyball:
Ryerson lost to Queen’s.
(23-25, 25-27, 21-25)
Women’s Hockey
Ryerson 1: 6 Guelph
Women’s Basketball
Ryerson 72: 75 Queen’s
Men’s Basketball
Ryerson 73: 68 Queen’s
January 29
Men’s Volleyball:
Ryerson won against RMC
(25-20, 25-22, 25-12)
Women’s Volleyball:
Ryerson lost to Ottawa
(25-27, 17-25, 22-25)
Games of the Week
On Friday night, both
the men’s and the women’s
basketball teams host the
University of Toronto. The
women are scheduled to start
at 6 p.m., while the men tip-
off at 8.
It’s a fght for survival — the re-
sult of the game hangs in the bal-
ance during the third set between
the Ryerson Rams and the Guelph
Gryphons. Guelph is in full control,
leading two games to zero, but Ry-
erson refuses to give up. It won’t
be easy, but with the right strategy
and a bit of luck, Ryerson’s team
captain Jef Haber and teammate
Ryan Lai could overcome the odds
and spark an upset.
Despite the teams being more
than 67 kilometers away from
each other, the tension is palpable.
Electing to go with the same strat-
egy that helped them seal a victory
against the University of Western
Ontario in a previous matchup,
both Haber and Lai know that they
will have to act quickly if they want
to get the jump on their opponents.
But things didn’t go exactly as
planned for Ryerson. In less than
nine minutes, Guelph’s alien army
had quickly swarmed Lai’s base,
wiping out his defences and the last
of his structures. Haber knew that
it was only a mater of time before
his base would succumb to a simi-
lar fate.
In a last ditch efort, Haber start-
ed training as many soldiers as he
could, clicking his mouse frantical-
ly in the hopes that he would live to
fght another day. But it was no use;
the game was all but over.
“It didn’t feel like a good game,”
said Haber with a smile. “It sucks,
but at the end of the day you know
you’ll play in other games.”
With the loss, Ryerson’s StarCraft
team dropped to 7-7 on the year;
siting 32nd place in the league’s
Northern conference which also
features the likes of the University
of Windsor, York University and
the University of Toronto.
Since its 2010 release, StarCraft
has single-handedly brought com-
petitive E-Sports to North America.
And, like other sports, it’s found a
home at the university level.
The Ryerson gamers compete in
the Collegiate Star League (CSL),
the StarCraft equivalent of the Ca-
nadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS)
or the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA), with univer-
sity teams competing against one
another on a weekly basis in a best
of fve game series.
The objective of StarCraft is sim-
ple enough: defeat your opponent.
To do this, players must devise a
strategy that balances gathering
resources with developing an army
and building structures. The num-
ber of variables that can afect the
outcome of a game are enormous,
and the best way to adapt to those
situations, just like any other sport,
is through practice.
“Like with any sort of sport, you
have to keep practicing to get it
down so that [what you’re doing]
essentially becomes second in-
stinct,” said Haber. “You can watch
replays and analyze where you
went wrong in diferent games and
fgure out when to build things or
when you should be atacking.”
The idea of competitive video
gaming, or E-Sports, being legiti-
mized as sport in North America
is still in its infancy. In many parts
of Asia, E-Sports is already recog-
nized as a legitimate sport, with the
top players earning hundreds of
thousands of dollars a year in spon-
sorships and tournament winnings.
While the popularity of E-Sports
is exponentially growing, many
people are strongly opposed to the
notion that the word sport is at-
tached to video games.
When asked what defnes a
sport, Ryerson’s director of athlet-
ics, Ivan Joseph, was selective with
his words.
“For me, [a sport] would have
some level of training and physi-
cal preparation. There would be a
physical dimension, a mental di-
mension a tactical dimension to
it,” he said. “There is a piece that
relates to hand-eye coordination,
stamina, endurance and psycho-
logical and mental elements to it.
There is a tactical element to it, and
there are one or more adversaries.”
“If it’s meeting those compo-
nents I don’t see [why it shouldn’t
be considered a sport].”
Despite the team’s average sea-
son, Haber already considers it
a success, as the team is not only
competing against universities
with higher student populations,
but they’re also essentially playing
together for the frst time.
“Considering it’s the frst time
that we’ve done this, I’d say we’re
doing prety well” he said.
Although it was initially found-
ed in 2009, when StarCraft: Brood
Wars was the game of choice, Ry-
erson’s StarCraft team lacked orga-
nization and quickly disintegrated.
This past summer, Haber decided
to resurrect the team, and under
his management, Ryerson’s team is
organzied, disciplined and ready to
compete for a CSL title in the near
After the season concludes,
Haber said that the team plans to
apply to become an ofcial club,
which would be a step in the right
direction in solidifying video
games as a real sport, at least on
our campus.
Eighteen months after its release, StarCraft 2 is single-handedly propelling competitive video
gaming into the mainstream. Sean Tepper reports on the ambitions of Ryerson’s StarCraft team






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Adderall, Vyvanse, and essentially
anything with the amphetamine
compound in it.” But since he only
takes these sporadically, he doesn’t
see a problem. He notes his use is
very different from a daily user’s,
even if that user has a prescription.
“There are side effects to every
single thing that you put in your
body,” says Solice. “Moderation,
though, is the key to solving this
ther students found that
moderation wasn’t an op-
tion when dealing with
schoolwork. Monica Recine*, who
studied architecture at Ryerson,
says that without Adderall she could
barely focus in school.
“I strongly believe that Adderall
has helped me a lot,” she says. “It’s
the only thing that made me focus on
schoolwork and work in general.”
Like every student, Recine often
felt the need for an energy boost
during her time at Ryerson. But un-
like the typical student, she felt she
couldn’t get by on coffee.
Solice agrees that the drugs are su-
perior to coffee. “Caffeine has a low
threshold and a negative return after
a while,” he says. “Amphetamines,
however, do not.” When he wants to
8 February 1, 2012 The Eyeopener FEATURES
ou have a million and one
things to do — you have
three midterms coming
up, a paper due in two days and
you’ve just picked up an extra
shift at your job. If you’re a typi-
cal student, you might brew up
a pot of coffee and get to work.
But if you’re part of a grow-
ing class of ambitiously amoral
students, you reach into your
bag and pull out a yellow plastic
bottle with some pharmaceutical
word-vomit printed on the label.
You pop open the lid and take
two small, white pills with a sip
of water.
You feel a sense of relief,
knowing that the pills are going
to start doing their job in a times-
pan of twenty to thirty minutes,
beginning to dissolve from your
trachea all the way down to your
stomach, until it starts to absorb
through to your capillaries and
work its way to your brain.
housands of university
students take these pills
in order to improve their
focus and enhance their learning
Of these study-drugs, the
most commonly used are meth-
ylphenidate, often known as
Ritalin; and Adderall, a mixture
of two different amphetamine
salts. Also gaining a following
is Modafinil, a relative new-
comer to the field that boasts the
impressive ability to keep one
awake for 40 hours with little-to-
no loss in function.
The street name for amphet-
amine-related drugs is speed,
and for good reason. Each drug
works slightly differently, but
all interact with receptors in the
brain to produce an increase in
dopamine, serotonin and Nor-
epinephrine, ultimately giving
you a boost of energy.
The other thing these drugs
have in common is that they’re
psychostimulants prescribed to
people who show signs of dis-
tractibility, restlessness and an
overall inability to focus. These
drugs improve both focus and
wakefulness, and have long been
used to treat atention defcit dis-
order (ADD) and atention defcit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
owever, these prescrip-
tion drugs have become
black-market boost-
ers for post-secondary students
short on time and shorter on
sleep. Anna Armstrong*, a grad-
uate from the interior design
program at Ryerson, says that
Adderall helped her through her
undergraduate years.
“The times I took them were
the times I found myself to be
out of focus,” says Armstrong.
“They helped me get back on
She says that she first tried the
drug out of curiosity, because
she noticed other students tak-
ing them. But the stiff competi-
tion in interior design is part of
what drove her to continue tak-
ing Adderall outside its recom-
mended use.
“You can walk in an interior
design or architecture studio at
any time of the night and will
see someone working on some-
thing,” says Armstrong. “Not
only was the competition at a
ridiculous level, but I also had
to obtain my grades, direct and
manage our year end show, con-
sider and apply to a masters
program, do my teachers assis-
tance tasks, transfer to a differ-
ent school for a summer abroad
program and, most importantly,
having to prepare and apply for
the real world.”
s with any other drugs,
there are possible ad-
verse effects to be wary
of. Dr. Su-Ting Teo, Director of
Health and Wellness at Ryer-
son, says that there are impacts
to consider, as with any drug.
“Common short-term impacts
include insomnia, anxiety, agita-
tion, headaches, nausea, and pal-
pitations. Long-term impacts in-
clude addiction and dependence
— meaning you start needing
more and more to have the same
effect,” she says. “Rare serious
reactions include psychosis,
heart attacks, and stroke.”
Frank Solice*, who is in his last
year of engineering, says he isn’t
worried about any adverse ef-
fects because he only takes study
drugs when he really needs to.
“I take them when I have very
little time to do a task and want
to focus on that one task only,”
he says. “They are only taken for
‘crunch time’ purposes. If I have
a limited amount of time to do a
task, I take them.”
Solice says he’ll take “Ritalin,

I’ll take Ritalin, Ad-
derall, Vyvanse and
essentially anything
with the amphet-
amine compound.
I strongly believe that
Adderall has helped
me a lot. It’s the only
thing that made me
losing their ability to perform
four out of six maneouvres.
lison Rossi*, a fourth
year student study-
ing social work in
gerontology, has been taking
Modafinil for five years as
a treatment for narcolepsy.
She says that she also uses it
to help her stay awake when
she needs to finish her school-
“They are gaining popular-
ity because of the allure to be
able to maintain a busy social
life while still being able to
focus on getting school work
finished as well,” says Rossi.
“It has become easier to suc-
cessfully run on empty.”
Of course, she has had first-
hand experience with negative
effects of Modafinil, and says
she believes that it can have
adverse effects on one’s body.
“The info pamphlet that
comes with Modafinil says
that it isn’t known specifical-
ly how the medication works
on the brain,” she says. “I’ve
gotten the shakes from taking
it, and when I was first pre-
scribed I was given too high a
dosage, which had awful side
The doctor originally pre-
scribed her four pills a day.
She says she could not see
straight, her body ached and
she needed physical help get-
ting back to her dorm room at
the end of the day.
ut short-term effects
are not as concern-
ing as long-term ones.
Some students don’t even
realize they have a problem
until something bad happens
to them. From a biological
perspective, ingesting these
drugs “increases a body’s do-
pamine levels in certain parts
of the brain. People who have
ADHD who need the medica-
tion are not stimulated enough
in certain parts of the brain
that are responsible for at-
tention,” says Teo. “If you do
not have ADHD and you take
the medications, it increases
receptors for neurotransmit-
ters [and] you end up need-
ing more and more to have the
same effect.”
Armstrong says she knows
that dependency could be-
come a problem, but questions
how easily that will happen.
“You could become dependent
on coffee as well,” she says.
“Except coffee doesn’t do the
harm that Adderall will.”
But Adderall can also cause
a much more severe depen-
dence than coffee — Teo says
that the medical centre has had
to deal with drug-seeking be-
haviour before.
“We have had some stu-
dents in the Medical Centre
[who had] dependency prob-
lems but didn’t recognize it,”
says Teo.
“They come wanting more
and more medication. I’ve had
a student steal a prescription
pad and write himself a pre-
scription, as we would not pro-
vide extra prescriptions.”
She adds, “of course, people
also steal medication to sell on
the street.”
espite the huge de-
mand for these drugs,
Rossi doesn’t believe
it helps your grades.
“In the times I have needed
to stay up and focus I think it
has helped, but I don’t think it
has necessarily helped me do
well in school,” she says. “It
helps to get the work done, but
the quality is likely lacking.”
Armstrong agrees that the
end result might not have been
greatly altered by her use of
“I find it to have more of a
negative outcome rather than
positive,” she says. “Look-
ing back I would have done
the same amount of work if I
hadn’t taken them.”
ith or without
drugs, students are
still going to have to
do the work they are assigned
and write the exams given at
the end of each course. But the
extra time afforded by these
drugs might just mean the dif-
ference between success and
“With this economy we’re
facing today, if time is mon-
ey — we’re out of both,” says
*Names have been changed
crash, he stops taking pills.
“We had to pull a lot of all-night-
ers, and coffee wouldn’t help me
anymore,” says Recine. “The prob-
lem with coffee is if you drink too
much, your body just shuts down
after a while. Adderall doesn’t work
that way.”
ord of mouth is very im-
portant to the practice of
using drugs as a study
aid. As with most illicit drugs, many
users first try these pills on the rec-
ommendations of friends.
“The first time I tried Adderall,
my friend gave it to me. She kept
telling me that it would make me
focus on whatever I wanted to focus
on,” says Recine. “Once, when I was
writing an essay, someone was try-
ing to talk to me and I just wanted
them to stop because I was just so
focused on what I was doing.” She
says she felt incredibly annoyed at
the attempt to divert her attention
from her work.
ewcomer drug Modafinil
also has major appeal for
the perpetually busy: the
United States Air Force concluded
the drug helped pilots stay up for 40
hours straight without significantly
9 February 1, 2012 The Eyeopener FEATURES

I’ve had a student steal
a prescription pad and
write himself a pre-
If time is money, we’re
out of both.
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10 February 1, 2012 The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE
Behind the scenes
Our Behind the Scenes series will take you behind the scenes at several of Ryerson’s biggest arts
centres. In the frst installment, Davida Ander takes us behind the scenes at the set of one of
Ryerson’s fourth-year flm productions, Flammable
t is a world full of sandbags,
boom poles, fake plants and
even a furry microphone cover
called a deadcat.
Here, you can expect to over-
hear fancy lingo like “camera de-
partment stand by to watch,” and
“do we have marking tape or grip
tape?” and “We’re making a mov-
This is the chaotic third foor stu-
dio of a Ryerson flm student.
Today, a commited group of
fourth years are on their sixth day
of shooting the short flm Flam-
mable. It is just after 4 p.m. and the
studio is bustling with bodies.
One student is painting a free-
standing wall black, several are ad-
justing the tracks for a dolly, while
others arrange the microphones
and lights.
In the middle of the room, there is
a hallway made of lined up wood-
en walls with cut-out windows.
The walls have been painted with
dark, textured paint and strong
lights have been stationed behind
each window, casting an eerie glow
in the hallway.
The director explains that the
flm is about a man untouched by
an angry world. One of the char-
acters has been sentenced to life
in prison, and is being escorted by
police to his cell. The elaborate set
is only being used for a 15-second
This flm has a budget of $15,000
and, along with the others com-
pleted by fourth year students, will
be shown at the Ryerson University
Film Festival in May.
Alessia Lamonaca is volunteer-
ing as the associate production
manager. She is a second year stu-
dent who joined the team to gain
some hands on experience. She is
one of about 35 involved with the
“I love the energy on set and
being able to see what you made
come to life, even after the hectic-
ness,” she said.
Josh Ary, a fourth-year flm stu-
dent, explains that shooting a mov-
ie is similar to a military operation.
“You’re in a room and you’re just
so focused on geting the next shot,
the next shot, the next shot that you
look down and you’re like, ‘It’s
been 10 hours and I’m gonna die
He adds that flm-making is a
uniquely collaborative process.
“It’s more than the art of just the
director’s vision, it’s the art of mak-
ing all these people work together
and create something that’s much
more than what any of them can do
separately,” he said.
In frst and second year, students
take scriptwriting classes and shoot
interviews and documentaries
with small crews. In the later years,
they shoot longer flms with larger
groups and choose their roles.
But not everyone does as they’re
“People are supposed to do their
jobs. Sometimes they don’t. Some-
times they don’t show up. Some-
times they’re there, but they’re
drunk,” Ary said.
Students usually shoot their
movies on location, but starting
this semester, the Image Arts build-
ing studios have been used to cre-
ate setings, like the prison hallway.
Seven a.m. call times, half-usable
studios, drunken colleagues — it’s
all in a day’s work.
I love the energy on set
and being able to see
what you made come to
— Alessia Lamonaca,
flm student
PHOTOs cOurTesy ivAn HuTOmO Behind the scenes shots of the cast and crew of Flammable.
Annual Report for July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 for the Ombudsperson for
Ryerson University
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Digital world change
by nuruddin qorane
Activists for social change now
have an online resource to help put
their ideas in motion. Ryerson’s
Digital Media Zone (DMZ) recently
brought in SoJo, a tool for young
entrepreneurs seeking to beter the
world around them.
Currently in the beta stage of its
development, SoJo connects young
entrepreneurs to advice for begin-
ning a venture, building a net-
work and fnding funding, among
other educational resources to help
throughout the process.
“We’re creating an online learn-
ing tool that walks people through
the process of developing their
ideas, developing themselves and
executing on their projects,” said
SoJo’s founder and CEO Kanika
SoJo exists as a guide for social
entrepreneurs to hone in on a re-
fned and realistic idea while the
site adapts to the unique questions
each entrepreneur will ask.
Gupta herself comes from a so-
cial change background. She has
been involved in charitable initia-
tives since high school and went on
to found Nukoko, an organization
focused on making universal pri-
mary school education accessible to
young girls.
It was through creating Nukoko
that Gupta found that resources
were not there for people who
wanted to create organizations
for social change. That’s when she
had the idea of a social journal that
would guide young entrepreneurs
to reach their goals.
At the DMZ, SoJo will have the
opportunity to grow with other
companies that are creating similar
projects. Gupta says that opportu-
nity is invaluable.
SoJo will soon be flled with
thousands of articles on topics
ranging from developing yourself
as an entrepreneur to how to pitch
your idea. Using reference systems
such as the ones found on Amazon
and Netfix, SoJo will help direct its
users to the information they need.
“We’re trying to create a system
that’s smart enough to recognize
what [the user will need], even if
they don’t know what they’re look-
ing for,” said Gupta.
Though SoJo is still in a develop-
mental stage, it’s functional on the
web as a strategy to allow users to
help in the building process.
“Our goal was to have the people
who were going to be using the tool
build it with us,” said Gupta.
The DMZ welcomed SoJo this year, a company that helps young people
put their ideas for social change into action
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A new campus-based sexual-as-
sault hotline is launching this week
to give students a way to discuss
and seek advice about sexual as-
sault and gender-based violence.
Run by the Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) and the Women’s
Centre, the hotline will be a sup-
portive ear to discuss personal ex-
periences, not as a way to report
crisis situations. Lines will open on
Feb. 5.
According to Gilary Massa, the
Ryerson Student’s Union equity
and campaign organizer, the hot-
line is not just for victims.
“[People] may just want to talk to
somebody or they may be calling to
ask for help,” said Massa
Approved at the RSU’s 2010
semi-annual general meeting, Ry-
erson’s sexual assault support line
works by forwarding calls to the
student volunteers’ phones.
As it stands, the support line has
15 student volunteers ready to an-
swer calls. All volunteers taking
calls are women, but students of
any gender identity are welcome to
use the resource.
The students were chosen
through an interview process
and with the help of the Assault-
ed Women’s Helpline, have been
training since September to direct
calls to the right resources.
Margaret Arnason, the training
coordinator at the Assaulted Wom-
en’s Helpline said, “The helpline is
really about your ability to listen
and your ability to support.”
She said volunteers will make
people aware of choices they have
to handle situations.
Arnason said that all of the stu-
dent volunteers are from Ryerson
so that callers feel more comfort-
“Somebody who goes to this
campus or knows the campus
would have a beter understanding
of what you’re talking about,” Ar-
nason said.
“Or sometimes you want to talk
to people your age who are not
your family or your friend.”
Each student volunteer will also
have the contact information of a
worker at the Assaulted Women’s
Helpline whom they can phone for
support and mentorship while they
are on-call.
The RSU spent $1,000 of its bud-
get in the creation of this support
Posters have been placed across
the student centre to inform
and encourage people to fght
gender violence and call for help
when they need it.
Amira Jiwani, a second-year ra-
dio and television arts student, said
she’d consider calling it but has res-
“There’s always nervousness
about the privacy issue,” she said.
“Or there’s a fear that people would
be calling as a joke.”
“We need to get people to be a
part of the conversation,” said Me-
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Coming to a bathroom near you
The Student Campus Centre is undergoing construction to accommodate students’ religious practices
By Nadya domiNgo
Ryerson’s Student Campus Cen-
tre (SCC) is renovating their third-
foor washrooms to accommodate
Muslim student ablutions.
The renovations include creat-
ing an ablution-friendly bathroom
equipped with footbaths and sinks.
The bathrooms are set to open next
An ablution is a mandatory act of
washing oneself before prayer, in-
cluding ones hands, feet, face, and
parts of the head. This ritual must
occur in order for prayer to be com-
pleted properly.
Fairuz Schickh,
a Muslim Student
Association (MSA)
member at Ryerson,
said she prefers per-
forming ablutions
in mosques close to
The second-year
psychology student
said that ablutions can be messy
when performed in an area that
isn’t built specifcally for the ritual.
Schickh avoids the washrooms
at Ryerson because they don’t pro-
vide sufcient space to perform ab-
“We don’t want to cause chaos
and mess,” said Schickh.
The washrooms on the third foor
of Oakham House have been reno-
vated to provide more space for ab-
The handicap stalls in both the
men’s and women’s washrooms
have been removed to make space
for the stations.
A new, single-stall handicap
washroom has been built between
the men’s and women’s washroom.
The bathroom, which was once
empty ofce space, can be accessed
from the hallway.
Caitlin Smith, president of the
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU),
said that because the handicap
stalls were not located in a high-
trafc area, the move shouldn’t
pose problems.
“It’s not that we’ve taken away
accessible washrooms,” she said.
“We hadn’t heard any concerns be-
The renovated men’s and wom-
en’s washrooms will include foot-
bath and hand sink combinations,
so students can stand while wash-
ing themselves instead of siting.
New high-speed dryers have
been built below the footbaths as-
Eric Newstadt, general manager
of the SCC, said he recognized that
people needed a specially designed
space to perform the ritual.
photo: lindsay boeckl
“Students would wait or perform
ablutions in other sinks,” he said.
“That was creating some issues in
usability and space.”
If students weren’t waiting in line
to do their ablutions, they were us-
ing standard sinks instead to wash
This posed problems for the
maintenance of the bathroom as
water would overfow from the
Shickh says that the new ablution
stations are a great idea because
they are more comfortable in their
“It shows that people are actu-
ally puting in the efort to bring
[ablution stations] and that Muslim
students have a place to go on cam-
pus,” she said.
This isn’t the frst time ablutions
have been considered in Canadian
university washrooms.
The University of British Co-
lumbia (UBC) has renovated their
bathrooms not only for religious
purposes, but to also provide a safe
and comfortable bathroom that is
gender inclusive.
The Muslim students at UBC
would use the washrooms up to
fve times a day for ablutions, not-
ing that the task included hopping
on one foot to reach the other into
a sink.
In the meantime, signs have been
posted in the bathrooms informing
students not to do ablutions.
“It shows that people are actually putting
in the effort to bring [ablution stations] and
that Muslim students have a place to go on
— Fairuz Schickh,
Muslim Student Association member
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