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March 14, 2012
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After an investigation by Ryerson security and Toronto Police, individuals were found to be dealing drugs in the Dungeon. News
Editor Carolyn Turgeon looks into the shady history of the engineering lounge hidden in the Kerr Hall basement
Four arrests in Dungeon drug bust
An undercover drug bust re-
sulted in four police arrests on
campus last Thursday.
Toronto Police 51 Division sent
ofcers dressed as students to
investigate previously reported
drug deals in the Rye-O-Mat, lo-
cated in the Kerr Hall North base-
“We received complaints re-
garding drug dealing going on in
that [area] at Ryerson,” said De-
tective Constable Preston Scot.
“We initiated an investigation and
it resulted in four arrests.”
The police cannot reveal if the
arrested individuals were stu-
dents or any other additional in-
formation as of yet, in case the
charges take the accused to court.
The area, more commonly
known as the Dungeon, is a
lounge for engineering students
which is only supervised by Ryer-
son security’s patrols.
Ryerson media relations man-
ager Micheal Forbes revealed that
security had received complaints
about activities of this nature
around campus, including the
“Security undertook a number
of measures including identifying
people apparently engaged in ille-
gal activity,” said Forbes.
He said security passed on the
results of their investigation to the
police and the issue then became a
division police mater.
He said the university cannot
comment on security’s role in the
investigation as it is ongoing.
The cause of the investiga-
tions did not come as a surprise
to Derek Stanley, a second-year
aerospace engineer, who hasn’t
noticed any dealers since the bust.
“We’ve actually asked the
group to leave before,” he said.
“It’s a study space, there’s no need
for that.”
Stanley spends time studying
in the Dungeon along with many
other students, and is no stranger
to witnessing drug deals.
“I’ve seen them dealing and se-
curity would come through [on
patrols],” said Stanley.
He explained that he didn’t
think they usually noticed and
that there is only one closed cir-
cuit camera which doesn’t show
the entire room.
“A couple more cameras in-
stalled would help,” he said.
Stanley believes the appearance
of dealers in the Dungeon is a
change from last year, when they
remained above ground.
“Oftentimes they used to just
smoke weed upstairs outside the
door [to Kerr Hall],” he said, add-
ing that you could smell it as you
passed. “It’s just this year that
they started dealing.”
Xerxes Engineer, a third-year
computer engineering student,
disagreed with Stanley’s assess-
“They’ve always been down
here, since 2008 [when I started],”
he said.
He does agree that it’s not the
place for that kind of activity,
especially when the dealers had
been kicked out by security many
times previously.
There are now signs on a bank
of lockers just outside of the Dun-
geon that tell the owners to con-
tact Ryerson security to gain ac-
cess to their lockers.
Stanley said he saw the locks
being changed.
Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president
of administration and fnance,
confrmed that the university re-
mains involved in the investiga-
tion but can’t release more.
“It is so critically important that
we maintain safety on campus
and that’s what this is about,” she
Ryerson President Sheldon
Levy said the university will be
looking at the physical nature
of the space and making some
“What we’re doing is asking
ourselves what it is that created
the problem,” said Levy. “We
can’t ignore that it might have
been where it’s located, a lack of
supervision, how many times se-
curity walks by, the lighting and
everything else.”
He isn’t sure what changes will
be made, only that they wish to
prevent the same incidents from
“It’s almost certain that the
Dungeon as you now think of it
will not be the [same].”
[Drug dealers] have al-
ways been down here,
since 2008 [when I start-
— Xerxes Engineer,
third-year computer
engineering student
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UR Vision sweeps Board of Governors election
BY Charles Vanegas
UR Vision swept last week’s
Board of Governors’ (BOG) elec-
tion, completely shuting out Stu-
dents First candidates — many of
whom have also served as Stu-
dents United candidates in Febru-
ary’s student union elections.
The BOG is primarily respon-
sible for the fnances of the uni-
Gerald Mak, Angelo Pirosz and
Stephen Kassim received 680, 633
and 495 votes respectively, to
beat out notables such as recently
elected Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) vice-president (VP) opera-
tions Andrew McAllister and cur-
rent RSU VP education Melissa
Kassim, a fourth-year politics
student, said his team had been
preparing for this election since
He credits the victory to their
readiness for the campaign, but
also to their decision to run as a
“I ran for the senate in my sec-
ond year as an independent. If
you’re [running] by yourself —
especially if it’s your frst time
— unfortunately you don’t really
have a chance to win,” he said.
“One of our strengths was that
Gerald, Angelo and I had all lost
our frst elections. It gives you a
beter perspective — like if you
want it, you need to step your
game up.”
Mak, Pirosz and Kassim will
join Ryerson’s 24-member BOG,
which in addition to its three
student-elected members, is com-
prised of faculty, administrative
staf members, alumni, Chancel-
lor G. Raymond Chang and Presi-
dent Sheldon Levy.
Swedha Ezhil, a third-year so-
cial work student, says she is
pleased that UR Vision kept RSU
leaders of the Board.
“I’m not too happy about [RSU
leaders being able to run]. I un-
derstand that they want to get in-
volved, but at the same time I’m
not too comfortable with the idea
that RSU people have their infu-
ences everywhere. I believe there
needs to be a balance.”
Despite being shut out of the
BOG, Palermo believes that the
students have the right to vote for
whichever candidate they feel is
best suited for the job, and is con-
fdent that the student union will
be able to work with the newly
elected members on a number of
pressing student issues including
rising student fees.
With that being said, RSU can-
didates had greater success be-
ing elected to the Senate, which is
responsible for making academic
policies and governing the BOG.
RSU president-elect Rodney
Diverlus and current VP Student
Life and Events Alyssa Williams
received the most votes amongst
at-large (those not running to
represent their particular facul-
ty) candidates, and were elected
alongside UR Vision candidate
Marwa Yahya and Danielle Bro-
gan, the next two highest vote
Unlike RSU elections, all Ryer-
son students — including Gradu-
ate and Chang School — are eli-
gible to vote for the Senate and
Board of Governors. However,
this didn’t deter voter apathy.
The 1,500 students who voted
accounted for only 4.2 per cent of
the student population.
Dan Savery, a third-year me-
chanical engineering student, said
he didn’t vote because he has oth-
er concerns.
“The things everyone argues
for aren’t very signifcant when it
comes to the real world,” he said.
“I’m too busy with my education,
and secondly, I don’t know who
these people are, nor do I have
time to listen to what they’re all
Stephen Kassim won a BOG position. PhoTo: MohaMED oMaR
Lauren “1/4 LIFE CRISIS” Strapagiel
Rebecca “SEDUCTIVE” Burton
Carolyn “CALM” Turgeon
Sean “OMGOMGOMG” Tepper

Sarah “ROBO” Del Giallo
Sean “LESS SCARED” Wetselaar
Nicole “GET LUCKY” Siena
Lindsay “CARD TRICK” Boeckl
Mohamed “QUAD STROLL” Omar
Marissa “JOKER” Dederer
Suraj “BELIEBER” Singh
Lee “FUCKING OLD” Richardson
Jeff “BRISK WALK” Lagerquist
John “SHMOOVIE” Shmuel
Playing the role of the Annoy-
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week... People who promise
pie then don’t follow through on
said promise. I’m waiting.
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March 14, 2012
The Eyeopener EDITORIAL
Feeling the spirit
Confession: until last weekend,
I had never watched a Ryerson
sports game simply for fun.
Sure I’d photographed games
for The Eyeopener and certainly
didn’t dislike watching them, but
my general feeling on the school’s
varsity athletics program is mostly
a “meh.” Sporting events and the
banner-waving variety of school
spirit just aren’t my thing. I’m one
of those people who goes to Blue
Jays games just to drink overpriced
beer and heckle the players from
the nosebleed seats.
However, as the men’s basketball
team duked it out at the Canadian
Interuniversity Sports (CIS) fnals
in Halifax, I was transfxed.
You don’t need to understand
the fner details of basketball (and
I certainly don’t) to appreciate the
nail-biting tension and excitement
of last weekend.
I cheered, threw my arms in the
air when we got the ball through
the net and felt the crushing disap-
pointment after a loss in overtime
on Sunday.
I fgure if even I could get into
the game, there must have been
many other Rams fans born over
those three days.
It’s the frst time I can remember
that the general Ryerson communi-
ty actually felt some athletics-relat-
ed school spirit. My Twiter feed lit
up with excitement from students,
faculty and administration alike.
Even in Halifax, the livestream
commentators couldn’t ignore the
small sea of yellow shirts shouting,
waving and cheering behind the
baseline. Even after a 20-hour over-
night bus ride, our cheering section
was always livelier than those of
our opponents.
At Ryerson we often lament our
apathetic sense of school spirit and
community, but I think last week-
end we saw a glimmer of some-
thing else.
Not to discredit the campus
groups who work tirelessly to
bring that sense of community (The
Eyeopener included) but there’s
nothing quite like cheering on your
school’s team. As cliché as it is, get-
ting all riled up as you cheer for
victory and jeer at your rivals is a
tried, tested and true way to feel
a connection with your classmates
and loyalty to your chosen place of
higher learning.
The season is over, but with the
opening of our new sports facility
at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens
just around the corner, now is a
beter time than ever to don a gold
shirt and cheer on our men and
women in blue.
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Chris “OU EST CHRIS” Roberts
Rina “OMG” Tse
Sadie “IT’S” McInnes
Jamaica “SPRING” Ty
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Victoria “IMAGETCHEW” Stunt
Gin “IWANTCHEW” Sexsmith
Susana “NOISY” Gomez-Baez
Andrew “BACKSTAGE” Kalinchuk
Dasha “HALIFAX” zolota
harlan “SUPERSTARS” Nemers
Leslie “MASTER KEY” Walker
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5 March 14, 2011 The Eyeopener NEWS
President Sheldon Levy’s town hall predicted a 5 per cent rise in tuition fees, and shortly after the cap was confrmed by the
provincial government. Susana Gómez Báez reports
Provincial government caps tuition rise
With an air of uncertainty sur-
rounding the government’s contin-
ued funding for university growth,
Ryerson is making it a priority to
create and approve a number of
new undergraduate programs.
At his community town hall
meeting on March 7, Sheldon Levy
told those in atendance that this
may be the last year that the univer-
sity will receive funding for growth
from the government and that fu-
ture funding for new programs re-
mains in jeopardy.
“We know that the government
this year has provided additional
resources for growth,” said Levy.
“What we don’t know is what plans
the government will have for future
years and therefore a worry that if
you plan these new programs [in
the future] that the growth will be
taken up by all the programs that
the university started in 2012-13.”
A number of new programs will
be ofered in the coming years be-
cause of the economic advantage.
As of now, students’ tuition fees
pay for approximately 45 per cent
of the program’s funding. The other
55 per cent is provided by govern-
ment funds and the uncertainty is
when those funds will expire.
“There are a lot of factors that
make this a dynamic situation,”
said Alan Shepard, provost and
vice-president academic.
With the growth money expected
to end sometime between 2015-16,
starting up programs as soon as
possible will ensure that the gov-
ernment can cover the costs of a
student’s four years in the program.
Shepard reiterated that the uni-
versity would never create a pro-
gram that they didn’t have funding
“What we can’t be sure is when
the [government’s] commitment to
growth will end,” he said. “If we
wait until 2014 we might not get
full funding for their four years.”
New programs such as environ-
ment and urban sustainability and
history will be ofered in the fall of
2012, while accounting and fnance,
philosophy and creative industries
are all expected to be ofered in
Most recently, the board of gov-
ernors has approved the creation
of an undergraduate professional
communication program pending
the senate’s approval.
Other programs that have been
proposed included bachelor de-
grees in real estate management,
biomedical sciences and fnancial
“The programs we create are one
that really come from academic in-
terest from the faculty,” said Levy.
“There is confdence that there are
good employment opportunities
for students after graduation.”
Katie Sanchez, a second-year arts
and contemporary studies (ACS)
student, was excited when she
found out that Ryerson would be
ofering an undergraduate history
program in 2012 and considered
switching into it.
However, after talking it over
with her academic advisor, she de-
cided to stick with her current pro-
gram as she would have lost a num-
ber of credits in the switch.“I think
it’s good because ACS is so general
and [history] is a more precise pro-
gram,” she said. “I would have
been in it if it was ofered when I
Rye pushes new programs while funding remains
The Ontario government is ex-
tending the 5 per cent tuition cap
for another year.
As a result, the 2012-13 tuition
fees cannot go up more than that
This is a relief for many students
as it delays any drastic surge in
tuition fees for at least one more
In a community town hall meet-
ing on March 7, Levy anticipated a
three to 5 per cent budget cut that
could result in tuition fees rising 5
per cent for next year.
“It’s not a surprise and we are
prepared for it,” he said.
In his presentation, Levy talked
about the growing $17 billion pro-
vincial debt and slow economic
growth as reasons for the univer-
sity’s need for money.
He announced that Ryerson
would make sure to have enough
funds for students in fnancial
need, addressing concerned stu-
dents and faculty members.
As further fnancial aid, the gov-
ernment is applying the 30 per
cent tuition rebate for the entire
year, granting university students
and college students $1,600 and
$730 who ft the requirements.
There was speculation of a plan
for 2012-13 by the Ontario govern-
ment that would place a tempo-
rary suspension on establishing a
fat fee — a set tuition fee that ap-
plies to every university — for arts
and sciences programs.
According to an article in the
Toronto Star, the supposed fat fee
under consideration was pegged
at $5,366.
Although the estimated fgure
is only $75 less than what Ryerson
arts and sciences students paid
this year, it would cost Toronto-ar-
ea universities millions of dollars.
In a later article, the Star report-
ed that it had only been an idea
that was passed around university
presidents and Glen Murray, the
Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities denied the standard-
ization of tuition fees.
Murray said that despite the fact
that the government was working
on making post-secondary educa-
tion more afordable, creating a
fat fee was not one of the sugges-
The proposal of everybody pay-
ing the same tuition, seemed ap-
pealing to Ian Sakinofsky, a Ryer-
son business professor.
“I think it’s a good idea be-
cause universities shouldn’t be
using fees to manipulate public
education,” said Sakinofsky. “Fees
shouldn’t determine where people
go. It should be the same every-
The government’s current
framework has been in place since
Since then, tuition in Ontario
has risen by $1,480, according to
Statistics Canada.
“[The annual increase] is put-
ting the burden on the students
instead of puting the burden on
the government,” said Sakinofsky.
The province receives the lowest
government funding in the coun-
try to go with its nation-leading
tuition fees, according to the On-
tario Confederation of University
Faculty Association.
This year, Statistics Canada cal-
culated that the average tuition
in Ontario was $6,640, and repre-
sented a 5.1 per cent increase com-
pared to last year.
The next highest fees are in
New Brunswick, but they are al-
most $800 less than in Ontario.
“Instead of raising tuition by 5
per cent and giving students back
$1,600, why don’t they keep that
money and lower tuition a litle bit
for everyone?” said Sakinofsky.
“Tuition keeps going up but fund-
ing doesn’t go up as much.”
Sheldon Levy held a town hall concerning the university’s budget for the 2012-13 year in the Rogers Communication Centre. photoS: mohamed omar
It’s not a surprise and
we are prepared for it.
— Sheldon Levy,
Ryerson president
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6 March 14, 2012 The Eyeopener NEWS
BY AlexAndrA HuffmAn
The Student Learning Cen-
tre (SLC) was supposed to break
ground in mid-February, but cur-
rently all that stands beside the li-
brary on Yonge Street is an empty
The reason for the stall is that the
City of Toronto has yet to issue a
below-grade permit for the build-
ing that would allow excavation for
the site.
Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president
of administration and fnance at
Ryerson, said the university has
had an application with the city for
quite some time.
“As far as we know, we’ve done
everything they have asked us to
do,” said Hanigsberg. “There are
no issues or problems, so we don’t
think there is any particular risk
that they won’t issue it, but that’s
what we are waiting for.”
Ryerson continues to wait on the
city, a potential roadblock may de-
lay the SLC’s schedule.
According to an article in the
Toronto Star, 23,000 of Toronto’s
inside workers may be headed to-
ward a strike on March 25. Ontar-
io’s labour ministry has ruled that
a labour lockout is legally allowed
to happen.
Members of the Canadian Union
of Public Employees (CUPE) Local
79 have been in talks with the city
for 12 weeks, but an agreement has
yet to be reached.
The main issue stalling the talks
is the fact that the city wants to have
full control over shift schedules.
Workers are worried that this
could lead to a loss of hours.
Unless an agreement is reached
in the next couple of weeks, there
could be a labour disruption among
many services around the city.
In the event of a strike, no appli-
cations for building permits will be
processed or issued — exactly the
stage that the SLC is at right now.
Hanigsberg expects that the nine-
story building, which will contain
open student study spaces, is far
enough along that the below-grade
permit would not be put in jeopar-
dy by the strike.
“We still believe we are going to
get that before there is a possibility
of a strike,” said Hanigsberg. “We
should be geting it very quickly.”
She said that if problems do arise,
it would be when work on the
building is already underway.
The city is supposed to come in
to do routine inspections during
construction, which could be a chal-
lenge if the inspectors are on strike.
In the end, it will come down to
whether the strike turns out to be
short term or long term.
The university is still waiting on
a full building permit. It isn’t imme-
diately necessary as there are still
three months of underground work
to complete.
However there could be a pause
if the strike goes on longer than ex-
Rezoning applications, needed
to change the zoning of a property,
are also at risk, but Hanigsberg says
the university is early enough in the
new residence construction that it
won’t be afected.
Brianna Dologh, frst-year occu-
pational health and safety student,
said she can’t wait to see the new
learning centre because it would be
a great resource for students, but
she wishes she was kept more up-
to-date on the project.
“It’s part of our experience at Ry-
erson,” said Dologh. “It’s unfortu-
nate it hasn’t started. They should
tell students why it’s not moving
Nathan Drony, a fourth-year
graphic communications manage-
ment student is disappointed, just
as he was with the Maple Leaf Gar-
dens delay.
“I’m not surprised. I won’t be
around to enjoy it unfortunately,
but I wish it was moving faster. My
brother was looking into applying
at Ryerson and he could really ben-
eft from a new Student Learning
However, even if there is a longer
delay, Hanigsberg says the build-
ing will be never be abandoned.
“We would work with our con-
struction manager to see what
could be accelerated in other areas
if there is time to make up,” said
The SLC is to be a two-year con-
struction job. Because of the month
delay, the goal now is to fnish by
spring of 2014.
Strike could delay SLC
Rams apparel not yet in stores
BY TArA descHAmps
Ryerson University students
hoping to purchase Rams athletic
wear will have to hold out at least
a while longer.
The clothing line, originally an-
nounced in October 2011, is being
created through a partnership
that the Ryerson campus store
has with Adidas.
This means that while the
clothing sold will bear the ofcial
Rams logo, the items will not be
exact replicas of garments worn
by student athletes.
Assistant athletic director
Stephanie White said the process of
designing the clothing has already
begun and that she has been asked
to approve the use of the Ryerson
Rams logo on specifc items.
“I’ve done some approvals but I
don’t know what that [has] trans-
lated to,” says White.
According to White, students can
expect the clothing to include lots
of colour variations of the Rams
logo and the Ryerson colours.
“Ryerson is probably going to
bring in apparel that is most want-
ed — hoodies, trackpants and t-
shirts,” she added.
She says the athletic department
is hopeful that the clothing will
encourage more students to be-
come involved in the school’s
“We’re excited to have ofcial
Rams gear in the bookstore,” says
White. “Student support and en-
gagement have always been on
campus but we want more peo-
ple supporting the Rams.”
Kelly Abraham, manager of
the bookstore and the one deal-
ing with Adidas, is of cam-
pus this week and could not be
reached for comment concerning
the arrival of the Rams apparel
on campus.
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BY AlfeA DonAto
Although Ryerson has made
vast urban renovations, renewable
energy has been left in the dark.
Recently, alternative renewable
energy sources have become pop-
ular, with many universities em-
bracing the sustainable and eco-
nomical benefts of solar energy.
EarthTechling reports that a
Californian private, non-proft
college has installed over 3,000 so-
lar panels at two of its campuses.
Located in San Diego, National
University expects to generate
enough electricity to power al-
most 130 American homes annu-
ally and save more than $1.6 mil-
lion over the next 20 years.
Closer to home, the University
of Waterloo’s environmental de-
partment reports that it has fn-
ished installing solar panels on
one of its buildings.
It is expected to generate 11 per
cent of the building’s electricity,
approximately enough to power
seven Canadian homes.
Ryerson President Sheldon
Levy has shown support for the
installations, and says that Ryer-
son has considered the possibility
of using rooftops for solar proj-
“We are looking into all of those
features where you can, but it cer-
tainly is a lot easier on buildings
where you can [utilize] the roof,”
said Levy.
“You don’t have to restrict it to
new buildings. If you look at the
amount of roof space open on
Kerr Hall, there’s the chance that
one could implement that strategy
on existing buildings.”
First-year urban and regional
planning student Priynka Bagchi
is in favour of the idea.
“It should be on newer build-
ings,” she said. “They should fg-
ure something out.”
However numerous issues have
been raised about the installation
Robert Hellier, manager of the
Centre for Urban Energy, has
noted that retrofting existing
buildings would involve pen-
etrating the roofs’ waterproofng
membranes, therefore nulling the
buildings’ roof warranties.
“It’s a major issue in the indus-
try right now,” Hellier said.
Hellier also raises valid con-
cerns about assessing the build-
ings beforehand, shading and
surface-area problems, possible
clashes with the local utilities and
the Ontario Power Authority and
an impending rate change by the
Ontario government.
“It is feasible, but there is a
number of technical and regula-
tory issues,” he said.
Rye considers solar power
BY leslie WAlker

A laptop and backpack stolen
from a lab in the Rogers Commu-
nication Centre last Wednesday
March 7 have been returned.
Dan Westell, a part-time jour-
nalism professor, was talking to a
student in his ofce when the thefts
took place in his classroom, RCC
The rest of his frst-year report-
ing class was out working on an
assignment. Westell’s student’s
backpack was taken, as well as the
laptop of a visiting professor.
Tanya Fermin-Poppleton, the
manager of Ryerson’s Security and
Emergency Services, said that secu-
rity dealt with the mater and did a
search of the area.
“My student was in here fve
minutes, so whoever pinched that
stuf had a fve minute window,”
said Westell.
He suggests that the thief might
have been walking around the
building looking for empty rooms,
ready to grab whatever they saw.
He says they might have seen
university students as an easy tar-
get because they tend to be careless
about their belongings.
“This is not Ocean’s Eleven, you
know — high-tech, well-planned
theft,” he said. “This strikes me as
a theft of opportunity.”
Fred Vallance-Jones, a visiting
professor from King’s College, had
left his laptop set up in the same
room where he was about to teach.
He left the room for a couple
minutes and it was gone.
“I’ve left things in those class-
rooms hundreds of times,” said the
former Ryerson professor. “[But]
it’s downtown Toronto, I shouldn’t
have been shocked.”
This is the third laptop that’s
been stolen from an ofce
or classroom space this
The other two
were stolen from
a locked PhD
student ofce in
Eric Palin Hall.
After security in-
vestigated it was
discovered a master
key had been lost.
According to Fermin-
Poppleton, extra security
measures are already built into pro-
tocol. Security does extra checks of
areas where thefts occur.
“Our priority is to patrol all areas
of campus and when possible make
staf, faculty and students aware of
ways to minimize thefts,” she said.
Westell fnds it disappointing
that this is happening at Ryerson.
The incident is the frst theft he’s
heard of in the RCC since he began
working at the university 10 years
“You think that if the university
was just full of scholars and alleg-
edly high-minded people, that this
stuf wouldn’t happen, but I’m sure
it happens all the time. This one
just happened to hap-
pen at Ryerson in
RCC 187,” he
The back-
pack and
laptop have
since been
turned in to
security and
returned to
their owners.

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Briefs &
On March 5, security
was called to the Ted Rog-
ers School of Management
(TRSM) after a report of an
intoxicated male wander-
ing around. He was found
inside a classroom tampering
with the lectern. When asked
what he was doing, he said
he was trying to “turn on
the music.” Don’t turn off the
music in your heart, sir.
Security reported to TRSM
after a report that a male
with a backpack was running
through the building. The
individual who reported
the incident believed the
male had stolen the back-
pack because of his quick
escape. The male was last
seen entering Dundas sub-
way station, but could not
be arrested just for looking
sketchy, or else half of the
city would have to be put
A woman was danc-
ing around a room in her
socks and slipped, hurting
her knee. EMS was called at
the women’s request and she
was transported to the hospi-
tal. She clearly wasn’t doing
the Safety Dance.
REbEccA buRTOn
In a city where women account
for over 50 per cent of the popula-
tion, they continue to be underrep-
resented in leadership roles.
These fndings come from a re-
port released by Ryerson Universi-
ty’s Diversity Institute on March 8.
The report, coinciding with Inter-
national Women’s Day, concluded
that within seven key industry sec-
tors such as elected ofce, senior
executives and board of directors,
women only make up 28 per cent
of these roles.
Visible minorities account for
even less of these positions.
“There are qualifed women in-
cluding qualifed visible minority
women to take on the full range
of leadership roles available in the
GTA,” said Julia Hanigsberg, Ryer-
son vice-president administration
and fnance in a twiter message.
The research, lead by Diversity
Leads, analyzed data from 2011
on 5081 senior leadership roles in
some of the largest organizations
in the Greater Toronto Area.
The group, part of the Commu-
nity University Research Alliance
(CURA) aims to conduct research
regarding diversity in workplaces
to aid organizations in improving
their practices.
At a senior level, Ryerson itself
sufers from a gender income gap.
On the 2010 list of Ryerson staf
making more than $100,000, only
about one third were women, as
reported by The Eyeopener in No-
vember 2011.
According to Wendy Cukier,
Ryerson vice-president research
and innovation, 50 per cent of vice-
presidents at Ryerson are women.
Cukier said too many women fo-
cus purely on performance — put-
ting in 20-hour days and skipping
lunches. But they are not realizing
one of the key factors: networking
and building of personal advance-
ments, she said.
“Stereotypes around male and
females are still pervasive. Women
are held to a higher standard. They
have to be competent and smart
but also nice,” she said.
The report also looks at other
factors including the diferences
between individual sectors. The
education sector has among the
highest percentage of women at
40.8 per cent compared to the cor-
porate sector at 17.4 per cent.
Of the companies surveyed, only
two had 40 per cent women as their
board members. Compare this to
38.3 per cent of boards that had no
women at all.
This report is the frst in a series
of fve. The next phase of research
is other underrepresented groups
such as LGBT and persons with
“It’s a complex set of issues that
needs to be addressed,” said Cuk-
Rye leads, city lags
The Quebec government will be suing concordia university
in the next school year for $2 million after generous severance
packages were given to senior administration forced out be-
tween 2009-10. The buyouts totalling $4.5 million were paid
to two former university presidents and fve other administra-
tors. Departures included former concordia President claude
Lajeunesse, who left in 2007 with a $1.4 million buyout. Lajeu-
nesse served as Ryerson President from 1995 to 2005. For the
full story go to
Quebec sues Concordia
Former Rye president Claude Lajeunesse. Photo: AiA AerosPAce
9 March 14, 2012 The Eyeopener NEWS
Contest to rename
Gould Street
After the East York Commu-
nity Council and the Toronto
City Council both voted to
keep portions of Gould Street
and Victoria Street closed for
the next fve years, Ryerson
has asked its community
members to suggest names
for the newly appointed pe-
destrian space. The deadline
for suggestions is March 16.
The space’s new name will
be announced at the March
28 Gould Street Party, which
takes places between noon
and 2 p.m. Samples from
the Image Arts building’s in-
coming Balzac’s cafe will be
served at the party.
Ryerson Radio
calls for support
Volunteers of Ryerson Ra-
dio are calling out to stu-
dents and administration
for support. The group sub-
mitted an application to the
Canadian Radio-Television
and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) in De-
cember 2011 to acquire the
vacant 88.1FM frequency,
On their website they are
asking individuals to submit
personally written letters or
fll out the online form to the
CRTC to show their support.
The frequency is still va-
cant as the CRTC decides
who to delegate the station
to. Right now, Ryerson Ra-
dio stands against heavy-
weights Z103.5 and Pride
FM. The application will
take some time but students
voted last October to put the
$10.35 levy towards the pro-
posed station.
New Wi-Fi spots
in ENG building
To combat poor internet
performance and a num-
ber of connection problems
around campus, Ryerson’s
Computing and Commu-
nications Services (CCS)
has begun installing 19
new Wi-Fi access points in
the George Vari Engineer-
ing and Computing Cen-
tre (ENG). According to a
service alert, CCS planned
on installing all 19 of the
new access points over the
weekend, and although the
new cables were installed,
the access points will not be
available until Wednesday.
In February, there were as
many as 14 areas on-cam-
pus where students reported
to have diffculty connecting
to Wi-Fi access points.
Student strike turns violent in Quebec
The student strike in Quebec
turned violent this week, with
several arrests and four injuries
reported after riot police used tear
gas and stun grenades to control
the anti-tuition hike protests.
The CBC reported that the in-
juries, which occurred on March
7, happened after students con-
verged on several provincial build-
ings, including the liquor commis-
sion and the education minister’s
ofce. Some reportedly threw ob-
jects at ofcers, crashed in to police
bicycles, and atempted to occupy
the Loto-Quebec headquarters
which houses the organization that
represents university principals
and administrators.
Two of the four injured — one
protester and one police ofcer —
have been hospitalized and treated
for trauma. Francis Grenier, a stu-
dent protester from the Cégep de
Saint Jérome underwent surgery
Wednesday night for a detached
retina in his right eye after being
hit with a police stun grenade. He
told CBC News that he is not yet
sure whether he will regain use of
his eye. Students from the Cégep
de Saint Jérome marched wearing
eye patches on Friday morning af-
ter news of his injury, according to
The province wide strikes are in
protest of Quebec Finance Minister
Raymond Bachand’s 2010 budget
plan. He hopes to increase fund-
ing for universities by $850 million
over the next fve years. Tuition
hikes would account for $285 mil-
lion of that, with students paying
an increase of $325 to tuition each
Concordia remains the only an-
glophone post-secondary institute
to have joined in the protests, with
McGill and Dawson College still
on the sidelines. Certain students
and student associations at McGill
have been considering participa-
tion in the general student strike,
however they may have been de-
terred by an email which was sent
to staf and students on March 7
from Professor Anthony C. Masi,
The email stated that students
who do not wish to participate in
the strike will have the right to at-
tend class and that “students who
decide to join in strikes, boycots or
other demonstrations remain re-
sponsible for any academic activi-
ties they miss, such as classes, lab-
oratories, assignments, tests and
exams. Normal academic conse-
quences for not completing work,
handing work in late, or failing to
take examinations will remain ap-
“This may be one of the few
times where I am admitedly em-
bracing going to class, which is
simply a formality in many cases,”
said David Stein, a second-year
McGill management student.
“I would absolutely oppose
missing a week of classes in order
to strike against rising tuition fees
and I believe that this statement
echoes the mentality of many stu-
dents within McGill`s faculty of
Management. Ultimately, we`re
simply too busy grinding out ex-
ams and assignments to waste a
Word on the (Gould) street
Ben Fogel, 2nd Yr Civil Engineer-
“I think it would just confuse the
city of Toronto. Leave it the way it
I. Dadivas, 3rd Yr. Aerospace Engi-
“Rye Square because everyone
comes to converge and hang out would really showcase the
space and get people’s atention.”
Natasha Petersons, 3rd Yr. Busi-
“Sunshine Blvd. because I feel
like it’s happy. ‘I’m going to class
on Sunshine Blvd.’ — it sounds
Asad Jafri, 2nd Yr. Business
“Apathy Street because no one
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People talking to their friends as
opposed to people coming in tell-
ing students what to do.”
The RGC’s most recent cam-
paign features poker chips
wrapped in condom wrappers to
promote safe gambling, and can
be found across campus and in
places like the Ryerson’s Recre-
ation and Athletic Centre (RAC).
Ian Jenkins*, a fourth-year
criminal justice student who Wei-
dl introduced to
poker, says that
someone with
a serious gam-
bling problem
probably isn’t
working out or
having much of
a social life, so
the ads might
not be effective.
“It’s probably better to target
addicted gamblers online or on
the poker sites themselves,” he
says. “Kids might look at it as a
joke — meanwhile, someone may
be getting worse and worse. That
should be the time you save them
from falling into a pit of addic-
obert Williams, a pro-
fessor in the faculty of
health science at Leth-
bridge University and research
coordinator with the Albertan
12 March 14, 2012 The Eyeopener FEATURES
amie Weidl started playing
poker with his friends when
he was in Grade 8. By the
time he was 16, he had created
an account on an online poker
website, allowing him to play
any time and bet
as much as he
He started by
putting $50 in
his account, and
slowly started
winning after a
few missteps. Over the course of
the next few months, Weidl had
reloaded his account two more
times with $50 — but after the
third time, he never had to again.
Soon he was playing up to 16
hours a day, turning a profit at a
game he enjoyed.
“It would go in spurts,” he
says. “Maybe I wouldn’t play for
a few days, but then there would
be three weeks where I didn’t
even leave my apartment. It was
pretty intense. It was definitely
an addiction.”
According to a study done by
the Responsible Gaming Council
(RGC) in 2005, one in 14 indi-
viduals in the 18 to 24-year-old
demographic have a moderate to
severe gambling problem. Men
are twice as likely as women to
be problem gamblers.
“We know that one in 14 young
adults are at the highest risk,”
says Barry Koen-Butt, the direc-
tor of awareness programs and
communications for the RGC.
“We recognize that demographic
is of the higher risk than the gen-
eral population.”
The Centre for Addiction and
Mental Health (CAMH) says
gambling is a problem when it
gets in the way of work, school,
or other activities, harms mental
health or physical health, hurts
financially, damages reputation,
or causes problems with family
or friends.
Weidl did eventually drop out
of school to focus on poker. But
unlike most ad-
dictions, Wei-
dl’s was making
him money.
“I was mak-
ing enough
money to pay
for school, and
had enough money to live pretty
decently in Toronto,” he says.
He dropped out of Ryerson’s
geographic analysis program
when he was in his second year,
leaving his academic life behind
to play online poker full-time,
even gaining a sponsorship from
one site.
“They would pay me, basi-
cally, to play on the site,” says
Weidl. “The more I played, the
more they would give me. I was
close to a major sponsorship,
where they would pay me to go
to events.”
However, in April 2011 the FBI
seized the three largest poker
sites in the United States, charg-
ing eleven defendants with fraud
and money laundering. At that
point, Weidl’s online career was
essentially over. He moved back
to Windsor, where he now plays
at a casino for 50 hours per week.
Mathematically, the typical
gambler doesn’t have Weidl’s
success rate. Even if they do, a
long run of bad luck can leave
them with nothing if they haven’t
planned accordingly.
The advice Weidl gives to stu-
dents is not to do it unless you
have a big enough wallet.
“If you don’t have enough
money to back yourself, then you
can back yourself into a hole,” he
says. “Some people don’t know
how to manage it. You have to
have a big enough bankroll to
withstand the variance.”
Variance is a mathematical
concept in poker to describe the
ups and downs of a chance-based
game. Playing poker in a style
with a high variance means that
your swings will be larger; you
could lose everything in a run of
bad luck.
nevitably, most gamblers
lose. But the thrill of win-
ning money that keeps
Weidl at the tables can still hold
a losing player there, causing
problems both socially and fi-
To help raise awareness of
gambling addiction, the RGC has
created a program called Know
the Score (KTS).
“We go into colleges and uni-
versities, talk to
students about
key messages
and what the
risks are [with
g a mb l i n g ] , ”
Koen-Butt says.
The program
started in 2001,
after a study
showed that university students
are of the highest risk.
KTS creator Lisa Couperus,
manager of special projects and
programs at RGC, worked with
students and professional staff
on campuses to create the pro-
gram. Originally appearing in
eight schools across Ontario, it
is now at over 26 different cam-
“Each table and display are
done and run by hired students
at that school,” says Couperus.
“It’s a peer-to-peer approach.
You can become
addicted to anything.
A lot of people lie
about how they’ve
done. Even if they lose
a lot, they just lie.
University students are a high-risk group for problem
gambling, but some students are using gambling to pad
their income. Communities Editor Nicole Siena reports
Raising the Stakes
13 March 14, 2012 The Eyeopener FEATURES
Gambling Research Institute, says
that these forms of gambling edu-
cation are largely ineffective.
“To be fair, it might help a few
people sometimes, but in a group
basis, there’s no evidence these
things work,” he says. “It doesn’t
mean they shouldn’t be done, it
just means they should be done a
lot better.”
Williams argues more substan-
tive education and prevention is
“There are a lot of them out
there, but most of them are one
hour, one shot deals, which tem-
porarily improve knowledge, but
don’t impact behaviour,” he says.
Only 2 to 3 per cent of Ontario
residents gamble online now, but
it’s double that in the demograph-
ic of college-aged adults. And
over 70 per cent of the population
gambles in other ways, according
to Williams.
In colleges and universities,
management and kinesiology
students are the most likely to
develop gambling problems. Wil-
liams says the management stu-
dents’ gambling problems prob-
ably have to do with an interest
in money, but the kinesiology stu-
dents have a more complex story.
“Athletes have a much higher
gambling involvement and [rate
of] problem gambling than other
people. A good portion of people
in kinesiology are also athletes or
aspiring phys-ed teachers,” says
Williams. “There’s something
about athleticism that is associat-
ed with risk taking. I don’t quite
understand it myself.”
The business students might
also be interested in poker be-
cause, according to Weidl, it is a
“It’s the same thing. People in
business want to invest in certain
places,” he says. “When you play
poker, you look to invest in cer-
tain spots that you see are profit-
eidl has read over 30
books on poker to
educate himself on
the game.
“It’s like a textbook. It’s teach-
ing you what to do in order to
make money,” he says. “If you
don’t keep your strategy up, luck
will eventually run out and you’ll
fall behind. There will always be
days where you’ll lose.”
Jenkins started playing after
Weidl gave him some books to
read. Once he started playing
online, he began making his own
“I think sometimes people
would just be ignorant, that there
is a mathematical way to play
poker or blackjack,” says Jenkins.
“If you go into a casino and are
willing to pour all your money
into slots, that’s gambling alto-
gether because there’s no skill to
He says that when playing
games with any level of skill,
you need to take time to develop
them. Poker is no different, but
also has the added risk of a bad
run leaving you penniless.
“Even in poker, as good as you
are, sometimes you just lose, lose,
lose,” says Weidl.
When he started to play online
poker for hours on end, he says
he was living with roommates
but they never approached him
about his addiction.
“They knew I was making
money. It would have been dif-
ferent if they knew I was losing a
lot of money,” he says. However,
he also says that problem gam-
blers may not let their friends
know about their gambling.
“A lot of people lie about how
they’ve done. Even if they lose a
lot, they just lie.”
Jenkins says that he drops on-
line gambling during the school
year because he takes his grades
pretty seriously. During the sum-
mers when he does play, he in-
vests up to 12 hours per week to
the game depending on how well
he does.
“I use the money to pay down
my student debt and loans,” he
says. “Last summer I made $1,500
over the four months.”
But he acknowledges that not
all gamblers share his skill.
“You can become addicted to
anything, but I feel like gambling
is something you use economi-
cally, that’s what makes it a prob-
ccording to Williams,
the two elements to
look out for are im-
paired control and compulsive
He says young gamblers lack
preparedness. Unlike driving,
where teenagers go through a se-
ries of graduated licensing, gam-
bling comes with no manual.
“You can’t take your kids to
casinos, and parents are discour-
aged from playing a game of
poker with their kids,” he says.
“There’s no period of training,
and so young adults have no ex-
perienced knowledge. They’re
Young adults in university or
college are also more prone to
gambling problems than their
peers who didn’t go to post-sec-
ondary institutions, according to
He says his best guess boils
down to students hanging out
with other students who have
high-risk lifestyles in places like
student residences.
“Their behaviour seems nor-
mative to their peers,” he says.
“It also points to the fact that in-
tellectual smarts in its self does
not inoculate you from addic-
Couperus says she wants the
RGC to get information out there
so that students can become in-
terested in the topic and start
thinking about it.
“There are risks associated
with gambling, trying to get
some information out there in
terms of what the signs are and
where they choose to gamble.”
For students who have been
identified as problem gamblers,
Williams says they need ongoing
“You need a social context that
you can exist in that doesn’t in-
volve gambling,” he says.
“It’s an episodic and chronic
condition. You need a life long
effort to minimize [the effects].”
Unlike most addictions,
Weidl’s was making
him money.
University students are a high-risk group for problem
gambling, but some students are using gambling to pad
their income. Communities Editor Nicole Siena reports
Photos: Lindsay BoeckL
Raising the Stakes
14 March 14, 2012 The Eyeopener SPORTS
Aaron Best releases a jumper in Sunday’s consolation fnal.
The Rams make history in Halifax
Ryerson’s men’s basketball team earned the frst win in school history at the national championships by defeating
the Concordia Stingers in the consolation bracket. The team fnished sixth in the nation, Harlan Nemers reports
The cornerstones of the future
Jahmal Jones, a 6’0” point
Tournament averages: 16 ppg, 4.3 apg, 50 fg %
Scouting report: Jones was named to the OUA
all-star team for his impressive play this season.
His speed is his biggest asset; once he gets in the
open court he’s virtually unstoppable.
Aaron Best, a 6’4” shooting
Tournament averages: 18.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 spg
Scouting report: Best is known for his highlight-reel
dunks. His athleticism and length creates a mis-
match for most defenders. He scored a team-high
30 points in the consolation fnal.
Bjorn Michaelsen, a 6’8” center
Tournament averages: 13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.7 spg
Scouting report: Michaelsen is the team’s defensive
anchor. His ability to alter opponent’s shots is invalu-
able to the Rams. He also has the ability to shoot very
well for a big man.
Game 1
Ryerson 52
Alberta 81
Game 3
Ryerson 83
Acadia 90
Game 2
Ryerson 84
Concordia 80
Luke Staniscia walks off the court after the fnal game of his CIS career.
Since Ryerson was accredited as
a university in 2001, the Rams have
been the laughing stock of Ontario
University Athletics (OUA). But
with the recent resurgence of the
men’s basketball team it seems as
though a new era of winning has
been ushered in.
The Rams men’s basketball team
did something they’ve never done
over the weekend, they captured
sixth place in the Canadian Inter-
university Sport (CIS) national
This was a season full of histori-
cal moments: For the frst ever, the
Rams won a game in the CIS Cham-
pionship. For the second time in
school history they reached the
OUA fnals and they fnished sec-
ond in the OUA East for the second
time ever as well.
The last time they were in the na-
tional championships was in 1999;
when they went 0-2, losing frst to
Alberta University then Bishop’s
“I think the win just continues to
set expectations, I mean we don’t
come here expecting to lose games,”
said third-year head coach Roy
Rana. “We came here looking to win
every game we play.”
Rana took over as head coach
in 2009 and led Ryerson to three-
consecutive playof appearances,
going 34-32 in that span. In 2010,
Rana scouted what was consid-
ered Canada’s best recruiting class
when he selected Jahmal Jones, Jor-
don Gauthier. This year he added
rookie Aaron Best to the Rams’ ar-
“Our recruiting classes are just
amazing,” said Rams fourth-year
guard Ola Adegboruwa. “We’ve
got a lot of good recruits and it’s
good that they’re learning from us
[the veterans].”
Saturday’s win isn’t just a win
for the team but a win for the en-
tire athletic department. The Rams’
performance in Halifax put Ryer-
son on the national radar.
In his three years, Rana has qui-
etly created a contending team in
the CIS.
“Before Rana was here, we bare-
ly made the playofs,” said captain
Luke Staniscia. “Now we’re at na-
tionals. It’s a big refection of him as
a coach.”
Despite the departure of their
captain to graduation, the Rams
have a lot to look forward to in the
With Jahmal Jones’ ability to con-
trol the pace of the game, the Rams
have a point guard to anchor them
for at least three more years. Sur-
rounding Jones are a plethora of
complimentary players including
Gauthier and Best, who are both
elite scorers already. The Rams’ big-
gest weakness is their lack of size in
the front court, but coach Rana will
be looking to address their weak-
nesses during the of-season.
“We’re going to be upgrading our
roster and continuing to get beter.”
Few would have expected that
a team that started the season 3-5
would produce one of the best sea-
sons in Rams’ basketball history: a
trio of individual awards, an upset
of number two-seeded Lakehead in
the OUA semi-fnals and a win at
the nationals.
“Whenever you get to the national
championships it’s a huge success,”
said Rana. “For others it wasn’t as
important but for us it was.”
We came here looking to
win every game...
— Roy Rana, Head Coach
15 March 14, 2012 The Eyeopener SPORTS
Alex Braletic’s year off
Alex Braletic will return to the men’s soccer team next season.
Sports Editor Gabriel Lee reports on the former soccer captain’s
journey to get off academic probation and back onto the pitch
For the frst time in his life, Alex
Braletic was unable to play soccer at
the highest level.
During a recent intramural soccer
game at Ryerson’s Recreation and
Athletic Center (RAC), the former
captain of Ryerson’s men’s soccer
team, and perennial Ontario Uni-
versity Athletics (OUA) all-star ef-
fortlessly piroueted around the op-
position’s defense with the grace of
a ballerina, while appropriately clad
in a forescent pink tank top with a
matching headband.
Barely two minutes into the game,
he opened the scoring with a back-
heel without looking at the net.
This is what Alex Braletic has
been up to since being suspended
from the varsity soccer team after
he failed to maintain the 2.0 GPA
required of student-athletes in at
He fnished the 2011 spring se-
mester with a 1.84 GPA while study-
ing electrical engineering.
Within a year Braletic had gone
from captain of the Ryerson men’s
soccer team to the captain of his in-
tramural team.
Braletic admits he didn’t atend
many classes last year as his main
priority was soccer, not academics;
but once he was warned he only had
a semester to bring his grades back
up to where they needed to be, he
was already too far behind in his
“In another world I wouldn’t
think it was fair,” said the mid-
“I wouldn’t really care about
the grades, as long as I could play
“But I now understand the
whole fact that it’s grades before
athletics. I mean what kind of
degree would I have if we didn’t
have good grades?”
Despite not being able to suit
up for the Rams this past season,
Braletic continued to be a part of
the team as an assistant coach. He
went to every practice and game
that didn’t confict with his class
After being a critical part of the
Rams’ playof run the year before,
which saw them reach the OUA
semi-fnals, Braletic was heart-
broken when he found out he
wouldn’t have a chance to lead
his team past the semi-fnal stage.
Thus, when Ryerson squared
of against the University of Toron-
to Blues in the OUA quarter-fnals
last October, all Braletic could do
was watch.
Everything was going the Rams’
way heading into halftime: they
were up 1-0 and the Blues were
reduced to 10 men. However, the
Blues came storming back in the
second half, eventually winning the
match in penalty kicks. Efectively
ending the Rams’ season.
“I felt extremely bad for the
guys but more than anything else
I was angry at myself for not be-
ing able to play in that game,” he
“I thought the team played
very well I defnitely thought
the loss was avoidable if I had
played. I felt terrible. Absolutely
Driven by his team’s failure, Bra-
letic worked harder than ever in
school to ensure he would be eli-
gible to play next year. Currently,
his GPA sits at 3.0.
He now budgets his soccer work-
outs around academics, not the
other way around.
“I’m not leaving anything up to
chance this year,” he said.
“To make sure I can come back
beter than ever, I’d say I’m work-
ing out fve to six hours a day.”
Besides his dominance at Ryer-
son’s in-house intramural league,
I now understand that it’s
grades before athletics.
— Alex Braletic
he also plays in three semi-com-
petitive men’s leagues outside of
If Braletic can maintain his cur-
rent GPA, his goals for the team
upon his return to the pitch are
simple: win OUA’s, make nation-
als, win nationals.
He has no doubt he can return
as the player he once was and
fnally get the chance he was de-
nied this season to lead the Rams
farther than they’ve ever goten.
“I’m not worried about coming
back as a lesser player, actually
I’m worried for the other teams be-
cause I’m going to be coming back
a much beter player,” he said.
“Any of the accolades don’t
mean anything to me. All I care
about is bringing a winning cul-
ture to Ryerson”
16 March 14, 2012 The Eyeopener COMMUNITIES
Campaign makes spectacle at Rye
By Victoria Stunt
Before last week, most people
didn’t know who Joseph Kony was.
After a 30 minute campaign video
was released about violence and in-
justices in Uganda, Kony is now a
household name.
He erupted onto Facebook and
Twiter and has over 75 million
YouTube views as of Monday night
with millions more on Vimeo.
This campaign is in an efort to
bring him to justice.
The U.S.-based non-governmen-
tal organization Invisible Children
produced the video to bring aten-
tion to Kony — the leader of the
Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Since the 1980s, the LRA has been
kidnapping children and turning
them into soldiers and sex slaves.
Kony has been inactive in Ugan-
da since 2006, but is still at large.
Many people on the internet have
been questioning the transparency
of Invisible Children as an organi-
zation, and the tactics they used in
creating the video.
Some say it perpetuates the idea
of the “white man’s burden,” and
that it sends the message that only
rich, white, North Americans can
help children in Africa and leaves
out the relief eforts of Ugandans.
Others worry that only one
Ugandan was actually featured in
the video.
Jasmine Pazzano, a second-year
journalism student, said the video
shows how social media infuences
young people.
“People need to stop taking
things at face value and investigate
before they preach about some-
thing, “ she said.
Hodan Barhim, a frst-year nutri-
tion student, agrees.
“[People] really don’t have their
own stance on the issue, but major
people that they like are for it. It’s
kind of a bandwagon efect,” she
One of the biggest concerns some
have about the campaign is why, if
these atrocities have been occurring
since the 1980s, the issue is only be-
ing brought up now.
Even more, the situation in
Uganda is said to have improved.
After years on the run, the LRA is
said to be down to only about a few
hundred soldiers.
Brynn Winegard, a marketing
professor at Ryerson University,
says that since the issue is not nov-
el, it is a litle concerning.
“Why now is the question,” she
said. “And the ‘why now’ has got to
be because of Invisible Children as
an organization.”
She said they showcase them-
selves too much, and there is too
much of the organization’s face in
the storyline.
Others in the media could see the
video as an advertisement for Invis-
ible Children.
Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey
and Kim Kardashian tweeted in
support of Invisible Children, and
this is credited to much of the cam-
paign’s success.
Ryerson has created it’s own
Kony 2012 group
on Facebook,
students to
in the
April 21
event :
Cover the
ever, in
response to
the criticism sur-
rounding the video
and campaign, Invisible
Children has released a statement
on their website to defend them-
The statement includes their f-
nancial information and a more de-
tailed explanation of their approach
to stopping LRA violence.
Critics are questioning how long
people will remember the atrocities
occurring in East and Central Afri-
ca once the novelty of the campaign
wares of.
“Our brains are hard-
wired to like things
that are novel. Once
it’s no longer
novel, we start
to drown it out
because we’re
desensitized to
it,” said Win-
egard. “Tomor-
row there will be
another video and
another viral cam-
She said although peo-
ple will forget the content of the
video, it’s not likely they will forget
the importance.
“What [East and Central Africa]
has endured over the last 20 to 30
years is unfathomable.”
“We really need to remember
that, soapbox or not, podium or
not, advertising or not, Invisible
Children’s content is very impor-
tant,” she said. “Viral or not, lets
remember it.”
Wednesday, March 14
Sustainability Fair Student
campus centre @ 12 — 3
Be Well: De-stress and un-
wind. Kerr Hall West 77a
@ 12 — 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 15
chefs for Peace
Kerr Hall West, room 171 @
7 — 10 p.m.
Final Day to Drop courses!
St. Patrick’s Day Pub night.
ram in the rye @ 10 p.m. — 2
a.m. Feat. DJ Knoxx
Friday, March 16
citizen Summit
oakham House @ 8:15 a.m. -
5:00 p.m.
international Student Services:
tax Service help. PoD-61 @
1:00 — 6:00 p.m.
St. Practice Day at the ram in
the rye. 12 p.m. — 2 a.m. Live
music, green beer, and special
Saturday, March 17
St. Patrick’s Day at the ram in
the rye. Parties all day long.
Saturday, March 16
ryerson community open
House. image arts Building.
12 — 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 22
riot! Laugh till the world
ends rogers communication
centre. @ 7 p.m.
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March 19-25
17 March 14, 2012 The Eyeopener COMMUNITIES
The Sex Smith: techno-cheating
You’re angry. You’re lonely.
You’re bored. You’re drunk. Four
possible reasons why you recently
picked up your phone and fred of
a firty message. Yes, we all do it.
But, what if the recipient was an ex,
and you’re far from single?
There was a time where geting
in touch with your ex would in-
volve a lot more planning. Now, so-
cial media has made it so that you
can have a convo going with your
ex while hooking up with your cur-
rent squeeze.
The simple “what’s up?” from
your staring back at you would
be harmless, even boring, coming
from nearly everyone else on your
contact list, but coming from an ex
mixes things up again.
It’s just messaging, right? Wheth-
er a message about your feelings or
how you want to act on them— you
know that by sending the frst text
message you’ve potentially entered
the greyest of grey zones: techno-
For some, techno-cheating would
be ranting to an ex about your new
relationship troubles, while for oth-
ers it would be classifed as some-
thing strictly physical.
To me, techno-cheating is like
“real”-cheating’s innocent cousin.
We live in an era of constant con-
nectivity. We can send a message
across the world on a whim.
That adds a lot of temptation, if
you ask me. To play devil’s advo-
cate, I’m going to suggest that may-
be sexting with an ex isn’t as bad as
it’s played out to be.
If it never escalates past a “what-
now” could it not just be seen as
venting instead of a betrayal? May-
be it’s a relationship stabilizer?
But, no mater which way you
look at it, the question still stands:
why do we message our exes?
I think you can look at it two
ways. On one side, it’s less danger-
ous because it’s a “been-there-done-
that” deal. There’s less temptation
to actually act because you’ve seen
the goods, and for one reason or an-
other, the fame burned out.
BUT, the same ‘been-there-done-
that’ atitude can bring on a sticky
situation if you’re the type that
thinks “meh, [potential fuckee] is
already on my list, what’s wrong
with one more time?”
Like nearly everything we do:
messaging exes is subjective. May-
be you’re horny, and your partner
neglected that and fell asleep which
left you less-than-fatered and
I’m all for open communication,
and I think techno-cheating should
be discussed early on in a relation-
ship when boundaries are being
But, my guess is that even the
couples who do talk about where
they stand on emotional and
physical cheating probably neglect
mentioning what they’ll be doing
with their phones.
Even though you’re in love,
when you’re blinded by annoyance,
an old contender’s appeal seems to
triple by the second.
And let’s be honest, there’s noth-
ing more stress-relieving than the
thought of hiting the sheets with a
sex god when your current partner
has you ratled beyond belief.
We can’t deny that cheating cre-
ates a shit ton of drama. And the
argument over what is, what isn’t,
and what category of cheating your
fooling around falls into, could go
on for hours
What it boils down to is the con-
troversial idea of monogamy.
Much to my mother’s disap-
proval (“maybe you’re meant to be
a swinger, honey”), and my boy-
friend’s unease, I often wonder if
we’re even meant to be monoga-
If we were would we get such a
thrill from the thought of cheating?
If we were would we even toy with
our relationships in any way? Prob-
ably not.
Call me crazy, but in my mind, I
equate monogamy to bras. Society
says we should wear them, so we
do. But are they restrictive as fuck?
I’m not trying to be cynical, I’m
just trying to ask something new.
I’m ify about love at frst sight, but
I defnitely believe in love. I also
believe that no relationship is easy.
I frmly believe in companion-
ship, and that everyone needs that
one person to be their shoulder to
cry on and all that stuf, but does
emotional love always have to be
bound to physical sex?
Is having something ‘purely
physical’ with a previous friends-
with-benefts or a sexy ex all that
How do swingers do it?
Maybe I should sign up.
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He’s not your average Joe
A group of Ryerson graduates’ documentary flm about Oakham House manager Joe Garisto is making waves at TVO
Doc Studio contest. Susana Gómez Báez reports
A short documentary flmed and
produced by four Ryerson gradu-
ates made its way into the top-fve
list of the TV Ontario (TVO) Doc
Studio contest.
Open to amateur and accom-
plished flmmakers, the contest of-
fers the winners an opportunity to
have their documentary broadcast-
ed on TVO as well as a mentoring
session with Genie award-winning
flmmaker Alan Zweig.
Joe tells the story of Giuseppe
“Joe” Garisto, the current confer-
ence services manager at Oakham
House, who was once a promising
Today, Garisto is dependent on
prescription medication due to his
struggle with anxiety, which, in the
flm, he says is the reason he is not
a rock star.
Rich Williamson and Patrick Col-
lins, the flmmakers and 2008 Ryer-
son flm graduates, were compelled
to tell Garisto’s story after working
for him at Oakham. Williamson, 26,
was a bouncer and Collins, 26, was
a bar manager.
“During my time not only work-
ing there but also atending Ryer-
son, Patrick and I developed a re-
lationship with [Joe],” Williamson
“We’d heard his music and we
knew he had slowed down and
we wondered what he was doing
with shows. He is this guy who just
seems perfectly healthy, but [anxi-
ety] is a curse for him.”
They started shooting the docu-
mentary as a volunteer project in
March 2010, and continued until
the following year.
Originally, the documentary was
made into a feature called Happy
Joe. But it was edited in August
2011 into a short flm, which was
the version that was submited for
the TVO contest.
It was hard to keep focus because
the flm had a zero-dollar budget,
according to co-producer Shasha
Nakhai, a 2009 journalism graduate
who worked alongside co-produc-
er Brad Dworkin, another 2008 flm
“When you’re not geting fnan-
cial help, it’s hard to stay motivat-
ed,” Nakhai said. “It was our frst
big project out of school, so it was
about applying all the things we
learned and honing our skills.”
Joe received over 1,600 views on
YouTube in a week, a much greater
turn out than with Happy Joe.
“Anxiety is a really difcult sell
because it’s really difcult to get
[people] interested in it,” said Wil-
“I don’t think any of us can say
for certain where anxiety comes
from. We all experience it on a day-
to-day basis but you can’t come up
with any real answer as to what it
To Collins, this was the most re-
warding part of participating in the
making of the flm.
“I think [the documentary] gives
us an understanding of how to
deal with anxiety and how to end
the stigma surrounding it,” Collins
“We saw the TVO contest and
we saw Joe as the perfect example
to get [the message] across because
of his anxiety, the neat character
that he is, and his story.”
Rich Williamson (left) and Patrick Collins, directors of Joe. Photo: MohaMed oMar
Williamson agrees. “Joe is a really
interesting person,” he said. “More
so than a lot of people I know.”
But to Nakhai, the reason Garis-
to’s character is so successful is be-
cause most people can sympathize.
“A lot of people can relate, es-
pecially people that are from arts-
related felds,” she said.
“I struggle with the inner confict
of money and the need to survive,
yet I have a burning passion for this
thing I want to do. But how do you
turn them together to make a liv-
Although Joe did not make the
fnal cut in the TVO contest, the
flm received over 600 more views
than the winner. To the crew, mak-
ing the project and receiving posi-
tive feedback was what made it
all worth it. It pushed them to try
harder and continue working.
“We haven’t been as aggres-
sive in approaching broadcasters,”
Nakhai said.
“It might be a beter thing that we
didn’t win this contest … we now
have the opportunity of selling [the
flm] to a broadcaster instead of just
airing it for free.”
Arts year-end shows 2012
With the semester coming to a close, Ryerson’s many end-of-year shows are coming up faster
than you might think. Take a look at this quick listing to see when your favourites will be running.
Dance: Choreographic
March 7-16, Ryerson The
atre, 8 p.m.
Graphic Communication
Management: GCM Collo-
quium — Spark
March 29, LIB 72,
5:30 p.m. — 9 p.m.
New Media: META 2012
Opening: March 29, Airship
37 (37 Parliament St.)
6 p.m.
Exhibit Days: March 30-31,
Airship 37, 11 a.m. — 7 p.m.
Photography: Maximum
Exposure 2012
April 1-29, throughout
Toronto. Visit http://im
for details
Fashion: Mass Exodus —
Full show: April 11 2012,
Ryerson Theatre, 6 p.m.,
8:30 p.m.
Lower Level, Student Centre
55 Gould Street
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19 March 14, 2012 The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE
Working it
In the fnal segment of our behind the scenes series, Andrew Kalinchuk
takes a look at Ryerson’s annual dance extravaganza Choreographic Works
Backstage during Choreographic
Works, a production showcasing
Ryerson dance, is third-year pro-
duction student Juli-Rae King.
During the show’s run, she can
be seen reading The Hunger Games
when she’s not sewing dancers into
costumes, fnding missing pieces or
repairing rips and tears in fabric.
“Last night we had an incident
where a girl in a ballet piece broke
the zipper that went up the front
of her costume,”
King said. “I had
to safety pin it
together and
hope it held.”
Before show-
time, dancers
warm up and
production stu-
dents like King
make sure ev-
erything is ready
and organized
for the perfor-
“I actually
need at least an
hour to warm up,” said second-year
choreographer Victoria Mehafey.
“Especially when I am doing work
that involves a story.”
Along with the opportunity for
students to explore their art with-
out worrying about fnancing,
Choreographic Works is a learning
experience that ofers students the
chance to operate in a professional
environment with their peers.
“Choreographic works is about
experimenting and seeing what
works for us as an artist,” said Rod-
ney Diverlus, a third-year student
“It’s very rare for us to have a
space for free, dancers for free, and
rehearsal spaces that are free,” said
Diverlus. “And not have to worry
about money or grants and that
kind of stuf.”
Pieces choreographed by stu-
dents are chosen by instructors
based on their quality.
This year, over 120 pieces were
auditioned and just over 40 were
Auditions are held in early Janu-
ary and some students, like Diver-
lus, start planning their pieces as
early as September.
“I start with an idea or a concept
and then build upon it and cast
dancers that are able to give things
back to me,” Diverlus said. “During
rehearsal, wherever the movement
is taking me in the moment, I go
But each choreographer ap-
proaches the task diferently.
“I just try to think of what I am
trying to say,” said Mehafey. “If
you know what that is then you
should be able to embody it.”
Alysa Pires, a fourth-year stu-
dent choreographer, is involved in
seven pieces that made it into the
show, four that she choreographed
herself. The time it takes to teach
a routine fuctuates based on the
“The one piece, My Angels, I
think I did in two or three rehears-
als,” Pires said. “Another piece that
I did with Kunal Ranchod is en
pointe and [it was] really technical
so that one took a lot longer to do,
probably eight or 10 rehearsals at
two hours each.”
Once the pieces are cast and
confrmed for the show, produc-
tion students are assigned roles in
areas like lighting, costuming, and
stage managing
and begin work-
ing on the show
right away.
King was as-
signed to the
role of wardrobe
supervisor. Her
job is to act as
an advisor for
and oversee the
wardrobe once
it’s chosen.
King said she
helps choreogra-
phers fnd piec-
es for their costumes by suggesting
possible stores or locating specifc
items already owned by the theatre
But with litle to no budget, fnd-
ing the right pieces can be a chal-
“We didn’t get all of the costumes
fnished until the day of opening
night,” King said. “It made for an
exciting frst day.”
Backstage, Mehafey’s role as
choreographer continues to be very
active. She ofers encouragement
and makes notes about her dancers’
“I always kind of give them a
hug before they go on and tell them
I love them,” Mehafey said. “I tell
them to kill it.”
I just try to think of what I’m
trying to say. If you know
what that is then you should
be able to embody it.
— Victoria Mehaffey, second-year choreographer
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The speed and gravity force pro-
duced by a modern roller coaster
allows theme park goers an expe-
rience known only to elite fghter
pilots and race car drivers. For-
mula Rossa at Ferrari World in Abu
Dhabi accelerates to 240 km/h in
under fve seconds using the same
technology that launches jets from
aircraft carriers, for example. Sure-
ly the combination of aerospace
technology and the thrill-seeking
masses is a recipe for disaster.
Not quite, according to Kathryn
Woodcock, director of Ryerson’s
Tools for Holistic Ride Inspection
Learning and Leadership (THRILL)
Laboratory. Most injuries happen
on the type of ride your parents
would have enjoyed at the local car-
nival, not the multi-million dollar
super-coasters that draw crowds
Why? Because the old scrambler
and ferris wheel just aren’t thrilling
enough for the young daredevils of
“We’ve got kids riding legacy
classic rides designed 50 years ago,
when people complied with con-
ventional ways of using technol-
ogy. Today’s generation is all about
testing boundaries,” said Wood-
Extreme sports and the Jackass
phenomenon engrained into to-
day’s youth means they’re far more
likely to stand up on the seat or lean
outside of the car when they visit
the midway. This type of behavior
causes around 80 per cent of rider
injuries according to Woodcock.
Older style rides are more than
likely going to remain a permanent
fxture at local theme parks and
travelling midways. And chances
are kids are not going to suddenly
become more sedate. So what can
be done?
When things go wrong at a
theme park, the local news invari-
ably features a man in greasy over-
alls claiming the ride had been in-
spected just that morning. When
Woodcock set out to improve ride
safety, she started with the routine
inspections, looking to get them on
par with aviation pre-fight checks.
“It was sort of egotistical on my
part to walt in and fx their check-
lists and assume they’d do a beter
job,” said Woodcock.
In Ontario, the Technical Stan-
dards and Safety Authority (TSSA),
the manufacturer, and the owners
regularly inspect rides of all sizes
and confgurations. It turns out en-
gineers and investigators are good
at solving technical issues but are
often bafed by human behavior.
“When people make mistakes,
which is the largest category of in-
jury, it was very unlikely that [in-
vestigators] would come up with
meaningful solutions,” said Wood-
“Human factors” are the most
dangerous and unpredictable part
of any ride according to Woodcock.
The THRILL lab’s primary function
is to study these human factors and
how they relate to rider behavior,
control interfaces, and accident in-
The sensory experience of a ride
is a major factor in the way a rider
behaves. THRILL lab researchers
describe these variations as a rid-
er’s “workload.”
“Your excitement level varies
as you go through a ride. If some-
body is super excited, they may
not be able to remember all of the
safety warnings they are supposed
to. If they’re bored, they are more
inclined to disregard the warnings
and do something extreme,” said
The THRILL lab is working with
colourful light panels that face the
rider when mounted on the back of
the car or seat in front.
“We’re looking at tricks that
you could put in the ride to make
it more entertaining,” said Wood-
cock. Slower rides may soon fea-
ture 3D video games and targets for
riders to fre foam darts at in order
to keep them properly occupied.
Motion reference installations may
also be used to give a greater sense
of the ride’s speed.
“Riders stand up because they
have too much time on their hands.
What we’re trying to do keep them
distracted, or scare them out of do-
ing something stupid,” said Wood-
In 2001, there were only 51
amusement ride accidents reported
to the TSSA, but many incidents go
Still, the millions of fair-goers
in Canada and the U.S. can rest
assured that Woodcock and Ryer-
son’s THRILL lab are doing their
best to make sure that even the
most impulsive, adrenaline-addled
rider gets of every ride safely.
And when they don’t, THRILL
is developing an app to help inves-
tigators make sense of the twisted
metal and piles of corpses.
Adrenaline junkies love focking to amusement
parks for thrills. But when entertainment is based
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21 March 14, 2012 The Eyeopener BIZ & TECH
The annual Slaight Communica-
tions $25,000 Business Plan Com-
petition is fast approaching at Ry-
erson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ).
The competition, a decade
strong, is put on by StartMeUp
Ryerson and Students In Free En-
terprise (SIFE) Ryerson and will be
taking place on March 26. It’s a way
to assist entrepreneurs in develop-
ing their businesses by providing
funds to get it started.
According to Ian Casterton,
StartMeUp Ryerson’s executive di-
rector, the competition aims to help
students graduate with a degree in
one hand and a business registra-
tion in the other.
Out of this year’s 32 submissions,
the top fve fnalists will continue
on to present before a panel of three
judges at the live event.
The frst-round of companies are
chosen by a professor and inves-
tor. In the fnal round, each fnalist
is required to present a 10-minute
proposal, followed by a fve-minute
question period.
“[The judges are] looking for
feasibility — that this business plan
will succeed and that the $25,000
will have a large impact on the
company,” Casterton said. “During
the pitch and fnal competition, the
judges make sure these entrepre-
neurs know what they’re talking
about and have the confdence to
start a business and a passion and
a drive to make sure it succeeds.”
The panel of judges consists
of “serial entrepreneur” Shayan
Mashatian, Virox Technologies
founder Randy Pilon and Rick
Spence, the president of CanEntre-
preneur Communications.
This year’s businesses are at vari-
ous stages, some coming into the
competition with only ideas, some
coming in with actual sales.
Nehal Kazim, a fourth-year en-
trepreneurship student, CEO of
Professor Pass, an adaptive learn-
ing platform, says he knows his
company has what it takes to stand
Professor Pass is an online plat-
form that ofers live, course specifc
tutoring for students in the Toronto
area, and aims to assist students
who are falling behind.
“It’s diferent because everyone
is in diferent felds. The challenge
that we’ve accepted [with Profes-
sor Pass] is that we understand the
education space is very competitive
and segmented,” Kazim says.
Kazim said the quality of Profes-
sor Pass also has an increased speed
for implementation after moving
into the DMZ and gathering some
support from the Business Advi-
sory Board.
“We have to step up to the plate
and give high quality content or
people will simply ignore us,” he
Similarly, Widget Animation, a
company focusing on stop motion
created by third-year marketing
major Tyler Baird and his brother
Ashley, will be taking its chances in
the competition this year.
“I think it’s a prety solid busi-
ness plan,” Baird said. “We struc-
tured it out fairly well, but there’s
fairly high competition. There’s
a lot of good business plans out
there. So you never know.”
Hailey Coleman was the 2010
winner in the competition.
“It was obvious they were look-
ing for a very solid business plan
and a very solid presentation,” she
Coleman, founder of Damn
Heels (fold-up ballet fats to help
make an easy switch from wearing
heels), is now two years into her
business and she has the competi-
tion to thank for that.
“I think it would be a huge disad-
vantage for students [if this compe-
tition didn’t exist]. It really allows
you to fesh out the idea,” Cole-
man said. “Whether you win the
money or not, you have that idea
feshed out. It’s a really good op-
portunity to grow your business, to
grow your idea, and to grow your
A little start-up cash
Ryerson’s annual business plan competition is fast approaching, and the
school’s best start ups are preparing to pitch for the top prize
The 2010 winner was Hailey Coleman’s Damn Heels.
Photo: Lindsay BoeckL
Whether you win the
money or not, you have
that idea feshed out.
— Hailey Coleman,
2012 winner
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Celebrate the successful outcome of the “Close Gould” campaign and
the o cial opening of our pedestrian-friendly space
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012 | 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
O cial announcement: 1 p.m.
Caitlin Smith, RSU President
Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto City Councillor
Sheldon Levy, President and Vice-Chancellor
Check out AWESOME student bands and performances, FREE food, including pizza,
Gould Street Chili, Balzac’s coee samples, sweets by Oakham Café and more.
Don’t miss your chance to make your mark on Ryerson’s campus
This new public space will be home to countless events and displays,
and a meet-up point for friends. Help us find a name for Ryerson’s newest hot spot.
CONTEST DEADLINE: Friday, March 16
Send your suggestions to
The new name will be announced at the Gould Street Party.
See you there!
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We want to know what you think
about renewing your curriculum.
Join Ryerson’s vice-provost, academic,
Christopher Evans, to discuss the new
undergraduate curriculum model.
We welcome all members of the Ryerson
community. If you wish to submit
questions in advance, please email them
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For more information, please visit:
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When: Wednesday, March 21, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Room RCC-204
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